Board of Directors

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors made up of members of the Society.

Directors on the HBSPCA skills based Board have three major roles: developing shelter policy, making decisions about the HBSPCA future and its sustainability, and monitoring quality and financial performance.

Meet our 2016-17 Board of Directors

Deborah Brown
Deborah has held executive positions as both President and Executive Vice President in Canada and the U.S., of a leading multinational pharmaceutical company. During her tenure, the company enjoyed a tremendous growth curve, growing revenues by more than a thousand percent over 10 years. Prior to this, she assumed successively more senior operational and management roles in marketing and sales, regulatory and government affairs, and research & development in the industry. From all of these experiences, Deborah has gained a deep understanding of how companies and individuals effectively translate strategy into results and has a passion for developing healthy organizations that sustainably deliver excellent and profitable services or goods.  Deborah did her undergraduate studies in biological and physical science then completed a Masters in Business Administration at the Ivey Business School. She has served on both private and public boards as a Board Member, executive committee member and Chair of the Board.  She is a resident of Dundas, and currently works as a management consultant for academic, pharmaceutical and entrepreneurial clients.

Juanita Gledhill, Chair
Juanita Gledhill is an award winning Human Resources professional and dedicated community volunteer. She is Principal of MCC Group Inc., a strategic leadership and human resources consulting practice. Juanita works with governors and operational leaders to develop strategic and operational plans along with organizational effectiveness strategies to leverage the capacity and potential of an organization’s best resource – their people. Juanita has volunteered her HR and governance skills on several community boards and is delighted be invited to serve on the HBSPCA Board, where she can share her passion for ensuring our community includes pet ownership which is accessible, and support responsible care for all animals. Juanita, along with husband Greg and son Matthew are proud pet parents to Bentley, a two year old Airedale. Bentley can often be found at one of our city’s off leash parks getting a party started!

Aidan Johnson
Aidan is in his first term as Ward 1 Councillor in the City of Hamilton. He is a long-time community activist, known for his commitment to civic engagement and his passion for making Hamilton a better place to live, work, and play.

Before being elected Councillor in October 2014, Aidan worked as a lawyer for Legal Aid in Hamilton. Prior to this, he worked in corporate law at the national firm Borden Ladner Gervais and in Aboriginal Law with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

Aidan emerged as a highly-respected leader at a young age, working with his peers and local officials to raise awareness of social justice issues and speak up for vulnerable members of the community. His efforts to combat stigma made a significant impact on Hamilton school board policies to ensure safety for LGBTQI students. In 2003, Maclean’s magazine recognized Aidan as a “Young Canadian Leader to Watch For” in its annual listing.

Aidan has an extensive track record of volunteer work including roles as an HIV-AIDSoutreach worker, fundraiser for PEN Canada and two years as President of a West Hamilton riding association. He was a member of Ward One’s Participatory Budgeting Advisory Committee and an active supporter of Cootes Paradise conservation efforts.

As Councillor, Aidan sits on many committees including Emergency & Community Services, Planning, Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee, Community Food Stakeholder Sub-Committee, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton-Burlington SPCA and the Royal Botanical Gardens Board.

Aidan lives in Hamilton with his partner Stefan, an ecologist and farmer.

Maureen Moore, Secretary
Ms. Moore is a long-time volunteer of the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA and is retired from a career in nursing management. Ms. Moore brings many years of governance experience on a municipal, provincial and national level to the HBSPCA Board of Directors. “As a long-time volunteer, I believe I have a grasp of the many issues we face, both on a day-to-day basis and long-term,” says. Ms. Moore. “I hope to play an active role in ensuring our already excellent organization continues to grow and change in exciting and innovative ways.”

John Mullen, Treasurer
John Mullen is a CPA, CMA and is the owner and Principal Consultant with JCM Corporate Solutions Inc. Through his company John provides senior financial, administrative and operational management services for private corporations, usually on a part-time contract basis. Prior to starting his own business John spent over thirty years in the private business sector, focusing on financial, administrative and operations management in the manufacturing and construction arenas.  John’s volunteer time has been primarily served through Rotary International, having joined Rotary in 1996. During his time as a Rotarian, John has chaired various club committees as well as a term as Club President. At the District level, he has served as Assistant Governor and chaired the Foundation Endowment Fund.  John and his wife Sue have lived in Ancaster for most of their 42 years together. They have two daughters, one in Toronto and one in Vancouver, along with three grandchildren. Still at home with them are their Labrador Retrievers Ben and Jake. Dogs and cats have always been part of the family and John looks forward to help in their welfare through his association with HBSPCA.   In John’s leisure time he enjoys time on his bicycle with the local riding club in the summer, and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. The occasional round of golf also gets fit in here and there.

Joe Nemet
Joe is a lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney General working for the Financial Services Commission in Toronto. He and his wife, Debbie moved to downtown Hamilton from Burlington almost three years ago. Debbie is a real estate sales representative with Re/Max in Hamilton. They have two children: Sarah who is 27, and Joey 26. Sarah is developmentally disabled and resides in Burlington with a family supported by Community Living Burlington.  Joey is a graduate of McMaster University and following a successful football career is now a member of the Canadian Bobsleigh Team.

Joe has been a member of the board of directors and past president of two charities: Community Living North Halton and Community Living Burlington. He also co-founded a small charity in Burlington called Camelot Centre which provides day supports for the intellectually disabled over the age of 21. He and Debbie are strong proponents of responsible pet ownership. All their our pets are from shelters.

Jaime Stephenson
Jaime has been an animal enthusiast since she was a toddler and has now graduated to being an animal advocate. She uses her education and experience as a Criminal Defence Lawyer to fight for the rights of animals.  She has been a Defence Lawyer for 10 years.  Jaime resides in Burlington and has her business in Hamilton and is a close and dedicated member of both communities.  She has a passion for all animals large and small and has 2 dogs and 2 horses at this time.  Jaime also partakes in fundraising efforts for the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association who commit their earnings to the John Howard Society and Bridge Program and other organizations in the Hamilton area.

Jaime is the current President of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association and also a member of the committee for Women in Criminal Law for Ontario. She is excited to be a member of the Board for the HBSPCA and looks forward to committing her skills in advocacy and fundraising to the betterment of animal welfare.

Margaret Strecker
Ms. Strecker is a dedicated animal lover who has also volunteered at the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA, as well as other local cat rescue groups, for many years. Now retired, Ms. Strecker has 25 years of senior management experience in the government and community sectors. “I strongly believe the HBSPCA makes a difference in the lives of animals,” says Ms. Strecker. “But as long as animals are homeless and treated cruelly, we must work diligently to help society see its responsibilities in improving the quality of life for all animals.”

Cathy Turner
Foremost a proud and dedicated single-mom of a PhD student, an undergrad commerce student, twin 6th graders, two dogs and a cat; Cathy relishes a home life of exceptional variety and pleasure!  Professionally, a Certified Health Executive, Cathy proudly enjoys a development-rich role as Director of Administration in the Academic Department of Surgery at McMaster University.  A life-long learner, Cathy has built a reputation for responsiveness employing years of leadership experience and post-graduate training to assist the Department Chair and leadership team to strategize, collaborate and advance their strong academic mandate.  Embracing personal core values of integrity, personal growth and balance, Cathy believes pairing valued and challenging work with a supportive circle of family and close friends is essential to strengthen our life journey.  Having volunteered in the past with children’s organizations, this life-long Hamiltonian seeks to apply both professional experience and personal character to undertake one small part to affect change close to home; HBSPCA is an organization whose values align perfectly.

Karen Uggenti, Vice-Chair
Karen is Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Technical Service and Support for Thermo Fisher Scientific, an Internation multi-national corporation that specializes in enabling customers to accelerate life science research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity.  Through various leadership positions, she has developed exceptional people management skills and strong business acumen.  She has more then twenty five years experience in the field of Health Care, with twenty years in pharmaceutical sales and expertise.  Karen is also the Managing Joint Health and Safety Lead for Thermo Fisher Scientific, CDD Division, for Canada.  Karen was Co-Chair for the Rotary Club of Hamilton Mountain Annual Gala for four years proudly raising over $50,000 for local needs.  “Animals deeply enrich people’s lives.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA dedicated to the care of, and providing a voice for all animals”.

Applying for the HBSPCA Board

There are 12 seats (11 elected, 1 appointed from Hamilton City Council) on the Board and terms are 3 years. Directors are expected to:

  • regularly attend Board meetings and related meetings;
  • participate actively in committee work;
  • actively champion the Society’s activities in the community; and
  • participate in fundraising for the organization.

According to our governing by-laws, directors must be members of the society in order to serve on the Board. More information on becoming a member is on the “Become a Member” page.

Members seeking a seat on the Board of Directors must apply. Experience in one or more of the following areas is an asset: fundraising/fund development, financial planning and analysis, program planning and analysis, advocacy, education/outreach, legal experience, public relations/marketing and/or previous Board experience.

HBSPCA Board Minutes & CEO Reports

April 2017 Board Minutes & CEO Report
March 2017 Board Minutes & CEO Report

February 2017 Board Minutes

January 2017 Board Minutes & CEO Report
December 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
November 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
October 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
September 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
August 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
June 2016 Board Minutes Post AGM
June 2016 Board Minutes Pre AGM
May 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
April 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
March 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
February 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report
January 2016 Board Minutes & CEO Report