Past Team Members


JoeJOE ROBERTSON –  Founding Chairman of the Board –  2013-2015

Joe Robertson is a long-time Niagara resident, entrepreneur, and supporter of music and the performing arts. He and his wife Anita built a small local company to be the largest dental supply company in Canada, whose head office and largest distribution centre is in Niagara-on-the-Lake. They are Platinum members of the Brock Centre for the Arts, Diamond sponsors of MusiCares, avid supporters of the Jackson Triggs Amphitheatre concert series and long-time Shaw Festival Governors Council members. Joe is Chair of the Board of Brock University and a Governor of Ridley College. Joe is thrilled to be Chair of the inaugural NOTL Niagara Jazz Festival.


BRAIN FARM – Creative Team – 2014-2015

Brain Farm’s team of artists, designers, videographers, photographers, and event / audio / visual specialists are tireless agents of change. By asking intelligent questions with their work they seek to identify creative ways of designing and embracing new ideas, new technologies and new experiences in a more human way.

The Brain Farm’s team create environments, experiences, and media that strive to resonate on a limbic level with the end user, linking well with todays markets of social media and corporate culture, enabling clients to meet their objectives whilst looking pretty snazzy.

  • art and media installations
  • photography and video production
  • product and print design
  • event programming and logistics
  • environmental and interactive design and build

EricaERICA WALTERS – Volunteer Coordinator, 2015

Erica is a dynamic and creative marketing and communications professional with over 15 years of media/public relations, marketing communications, print production, event/project management and branding experience contributing to the success of corporate, institutions and non-for profit organizations.

She is a skilled communicator adept at building relationships with internal stakeholders as well as with key partners across surrounding communities.

A firm believer in making a difference in her community, Erica sits on several local boards and committees that focus on building awareness, inspiring growth and fostering partnerships.

Erica is also a recipient of Niagara’s 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award (2013).



Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 3.08.09 PMMELISSA CAHILL – Artist Liaison, 2015

Melissa is a Brock alumni that studied Communications as her undergrad in 2013, and a certified Event Planner as of June 2014 from Niagara College. She has planned and evacuated ten different events since her graduation and is thrilled to join the TD Niagara Jazz Festival in its second year.


DuncanDUNCAN HOPKINS – Artistic Advisor, 2014-2015

Double bassist, composer and arranger Duncan Hopkins has been working at the highest levels of jazz for over twenty years. In that time he has worked with such luminaries as Rob McConnell, Scott Hamilton, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Ed Bickert, Mark Murphy, Peter Appleyard, Dianna Krall, Kenny Wheeler, D.D. Jackson, Sam Rivers, Harry Allen and Edward Simon to name but a few. Most recently he has been touring Europe with former Jazz Messenger Bobby Watson and his All Stars alongside pianist Bruce Barth.

Duncan’s five solo albums and four co-led albums have all received international acclaim with one reviewer concluding that “Duncan Hopkins adds an inspired voice to Canadian jazz composition with his masterful Red & Brassy, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past, present and future in one invigorating breath.”{ e-jazznews}

He has toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Brazil and the United States. He can be heard on over fifty albums, numerous CBC, BBC and NPR recordings. He is a long standing member of the jazz education group the Global Music Foundation and continues to be visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS – Melissa Cahill & Jacqueline Pearson

ARTIST LIAISON – Melissa Cahill
GUEST SERVICES – Rebecca Rooney
VENUE LIAISON – Nancy Kennedy
RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS – Dan Brown & Cosmo Condina
STAGE & SOUND – Chris Thompson and Niagara AV Systems
WEBSITE – Mandi Gould
TECH SUPPORT – Trevor Lacas of Imagination Studios
LOGISTICS & EXECUTION – Chachi, & Kevin Miller

Jane Gardner, Carousel Players
Debbie Slade, Brock University
Steve Solski, Performing Arts Centre of St. Catharines
Sara Palmieri, Performing Arts Centre of St. Catharines
Gay Douglas, Gay Douglas and Associates
Chris Blake, Music Niagara
Alfredo Caxaj, TD Sunfest
Filimone Mabjaia, Hamilton World Music Festival
Annie Wilson & Deanna Jones, In the Soil
Renée Eaton, Terry Fox Foundation
Joanne Smale, Planet 3
Jason Cadieux, City of St. Catharines
Keri Cronin & Laurie Morrison, Niagara Vegfest
Clifford Brown, Passion Niagara
Jansin Ozkur, Konzelmann Winery