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.
Call for Nominations 2019
At the upcoming BTC Annual Meeting 2019, the Board is seeking to fill fifteen vacancies. Read the full Call for Nominations >
Plans and Policies regarding our Board of Directors
Bruce Trail Conservancy Board of Directors 2018/2019
Board of Director Biographies
Warren Bell (Chair) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Warren has been on and around the BTC since the 1990’s. Starting as a hiker in Iroquoia Club, Warren was recruited by the Club where he became a certified hike leader. In 2011, Warren first participated on the Human Resources Committee of the Board given his professional background and subsequently joined the Board of Directors in 2012. In 2015, he was elected as the Board Chair and re-appointed in 2018. Warren is also a member of Sydenham Club where he is a Trail Captain and Vice President of the local BTC Club.
After serving the municipal employees including police, firefighters, and paramedics, Warren retired from Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) in 2018. He is currently a contributing member at Western University’s Ivey Institute of Leadership focusing on the role of character in leadership of organizations including governments and the Not For Profit sector. He serves on the Advisory Panel for Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) – a regulator protecting depositors as well as two private company boards. Warren graduated with two degrees from the University of Ottawa, he holds all three designations as a Human Resources professional and he is a certified Board Director (C. Dir) and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB). But most of all, Warren is a committed environmentalist and avid hiker.
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 Acquisition Committee, 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 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.
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.
Rob’s family had a dairy farm on the 9th line of Erin township. From the back hill you could see down the escarpment to the skyline of downtown Toronto across to the QEW/Skyway Bridge. Over the years the view changed, with urbanization coming ever closer. Inspired by the ecological history of the Niagara Escarpment, Rob is motivated to help increase the amount of land preserved by the BTC.
He has extensive wilderness experience including hiking and hike leading and trekking in Nepal, South-East Asia including Thailand and Viet Nam, the Cordillera Blanca in Peru, “tramping” in New Zealand’s South Island, through plenty of Indonesia and Canada all the while preferring the path less travelled. His passion is fly-in-solo wilderness camp-kayak trips. No cell phones, no contact. Other hobbies include scuba diving, meditation, fitness and ecological history.
His training and career experience are in finance and board governance, transportation and real estate. He serves, or served, on the boards of Trent University, the Good Shepherd Centre, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, on CAMH’s property and development committee (external member) and in various roles on the Bruce Trail Conservancy Board of Directors. He is married and has two young children. They live in a house with extensive solar power.
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 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.
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.
Following retiring from full time employment David started hiking along the Bruce Trail with a variety of groups. After purchasing the Bruce Trail Reference in the spring of 2010, it was time to get involved and he joined the Caledon Hills Club. This led to regular hikes with the Caledon Hills Tuesday Hikers and with a small group of these hikers completed the Bruce Trail End-to-End in 2016. Before joining the BTC Board in 2014 David was a support volunteer and Director at Large for the Caledon Hills Club.
Prior to retirement David was involved in the tire manufacturing and distribution industry. During his time at Goodyear Canada, he worked in numerous areas from tire design and manufacturing to corporate planning. This experience was further expanded on 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 and represents the Standards Council of Canada at the International Standards Organization (ISO) technical committees which are responsible for developing new tire standards globally.
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 a member of the BTC Fundraising Committee.
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).
Anjlee Patel joined the BTC Board in 2015 and she serves as Chair of the Board's Governance Committee. 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. Beyond the BTC, Anjlee is the Vice President, Legal Services & Corporate Secretary at Infrastructure Ontario, a provincial government agency, with an expertise in corporate law and governance matters. Personally, Anjlee enjoys spending time outdoors on the Bruce Trail with her husband and two young daughters.
Frank has retired from the Bruce Power nuclear generating station, where he worked as a supervising electrical engineer and project manager for the life extension of essential nuclear safety equipment.
Since 2003, Frank has been an active member, donor, and volunteer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, 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 served on the Land Acquisition Committee (formerly the Land Securement Secretariat) since 2008, and been the President of Sydenham Club for 6 years. He has also worked on the Bruce Trail Reference Guide editing committee, and has hiked extensively in all 9 Clubs.
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.
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 problem solver and business advisor specializing in business transformation, strategy development, brand development, commercial marketing, dramatic growth strategies acting as a catalyst for change through building high performance, customer focused teams. Danielle has held a number of senior executive positions with complex, multi-million-dollar P&L responsibility while managing complex business partnerships in the travel and hospitality industry. Her experience spans North America, Europe and Asia.
Danielle holds the ICD.D designation through Rotman School of Business and is a graduate of Humber College.