Board of Directors

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is 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 support and commitment that we are able to celebrate the continued success of our Festival.

Our 2018 Board of Directors


President: Jim Bovard
Vice President: Margie Knox
Treasurer: Kostya Polyakov
Secretary: Beth Macdonald
Directors: Douglas Clarke
John McCulloch
John Geddes
Darlene Howard
Bernie Maroney
Marlie Oden
Marg Vandenberg
Douglas Welch



Dr. Jim Bovard – President
An enthusiastic Bard patron for many years, Jim Bovard joined the Bard Board in 2008. A sports physician with a family practice in North Vancouver, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Sport Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC and a member of SportMedBC’s Board of Directors. Jim was involved with the 2010 Olympics as the Venue Medical Officer for Figure Skating and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team Medical Staff for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. He is the Chief Medical Officer for the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club, Medical Director of High Performance for Canada Snowboard, and is the primary team physician for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. In his spare time, Jim can be found on the ski slopes, running marathons, or golfing. He makes his home in West Vancouver with his wife Mary Clare.

Margie Knox – Vice President
Margie has been a devoted Bard member and supporter since the early 2000s and has served on the Board since 2009. She has been involved with the non-profit sector nationally and locally for more than 30 years as both an employed professional and in senior volunteer roles. This has included 8 years chairing the Lower Mainland and BC & Yukon Boards for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and sitting on their National Board. She has had various roles on boards and committees for VanDusen Botanical Garden Association and St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Anglican Church; currently she is President of the Board of the Garden Club of Vancouver. For Bard, Margie has been a member of the Capital Campaign cabinets for both development projects in Vanier Park (2010-2013) and for the BMO Theatre Centre (2013-2015).

Kostya Polyakov, CA – Treasurer
A longtime Bard patron, Kostya joined the Bard finance committee in 2012 and was elected to the Bard Board of Directors in 2014. A chartered accountant by training, Kostya is a partner at KPMG, one of the world’s leading accounting firms; he is the leader of KPMG’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice, and specializes in working with public and private companies in the entertainment, media, technology, hospitality, and consumer products 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 his spare time, Kostya enjoys hockey, golf and spending time with his wife Audrey and their two children.

Beth Macdonald – Secretary
Beth was elected to the Bard Board in 2013 and then appointed as Secretary in 2014. She is counsel with the national law firm of McCarthy Tétrault, practicing in intellectual property, trademark, and advertising law. She is a Fellow and active member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and also a busy mom/chauffeur to her two children. Beth has been an enthusiastic Bard on the Beach theatre patron for many years and has enjoyed having the opportunity to deepen her involvement with and support for Bard.

Douglas Clarke – Director
Douglas is a dedicated and passionate supporter of Bard on the Beach. He has been a member since 1991, a volunteer since 2002 and joined the Bard Board in 2013. 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. Since 2004 he has been the President of Vancouver Management Ltd., a Lower Mainland-based real estate property management firm specializing in multi-unit residential apartments. He is past President of PAMA (Professional Association of Managing Agents), a current Director of LandlordBC and is on the Faith and Foundation committee for St. Augustine School. He has volunteered at the Canadian Open (PGA and LPGA) and the 2010 Winter Olympics. He is a lifelong Canucks fan, avid golfer and urban farmer. He resides in Kitsilano with his wife Alice and two sons.

John Geddes – Director
John joined the Board in 2015 and currently sits on the Finance and Governance committees. 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, United States, and internationally. He continues to work as a strategic business development consultant. 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 a member of the Board of the Chor Leoni choir and the Music on Main’s Director’s Circle. His passion for culture as a subscriber and patron includes theatre, music (all forms), art, and dance. A long-time resident of Vancouver, John also loves time spent in the outdoors enjoying our wonderful part of the world.

John McCulloch – Director
John McCulloch was, until 2011, Managing Partner of 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 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 now in global 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 has held various board positions, mainly in the not-for-profit sector, and is a Senior Advisor at Seabury Aviation Consulting, a global aviation and aerospace consulting firm, now part of Accenture.

Darlene S. Howard – Director
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. 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 Vice-Chair of Collingwood School Board, has chaired Governance, Communications, Education, and Human Resources committees, and has facilitated workshops for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. 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 simply enjoying life in West Vancouver with their two (not too spoiled) American Cocker Spaniels Chloe and Charlie.

Prof. Bernie Maroney – Director
A Bard patron since he moved to Vancouver in 2006, Bernie joined the Board in 2014. After teaching for several years at SFU, he joined the Sauder School of Business at UBC as a Professor in 2015. Previously, Bernie founded a business in New Orleans where he was active in the local arts community, including serving in the Krewe of Orpheus, a Mardi Gras philanthropic organization; his firm provided digital technology services to the entertainment and film industry. He has served on several non-profit boards, including as President of the SFU Alumni Association. Bernie contributes his operational, fundraising and marketing experience to help Bard continue to grow and serve our community.

Marlie Oden – Director
Marlie Oden founded Bridge Communications in 1995. She has served on the boards of Telefilm Canada, the Arts Club Theatre, the BC Borstal Association, the Stanley Theatre, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Jewish Film Festival and is currently the Past-President of the Vancouver TheatreSports League board; she also sits on the boards of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Vancouver International Film Festival. Marlie is a recipient of the Jessie Richardson Patron of the Arts Award and the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Board Member of the Year. In 2016, BC Business named her one of B.C.’s 35 Most Influential Women. When not working, Marlie can be found running with her dog, Buddy.

Douglas Welch – Director
Douglas has been on the Board since 2013. He is the managing director and principal designer for Eos Lightmedia, an award-winning Vancouver firm providing design and integration services for local and international lighting and visual media projects. Douglas has a background in the live entertainment industry and, with an MFA in Theatre Design, he has provided scenery and lighting designs for the Arts Club, Playhouse Theatre, Carousel Theatre and Vancouver Opera and established Western Canada’s most successful lighting design and theatre consulting firm. A strong believer in the positive influence that the arts have on individuals and society, Douglas is pleased to be able to support Bard on the Beach and Vancouver’s cultural fabric.

Marg Vandenberg – Director
Marg is a highly regarded External Relations Consultant specializing in government relations, fund development and board governance. Her extensive background includes serving as Director of External Relations at the Justice Institute of BC and Director of External Relations for the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University (SFU). While at SFU, she successfully managed the capital campaign for the Segal Graduate School of Business. Marg has held prominent positions within the not-for-profit community in such organizations as The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Canadian Diabetes Association. She has also previously served on the boards of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, CKNW Orphans’ Fund and the Royal BC Museum. Marg is currently a Trustee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and a member of the Knowledge Network Board.