At the June 2017 AGM, the members elected and welcomed new Board members Godfrey Archbold, Chris Lawless and Chantal Meagher.
Godfrey Archbold retired from his professional role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia in February 2016. Godfrey held that post for twelve years and through strategic management successfully achieved a significant modernization initiative for the registration of land title applications and real property surveys, as well as, addressing the archival needs of a significant collection of historic records. Prior to that, he provided executive and managerial leadership in the BC Provincial Government related to public land issues and initiatives.
Godfrey has an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science, as well as a Masters of Public Administration, both from the University of Victoria. Godfrey served on the Board for the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society for a number of years up to 2002. Godfrey has a longstanding interest in the visual arts and design.
Chris Lawless is chief economist at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, providing analysis and advice on economic and financial issues and investment strategy and risk.
A seasoned observer of the BC and Canadian economies, Chris has served as chief economist with the British Columbia Ministry of Finance, with the Library of Parliament economic research service, and as an advisor to House of Commons and Senate committees.
Chris has an M.A. in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa and holds the Certified Business Economist designation from the National Association for Business Economics in the United States.
Chris is currently a director and past-president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, vice-president of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference, and a member of the advisory board of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. He is also vice-chair of the Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria.
Chantal Meagher settled on Victoria as home following almost 30 years of splitting her time between Vancouver, Ottawa, and overseas postings (Hong Kong, Warsaw, Beijing, and most recently, Bangkok). Her husband, Phil Calvert, has recently retired from Global Affairs Canada, and Chantal – also an employee of Global Affairs Canada – will soon be following suit.
With Global Affairs Canada, Chantal worked primarily in the area of human rights law – negotiating multilateral treaties at the UN, and later working on the Canada-China bilateral relationship during her second posting to Beijing.
During their four years in Bangkok, where Phil was Canada’s ambassador to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, Chantal took the opportunity to become actively involved with the National Museum Volunteers where she was a member of the Steering Committee and co-organizer of the annual three-month Guiding Workshop. They also took advantage of the wonderful geographical location to visit many of the region’s more remote Khmer archaeological sites.
- Ruth Wittenberg, President
- Christopher Jones, 1st Vice President
- Patti-Anne Kay, 2nd Vice President
- Anne Russell, Q.C., Secretary
- Bill Camden, Treasure
- Godfrey Archbold
- Paul Barron
- Lynda Gammon
- Lawrence Graham
- Jackie Hamilton
- Leslie Hildebrandt
- Fiona Hunter
- Donna Jones
- Chris Lawless
- Lynne Masse-Danes
- Chantal Meagher
- Fran Willis
- David Zaparinuk
- Jackie Hamilton, President
- Emma McArthur, Vice President
- Greg Pedersen, Secretary
- Bill Camden, Treasurer
- Christopher Jones
- Ruth Wittenberg
- Barb Lucas
- Jon Tupper
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is committed to bringing art to life and providing the public with a wide range of experiences in the visual arts. The Annual Reports provide a snapshot of that experience with information on exhibitions, acquisitions, and programming as well as recognition of our generous supporters and financial reports.