Our Board

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes is a publicly accountable not-for-profit corporation with charitable status.

Trustees are elected by the Museum Membership at the Annual General Meeting in May and together they form a Board of Directors. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the conduct of the Corporation and the achievement of its objectives by exercising its due-diligence responsibilities through regular meetings of the Board, Executive Committee, Standing and Special Committees.

Our Board is a dedicated, passionate and professional group of volunteers who believe in the value of community organisations and the potential for the Museum to create meaningful engagement and contribute to the future of its community.

We are forever grateful for their time, expertise and passion - both past and present.



Our Officers of the Board are:

Chris West

Chris West


Chris has been an Investment Advisor with 3Macs, a division of Raymond James, since 2007, advising clients from a background of practical entrepreneurial experience. With a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Queen’s University, Chris went on to build a 25-year career as a private investor and entrepreneur, owning and operating companies in Canada, the US and the UK ...

He attributes his success as an entrepreneur to a knack for seeing opportunity; the discipline and the patience to realise it; a natural ability to connect and communicate. In his current role at 3Macs/Raymond James in Kingston, he combines his skills in finding opportunity in the markets with his ability to communicate with individual investors. Chris relies primarily on well-chosen dividend stocks and bonds in order to build wealth for his clients, a traditional approach that bypasses industry gimmicks and expensive products.

Chris is active in the community and is currently the Museum’s Chair of the Board of Directors, in addition to being the Chair of the Advancement and Executive Committees.

Serge Labbe

Serge Labbé


Serge retired from the Canadian Army as a Brigadier General in 2008 after nearly 40 years in the regular force. Over the years, Serge’s appointments have included; regimental command and staff appointments (Royal 22ième Régiment and Canadian Airborne Regiment); Plans and Policy Advisor at NATO Headquarters, Brussels; Deputy Chief KFOR Joint Implementation Commission (2000-2001) ...

and Commander, Canadian Strategic Advisory Team Afghanistan. After retiring, Serge returned to Afghanistan working alternatively for both the Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, and the Office of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative as Senior Political Advisor until 2013. He continues to consult for NATO, overseeing the preparation and execution of high-level exercises. Serge has a B.Eng. Hon. in Chemical Engineering from RMC 1974; attended the UK Royal Military College of Science in 1983 and Canadian National Defence College from 1988-1989; and completed the US Armed Forces Senior Joint and Combined Warfighting Course in 1994.

At the Museum, Serge is the Vice-Chair and the Chair of the Governance and Planning Committee.


Kelly Pope Wiley

Kelly Pope-Wiley


Kelly brings over 20 years of progressive marketing and communications experience across education, media, fundraising, and provincial and municipal government roles. During her career she has led teams to develop successful communication and marketing strategies. She has also contributed and led highly successful teams in the development of detailed financial plans to support clients ...

organisation-wide strategic plans, and the development and launch of brands; the growth of college enrolment; the creation of communication strategies and issues management. Kelly has an Advanced Diploma in Business Marketing from St. Lawrence College (1995) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laurentian University (2016). Currently, she is a Consultant with IG Wealth Management. Prior to joining the Museum’s Board, Kelly served as a director on the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston's board, a trustee for the Davies Foundation and a member of many community committees supporting the arts, sports, tourism, innovation and marketing initiatives.

John Plant

John Plant


John joined the Board in 2013 with a distinguished naval and academic career. He began as a cadet at RMC that soon took him to the UK where he trained as an engineer and reached the rank of Engineer Officer. After 3-years of service at sea, John was selected to study naval architecture at MIT. This set him on the path to meeting a group of systems engineers who encouraged him to complete a PHD (without the completion of an earlier degree) ...

His thesis was published by MIT press as a research monograph series on systems engineering. John, now a Lieutenant, returned to Canada where he took up the post of Lecturer and several administrative posts before becoming Principal at RMC. His service with the RCN continued to the rank of Captain following his 9-year appointment as Commanding Officer at HMCS Cataraqui. John also has a long history of volunteering with engineering and military associations, but he would say he is most proud of the family he shares with his wife Kay; their 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.



Tom Wightman

Tom Wightman


Tom is a professional accountant (CPA, CA – Retired), having spent 25 years as a partner at international accounting firm KPMG. Tom has a B. Comm (Hon’s) from Queen’s University, and joined KPMG immediately after graduation, where he spent his entire professional career. During his time at KPMG, Tom specialized in income tax and practiced in KPMG’s Edmonton and Ottawa offices before transferring to KPMG’s Kingston office as managing partner.

Over the years, Tom served on KPMG’s Canadian Board of Directors, and on several national committees. Tom has been, and continues to be, involved with numerous charitable organizations. He very much enjoys the time he spends with his three children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in Kingston and spend time in the summer at their family cottage.

At the Museum, Tom also serves as Chair of the Finance and Human Resources Committees.



Our Board Directors are:

Jacqueline Collier

Jacqueline Collier

Jacqui brings over two decades of experience in the residential construction industry and as leader of sales, marketing and design for Tamarack Homes in Kingston. Jacqui has held several roles including that of President of the Kingston Home Builders Association, Chair of The City of Kingston’s Housing and Homelessness Advisory Committee, and is current Chair of the Board for Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region, President of BGC South East (formerly Boys & Girls Club), President of Big Brothers Big Sisters KFL&A, and Co-Chair of the collaborative Kingston’s Kids First...

Jacqui was winner of EnerQuality Corporation’s prestigious Builder Achievement Award for Ontario in 2018, and winner of the ENERGY STAR Champion Award for Ontario in 2017 for her dedication and passion for green construction.

She is passionate about our city and history and puts serving her community at the forefront of her priorities. You can catch her attending many local events and fundraisers with her two young daughters by her side, she never misses an opportunity to get the whole family involved.


James McDonald

Linda Ann Daly

Linda Ann has extensive volunteer and governance experience, at both local and provincial levels, in education, healthcare, tourism and the arts, and is dedicated to the quality of healthcare, culture, and social programs of the Kingston community. Her career has been marked by her contribution through leadership, advocacy, teaching, and community involvement. She has a track record of fully engaging on important issues, providing a strong voice for others, and using her inclusive approach to inspire others...

She has served as a Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission; a member of the transitional Council of the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists; a member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University; a board member, including Chair, Board of Directors, Kingston General Hospital; Board member, Kingston Symphony Association; Board member,  Dress for Success, Kingston, with whom she continues to volunteer; and team member for supporting Newcomers our city.

Linda Ann has worked as a Child Care Worker, Probation officer, Coordinator and faculty member of the Child and Youth Worker Program at St. Lawrence College, Kingston, and Founder of Bicycling Ontario.

Linda Ann is a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts; the Royal Ottawa Hospital with a Child Care Worker Diploma; and Queen's University with a Master of Public Administration. She is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary International; and Honourary Diploma, St. Lawrence College, Kingston.


Ron Kowalczyk

Ron Kowalczyk

Ron has a long history of construction and project planning, and management throughout the region. He has recently retired from the very busy role of managing the Queen’s University construction projects over the last number of years. He employs value engineering and cost saving techniques, working directly for clients to ensure their projects are completed on time and on budget ...

with excellent client satisfaction. He was also the Vice-Chairman of Ethics for the Toronto Real Estate Board and a Member of the Board of Directors of the North York Chamber of Commerce. Ron’s background and successes fill a long existing gap in the Museum Board’s capabilities, and has been immensely useful in the preparation of complex infrastructure grant applications for the new museum.

At the Museum, Ron is the Chair of the Projects Committee working on its $18M redevelopment project.


James McDonald

James McDonald

James is a partner and member of the Litigation Group at Cunningham Swan LLP. An advocate by nature, James has a broad-spectrum litigation practice that includes municipal, corporate, commercial and contractual disputes. Among other areas, James has direct experience with municipal zoning and by-law litigation, commercial lease and real property litigation, and construction disputes and liens ...

In 2017, James retired from Naval Reserve of the Canadian Armed Forces into the Supplementary Reserve, having previously served as a Marine Engineering Systems Operator with HMCS Prevost in London, HMCS Brandon in Esquimalt, BC, and most recently Kingston’s HMCS Cataraqui. In recognition of his community involvement and efforts, James was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and has twice successfully challenged the International Four Days’ March and received the Vierdaagskruis Cross (2008 and 2019). On weekends, when he is not exploring the outdoors with his daughters, James can be found puttering in his workshop and experimenting with different woods and finishing techniques.


Steve Millan

Steven Millan CA, CPA

Steven oversees all facets of Human Resources as the Associate Vice-Principal of Human Resources at Queen’s University, leading the development of the department’s strategic goals and objectives. Steven is a graduate of the Queen’s Commerce program and a CPA.  Before his current role in Human Resources, Steven spent over twenty years with the Smith School of Business at Queen’s where he was the Executive Director of Finance, Administration and Operations. Prior to joining Queen’s, he was a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and the Financial Controller for Strathcona Paper. ...

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Hotel Dieu Hospital, the Jean Mance Foundation, and the Finance Committee for Hotel Dieu Hospital.  Steven was also a past Chair of the Audit Committee for Hotel Dieu Hospital and the President of the Eastern Ontario Chartered Accountants Association.

Steven grew up in Kinston and proudly spent his youth working in the family business, Millan Brothers Groceries, which was located in downtown Kingston.  The Millan family started the multi-generational business in 1876.  The focus of the business for most of its history was as a marine chandlery, suppling groceries and hardware to the ships that once frequented Kingston and the surrounding area. Steven grew up along the river and spends as much time as possible cruising the Thousand Islands with his wife Kris, on their boat Liquid Asset.

Ron Turley

Ron Turley

Ron, Museum Treasurer from 2016 to 2021, is returning to the board for a second term.

He retired from the working world in 2016 after an eclectic career, which included: high school math and science teacher, group home parent for young offenders, university guidance counsellor, university director of residence, management consultant, chief financial officer, financial planner, and tax preparer...

In his youth, Ron worked at a series of hourly jobs that included logging on Vancouver Island, moving freight in the NWT, and clerical work at the Churchill Falls power project. His undergrad is in math and he holds a teaching diploma, an M.Ed., and an MBA. More recently, he spent three years studying computer programming at St Lawrence College. Ron has travelled extensively in Africa.

Over his thirty-two years living in Kingston, he has been on a number of boards including: St Margaret’s Church, Rideau Public Parent Group,  Neurofibromatosis Canada,  Kingston Family Mediation, Providence Continuing Care, Almost Home, and the Quinte-St. Lawrence Branch of the Canadian Association of Financial Planners.