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Deepti Celetti
Deepti Celetti brings a passion for volunteerism and community building to the ECTFA. Born and raised in India, she came to Canada at age 12. She brings an immigrant’s global perspective in everything she does. She is a strong proponent of social justice, equity and human rights, especially as they pertain to Canada’s indigenous people. Deepti obtained a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and her B.Ed. from the University of Prince Edward Island. She taught Early Childhood Education courses to adults in P.E.I. and Alberta and worked as an Executive Director at an Inner-City Community Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. As secretary on the board for the Immigrant Women’s Group of P.E.I., she helped women who were new to Canada understand the myriad rules and regulations. In her role as the Resources Coordinator for the World Citizen’s Centre in Lethbridge, she recruited, trained and supervised volunteers to help with fundraising activities. In Ontario, she taught all grades from Kindergarten to grade 6 before retiring. Having lived, studied and worked in four provinces, she has a good understanding of the diversity in our vast country, and as an educator espoused values that she believes make Canada a great, inclusive country. She presently volunteers at the New to You shop to help our community maintain a first-class hospital. Deepti lives in Elora with her husband Mike and is a proud mother to two daughters. She’s loving her role as a first time grandparent! Deepti hopes to apply her values, knowledge and organizational skills to help the Elora Centre for the Arts to be an agent of change for our growing community!
Kathryn Giffen
Kathryn has had a number of careers and has served on several boards throughout her life-long learning journey. She completed a Masters Degree in Psychology and holds a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School. After practicing Civil Litigation in Kitchener for several years, she became in-house counsel for an insurance company and later served as President of a life insurance company. She subsequently held senior positions in the financial services industry including head of the strategy and performance management team at a major Canadian bank. She received an ICD.D designation from Rotman School of Management and has served on several financial services boards and as Chair of Women's College Hospital in Toronto. She is the Past Chair of the Canadian Sports Institue of Ontario, where she served for 11 years. As part of her "retirement" career, Kathryn is the owner/operator of Oz Farms, an equestrian facility in Wellington County, where she rides, boards horses and hosts equine facilitated learning sessions. When she has some leisure time, she enjoys traveling, including bareboat sailing in the Caribbean, and of course, horseback riding. The ECFTA plays such an important role in bringing the Arts and Community together in Elora and Wellington County, and Kathryn is very much looking forward to bringing whatever experience and talents may be useful to ensure its continued success.
Ellen Helps
Ellen hopes her epitaph reads "Lover of good food, good drink, good fun and good grammar” (although she also hopes that won't be soon). As a life-long fan of the arts - music, fine art, ballet among others - Ellen is pleased to have been asked to join ECFTA's Board. In addition to her quirky sense of humour, she brings to the organization over 20 years of experience with the Ontario government developing, implementing and delivering policy and programs. She has also sat on on several volunteer boards, including a term as co-chair of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. Ellen holds a BSc (Agr) in Agricultural Economics and a M.Ag. in Agricultural Business Management, both from the University of Guelph, and is a graduate of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program. As a lover of travel, horses and wine, Ellen considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to take several exotic vacations that have allowed her to incorporate these passions. Locally, she and her Scottish Terrier Archie - named after the somewhat obscure Scottish folk singer and songwriter, Archie Fisher - can often be found at the Fergus Dog Park, where Archie has become famous for his unlimited energy and feisty personality.
Brad Henderson
Brad brings a depth of experience in risk management, finance, customer service and market research. His past career at companies like the Ontario Treasury Board, Guelph Hydro, Ontario Power Generation and the Auditor General of Ontario have given him a breadth of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the Board at the Elora Centre for the Arts. He has also volunteered on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Paraplegic Association and the Centre Wellington Social Justice Group. Brad lives in Fergus and holds a BA in Management Economics from the University of Guelph, as well as a CPA, CA designation from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Lee Bonnell
Board Member
Lee Bonnell is currently Manager, Strategic Pricing at OpenText, a software company based in Waterloo. Prior to that, he co-founded Transformation Labs, a technology consultancy focused on software product management. Lee has been in technology his entire career, successfully developing, launching, and marketing & selling technology products.

After obtaining a Bachelors and Masters degree in Applied Physics & Engineering, Lee started in high technology by building a lab that researched, designed and manufactured specialty optical fiber at the National Optics Institute in Quebec City, and then went on to design and build a new automated manufacturing system for optical fiber components at Alcatel Canada. After obtaining an MBA, he went on to sales and marketing at Hewlett-Packard Canada, and then to m-Cube Canada, a company developing mobile-based storefronts. When the software sector boomed, he moved to the software space, launching numerous consumer and enterprise software applications at Blackberry, Nuance Communications, and PTC.

Lee has extensive experience developing new products, go-to-market strategies, competitive positioning, and building business relationships. Lee has built up expertise in Enterprise & Consumer software, Product Management, Product Marketing, Agile Processes, Market Research, and Competitive Analysis.

Lee is driven by innate curiosity, and a desire to build new things. Creativity as a key element of these endeavours, and he sees the ECFTA as a wonderful environment where creativity can be nurtured and inspired for the community and its visitors.

Lee first discovered Elora while studying for a Bachelor in Applied Physics at the University of Waterloo, and was a continual visitor until he moved to Elora permanently with his family in 2008.
Danielle Marks
Board Member
Since her call to the Bar in 2008, Danielle has worked extensively in the areas of commercial litigation and tort law, including personal injury. She has represented clients at all levels of court in Ontario and before various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional and Superior Courts, the Health and Professional Discipline Proceedings, the Ontario Child and Family Service Review Board, and Coroner’s Inquests. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates Society and the Wellington Law Association. Danielle is experienced in Employment Law and the preparation of employment or independent contractor agreements. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Wellington Law Association.

Now an Associate at SV Law in Guelph, Danielle is co-chair of the civil litigation practice group at the firm. She moved to Elora with her family in October of 2017 and is looking forward to being more involved in the community.
Jon Ralston
Board Member
Jon is the President, Artistic Director and one of the owners of Riverfest Elora. Music has been a huge part of Jon’s life. He studied music from the age of 8 and continued these studies at Humber College before deciding to shift directions academically. Aerospace engineering was followed by Political Science at Carleton University. After obtaining his degrees, Jon returned to Elora in 2008. He is an active member of the Elora community, running and participating in music, fundraising, and awareness events on top of the growing Riverfest and its winter counterpart, Ice Jam. He brings a strong ability in project management as well as creative thinking concerning fundraising and programming. As a local business owner he is able to help highlight the concerns of the community. Additionally, coming from a musical background and working with artists and musicians on a daily basis, Jon has a first hand view of the needs and concerns of the music and artist community, which will be helpful in shaping the conversation related to the future of the ECFTA.
Melissa Seagrove
Board Member
Centre Wellington is my home and I know it well. My husband and I have kept our roots here to raise our family because we believe this community has so much to offer. With Wellington County surrounding us, we have the best of both worlds: rural and urban. We have so many vibrant programs, schools, events and people! I have been fortunate to have lived in Elora, Fergus, and for a short time, Guelph since 1986. I have 2 children, Chloe 15 and Ethan 13. They have been involved in many programs over the years and I believe have benefited from growing up in CW.

I have been working as a Real Estate Professional in Centre Wellington for 10 years. I started my career with young school-aged children. I found my schedule full yet rewarding. Taking care of clients during any hour of the day and managing a functional, happy, family life with my partner, Terry, who also runs a local business. This was a busy time for us!

My dedication, work ethic, knowledge of Real Estate and love for this community will I believe contribute much to the Board.
Spencer Shewen
Board Member
Spencer is a community-minded Artistic Director and Festival Manager at Riverfest Elora. He is well-versed in the events services industry, the not-for-profit and municipal sectors. He is skilled at talent acquisition, marketing, sales, media relations, live event production, volunteer management, hospitality, artistic direction and technical production. Spencer's strong operations and project management experience and his community-building mindset is an asset to the Board at the Elora Centre for the Arts. He is also the Community Development, Culture & Special Events Coordinator at Township of Centre Wellington. Spencer has previously volunteered for 5 years on the elected board of directors for the Hillside Music Festival and Advisory Committee and Executive Committee.
Geoffrey Wild
Board Member
With 20 years of experience spanning 4 continents Geoffrey has successfully managed multicultural teams in many of the most competitive resort and luxury hotel markets in the world. Seasoned in hotel openings Geoffrey has opened new hotels in 4 different countries to critical acclaim, achieving financial success whilst maintaining excellent levels of customer and employee engagement. Setting service trends in global hospitality has always been at the forefront of Geoffrey’s operations, this drive and commitment to innovation and has led to Tripadvisor number 1 rankings in three major tourism hubs. Guest acclaim culminated in winning Best Hotel in the United Kingdom for two successive years. In addition to fantastic guest reviews scores Geoffrey has also won critical acclaim in the forms of multiple Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Worlds Best awards, most notably listed as one of the 100 Best New Hotels in the World as well as recipient of Best Serviced Apartments in the world. Geoffrey attributes most of these successes to his teams, he strongly belies in driving innovation through employee engagement. This drive to engage and create an innovative work environment helped in being ranked number 2 in the Sunday Times best 100 companies to work for in the UK. Geoffrey recently completed the opening of the Elora Mill Hotel & Spa setting up the hotel service standards setting the hotel on the path of becoming the premier boutique resort destination in South Western Ontario. Following the successful opening of the Elora Mill, Geoffrey purchased the former Secret Garden Tea house building and set about creating The Wild Tart, a European Patisserie in the heart of Downtown Elora.
Sheila Koop
Past Co-Chair & Fundraising Lead
Sheila's leadership, administration, organization and communication skills have been an asset to the Board of Directors during her 6 years of service. She continues her dedication to the ECFTA by serving as Past Co-Chair and heading up the Capital Campaign Committee. In her work life Sheila has held the post of General Manager for the Mariposa Folk Festival (including coordination of arts programs in Toronto schools during the academic year); General Manager of Sheep Focus, an annual weekend promotional event for the Ontario Sheep Association; and an educator with the Upper Grand School Board for 25 years. In her role as a teacher her leadership was recognized through receipt of the Humanitarian Teacher Award (ETFO, 2003) and the Mike Elrich Environmental Award (Upper Grand District School Board, 2011). Volunteer work in Centre Wellington has included support of visiting Katimavik and Canada World Youth students, a founding member of the Centre Wellington Project Ploughshares chapter, a liaison person with Centre Wellington District High School for student and public meetings with Stephen Lewis and Maude Barlow, and helping with set-up and program delivery in the early years of the Elora Centre for the Arts. Sheila lives in Elora with her husband, Al, who has a small business, Older Voices, that is rooted in the history and heritage of Centre Wellington.
Matt Ladner
Past Co-Chair
Matt served as Co-Chair on the Board at the Elora Centre for the Arts for the past 6 years. He continues in his capacity of Past Co-Chair and heading up the Building Committee at the Centre. In business, Matt has over 22 years experience in the areas of senior management, project development and project management. Currently Matt is the Director, Indigenous and Community Affairs at Northland Power. Prior to this role, he ran his own consulting firm after being VP of Corporate Affairs for a global independent power producer, utility and asset management company. Matt is an active member of the community, giving his time as Basketball coach and on the YMCA Camp Kitchikewana Advisory Committee.