About Us

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Burlington Museums Foundation was incorporated in October 1993 as a registered charitable foundation (#891985467RR0001). We support Burlington’s two museums, Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm.

Through our community and philanthropy support, we work in partnership with the Museums of Burlington to celebrate our past, engage the community in unique experiences, inspire new thinking, and offer learning opportunities for all ages.

Recently, the Joseph Brant Museum went through a major transformation that would not have been possible without our donors’ support. Our new community museum, situated in the heart of our waterfront, now offers more space to showcase our past while enabling the Museums of Burlington to provide improved programming and unforgettable experiences.


Burlington Museums Foundation will grow to become an important source of revenue to assist Museums of Burlington to achieve their mission; to engage audiences through the sharing of history and culture.


The Burlington Museums Foundation is an organization composed of passionate community volunteers committed to raising friends and funds in support of Museums of Burlington; as a vital contributor to our quality of life.

Our Staff

Cheryl Jorritsma
Development Officer

Kimberly Watson
Director, Museums of Burlington

Board of Directors

The Burlington Museum Foundation is led by a passionate Board of Directors. Together with the Museums of Burlington, we helped initiate the Joseph Brant Museum transformation project and get it passed and approved by all three levels of government.
Tim Dobbie was City Manager for Burlington who retired after 33 years.

Tim Dobbie (Chair)

Tim Dobbie was born and raised in Hamilton, receiving all of his schooling in the Hamilton / Burlington area, and is a graduate of Civil Engineering from McMaster University. In 1995, Tim was appointed City Manager for Burlington and in June of 2007, he retired after 33 years of service.

Tim Dobbie has been a member of the Burlington Community Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Burlington-Hamilton United Way. He also served as a Board member for the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), a Past President of the Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association (OMAA), a former Board member of Burlington Hydro, and a Past Chair of the Burlington Community Foundation.

Cam Fraser is an instructor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University

Cameron Fraser (Vice-Chair)

Cameron Fraser is a long-time Burlington resident. Cam was a Principal in the Halton District School Board and founding Associate Head of School for the School of Education, Charles Sturt University, Burlington campus. 

He has undergraduate degrees from McMaster University, and the University of Toronto and a Master of Education from Brock University. He was recently the Professional Learning Lead for the Ontario Principals Council and is currently an Instructor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University.   

Cam has been a board member at Community Development Halton and the Burlington Library. He has cultivated a special interest in facilitation and leadership, designing workshops and institutes he has presented throughout Ontario.

Evan McDade is a Chartered Accountant and Business Valuator.

Evan McDade (Treasurer)

Evan McDade graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and subsequently became a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. Evan has been a partner with two international chartered accounting and now practices with a local firm.

Evan has been a resident of Burlington for over 25 years and is actively engaged in improving the City of Burlington’s vibrancy and community needs. He has served in various Board capacities with Burlington Hydro, the Art Gallery of Burlington, Rotary, and his Church, to name just a few.

He is a current member of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club and can often be found at Hidden Lake Golf Club in the summer.

John Doyle is Past Chair of the Burlington Museums Foundation and the Museums of Burlington.

John Doyle 

John Doyle is a Partner with SolutionStream Performance Improvement, President of JMD Group Inc., and licensee of Leadership Management International.

He started his Business Coaching and Management Consulting practice in 2000 based on experience gained over twenty years in a variety of Senior Management roles with leading suppliers and service providers to the global mining industry.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo and Ivey School of Business, John is Past Chair of the Burlington Museums Foundation, Past Chair of the Museums of Burlington, Past Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Canadian Explosives Distributors Association (CEDEC) and facilitator in the founding of the Ontario Mineral Industry Cluster Council (OMICC).

Rob Stonehewer is President of RSA Marketing agency and RSA Furnished Rentals.

Rob Stonehewer

Rob Stonehewer is an experienced Creative Director and President of RSA Marketing and furnished rental property owner/manager at RSA Furnished Rentals.

Since 1995, RSA Marketing has provided a complete range of marketing services, including brand identity, marketing communications, websites and promotions.

Rob Stonehewer is a Partner with SolutionStream Performance Improvement and is on the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra board. He has also served as Vice-Chair of the Museums of Burlington, Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Marketing & Communications Committee and advisor to the Halton Region Business Access to Professionals program. 

Rick Burgess currently is practising as counsel at Federikse Law in Burlington.

Rick Burgess

From 2004 to 2018, Rick Burgess practised business and estates law at the Burgess Law Office in downtown Burlington, having previously practised in Toronto for ten years.

He currently is practising as counsel at Federikse Law in Burlington, where he provides business law solutions to owners and operators of small and medium-sized businesses and helps with wills and estate administration.

Rick is actively involved in community service. He has served as Chair of the Boards of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington Foundation, Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Art Gallery of Burlington, Vice-Chair of the Halton Regional Police Services, as well as several other boards and committees serving the interests of the City of Burlington.

Andrew is Managing Partner of Inside Job, a boutique consulting specializing in business transformation.

Andrew Grubb

Andrew has 15 years of experience as innovation and technology leader across both large enterprise and start-ups, and is Managing Partner of Inside Job, a boutique consulting specializing in business transformation.

He has lectured at Ryerson University’s Masters of Digital Media program, mentored at Ivey Business School, and is active in start-up advisory.

Specializing in transformation and change, Andrew has launched, governed, and managed numerous initiatives. He designs and runs workshops on business preparation around advanced technologies as well as performs keynote presentations for larger corporate clients on the topic on Agile woes and Agile transformation.