OLRA Board of Directors

George Niblock (President)

George joined the Board in 2015 and has served as President since 2017. He is originally from England and came to Oakville via Montreal in 1985. George later attended Oakville Trafalgar High School and graduated from McGill University. George has been a residential real estate agent since 1999 and has keen interest in heritage architecture, construction, landscape and urban design.


Anya Dunning (Vice President & Co-Treasurer)

Anya and her husband, Chris, have lived in Oakville since 2009, when they relocated from the UK. Anya grew up in nearby Mississauga. After studying at Harvard, she joined JP Morgan as an investment banker and worked in New York and London before moving to Oakville in 2009 and working for TD as a metals trader. She is currently taking a break from work to raise her young family and beautiful Old English sheepdog. Anya is a strong advocate of a sustainable, unique, thriving downtown Oakville. Chris works for CIBC, where he runs FX and IR derivatives, and can often be seen walking the streets with Dougal, smoking a nice Cuban cigar!

Amanda Holden (Secretary, Newsletter & Website)

Amanda Holden and her husband, Brian Walsh, were excited to move into the neighbourhood in December 2013. Brian was raised in Oakville and Amanda has resided here since 1991. Amanda graduated from the University of Western Ontario and has had a career in technology and financial services. She is currently a Program Executive at TD Bank and responsible for next-generation fraud detection systems. A regular GO Train commuter, she is always happy to come back to beautiful Oakville each day. Amanda and Brian have grown up close to the water and are thrilled to be part of the OLRA in this beautiful downtown and lakefront area.


Bob Laughlin (Greenspace)

Bob and Rosina Laughlin came to Canada from the UK in 1967. Since 1972, they have lived in Oakville at 468 Lakeshore Road East. Their three children were born and raised here, attending Brantwood, Linbrook, EJ James and OTHS. Bob is a chemical engineer, working in the Oakville office of a UK-based technology development company, which is currently involved in providing technology for alternative energy projects utilizing biomass and wastes. Bob is a keen gardener and enjoys the opportunity to work with the OLRA to try to conserve the nature of the neighbourhood and particularly its magnificent tree canopy. 

Geoff Godard

Geoff married Kim Kennedy, the daughter of JF Kennedy who established Kennedy Ford in 1960. A Burlington boy, he grew up by the Lake but ended up in Toronto as a banker, eventually focusing on restructuring troubled companies. In 1991 he moved with Kim to Oakville as our daughter was about to be born, and gradually drank in and was intoxicated by the beauty, serenity and heritage of our unique Town. Now retired more or less, he lives at 300 Robinson and is currently Heritage director on the board of the Oakville Golf Club.

Chris Coderre (Co-Treasurer)

Chris and his wife, Jocelyn, have lived at 53 Thomas Street for the last twelve years. Their 16-year old daughter attends Oakville Trafalgar School, while their 18-year old son is at University. They have always been involved in the neighbourhood as well as Oakville sports programs. With over 25 years of investment experience, Chris works at Caldwell Securities Ltd. as a Vice President, Investment Advisor and portfolio manager for families and trusts. Chris splits his time between his offices in Oakville and Toronto. Chris is a graduate of McGill University, while Jocelyn earned her degree in urban planning from the University of Western Ontario. “Keeping our unique neighbourhood a great place to live is important to our family.”

Tom Pugsley

Tom graduated as a Mining Engineer from Imperial College, London (1964 BSc) and McGill University, Montreal (1969 MEng). Tom and his wife, Teresa, have lived in Oakville since 1975 and at 150 Robinson Street for the last 20 years. Tom is a retired Senior VP, who worked for Falconbridge for 40 years, developing new mines and plants in Canada, Chile and New Caledonia. After retirement in 2004, Tom served on a number of junior mining company boards and consulted to the mining industry. Tom’s daughter, Kate, and her husband, Mike, and granddaughters, Madeleine and Vanessa, also live in Oakville. His son, Robert, works in Quebec and lives in British Columbia. Tom’s interests include skiing, classic cars and keeping fit. Tom and his family are interested in the preservation and go-forward enhancement of Old Oakville in a sustainable way.

Hazel Cole

Hazel has been living in Oakville since 1988. She raised her family in southeast Oakville then in 2017 moved to Olde Oakville when she had the good fortune to acquire a lovely Regency cottage on William Street. Originally from the UK, Hazel studied translation and interpretation at the University of Paris and subsequently worked as a conference interpreter both in Paris and in Montreal before relocating to Ontario. She is the President of ICI International Conference Interpreters Inc. serving the bilingual and multilingual needs of corporate Canada. Hazel is an avid gardener and is interested in helping maintain the esthetic and architectural integrity, as well as the economic sustainability of our downtown core.   

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