Board of Directors

North Burlington

Tourism Burlington is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent various sectors of the tourism and industry and business sectors in the city.

North Burlington

Meet our Board

Our board meets from September to November and February to May on the third Thursday of the month.  The Board of Directors are appointed at the Annual General Meeting held in May of each year.

Board members 2020-21 (see bios below)

  • Jaclyn Jones – CHAIR – Whiting & Holmes Marketing
  • Deanne Rodrique – Vice-Chair – Independant Consultant
  • Christopher Lambert – Treasurer – The Pearle Hotel & Spa
  • Dave Whale – Secretary – Joelle’s Jeff’s Guy Shop Graphic design
  • Councillor Kelvin Galbraith- Council representative
  • Jason Stoner – Holiday Inn Burlington (Burlington Hotel Association)
  • Robin Ashton – Conservation Halton
  • Myles Rusak – Sound of Music Inc.
  • Stephen Bell – Pepperwood Bistro

Staff Resources

  • Kristene Smith – Executive Director – Association Secretary
  • Chris Glenn  – City of Burlington staff liaison

Jaclyn Jones

Position:  CHAIR – Executive Committee
Years on Board:  5

Jaclyn has over 20 years of marketing experience and currently owns Whiting & Holmes Marketing & Advertising.  She has extensive board and volunteer experience with various fundraising events.  Jaclyn currently is the Membership Engagement Specialist for Burlington Downtown Business Association.

Deanne Rodrique

Position:  Vice-Chair – Executive Committee
Years on Board:  3

Deanne has extensive experience in the marketing field having worked at Toronto & Region Conservation Authority and Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation before coming to the Royal Botanical Gardens as their Marketing, Sales & Visitor Experiences Manager.

David Whale

Position: Secretary
Years on Board:  5

Dave worked in the hospitality field for many years in Toronto and Burlington before he moved into graphic design where he has worked for Burlington Downtown, Tourism Burlington, and currently does marketing for Joelle’s & Jeff’s Guy shop.  Dave’s passion is music and he had coordinated the Live & Local Music Series which promoted up-and-coming local artists.

Christopher Lambert

Position: Treasurer – Executive Committee
Years on Board: New

Christopher is the General Manager of Burlington’s newest Downtown Hotel, The Pearle Hotel & Spa.

Councillor Kelvin Galbraith

Position: City Council Representative
Years on Board: 3
Kelvin was born and lives in the Aldershot community where Kelvin owned and managed several businesses in Aldershot including a property holding company and The Fitness Firm Inc. for the past 20 years. In addition to his work, he has volunteered and served as Chairman of the Aldershot Village Business Improvement Association for the past 11 years and was a founding member.  Kelvin became a Council member representing Ward 1 in December 2018.

Jason Stoner

Position: Director
Years on Board: 10
Jason has been in the hospitality business for over 20 years working in Niagara Falls, Muskoka, and on the airport strip in Toronto for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts as well as Intercontinental Hotels Group.  Jason is currently the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre.   In 2007 he won a Teamwork award from the Intercontinental Hotels. A certified Food and Beverage Executive (American Hotel and Motel Association), Jason has been a guest lecturer at George Brown College Hospitality Program.  He is a member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Hotel Association.  Jason has been a Burlington resident for the past 10 years and joined the Tourism Board of Directors as the hospitality representative in 2007. 

Myles Rusak

Position:  Director
Years on Board:  new

Myles is the CEO of Sound of Music Inc.

Robin Ashton 

Position:  Director
Years on Board: 5

Robin is the Manager of Marketing Services for Conservation Halton and has been with CH since 2010.  Previously Robin has been part of the marketing team at Toronto Conservation Authority, University of Waterloo, and Protiviti Inc./Robert Half International.  She has a BA from Western and Masters in Communication Design from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and post-grad certification in Communications & Public Relations and Interactive Media.

Stephen Bell 

Position:  Director
Years on Board: 1

Stephen has co-owned the restaurant for more 20 than years, been an advocate for Burlington, the waterfront, and downtown businesses. He is currently on the executive for the Burlington Downtown Business Association