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The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors, elected by the BTC membership. Nine of the 19 board members are recommended for nomination by the Bruce Trail Clubs and are expected to have an affinity to one of our nine Clubs.

Directors are elected for a term of three years and may serve a total of three consecutive terms, up to a maximum of nine years in total.

Directors must demonstrate a commitment to the BTC’s mission and values, a willingness to be open-minded and to think strategically. As a whole, the Board seeks the appropriate balance of 10 core competencies.

Plans and Policies regarding our Board of Directors


Honorary President: Dr. Philip R. Gosling
 

Bruce Trail Conservancy Board of Directors 2020/2021

Leah Myers 
(Chair)
Cynthia Archer Stephanie Bird Heidi Bischof

Marlis Butcher

John Dickason

Michael Edney

David Hass

Brian
Johnston

Corrie
Kellestine

Linda Kerec

Bruce King
 

Jaclyn Moody

Nic
Schulz

Lori
Shalhoub

Wendy
Thompson

Bonni
Titgemeyer

Michael
Treuman

John
Whitworth

 

Board of Director Biographies

Leah Myers (Chair) - chair@brucetrail.org

Leah has been involved in the BTC for close to a decade, as a member and donor, and more.  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. She first joined the BTC Board in 2016 and later chaired the Government Relations Task Force. She stepped off the Board in late 2018 to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the BTC on an interim basis, during which time she gained a new appreciation of and an even deeper commitment to the mission of the organization. She was brought back on to the Board in June 2019.

After an extensive career in a variety of executive positions and different ministries, Leah retired from the Ontario Public Service in 2017. She is currently involved in various consulting projects. Leah has an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is a certified Board Director (ICD.D).

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Cynthia Archer

Cynthia has spent thirty years hiking the entire Bruce trail. She is now devoting her energies to the BTC Board, where she has contributed to risk management, trail audits, human resources, nominations, branding, and most recently land acquisitions.  She is also active within the Iroquoia Club, where she leads hikes, promotes youth programs, serves as a land ambassador, and supports the Club’s board as secretary and archivist.

Cynthia spent thirteen years as Head of Libraries at York University. At York, Cynthia guided the transformation of libraries into the digital world, and represented the University on regional, provincial, national and international boards. Cynthia is committed to using her experience with collaborative and strategic thinking to help the BTC conceive and achieve its future goals.

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Stephanie Bird

Stephanie has been exploring various parts of the Bruce Trail since moving to Toronto in 1988 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She has served as Chair of the Audit Committee, the Risk Committee and is now the Chair of the combined Finance & Risk Committee guiding the implementation of the risk management policy & framework, whistleblower policy and modernizing the investment policy.

She holds a CPA CA with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and has over 25 years of finance, operations and risk management experience for the BTC to leverage. She has headed a global operations team, a global finance team and build the risk management function of a publicly traded entity from the ground up. Most of all, Stephanie is committed to preserving this integral wildlife corridor and ecosystem for us and our future generations to share.

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Heidi Bischof

Heidi has been a member of the BTC since 2012.  She is an avid supporter of the BTC, not just through donations of funds, but also with her volunteer time.

In 2016 she joined the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club’s board, serving first as its webmaster and now as its vice president.  She can also be seen helping out at various events such as Bruce Trail Day, the annual End-to-End, and selling Christmas Trees.

Heidi is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Waterloo.  She has over 20 years of experience in the municipal finance sector, with 16 of those years in leadership roles. She has worked with financial and program policies and legislation, multiple provincially funded programs, as well as facilitated the development of a multi-billion dollar annual budget. Heidi strongly values having a “ribbon of wilderness” in southern Ontario, and is excited to leverage her municipal background and club experience to advance the Bruce Trail’s key goals and mandate.

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Marlis Butcher

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 led her to become a Trail Captain, a chainsaw operator, and Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce  Trail Club Assistant Trail Director.   After moving to Burlington, Marlis started volunteering on the Toronto Bruce Trail Club’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.  She has sat 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.

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John Dickason

A keen hiker, John is as happy walking for weeks on long-distance trails as he is walking his dog in the morning. Motivated by the peacefulness of the Bruce Trail around his home in Dufferin County and a desire to preserve this environment for future generations, he joined the Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club board with responsibility for outreach marketing.

Retired from vice president management positions in consumer packaged goods marketing, his career also included general management positions at international corporations as well as leadership positions in small and medium-sized companies. With a BSc Economics and MBA, John spent the last ten years of his working career teaching business courses and as the marketing program co-ordinator in the Business School at Humber College. John’s volunteer experience has included establishing a for profit business for a not-for-profit organization and as a volunteer board member, expanding programs to help long term offenders successfully re-integrate into society.

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Michael Edney

Michael Edney moved back to southern Ontario in 2013 and soon got involved in the Bruce Trail. Since his move to Owen Sound he has hiked the Trail end- to end with his wife, performed sweeping duties for numerous organized hikes in the Sydenham section and joined the Sydenham Bruce Tail Club’s board of directors as treasurer, a position he continues to hold. He especially enjoys hiking in the hardwood forests that are so plentiful along the Trail.

Michael was a cereal chemist for 25 years in the federal government’s Grain Research Laboratory in Winnipeg where he researched malt barley quality. During his career Michael published extensively and travelled the world presenting his research results at scientific conferences and providing technical expertise on Canadian malting barley for marketing missions.

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David Hass

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.

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Brian Johnston

Brian Johnston is the Chief Executive Officer of CreateTO, the City of Toronto’s real estate arm with a mandate to develop City buildings and lands for municipal purposes and to deliver client-focused real estate solutions – ensuring a balance of both community and economic benefits. With more than 30 years of management experience, Brian served as Chief Operating Officer of Mattamy Homes from 2012 to 2018. Prior to joining Mattamy, he worked in several management roles at Monarch Corporation from 1984 to 2012, serving as President from 2000 to 2012.

Brian is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is currently serves as a Director of the C.D. Howe Institute, and as a member of the Board of Regents at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. He was previously a director of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) from 2008 to 2016, among other prior board appointments.

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.

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Corrie Kellestine

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.

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Linda Kerec

Linda is an innovative marketing communications leader with multidisciplinary expertise in video, digital, content, storytelling and experiential marketing. She is an award-winning producer and director of more than 15 nature documentaries and has worked closely with conservation organizations including Parks Canada, Ontario Parks, Nature Conservancy of Canada, World Wildlife Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

Currently, Linda works as a digital marketing director, partnering with clients to bring their digital marketing and communications campaigns to life.

Linda and her family live in Hamilton. She enjoys spending time outdoors, whether hiking the Bruce Trail with her husband, or tending to her pollinator garden.

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Bruce King

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.

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Jaclyn Moody

Jaclyn has more than a decade of experience working in the financial services industry in various roles including compliance, client relations and operations.  Currently, she is a Senior Compliance Officer at Burgundy Asset Management Ltd., a global investment manager. Jaclyn serves as a Board member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals and is a member of the Canadian Investment Performance Council.  She is excited and honoured to utilize her experience in corporate governance, risk management, policy implementation, and project management to assist the Bruce Trail Conservancy in meeting its strategic goals.

Jaclyn earned a Bachelor of Science, Honours, Major in Biological Sciences degree from the University of Guelph. After graduating and prior to her career in the investment industry, Jaclyn spent over five years working alongside veterinarians pursuing her passion for wildlife.   

Jaclyn is an outdoors enthusiast and can frequently be seen on the Bruce Trail with her friends, mother, husband and their infant son.  

The Bruce Trail has held a special place in Jaclyn’s heart since she was a young girl, having many memories on the Iroquoia Club trails near Dundas, Ontario.  She is thankful to be contributing to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to ensure her growing family will also be able to share in these special memories together, forever.

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Nic Schulz

Nic Schulz has spent over 10 years working in the conservation sector, building a strong track record for forging collaborative solutions to difficult sustainability challenges. With a background in communications he pioneered the world’s first aggregate certification system (recognizing operations with exceptional social and environmental practices), launched a number of national environmental organizations and spearheaded fundraising campaigns for numerous not-for-profits. 

An avid camper and hiker, Nic has spent much of his life adventuring along the Bruce Trail, with the Peninsula section holding a special place in his heart. In 2013, after hiking from High Dump to Tobermory, Nic proposed to his wife on Flowerpot Island. He currently lives in Dundas and enjoys regular walks along the Iroquoia section with his dog and family.

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Lori Shalhoub

Lori is employed as a lawyer for a major global automotive company, responsible for both legal and policy matters.  She has significant experience on not-for-profit Boards and holds the ICD.D designation through the Rotman School of Business.

Lori joined the BTC in 2020. She and her husband enjoy hiking and the outdoors. She is looking forward to assisting with the collective effort to preserve the Trail as a source of enjoyment for generations to come.

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Wendy Thompson

Wendy has been an active member and supporter of the Bruce Trail Conservancy for many years. She has hiked on all sections of the trail, in particular in Mulmur (Dufferin Hi-Land section) where she lives part time. She is currently tackling an End-to-End project with three friends. Wendy is a lawyer who until retiring last year specialized in Business Law. She was a partner at Gowlings LLP and, before that, of Morris/Rose/Ledgett LLP.  She is a graduate of the Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and has extensive experience as a director on the boards of a number of not for profit and for profit organizations including several where she has contributed her expertise in corporate governance and her energy in fundraising. Wendy has recently retired from the board of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club where she was Rear Commodore, Governance. In addition to hiking, Wendy enjoys sailing and skiing.

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Bonni Titgemeyer

Bonni Titgemeyer is an avid hiker, end-to-ender, Bruce Trail landowner and Niagara Club member with an insatiable interest in all things related to the Niagara Escarpment and its preservation.   
Bonni has nearly thirty years of human resources consulting experience. She has been the Managing Director of The Employers’ Choice Inc. in Brampton since 2003.  In her practice she focuses on projects that involve total rewards, auditing and compliance, and organizational effectiveness and change management.  She holds five human resources professional designations including the CEBS, SPHR, CHRL, CMS, and SHRM-SCP. She has previously served on other not-for-profit boards including as President of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Peel, and as a Director of the Community Foundation of Mississauga, Easter Seals (Ontario), and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Peel. She is the 2012 Toronto Star HR Professional of the Year.

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Michael Treuman

Michael studied engineering in Montreal and retired from a 40-year career in the computer industry. He worked as a sales engineer, department manager, health industry specialist and 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 twenty years ago. He joined the Blue Mountains Bruce Trail Club in 2001 where he is a trail captain, land steward and hike leader, and served as President for three years. In 2015 Michael joined the BTC Risk Committee, and in 2017 he was first elected to the BTC Board of Directors.

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John Whitworth

John has been a Bruce Trail Conservancy member for more than 15 years. After completing an End-to-End and seeing first-hand the overall excellence of the Trail, he became active in the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club (PBTC) in order to support the BTC mission. He is active in PBTC in land securement, conservation and trail development & maintenance. He is also Past-President of PBTC and a former BTC board member. For the past 3 years, John has been a member of the BTC Land Acquisition Committee.

John is a retired CPA & Management Consultant with a focus on Process Excellence.  He and his family live in Guelph. They also have a cottage at Sauble Beach, conveniently close to the Bruce Peninsula.

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