Wellington West Board of Directors
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You can find a copy of the BIA Bylwas / Constitution here: Wellington West Bylaws / Constituiton
John Ferguson, Board Chair
John Ferguson is a long time member of the Wellington West BIA, and the owner/operator of the Hintonburg Giant Tiger Express at 1085 Wellington St. West. John began his career in retail with Woolco/Woolworth, and has been working with Giant Tiger in Hintonburg since 1988. John is also a longstanding volunteer with the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and is a skip with the RCMP Curling Club. John is interested in ensuring the vibrancy and attractiveness of Wellington Street West, and is the chair of the BIA’s beautification committee.
Mike Morris, Vice Chair
Mike Morris is a returning member of the Wellington West BIA and a third generation storeowner of Morris Home Hardware located at 1226 Wellington St. West. In addition, Mike owns and operates Sharky’s Scuba Supply, Ottawa’s largest scuba and snorkeling store – also at 1226 Wellington St. West. Mike has made a significant contribution to the community through his longstanding involvement with the Rotary Club, and the Youth Services Bureau.
Brian Muzyka, Treasurer
Brian Muzyka is a Community Manager for RBC Royal Bank, overseeing the Wellington and McCormick, Westboro and Westgate branches and has lived in the community for the past 17 years. He is a founding member of the Wellington West BIA and served as Treasurer for several years. Living and working in the Wellington West Community, he believes that building a strong ecosystem between business owners and residents through co-operation will benefit the community at large.
Sheena Whitten, Secretary
Sheen Whitten is new to the board of the Wellington West BIA, but has worked in commercial property in the neighbourhood for several years – first with Windmill Development Group and currently as the Leasing and Marketing Coordinator for Huntington Property Group. She has a background in neighborhood activism, working with the Community Development Framework Committee for Somerset West, and currently with the branding committee for a local charity – Christie Lake Kids.
Michel Frojmovic, Member at Large
Michel Frojmovic is a founding member of the Wellington West BIA, and is the director of Acacia Consulting & Research located at 430 Parkdale Ave. Michel also is a founder of Creative Neighbourhoods, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing good planning and design to Ottawa. Michel’s role on the board is to represent the interests of the board members off the main Wellington West strip. He holds a Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts, from McGill University, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Project Management Institute.
Laura Twiss, Member at Large
Laura Twiss is a new member of the Wellington West BIA who has been living and working in the community for close to 30 years. She is the co-owner of Twiss & Weber, located at 1282-C Wellington St. West, one of the pillars of Ottawa women’s fashion community. Laura brings expertise in how to grow and foster strong local business partnerships, how to create effective marketing techniques, as well as an extensive network of connections - both in Wellington West and beyond, to the BIA.
Liliana Piazza, Member at Large
Liliana Piazza is returning to the BIA, and has a long history with the Wellington West neighbourhood. Her father, Vincenzo Piazza, opened the Ottawa Bagelshop and Deli – located at 1321 Wellington St. West - in 1984, and it has been a stronghold in the community ever since. Liliana began working at the shop at age 12, and is currently the general manager. Liliana also brings a wealth of experience to the BIA as an internationally recognized opera singer. She has a B.Mus degree in vocal performance from the University of Toronto and an M.Mus from McGill, and has performed extensively throughout Canada, Europe, and the US.
Sheila Whyte, Member at Large
Sheila Whyte is a long serving member of the BIA board, and is the owner of Thyme & Again Creative Catering, located at 1255 Wellington St. West. Through her work at Thyme & Again, Sheila has collaborated with many businesses and festivals both in the Wellington West neighbourhood, and throughout Ottawa. She is a proponent of cooperation and community spirit within the BIA, and is inspired by the positive growth and change in Wellington West she has seen over the years.
Summer Baird, Member at Large
Summer Baird is the owner of The Hintonburg Public House, located at 1020 Wellington Street West and owns a rental property on Armstrong Street. She is the founder of The Happening Festival which is a volunteer run arts and culture festival that showcases the art behind the businesses in Wellington West and showcases the local art scene. She is also a proud resident so is always looking to connect with businesses and locals alike to make the neighbourhood a more vibrant place. Reach out to her if you have a fun idea or would like to get more involved.
Jeff Leiper, Member at Large
Jeff Leiper is the City Councillor for the Kitchessippi Ward and lives in Hintonburg with his family. Before becoming Councillor, Jeff served as the Vice-President of Strategic Communications, Research and Policy at an NGO, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), where he led ICTC’s policy development initiatives. His work helped establish a strong foundation for policy discussions and advancement of the digital economy agenda in Canada. Learn more about him here.