Performing Art Centre announces four new Directors bringing the total to 13 Board members. .

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  June 4, 2013. The Board of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce the election of four Directors at its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.  The election returns the Board to its full complement of thirteen directors.  Joining the Board are Donald Baxter, Michael Southon, Barry Simmons and Arthur Salzer. 

Don Baxter has spent several years in Economic Development positions, including Burlington Economic Development Corporation from 2002 to 2008.   Baxter brings experience in business management positions and board governance to the board.   He is involved in the development of the Roseland Community Organization as well.

Baxter, who was executive director of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation where he picked up the tag of Burlington Booster moved on to Mohawk College where he served as the executive director of corporate training and partnerships.

It was built on time and on budget; they hired an accomplished Executive Director then the wheels got loose and things didn’t run smoothly and the blame game began costing the Centre its Executive Director.

Before joining the BEDC, Baxter was a founding partner of consulting firm Economic Growth Solutions Inc., doing education, tourism, economic development strategy and downtown work for municipalities, provincial ministries, colleges and school boards and private clients. He also served as executive director of economic development for Metro Toronto.

Baxter is a registered professional planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Economic Developers Council of Ontario, Economic Development Association of Canada, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, and the International Economic Development Association.

He also worked in the consulting and municipal planning fields, and was seconded to be Research Director for a Federal/Provincial Task Force on the Supply and Price of Serviced Land in Canada. He then became Commissioner of Planning and Development in a Toronto municipality responsible for planning, building and economic development activities. For 11 years, Don was Executive Director of Economic Development for Metro Toronto, including economic development responsibilities as diverse as hosting the G7 summit, establishing the GTAA, international bids, and developing the National Trade Centre. He has degrees from the University of Guelph and Queen’s University. 

Give them an Oil thigh Don and show them how it’s done

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1 comment to Performing Art Centre announces four new Directors bringing the total to 13 Board members. .

  • Bob Roper

    Great for business development…but not a minute’s experience from any of them in the entertainment business.

    Editors note: Mr Roper revised his comment and added:
    My error…looks like Mr. Simmons does.