Annual Report 2016

Our relentless pursuit to keep the Bay’s waters clean

Preserving and protecting the Bay’s waters for future generations

How many of us have closed the end of a day relaxing in the glow of one of Georgian Bay’s magnificent sunsets? Or set out by boat in the early morning mist to embrace the relative silence and serene calm of its waters while dangling a worm on the end of a hook? Or snorkelled below its surface to enjoy the beauty of the fish and natural plant life that call the Bay home?

At some point in our lives, we were each drawn to this expansive body of water that we all know and love as Georgian Bay. We have all created memories here, and over the years, we have attracted others to its shores with our stories.
But the pristine waters of Georgian Bay are at risk.

Growing threats from climate change, fluctuating water levels, pollution and invasive species are increasingly threatening to change the waters and ecosystems in our beloved Bay in irreparable ways.

We need to act. Now. Before any serious damage is done.

For more than 20 years, Georgian Bay Forever has heeded the call as the guardian to the waters of this precious Canadian gem. Through the generosity of our donors, we have invested wisely in accredited scientific research and large-scale studies to inform effective short and long-term strategies that will preserve and protect Georgian Bay’s waters and ecosystems. We have devoted our time and expertise to support public education around the Bay, broadened our impact through strategic partnerships, and become an influential voice in informing environmental policies - at all levels of government in both Canada and the United States - that will affect our waters.

Read more about how we’re keeping Georgian Bay’s water clean in this year’s report.

Georgian Bay’s waters are ours to protect

As a long-time cottager in the Sans Souci area of Georgian Bay, I have a vested interest in keeping Georgian Bay’s waters pristine. I’m hoping future generations of my family will get to create incredible memories on, in and beside the water just as my family has done for years. But the threats today to the long-term viability of the Bay’s water are real.

The recent change in government and subsequent new direction in environmental policies south of the border should concern us all. They are a wake-up call, reminding us that we can’t rely solely on governments to address the environmental issues affecting our lakes, rivers and streams. We need to step up to the plate and truly embrace our collective responsibility as guardians of Georgian Bay’s unspoiled waters.

Personally, I have elected to do that through my role as Board Chair of Georgian Bay Forever, and through my participation last summer as a “Phragbuster”, where I worked alongside fellow volunteers as part of a massive community mobilization effort to help cut down and remove the invasive Phragmites that are threatening the Bay’s wetlands. These wetlands play a key role in helping to keep our waters clean, yet this invasive plant is quickly choking the life out of everything in its path. It’s only through our ongoing diligence and collective actions that we will be able to eradicate it.

I’m pleased that so many are heeding our call to join us in our quest to keep the Bay’s waters clean. Whether it’s as a donor, a “Phragbuster”, a board member or a strategic partner, everyone’s participation is valued and appreciated.

In 2016, we conducted a survey to help identify Top Threats to Georgian Bay’s waters. The results of the survey are helping to inform future education and research projects. We will also complete a branding exercise in early 2017 that will help bring greater clarity to our purpose as a guardian of Georgian Bay’s waters.

As a charitable organization that does not receive government based operational funding, we’ve come to recognize and appreciate that it’s the people and businesses in and around Georgian Bay that make what we do possible. Sincere thanks to our donors who contributed $450,000 this year to keep our work on track. We finished the year with a modest deficit, but this made it possible for us to invest in projects essential to achieving our long-term goals. Overall, however, we continue to have a healthy financial position as demonstrated on our balance sheet.

Special thanks to our strategic partners, board members, staff and community volunteers for helping us to discover, develop and implement the solutions that will protect Georgian Bay’s waters today and for generations to come.

Peter Singer

Peter Singer
Board Chair

Fighting Phragmites
with Sans Souci volunteers

Georgian Bay
Courtesy Peter Singer

Applying vision and strategy to advance clean water solutions

I was just 16 years old when I spent a summer on Beausoleil Island as a camper. The following summer I was one of the lucky participants in a Parks Canada youth program on the island. That’s when my passion for Georgian Bay was sealed. Behind every board member, donor, and community volunteer I meet, there’s a similar Georgian Bay story to be told.

Regardless of our reasons for coming to the Bay, what binds us together is our shared passion for the beauty that this great body of water bestows upon us with each visit to its shores. With your help, that’s what Georgian Bay Forever is here to preserve.

Driven by our Vision to ensure the “waters of Georgian Bay are healthy and thriving for future generations”, we fund and support accredited scientific research and large scale studies that focus on three key areas: invasive species prevention and eradication (ecosystems), water level management, and water quality testing.

While many of Georgian Bay Forever’s scientific and public education projects are ongoing initiatives with long-term horizons, we made important strides this year in all three areas:

    Protecting the Bay’s unique ecosystems
    • Our work with the University of Guelph to build an aquatic biodiversity library will, in time, help us to identify coastal areas in need of protection.
    • Our freshwater research, also with the University of Guelph, will help to determine if high density open-pen aquaculture poses a threat to the Bay’s ecosystem.
    • Our partnership with the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council to survey eight tributaries where Walleye, Lake Sturgeon and Sucker species are on the decline will help prioritize sites for remedial action.
    • Our undertaking with municipalities, conservation authorities and community volunteers to remove invasive Phragmites is helping to restore coastal wetlands around the Bay.

    Exploring options for water level management
    • The GBF-commissioned AECOM report on climate resilient structural options for managing water levels in Lake Michigan-Huron and Georgian Bay yielded three prospective options for further review and discussion.

    Improving water quality testing
    • Our continuing efforts to harmonize water testing protocols around the Bay in partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve will soon lead to better informed water quality research.
    • Our final report assessing bacteria level risk in the Township of Georgian Bay’s waters using microbial source testing confirmed that the water tested was safe. It also introduced this novel scientific method for Georgian Bay decision makers to use for efficient water quality management.
While scientific work takes time, we are already seeing the impressive results that some of our long and short-term investments are yielding, thanks in large part to the many individual and corporate donations that sustain our important endeavours throughout the year.

Over time, we have matured and become a thoughtful, strategically organized and effective group with the ability to move critical issues into the hands of key decision-makers at all levels of government on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.

Whether you live on the Bay, own a cottage on it, run a business in the area or frequent local parks and public beaches, I hope you will take the time to learn more about our work at Georgian Bay Forever and how you can play a role in helping to preserve these beautiful waters now – and forever.

David Sweetnam
Executive Director

David Sweetnam
Executive Director

Training volunteers in Tay.
online statistics

Education plays a key role in GBF’s activities.

This year, we continued to reach out to people across the Bay’s vast geography - covering close to 40,000 kilometres in green vehicles because we know that many of you are as concerned as we are about keeping our Georgian Bay waters pristine, and simply want to know how to help.

Preserving the Bay’s ecosystems and natural water filtration systems

The Great Lakes support more than 3,500 species, 80 per cent of which rely on Georgian Bay’s coastal wetlands, a high quality habitat for freshwater fish, amphibians and reptiles, insects, birds, and waterfowl, as well as numerous in-water and coastal plant species. The wetlands also act as a water filtration system, performing an important role in maintaining water quality.

Identifying and protecting the Bay’s biodiversity
Building on work we started with the University of Guelph in 2012, GBF is supporting the development of an aquatic biodiversity library using DNA barcoding to identify all organisms and species living in the Bay. Over time, this detailed digital directory will allow us to quickly and efficiently identify changes, assess human impacts on aquatic ecosystems and develop mitigating strategies to minimize or reverse the damage.
In 2016, we focused our efforts on adding 83 benthic invertebrates to the library, organisms that live in or on the bottom of sediments in the Bay. These invertebrates are excellent measures of aquatic conditions because they rely heavily on their surroundings.
Next Steps:
Our work lends itself well to making Georgian Bay the most well-documented ecosystem in Canada and internationally. We are working to fund and speed up the process of completing the aquatic biodiversity library so that scientists can use the relatively pristine state of Georgian Bay’s ecosystems as a baseline for assessing other parts of the Great Lakes that require preservation and remediation. Knowing what lives in Georgian Bay will help us to monitor the impact of ecosystem changes over time and identify hotspots that need protection.

Restoring the Bay’s coastal wetlands
GBF has helped mobilize 21 communities around the Bay in 2016 to help eradicate Invasive Phragmites through education and training. The devastating impact of this reed-like plant can be seen along more than 8,000 kilometres of shoreline and 3,700 kilometres of aquatic wetlands in the eastern and northern portions of Georgian Bay. It displaces local flora, fauna and fish habitats and is a significant threat to the ecological benefits that wetlands provide, including aiding in water quality and nutrient cycling.
In 2016, GBF educated more than 450 people around the Bay about Invasive Phragmites through a series of workshops and presentations, and joined several communities, including Collingwood and Honey Harbour, in their fight against the invasive plant. Education and access to training pages and videos on our website are working to educate and mobilize other Phrag-fighting communities around the Bay. We also established information-sharing relationships with the Ontario Phragmites Working Group, Ontario Invasive Plant Council and the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative.

Community example - Collingwood Phragbusters
Next Steps:
GBF will continue to expand the fight by reaching out to and partnering with communities and organizations around the Bay to collectively defeat this invasive plant. To date, more than 30 tonnes of invasive Phragmites have been removed from our shorelines.
Fighting Invasive Phragmites in 2016

21 communities Georgian Bay

458 community guardians
2,633 unique visits to GBF’s website training pages
36 hours invested viewing GBF’s educational videos

Want to become a Phragbuster? Join your local Phragbusting group! Engage your community and municipal partners to help stop this plant! And donate to Georgian Bay Forever to support ongoing education, training and removal. Don’t let our coastal wetlands disappear!
Assessing the impacts of cage aquaculture
GBF has partnered with the University of Guelph to use DNA barcoding and tracer isotopes to look at the effects of open cage aquaculture or net-pen aquaculture “feed” on the local food web in Big Sound, including Colpoy’s Bay, Stokes Bay, Hope and Big Sound (Parry Sound) to determine if it is having an impact on Georgian Bay’s native fish populations, water quality and ecosystems.
Net Pen Aquaculture

In 2016, we used bio-tracers, following fatty acids and other chemicals through the food web from its base organisms to the top predator species.

We also had two graduate students start a comprehensive literature search and synthesis report on the impact of open cage fish aquaculture on fresh water systems.

Kevin McCann quote
Next Steps:
The final reports will be coming out in 2017.
Mapping the underwater landscape
GBF continues to collect detailed bathymetric data to map the underwater topography of the Bay. This information will enhance our understanding of habitat changes and, in combination with other data, the effects of these changes on aquatic species. Unseen, the underwater landscape is prone to abuse. Detailed bathymetry is essential to the creation of digital elevation models that are used by scientists and coastal managers to guide investments and inform further research into cost-effective ways to address stressors impacting the Bay.
Beekeeper picture
Data was collected throughout 2016 using Georgian Bay Forever’s boat, the Baykeeper, and high resolution side scanning sonar systems.

Next Steps:
Data collection will continue in Eastern Georgian Bay in 2017. This work would be greatly expedited by the use of an autonomous underwater vehicle, for which we are raising funds. The vehicle would enable us to generate a three dimensional view of the water and obtain detailed chemical and physical measures of pH levels, temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, blue green algae, turbidity, etc. and bathymetry with high resolution scanning sonar. This will allow us to conduct water quality testing using many more indicators than we currently do, with little to no human error, to quickly assess if the areas being tested are under stress, or if the underwater landscape is changing due to unforeseen impacts.
Why donate to Georgian Bay Forever?

We’re the only charitable organization in Georgian Bay that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the waters of the Bay - its water levels, quality and ecosystems. It’s that simple.

At GBF, we believe that the long-term health of the Bay is dependent on three things: Beekeeper picture

  • rallying all those who share our deep and abiding connection to the Bay to help protect and preserve it;
  • investing in research and education to inform and foster innovative, viable and affordable ways to monitor and safeguard the Bay’s health; and
  • sharing our findings with all those in a position to act – individually and collectively – to preserve and protect the Bay – as we have been privileged to know it – for future generations.

If this strikes a chord, join us today. GBF relies on the generosity of like-minded individuals, companies and foundations to support its work, and we stretch your dollars as far as they can possibly go by partnering with other non-profits and by leveraging your contributions to attract matching funds and gifts-in-kind. Help us protect the Bay we all love – today.

Supporting habitat restoration for diminishing native fish
GBF partnered with the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council to survey eight tributaries over two years. These tributaries in Eastern Georgian Bay are seeing a decline in Walleye, Lake Sturgeon and Sucker species due to over-fishing, water flow manipulation in spawning areas, dam constructions, climate change, pollution and waves of invasive species such as common carp, tubenose goby, invasive Phragmites and Eurasian water milfoil.

Photos by Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council

Photos: 1.Shebeshekong 2. Examining spawning substrate

GBF helped EGBSC staff with this field work, and provided our boat and sounding equipment to create depth maps. In 2016, the survey focussed on Sucker Creek (Pointe au Baril), and the Magnetawan, Shawanaga, Shebeshekong and Seguin Rivers.
Next Steps:
In 2017, the survey will take us to the Shebeshekong, Naiscoot, Key and Pickerel Rivers. The survey will assess the suitability of the tributaries as a spawning, rearing, nursery and foraging habitat for these species, and inform strategies to reclaim and maintain these habitats if we are to sustain native fish populations.

Tackling fluctuating water levels

Those of us who have had a relationship with Georgian Bay for many years have seen firsthand how harmful fluctuating water levels can be. Many of us were ill-prepared for the devastatingly low water levels we encountered in 2012-13, yet we are at risk of experiencing them again. According to the best available scientific models, we are at risk from increasing and unpredictable short-term extreme water level fluctuations, with very costly decades-long declines in overall water levels in Georgian Bay.
Providing Structural Solutions for Adaptive Management in the Great Lakes
GBF commissioned the global engineering firm, AECOM, to assess and recommend contemporary, climate-resilient structural options for managing water levels of Lake Michigan-Huron and Georgian Bay. This work represents one of GBF’s most significant and high impact investments to date.
In 2016, AECOM released its summary report, which identifies three prospective structural options, including in-stream turbines, inflatable dams, and a park fill/control gates system. All three are proven technologies in freshwater systems, adaptable to changing climate and water level conditions, and favourable to the environment and ecosystem.
Next Steps:
Meetings have already taken place with several influential leaders including members of the International Joint Commission, Environment Canada, State of Michigan, First Nations, Council of Great Lakes Industry, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), various shipping industry executives and the Georgian Bay Association. We will join AECOM in encouraging the Governments of Canada and the United States to create a detailed plan for protecting the Great Lakes by building on the findings of their work for GBF.

GBF is also an advisor of the University of Michigan Integrated Assessment Study team, which is considering non-structural policy options for addressing changes and impact in Great Lakes water levels.
Did you know . . .

. . . in many areas of Georgian Bay (e.g., Pointe au Baril, McGregor Bay), up to 50 per cent of the cottage population is American? Many of our neighbours to the south travel a great distance to enjoy the beauty and serenity of a Georgian Bay summer. If you’re an American and would like to support our efforts to keep Georgian Bay’s waters clean, you can, through the Great Lakes Basin Conservancy! Visit their website to learn more!

Improving water quality assessment and management

Poor water quality can lead to toxic algal blooms and cause mass die-offs of birds, fish, and other water creatures. Given that some areas of Georgian Bay are already quite stressed, the consistent and ongoing monitoring of water conditions will allow for timely interventions to preserve water quality.
Standardizing water quality testing
GBF continued its two-year partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and other key partners to harmonize water testing protocols across the Bay. This work will replace 15 different water quality monitoring programs with standardized tools that can be used to track water quality data that will help inform water quality research and government decision-making.


Building on previous GBF-commissioned studies that found earlier bacteria sampling regimes to be ineffective, in 2016 GBF worked to support a shift in thinking from a focus on bacterial monitoring to a focus on total phosphorous monitoring, in alignment with the new Eastern Georgian Bay water testing protocols.

While phosphorus is a necessary nutrient for the growth of most living things, too much or too little can have harmful consequences, including the development of nuisance or toxic algal blooms and underwater oxygen-free “dead” zones.

Total phosphorous data can easily be collected by citizen volunteers through the Lake Partner Program. As noted by the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, there are still 40 sites in Eastern Georgian Bay that need citizen help.

Next Steps:
The results of this work will be published in the 2018 State of the Bay Report for Eastern and Northern Georgian Bay.

To significantly improve our ability to assess water quality efficiently, GBF is currently raising funds to acquire an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). This vehicle will allow us to collect data rapidly, using state-of-the-art technology, on both physical and chemical properties such as pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, blue green algae, turbidity, and more. AUVs can also capture detailed underwater landscapes (bathymetry) which are important for monitoring and protecting healthy ecosystem habitat.

Join the Georgian Bay Forever Circle

Launched in the Spring of 2015, the Georgian Bay Forever Circle is our way of recognizing donors in perpetuity who have reached a lifetime giving level of $15,000 or more. These “guardians” share Georgian Bay Forever’s commitment to keeping our waters pristine for all of us to enjoy today – and for future generations to enjoy tomorrow. To date, we have welcomed more than 70 individuals, companies and foundations to the Circle, and look forward to welcoming many more. For more information, please contact Amber Gordon, Director of Development, at 905-880-4945, ext. 3.

What is GBF’s fundraising strategy?

GBF’s approach to fundraising is multi-faceted and integrated. We work hard to engage individuals, corporations, foundations and municipalities in the development of innovative funding projects that help achieve lasting conservation results while also meeting our supporters’ giving priorities.

Year over year, on average, 76 per cent of our support comes from concerned and committed individuals; 10 per cent from family and public foundations; another 12 per cent from aligned corporations; and the remaining 2 per cent from our marina and small business supporters. GBF receives little to no government funding.

How are fundraising dollars invested?

GBF is working hard to ensure that donor dollars are spent efficiently and that their return on investment is high. We work with many other organizations in the public and private sectors as well as with committed individuals who share our conservation goals and objectives. We realize that some of our goals are much bigger than we are, and that to make the most impact, we need to collaborate to achieve our respective and collective objectives. Our fundraising and outreach initiatives have been and will continue to be focussed on:
  • strengthening our relationships with donors and solidifying their belief in our objectives for the health of Georgian Bay’s waters.
  • raising funds to fast track the completion of the DNA barcoding library of all species that live in the waters of Georgian Bay.
  • continuing our Phragbusting program and encouraging support for the eradication of invasive Phragmites from communities all around the Bay.
  • expanding our fundraising efforts by engaging U.S. donors and providing easier options for giving.
  • raising funds to purchase the autonomous underwater vehicle.

How does GBF measure its success?

For environmental organizations like ours, our conservation successes are not easily measured on an annual basis given that many of our scientific research projects are phased, and sometimes take years to complete. And, it can be a few more before success is fully realized. That being said, we understand that our donors need to see results and evidence that we’re making progress towards achieving our goals.

2016 marked the second year of our current five-year strategic plan. We are happy to report that we have reached a number of our targets and will continue to leverage these results as we move further along with the strategic plan:
  • we have expanded our footprint in non-traditional geographies with our Phragmites, community guardian and eradication programs;
  • we continue to collaborate effectively with other GB5 organizations on numerous projects, amplifying results and reducing duplication and mitigating donor confusion;
  • we have done a better job of communicating the nature and results of our work and sharing stories about its significance more often; and
  • we are focusing on creating baselines against which to measure our successes going forward, and have begun tracking all of our activities in and around the Bay with more consistency.

Our efforts are paying off – we are welcoming new donors throughout the year and doing a better job of stewarding our long-term and loyal donors. We are seeing increases in followers on social media and in volunteers joining our ranks.

GBF staff and Board members continue to monitor operational efficiency, ensuring we maintain an appropriate balance between how much of your contributions are spent on overhead, and how much flows directly to support our water protection and education programs.

Georgian Bay Forever continues to play a lead role in the protection of your Bay. We turn to our First Nations for their knowledge, guidance and stories of the Bay’s health and abundance in days past.

Looking ahead, we envision a healthy Bay with millions of fish, clean, safe drinking water and a lush habitat for the thousands of species that depend on the sanctity of the Bay for their survival.

At the same time, we are cognizant of the immediate and imminent threats to the Bay - invasive Phragmites, the relentless advance of Asian carp, and the dynamic effects of climate change – and acknowledge that there is so much more we need to do to protect the Bay. We hope you’ll join us and support the work that we do to preserve and protect the waters of Georgian Bay now – and forever.
GBF’s American Donors

We have a very strong and committed donor base of U.S. residents who have cottages or properties on the Bay. They have contributed to our projects year after year, and 2016 was no exception. Our heartfelt thanks to these donors for their ongoing belief in our efforts to protect the waters they have come to enjoy and play in.

Check out GBF’s latest communication tools to help keep you informed about new and ongoing scientific projects and educational activities.

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Georgian Bay Forever Circle - A New Recognition Program for our Generous Donors

The Georgian Bay Forever Circle was officially launched in the spring of 2015 and recognizes, in perpetuity, donors who have reached a lifetime giving level of $15,000 or more. Donors who are a part of our Circle believe in our mission and allow us to invest in vital and strategic projects to ensure that Georgian Bay’s pristine and natural beauty is the legacy you leave for generations to come.

GBF donors are extraordinary and we thank each and every one of them for sharing our quest to ensure that Georgian Bay remains drinkable, swimmable and fishable for all those who live, work and play on the Bay.

For more information on your lifetime donation level or to make an additional gift or pledge to become a member, please contact Amber Gordon at 905-880-4945 ext 3.

GBF is pleased to recognize the members of the Georgian Bay Forever Circle for their total lifetime contributions.

PROTECTOR | $250,000+
    Great Lakes Basin Conservancy, Inc.
    RBC Foundation

DEFENDER | $100,000 – $249,999
    The CSL Group Inc.
    The Geoff Hyland Family
    Doug and Ruth Grant
    Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
    Jackman Foundation
    The McLean Foundation
    The Schad Foundation

GUARDIAN | $50,000 – $99,999
    Bruce Power
    Echo Foundation
    The Judy and Wilmot
    Matthews Foundation
    The Langar Foundation
    Marye McCaig
    Michael McCain
    Anthony Munk and Amie Rocket Munk
    Robin and Robert Ogilvie
    Francie and John Pepper
    Sterling Marine Fuels
    The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

HERO | $25,000 – $49,999
    David and Shelagh Blenkarn
    Derek and Nancy Bowen
    The Carrick Family
    The Catherine and Fredrik Eaton
    Charitable Foundation
    Brian and Janey Chapman
    The Charles and Rita Field-Marsham Foundation
    Michael and Jacquie Green
    The Harold A. Kopas Family Foundation
    Peter Hatcher and Family
    Robert Hay and Family
    John Honderich
    Ernest Howard
    Renata Humphries
    Roger Jones and Joanne Muther-Jones
    Peter and Margie Kelk
    Lloyd's Register Canada Ltd.
    Ruth Mandel - WHO GIVES Fund
    Mason Family Foundation
    The McDonald Family
    Hugh and Sylvia McLelland
    James Meekison and Carolyn Keystone
    The Michael Young Family Foundation
    Frank and Patricia Mills
    Jeffrey Orr and Suzanne Legge
    John and Penny Pepperell
    The Ruby Family
    William and Meredith Saunderson
    Peter and Catherine Singer
    Larry Smith
    Philip and Eli Taylor
    Mary Thomson and Jan Ruby
    Rob and Val Thompson
    John and Josie Watson

PATRON | $15,000 – $24,999
    Algoma Central Corporation
    Tony and Janet Burt
    James and Erica Curtis
    Philip Deck and Kimberley Bozak
    Richard and Dawn Drayton
    Fednav Limited
    Mary-Elizabeth Flynn
    Robin and Sted Garber
    Donald Guloien and Irene Boychuk
    John Irving and Janet Turnbull-Irving
    John and Phyllis Lill
    Robert and Patricia Lord
    Paul and Martha McLean
    Hugh and Ada Morris
    Christopher Pfaff
    Bill and Carol Prior
    Gail and Tim Regan
    Margot Roberts and David Williamson
    David Roffey and Karen Walsh
    Jennifer Rogers
    Brian and Sabine Thomson
    Cameron Wardlaw
    Michael Wenban and Virginia Froman
    Sandy Wood and Don Darroch

We try very hard to ensure accuracy because we care so much about recognizing your donation. If we have inadvertently made a mistake, we are truly sorry. Please help us correct the error by contacting Amber Gordon-Bunn at or (905) 880-4945 x 3.

2016 GBF Supporters

Georgian Bay Forever is grateful to all of our donors and sponsors who make all that we do to protect the waters of Georgian Bay possible. More than 80 per cent of your contributions go directly to one of our many research and education projects that are aimed at informing water levels management, maintaining water quality, and protecting the ecosystems of Georgian Bay.

We deeply appreciate everyone who donated to Georgian Bay Forever in 2016.

$50,000 - 99,999

    R. Howard Webster Foundation

$25,000 - 49,999

    Bruce Power
    Great Lakes Basin Conservancy, Inc.

$5,000 - 24,999

    Jennifer Bannock
    David and Shelagh Blenkarn
    Derek and Nancy Bowen
    Janet Burt
    The CSL Group Inc.
    Doug and Ruth Grant
    Michael and Jacquie Green
    Donald Guloien and Irene Boychuk
    Ernest Howard
    Renata Humphries
    The Geoff Hyland Family
    Roger Jones and Joanne Muther-Jones
    The Harold A. Kopas Family Foundation
    The Langar Foundation
    John and Phyllis Lill
    The Mason Family Fund
    The Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation
    William McDonald
    James Meekison and Carolyn Keystone
    Frank and Patricia Mills
    Anthony and Amie Rocket Munk
    Robin and Robert Ogilvie
    Jeffrey Orr and Suzanne Legge
    Margot Roberts and David Williamson
    William J. and Meredith Saunderson
    Peter and Cathie Singer
    Robert and Valerie Thompson
    Brian and Sabine Thomson
    Sandy Wood and Don Darroch
    The Michael Young Family Foundation

$2,500 - 4,999

    Paul John Eakin
    Peter Hatcher and Family
    Robert Hay and Family
    John Honderich
    Jackman Foundation
    Peter and Margie Kelk
    Sam Kohn and Mary A. Ciolfi-Kohn
    Francie and John Pepper

$1,000 - 2,499

    Elizabeth Austin
    Clair Balfour and Marci McDonald
    Birch Island Foundation
    David and Joanne Browne
    Desmasdon's Boatworks
    Michael and Maureen Douglas
    Jennifer and John Ferguson
    The Betty and Joe Gray Family Foundation
    Adam Howard and Janet Neilson
    James Humphries
    S. Jean and Harold Koetsier-Adams
    Donald and Lorraine Lawson
    Robert and Patricia Lord
    Dougal and Barbara Macdonald
    Paul and Martha McLean
    Hugh and Sylvia McLelland
    Sue McNamara
    William and Elizabeth Morris
    Evelyn Newell
    Payne Marine Ltd.
    The Pittsburgh Foundation
    Point Pleasant Marina
    Lloyd and Pat Posno
    Rick and Anne Randell
    Gail and Tim Regan
    Carolin and Robert Shepherd
    Sound Boat Works
    Janet Walker
    Lawrence and Judith Ward
    John and Josie Watson
    Thomas Williams

$500 - 999

    Phelps and Judy Bell
    Paul Brisbois and Sandi Campbell
    Shauneen Bruder
    David Burt
    Camp Osawa Ltd.
    Terence and Hilde Clark
    Christina Clokie
    Ann and Charles Conacher
    James and Erica Curtis
    Brenda Drinkwalter
    Katherine Freygang
    Brian and Carol Grant
    Joseph Green
    John and Patricia Hardy
    George and Mary Claire Heintzman
    Gavin Langmuir
    Bill Linton and Marilynne Day-Linton
    June McLean
    Blake and Janet Murphy
    Parry Sound Marine
    Sanford and Marilyn Phillips
    Julian and Anna Porter
    Alex and Kathleen Ramsay
    David Roffey and Karen Walsh
    Nancy McCuaig Rogers
    Edward Simmonds
    Sue Stamberger
    Don and Heather Stemp
    Sonja Stewart
    Stollenwerk Family Charitable Foundation
    Michael and Melinda Tabor
    Timothy Topper
    Ian Werker and Janet Saunderson
    Donald and Marion Wheeler
    George and Helen Will
    Donald and Sandra Wilson
    Robert and Fran Woodrooffe

$250 - 499

    Pamela Aitken
    Reed and Julia Ballon
    Donald and Elizabeth Bartlett
    Fred and Dorothy Beattie
    Jurg and Gisela Berchtold
    Paul and Frances Breithaupt
    David and Barbara Bresver
    Naomi Campbell
    John and Margaret Catto
    Philip and Kay Clarke
    Rt. Hon Adrienne L. Clarkson and John Ralston Saul
    Sondra Cornett
    David Cranmer
    Douglas and Margaret Derry
    Robert and Caroline Duncanson

$250 - $499 (cont.)

    Karen Fergus
    Peter Foulds and Maureen MacQuarrie
    Jean Friedel
    Clayton Bunn and Amber Gordon-Bunn
    Jennifer Gray
    John and Elizabeth Hackett
    Carole Harrison and Toni Herrick
    Ann Herring
    Janice Hillier
    Paul and Alison Hughes
    Hurontario Camp Limited
    Stephen and Elisabeth Jenks
    JVT Foundation
    Edward and Ann Kerwin
    J. Mary and Robert Lee
    David and Mary Lord
    Adrienne and John Mars
    John McAllister
    Nancy McFadyen
    Lynn McLauchlin and John McKee
    Stephen and Hope Murphy
    Barry Peacock
    Michael and Sheila Royce
    Nancy Ruth
    Peter Scandrett
    Terry Sheard
    Charles Smith
    Laren Stadelman
    William Stratton
    David Sweetnam and Debra Archibald
    Jay Thompson
    Ronald Till and Sheila Lee
    Michael Wenban and Virginia Froman
    Sarah White
    John Wilson and Judy Maynard
    Judith Yohe
    Claudette Young

$ 1 - 249

    John and Wendy Abbott
    William and Jane Abbott
    Beth and Peter Adams
    Caitlin Adamson
    Roger Albrecht
    Drew Allin
    Mary and Mike Anderson
    Sandra Andrews
    Arnold Bailey
    Peter and Nancy Baines
    Jackie Baillie
    Jane Barber
    Robert and Sinikka Barker
    Erika Barrientos and Shahid Mahmood
    Edward Bartram
    William Bartram
    Derek Bate
    John and Jenn Bate
    Warren Beckett
    David and Christine Bennett
    Audrey Best
    John and Dody Bienenstock
    Doug and Judith Biggar
    Lindsay Black
    Thomas Bogardus
    Geoffrey Boone
    Peter and Rita Boruta
    Shelagh Bowden
    Douglas and Barbara Bower
    John Boyd
    Ernest and Gloria Bradford
    Herb and Myra Breithaupt
    Jack and Lani Broadbent
    Frederick Brooks-Hill

$ 1 - 249 cont.

    Lanee Brown
    Douglas and Helen Bryce
    Terry and Linda Bunting
    Michael Burdis
    Jean Butler
    Karen Butts
    Neil and Judy Cameron
    Bruce and Noella Campbell
    Peter and Jackie Campbell
    Ron and Mary Campeau
    The Canby Family
    Joe Castiglione
    Adam and Janet Chamberlain
    John and Joan Champ
    Tom and Christine Claflin
    Daniel Clairet
    Brian Clark
    Don and Ursula Cockburn
    Alison Cooper and James Nancorrow
    Margaret Corcoran
    James and Margaret Cowan
    Dan Cozzi
    Allan and Missy Crosbie
    Patsy Cross
    Heather Cumming
    Gordon and Harriet Cummings
    Nancy Cunningham
    Mr. and Mrs. Phillip
    Thomas Dancy
    Martha and Alfred Davis
    Jo Anne DeBiasio
    Roman and Virginia Dementavicius
    Vernon and Donna Deneault
    Benjamin and Molly Diesbach
    Jim and Allison Dingle
    Chris and Delia Dobson
    Sandra Dodds
    D'Arcy Doherty
    Marguerite Doritty and Raymond Knowles
    Michelle Draper
    David Drinkwater
    Donald Dunn
    Sadie Dyer
    Bruce and Joan Erickson
    Michael and Joyce Etherington
    Rosemary Everett
    George and Kittie-Marie Fells
    Roderic and Frances Ferguson
    Judy Finch
    Joan Fisher
    Robert and Anne Fisher
    Stephen Fisher
    Sally Forrest
    Richard Forster
    Bill Fowler and Mary Wolf
    Sara Fox
    Sylvia Lois Fraser
    Sandra Freedhoff
    Daniel Freeman
    Harold and Heidi Freure
    Ann Galbraith
    Nancy Garrow
    Kate Gibson
    Tom Gifford
    Diane Gilday
    Lucile and Brian Gille
    John and Catherine Gillespie
    Kathleen Golding
    Tim and Barbara Gorka
    Catherine Graham
    Jamie Graham
    Donald and Gwen Grant
    Mr. and Mrs. Eric Grant
    Janice Graves
    Joseph Grogan
    Carty Hall
    John Hamilton
    William and Marilyn Hance
    Craig and Neidra Hart
    Beau Hatcher
    Barry Haywood
    Frank Hedley
    Thomas Heintzman
    Thomas Hepburn
    Wood Hill and Mary Ruby
    Mark and Marilyn Hiseler

$1 - $249 (Cont.)

    Jane Hoffman
    Roger and Margaret Horton
    John and Elinor Hueton
    Kathleen Hughes
    Morgan Hultquist
    George and Anne Hume
    Linda Humphrey
    Anne Hurlbut
    Barbara Hyland
    Alice Jane Jenkins
    Duncan and Robyn Jones
    Derek and Anne Keddie
    Richard Kelley
    John and Patricia Keyser
    Mr. and Mrs. Kendall King
    Charles King
    Patricia Kirby
    Midford Kitchen
    Jackie and Cully Koza
    Jeff and Cindy Kuchman
    John and Teresa Lackner
    Donald Lamont
    Mary Suzanne Lamont
    Douglas Lash
    Reginald and Sheila Lewis
    Bob and Anne Lindsay
    Moira and Harland Lindsay
    Tom and Nancy Lofft
    Carol Lome
    Lars and Monica Londen
    Albert and Joan Longo
    Geoffrey Lowe
    Theodore Lownie
    Gerald and Joan Lozinski
    Henry and Heather Maag
    J.A. Macdonald
    John and Carol Macfarlane
    Jim and Jill MacKenzie
    Jim and Heather MacLeod
    Joan MacRae
    Jane Maher
    Patricia Marshall
    William David Martin
    George and Elinor Matchneer
    Roger Matthews
    Susan May
    Thomas and Emily McClintock
    William McCoy
    Rene and Carol McCron
    Ian and Maureen McGibbon
    Nigel McGrath
    Jane P. and Jerry McIntosh
    Scott and Sandra McKay
    John McKellar
    Marion McLeod
    William and Brenda McNeill
    Sally Mead
    Karen Lea Milburn
    Greg Miller
    Mr. and Mrs. Russell Miller
    Donald Millman
    John and Pam Mitchell
    William Montgomery
    William and Sally Moore
    Joy Morrison and Ron Stockburn
    Charles and Lani Moses
    Fred and Jane Munn
    Rebecca Nasr
    Dean and Elaine Nicholls
    Barbara Nikel
    Jane Nord
    Robert and Joan Northey
    Britton and Arani Osler
    Tom and Mary Ouchterlony
    Winn and Barbara Oughtred
    Angelo and Daniele Parravano & Family
    Barbara Parton
    Graham and Diane Patchell
    David and Molly Pelton
    Peter and Harriet Pfohl
    Peter and Barbara Phippen
    Norman James Playfair and Kimberley Cormack
    Jean and George Podolsky
    Sue Pridham
    Jason and Emily Richardson
    Murray Rideout
    William Robbins
    Thomas and Rosina Robertson
    Trevor and Raechel Robertson
    Brian and Hilda Rolph
    Joanna Ruby-Armstrong
    Victoria Ruby
    Judy Russel
    Megan Nicole Ryan
    Zoe Ryerson
    Frank and Ota Safertal
    Roma and Anthony Sapijonis
    Heather Sargeant
    Tim and Barb Sargeant
    Patrick and Carol Saunders
    Ray and Kit Sawyer
    Cindy Scanlon
    Werner and Inge Schmalz
    Howison Schroeder
    Christel and Paul Schwarz
    Gregg Scott
    Rod and Bessie Seyffert
    Ian Shaw
    Judy Sherk
    Tom Sherman and Nancy Middlebrook
    Donald and Barbara Simpson
    Robert Simpson
    Bob David Smith
    Douglas and Ruth Smith
    Gordon Smith
    Peter and Dallis Smith
    Peter and Linda Smith
    Staples Canada Inc.
    Andrew Stewart
    Charles P. Stewart III
    Timothy Stewart
    Barbara Stone
    Richard Stoner
    Duncan and Audrey Stratton
    William and Carol Stratton
    William and Kathleen Sutherland
    Leo and Ella Sweetnam
    Michael Tangney
    Norma Jean Tangney
    Vincent and Siulanko Tangredi
    Geoff and Ruth Taylor
    Nicole Thackeray
    Barb Thomas and Clay Brohm
    Terence and Carole Thompson
    Bill and Janice Thomson
    Cleveland and Linda Thurber
    Ross and Janet Trilsbeck
    George Trusler
    Amanda Valpy
    E.L. and Barbara Van Sickel
    John Vanstone
    Peeranut Visetsuth
    Jason Wagar
    Gordon and Harriet Walker
    Al and Barbara Wallace
    David and Patricia Watson
    Gavin and Elizabeth Watt
    Bill and Linda Watts
    John and Sandra Way
    Cynthia Webb
    Robert Weekes
    John and Barb Weir
    James Westaway
    Jennifer Whelpton
    Dave Whidden
    Brenda White
    Patric Whitney and Camie Tang-Chang
    Neil F. and Lynn Williams
    Ken and Gail Williams
    David Wilson
    Susan Wilson
    Alice Winn
    Peter and Susan Winnell
    Kim Woodhouse
    John and Judy Woodward
    James Worts
    Michael and Elizabeth Young
    Merle and Sue Zoerb

We try very hard to ensure accuracy because we care so much about recognizing your donation. If we have inadvertently made a mistake, we are truly sorry. Please help us correct the error by contacting Amber Gordon-Bunn at or (905) 880-4945 x 3.

Memories-are-forever gifts: Individuals listed below have had gifts made in their honour.

Donations In Memory

      Dorothy Bennett
      Tony Burt
      Brenda Charters
      Joseph Raymond Corbiere
      Jack Courtemanche
      Todd Frankland
      Joan E. Harrison
      Margo House
      Ed Jarrett
      Dr. Terry Mackenzie
      Don McMaster
      Ray Miller
      Bill Prior
      Ruth Weinert

Gifts In Honour

    Ken Brown
    Doug and Bruce
    Brenda Drinkwalter
    The Everett Family
    Robert Kinnear
    Melissa and Lee Munson
    David Sweetnam and Debra Archibald
    Lawrence Ward

Local Businesses supporting Georgian Bay Forever

Responsible investments for long term benefits

As a charitable organization that does not receive government based operational funding, we’ve come to recognize and appreciate that it’s the people and businesses in, around and on Georgian Bay that make what we do possible. Sincere thanks to our donors who contributed over $450,000 this year to keep our work on track. We finished the year with a modest deficit, but this made it possible for us to invest in projects essential to achieving our long-term goals. Overall we continue to have a healthy financial position as demonstrated on our balance sheet.

Our thanks to our donors without whom we wouldn’t be able to do what we do; our strategic partners who help us to leverage our donor funds; our board members for their tireless devotion; our staff for exemplifying what it means to be committed to a cause; and the community volunteers for stepping forward in the fight against invasive Phragmites.

As we move forward with our projects in 2017, we hope you will join us and support us in the year ahead to protect Georgian Bay’s precious waters.
Board of Directors

Meet the men and women who so generously are volunteering their time in 2017 to help GBF advance our mission.

Find out about the committees on which they serve.

Revenues and Expenditures

Financial Position

If you have any questions or want more information with regards to this 2016 annual report, please contact Amber Gordon-Bunn at or (905) 880-4945 x 3.

The Independent Auditor's Report of Georgian Bay Forever's 2016 Financials