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Bruce Trail Conservancy Board of Directors 2017/2018
(as of September 23, 2017)
|Warren Bell (Chair)||Bruce King|
|John Grandy (Vice Chair)
|Cynthia Archer||Janice McClelland|
|Stephanie Bird||Leah Myers|
|Walter Brewer||Anjlee Patel|
|Marlis Butcher||Frank Schoenhoeffer|
|Rob Graham||Susan Simons|
|David Hass||Michael Treuman|
|Brian Johnston||Danielle Waters|
Warren Bell (Chair)
Warren joined the Bruce Trail Conservancy Board in 2013 after serving one year on the Human Resources Committee. He was subsequently appointed to Chair that Committee and was also appointed to the Executive Vice President role at which time he joined the Executive Committee. In 2015, The Board elected Warren to the role of Board Chair in addition to chairing the Human Resources Committee and the Executive Committee. Warren also enjoys leading an occasional hike in Iroquoia or in exotic locations around the world.
Professionally, Warren is the Chief Operating Officer of OMERS, one of Canada's large pensions plans serving municipal workers across the province. He is a Certified Director (ICD.D), Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), and Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) and holds both a Bachelor of Administration degree and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa. In addition to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, he is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC). Warren lives in Oakville with Lyne and their three children.
John Grandy (Vice-Chair)
John is retired from 30 years in the financial services industry, allowing him to increase his notable volunteer commitment within the BTC. Over the last several years, John has become increasingly involved in committee work at both the Club and BTC level. He is currently Chair of the Land Securement Secretariat, and President of Toronto Bruce Trail Club. He also serves as a member of the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club Board and is Trail Captain for two sections of trail in Peninsula and Sydenham Clubs.
John has made the environment a focus of his philanthropic and volunteer endeavours. He is a National Trustee of Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, Director of the Ontario Board of Nature Conservancy of Canada, Director of Wildlife Preservation Canada and a supporter of Ontario Nature. In 2013 he wrote a report on Canadian environmental charities for Charity Intelligence Canada.
Cynthia has been a BTC member, hiking the entire trail and enjoying the benefits of Bruce Trail Conservancy volunteers efforts, for over 30 years. Having retired, she is now ready to give the BTC her time and experience in leadership, collaboration and strategic thinking. Currently she volunteers with the Iroquoia Club as their Secretary & Archivist, a member on the Nominations Committee and as a hike leader. Cynthia is an active participant on the Risk Management Committee and as a trail audit volunteer for the Conservancy. She continues to develop and expand her background knowledge attending conferences on the environment and recreational lands.
Cynthia's career includes thirteen years as head of Libraries at York University. In that role she guided change through the development of two strategic plans that recreated libraries for a digital world. A significant portion of her career was representing her institution on regional, provincial, national and international boards. Cynthia served as Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA) at a time when OCUL was expanding its shared digital library system and OLA was building a nationwide collaboration. She is prepared to help BTC achieve its goals and sustain its many successes.
Stephanie has over 20 years of finance, audit and risk management experience for the BTC to leverage. She led the global finance team at G Adventures for 3 years and previously served as SVP and Corporate Risk Officer at Just Energy Group Inc. for 10 years. Stephanie is well versed in governance given its integral component in her role as Corporate Risk Officer at Just
Energy, and has previously volunteered as Treasurer for two not-for-profit boards.
Stephanie's interest in and commitment to the BTC stems from her avid interest in the outdoors and the use that she has made of various parts of the Trail since moving to Toronto in 1988. She is committed to preserving this integral wildlife corridor and ecosystem for us and our future generations to share. If you would like to learn more about Stephanie please visit www.stephaniebird.ca
Walter's involvement with the Bruce Trail started when he was a leader in a Toronto Boy Scout group in the mid 1990s. He was looking for places to take the youth group to experience nature and some challenge. As the group matured and advanced to Venturers they took up rock climbing and self-directed camping. This group stayed at Cape Croker and as a work-share arrangement cleared some trails and assisted with the construction of the original Snake boardwalk.
Walter enjoys the picturesque areas of the northern Bruce and the wonderful, sharing and interesting people that populate that area. Recently he took over the role of President of the PBTC after a few years as VP and Trail Maintenance Coordinator. He feels that involvement with the Peninsula Club and the BTC organization is a great way to spend retirement and give back to others while enjoying nature.
Marlis Butcher has been a member of the BTC since 1990. While completing her second end-to-end, she started volunteering with trail building and maintenance. Her passion for getting her hands dirty inevitably lead her to become a Trail Captain, a chainsaw operator, and Dufferin Hi-Land BTC Assistant Trail Director. After moving to Burlington, Marlis started volunteering on the Toronto BTC's Board where she chaired the Conservation Committee and is now the Trail Director.
Marlis also contributes her knowledge and skills from over 30 years of project and business management at some of Canada's major banks, to volunteering on the BTC's Board, and previously on the Risk Committee and Environment Committee. Marlis is a C.Dir., CPA CMA, and MBA. She is also a member of The Explorers Club, providing national and international exposure to the BTC as she explores the National Parks of Canada.
Inspired by the ecological history of the Niagara Escarpment, Rob is motivated to help increase the amount of land preserved by the BTC.
An MBA (finance) with three designations in board governance including an ICD.D, Rob's interests include conservation, mental health, poverty reduction, governance and public policy. He serves, or served, on Trent University (finance and audit), the Good Shepherd Centre (vice chair finance) and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (chair quality assurance, member executive committee and finance and audit and building) and on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as an external (served on property and development) and on the Bruce Trail Conservancy (chair of governance, served on finance and audit, Land Securement Secretariat). In 2017 Rob worked as part of a team increasing capacity in children's mental health by completing a three-year, inter-ministry, healthcare merger with SickKids.
His career started in the airline industry, moved to mass transit -he has written on mass transit efficiency for the National Post. He served as senior economic advisor on a Toronto mayoralty campaign then transitioned to private business in real estate investment. An avid outdoors type fond of fly-in-solo wilderness trips, he has extensive hiking and outdoor experience gained in Nepal, South-East Asia, New Zealand, South America and Canada.
David is Managing Partner of Brookside Capital, a private equity firm. David is an institutional investor providing active ownership, encouragement and strategic support to Canadian-based business so that each reaches its full potential. In his professional role, David has accumulated deep board and governance experience, and has been involved in a broad range of board committee work, as well as board leadership roles. His board experience and skills are well suited to delivering an active, seasoned and pragmatic voice in the stewardship at Bruce Trail and in the preservation and enhancement of the public footpath and the Escarpment ecosystem.
A committed volunteer, David is a past Treasurer of the Scarborough General Hospital Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the Canadian Hearing Society.
David and his wife Mary live in Toronto. They both enjoy being active and exploring the Bruce Trail. And they are proud as Canadians to promote and protect our incredible natural heritage. David appreciates the unique commitment of the volunteers, donors, and landowners make to support and sustain the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
Brian Johnston is the Chief Operating Officer of Mattamy Homes, Canada's largest home builder with operations in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and in five US housing markets. He is responsible for operational aspects of the company's Canadian and US homebuilding operations.
In addition to his responsibilities at Mattamy Corporation, Brian is an active member within the home building industry: he is a former Director of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, a former Board Director of the EnerQuality Corporation and former Director of Tarion Warranty Corporation, Past President of the Ontario Home Builders' Association, and a current Director of the C.D. Howe Institute and former President of Monarch Corporation.
Brian and his wife Colleen are outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy hiking, both at home in Ontario, including the Bruce Trail, as well as places like Alberta, Arizona, the Great Smokey Mountains, and Europe. He believes that the Bruce Trail is a legacy that should be preserved for future generations. The work of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is a key element of this effort and Brian looks forward to continuing to assist in the efforts undertaken by the organization.
Corrie is a CPA and CGA with many years of financial experience working for a global manufacturing organization, with divisional controllership roles in three different countries. Corrie has a strong background in operational financial planning, reporting, internal controls, compliance, and oversight responsibilities for foreign manufacturing plants. Corrie also holds a Bachelor of Business Economics degree from Brock University.
Upon retirement Corrie moved back to Niagara to be near family and immediately joined the Niagara Bruce Trail Club and has served as its Media Relations Director, Vice President, and President.
Bruce became interested in hiking while he was in University, and joined the BTC at that time.
He has been a Trail Captain for 35 years, and a Land Steward for 5 years. Bruce's career was spent with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He has extensive experience in policy development, land use planning for public lands and public consultation. He is currently President of the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association. Bruce lives close to the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley.
David has been involved in the tire manufacturing and distribution industry for over 40 years. During his time at Goodyear Canada, he worked in numerous areas from tire design and manufacturing to corporate planning. This experience was further expanded upon joining the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, where he was involved in supporting the industry in Canada. After retiring from the Association, David has remained active in the tire industry as a member of the Board of Directors of Tire Stewardship Manitoba. He also represents the Standards Council of Canada at the International Standards Organization (ISO) technical committees responsible for developing new tire standards.
As a Bruce Trail Conservancy supporter and regular hiker David volunteers with the Caledon Hills Club where he assists with communication through the ongoing support of its website. He is also Chair of the BTC Risk Committee. David is an avid nature photographer which combines his love for the outdoors and his interest in photography.
Janice is a retired National Representative from a Canadian union and has contributed in a volunteer capacity to the BTC Board of Directors as President from 2013 - 2015, Executive VP in 2012/13 and VP Programs in 2011/2012. Janice focuses on ensuring the long term health and strength of the BTC, building its public profile as a conservation organization and developing positive donor relationships.
Her skills include motivating volunteers and donors and building teamwork through information sharing and problem solving. Recognizing that the BTC makes a substantial contribution to preserving nature and to healthy lives in southern Ontario, Janice looks forward to ‘giving back' - using her skills and experience to ensure that the strengths of the organization are carried forward as the BTC progresses to new levels and that the BTC will be in a position to secure this wilderness footpath at an increased rate. Janice has been an active member of the Caledon Hills Board for several years, is currently Caledon Hills Club Director of Fundraising and Chair of the BTC Fundraising Committee.
Leah Myers has spent most of her career in the Ontario Public Service, in a variety of positions and different ministries. She is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister for Income Security and Pension Policy at the Ministry of Finance.
Leah has an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a great interest in governance, accountability, and effective decision-making.
Born, raised and living in Toronto, Leah is an enthusiastic and active outdoors person. For many years, she sailed with her family on Georgian Bay, gazing on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment from the water, and taking advantage of opportunities to hike the trail on the Bruce Peninsula. In recent years, she has become an avid hiker, on the Bruce Trail and beyond.
She sees the Bruce Trail Corridor as a treasure for all Ontarians, and the work of the Conservancy as representing our commitment to the natural environment and to protecting it for responsible and healthy use for generations to come.
Anjlee Patel joined the BTC Board in 2015. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board's Governance Committee and is Vice President, Legal Services & Assistant Corporate Secretary at Infrastructure Ontario, a provincial government agency. Her expertise is in complex legal matters relating to corporate law and governance matters. Anjlee has played a key leadership role in updating the BTC's board governance and policies, which has brought the organization to the forefront of not-for-profit legislative compliance in the province of Ontario. Anjlee is a member of the Iroquoia Club and enjoys spending time on the Bruce Trail with her husband and two young daughters.
Frank works as a supervising electrical engineer at the Bruce Power nuclear generating station, currently helping project manage the life extension of essential nuclear safety equipment.
In his spare time, Frank has been an active member, donor, and volunteer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy since 2003, as a member of Peninsula Club and Sydenham Club, including helping on Trail construction work parties in Peninsula, Sydenham, and Beaver Valley Clubs, being a Trail Captain and Land Steward, and helping organize the Outdoor Hiking Festival as well as BTC Annual General Meetings.
Frank has worked on the Bruce Trail Reference editing committee, and has hiked extensively in all nine Club sections. He has also served on the Land Securement Secretariat since 2008, and been the President of Sydenham Club for six years.
Frank looks forward to continuing to help secure and protect more and more of the Niagara Escarpment for the benefit of current and future generations.
Susan Simons is the BTC Director for the Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club. She has been active as a hiker and Hike Leader for several years. Susan joined the BTC Board in 2015. She has completed hiking six sections of the Bruce Trail and continues to work away at her goal of achieving the End-to-End badge.
Susan is a teacher with the Peel District School Board. She believes in ensuring that all students are introduced to hiking and the natural spaces around them in Ontario. Susan spends a lot of her free time outdoors and can be found participating in her favourite outdoor activities, which include camping, hiking, kayaking, and dragon boating.
Michael studied engineering in Montreal and is retired from a 40-year career in the computer industry. He worked as a sales engineer, department manager, project manager and, most recently, as an information technology business writer.
Over the last 15 years he has volunteered in many areas. These include door-to-door fundraising, career counselling, several Board positions at a social service agency, and eight years as president of his condo corporation.
He became an outdoors enthusiast through spending the full summer at a lakeside camp in his teens ending with becoming a camp counsellor and the sailing and water-skiing instructor. After moving to Toronto, he began spending weekends in Blue Mountains nearly twenty years ago. He joined the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club in 2001 where he is a trail captain and hike leader, and was publicity director. In 2015 Michael joined the BTC Risk Committee, and in 2017 he was elected President of the Blue Mountains Club.
Danielle calls Niagara on the Lake home returning after building her career in Toronto. She has a strong affinity to the Bruce Trail fondly recalling hiking it as a young child. Danielle is Principal of Waters Edge Consulting, a private practice specializing in sales effectiveness, strategic planning and loyalty travel management. Throughout her 30 year career, Danielle has developed a strong background in business turnaround, strategic planning, marketing and business development and effective team dynamics.
Danielle has held a number of executive positions in the travel and hospitality industry with a focus on Canada, North America and International Business Development and Management and currently is in her third term on the Greater Toronto Airports Authority Board. She Chairs the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and is an active member of the Governance and Stakeholder Relations Committee.
She has also been a member of the Planning, Commercial and Development Committee as well as the Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee. She has numerous professional achievements including an ICD.D designation through Rotman School of Business and is a committed lifelong experiential learner, an avid traveler and Mom to Shane, Shelby and her beloved dogs Edge and Shuffle.