Art gallery of mississauga
Board of Directors
Leslie Silvestri – President
Leslie has been a supporter of the Art Gallery of Mississauga for many years. In February 2020 she was invited to lend her over 25 years of leadership skills and experience specializing in governance and strategic planning to AGM. She was elected to the role of President in 2020. Leslie is a Healthcare Consultant and Nurse who advocates on behalf of many families in the community as well as educational institutions. Her work is highly focused in mental health advocacy, adjudicating, education and support to end child and youth suicide in Peel. She is the proud recipient of the City of Mississauga Civic Award, Polish Chamber of Commerce excellence award 2016, Brilliant Minded Woman Award 2015, Mississauga Heritage Award 2019 and multiple awards from both the provincial and federal government. Leslie is the Founder of Fashion Circuit Series Inc. where she with her team created a platform in Mississauga to showcase, educate and promote contemporary art and fashion since 2017 and prior to that in an advisory role at MFWK in 2015. She has an extensive record in the community and has held multiple Chair positions including VP of LDAPR, vice chair of SEAC at DPCDSB, United Way, president Hats on For Awareness, Fight the Cold Coat Drive for Onward and Upward Inc. She has created and built three hugely successful non profit organizations. As a student Leslie spent many years involved in dance and choreography curating pieces of artistic expression. She is a long time member of Mississauga Arts Council, Riverwood Conservancy and Mississauga Board of trade. She is a well known community leader and a resident of Mississauga for 40 years.
Anthony Pizzonia – Treasurer
Mr. Pizzonia is a highly accomplished executive who brings over 25 years of experience in various operating, financing, and business development roles within the private and public sectors. He has a demonstrated ability to manage financial and operational challenges. Anthony is currently VP of Finance at GS1 Canada, a neutral not-for-profit organization that develops and maintains global standards. As CFO for 18 years and eventually CEO, he led a small entrepreneurial company to IPO and later to become one of the largest security companies in North America with over 280 employees serving over 146,000 organically grown subscribers in Canada and the US. Mr. Pizzonia is a CPA, CMA and holds an Honours Bachelor of Administrative Studies degree from York University.
Mary Miskic – Secretary
Mary is a dedicated community volunteer who lends her experience to a multitude of festivals and events. In addition to serving as Secretary of the Board for the AGM, she is also a Board member of the Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival in Port Credit. Mary works in the film industry, as an HR professional for the past 15 years and previously as a Financial Analyst with Imperial Oil for 21 years. Her administrative, business skills and attention to detail are an asset to AGM.
For her abundance of volunteerism for many Mississauga-based organizations, and the numerous boards, committees, and fundraising activities that have benefited from her experience, knowledge, and dedicated contributions, Mary Miskic is awarded the Hazel McCallion Volunteer of the Year Award.
Deta Constantine – Director
Human Resources Specialist
Deta is a unique people leader who brings years of experience in human resource management, as well as great instincts on what it takes to nurture a culture that empowers the passions and talents of people. She is the vice president of Human Resources and organizational effectiveness at Real Matters since 2008. Prior to this, she has served as director of human resources and administration at ASECO integrated systems for eight years. Her strengths include strategic organizational effectiveness planning, workplace planning, legislative preparedness and talent management. Deta is dedicated to the arts and has served as a member of Mississauga Arts Council for over 10 years. She is also a member of Sammy’s Clown troop, where she does work for children with special needs and in hospitals. She takes pride in her work as a strategic thought leader, contributing to the overall direction of growing an organization.
Paul Sych – Director
Creating a new visual literacy fuels Typographer, Art Director and Designer Paul Sych’s identity. His design works are rooted in exploration and innovation. Paul launched his practice “Faith” in 1990 to focus solely on design where his appetite as a typographer is continually pushed, broadening the boundaries of experimentation and using his firm as a platform for creative imagination and discovery. Paul’s innovative design, creative direction and typography has been published in over 100+ books and publications internationally. Highlights from his career include winning more than 100+ international design, art direction and typography awards since his appointment as Associate Professor in 2010 as part of his research at York University. In 2016, Paul was honoured by York University as a distinguished Research Leader which led to his election into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and was bestowed a Fellow for his contributions to research by his peers globally in 2018.
Carlos Herrera – Director
Carlos is an Entrepreneur and the Founder of By Carlos Herrera brand, a luxury fashion and inter-disciplinary Canadian design studio that is internationally renowned. He is the founder of the annual live entertainment and virtual events under the umbrella of Davinci: his influence on the modern creative mind series. He achieved a degree in architecture from Mexico City in 1998, as well as Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies, Bocconi University, Milan Italy, 2015, and Studies of Psychology authorized by the University of Toronto, 2017. Carlos is a gifted international award-winning contemporary multidisciplinary artist, sculptor, muralist, designer, and filmmaker. A Polymath, Carlos is a public speaker bringing awareness to the struggles of anxieties and depression of those with a gifted intellectual portfolio. He is a dedicated Philanthropist who has donated various pieces to charity. He is recognized on behalf by her majesty the Queen of England as one of the most promising businesses in Ontario (2015). Carlos Herrera is honored to be part of a collaboration Canadian team for winning a worldwide bronze medal during the Cannes Lions awards, Cannes, France, 2019. Carlos is a proud resident of Mississauga and together with his wife Ruth (award winning resilience researcher) raise their daughter who is also an award winning visual artist at 12 years old.
Shelley Jarrett – Director, Public Advisory Committee Member
Shelley has a degree in Social Work, She has worked with women and supported them in various ways over the past three decades. Shelley is the founder and Publisher of SMJ Magazine, an Image, lifestyle and business online publication, missioned to become the voice of young professionals and entrepreneurs in Canada and the world at large. She has won many awards. Shelley has been a Keynote speaker in Ottawa at the “Women in the Media” event for the Network of Black Business and Professional women. Shelley has completed her debut feature documentary “W’at Abowt Us” featuring stories of eight women from diverse cultural backgrounds telling their stories of truth and their own experiences of abuse and sexual assault. She is the co-author of the bestselling book, “Transforming Lives: One Story At A Time”. A strong advocate for empowering women, Shelley believes in community and giving back, and is proud to contribute to the AGM’s public advisory committee. Shelley brings her contemporary artistic flare to the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
Patti Jannetta Baker – Director
Singer, Actor, Composer, Creator, Patti’s life has been immersed in the arts since performing as a teen actress in the LA/Vegas production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Highlights include touring North America, Europe, and Asia to promote three albums, and music videos and starring in her own CTV special. Juno nominated Patti wrote and recorded with legends enjoying Top 10 and Top 20 hits, a Diamond Record for the co-write Tell Me You Love Me and produced Memories of Louis Jannetta & The Imperial Room, an original work, that opened to sold-out enthusiastic crowds. A founding Director of award-winning non-profit festivals including the MWF, SING! TO Vocal Arts Festival and Mississauga Italfest, she passionately supports emerging artists and through efforts as President of C.A.A.M.A., works to provide members with free educational programming and non-commercial showcase opportunities, locally and internationally. Awards include the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts, Canadian Recording Legacy, Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities, Brilliant Minded Women and in 2020 Patti received a star on the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame. Always an avid community and arts supporter she is a member of the Mississauga Arts Council and Heritage Mississauga. As President of JANTA Entertainment Group and Co-owner of Music Makes Miracles Inc. Patti brings to the AGM, experience, and a background of successful, distinctive events for non-profits and charities including, Sick Kids Herbie Fund, Canadian Wildlife Federation and Regent Park School of Music, by fundraising through the gift of music. She looks forward to sharing ideas and working with the AGM team to create new initiatives.
Yuce Baykara – Director
Yuce Baykara is an associate partner of the commercial litigation practice group at Keyser Mason Ball, LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining KMB, Jay worked at the ministry of the attorney general in which he was awarded multiple awards for his public service and innovation in government litigation from the premier of Ontario. Jay is proud to serve on the board of directors of the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Heart House Hospice, Ontario Bar Association and Mississauga Italfest.
Silvia Gualtieri– Director
Silvia Gualtieri is Executive Assistant for GUALTIERI Insurance & Financial Services Inc., a Desjardins Agency. Prior to engaging in the business industry, she was an educator for many years with the Dufferin Peel Separate School Board, having taught classes from JK-SK through the elementary grades. She has been involved in many Charities and Organizations, such as the Catholic Women’s League as President at the local and the Archdiocesan levels, both as Chair of Communication/ Newsletter and Chairperson of Family Life. She has volunteered for the Vita Manor projects for young women in Streetsville, Children’s Choral Society of Mississauga, the Theatre Group Fundraising at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and is a Director on the Mississauga Italfest Board. Presently Silvia has been appointed as Honorary Chair to the Gatehouse, a Social Service Organization for children at risk. She also acted as a member of the Parent – Teacher Association at the Secondary School level.
Silvia has served on the local Ratepayers Association in her neighbourhood. She has been involved in politics for many years, going back to the years of the Honourable William Davis. She is currently involved in local Riding Associations on the Provincial & Federal Levels, chairing committees on the Executive for both levels along with a role as President of the Riding Association. She has held active roles in the Election process as Campaign Manager, Election Readiness and most recently as Fundraising Chair in both Provincial & Federal Campaigns. She has organized workshops and Election Readiness Rallies for both levels of Government. Silvia was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her service and volunteerism to her Community.
Lisa Browne – Director, Public Advisory Committee Member
Lisa is a 30+ year sales and marketing executive in the consumer packaged goods industry. She uses her business background to creatively tell stories that are fact-based and drive positive change. In her career, she is known as an effective coach, leader, and team player with a strategic focus. Lisa is a relationship builder who values integrity and inclusivity. She is involved in Special Olympics, volunteering as a Scorekeeper and Coach for the Mississauga Royals softball team, as well as a Coach and Council Committee Representative for the Mississauga Rocks curling team. Her pastimes include drawing and painting, theatre, sailing, nature walks, and travel. Born in Mississauga, Lisa grew up in Montreal, where she learned to appreciate different cultures and art in all forms. She moved back to Mississauga 20 years ago where she currently lives with her two adult children.
Ron Starr – Ex Officio
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1
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Monday - Wednesday & Friday: 10am – 5pm
Thursdays: 10am - 8pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 4pm
Sunday & Holidays: Closed
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The Art Gallery of Mississauga is a guest upon the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This ancient land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee nations.