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For Immediate Release

Oct. 15, 2010

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
BC Arts Council





VICTORIA – Five new appointments, including a new chair and vice-chair have been appointed to the BC Arts Council, Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Kevin Krueger announced today.


Dr. Stanley Hamilton, interim chair, has been appointed chair of the BC Arts Council. In addition to serving on the BC Arts Council Board as vice-chair for the past year, Hamilton is a professor emeritus at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and sits on the Arts Club Theatre’s Council of Governors. Jackson Davies, best known for his role as John Constable in Beachcombers, has been appointed vice-chair.


            “I am so pleased that Dr. Stanley Hamilton will continue as chair of the BC Arts Council,” said Krueger. “Dr. Hamilton has provided exceptional leadership during his tenure and I am confident that the valuable work of the board will be strengthened by these appointments.”


The council board also welcomes three new members: Merla Beckerman, Gordon Harris, and Lori Marchand. These new members fill vacancies left by board members Marie Clements, Jane Danzo, and Neel Dhillon. All appointments were effective October 7, 2010. Board members are appointed by Order in Council and may sit for a total of six years.


“These new members bring a wealth of experience and energy to the BC Arts Council Board,” Hamilton said.  “They will certainly strengthen the board and help us work to fulfil the vision of the Council and continue to implement our strategic plan.”


The BC Arts Council supports arts and arts organization across the province and is governed by a 15-member council, which represents the regions, cultural diversity and artistic communities of British Columbia.


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Chair, Dr. Stanley Hamilton (Vancouver)

Dr. Hamilton is an emeritus professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, specializing in institutional investments, real estate, and pension fund governance. He has served on the boards of the B.C. Assessment Authority, UBC Faculty Pension Plan, the Vancouver City Planning Commission and as a member of the Financial Services Tribunal of B.C.  Dr. Hamilton is currently a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Public Guardian and Trustee of B.C. and the UBC Development Permit Board. Dr. Hamilton is also a past chair of the Arts Club Theatre Company, currently serves as an advisor for the Granville Island Stage renovation project, and is also a director of the Stanley Theatre Society.


Vice-chair, Jackson Davies (Delta)

Jackson Davies is a working actor and has performed on theatre stages across Canada. He has acted, written and produced well over 300 television and film productions. Jackson is best known for his 16-year role as Constable John Constable in CBC’s longest running TV series The Beachcombers. An inductee to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Jackson is one of only two Canadians to have been declared Honourary RCMP Sergeants. He is also on the Faculty of Capilano University’s Stage and Screen.


Merla Beckerman (West Vancouver)

Merla Beckerman is an art advisor who has been actively involved in the arts scene in Vancouver for many years.  She was the chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Board of Trustees, as well as vice-chair of the National Gallery of Canada. Ms. Beckerman’s past community involvement includes serving as a board member of Arts Umbrella, a Trustee of the Canadian Craft Museum, and an executive member of the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver. She is also a past chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Docent Committee and a past commissioner for the West Vancouver Parks and Recreation Board. Ms. Beckerman was a partner in Contemporary Art Collections.


Gordon Harris (Vancouver)

Gordon Harris is a president and chief executive officer of Simon Fraser University Community Trust, where he leads the development of UniverCity, a model sustainable community. For 20 years Mr. Harris had a distinguished career as an independent professional urban planner, providing consulting services to a wide range of Canadian and international clients. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and has been a member of the board of the Urban Futures Institute, Presentation House Cultural Society, and the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery.  

Lori Marchand (Kamloops)

Lori Marchand is the administrative director for the Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops. She has contributed to the success of the Southern Interior’s largest professional theatre company for several years. Ms. Marchand previously worked for Odyssey Productions and Broadway North Theatre Company, both in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Publicity and marketing have been a major part of her responsibilities with all three theatre companies.






Gordon Keast

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts

250 356-8177


Chris Gudgeon

BC Arts Council

250 356-8125

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