Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors for 2020/2021

The Society of Canadian Artists board of directors is made up from 12 volunteer members from across Canada. Our Executive team consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. Directors also chair various committees or are representatives for the geographical area in which they reside. 

We are always looking for volunteers to fill various roles.  If you are interested in being part of the board, please contact Marissa Sweet at vicepresident@societyofcanadianartists.com 

Executive officers

Kathy Hildebrandt
Kathy Hildebrandt SCA President & Director
Kathy is an international award winning artist. She is a signature member of 8 national and international art organizations, is a Master Pastellist of Canada and is part of the International Association of Pastel Society's Master Circle. She is the President of Pastel Artists.CA and has been the President of the SCA since June 2019.
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Marissa Sweet SCA Vice President & Director
Marissa is a landscape and cityscape painter who, in merging her creative background with her practise of Feng Shui metaphysics, creates work about conservation. Her work explores interconnectivity with our environment and its importance. Currently, Marissa is the Vice President/Social Media Director and Nominations Chair for the Society of Canadian Artists. Marissa teaches in her home studio and at various private and public galleries and community centres.
Dorothy Chisholm
Dorothy Chisolm SCA Treasurer and Director
Dorothy is an avid plein air painter in oils and pastels. She has painted in France, Scotland, England, Sedona AZ, the Canadian Maritimes and B.C. A resident of Calgary, she is inspired by the colour and beauty of the Rocky Mountains, the foothills and prairies of Alberta. Along with SCA, she has served as a director and juror for several art organizations.
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Shelly Hudson SCA Secretary & Director
Shelley Hudson has two primary inspirations. Her love of animals which she views as “people with fur, feathers, or scales” and her artistic endeavor is to bring out the inner personality of each of her subjects.
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Committee chairs

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Murielle LeBlanc SCA Membership Chair & Director
Murielle is a signature member of La société canadienne de l`aquarelle, the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Lakeshore Artists Association and the Society of Canadian Artists. She also has been a participant in International juried shows. Through her favoured medium, finding light and transparency in her subjects is her vision.
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Martin Gaudreault SCA Exhibitions Chair & Director
Martin Gaudreault is a Canadian artist-photographer who has been working in this field for over 30 years. He is a silver medalist from several international academies. He is a member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and several other professional associations. He has been inducted by the Société de l'Ordre du Bleuet pour les Arts et la Culture for his exceptional work in photography and his photographs have been distributed in some 60 countries.
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Josy Britton SCA Hon Communications Chair & Director
Josy Britton, CSPWC, OSA, Past President and Honorary Member of the Society of Canadian Artists, is an award-winning artist, most proud of her Cason Medal, Antoinette Stevens and ArtExpo New York 2019 Spotlight Awards. Josy who decided she was an artist in kindergarten, began her career after graduating with an Honours BA in Fine Arts in 1979. Josy paints large encaustics and watercolours inspired by circular time and her belief in the possibility of Heaven on Earth.
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Helen Shideler SCA Publicity Chair & Director
Helen is an International award winning artist living on the East Coast of Canada. For Helen, painting is a celebration of life and how light and colour interact. The real joy is in the challenge - she works hard to get it right. Working traditionally in watercolor, oil and acrylics and painting in contemporary realism. Signature member Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC).
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Marissa Sweet SCA Social Media Chair & Director
Marissa is a landscape and cityscape painter who, in merging her creative background with her practise of Feng Shui metaphysics, creates work about conservation. Her work explores interconnectivity with our environment and its importance. Currently, Marissa is the Vice President/Social Media Director and Nominations Chair for the Society of Canadian Artists. Marissa teaches in her home studio and at various private and public galleries and community centres.
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Alan Douglas Ray SCA Website Chair & Director
Alan is an academy-trained, traditional oil painter based in Toronto with a passion for portraiture, figurative art, and still life. He is an elected member of multiple arts societies including the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) and the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA). Alan is also the founder of FCA Toronto. He is the publisher of an online resource centre for traditional oil painting materials and techniques.
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Graham Scholes SCA Newsletter Chair & Director
Graham's work combines Real with Abstract endeavouring to communicate: ideas, a sense of beauty, and generate emotions. I can play God by moving mountains, houses, trees and any object that requires proper placement for good composition, in harmony with each other. All this is an attempt to touch the emotions of a viewer.
Peter Gough
Peter Gough SCA Fundraising & Sponsorship Chair & Director
Peter Gough has a home and studio on the south shore of Nova Scotia. A realist painter, Gough is influenced by his rural surroundings and is constantly aware of the challenges it faces by urban progress. Firmly rooted in the physical reality of the places he chooses, at a moment in time, his paintings are imbued with a luminosity that transcends realism.
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Marissa Sweet SCA Nominations Chair & Director
Marissa is a landscape and cityscape painter who, in merging her creative background with her practise of Feng Shui metaphysics, creates work about conservation. Her work explores interconnectivity with our environment and its importance. Currently, Marissa is the Vice President/Social Media Director and Nominations Chair for the Society of Canadian Artists. Marissa teaches in her home studio and at various private and public galleries and community centres.
Bob Shackles
Bob Shackles SCA New Member Liaison
Bob Shackles is an elected member of the CSPWC and the SCA. He retired from DuPont in 2014. Bob taught at St Lawrence College; published a Studio Manual for oil painters and participated in a review of the Fines Art curriculum. In 2016 he drafted a New Member Standard for the CSPWC. He volunteers on local and national boards. He is a past Director of Youth Opportunities in the Arts; past Regional Director and Treasurer of the CSPWC; and Current President of the Brockville Concert Band.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

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Sonia Isabelle SCA Quebec Representative
Sonia holds a BFA in graphic design from Concordia University. She has abandoned the graphic arts for a few years to concentrate mainly on drawing. She joined the SCA in 2020 and at the same time joined the board as Quebec representative and a translator. She is also a member of the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV) and the Lakeshore artists association (LAA).
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Elizabeth Malara-Wieczorak SCA Ontario Representative & Director
Elizabeth is a member of many art groups and associations, frequently participating in shows. Her awarded works are in private collections around the world. Elizabeth builds on the traditional approach to subject and technique. Her work is focused on nature - the monumental harmony of the world. Besides painting, Elizabeth has experience as an art director and graphic designer. She has created campaigns, concepts, and illustrations. She has supervised the editing and production process.
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Anita McComas SCA Western Representative
Anita McComas is a professional artist currently residing in Kelowna, BC. Her works celebrates the Canadian landscape and its creatures in an abstracted impressionistic style that focuses on the unexpected, often with shifts in the visual plane. When not painting full time from her studio, Anita is pursuing a master’s degree in arts leadership and cultural management with a goal of working to create connections in the community through art.
Currently Vacant Atlantic Representative
Amanda Kalcic Bookkeeper
Bernice Lester Office Assistant