About KLT


Trustees are active champions and Ambassadors of the Land Trust. Trustees primarily support the organization and its Board of Directors in their fulfillment of KLT’s mission. They are responsible for the election of Board of Directors, approving amendments to the By-law, receiving audited financial statements and approving the appointment of the auditor.

The following are Trustees of Kawartha Land Trust:

Alec Gowland
Alec is a retired trial lawyer. He has resided in Peterborough since 1975 and has served on various Boards, including the Ontario Legal Aid Plan (Test Cases),  the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations, and on Camp Kawartha. He has been involved with KLT in various capacities for many years and is enthused about its purpose.

Bill Morris
Bill is a graduate of Western University (Ivey) and received his CPA while with KPMG. For many years, Bill has been chairman and CEO of The Stewart Group, a fifth-generation family enterprise, with diverse global operations. Bill and his wife Betty moved to Peterborough in 1998 and have been active community volunteers, with many organizations. At present, the Morris’ spend most of their time in Collingwood, enjoying all four seasons of outdoor activities, within easy reach of their family cottage on Georgian Bay.

Blair MacKenzie
Blair recently retired following a 35-year career as a lawyer, primarily as general counsel in the Canadian newspaper and communications industry. He has a cottage on Stony Lake, and is currently President of the Stony Lake Heritage Foundation. He has had an active record of community service as a volunteer, and is currently Vice-chair of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra.

Cheryl Lewis
Cheryl Lewis has retired from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources where she held the position of Director of Applied Research and Development. Previously, she had worked as a Fisheries Biologist in Lindsay. She has been living in Peterborough since 1995. Cheryl enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing, birding, cycling and fishing and is pleased to join KLT’s efforts to conserve key natural heritage features in the Kawartha region.

Chris Appleton
Chris Appleton is a retired lawyer and is a seasonal resident of Sturgeon Lake. He has extensive legal and business experience, especially in real estate and commerce. Chris has been volunteering with a number of community groups since 2010, including Kawartha Conservation, several City of Kawartha Lakes Committees, the Kawartha Lake Stewards and the Fenelon Falls Arts Committee. He was Chair of the KLT fundraising committee for the successful campaign to raise funds to purchase Big/Boyd/Chiminis Island.

David Young
David founded the Michael Young Family Foundation with his brother Mike shortly before Mike’s death from cancer in 2002. The Foundation has been and continues to be an active and enthusiastic supporter of KLT. While based in Toronto, David and his family have been seasonal residents of the Kawarthas for 4 generations and remain deeply committed to the region and its community.

Don Gillespie 
Don is a recently retired financial executive with over 25 years as an Assurance Partner with Ernst & Young. He has a B. Comm. from the University of Toronto, a CPA from the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and has a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from the Directors College. He is currently serving as a Director at Peterborough Regional Health Centre and as a member of their Stewardship, Audit and Board Accreditation Committees.

Donald Ross
Bio to come!

Dr. Keith Knott
Bio to come!

Evan Thomas
Evan worked in the Ontario provincial public service as a field biologist and manager, and is now an environmental consultant. He has been involved with KLT as a volunteer since 2012 and has participated in a variety of ways including as lead steward of the Ingleton-Wells property, member and Chair of the Land Stewardship Committee, member of the Boyd Island Stewardship Committee and the Volunteer Working Group, providing assistance with the development of the Stony Lake trails, and various community engagement initiatives.

Geri Blinick
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 or read with her two young kids, partner and friends any chance she gets.

John Good
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. A former director of KLT, John is pleased to join, again, with KLT staff, volunteers and community supporters in protecting the land we love.

Kate Ramsay 
Kate is a Trent Graduate, retired shepherd, and a community volunteer. She has served the Board of Governors at Trent University, the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and a host of organizations from agriculture to the arts, community policing to conservation, environment, education, children’s mental health and victims of violence in governance or advocacy roles. She supports KLT because she has had a lifetime of interest in environmental stewardship and KLT is the organization best situated for her to contribute time and resources to encourage perpetual protection and enjoyment of key natural areas.

Ralph McKim
Following a career in international development, Ralph and his wife Jean returned to Canada, built their home on the Oak Ridges Moraine, and began restoring 260 acres of woodland, wetland, and pasture to a more natural state.  In 2011 they committed their property to KLT protection through a Conservation Easement Agreement.  Ralph has been involved with KLT since 2003 serving as chair of the  Kawartha Heritage Conservancy for several years and subsequently as a member of various KLT committees.

Roslyn Moore
Roz began her career as a social worker, but later turned to environmental work, including environmental planning, policy, and monitoring. Roz began volunteering with the Kawartha Heritage Conservancy in 2005 and is a past Chair of the Board of Directors.  She has been actively involved in the Kawarthas Naturally-Connected collaborative, and is a founding member of the Environment Council for Clear, Stony and White Lakes.

Rudy Massimo
Rudy Massimo has considerable expertise in the fields of external relations, fundraising and leadership development. He has held senior leadership roles at several Canadian independent schools, including Shawnigan Lake School, Lakefield College School and Bayview Glen. He previously was CEO of Outward Bound Canada, President of Peak Adventures Inc, and the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha. Rudy recently launched Rudy Massimo & Associates, an international consulting firm. Rudy is currently the National Volunteer Chair of the Principal Gifts Cabinet as part of JDRF’s (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) $100 Million campaign to Accelerate. Rudy received his BA from Concordia University and his MA in Leadership from the University of Guelph. When he is not working, you are likely to find him hiking on the local trails, cycling around Peterborough or at home making his famous pizza.

Tony Tilly
Tony is a founding member of the Kawartha Heritage Conservancy Board of Directors. He has served on other local Boards (Peterborough and the Kawarthas Innovation Cluster, Greater Peterborough Community Foundation) and campaigns (United Way Campaign Cabinet). He will be retiring from his most recent position as President, Fleming College at the end of June.

The following are both Trustees and Board of Directors:

John McWilliams – Chair
John was born and raised in Peterborough and Lakefield and spends his summers on Stoney Lake. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (BA) and Queen’s Law School. He was a senior executive in the international energy business for over 30 years. He has played a leadership role in governance, ethics and corporate responsibility, including the development of The International Code of Ethics (including environmental principles) for Canadian Business. Among other activities, John is Chair of the International Conservation Fund of Canada and a Director and Trustee of Lakefield College School. John has served on the KLT Board of Directors since October 2015 and is Vice Chair of the Board and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Nominating Committee.

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.

Eva Kennedy – Director
Eva Kennedy joined the KLT 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. Eva is currently Chair of the KLT Development Committee.

Eric Howe – Director
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.

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.

Paul Downs – Director
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 – Director
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.