The Communications Committee
This committee is responsible for the myriad of communication vehicles Forever releases, publishes, eblasts, twitters, and posts, all to do with the charity's work on the Bay. The committee is committed to a thorough analysis of primary documents and the development of policies and positions in the best interests of Georgian Bay's aquatic ecosystem. Its duties include communicating complex scientific information in a language that can be understood by the common reader, succinctly and accurately. Headed by chair Jennifer Ferguson, the committee includes Peter Singer, Helen Bryce (also our Newsletter Editor), Grant Gordon, Anne Randell, Amber Gordon-Bunn, Heather Sargeant and David Sweetnam. In 2017, Doug Heintzman joined the committee.
The Fund Development Committee
The Fund Development Committee coordinates all Georgian Bay Forever's fundraising efforts. With a focus on building relationships, it provides opportunities for individuals, foundations and corporations to provide donations in support of GBF's important scientific and research work. Members include Chair Anne Randell, Peter Singer, Rod Jones, Peter Hatcher, David Sweetnam, Amber Gordon-Bunn (Colette Thomson is the contact while Amber is on maternity leave), and Heather Sargeant. In Sept 2016, GBF happily announced that Dawn Drayton and Nancy Bowen joined the committee. Len Gamache is our newest member, joining in 2017.
The Governance Committee
This committee chaired by Janet Burt, oversees the running of the organization, ensuring the transparency and accountability of its operations. It seeks candidates for the board that are reflective of the many regions of the Bay. It ensures that the Board has the talents and expertise it needs to carry out its tasks and make well-informed decisions. Members include Peter Singer, Adam Chamberlain, Terry Clark, Anne Randell and David Sweetnam. In 2017, Paul Emond and Laren Stadelman joined the committee.
The Public Affairs Committee
This committee is chaired by Adam Chamberlain and monitors public policies in the areas of water levels, water quality, and ecosystems. It also makes recommendations to the board about educating constituents, the media and other interested parties concerning public policy approaches that will protect the health and integrity of the Georgian Bay ecosystem. Members include: Peter Singer, Rod Jones, Lloyd Posno, Jennifer Ferguson, Terry Clark, Neil Hutchinson, Derek Bowen and David Sweetnam. In 2017, Paul Emond joined the committee.
The Finance Committee
This committee is chaired by our treasurer, Erwin Stuart, and is responsible for ensuring that the books balance and that accounting procedures are compliant with all the relevant regulations, and that the accounting reflects the expenditures. Members include Peter Singer, Anne Randell, Janet Burt and David Sweetnam. In 2017, Doug Heintzman joined the committee.
The Science Committee
This committee is chaired by Director Derek Bowen and includes Peter Singer, Carolyn Singer, Ian Baines, Neil Hutchinson and David Sweetnam. The Science Advisory Panel comprised of non-board members includes: Mike Hensel Environmental Architect; Dr. Gail Krantzberg of McMaster University’s Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy; Al Sandilands, aquatic and terrestrial biologist; Patsy Cross, water quality specialist; Milo Sturm, coastal engineer; Paul Bowen, geotechnical engineer and hydro-geologist; and Cam Portt, aquatic and fisheries biologist.