About KLT

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors main objective is to manage the affairs of organization by ensuring that KLT’s mission is at the forefront of all decisions and future development. The BoD reviews and approves recommendations from it committees in the areas of financial stewardship and risk management, human resources, monitoring key stakeholders, and overseeing community, education and advocacy.

John McWilliams, QC, Chair

John McWilliams retired as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Nexen Inc., and brings over 30 years of experience in the international oil and gas business. He has played a leadership role in governance, ethics and corporate responsibility, including the development of the International Code of Ethics for Canadian Business. He is a former Director of Transparency International Canada, former President of the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation, Founding Director of Bank West, Chair of the International Conservation Fund of Canada, and a Trustee and Director for Lakefield College School.

Al Sippel, Vice Chair

Al Sippel spent 32 years working in the Fish and Wildlife Program of the Ministry of Natural Resources. He started out as a fish health specialist, and worked as a district biologist and in policy and legislation development. He retired in 2009 as the manager of the section responsible for fishing and hunting licences, collecting revenues and other business aspects of the fish and wildlife program. He enjoys gardening, bird-watching, reading, cooking and travel. Al is past-chair of the Land Stewardship Committee and has been a member of KLT Board of Directors since 2019.

George A. Gillespie, Treasurer

George is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and recently retired from a local accounting firm McColl Turner LLP.  George was born and raised in Peterborough and is a graduate of Ryerson University with a B. Tech. degree in Business Management. George qualified as a Chartered Accountant and with his wife Ann, raised a family of four children and now has six grandchildren.  Over the course of George’s career, he has volunteered on many local Boards including Community Futures, Peterborough Business Development Centre and Fleming College.  George has also volunteered with the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants in Toronto and became a Fellow of the Institute in 2016. George is passionate about protecting our environment and he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities. George was appointed as Treasurer of the Board of Directors in June 2019 and is also a Trustee of the Kawartha Land Trust.

Eva Kennedy

Eva Kennedy joins the Board after retiring from a career with the Ontario Public Service. She holds a B. Sc. in Biology from McGill University and a M. Sc. in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario. In her work for the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources and Forestry, Eva held leadership positions in environmental policy, science and information management. She has been an active community volunteer and served on the Board of Directors of the Peterborough Social Planning Council.

Eric Howe 

Eric has an educational background in economics/commerce and has worked as a senior executive for a number of manufacturing businesses including most recently Fisher Gauge, NEFAB and Nobelgen. He has been involved with KLT as a volunteer for the past two years, including participating in stewardship activities on several properties and attending the 2017 retreat. He has served on a number of Boards, including the Peterborough-Hastings Trans Canada Trail Association Board.

Paul Downs

Paul Downs is a former teacher and school principal who became President and Owner of Nexicom Inc. following the death of his father in 1978. He is on the KLT Board of Directors and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee. Over the years he has served as president of several telecommunications associations and chaired a number of committees for different organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfred Laurier University and Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Toronto.

Randy Northey

Randy is a business executive with over 35 years of legal, finance, and management experience. Randy helps operate a local Peterborough business, Health Care Relocations (HCR). Before joining HCR, Randy practiced commercial law at Peterborough law firm LLF Lawyers for 10 years. Before that, he was a senior executive of a public real estate company based in Toronto. Over the years, Randy has volunteered on a number of local boards, including Peterborough Housing Corp, Community Futures, and Art Gallery of Peterborough. Randy was raised in Peterborough and cottages on Mississauga Lake. He enjoys a broad range of outdoor activities, including alpine and nordic skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and running.

Committees of the Board

Finance & Audit Committee

  • George A. Gillespie, Chair
  • Alec Gowland
  • Don Gillespie
  • Paul Downs
  • Randy Northey

Investment Committee

  • George A. Gillespie, Chair
  • Al Sippel
  • Doug Eberlee
  • Eric Howe

Nominating Committee

  • Cheryl Lewis, Chair
  • Bill Morris
  • Eric Howe
  • John McWilliams
  • Kate Ramsay