Board of Directors

The Board will govern the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton with a strategic perspective in accordance to the Mission, Vision and Values and will be accountable to funders, consumers and other groups who are committed to the philosophy of equal participation among all citizens in community affairs.





  • Criminal Defense Lawyer and is a part-time Federal Prosecutor
  • Currently the chair of the Substance Use Related Crime in Hamilton (SURCH) Steering Committee
  • Former president of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association and former member of Legal Aid Area Committee
  • Past Board member of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association, John Howard Society, Wesley Community Homes, Wayside House, and HWDSB Special Education Advisory Committee
  • Beth wants to address the systemic issues that contribute to poverty, crime, and addictions



  • BDO Canada LLP, Partner, International Tax
  • Certifications/Designations: CPA/CA (Chartered Accountant), CICA In-Depth Tax Course
  • Professional Affiliations: Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Over the past 30 years, has sat on the following Non-Profit Boards: Victoria Park Homes, Hamilton Wentworth Housing Authority (HWHA) and Threshold School of Building



  • Staff Accountant, Audit at KPMG LLP
  • CPA, CA Candidate: Successfully completed the Common Final Evaluation (CFE) in September 2015
  • Graduate Diploma, Professional Accountancy, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University
  • Volunteer Experience: Member, Community Leader Committee, KPGM LLP; Food4Kids; Teaching Assistant, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board; Board Member, Neighbour to Neighbour; Community Member, Hamilton Media Advisory Council
  • Possesses extensive financial knowledge and analytical skills


  • Designer and former Social Researcher with a diverse background in residential and commercial construction, adaptive use and restoration, Zoning and By-laws related to construction and project feasibility studies
  • Owner thinkGiraffe Design based in Hamilton but with clients in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Past Board experience: Lynwood Charlton Board of Directors, Charlton Hall Board of Directors
  • Professional affiliations: Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), National Council for Interior Design (NCIDQ)
  • Believes that Hamilton could one day serve as an example in North America of a city that in the face of poverty, environmental and employment challenges successfully re-invented itself


  • Research Facilitator, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, English and Master of Arts, English
  • Chair, Social Sciences Community-Engaged Research Consultative Group, McMaster University
  • Interested in building stronger networks and communication pathways between McMaster University and Hamilton organizations

HOUGH, George

  • Sessional Lecturer, Social Sciences, McMaster University
  • Senior Class Assistant, Gerontology Program, McMaster University
  • Member, Hamilton Council on Aging, Age Friendly Cities Sub-Group
  • Director, Aid Cadent League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee
  • Founding President, Friendship Force of Greater Hamilton
  • Former DARTS Board member (2007 – 2013)
  • Former President, Wentworth Standard Condominium Corporation 349 (2013 – 2016)
  • Former Director, Threshold School (2004 – 2007)
  • Retired Policy Advisor, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (1975 – 2002)
  • Former Regional Economist, BC and Yukon, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (1975 – 1979)
  • Former Policy Officer, Concept Development Group, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (1973 – 1975)

KOZO, Edisa

  • Economist, Government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance
  • Responsible for economic analysis of a broad range of labour market policies and programs, including socio-economic and demographic trends
  • Passionate about issues relating to poverty reduction and access to affordable housing

O’GRADY, Susanne

  • Over 25 years’ experience in community relations, community education, community development and non-profit governance
  • Has worked with various community boards of voluntary organizations helping them to establish governance models and policies for the stewardship of their organizational mission
  • Extensive experience in all aspects of community program development – feasibility studies, community meetings and community planning


  • Pharmacist/Owner, Shoppers Drug Mart
  • APPE Preceptor, University of Toronto
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Clinical Pharmacy, University of Florida
  • Volunteer Experience: Council Member, Ontario College of Pharmacists; Community Columnist, Hamilton Community News; Professional Speaker, Canadian Diabetes Association; President, Hamilton Malayalee Samajam; Board Director, Neighbour to Neighbour; Member, Hamilton Diabetes Collaborative
  • Specializes in diabetes education with a special interest in diabetes management of ethnic patient population

SHURR, Sarah

  • Senior Manager of Quality Assurance and Planning Support, Family and Children Services Niagara
  • Extensive experience in public administration, policy development and evidence-informed planning
  • Passionate about children, families and the Hamilton community


  • Judge T.A. Beckett
  • Colleen Van Berkel
  • The late Archbishop John Bothwell
  • Dale Brown
  • Anthony Butler
  • Marvin Caplan
  • Dick Capling
  • Dr. Larry W. Chambers
  • Carolann Fernandes
  • Peter McDonald
  • George McLauchlin
  • Grahame Meredith
  • Michael Moore
  • David Seldon
  • Mary Ann Seldon
  • Urmas Soomet

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