Board of Directors

Shirley Yik is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Art Fine Arts Diploma Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Master of Information Systems Science degree, and a Master of Management Studies degree, all from Carleton University. Formerly she held management positions in telecommunications and internet consulting companies.

Shirley’s art practice includes painting, drawing and printmaking. She has received grants from the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is held in private collections and the City of Ottawa’s art collection.

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Alexia is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Planetary IP, a company that supports the innovative ecosystem of tech entrepreneurs. After receiving an Honours degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria and a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University, Alexia began her career in broadcast journalism. Alexia left television to work on the Hill which ultimately led to her starting her own consultancy and becoming a leading expert in communications, government relations, and development strategy. While she now continues her work to promote innovation and creativity in the tech world, she also has extensive experience in the cultural sector. Most recently, Alexia directed the Canada 150 Art for the Nation Summit, which included political, business, museological, and philanthropic leaders from across the country. She also worked extensively on the Venice Biennale dossier, including a campaign to support Canada’s representation at this preeminent international art exhibition and the restoration of the historic Canada Pavilion. Executive Committee

I work as an associate lawyer at Kelly Santini LLP, primarily in estates, collaborative family law, and civil litigation. My strengths lie in reading, writing, and critical analysis, which holds me in good stead at work and on the Board. When I’m not working or at other community engagements, I can usually be found walking my dog along the Rideau River or with my nose in a history book. I have been a member of the Board since the 2018 AGM.

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Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and raised in Ottawa, Michael Ashley has lived and worked across Canada as well as on the west coast of the U.S.A.
Following completion of a BA in History at Carleton University, he sought a marketable skill and earned a professional qualification in accounting. Courtesy of a lovely severance package from the late, lamented, Nortel Networks, Michael was able to fulfill his dream to study visual arts, graduating from the University of Ottawa BFA program summa cum laude in 2008 and their MFA program in 2017. Since then, he has balanced his ongoing work in photography and media arts with contract work in financial management and computer systems development.
Michael lives on a park near the UofO campus with his partner, Julie Hodgson, and their imaginary dog, Fluffy. Executive Committee

David Finnie has 34 years of experience in the property and casualty field of insurance. After graduating from Carleton University, David owned and operated his family insurance business for 32 years prior to joining Brokerlink. David is an active member of his community and has done extensive fundraising and marketing for numerous charity organizations including Upstream Ottawa, Bytown Association of Rescued Kanines, Kemptville Kinsmen, St James Anglican Church Kemptville and One Hundred Men Who Care Ottawa. David is a new board member and looks forward to working with the OSA.

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Completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at York University (Toronto, ON) in 2015 for which he earned an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SSHRC funding. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: The Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa), The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (Toronto), Modern Fuel ARC (Kingston), AXENEO7 (Gatineau), Artcite Inc (Windsor), Circa-Art Actuel (Montreal), and Artcite Inc (Windsor). Christos’ work is represented in the collection of The Ottawa Art Gallery, the City of Ottawa and throughout several private collectors. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. He currently teaches Visual Arts at Canterbury High School and is a Part-Time Professor in the Introduction to Fine Arts Department at Algonquin College.

Community Member

Anne was former deputy director of Exhibitions and Outreach at the National Gallery of Canada. She brings 20 years of international experience in the arts in her various roles in exhibitions and public programs, capital projects and cultural diplomacy. She believes in the value of arts and culture on individuals and communities. She is also a strategic thinker, and experienced in building alliances and relationships in the community.

Anne will be a valuable addition to the Arts Education committee, helping to articulate the value of arts, both on an individual and community level, and to ensure that the Ottawa School of Art offers meaningful and impactful programs. She can also contribute in envisioning OSA in strategic planning sessions.

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Caroline Elie leads the stakeholder relations team at Export Development Canada (EDC) and brings to the Board over fifteen years of communications, public relations and fundraising experience.  Prior to joining EDC, Ms. Elie has worked in various roles in communications and program management for Victim Services, Scouts Canada, CARE Canada and private consulting.

Caroline has a MA in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, and a BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa.  She is currently studying for a certificate in Sustainable Finance at Ryerson.

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Tara is a Manager of Human Resources at BGIS, an international facilities and real estate management company. She supports a large national portfolio, providing facility management services to the Canadian Government, Public Works contract.  She brings 10 years of generalist and Human Resources management experience, specifically in HR program development, performance management, succession and labour planning, HR policies and HR metric analysis. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University, a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation and Comprehensive Project Management Certification.

Prior to switching careers and starting in HR, she spent 5 years working as a corporate accountant for a variety of industries including the agriculture and energy industry.  She is community minded and volunteered to develop HR policy and support recruitment efforts for her local skating club and the women’s shelter. She also supports numerous fundraising events for children, including ’24-hour Tremblant’, ‘CN Cycle for Cheo’ and ‘Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend’.

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Judith holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) from York University specializing in Visual Arts and Design, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is a management consultant and project executive providing leadership expertise in large-scale business transformation and innovation. Judith leverages 20 years of diverse experience to advise on strategic planning and design, business architecture, organizational change and operational improvements. She strives to help senior executives and their teams turn strategic priorities into tactile plans and ensure the investments they make support the growth of their organization and the needs of their employees and clients.


Judith has worked across private, public, and not-for-profit sectors including five years delivering the IM/IT requirements to bring digital media education products into schools and communities. Having spent many years supporting youth-based organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa and Girl Guides of Canada, she now looks forward to reconnecting with the arts


Susan brings her work experience in a broad range of professional and management positions, primarily with the public sector. Susan is a graduate of the University of Alberta (Bachelor of Arts, Economics) and of the University of Ottawa (Master of Business Administration).

The visual and social environments across Canada have always had Susan’s attention and have been the focus of her frontline and Board volunteer activities since her retirement. Susan enjoys working with fabric, reading and baking.

As a new Board member, Susan looks forward to supporting the Ottawa School of Art’s contributions to the academic, continuous learning and broader communities of Ottawa.  

Clayton Powell is an experienced leader and management professional who has worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors. As a strategy consultant, Clayton works with small businesses in the Ottawa region to develop growth through business planning with a strong emphasis on finance and human resources. He has extensive experience in academic and not-for-profit governance having served on the senate for Trent University and as Lieutenant Governor (Eastern Ontario, Quebec) for Kiwanis Circle K International. Clayton holds professional degrees in business (BBA) and public administration (MPA) and is an active supporter of arts education. His mandate is to facilitate the art schools strategic vision of becoming a major centre in Canada for developing excellence in the visual arts.

Ex Officio Member

The OSA Board of Directors invites interested individuals to submit an application to join our dynamic Board. If you are interested in serving as a Board Member please contact Shirley Yik (President) at

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