Board of Directors

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a professional, not-for-profit theatre company governed by the B.C. Societies Act. Our Board of Directors is made up of a group of community volunteers recruited for their special knowledge and expertise in many areas. It is with our Board’s skill and commitment that we are able to support the continued success of our Festival.

Our 2021 Board of Directors


President: John McCulloch
Vice President: Darlene S. Howard
Treasurer: Kostya Polyakov
Secretary: Shona McGlashan

Andrew Bianchini
Rebecca Catley
Douglas Clarke
Mark Fancourt-Smith
John Geddes
Ainslie Hurd
Glenn Ives
Aveen Maharaj
Derral Moriyama
Marian Ngo
Marlie Oden
Arv Sooch



John McCulloch – President
John McCulloch was until 2011 Managing Partner of the oneworld airline alliance, which he joined at the establishment of their global headquarters in Vancouver in June 2000. Prior to this he worked in London for HSBC as Head of Group Marketing, and before that spent 15 years with the Swire Group based out of Hong Kong and Japan, working primarily in the airline industry with Cathay Pacific Airways. He has a law degree from Cambridge University and has lived or worked in most countries in the Asia Pacific region, travelling extensively particularly for his work with oneworld and in aviation consulting. He runs his own consulting and business advisory business based in Vancouver and works in various sectors related to the travel industry. He also volunteers his time in various board positions, mainly in the not-for-profit sector, with a focus on the developmental disabilities community

Darlene S. Howard – Vice President
Darlene has been a Bard Board member since 2014. Her career in management training began at Telus (formerly BC Tel), and culminated in a twelve-year private consulting practice. She has designed and taught courses including Leadership, Team Building, Communications, Presentations, Interviewing Skills and Performance Review. Since taking early retirement, Darlene has devoted her time to volunteer work, centred on her passions in life – art, education and community. She is a Past Chair of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, a Past Secretary of Collingwood School Board, Past Chair of Parent Council; she has also chaired Governance, Communications, Education, and Human Resources committees. She has facilitated workshops for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster, Collingwood School Board and Staff, and the West Vancouver Parks Board. She was the 2014 recipient of the Jessie Richardson Patron of the Arts Award. When not volunteering, Darlene can be found travelling with her husband Paul, boating, or enjoying life in West Vancouver with their (not too spoiled) American Cocker Spaniel Charlie.

Kostya Polyakov, CPA, CA – Treasurer
A long time Bard patron, Kostya joined the Bard finance committee in 2012, was elected to the Bard Board of Directors in 2014 and took over as Treasurer in 2018. A chartered professional accountant by training, Kostya is a partner at KPMG, one of the world’s leading accounting firms; he is the Canadian leader of KPMG’s Consumer & Retail practice, and specializes in working with public and private companies in the retail, hospitality, entertainment, technology and consumer goods industries. He has extensive expertise in areas of accounting, financial controls, forecasting, cash flow planning, securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Kostya has always been passionate about children’s education and has previously served as a director of the Parent Support Services Society of BC as well as the Richmond Jewish Day School in addition to coaching hockey for the Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association. In his spare time, Kostya enjoys hockey, golf and spending time with his wife Audrey and their two children.

Shona McGlashan – Board Secretary
Shona McGlashan fell in love with the theatre and Shakespeare during her teens, and briefly interned at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Originally from the UK, when she moved to Vancouver she was thrilled to discover Bard on the Beach on her doorstep – and is equally excited to serve on Bard’s board of directors. With over twenty years’ governance and communications experience on both sides of the Atlantic, Shona is a senior leader at Vancity Credit Union, currently heading Vancity’s mental health strategy and developing a model for inclusive and anti-racist governance. Shona lives in Kitsilano with her spouse and two teenagers.

Andrew Bianchini, CPA, CA – Director
Andrew Bianchini joined the Bard Finance Committee in 2021 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2022. Andrew is the Senior Vice President Finance of Polygon Homes Ltd., one of Vancouver’s leading homebuilders, where he is responsible for overseeing all accounting, tax, finance and insurance matters. Andrew is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a CFA charter holder, and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of British Columbia. In addition to their support of Bard, Andrew and his wife Sarah are also long-time supporters of the BC Cancer Foundation. In his spare time Andrew enjoys road cycling and spending time with Sarah and their two children.

Rebecca Catley – Director
Rebecca Catley is president of RC Communication Strategy Ltd. She was previously QuadReal Property Group’s Vice President, Corporate Communications, responsible for developing and leading that company’s communication program in support of its global strategy. Prior to joining QuadReal, Rebecca held senior positions that involved corporate mergers, international events and major asset acquisitions in North America. One of the many compelling reasons behind Rebecca’s enthusiasm for Bard dates back to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when her then-teenaged son said “Mum, why didn’t you tell me that Shakespeare rocks!?” Bard has been a family tradition ever since.

Douglas Clarke – Director
Douglas is a dedicated and passionate supporter of Bard on the Beach. He has been a member since 1991, volunteer since 2002, joined the Bard Board in 2013 and currently chairs the Infrastructure Committee. A native of Vancouver, Douglas is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a BA in History. He is fully licensed real estate agent and property manager. He is the President of Vancouver Management Ltd., a Lower Mainland-based real estate property management firm. He is past President of PAMA (Professional Association of Managing Agents), Past Treasurer for LandlordBC, and sits on the Faith and Foundation committee for St. Augustine School. He has volunteered at the Canadian Open (PGA and LPGA), the 2010 Winter Olympics, Bard on the Beach (since 2002) and is currently a very active coach with Jericho Little League. He is a lifelong Canucks fan, avid golfer and urban farmer. He resides in Kitsilano with his wife Alice and two sons.

Mark Fancourt-Smith – Director
Mark Fancourt-Smith is a lawyer who practices commercial litigation with Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver. His areas of specialization include intellectual property disputes, claims for breach of confidence, fraud and fiduciary disputes, and disputes in the mining, wine, and entertainment industries. He also specializes in matters involving injunctive relief in a variety of contexts including preservation of contested property or evidence, and matters involving civil disobedience. Previously, Mark sat on the Executive of the Vancouver Bar Association from 2011 to 2016, serving as President in 2015. He is an adjunct professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, teaching Civil Procedure. Mark is married with two young children, and lives in Kitsilano. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and road biking, and is a keen photographer. Mark joined the Board in 2019 and currently sits on the Governance and the Resource Development Committees.

John Geddes – Director
John joined the Board in 2015 and currently sits on the Finance and Program Oversight committees. John has been active in the volunteer sector for over twenty years at the board level for both community and cultural organizations. He currently is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Chor Leoni choir and a member of the Music on Main’s Director’s Circle. His passion for culture as a subscriber and patron includes theatre, music, art, and dance. In his time as a senior executive with MDA, one of Canada’s most successful technology and aerospace companies, John developed extensive experience in business planning, acquisition, finance, operations and marketing for diverse organizations in Canada, the United States, and internationally. He continues to work as a strategic business development consultant. A long-time resident of Vancouver, John also loves time spent in the outdoors enjoying our wonderful part of the world.

Ainslie Hurd – Director
Ainslie Hurd is a lawyer practicing in business law with McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Vancouver. She maintains a corporate and commercial practice, including cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate finance and corporate governance, with a primary focus on the mining sector. She also regularly advises clients in the non-profit and charitable sector on corporate governance matters. Ainslie has a deep passion for the arts. Prior to beginning her legal career, she was a performer immersed in the classical music and musical theatre scenes in the Lower Mainland, leading her to complete a Bachelor of Music at the University of British Columbia. Ainslie has been an avid Bard on the Beach supporter for many years, enjoying numerous productions with her family at the tents in Vanier Park and participating in Bard on the Beach Young Shakespearean workshops as a young thespian. In her spare time, Ainslie sings opera and plays piano. She can also be seen on the tennis courts in Stanley Park or throwing the odd rock at the local curling rink. Ainslie is delighted to be on the Board of Directors of Bard on the Beach.

Glenn Ives – Director
Glenn Ives currently serves as a corporate director on Kinross Gold Corporation, Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. and Nervgen Pharma Corp. Glenn was a senior partner at Deloitte Canada from 1999 to 2020. He served as Chair for two four-year terms ending in 2018 and during this time was a member of Deloitte’s Global Board of Directors, Global Governance Committee, and chaired the Global Risk Committee. Glenn led Deloitte’s mining sector in North and South America. He spent over a decade working for publicly listed mining companies, becoming Director and Chief Financial Officer at Vengold in 1993. He has served on the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Board for nine years (Chair from 2016 to 2018), is Chair of the University of Waterloo School of Accounting & Finance Advisory Board, a Director of the Canadian Nature Museum Foundation, and Treasurer of the West Vancouver United Church. Glenn is married to Katherine and has four children. He lives in West Vancouver.

Aveen Maharaj – Director
Aveen is the current principal at, a development and construction company servicing the Metro Vancouver area. With his formal education in structural architectural, he has helped the company grow from single-family residential to several arms of construction, development and investment. He helps control a team of project managers that work within the areas of Residential: Custom Homes, Residential: Project Management, Residential: Renovations, Commercial: Tenant Improvement and Strata. Prior to this role he worked at Vancity, within the management structure at several of their key retail locations. His management role included work in the fields relating to branch, employee and client financial management as well as retail lending and investments. Aveen and his wife, Andrea, are strong supporters of the BC Cancer Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital and their Regional Animal Protection Society. In addition, they are financial and sponsorship supporters of their local Minor Hockey Association, in which both children play. In his spare time Aveen is passionate about snowboarding, motorcycles, boating, good food, great wine and travel.

Derral Moriyama – Director
Derral Moriyama is President of Moriyama Consulting Inc. A retired executive from BMO Financial Group, Derral previously held positions of Senior Vice-President, Business Development, Western Canada, and Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking in British Columbia. During his tenure with the Bank, Derral held a number of senior positions in Commercial and Corporate Banking, Natural Resource Account Management, Risk Management and Retail Banking. Prior to his move to BC, Derral was Senior Vice-President, Business Banking responsible for strategic development and sales and service for the Canadian small business and mid-market area, including diversified industries, agriculture, succession planning and industry programs for the Canadian market. Derral has an MBA from the University of Toronto and completed the Executive Development Programs at the Banff School of Management and the Kellogg School of Business in Chicago. He sits on numerous boards and committees in the Vancouver Region including as a director, Board of Trustees and Chair of Finance, Capital and Audit committees at the National Arts Centre, Chair of Canadian Forces Liaison Council Pacific Region, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 39 Signals Regiment in BC, Past Chair of Northstar Trade Finance, RCMP Commanding Officer’s Diversity Council, Founding member and Treasurer of the BC, Football Hall of Fame, Past-Chair of The Vancouver Aquarium, Co-Chair of the First West Theatre Capital Campaign for The Arts Club Theatre and Bard on The Beach, The Nikkei Society of Vancouver, Past board member of the New Car Dealers Association of BC, Chairman’s Advisory Committee for the 2014 Grey Cup and plays an advisory role to several other organizations.

Marian Ngo – Director
Marian has been an avid fan of great works of prose and verse since she was a child and in serving on the Bard Board, she looks to do her part in supporting the ongoing Vancouver tradition of Bard on the Beach. She believes in promoting the relevancy and wonderfulness of Shakespeare’s timeless works for future generations, in ways that are specific to the changing times. Marian is an independent consultant who works to find innovative and progressive approaches in the field of government relations – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Adaptable to constantly changing environments, but never losing track of the objectives, she hones in on rationales for processes – if the status quo does not allow for needs to be addressed, she works with all parties to develop a partnership and plan that does. Prior to this, she worked in both industry and in various government ministries in Ottawa. In her spare time, Marian enjoys reading and exploring the world of imagination with her young daughter, Elizabeth.

Marlie Oden – Director
Marlie Oden loves the arts, in particular live theatre, but she had to make a living so she founded Bridge Communications in 1995. It offers a wide range of services, including strategic planning, public relations, public consultation, community relations, facilitation, advertising and corporate communications. When she is not busy with her wonderful clients she is of service to the arts community, including terms on the board of directors of Telefilm Canada, the Arts Club Theatre, BC Borstal Association, the Stanley Theatre, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Jewish Film Festival, VIFF and as Past-President of the board of the Vancouver TheatreSports League; she has also served on the board of CBC/Radio-Canada (not all at the same time!) An active member of her community, she has received the Jessie Richardson Patron of the Arts Award, and the City of Vancouver Arts Award for Outstanding Board Member. In 2016 she was selected as one of 35 most Influential Women in BC by BC Business Magazine. She is a graduate of the Canadian Board Diversity Program and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is thrilled to be on the board of Bard on the Beach. When not working she can be found running with her dog Buddy or spending time with her husband visiting their splendid children.

Arv Sooch – Director
Arv Sooch is an avid supporter of the arts and Bard on the Beach. His love for Shakespeare was ignited many moons and harvests ago by a dear English Literature teacher at Churchill High School. He currently works with Nicola Wealth in the capacity of business development, where he is primarily involved with families and their conversations around the creation and preservation of wealth. Having had diverse life experiences and careers, including being a pharmacist, a flight attendant with Air Canada, and a dentist, Arv embraces a growth mindset and is passionate about being a life-long learner. He concurrently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Pacific Oral Health Society and the Indo-Canadian Dental Association. The most important role in Arv’s life is serving as a VP in his household, where he and the President, his wife, Sevena, are busy with running the business of three teenagers (four if you include the dog).