Julie Leclerc, Chair
Community Volunteer and Beekeeper
After teaching French to sometimes disinclined university students, Julie spent over 20 years with the Ontario Public Service, most recently working with not-for-profit organizations in the literacy and cultural sectors. She has been a member on boards of theatre, literacy, and sports organizations where she gained a great deal of experience in event planning, governance and volunteer management. She is now a beekeeper in addition to her community commitments.


Craig Anderson,  Secretary
Analyst, Indie Author
Craig Anderson worked as a management consultant across three continents, for a selection of fortune 100 companies. He has extensive experience in analysing large, complex datasets and producing detailed breakdowns that identify underlying trends and opportunities. Craig is also an independent author of five titles and is highly involved in the self-publishing community.

Allison Braithwaite, Treasurer
Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant
Allison works in public accounting at KPMG LLP, working primarily with small and medium-sized local companies in the Enterprise Division. She is previously from London, Ontario where she worked at a small local accounting firm. She was part of the leadership team of the London Women’s Social group, setting group policies and direction. She has volunteered previously with charities involved with financial literacy knowledge and education.  She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a degree in Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.

Sandra Baxter, Director
Psychologist (Retired), Clinical Consultant, Professor
Sandra is a long-time WritersFest volunteer. She has also been involved with several other community organizations and institutions, such as the Lung Association and St. Lawrence College, and has experience in governance, strategic planning and development, and event organization. Before retirement, she was a psychologist with a private practice, clinical consultant with the Limestone District School Board, and adjunct professor /clinical supervisor with Queen’s University.

Michael Robinson
Owner/operator of Kingston landmark S&R Department Store until the store’s closure in 2009. Michael is a past board member of the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Association, and recipient of The Len Dover Award from Downtown Kingston. He has been inducted into the Kingston Business Hall of Fame. Michael is on the board of University Hospital Kingston Foundation, and serves on two committees with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.

Paul Tye, Director
Consultant – Government Relations, Public Affairs, Research
Paul began working for the Hon. Peter Milliken, PC while he was a student at Queen’s University. After graduation, Paul went on to work in several senior roles at Queen’s Park, including roles in the House Leader’s office and as a senior communications and policy advisor to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. He worked on two successful provincial Liberal election campaigns as a key member of the advertising team. After leaving Queen’s Park to start his own boutique government relations firm, Paul joined Maple Leaf Strategies as a Senior Consultant in their Ottawa Office. A proud Kingstonian, Paul is a graduate of Queen’s University with a degree in History.