MAC's Staff & Board

MAC’s Staff

Mike Douglas

Executive Director

Jacqueline Mak

Creative Strategist

Susan Durnin

Administration Lead

Sherri Murray

Communications Producer

Sabrina Cunha

Multimedia Designer

Mike Douglas, Executive Director

Mike has enjoyed bringing the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC) into sharp focus as a valuable arts service agency, providing and initiating new opportunities for creative expression, employment and recognition. Aligned with this, MAC supports the professional development of artists, providing educational webinars, online coaching and seminars that grow ‘artpreneurial’ capacity and enhanced digital communications skills. 

Turning the Mississauga Arts Awards into a gala dinner celebration has made The MARTYS the most comprehensive city arts awards program in Canada. The artists’ showcase that is MAC’s Masquerade Ball has evolved into a successful fundraiser, helping MAC to operate its new micro-granting programs that in 2020 saw 28 grants awarded to over 50 artists.   

Previously, Mike was founding Editor and Co-Publisher of the popular city magazine MississaugaLife – Spirit of the City. For 30 years he was a freelance television director for network documentaries and dramas, this TV work included significant communications assignments for leading companies in corporate Canada.

Mike’s many years of community volunteering earned him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. 

Jacqueline Mak, Creative Strategist/Creative Director

Jacqueline Mak has 4 years of Art Direction experience Her work at BBDO Asia and Oglivy One Hong Kong saw her working with brands such as Visa, Metlife, P&G, Mercedes, Purina, and Bayer. Returning to Canada to pursue a career as a visual artist, she has created works for Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga 42th Juried Show, City of Mississauga, Living Arts Centre and has been featured on CBC Arts, VICE, and The O.G.

She holds a postgraduate degree in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD and has taught Visual Arts at VAM for 4 years. As a visual artist, her work challenges society’s views on critical issues that affect our daily lives in which we seldom pay attention to.

Susan Durnin, Administration Lead

Susan Durnin has 10 years of arts administration experience in office operations and management, grant writing, concert and tour logistics, and event production. Susan has served in administrative roles for Andrew Kwan Artists Management, the Association for Opera in Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

Susan recently completed a Certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management from Ryerson University, which adds to her educational foundation, a Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba.

During her free time, she is involved with DFM, a quirky electric bassoon cover band, and performs in community and professional orchestras. Susan brings a unique perspective to her administrative work in the arts sector, and looks forward to building relationships within the Mississauga community.

Sherri Murray, Communications Producer

Sherri Murray has over 4 years of experience working in a variety of Multimedia and Communications roles. Previously, she worked for Redbrick Communications in Port Credit, Mississauga as a Multimedia Specialist where she worked on a variety of digital content for local governments and clients such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Her education background is from McMaster University, where she holds a BA in Communication Studies and Multimedia with a minor in Theatre and Film. During her spare time there, she worked within Hamilton’s art scene and helped create the first Multimedia Grad Show titled POLY.  Sherri is excited to combine her passion for advocating for local artists and skills as a digital content creator to help lift Mississauga’s talented arts community.

Sabrina Cunha, Multimedia Designer

Mississauga graphic designer, artist, and creative, Sabrina Cunha has worked with CLAP Studio as a Creative and Social Media Intern, as well as with Theatre Erindale as their 2018/2019 season Graphic Designer. She studied graphic design, art history, and studio art at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College, Sabrina holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts as well as and an Advanced Diploma in Art & Art History. She is also a Provisional RGD under the Association of Registered Graphic Designers. Sabrina is excited to combine her passion for art, culture, and design with the Mississauga Arts Council’s vibrant community.

MAC’s Board of Directors

Ron Duquette

President

Ken Jones

Vice-President

Charles Chu

Treasurer

Marissa Mah

Secretary

Anna Adams

Director

Helen Almeida

Director

Grant Clark

Director

Sameena Eidoo

Director

Imran Hasan

Director

Linden King

Director

Lynne Mack

Director

Randy Persaud

Director

Filip Plaskota

Director

Michael Roszak

Director

Ron Starr

Director

Laurie Usypchuk

Director

Ron Duquette, President

Television writer producer, former Citizen of The Year honoree, Board of Governors for the Living Arts Centre, Chair of the Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival, President and Founder of Mississauga’s Legend’s Row, Chair of Starr’s on the Credit fundraiser for Children’s Aid.

Ken Jones – Vice President

Managing Partner of a high value strategic business consulting service. Formerly a Board member and President of MAC, Ken is pleased to be back and remains active playing in the Pops orchestra.

Charles Chu – Treasurer

CPA, CA who specializes in small business. Previous experience with non-profit organizations on board of the Mississauga Chinese Business Association.

Marissa Mah – Secretary

A business lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP in Mississauga. Marissa advises regarding mergers & acquisitions, structuring and reorganizations, shareholders agreements and is developing a practice in intellectual property law. Marissa is an avid theatre-goer and dancer.

Anna Adams – Director

Business strategist and employee performance and talent development and sales coaching. Anna is currently the Director of Membership Services and Programming with the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) overseeing event production/programming for the last 10 years.

Helen Almeida – Director

Executive search professional, filling functional leadership positions in C-Suites across Canada and the US. She enjoys community involvement, serving on the Board of Directors for Brampton Music Theatre.

Grant Clark – Director

President of Solutions for HR Inc., a Mississauga based human resource consulting firm. Former Chair of Mississauga Board of Trade and Director Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel branch.

Sameena Eidoo – Director

An award-winning educator at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, passionate about integrating cultural production and media in education.

Imran Hassan – Director

President Transglobal Systems of Canada Inc., a telecom manufacturer. Dedicated to supporting community building and through numerous local charitable initiatives.

Linden King – Director

An information technology professional and active community leader, member of the Halton- Peel Grant Review Team for The Ontario Trillium Foundation. For 25 years, Linden has designed and made costumes for the largest Caribbean cultural festival in North America.

Lynne Mack – Director

Brings IT support and journalism experience together with her own artistic flair to the MAC Board. Lynne brings fundraising experience from her association with Rotary. She is the Program Chair of the Electronic Technology program at Sheridan College.

Randy Persaud – Director

A veteran CBC employee in Production Resources. Randy is Vice Chair of Marketing for Carassauga Multi-cultural festival and actively supports the boards of Broadening Horizons, Bollywood Monster Mashup and Mississauga Gives.

Filip Plaskota – Director

Founder of Creators at Play a digital marketing agency specializing in the creation of original video content for a non-profits, charities, small businesses, and broadcast media.

Michael Roszak – Director

COO Express-Scripts, is a dynamic executive with extensive finance, strategy, planning and business development acumen. His track record of operating with transparency while maximizing long-term value for stakeholders make him a good fit for the Mississauga Arts Council.

Ron Starr – Director

Mississauga City Councillor for Ward 6 and after his distinguished service as President of both the Art Gallery and the Board of Trade, Ron is pleased to focus his interest in Arts volunteering for the MAC Board.

Laurie Usypchuk – Director

Owner of Love This House Home services specializing in decorating, staging, renovations. Extensive Marketing experience from packaged goods industry, holds Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration, a Culinary arts degree, and is an active volunteer and has supported many Canadian artists.

MAC’s Advisory Board

Marcelino DaCosta

Advisory Board

Heidi Somfalvi

Advisory Board

Jeff Wesseling

Advisory Board

Marcelino DaCosta

Also known as FrostFlow, Mercelino is a practitioner and advocate of Hip-Hop culture since 1998. He is the founder of the world-renowned GROUND ILLUSIONZ Hip-Hop Art Collective.

Heidi Somfalvi

Partner & lead photographer at Artäge Pictures, a boutique art photography studio in Mississauga. Heidi brings creative skills, as well as her 15 years of sales and marketing skills to MAC. Heidi also enjoys painting, and playing several musical instruments.

Jeff Wesseling

Veteran musician and founder of Road Rage Pro Gear, an internationally recognized brand of specialized equipment for guitarists. Jeff’s career includes 25 years of desktop publishing.

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