Board Of Directors


John Maheu, Board Chair

John Maheu - Director
John Maheu

Mr. Maheu is an accomplished senior leader with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has wide-ranging experience in operations, business growth, strategy, governance, policy, procedures, R&D, quality assurance and association leadership. As Executive Director of the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS), Mr. Maheu provides strategic leadership for a professional association dedicated to providing high quality public services through certification, educational programs and member interaction.

Prior to joining AORS, he spent 13 years with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), where he held progressively responsible management positions related to standards development, product testing and certification, and business development. In these roles he gained considerable experience in governance and board relations, membership management, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, John was with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) where he held a number of engineering positions related to bridge and highway design, evaluation and rehabilitation, and asset management.

He received his B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and his Structural Engineering from the University of Toronto. John resides in Burlington with his wife and two daughters.


Rick Goldring

Rick Goldring - Director
Rick Goldring, Mayor for City of Burlington

On December 1, 2010 Rick Goldring was sworn into office as the City of Burlington’s 28th Mayor, after serving four years as Ward 5 City & Regional Councillor. A lifelong Burlington resident, Rick went to Nelson High School and earned his BA (Economics) from McMaster. He lives here with his wife, Cheryl, and their family consists of seven daughters.

Having been in business locally for 30 years, most recently as a senior financial advisor with Assante Financial Management Ltd., Rick has always been actively involved in community affairs. In addition to co-hosting Taking Care of Your Future on TV Cogeco, Rick is a member and past president of the Hamilton Chapter of Advocis – Canada’s largest association of financial advisors. Rick is a Rotarian, and has also been on the board of the Ron Edwards (Burlington) Family YMCA and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. As City and Regional Councillor for Ward 5 in Burlington, he chaired both the Budget and Strategic Planning and the Community Services Committees.

Rick is passionate about his community and plans to address major concerns during his term including sustainable development, environmental issues and fiscal responsibility.


James Ridge

James Ridge - Director
James Ridge

James Ridge is the City of Burlington’s city manager. He has held leadership positions with a variety of municipalities over the last 15 years, including serving as the Chief Administrative Officer for the District of North Vancouver and the Deputy City Manager for the City of Vancouver between 2003 and 2009.

In his municipal career, James also worked at the City of Toronto as Acting Commissioner of Urban Planning and Development Services and as Chief Information Officer/Executive Director of Information and Technology. Prior to joining the City of Burlington, Ridge served as the Principal and Chief Executive Officer of the University of British Columbia’s Vantage College, previously serving as an Associate Vice-president with the University of British Columbia.

Ridge began his career with the Canadian Armed Forces, rising to the rank of major before entering the municipal sector. He holds a graduate degree in public administration from Queen's University, a master’s degree from the University of Manitoba and a certificate in corporate finance from the London School of Economics.

Susan Kilburn

Susan Kilburn  - Director
Susan Kilburn

Susan Kilburn is an independent consultant focused on large-scale information technology (IT) and business transformation initiatives. She is currently engaged on contract in the Market Risk division of BMO Financial Group, dealing with critical regulatory imperatives.

Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Susan held a number of leadership roles in IT. She was Vice President, Solution Management at Rogers Communications Inc., a role that was created to optimize business/IT alignment and program execution for enterprise-level initiatives. Before joining Rogers Susan held the role of VP, IT Engagement Services at Symcor Services Inc., where she provided executive leadership on Symcor’s most business-critical technology initiatives.

Susan received her B.Eng.Mgt. in Engineering Physics and Management from McMaster University. She lives in Burlington with her husband Mike and her son Damon.

Patricia (Trish) Volker

Patricia (Trish) Volker - Director
Patricia (Trish) Volker

Patricia (Trish) Volker, brings a wealth of experience to both public and private Boards, with significant expertise in advisory, public accounting, banking and regulatory environments. Trish currently chairs the Audit Committees at ORNGE and Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corporation.

Trish moved from Ernst and Young to Bank of Montreal with responsibilities for the initial working relationship with the wholly owned Chicago based subsidiary, Harris Bank. She continued in an operational role of Community Banking Manager, which included both personal and commercial deposits and lending activities. Subsequent to this, she held a number of senior roles including, Director of Standards Enforcement and Director Public Accounting at the self-regulating body for professional accountants, CPA Ontario (formerly The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario).

An aviation enthusiast and pilot, Trish is proud to have served as President of the Canadian International Air Show with full responsibility for Canada’s largest air display.

After receiving a BSc. from the University of Toronto, Trish completed her CA and CMA designations and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Chartered Directors.

Trish lives in Burlington with her husband Rick.

David Kerr

NameDavid Kerr - Director
David Kerr

David Kerr is a senior legal executive who provides strategic counsel to executives and management in diverse business sectors. His broad perspective is gained from progressive experience in professional advisory and governance roles. He is adept at risk identification, negotiation and solution facilitation in collaboration with diverse parties across public and private sectors.

David is an attorney with Axiom Law, an entity that provides senior in-house counsel services to its clients. He previously held legal and governance positions at Meridian Credit Union, Computershare Trust Company of Canada; Manulife Financial Corporation, and as an Associate Lawyer with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. David is also a member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

David received his B.A. from Marietta College (Ohio), his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario and was admitted to the Bar in 1996. David lives in Burlington with his wife Melanie and their two sons.


Sherry Smith

Sherry Smith- Director
Sherry Smith

Sherry Smith is a retired Human Resources executive and realtor with Century 21 Future Realty Inc. She has 30+ years of human resources and management experience that spans the retail, health sciences and telecommunications industries.

Ms. Smith most recently served as Senior Vice President of Total Rewards at Loblaw Companies Limited where she was responsible for Compensation, HR Services and HR Systems. A seasoned Human Resources executive, Sherry has extensive experience in the areas of compensation, benefits and HR operations. Sherry began her career at Nortel Networks where she spent more than 20 years in various leadership roles working in a large and complex global HR organization. Prior to joining Loblaw, she held the position of VP, Global HR Services at MDS Inc.

Sherry obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and her Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University. She also holds a Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certificate from the Directors College. Sherry was a long time resident of Milton, Ontario before moving to Burlington with her husband Bob.