Board of Directors

Meet Dance Victoria's Board of Directors

Elected as Directors by Dance Victoria Society members at the Annual General Meeting on Nov 3, 2019, the Board is actively involved in ensuring the organization maintains its position in the community as an innovative and financially sound contributor to the local, regional and national dance milieu.

Susan Howard

Susan K. E. Howard President

Susan Howard is Development Director at Victoria Women’s Transition House, an emergency shelter with support programs for women and children leaving abusive family situations. Trained as a classical ballet dancer at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, she turned her passion for performance to non-profit income development. Susan has more than 20 years non-profit leadership experience in communities across Canada in fund and community development, marketing, communications and board and executive management. A graduate of SFU with a degree in business and liberal studies, Susan has a deep passion and love of the arts, particularly dance, and is honoured to serve on the Board of Dance Victoria.

Andrew Newcombe

Andrew Newcombe Vice President

Andrew Newcombe is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. He previously worked in Vancouver practising commercial law and in Paris practising international arbitration. Andrew has both commercial law and corporate governance knowledge and skills and has worked with non-profits on policy and governance issues. Andrew takes adult dance classes and brings to the Board a passion for contributing to the local dance community.

Emily Zeng

Emily Zeng Treasurer

Emily is an Analyst in the Internal Control department at BCI (British Columbia Investment Management Corporation), working to ensure organizational processes are designed and implemented effectively. Previous to this, Emily was a Senior Accountant at KPMG LLP, providing accounting and auditing services for NPOs, local government, and private businesses in various industries. In addition to her Chartered Professional Accountant designation, Emily has earned her Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting.

Emily has developed a strong passion in dance and the arts from many years of dance and painting classes she took growing up. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute as a board member for Dance Victoria.

Stacey Horton

Stacey Horton Director

Stacey Horton is an independent dance and theatre artist working and living on Lekwungen Territory. She completed her BFA in dance and theatre at Simon Fraser University and has been working as a professional performer, choreographer and teacher for over 25 years. Horton is the winner of the 2018 Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Artists, allowing her to present her interdisciplinary dance performance, Concussion, in Berlin at ada Studios. Stacey was also supported by Dance Victoria’s LOLA projects in 2008 to create a solo show that turned into a dance film and was screened in Canada, the USA, Australia and Canary Islands. Further original choreographies have been presented by Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Gambling Soles Productions (Vancouver), Dance Explosions (Calgary), Under Construction Series (Seattle), and by Bounce and Suddenly Dance Theatre (Victoria). She is currently on faculty at the Canadian College of Performing Arts teaching and mentoring students in physical theatre and interdisciplinary creation.

Heather Lejeune

Heather Lejeune Director

Heather Lejeune is Facilitator with Watershed Partners, where she works with organizations to help them navigate through complexity using collaborative design practices. Before she worked as a Facilitator Heather was an event manager, putting together some of Victoria's largest public celebrations and cultural festivals after she completed her education in Arts and Cultural Management.

At a young age Heather's parents placed her in dance classes, and while she took to stomping with abandon for many years in her tap classes, she eventually realized that this would not be a professional career path for her. Instead, she saw an opportunity to apply her creativity and organizational skills to support others in pursuing their artistic endeavours. Always a big believer in bringing people together to share a common experience, Heather still enjoys the thrill of a good event and the satisfaction of seeing people enjoy themselves through artistic mediums.

Heather is leading the committee for Dance Victoria's Night Moves program and is looking forward to getting more young audience members involved in dance.

Robert Millar

Robert Millar Director

An experienced lawyer and dance enthusiast, Rob Millar comes to Victoria via Alberta and Quebec. Rob went to the University of Calgary for undergraduate work, and taught in Alberta for several years before continuing with law studies at McGill University. Rob was called to the Bar in Alberta in 1992, and had a private practice in Red Deer, Alberta for ten years. After moving with his young family to Quebec for several years, accumulating business and entrepreneurial experience there and later in BC, Rob resumed legal work in Victoria in 2013 and is currently with Jawl Bundon LLP, practicing in the areas of business and commercial law. Rob advises on real estate and financing transactions, including development and subdivision matters, strata development, and real estate purchases and sales of all kinds. For businesses looking to grow, organically or by acquiring other businesses, Rob advises on business purchase and sale, financing and capitalization. For owners looking to sell and retire, Rob has experience in helping owners with general business succession or exit planning for their small or medium-sized business. Rob is married to Johanne Boucher, a Grade 2 French Immersion teacher, and together, they have two adult daughters – one of whom lives and studies in Victoria and the other who is in New York, where she is in her second year of training in dance with the Ailey School, the official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Colin Nicol

Colin Nicol Director

Colin has 25 years of financial services experience and 20 years of senior management experience in Canada and the United Kingdom. He brings expertise in wealth management, commercial and retail banking, risk management, marketing, acquisition and retention, service quality and compliance.

Colin’s prior roles include general manager, insurance and financial planning at Island Savings, as well as leadership roles at CIBC and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has a strong background in strategic business planning, budgeting, relationship building, leadership, research and analysis, process engineering, business development, coaching and change management. Colin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds his postgraduate diploma in marketing from Edinburgh Napier University as well as his Professional Financial Planners Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Colin is married to Justin and they both enjoy living in the beautiful city of Victoria.

Kirsty Thomson

Kirsty Thomson Director

Kirsty Thomson is the owner and principal Financial Advisor for Willow Wealth Management. Originally from Toronto, Kirsty earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. In 1988, after extensive travelling around the world, Kirsty began her career in the financial services industry. With a diverse background in trading, financial and wealth management, Kirsty has a well-rounded appreciation of the industry. She is committed to professional development and is currently working towards her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Since Kirsty believes in giving back to the community, she is very active in philanthropic endeavours. Among other philanthropic activities, she is an active member of the Organizing Committee for the very successful, annual Cherish fundraising event, a joint fundraiser for Dance Victoria and Victoria Women’s Transition House, an project which raised almost $80,000 in 2019. Her free time is spent enjoying her family, music, theatre, reading, keeping fit, and fireside chats.