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Bruce Trail Conservancy announces Michael McDonald as CEO

I am delighted to share our news that Michael McDonald is the new CEO of our organization!

Having been introduced to hiking on the Bruce Trail as a young boy living in Hamilton, Michael has volunteered for most of his adult life for the Bruce Trail Conservancy, starting with leading hikes along the Niagara Escarpment.

He soon became a Trail Captain, which led to being a volunteer on the Iroquoia Club Board including his most recent role as Club President since 2017. There is no doubt that Michael brings significant enthusiasm, energy and dedication to us as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Michael joins us on June 3, 2019.

As a passionate environmentalist, Michael is joining our staff in Dundas with enthusiasm and with a significant head start having been an active and engaged volunteer for such a long time. He brings experience and capability in many of the key attributes needed as a CEO of the Bruce Trail Conservancy following a successful career working as an executive in the Direct Sales industry. Michael is known as a strong relationship person with a caring personality and solid communication skills. The mission of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is deeply rooted in his values and his love of nature and the outdoors.

With this unique perspective and passion for the Bruce Trail combined with well developed communication skills and leadership ability, Michael looks forward to engaging quickly with our members, clubs, volunteers, donors and all other friends of the Bruce Trail Conservancy to continue to strive for our mission “Preserving a ribbon of wilderness, for everyone, forever”.

We look forward to introducing Michael more fully in our summer edition of the Bruce Magazine, which will also provide our thanks to Beth Gilhespy, for her long-serving leadership and to Leah Myers, who has stepped up as CEO on an interim basis.

Please join the Board of Directors in welcoming Michael McDonald to the Bruce Trail Conservancy as our CEO!

Warren Bell
Board Chair

Board of Directors:
Cynthia Archer, Stephanie Bird, Walter Brewer, Marlis Butcher, John Dickason, Rob Graham, John Grandy, David Hass, Brian Johnston, Corrie Kellestine, Bruce King, David Lamb, Janice McClelland, Anjlee Patel, Frank Schoenhoeffer, Michael Treuman, Danielle Waters