The OSYO is a not-for-profit corporation governed by an all-volunteer board with daily operations overseen by the OSYO Team
Call for Board Directors
The OSYO is eager to recruit new board members to enhance its already strong and active board. If you have a passion for the development of youth and music, or simply have a desire to give back to the community, we strongly encourage you to apply. We accept applications on a continuous basis throughout the year. Prior board experience is not required. Please refer to the document at the below link for further information.
Board & Staff
Gwen Liu, Co-Chair
Gwen works as a Pharmacy Projects and Compounding Manager at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton ensuring best practice and compliance with regulatory standards across multiple hospital pharmacy sites. She joined the Board in 2017 and presently serves as Co-Chair with Kumar Balan on the Board. She has been successful at securing funding for the OSYO with Delta Bingo and the Trillium Fund through the Fundraising Committee. She is the proud parent of two boys who play cello, one in the Philharmonia and one in the Symphony.
Kumar Balan, Co-Chair
Kumar Balan is a Mechanical Engineer and consults with companies in the Advanced Manufacturing sector globally. He has been serving on the OSYO board since 2018. Kumar’s son, Alexander was Principal Bassist with the OSYO and then a Young Artist award recipient with the Oakville Symphony. His daughter, Anjali, is currently a violinist with the OSYO.
Samantha Cheung, Past Chair
Samantha was formerly EVP, Investor Relations at Sagicor Financial Company Ltd. She previously held similar roles at Intact Financial, Genworth Canada and various capital markets roles at CIBC. Samantha joined the OSYO board in 2015 and served as Chair from 2017-2020. She currently leads the relationship with the Oakville Symphony. Samantha is also a member of Queen’s University Council. Samantha was a pianist and together with Laurence, are the proud parents of 3 teenagers who play violin and piano.
Mary Kathryn Retzman, Treasurer
Mary Kathryn is a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Investment Manager with IPC Securities Corp in the Hamilton/Halton Area, serving clients with creative and customized financial solutions. She joined the board in 2019 and presently serves as the Treasurer and head of the finance committee. Mary Kathryn is the proud parent of her violist and cellist daughters.
Faiza Sandhu, Secretary
Faiza works in independent Economic and Financial Markets Research. She has been part of the Board of Directors at OSYO since 2018, and currently serves as the Board Secretary, and on the Communications and Operations Committee. Her daughter plays the violin; she played with Sinfonia, Philharmonia, and is now part of the Symphony.
Andrew Healey, Director
Dr. Andrew Healey is an emergency and critical care physician leader, Chief of Emergency Services, and former Chief of Critical Care at William Osler Health System. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for Trillium Gift of Life Network. He joined the OSYO Board in 2020 as a member at large and medical advisor. All four of his children are musicians and two have played in OSYO with one returning this year.
Mary Clark, Director
Mary is a qualified Civil Engineer and involved in project management and risk management for a number of years. She joins the Orchestra in 2021, she is involved in Operations and Financial support roles. She is a proud parent of two daughters who play piano and drum. Her son who plays cello has been selected to join the Philharmonic in fall 2021.
Message from the Chair
OSYO was one of the few youth orchestras that offered a complete season even through COVID demonstrating our resilience and commitment to musical growth.
With every season, we are getting closer to our goal to become a premier youth orchestra in the region. Over the past several years we have grown from two ensembles – the Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestra – to four. The Sinfonia is for our youngest string players and a Youth Band for instrumentalists in grades 6 to 9. We encourage you to attend one of our rehearsals or enjoy a concerts to see the quality and depth of our young musical performances and their amazing conductors Caron Allen and Colin Clarke.
Our affiliation with the Oakville Symphony offers additional enrichment opportunities, such as mentorship and musical experiences across generations. Together, we have a common vision – to enhance the Oakville arts community and o foster the development of youth in their musical journey. Our collective vision is to see turn young people grow into life-long musicians. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events!
Kumar Balan and Gwen Liu, Co-Chairs