Michael St. Amant – President
Michael St. Amant is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Master of Arts in History. He has over forty years of business, finance and governmental experience. Over time, Michael has served as a member of several private sector and not-for-profit Boards of Directors. Michael has been a member of the Brant Historical Society Board of Directors for five years.
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.
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.
Jack Jackowetz – Director
Jack Jackowetz has thirty years experience in software development, marketing and client expectation management for companies in Canada and the United States. Jack changed course mid-career and is pursuing his interests in the creative arts, history and heritage. He tells stories through his unique art work. Jack has served on numerous Boards and Committees locally. Jack holds a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Zig Misiak – Director
Zig Misiak is the president of Real Peoples History. For his ongoing and varied contributions to our collective history, culture and heritage he has received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, Shining Star Award and the George and Oliver Seibel Award and was a nominee for the YMCA Peace Medal. He is also the author of several books.
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.