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Board of Directors
Kawartha Land Trust’s (KLT) Board of Directors’ main objective is to manage the organization’s affairs by ensuring that KLT’s mission is at the forefront of all decisions and future development.
The Board of Directors reviews and approves recommendations from its committees in the areas of financial stewardship and risk management, human resources, monitoring key stakeholders, and overseeing community, education and advocacy.
Paul Downs, Chair
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. 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, Vice-Chair
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.
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. He 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. He was appointed as Treasurer of the Board of Directors in June 2019 and is also a Trustee of the Kawartha Land Trust.
Geri Blinick has worked in the not-for-profit sector in environment, community health, and homelessness as a community developer, program manager, and researcher. Geri has a B.Sc. in Conservation and Biodiversity and an M.A. in Human Geography in which she worked with a First Nation to examine settler responsibilities in the context of ongoing access to Manoomin (wild rice). Since moving to Nogojiwanong-Peterborough, Geri has worked in homelessness to increase access to safe and affordable housing and prevent homelessness, most recently as manager of the Rise Youth Housing program at the YES Shelter for Youth and Families. Geri is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to walk in the woods, paddle, cross-country ski, garden, and read with her two young kids, partner, and friends any chance she gets.
John Good brings years of experience in partnership development, community engagement, and government relations along with knowledge of stewardship and conservation programs, policies, and practices to his role as a KLT trustee. He has worked for Parks Canada, Ontario Parks, and the Canadian Parks Council and been a volunteer director of Otonabee Conservation and the Otonabee Conservation Foundation.
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 three 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.
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.
John McWilliams, QC, Past 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, Past 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 licenses, collecting revenues, and other business aspects of the fish and wildlife program. He enjoys gardening, bird-watching, reading, cooking, and travel. Al is past vice-chair of the Board of Directors and past-chair of the Land Stewardship Committee and has been a member of KLT Board of Directors since 2019.
Committees of the Board
Finance and Audit Committee
- George A. Gillespie, Chair
- Paul Downs
- Don Gillespie
- Randy Northey
- George A. Gillespie, Chair
- Robert Brown
- Doug Eberlee
- Eric Howe
- Al Sippel