Annual Report

Orchestra London 2012 - 13 Annual Report

Leading Excellence

Joseph O’Neill (President)

Director of Business Development for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) for Southwestern Ontario.  Joe develops new client relationships and helps private companies source and restructure financing.

Outside of family, Joe’s love of sports and community is equalled only by his love of music.  An experienced community volunteer, Joe is currently President of the London & District Baseball Association, a former minor hockey executive and chair of the 2008 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge.  Joe chaired three committees during his tenure on the Board of the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.  He was London’s Sports Volunteer of the year in 2003 and Sports Person of the year in 2005.

Ailene Wittstein (Past President)

Executive Director of Merrymount Children’s Centre since 1994. Merrymount is a not-for-profit family support and crisis centre offering a range of family services and programs designed to strengthen and support family life and the well being of children, as well as providing immediate response to families in emergency or crisis situations.

Ailene is involved with a number of boards and committees in the community. Her hobbies include sewing, weaving, spinning and spending time with her five grandchildren.

David Canton (Facility, Chair)

Business lawyer and trade-mark agent with Harrison Pensa LLP. David’s practice focuses on technology and intellectual property matters such as licensing, technology transfer, privacy, e-business, software, the internet, and trade-marks. David is co-author of Legal Land Mines in E-Commerce published by McGraw-Hill, writes the Techlaw column in the London Free Press, and blogs on legal, business and technology developments at and David is on the Fanshawe College School of Information Technology College Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Canadian IT Law Association.

Janis Wallace (Revenue Growth, Chair)

London-based business communicator and freelance writer. She is employed at the University of Western Ontario in communications for the Don Wright Faculty of Music, as faculty for Continuing Studies and facilitator for the Teaching Support Centre.  Janis earned her Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Education at Western.

Lezlie Wolfe (Board Development, Chair)

Self Employed Human Resources Management Consultant. Lezlie is providing services for Bratton Consulting Inc; DBM Canada; and Netexpat Inc, in the areas of Strategic HR, Career, Expat Social Integration and Retirement Counseling, Performance Management, Policy and Program development, Compensation, Payroll and Benefits solutions for individuals and corporate clients in both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Chris Collins

Chris brings a depth of experience to Siskinds’ civil litigation group and practices almost exclusively in the area of personal injury litigation.  After receiving a BA in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, he received his LL.B from the UWO Law School in 1991.  A Partner with the firm, Chris works primarily on auto insurance and personal injury claims. In his downtime, Chris enjoys the challenges of white water kayaking.

Mary Douglas

A recently retired Principal with the Lambton Kent District School Board. She has been associated with the Chatham Kent branch of Orchestra London for the past 20 years, serving as president for the past 10 years.

Al Edwards

Retired from London Life as EVP and Actuary and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo. Al and wife Susan are longtime residents of London and are active supporters of the London community.

Lorne MacDonnell

Owner and President of Lormac Renovation Centre specializing in replacement windows and doors to commercial and residential customers for over 40 years.  Lorne brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience to the Board and is a strong community supporter.

Joyce Thomas

Works as an employment and labour law lawyer at Polishuk Camman & Steele.  Joyce’s goal is to attract new members of the community to the Orchestra to experience everything we have to offer.

Volunteer Committee Representative

Daina Janitis

Currently Co-President of the Volunteer Committee of Orchestra London.

Musician Representatives

David Haward

Karen Kjeldson