Board of Directors

Current Board for 2017-2018

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.

Greg Wickware – Vice 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.

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.

Directors:

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.

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.

Martha Larsen

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 O’Brien

David now makes his home on Farquhar Lake, near Wilberforce. He has recently retired from a long career in government and business. He has been the president and CEO of Toronto Hydro Corporation and Deputy Minister of Energy for the province of Ontario. His organizational skills, attention to detail and financial acumen are terrific assets to our Board.

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:

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