I have long been inspired by the AAW, what it stands for and for the contribution it has made to woodturning over the years. It is fair to say that by encouraging the unrestricted sharing of knowledge, the AAW has made better turners of us all; it certainly has made a better turner of me.
Having received so much from the AAW and many of its members, now that I am retired and turning on a full-time basis, I felt the moral obligation to give something back to our organization through committee work. Playing an active role in the committee work of Turners Without Borders made me realize the incredible potential the AAW has to influence the course of turning and wood art in many parts of the world, and of the key role our organization can play in fostering international collaborative approaches. I have also been significantly involved with the Chapters Committee, working on the Chapters Relations Initiative to build a stronger and more responsive association. I had the honor of presenting the results of the chapters working group at the Phoenix symposium. This experience has made me even more keenly aware of the importance of building a closer relationship between the association and its chapters to better serve the needs of all members.
As a senior executive of the Canadian federal government, where I served in many capacities, including executive director of Canada’s Intellectual Property Office and CEO of Canada’s Consulting and Audit organization, I learned first hand the importance of teamwork to get the job done and to plan for the future in a thoughtful and structured manner. I have also been involved on a volunteer basis in a number of non-profit organizations, including as president for eight years of a significant land conservation trust, so I understand how important and challenging it is to motivate members and work with volunteers to create a better organization to serve its members.
I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to bring to the AAW Board my passion for woodturning, my experience as a senior executive, and the analytical rigor I developed early on in my career as a consulting engineer and management consultant to the betterment of the AAW.