Board of Directors

Deeply rooted and broadly drawn, Georgian Bay Forever is steered by lifelong devotees of the Bay. We are committed advocates, educators, environmentalists, realists, idealists, and of course, residents.

Adam Chamberlain

Chair of GBF: A partner at Gowling WLG's Toronto office and a certified Specialist in Environmental Law. He brings extensive experience in Environmental Assessment, climate change and Aboriginal infrastructure

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development to the Board of Directors of GBF. In addition to his LLB with a focus on Natural Resources and Environmental Law from University of Calgary, Adam has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from Waterloo University and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s College of Fellows.
In the Community, Adam is Chair of Camp Awakening (summer camp for children with disabilities). Adam’s family has celebrated more than 100 years on the Georgian Bay. Adam was the previous GBF Secretary.

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Terry Clark

Vice Chair. Terence (“Terry”) Clark grew up on the Great Lakes and practiced law with large international firms for 41 years until he retired in 2009.

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The principal focus of his legal practice was complex litigation in the areas of intellectual property, media and entertainment, corporate technology and trade secrets; and he also served as both a mediator and arbitrator of disputes in those areas. In addition, he headed up the Intellectual Property Practice Group in his last two firms (1990 – 2009) and was a member of the administration and practice management committees.
During the life of his practice, Terry worked with and represented clients in cases and proceedings in numerous local, state and federal agencies and courts throughout the United States; and for the last 25 years of his practice, he was regularly recognized with the honor of being designated among the Best Lawyers in America.
Terry has served as a Director on many non-profit organization Boards in Ohio, California and Ontario since the 1970’s, concentrating his contributions in the areas of governance, strategic planning, government regulation, legal issues, and project processing and implementation.
For the past 47 years, he has spent his summers on the Georgian Bay in Pointe au Baril, where he has continued his involvement on non-profit Boards. During a period of 30 years with the Pointe au Baril Islanders’ Association, Terry has served on numerous committees, as a long-standing Director, and as President of the Association. He was also a founding member of the Board of the Ojibway Historical Preservation Society in 2002, has remained since then as a Director of OHPS and has served as its Chair and President from 2010 until the present time. Terry and his wife, Hilde, both appreciate the opportunity to give back to the Bay for the benefit of their grandchildren and future generations; and for the past five years since his retirement, they have been “commuting” for the summer from the East Bay area of San Francisco to enjoy life on the Georgian Bay.

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Joe Tucker

Secretary and Treasurer Joe was Canadian Managing Partner of the Financial Advisory Services practice of KPMG in Canada.

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The FAS practice was composed of the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency, Corporate Finance,Business Valuations, Forensic Accounting and Transaction Services.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA). He held a Licensed Insolvency Trustee designation.
Joe was a member of KPMG's Partnership Board for almost 10 years and a senior Management Committee member for many years before his retirement.
Joe and his wife, Donna have been on the Bay for almost 35 years at Snug Harbour. They have two adult children and 4 grandchildren and all hugely enjoy the Bay.

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Janet Burt

Janet Burt is a Human Resources Executive and Consultant, and is Principal of Janet Burt Consulting. She founded the firm in 2009.

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Janet’s practice focuses on developing human capital strategy, building organization capacity through organization design and talent management, and managing change.
From 1997 to 2009, Janet was a Consultant and Principal at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions in the Organization and Leadership Solutions Practice. Prior to joining Knightsbridge and GSW, Janet was head of Human Resources at the Hospital for Sick Children, Assistant Vice President of Organization and Leadership Development at Crown Life Insurance and Director of Organization Development at Southam Inc. Janet has successfully completed the Certificate in Organization Design at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Centre for Effective Organization. She has a BA in Psychology and Bachelor of Physical Education degrees. Janet was a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) and certified Human Resources Professional.
In the volunteer sector, Janet has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Toronto. Janet has spent more than 45 summers on a family island in Georgian Bay. She is a member of Sans Souci and Copperhead, Manitou and Wah Wah Taysee Cottagers’ Associations.

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Paul Emond

Paul taught environmental and planning law for many years, first at Dalhousie and for the last many years at Osgoode Hall Law School.

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More recently Paul's focus has turned to dispute resolution. He founded and now co-directs the Professional LLM in Dispute Resolution at Osgoode and until recently did mediations from time to time. He has worked in the past with government, industry and First Nations, including the Chippewas of Nawash (Cape Crocker).
With his retirement from Osgoode, he is using his expertise in negotiating and problem solving on behalf of protecting the environment and the water of The Bay we all love so much.

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Jennifer Frew

Jennifer grew up on and around the Georgian Bay and Muskoka area, which has led to a passion for the beautiful rugged wind swept pines, granite and the pristine water of the Bay.

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She spent her summers with her family boating and exploring Georgian Bay from Lion’s Head all around to the North Channel. As a second-generation cottage owner on the South Channel of Georgian Bay, Jennifer is passionate about protecting and preserving the Bay for her children and beyond.

For the last nine years Jennifer has focused her career on philanthropy working as a fundraiser for SickKids Foundation. She has previous experience in sales and real estate. In the past she has volunteered for local environmental organizations in the Toronto area to improve her neighborhood, also with child/youth organizations and is a member of the South Channel Association. She is passionate about environmental issues that impact the ecosystem and is privileged to use her abilities to do more for Georgian Bay.

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Margaret Hastings

With an undergraduate degree in science from University of Toronto and a MBA from York University, Margaret spent 15 years in Brand Management, working on iconic brands such as Cheerios and Shreddies.

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She also has over 10 years of experience teaching marketing and strategy at both the undergraduate level and MBA levels at Schulich School of Business and, more recently, University of Westerns Ontario’s Brescia College. In addition to her teaching, Margaret provides consulting for the Economic Development departments of various regions and municipalities.

Margaret has a lifelong love for Georgian Bay, and has had the unique experience of enjoying the bay as a sailor, a power boater and a cottager. As a teenager she sailed with her family out of Penetanguishene and Midland. She became a cottager in the Parry Sound area in 1999, and she and her family also spent 10 years boating the bay in their power cruiser, covering from the Trent Severn Waterway through the North Channel.

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Doug Heintzman

Douglas is currently a Co-founder and Partner at CueContext a mobile software company specializing in context adaptive mobile apps for the zoo industry.

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.Previously, he was the COO of Flybits and at IBM for 25 years, most of it as a HQ executive in strategy functions. He led IBM software group’s world wide technical strategy and overall strategy for it’s Collaboration, Portal and Smarter Workforce division. He was IBM’s chief open source officer. He has chaired international standards organizations, been an expert witness at the European commission on intellectual property, and standards. He has been an expert consultant and jurist to Canada’s Networks of Centers of Excellence. He was the sponsorship executive for the ACM-ICPC (World’s Programing Championships), for 10 years.
He currently sits on the board of directors of MaRS innovation and sits on its investment committee. He has been a member of the AGO’s technical advisory committee and a mentor and advisor to may startup companies.
He has a BAH from Queen’s University in Political Studies and a Masters in international Social and Economic Administration (MAES) from the University of Grenoble Alpes France (Pierre Mendes). His passion for The Bay comes from over 45 years as a cottager in the San Souci area of Georgian Bay for over 45 years.

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Neil Hutchinson

Dr. Neil Hutchinson became passionate about environmental science as a teenager and coupled its emergence as a discipline with his personal attraction to water and Canadian geography.

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Having worked on water quality from Newfoundland to BC and from southern Ontario to Nunavut, he considers himself fortunate to have taken part in the great strides made in environmental management over his 45-year (and counting!) career as a summer student, graduate student, government scientist, consulting scientist and finally managing his own consulting firm of dedicated, likeable and talented individuals.

While he does not enjoy a cottage on Georgian Bay he lives close by, in Bracebridge, and the Bay is one of his favourite places to kayak.

His professional career has focused on pollutants and stressors of aquatic systems, with a focus extending from geochemical to laboratory to whole-watershed levels of investigation and a specialization in Precambrian Shield systems. He has worked at the highest levels of peer review, providing input to all levels of the environmental assessment process, provided evidence to the Senate of Canada and served three three-year terms on Grant and Scholarship Selection Panels of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

His off-work time finds him messing about in canoes, kayaks or sailboats, skiing and performing music as a flutist or in his alter ego as “Singer-Songwriter-Scientist”, performing his original and Canadian folk music (Recordings are available!).

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Sally Leppard

Hailing originally from the UK, Sally has lived and worked in the Great Lakes watershed for 5 decades. Retiring in 2011, Sally now lives close to Georgian Bay in the Town of The Blue Mountains, and enjoys all the attributes the area has to offer.

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In the late ‘70s, Sally founded Lura Consulting and is recognized as a pioneer in the design and facilitation of multi-stakeholder, collaborative planning processes. Her work in the field was frequently studied and her processes used as models for collaboration.

Her love for the Great Lakes has been demonstrated throughout her career. Sally has facilitated significant sustainability projects for public sector agencies – working with local, provincial, national and international agencies and their communities. Keynote projects included the Remedial Action Plans for Hamilton Harbour and Collingwood Harbour and Sustainability Plans for The Town of the Blue Mountains and the Severn Sound Environmental Association. For 10 years, Sally was the Lead Facilitator for the ground breaking Biennial State of the Lakes Ecosystem Indicators Conferences. As a result of her career, Sally brings experience with organizational development, fund raising, communications, marketing and project implementation to Georgian Bay Forever.

Sally has participated in numerous not-for-profit organizations in the past, such as the Foundation for Aggregate Studies, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Lake Huron-Georgian Bay Steering Committee and the Grey-Bruce Sustainability Network. Currently, Sally is an active member of her community and is a Trail Captain with the Bruce Trail, a member of Climate Action Now Network, and a participant in two local writers’ groups.

Her current passion is to instill a connection to the long history of the waters and lands of the Georgian Bay watershed in its current leaders and inhabitants, which, in turn, she hopes, will ensure that more care is taken of the resource for future generations. She loves slow travel, which includes long distance walking and has a passion for walking “across countries”, particularly in Europe. She is a dedicated mother of two, stepmother of 4 and has 9 (adorable) grandchildren.

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Anne Neary

Anne’s career in environmental science began in the 1980s at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, where she established a soil-testing laboratory for the province’s acid rain research program.

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Over the next 15 years, she oversaw the analysis of a wide variety of contaminants for the Ministry’s environmental monitoring, pollution abatement and spills response programs. In the following years, she helped drive science-based legislation for the water quality improvement and protection of Lake Simcoe, and led regulatory inspection/enforcement programs, water-tasking and pesticide permitting and environmental spill response operations for the southwestern region of Ontario.

In 2010, moving to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as Director of Applied Research and Development, she was responsible for fisheries, wildlife and forest research to support policy and operational decisions. The final step in her career saw her return to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Environmental Science and Standards Division.

Now retired, fond childhood memories of her family cottage near Penetang drew her back to Georgian Bay’s beautiful shores. She currently plays and resides in the Thonbury/Meaford area. She has been a member of the Lake Simcoe Science Advisory Committee for the past 3 years and is pleased to assist Georgian Bay Forever in its effort to help ensure the health of Georgian Bay for the Enjoyment of future generations.

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Anne Randell

Previous chair GBF: After a career in nursing, Anne moved to healthcare philanthropy in 1988 until her retirement in 2012.

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Her experience includes President and CEO roles at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation (now Toronto Rehab Institute Foundation), St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation and, for the past 11 years, William Osler Health System Foundation.
Anne has had a long involvement with the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, an organization that focuses on education and accreditation for healthcare fundraising professionals. She served on the Board for over ten years including as International Chair. She is one of only 12 Canadians who holds the Fellows designation (FAHP), the highest level of achievement in the field of healthcare resource development.
As a consultant and volunteer, Anne now provides strategic advice on fundraising, governance, communication and leadership to a number of not-for-profit organizations. Anne and her family have enjoyed their cottage in Pointe au Baril for 40 years and was previoulsy GBF's vice-chair.

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Will Thomson

Will Thomson is a lawyer with the Town of the Blue Mountains, his specialty is in local governance and administration, land use planning and development.

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In his previous practice Will focused on land use planning, including development and protection, wetlands, species at risk and wind energy.

Will is also a founding director of the Living Wish Foundation, whose mission is to deliver end of life wishes to adult patients. As a Collingwood resident, Will and his family enjoy all that Georgian Bay has to offer, including swimming, canoeing and camping in the Summer, and skiing on the snow the Day delivers each Winter. Will has a BAH in Political Science from the University of Guelph and a J.D from the University of Windsor.

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David Sweetnam

David is the Executive Director of Georgian Bay Forever. David is an entrepreneur, scientist, researcher and communicator who has spent his career in environment and high tech industries.

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He has always been interested in protecting the environment through sound business practices to yield sustainable outcomes. His business ventures have included the first G.R.E.E.N. chemical drum recycling program, state of the art atmospheric instrumentation development to monitor UV levels and the ozone hole, as well as aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem health.
David has always been focused on research and education. David manages the team to deliver results in all facets of the organization including the scientific research programs for Georgian Bay Forever, its communications and educational activities and managing the finances, fundraising and day-to-day operations of the charity. David holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. He has spent years boating and camping throughout Georgian Bay and its waterways.

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