TOM Board Members 2017

Tom Thomson Art Gallery 840 First Avenue West Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 4K4
Phone: (519) 376-1932 Fax: (519) 376-3037 E-mail: ttag@tomthomson.org

Linda Myles Gallinger
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director Chair

Linda Myles Gallinger / Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director Chair & Tom Thomson Art Foundation

Linda retired after 30 years in the financial services industry. During the course of her career, Linda successfully developed a client base, then moved into a management role which took her to Toronto for 4 years. During her tenure as Regional Director in Toronto, and wanting to return to Grey Bruce, Linda initiated and developed the business plan which would, in 2005, lead to the creation of a new Owen Sound Region with Investors Group. Linda was appointed the Regional Director of the new Region which spanned a large geographic area. Linda oversaw the expansion of the Owen Sound office, and then the successful opening of a new office space in Collingwood.

During her career Linda had partnerships with many not for profit community organizations. She was also a board member on several local community groups, including  Bruce Grey Children’s Services, and the Grey Bruce Community Foundation. Linda came to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery Management board as the city’s appointee in her quest to give back to the community where she spent the majority of her working life.  Her experience with the TOM continues to thrill and challenge her as she is realizing the extent not only for the depth of the collection, but also for the challenge and opportunity of the TOM.

Linda and her husband, Bill reside on the Bruce Peninsula where Linda has rekindled a childhood passion with her horse Gem.

Virginia Eichhorn
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Director + Chief Curator
519-376-1932 x 223
Email: veichhorn@tomthomson.org

Virginia Eichhorn has worked in the visual arts field for over twenty-five years and was appointed to the position of Director & Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in September 2009. She is a graduate of the Art History programme at Queen’s University and continued her studies in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Toronto.  As an independent curator she has presented exhibitions at numerous prestigious venues including the XII Biennale of Art at Villa Nova Cerveira in Portugal. She has worked extensively with artists from across Canada and abroad, including Carl Beam, Judy Chicago, Vessna Perunovich, Jane Ash Poitras and Peter Von Tiesenhausen, developing exhibitions for high profile Canadian galleries and museums. In addition to curating, she has written numerous catalogue essays and has contributed articles to prominent Canadian magazines including Artichoke, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, ESPACE Sculpture and international magazines such as Ceramics Monthly.  She is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, the International Association of Art Museum Curators (IKT), the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization (CAMDO) and the Association of Art Museum Curators and is President of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and is a board member for Cahiers métiers d’art /Craft Journal.  Previous board tenures include the Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) and Visual Arts Alliance (VAO).  In 2009 she won the Jean Johnson/Melanie Egan Award for Curatorial Excellence awarded by the Ontario Crafts Council.

Jeff Sziklai
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director Vice Chair

Jeff Sziklai is the President and CEO Bellwyck Packaging Solutions. Bellwyck Packaging is a Supplier to the Healthcare, and Cosmetic and Fragrance Industries. Their product line includes folding cartons, labels, inserts, clinical trial and contract packaging. They have 8 manufacturing sites, 5 in the GTA, 1 in Owen Sound, 1 in Vancouver, and 1 in Cincinnati. They have 450 employees and ship products to customers around the globe and have recently been nominated as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies.

Jeff has a degree from The University of Western Ontario and has attended Leadership programs at Harvard University.
He served as a board member for the North American Packaging Association from 2000-2011, and became its youngest ever President from 2004-2006. He is a member of The Young Presidents Organization, past Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the City of Owen Sound and Vice President of the Owen Sound rowing club. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA and Chaired the Major Gifts for their recent $6 million fundraising campaign.

Neil Delvin
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director

Neil is a Real Estate Broker with the Re/Max Grey Bruce Owen Sound office. He has lived in the area for the past 41 years.  Active in the community, Neil has volunteered on a number of boards and committees. He was a member of the Board of Management of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery from 1987 to 1991 and served as Chair in ’90 and ’91. He was also vice-chair of the building committee during the last expansion to the gallery in 1988.

Neil recently completed 18 years of service with the Board of Directors of the Owen Sound and District Real Estate Board. In 2013 he was awarded an honorary life membership for his service, only the sixth member since 1959 to be given that honour.

Other volunteer pursuits have included serving on the boards of Owen Sound Minor Hockey, St. Mary’s Parish Council and St. Mary’s Parent Council. He also served as finance and building chair during the construction of the Parish Centre at St. Mary’s Church in 1996-97.

Neil looks forward to reconnecting with the Board of The Tom and helping to maintain its position as a strong, regional Gallery.

Heather McLeese

Richard Thomas
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director

Laura-Lee K. Harris

LauraLee K. Harris
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director

Toronto born artist LauraLee K. Harris honours all her mixed blood Anishinaabe ancestry of Ojibwe, Dakota and Cree, Chipewyan/Montagnais, Assiniboine, Metis, French, Irish and English.  Harris studied at OCAD, has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in over a hundred shows. Selectively; Biindigin Gallery, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Woodland Cultural Museum, Soho N.Y., Hatathli Museum Dine College Arizona, Period Gallery Omaha Nebraska.  Her work has won many Honours and Awards including Award of Excellence in Omaha Nebraska. Her life and works have been studied in Catholic Secondary schools as their Canadian content raising awareness to a white washed history in a published book of paintings and poetry “Spoken Trees”. Her work has been studied  in universities nationally and internationally and used in literacy programs in the Nanaimo Correctional Centre.  Harris was commissioned to create three wood pieces to be transferred onto glass for the Buffalo Fort Erie Peace Bridge Authority Building. The Six Nation’s ‘Peace Maker’ became the welcome windows into Canada from the US border, raising awareness to the original peoples of that land and their Peace teaching.  A documentary of her life and work was produced by ‘earth magic media’ a dene production company, and aired on BRAVO and APTN.  Her recent work ‘nibi anishinaabe kwewag ~ water and the women brings awareness to and was dedicated to the missing and murdered anishinaabe women in 2010, where it was honoured with the support of the Chiefs of Ontario at the Tom Thomson Gallery.  Harris work seeks truth for the earth and her occupants connecting through the tree nation/mother earth.
John Kepler

Jon Kepler
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director

Jon Kepler is a residential and commercial landlord in Owen Sound. Though his business has expanded rapidly since it began in 2009, Jon continues to be intricately involved in property management and day-to-day operations. He was born and raised in the area, and joined the Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board of Management in June 2013.

Jon started his first business, a website selling custom game content, when he was just 18 years old. His subsequent ventures included a partnership with an American computer scientist to sell messaging software to large corporations, and a short-lived social network that competed directly with Twitter. He has worked in a variety of sectors outside technology and real estate including food, finance, luxury goods, journalism, direct sales, healthcare, travel and telecom.

Jon has been featured in several news publications including Inc.com, Variety, Mahalo and UOL (Brazil).

Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director

Sean is a local dentist who also works as a multi-disciplinary artist. He draws on his higher education to create his art by using scientific means to explore a variety of concepts and expressions utilizing non-traditional contemporary practices. Much of his work defines the art in science as he explores all wavelengths of energy to create art using photographic techniques. With x-rays, lasers, and UV radiation, he reverses the inside and outside world to explore the atomic constants: light and time. Sean has exhibited internationally in public and private galleries throughout North American and Europe.

In addition to his practice of dentistry in Owen Sound, Sean uses his dental skills to give back by participating in the Ontario Dental Association’s Remote Areas Program serving First Nations communities throughout Northern Ontario. He also participates in the Healthy Smiles program at the Grey Bruce Health Unit serving low-income families. On Saturday nights, you can find him at the Bayshore Community Centre cheering for the Owen Sound Attack while serving as their team dentist.

Michael Warren

Michael Warren
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Board Director

R. Michael Warren is the CEO of The Warren Group Inc, a consultancy that provides strategic advice to governments and corporations.

He is a former deputy minister in three Ontario departments. As the first chief general manager of the Toronto Transit Commission he oversaw major subway expansion and record ridership. He helped to transform the federal Post Office into Canada Post Corporation as its first CEO and President.

His business career includes chairing the Board of Trustees of Sunrise Senior Living (REIT) which was sold in 2007 for $2.5 billion (US).He was a member of and chaired many private and public sector boards including MDS Inc., Royal LePage,Stone and Webster, BJLC, OMERS, Canadian Marketing Association, Ontario International Corporation,Toronto Arts Awards,Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Metro Toronto YMCA, Owen Sound Economic Development Committee, Canadian Geriatric Society, Regional Recreation Centre Fund Raising Committee and City RRC Steering Committee.

Mr. Warren’s opinion pieces on business, politics and social issues are frequently published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Sun Media newspapers. He focuses on suggesting alternative solutions to the pressing public issues of the day. This website contains examples of his nationally published material.

Tom Thomson Art Foundation Board of Directors 2017

Jeff Sziklai

Jeff Sziklai
Tom Thomson Art Foundation Chair

Jeff Sziklai is the President and CEO Bellwyck Packaging Solutions. Bellwyck Packaging is a Supplier to the Healthcare, and Cosmetic and Fragrance Industries. Their product line includes folding cartons, labels, inserts, clinical trial and contract packaging. They have 8 manufacturing sites, 5 in the GTA, 1 in Owen Sound, 1 in Vancouver, and 1 in Cincinnati. They have 450 employees and ship products to customers around the globe and have recently been nominated as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies.

Jeff has a degree from The University of Western Ontario and has attended Leadership programs at Harvard University.

He served as a board member for the North American Packaging Association from 2000-2011, and became its youngest ever President from 2004-2006. He is a member of The Young Presidents Organization, past Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the City of Owen Sound and Vice President of the Owen Sound rowing club. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA and Chaired the Major Gifts for their recent $6 million fundraising campaign.

Virginia Eichhorn

Virginia Eichhorn
Tom Thomson Art Gallery Director + Chief Curator
519-372-1932 x 233
veichhorn@tomthomson.org

Virginia Eichhorn is the Director and Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. She has worked in the visual arts field for over twenty-five years and was appointed to the position of Director & Chief Curator of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in September 2009. She is a graduate of the Art History programme at Queen’s University and continued her studies in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Toronto.  As an independent curator she has presented exhibitions at numerous prestigious venues including the XII Biennale of Art at Villa Nova Cerveira in Portugal. She has worked extensively with artists from across Canada and abroad, including Carl Beam, Judy Chicago, Vessna Perunovich, Jane Ash Poitras and Peter Von Tiesenhausen, developing exhibitions for high profile Canadian galleries and museums. In addition to curating, she has written numerous catalogue essays and has contributed articles to prominent Canadian magazines including Artichoke, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, ESPACE Sculpture and international magazines such as Ceramics Monthly.  She is a member of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, the International Association of Art Museum Curators (IKT), the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization (CAMDO) and the Association of Art Museum Curators and is President of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and is a board member for Cahiers métiers d’art /Craft Journal.  Previous board tenures include the Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) and Visual Arts Alliance (VAO).  In 2009 she won the Jean Johnson/Melanie Egan Award for Curatorial Excellence awarded by the Ontario Crafts Council.
Rob McKinnon

Linda Myles Gallinger
Tom Thomson Art Foundation

Linda retired after 30 years in the financial services industry. During the course of her career, Linda successfully developed a client base, then moved into a management role which took her to Toronto for 4 years. During her tenure as Regional Director in Toronto, and wanting to return to Grey Bruce, Linda initiated and developed the business plan which would, in 2005, lead to the creation of a new Owen Sound Region with Investors Group. Linda was appointed the Regional Director of the new Region which spanned a large geographic area. Linda oversaw the expansion of the Owen Sound office, and then the successful opening of a new office space in Collingwood.

During her career Linda had partnerships with many not for profit community organizations. She was also a board member on several local community groups, including  Bruce Grey Children’s Services, and the Grey Bruce Community Foundation. Linda came to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery Management board as the city’s appointee in her quest to give back to the community where she spent the majority of her working life.  Her experience with the TOM continues to thrill and challenge her as she is realizing the extent not only for the depth of the collection, but also for the challenge and opportunity of the TOM.

Linda and her husband, Bill reside on the Bruce Peninsula where Linda has rekindled a childhood passion with her horse Gem.

Mary Anne Alton
Tom Thomson Art Foundation

After 39 years in public education as a teacher and school and system administrator, “retirement” enables Mary Anne to make contributions within the local and global community and capitalize on the experience gained and relationships built to explore interesting opportunities that seem to constantly come her way.

She serves on two provincial boards, Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Ontario and International Student Exchange (ISE) Ontario. In Owen Sound she is a member of Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Healthy Communities Committee, Art Gallery Foundation and served on Major Gifts Committee for Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Foundation campaign. She is President of Bruce Grey Owen Sound Federal Liberal Riding Association. As a volunteer with Friends of the Orphans Canada, Mary Anne has visited Haiti four times and continues to support humanitarian projects there.

She resides in Owen Sound with her husband Andy McKee and enjoys spending time in Toronto with her adult children and grandchildren.

Don Johnston
Tom Thomson Art Foundation


Donald M. Johnston was born and raised in Owen Sound, and attended University in Montreal where he received his B. Commerce degree.  He worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories for 20 years holding a number of positions which included Settlement Manager in Broughton Island, Protocol Officer and finally Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services.  He obtained his Chartered Financial Planner designation and returned to Owen Sound where he followed his first love and started a Financial Planning practice.  He retired as President of North Point Financial Services in 2012.



Don has served with numerous Service clubs and charitable organizations over the years, including the Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound, and the Order of St. John, where he is a Commander of the Order.  He was involved with the Canadian Forces as a Reserve Officer for many years both in Owen Sound and in the N.W.T. within Northern Region Command.

Don developed a keen interest in art during his time in the North, where he was introduced to Inuit Art, during his travels; the art of A. Y. Jackson, who painted extensively in the Territories; and the works of several Northern artists including Mona Thrasher and Bern Will Brown.  He served on the Board of the TOM for one term and then joined the Foundation as a Trustee upon his retirement from business. 

Chris Little
Tom Thomson Art Foundation

Donna Welton
Tom Thomson Art Foundation

Hazel Lynn
Tom Thomson Art Foundation

Dr. Lynn and her husband worked in Nigeria for six years; practicing general rural medicine, teaching nursing, midwifery, health technicians and supervising the rural physician teaching program.  Upon returning to Canada in 1985 they settled in Owen Sound, Ontario and practiced family medicine. Dr. Lynn returned to University of Toronto September 2001 and graduated with a MHSc in Epidemiology and Community Health in January 2003 and at that time became the full Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce; this was just at the start of the SARS outbreak.

Notable achievements as the MOH include fulfillment of the vision of the new Public Health building in Owen Sound.  One of her first successful undertakings as the MOH was to spearhead efforts to make Grey and Bruce Counties smoke-free; achieving gold and silver standards respectively for the counties two years prior to the province’s implementation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. She, with her staff from the health unit, have participated in several studies and pilot programs over the past years with National Research Council, Public Health Agency of Canada, Toronto Hospital, Hospital for Sick Children and the Ottawa Heart Institute.