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.
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.
Bernadette’s decades of work in the community has spanned multiple sectors – from private, public to non-profit. Irrespective of the sector, her focus has been on helping individuals in need find the support necessary to thrive. This included empowering Canadians affected by multiple sclerosis and the developmentally handicap. For the last 18 years, her focus has been on community outreach for the Provincial Government in the greater Hamilton area. In her capacity, she has experience working with a wide range of private and public and non profit organizations and individuals.
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
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.
Mike has lived in Ancaster since he was born. He told his mom, “when I grow up, I
want to be a musician!” She said, “you can’t do both.”
Well, his professional music career began at 14. Eventually he was performing
with infamous musicians in world-class venues. He still plays weekly with various
bands around town.
About 40 years ago, he founded MJM Media here in Hamilton, producing radio,
TV and online videos for Pizza Pizza, MADD Canada, Gowlings, among others.
Recently retired, Mike helps the Westdale by creating unique special events that
combine live music with unique, socially relevant films, aimed at the underserved
social niches of Hamilton.
Marie Phillips, runs a successful wealth advisory practice (nextstepsplanning.ca) in Ancaster and Milton and has been in the financial services industry since 1992. She is a respected member and Chair of IPC’s National Advisory Board. Marie has received the IPC’s Value of Advice, Top 10 Wealth Builder of the Year and Best Client Experience Awards and has been published/profiled in a variety of media including BNN, The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, Investment Executive and Wealth Professional.
Marie actively volunteers her time advocating for financial literacy and philanthropy in the arts sector and is also an amateur musician.
Ed is a partner at CORE International Inc., a management consulting firm
specializing in organizational design and structure. He is a recognized expert
in managerial leadership and team effectiveness and governance in the not-
for-profit sector, specializing in federated not-for-profits. Ed began his
consulting career with Deloitte Consulting and has managed several national
and international practices for various consulting firms. In 2004 Ed established
Teamworx, a consulting firm devoted to helping organizations create highly
effective teams. For a number of years Ed was a sessional instructor at
McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. He has extensive
volunteer experience ranging from Cubs and Scouts Canada to Share the
Road Cycling Coalition (where he was a founding member), to Habitat for
Humanity, where he recently ended his term as Chair of the national board of