Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is comprised of Hamiltonians with a broad range of experience and expertise.
Fred is an independent film & television producer focusing on the development, financing, and production of films and television series for international audiences. He spent 20 years living and working in California, 10 years as the President of American Zoetrope Studios and was Executive Producer of 17 feature films including The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan De Marco, The Virgin Suicides and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. He was the Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC in Toronto where he was responsible for developing, commissioning and supervising production of major television series. Current feature projects include: LITTLE ITALY, MONKEY BEACH, THE VIRTUOSO, and MILTON’S SECRET.
Ruth Liebersbach FCMA
Ruth is currently the Chief Financial Officer for McMaster Innovation Park where she draws on her experiences as Past Chair of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and as past CFO of various highly entrepreneurial companies to ensure that MIP has the resources to meet its mandates.
Chris Firth-Eagland Hon. Bsc. B.Ed
Chris is a retired project manager and public servant who’s focus has been in the design and development of public projects and the delivery of essential municipal services. With a career that spans private and public sector engagements, Chris has successfully managed annual budgets upwards of $50 million and multi-disciplinary workforce’s of 500 employees.
Chris has led teams through the design , funding and implementation of defining projects for Hamilton, including brownfield restorations, waterfront developments, community parks, heritage building restorations and environmental remediation. Chris served on the board of directors for the Hamilton Conservation Authority with 8 years as the Chairman and returned to serve for 5 years as CAO.
Mark is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office. He provides strategic and practical advice in the areas of real estate law and recovery services, with a focus on mortgage remedies and creditors’ rights. He has pioneered the use of practice automation software tools for lawyers, having automated the firm’s recovery services practice and having designed, built and implemented a number of additional practice systems in the areas of debt collection, loan placement and civil litigation. Mark has taken on various management roles in the firm, including acting as managing partner of the Hamilton office from 2008-2012. In his current role as Leader, Innovation Initiatives, Mark is leading the firm’s transformational process improvement and project management program.
Ex officio Board Member
As a native of Hamilton whose parents, grandparents, and great grandparents enjoyed nights out at the Westdale, Beth McNally wants to see the Westdale continue to be a part of the lives of future generations. Beth joined the board of the Westdale Cinema Group in March 2017 as a representative of Jessett Investments, one of the founders behind the Westdale’s restoration efforts. By day, Beth works in the Engineering department of McMaster University as a research engineer and operations manager in a group developing stronger, longer lasting materials for cars. After hours, Beth has enjoyed building community and supporting culture as part of The Westdale’s board of directors.
Robert (Bob) Crockford
Ex officio Board Member
In 1978, Robert (Bob) Crockford became President of The Valley City Manufacturing Company Limited, a market leader in architectural and laboratory furniture. In 2004, Bob became Chairman, and continued to serve in that role until Valley City’s closure in 2012.
In addition to his position at Valley City, Bob has been a founding investor and a director in such ventures as Celtel Inc, Call-Net Inc., Fermentas International, TeleBermuda Inc., and CDP Inc. Bob is currently chairman of Nanopay Inc., as well as president of Rojust Holdings Ltd.
Bob’s extensive community activities have included serving organizations such as The Hamilton Civic Hospital Corporation Board, McMaster University Business Advisory Council, Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council Joint Action Committee, Hamilton United Way Campaign (Chairman, 2005), Hamilton Community Foundation, Hamilton Conservation Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Banyan Community Services and the Dundas Arts Community Foundation.