Board of Directors

Current Board for 2020 – 2021

Executive:

Greg Wickware –  Chair

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.

Mary-Lou Gerstl – Past 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 consistently uses her background in operations and as well as her organizational skills on the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust board.

Shelley Hunt – Vice Chair

Shelley holds a PhD in Environmental Biology and spent 14 years as a professor at the University of Guelph, where she still teaches part-time in the School of Environmental Sciences. She also had the honour of spending over 6 years as the director of the university’s Arboretum. Shelley’s background is in Forest Ecology, and her research has taken her to a variety of forest regions, from boreal northern Ontario to the Carolinian zone in the southwest of the province, mainly to study the impacts of forest management practices on ecosystem structure and function. She is a true ‘tree hugger’ at heart, an interest sparked by time spent as a child in the woods of Haliburton, where her family has been cottaging for many decades. Along with her husband and 9-year-old son, Shelley made the move to live here permanently just last fall, and she couldn’t be more excited to spend all her time in the Haliburton Highlands.

Martha Larsen – Secretary

Martha has been an active member of the Gull Lake Cottagers’ Association for many years.  In 2016, she completed a Masters in Education and Technology.  Her background in education as a vice-principal and school community council member is a valuable asset to the Land Trust.  Martha also brings her love of the natural world and her keen interest in sharing that with children.

David Bathe – Treasurer

David is a retired Geologist who has visited Haliburton County all his life and has lived in Snowdon Township since 1982.  David has been fascinated by nature and the environment throughout his life and because of this interest, chose a career in the sciences.  After obtaining a degree in geology he worked as a field geologist for government and industry.  For a large part of his career he was self employed as a geological consultant.  He has retired from a career in geology spanning nearly forty years.

David considers himself an environmentalist.  He has traveled through every province and territory in this country and realizes the importance of maintaining natural spaces and educating the public about the natural world around us.  He volunteers with the Dahl Forest Management Committee, manages his family’s property through the MFTIP program for habitat and recreation, and continues to be involved in the community.

Directors:

Jennifer Dailloux

Jennifer was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, and came up to Algonquin Park with her father every year – a place she loved dearly as a child and young adult. While she left Canada soon after university to begin a career in International Development and Human Rights advocacy, her love for Algonquin never waned, and she returned as often as she was able during her trips home from the field. From 1996 to 2013 she lived and worked in places as diverse as Peru, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad, the majority of that time with CARE International, one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world. She held a variety of positions from Governance Advisor to Program Director in large country offices handling diverse and complex portfolios of aid. For the final several years of her career Jennifer was a Human Rights Advocate, undertaking in-depth research and policy analysis geared towards improving the impact of international aid on communities stricken by war. Known in particular for her research and advocacy skills on the impact of aid and military policy on women and children in conflict countries, Jennifer has presented evidence on Capitol Hill in Washington, to the Parliamentary Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan at the House of Commons in Ottawa, to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, and in closed audiences with Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, and senior advisors to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa, and a Research Fellow with University College London, United Kingdom. She has taught research and advocacy techniques to civil society groups in over a dozen countries across Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. Her last and longest posting was in Afghanistan, where she spent 5 years and where she met her husband, Jacques Dailloux, a French national working with the European Community Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). They were married on Stoney Lake in Peterborough County in 2012.In 2013, after 17 active years in war-torn and developing countries, Jennifer and Jacques took early retirement from their humanitarian careers in order to start a family. They chose to make their home in the place Jennifer loved most, Algonquin, where their son Tom was born in 2015. She is 44 years old.

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.

Sheila Ziman 

Sheila is one of the founding members of the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust.  She joined the first Land Trust Board while she was still teaching English as a Second Language in Toronto.  After spending ten years on the Board, Sheila took a break to pursue her other passion in life – basketry.  After a two-year hiatus, Sheila has returned to the Board as a director.  Her commitment to connecting people to nature and protecting the natural world remains strong.

 

Past Boards:

2019 – 2020

Mary-Lou Gerstl – Chair
Greg Wickware – Vice Chair
Dave Bathe – Treasurer
Sheila Ziman – Secretary
Joan Duhaime – Director
Martha Larsen – Director
David O’Brien – Director

2018 – 2019

Mary-Lou Gerstl – Chair
Greg Wickware – Vice Chair
Dave Bathe – Treasurer
Sheila Ziman – Secretary
Joan Duhaime – Director
Martha Larsen – Director
David O’Brien – Director

2017 – 2018

Mary-Lou Gerstl – Chair
Greg Wickware – Vice Chair
Scott Durie – Treasurer
Sheila Ziman – Secretary
Terry Carr – Director
Joan Duhaime – Director
Martha Larsen – Director
David O’Brien – Director

2016-2017
Mary-Lou Gerstl – Chair
Lois Deacon – Secretary
Scott Durie – Treasurer
Lee Battiston – Director
Terry Carr – Director
Joan Duhaime – Director
Dave Lawrence – Director
Chris Whittemore – Director
Greg Wickware – Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                            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