Colin is President of the Symphony, and has been on the Symphony board since 2016. Outside the Symphony, Colin is Vice President of Canadian Operations for an international software company. A Top 40 Under 40 winner, Colin is a regular figure in the Lethbridge community. He regularly donates and volunteers with local charities and non profits. Colin also operates MPP Photography, the largest independent Sports Photography provider in southern Alberta, and sits on the Executive of the WWCFL. Colin’s passion and love for high culture brings him to the Symphony community, despite his complete lack of musical aptitude. He deeply appreciates the history and traditions of classical music, and especially enjoys the Symphony’s annual opera collaboration with the University of Lethbridge.
Ross is the Director of Marketing, Communications, Technology and Security at the YMCA of Lethbridge. He joined the board in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ross has been involved in the arts for over twenty years as a performer, director, and producer for festivals and plays in Fort McMurray, Kingston, and Ottawa.
Ross specializes in board governance and marketing and is excited to help grow the symphony moving forward.
Jennifer is a retired school teacher, teaching kindergarten through grade nine. She was also vice-principal and worked in special education. A volunteer at heart, Jennifer has been a part of many boards and committees throughout her career, and we are so lucky to have her!
Chris Burton joined the Board in 2020. He grew up in Newfoundland, studying there and in Ottawa and Chicago before moving to Lethbridge in 2003. A very long time ago he learned to play the classical violin before switching to Newfoundland and Irish folk fiddling. Now he can barely tune a violin, let alone play it, but has a life-long appreciation of classical music. Since 2003 he has worked in the History Department at the University of Lethbridge, chairing the department from 2015-2021. Chris teaches European History, specializing in Russia and the Soviet Union. He schemes to devote an entire season of the Symphony to Shostakovich, so far without success.
Eric Guilbert is a director of Commercial Operations – with worldwide responsibilities outside the USA – for a global firm in the medical arena.
Eric has been involved in the Arts for a long time – playing the violin, working as an usher at Place des Arts in Montreal during university years, and contributing as a board member for the Glenbow Museum Acquisition Society.
Eric renewed his support in the Arts by volunteering as an usher at LSO performances and then joining the board in 2019.
Bio in progress.
Doug EmekPast-President (ex-officio)
Doug retired as General Manager Lantic Inc. /Rogers Sugar Taber Division in October-2016. He is married to Beverley and they reside in the Town of Taber.
Timothy JanzenOrchestra Representative (ex-officio)
Timothy Janzen started the bassoon in grade 7 and quickly joined Robert George’s bassoon studio. He continued to study bassoon with Bob George throughout high school and at 16 years old, performed with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra for the first time.
In 2001, he was given the role of 2nd Bassoon and has enjoyed sitting beside his instructor and mentor ever since. Tim also plays the contrabassoon. He has served as the Orchestra Musician’s representative to the Board of Directors for almost a decade.