Board of Directors

About our 2022 Board of Directors:

 

 

Julie Ann Wriston, Chair

Opportunity and hope are synonymous to Julie Ann Wriston. She has witnessed the impact that solid economic development has on regions, communities and individuals time and time again in her career. With a passion for Indigenous engagement and community economic development, Julie Ann has worked throughout Saskatchewan and beyond creating, planning for and connecting good businesses that contribute to economic strength and prosperity.

Her specialties are working with Indigenous corporations, communities, and entrepreneurs to cultivate business growth and stimulate economic reconciliation. Julie Ann has worn many hats in this space that range from procurement, communications, administration, human resources, governance, and executive level leadership. She currently focuses on Equity Diversity and Inclusion as a Senior Advisor in Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations with Nutrien.

She has a solid background as a multi-term board member for a Crown corporation and has served in this capacity for various organizations over the years.  Julie Ann is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors with professional director certification (ICD.D), which provides her with a depth of knowledge that supports setting the tone at the top in a good way.

 As a proud Métis mother of two inspiring kids, Julie Ann has a vested interest in contributing to a healthy, sustainable community that provides an environment where opportunity and hope can thrive.

 

 

Tre Bynoe, Treasurer

I am a Financial Planner with TCU Wealth Management specializing in working with academics. I was born and raised in the UK and moved to Canada for my now wife, Sierra. You may see us walking our dog, Seika, at Chief Whitecap dog park in our spare time. I have lived in Saskatchewan for the past eight years. I volunteer my time across various organizations, including FP Canada, which seeks to improve Canadians' quality of financial advice.

I look forward to doing my part to help Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan continue for future generations in Saskatoon, so everyone can experience the beautiful art that the organization creates.

 

 

 

 

Rick Ewen, Secretary

Rick worked for the provincial government for 33 years, retiring as Executive Director of Apprenticeship.  For the last eight years, he has operated his own small business.  Rick and his wife Linda have been very active as volunteers for several Saskatoon-based groups, and they look forward to returning to “active duty” once COVID restrictions are lifted.

 

 

Vic Dubois, Past Chair

I am the General Manager at Saskatoon Media Group, operators of CJWW 600 AM, 92.9 the Bull FM and 98Cool FM.

I have always believed in giving back to the community and have been a volunteer for a number of non-profits during my 38 + years in Saskatoon.  I am a Past-President of the following organizations:   Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Summer Festival, Prairieland Park, TCU Place, the Saskatoon Club, the Saskatoon Rotary Club, Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters and the Western Association of Broadcasters.  Current volunteer commitments include being President of the Secret Santa Foundation, and continuing to serve on the board of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Summer Festival.   My wife Bev, who is the Ward 9 City Councillor, and I have always loved live theatre and I am very pleased to bring whatever Board skills and experience I may have to the Festival since I joined the Board in 2017.

 

 

Dustin Anderson, Member at Large

Dustin was born and raised in beautiful Saskatoon and is passionate about this incredible city we call home. He grew up playing competitive baseball and curling but as he hit his late teens curling would become the focal point. He would go on to win 3 provincial championships and attend bonspiels all across Canada, even one in Switzerland.

It wasn’t until his junior curling career was over that he was finally able to tap into the artistic side of himself. In 2008 Kiki Roquette was born, Kiki would go on to become one of Saskatoon’s premier drag queens, performing at almost every venue Saskatoon has to offer. Kiki would retire in epic fashion in 2018 and Dustin is now looking for new avenues to give back to the community.

Dustin is the promotions coordinator and community relations liaison at Saskatoon Media Group (and loves his job). He is also a member of the Prairie Lily Curling League Board, the only LGBTQ sports league in Saskatchewan.

 

 

Lorna Callbeck Cross, Member at Large

Lorna Callbeck Cross began her career in the not-for-profit world, strengthening her understanding of the value of leadership, collaboration and communication. In 2010, she began her entrepreneurial journey and started People Things Consulting; a consulting practice focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, that embraces the Psychological Health and Safety Standards while supporting mental well-being.

New to the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Board in 2022, Lorna is excited to support initiatives that build on increasing accessibility to all, and finding new ways of knowing, being and doing as we journey together through our artistic endeavours.

Lorna is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She raised two incredible children, and calls Saskatoon home.

 

Matt Josdal, Member at Large

Matt Josdal is a proud graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Drama Department. He was lucky enough to perform at the festival as part of the U of S summer stock program many years ago, and has been an avid supporter before and since. Currently, he is back at the U of S completing his final year of studies  in Medicine. He is a proud father and husband, and beyond thrilled to have found a new way to be involved with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. He is excited at the opportunity to contribute in some small way to supporting one of the premiere arts organizations in the province.

 

Jessica McDonald, Member at Large

Jessica McDonald is a researcher, writer, podcaster, and an instructor of English at the University of Saskatchewan and St. Thomas More College, working from Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis. Her work explores the ways that literature relates to social and environmental justice. She is committed to practicing community-based thinking, learning, and teaching. As a long-time attendee and fan of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Jessica is excited to join the Board in 2022. 

 

 

Laura Negraeff, Member at Large

Laura (she/her) joined the Board in January 2022 and is thrilled to finally have a justification for owning two copies of the complete works of Shakespeare on her bookshelf. Laura is a director, performer, writer, educator and HR professional who currently works as the Producer and an Artistic Associate with Sum Theatre.

Before starting her career as a professional theatre artist and producer, Laura spent 12 years working as a business instructor at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) while also volunteering for numerous community-based organizations. Laura is passionate about human rights, inclusion, and poverty reduction, and through her work has demonstrated strong commitments to decolonization, truth and reconciliation and the improved representation of persons from marginalized communities in business, education, and the arts. 

Having grown up and established a family and career in Saskatoon, Laura is excited to be contributing to an organization that has become a fixture of our city identity and is synonymous with summer in Saskatoon. She looks forward to sharing the magic of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan with her own children, Xavier and Violet, and ensuring the organization thrives well into the future.

 

Peter Robinson, Member at Large

Peter Robinson is Bateman Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan.  He researches and teaches medieval literature (especially Geoffrey Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales), and is particularly interested in the use of digital technology to help us understand texts and documents. He has produced a widely-used App for the General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales, several digital editions of parts of the Tales, and collaborated with many other scholars on texts ranging from ancient Iranian, through Armenian, Dante, and the Greek New Testament, up to James Joyce.

 


 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE

  • Julie Ann WristonChair
  • Tre BynoeTreasurer
  • Rick EwenSecretary
  • Vic DuboisPast Chair

MEMBERS AT LARGE

  • Dustin Anderson
  • Lorna Callbeck Cross
  • Matt Josdal
  • Jessica McDonald
  • Laura Negraeff
  • Peter Robinson

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