Board of Trustees

Board Members can be contacted through Krystyna Ransome at 905-815-2042 x. 5023, or via email at krystyna.ransome@oakville.ca


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Councillor Jeff Knoll

Councillor Jeff Knoll has served as Oakville’s Ward 5 Regional and Town Councillor since being first elected in 2000 and re-elected in subsequent elections in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. A local entrepreneur and employer, he is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Film.Ca Cinemas in Oakville.

As Town and Regional Councillor, he has served on almost every committee and board of the town and region on behalf of the residents of Ward 5. He is currently a member of the Halton Police Services Board, President of the Halton Community Housing Corporation and is Chair of the Oakville Public Library. Knoll is also a member of the Oakville Administrative Services Committee and the Halton Health and Social Services Committee.

In addition to his current committee and board experience, he has also served on the boards of the Halton Health Care Services Corporation, the Halton Children’s Aid Society, the Oakville & Milton Humane Society and as the Halton representative on the Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee at the GTAA (Toronto Pearson Airport).

Outside of his Council responsibilities, he is a member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and is a member and active volunteer with the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre where his wife Michelle is the Executive Director. He is also a long-time member, former chairman and the current group sponsor of the 1st Trafalgar Scouts, and a founding member and volunteer with the Trafalgar Township Historical Society, a Member of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 114.

Jeff’s life-long interests in the film industry stem from a part-time job at a local movie theatre he had as a young teen in Windsor, where he grew up. He went on to study Political Science and Communications (film and television) at the University of Windsor. He holds memberships in the Canadian Media Producers Association and is a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Jeff and Michelle have lived in Oak Park for 19 years, where they’ve raised five children, and enjoy time with their four grandchildren and rambunctious rescue beagle, Roxas.


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Steven Bright
A highly experienced communications professional, Steven has worked with a variety of non-profit, private sector and government organizations for more than 20 years. These include BMO Financial, TSX Group, the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and CBC Sports. A self-employed communications consultant and writer since 2011, Steven helps his clients strategically articulate and project their voice in the public dialogue.

Active in the Oakville community, Steven was director and then vice president of government relations and policy for the Oakville Chamber of Commerce for three years. He volunteers with the Oakville Community Foundation, and was a coach with the Oakville Soccer Club for many years.

Born in Oakville, Steven has degrees from McGill University [B.A. (Hons), History], Western University [M.A., Journalism], and The Royal Military College of Canada [M.A., War Studies]. He completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Ivey Business School course in Strategic Investor Relations. Steven and his wife are raising their two daughters in the River Oaks area.

 


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Pankaj Sardana
Pankaj Sardana has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector with the past 17 years at the executive level.  Mr. Sardana gained his energy sector experience with The Ontario Ministry of Energy, The Consumers’ Gas Company, Ontario Hydro, the Independent Electricity System Operator, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, and Guelph Hydro.

Mr. Sardana has in-depth knowledge of finance and financial markets, regulatory affairs, treasury operations, electricity markets and rate structures, rate design, load forecasting, and conservation and demand management. Mr. Sardana has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Waterloo, and is a chartered financial analyst.


Bill Smith

Bill retired in July 2016 having spent his entire career (38 years) with CIBC in various positions including 25 years in Mid-Market Commercial Banking.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB). Bill, a graduate of Illinois State University (Marketing major), lived with his family in the US for 18 years. Upon graduation in 1977, Bill moved back to the Toronto area.  He and his wife Debbie were married in 1980, have two grown children – and one (at this point) very spoiled cat.

Bill has lived in Oakville for over 33 years and has been an active member in the community beginning some 25 years ago when he was a scout leader (11th Oakville) for approximately 10 years.  Since then, he has been involved in a number of not-for-profit organizations.  Bill is currently the Board Chair of the Oakville Arts Council, a Director on the Halton & Hamilton United Way Campaign Cabinet, and a volunteer with the Northeast Oakville Fair.  Previously, Bill was the Board Chair of the Oakville Community Foundation, Board Chair of CommUnity Arts Space, Board Chair of the Oakville Waterfront Festival, member of the Oakville Community Foundation Advisory Council, member of the Town of Oakville Environmental Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and member of the Town of Oakville Cultural Hub Committee.

In his spare time, Bill enjoys travelling, running, sailing and generally enjoying retirement.


Preet Sekhon

Preet Sekhon has over 20 years of extensive consulting experience in government, health-informatics, pharmaceuticals, education and telecommunication sectors. Preet has worked with Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, eHealth Ontario, Public Health, Community Care Sectors, LHINs, Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, NPS Pharmaceuticals and Nortel Networks.  As an accomplished Business Transformation Leader, Preet has successfully implemented and transitioned technology and business solutions to sustainability across organizations with a key focus on service strategy, development, and operations.

 Preet lives in Oakville with her husband and two daughters. Community service is an integral component of her family’s makeup. Preet and her daughters volunteer regularly at local charities such as Food for Life and CharterAbility. Additionally, she runs a Non-Profit organization “Give Them Hope” with her daughters. This organization raises fund to enable disadvantaged kids in developing nations to achieve self-reliance by seeking educational and vocational training.  Preet has also participated in the development of the Halton Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018.”


Janet Haslett-Theall

Councillor Janet Haslett-Theall was elected Town Councillor for Ward 3 in October 2018.

Councillor Haslett-Theall is a proud graduate of Trent University and Rotman School of Management in Strategic Human Resources, with her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.  She has worked as a Human Resources Professional for 30 years; the last fourteen as a consultant/ombudsperson for manufacturing, small business and professional services.

She has been an active community volunteer for the past 12 years, including chairing the EJ James Public School Council and 9 years as the president Joshua Creek Residents Association. She was the co- founder of a coalition of 11 Resident Associations to champion “fair geographic distribution of community services”. This volunteer effort resulted in Town Council’s approval of two community centres: Trafalgar Park Community Centre (the old Oakville Arena) and the Southeast Community Centre.

Councillor Haslett-Theall, her husband Larry and three children have been residents of Ward 3 since 1991.


Paul McIntyre Royston

A proud father of five daughters, Paul grew up in Southern Ontario and he and his wife Christine have lived in Oakville for two years. His current role as CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation is to engage Canadians in sport philanthropy by inspiring them through the impact they can make. Previous to that he worked at the Calgary Public Library and Foundation where he served as Director, External Relations and President & CEO respectively. Paul had the privilege to lead the re-brand of the Library system and build the $350M Add In Campaign for Calgary’s Library. He is grateful for the amazing career experiences offered at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Sunnybrook Foundation, the University of Waterloo and Katimavik.


Susan Fanelli

An active member of the community, Susan was born in Oakville, graduated from the University of Toronto, and returned to Oakville to raise her family. In her 33-year career with the Town of Oakville, she worked on many recreation portfolios including aquatics, programming and youth services. Most recently, she was the first manager of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, where she worked closely with residents to develop a comprehensive and unique facility to meet community needs.


Andrew Cashman

An experienced marketing and sales business consultant, Andrew holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and has several years of progressive experience in the consumer packaged goods, retail service and B2B industries. Andrew’s expertise lies in branding and marketing strategy. In his spare time, Andrew is an active community volunteer with Scouts Canada in Oakville and participates in many other community activities and events.


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