Board of Directors

Current Board for 2016-2017

Executive:

Mary-Lou Gerstl – Chair

After a successful career in the financial and investment industry in Toronto, Mary-Lou followed her heart and retired to Haliburton where she had been a cottager for many years. She is passionate about nature, conservation and all forms of animal life and their habitat. She hopes to put her background in operations as well as her organizational skills to work at the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust.

Scott Durie – Treasurer

Scott is a management consultant who owns his own firm in the Toronto area.  He is a retired Marine Systems Engineer from the Royal Canadian Navy who has travelled extensively, but never feels more at home than in the Haliburton Highlands.  A seasonal resident of Kennisis Lake for more than 50 years, Scott brings his passion for the outdoors and the environment to the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust.

David Lawrance – Secretary

David has been a seasonal resident of Haliburton Highlands for over 26 years.

A Supply Chain Management and facility management professional, Dave has lead large teams in Canada and the United States over his 30 year career. He is a passionate volunteer, having dedicated himself to roles with the Supply Chain Management Association, Abbey Gardens, Volunteer Builders, and George Brown College.

Directors:

Chris Whittemore

Chris lives in the Village of Haliburton where she is a keen observer of nature.  She enjoys many outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and dragon-boating. For several years Chris has been very involved with the management of the Dahl Forest. We are grateful for her great organizing skills, her efficiency, and her passion for the Dahl Forest and the work of the Land Trust

Dr. Lee Battiston

Lee Battiston and his family have been cottagers in Haliburton for the last thirty-five years. Lee is a former manufacturing executive with global business experience. He retired from the manufacturing sector in 2008 and returned to school to complete a PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. Lee’s research focused on the technical and economic feasibility of rehabilitating brown-field sites to produce biofuel and conventional agricultural crops. Lee sits as Chair on the Dysart Environmental and Green Energy Committee, is a Director of Citizens For Clean Air and actively participates in a number of environment and energy sector advisory committees. He owns a consulting firm that specializes in land rehabilitation and alternative energy systems.  Lee plans to retire in the Haliburton area in the next few years.

Joan Duhaime

Joan retired from teaching at Ridgewood Public School in Coboconk in the spring of 2015 after a 30 year career. Joan always had a special interest in making connections for her students to the environment and to the importance of all of us working together for a healthy earth.  Joan has two sons who grew up near Gelert. She enjoys kayaking, camping, hiking, gardening and has played trumpet in the Highlands Wind Symphony for many years. Joan grew up in Niagara Falls.  When looking for a place to volunteer time, the Land Trust fit perfectly with her hope to help preserve our land for future generations.

Lois Deacon

Lois has been passionate about protection and wise use of natural resources her whole life.  Lois has a BSc from University of Guelph and a MSc from Queen’s. She worked for Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for more than 30 years in a variety of positions including fisheries biologist, manager, and director.

Lois grew up in Minden and has strong family ties to Haliburton Highlands. Lois retired from the Ontario Public Service in 2015 and she and her husband live on Maple Lake.

Lois loves spending time with two very cute and smart grandsons.  She is an avid dragon-boater, kayaker and cross-country skier.

Greg Wickware

Mr. Gregory Wickware, MSc. has been a research scientist and small business entrepreneur involved in the management of natural resources and the geomatics industry for the past 45 years. He has worked as a research scientist for the Canadian Federal Government principally in the field of ecological land classification related to forest management and land use planning. In 1988 he founded Geomatics International Inc., growing the company into a world class geomatics business with offices and joint ventures throughout Canada, Europe, Indonesia, United States and Africa. His companies employed over 200 people and were involved in the development and application of geomatics technologies across a wide spectrum of business verticals including: environment, telecommunications, municipal, forestry, mining, agriculture, retail, manufacturing, transportation, health care and education. Most recently, Mr. Wickware served as Director, Marketing and Business Development for large multi-national engineering consulting firms in the Middle East and Europe. He has been retired since 2015.

Mr. Wickware and his family have been seasonal residents of Haliburton since 1994.

Terry Carr

Terry is a successful real estate professional in The Highlands, and has lived in The Highlands her entire life. Before real estate Terry spent 16 years in Finance/Management and Human Resources in the long term care sector, and she has sat on several boards including ONPHA, The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association. Growing up, Terry spent most of her spare time outdoors, with camera in hand, and had grand plans to be a wildlife photographer for National Geographic and live in Africa! That did not quite come to fruition, but The Highlands is a perfect substitute. Terry is a recognized C.H.A. Lake Protectors Realtor, is involved in The Children’s Miracle Network, and works hard to give back to her community.

 

Past Boards:

2015-2016
Dianne Mathes – Chair
Mary-Lou Gerstl – Vice-Chair
Dave Lawrance – Secretary
Scott Durie – Treasurer
Brigitte Gall – Director
Lee Battiston – Director
Simon Payn – Director
Chris Whittemore – Director
Joan Duhaime – Director

2014-2015
Dianne Mathes – Chair
Sheila Ziman – Past-Chair
Ian Macnab – Secretary
Bryan Barlow – Treasurer
Scott Durie – Director
Brigitte Gall – Director
Janis Parker – Director
Simon Payn – Director
Cindy Sedore – Director
Chris Whittemore – Director

2013-2014
Dianne Mathes – Vice-Chair
Sheila Ziman – Past-Chair
Ian Macnab – Secretary
Bryan Barlow – Treasurer
Scott Durie – Director
Emma Horrigan – Director
Janis Parker – Director
Simon Payn – Director
Chris Whittemore – Director

2012-2013
Sheila Ziman – Chair
Dianne Mates – Vice-Chair
Ian Macnab – Secretary
Bryan Barlow – Treasurer
Janis Parker – Director
Simon Payn – Director
Chris Whittemore – Director

2011-2012
Sheila Ziman – Chair
Dianne Mathes – Vice-Chair
Adam Barkovitz  – Secretary
Bryan Barlow – Treasurer
Mary Anne Barkhouse – Director
Janis Parker – Director
Simon Payn – Director

2010-2011
Sheila Ziman – Chair
Dianne Mathes – Vice-Chair
Adam Barkovitz  – Secretary
Alan King – Treasurer
Mary Anne Barkhouse – Director
Barrie Martin – Director

2009-2010
Sheila Ziman – Chair
Ian Daniel – Past-Chair
Shirley McCormick – Secretary
Alan King – Treasurer
Thom Lambert – Director
Barrie Martin – Director

2008-2009
Sheila Ziman – Chair
Ian Daniel – Past-Chair
Shirley McCormick – Secretary
Alan King – Treasurer
Thom Lambert – Director
Barrie Martin – Director

2007-2008
Ian Daniel – Chair
Jeanne Anthon – Vice-Chair
Lon Duncombe – Treasurer
Sheila Ziman – Secretary
Neil Campbell – Director
Barrie Martin – Director
Mary Anne Barkhouse – Director

2006-2007
Ian Daniel – Chair
Jeanne Anthon – Vice –Chair
Mary Anne Barkhouse – Treasurer
Sheila Ziman – Secretary
Neil Campbell – Director
Brent Wootton – Director
Stephen Foster – Director

2005-2006
Ian Daniel – Chair
Jeanne Anthon – Vice –Chair
Mary Anne Barkhouse – Treasurer
Sheila Ziman – Secretary
Neil Campbell – Director
Brent Wootton – Director
Stephen Foster – Director