Tim Philp – President

Tim Philp has been involved in the Brantford community since 1963 and has a background in Electronics Engineering including designing computer controls for material handling equipment and railway locomotives. He also worked designing electronic warfare equipment for the Canadian Navy. Tim was a Host of the television program Politically Speaking for many years on Rogers Television. Tim has a long history in the volunteer sector and was involved in many non-profit organizations as director or officer, including: Vice-chairman and finance chair of the Brantford Public Library Board, The Boys and Girls Club, the Southern Ontario Library Service, Vice-chairman of the Ontario Library Trustees Association, Director of Sport Safety for the Ontario Underwater Council, Chairman of Theatre Brantford, Chair of Rosewood House, Chair of the Brant Community Social Planning Council, Director of the Brant United Way, Chairman, Director of the Your Homes board, and President and founder of the Brant FreeNet.

He is a current member of the City’s Heritage Committee and chairs the Prospect Point subcommittee. His name may be familiar to readers as he has been a columnist and feature writer for The Expositor. He currently writes a weekly science column called Thought Experiments.

He is employed as Executive Director of Rosewood House, a group home for people with mental health and addictions issues.

“I am very excited to take the helm of the Brant Historical Society and I hope to work hard to advance the interests of the Museum and local history preservation and the use of new technologies to bring history to everyone”



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Bill Hanna – Treasurer

Bill Hanna is the owner and managing director of Acacia House Publishing Services, a literary agency. Bill is an honors graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto (Modern History).  He entered publishing in 1958 representing the Canadian subsidiary of the Macmillan Company of New York in Eastern Canada. In 1979 he took up the post of  publisher of the Joint Red Cross/UNICEF International Year Of The Child Project. At the beginning of 2001, he joined Acacia House as vice president. In his career, he has lead numerous educational training meetings on the sale of international publishing rights and served as the Chairman of the Export Committee of the Canadian Publishers Council and of the Copyright Committee of the Association of Canadian Publishers.





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Annette Minutillo – Secretary

Annette Minutillo is a Graduate of Western University in English Language/Literature, McMaster University in History, and the Ontario Federation of Independent School’s Principals’ Course.  Work experience includes sales and marketing management with Oxford University Press, administrative leadership for Braemar House School, and professional development consultation and workshop presentation for the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools.   Annette has significant Board experience as both a Board Member and an Executive Director in the charitable sector. She has also participated in Committee work with the Brant/Brantford Chamber of Commerce, the Family Literacy Committee of Brant, and the Independent School Principal’s Council.






Esther Brouwer – Director

Esther recently moved to Brantford from Mount Hope after completing her diploma for Applied Museum Studies at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She has worked at museums around Hamilton for six years now, including Museums of Burlington, Edinburgh Square Heritage and Culture Centre, and the Dundas Museum and Archives. Esther has also worked overseas for a three month internship with the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Scotland. 

Esther enjoys working with children’s programming as well as exhibit design and had been volunteering with the programs at Myrtleville house since November 2016. In her spare time, Esther sews historically accurate 18th century clothing, from fine women’s gowns to early Native American moccasins.




Douglas K. Summerhayes C.M., HRF – Director

More than 65 years of experience in all facets of management, marketing, operations, business development, product development, manufacturing process and technical development for many business organizations as an owner, senior manager and consultant.

An inveterate volunteer he has been an active member of many community and national trade, business and volunteer organizations over a period of more than 65 years. Co-founder of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation [now Cystic Fibrosis Canada] with his wife Donna, President and CEO for 3 years. Founding Director of the Canadian Wood Pallet & Container Association, Secretary/Treasurer and CEO for 4 years. Served on Boards and Committees of several Brantford and Brant County community organizations that included Enterprise Brant, Myrtleville Museum, Ichthys Theatre Company, Brantford Jaycees and the City of Brantford Economic Development Advisory, Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Advisory and Canada Day Committees.





Wilhelm Hilgendag – Director

Wilhelm Hilgendag immigrated to Canada in 1978 and started farming with his parents at Bow Park Farm, Brantford. He is a graduate of University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. Wilhelm runs a family farm, which specializes in pedigreed seed production and marketing of soybeans to food processors, worldwide. Leadership Positions: President of Brant County Federation of Agriculture, President of the Ontario Seed Growers Association, Treasurer of Faith Lutheran Church in Brantford. He has always been a “Canada Promoter” and is researching local agricultural development.






Carolyn Purden – Director

Carolyn Purden is the recently retired president of Purden Communications, offering communications strategies, publication development and management, and editorial services to corporate clients in a variety of sectors. Prior to this, she had a lengthy journalistic career. During her almost 30 years of board experience she has focused on communications and governance issues. A resident of Toronto until 2016, she has served on the board of Trinity College (University of Toronto), Casey House Foundation, the Cabbagetown Regent Park Museum, The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation and other not-for-profit organizations. Until her move, she was also a volunteer with Heritage Toronto.