Our People

Board of Directors

President

Donna Hawrelko
FGA, FCGmA

Vice-President

Duncan Parker
FGA, FCGmA

Director of Education

Alexia Bryson
FCGmA

Treasurer

Adam Ostrow
FCGmA

Secretary

Breanne Avender
FGA, FCGmA


Honorary Directors

Dr. R.T. Boyd, FGA, FCGmA
R.I. Gait, MSc, PhD

Instructors, Staff and Volunteers

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Anita Beardwood, FCGmA
Conference Chairperson 2014

Anita qualified for Fellowship with the CGA in 2000, and has been actively engaged ever since. She has served as Director of Education, taught general interest classes and worked with the CGA in a myriad of other ways. She most recently coordinated a world-class gemmology conference in April of 2014 in Toronto.

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Karen Howard, FCGmA, RMV, CAP(CJA), AIJV
Conference Coordinator 2017

Karen has been a strong supporter of the CGA since she earned her Fellowship in 1989. Since then she has been involved with all aspects of the organization, including Secretary of the Board of Directors, Distance Education tutor, instructor for lab, appraisal and general interest courses, and highly skilled do-it-all volunteer.

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Anna Yampolsky
Gemmology Program Practical Teacher

Anna Yampolsky is our Gemmology Program’s Practical teacher.  She is a long-time member of the CGA and a teacher with us for the past 4 years.  Anna started her training in Israel where she completed a Diamond Grading Course and worked at the Israeli Diamond Bourse.  Anna earned her Master Valuer diploma and has over 20 years of gemmological experience.

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JoAnne Larmond
Office Administrator

JoAnne is the smiling face in the Toronto office and looks after the day to day operations for the CGA.

Past Executive Boards and Contributers

The CGA owes sincere thanks to many individuals who have contributed to the Association over the years. Below are listed only a few …

The First executive board of the Canadian Gemmological Association, 1959.

Back row, L to R: Dr R.T. Boyd, D.S.M. Field (President), Arnold Ritchie, Jack Stitt. Front row: Jack Gunning, Robert Wille

The 2009 executive board of the Canadian Gemmological Association.

L to R: Anita Beardwood (Conference Chair), Donna Hawrelko (Director of Education), Duncan Parker (President), Brad Wilson (Vice-President), Jennifer McKercher (Secretary of the Board), Glen King (Treasurer).

CGA Presidents

1958-60 D.S.M Field 1961 Jack W. Gunning
1962 H.A. Creates 1963 Robert Arend
1964 Fred Waddington 1965 Michael Goad
1966 Bernard Hinton 1967 Harry Venables
1968 Jack Stitt 1969 Ed Green
1970 Peter Saalmans 1971-72 Herb Forth
1973-75 Richard Covent  1976 W.D. Goodger
 1977 Lloyd Allingham  1978-79 R.M. Coxhead
 1980 D.S.M. Field 1981-85 Warren Boyd
 1986-88 Jeannine Dykstra 1989-91 Robert Shore
 1992 James Hergel 1993-96 Dr Zia Hasan
 1996-97 Heida Mani 1997-2014 Duncan Parker