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Staff & Board

Board of Directors

GBB relies on the vision and strategic direction of a committed Board of Directors representing a diversity of experience, skills, and interests that support our role as a UNESCO Biosphere and charitable organization. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer director, please fill out this short form. Thank you for your interest!

  • Peter Ashmore, Chair
  • Peter Koetsier, Treasurer
  • Jessica Fargher Lee, Vice Chair
  • Jack Tynan, Secretary
  • Ron Chase
  • Marilyn Capreol
  • Ian Scott
  • Dan Reeves
  • Daniel Hoornweg
  • Rebecca Johnson
  • Tonia Blenkarn
  • Adam Good
  • Colette Isaac

Staff Team

Dr. Rebecca Pollock

Executive Director

Becky has been part of the senior management team since 2008. She is passionate about sustainable communities and wants to make a difference in her favourite place on the planet… Georgian Bay! Previously, Becky did a doctorate in environmental politics (Trent University) to learn how different groups can govern a landscape like eastern Georgian Bay. Her Master’s program (University College London) focused on communicating science to the public. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Waterloo. Most of her time is spent with her family out swimming, paddling or skiing on beautiful Georgian Bay.

Greg Mason

Director of Operations

Greg has been part of the management team since 2008. With a B.Sc in Environmental Science (Carleton) and Masters of Environmental Studies (Waterloo), he feels fortunate to have been able to return to Parry Sound, the community where he was born and raised. Greg has worked as a kayak guide, outdoor store manager, and land use planner. He is happy when unique audiences come together to create projects that enhance our relationships with each other, our community, and Georgian Bay. When not at work, Greg can be found at the ski & bike trails or on a river or Georgian Bay in his kayak or canoe.

David Bywater

Director of Lands and Waters Programs
David joined the team in 2011 and has worked on a range of conservation and stewardship programs. He leads the Lands and Waters programs for Biosphere, including State of the Bay and Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans. A key component of David’s role is monitoring ecosystem health by networking with partners. Previously, David worked in the United Arab Emirates and earned Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (Guelph). Outside of work, you can find David on a bike (in all seasons!), cooking, or with a book!

Delaina Arnold

Community Programs Manager

Delaina joined the team in 2014 and has facilitated a variety of community-based education, stewardship and outreach programs. She facilitates GBB’s food and garden activities, supports GBB’s climate programs, and leads other community wellbeing initiatives. Delaina graduated with a Ecosystem Management Diploma (Fleming College) and went on to receive a Bachelor of Environmental & Resource Studies and International Development Studies (Trent University). A fourth generation Parry Sounder, Delaina is an avid gardener who spends every opportunity playing outside with her family.

Laura Peddie

Organizational Manager

Laura joined the team in 2019. She provides organizational planning and development with the management team, oversees communications, manages fund development efforts, ensures internal efficiency of operating systems, and more! Laura holds a BA in Geography (University of Western Ontario). She loves to work for an organization that makes a positive difference by building communities that are more vibrant and sustainable. When she’s not at work you can find her swimming in Georgian Bay, gardening, or walking with her dog Leo.

Erika Kramer

Social Enterprise Development Manager

Erika joined the team in 2022 to establish a new Social Enterprise focused on environment, community and eco-tourism consulting services in order to bring greater financial sustainability to Biosphere programs. Erika has had a 30-year career in educational, non-profit and for-profit television where she held senior leadership roles in Operations, Technology and Administration. She has a BA in Radio and Television Arts (Toronto Metropolitan) and has dabbled in Philosophy (York, UofT). Erika loves to play outdoors, garden, read and cook up a storm.

Sherrill Judge

Maawaanji’iwe Manager (Gets people together)

Sherrill – Midwewekamigokwe is an Anishinaabekwe from Shawanaga First Nation and is of the Sturgeon clan. Sherrill has been an educator with a foundation in cultural knowledge and language sharing for 16+ years.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in building relationships and is excited to continue her work with the communities along Mnidoo Gamiing. In her free time, Sherrill and her family can be found connecting to the land and water – paddling, peddling, harvesting and exploring.  She enjoys cooking for her family of seven! 

Kyla Judge

Cultural Programs Manager

Kyla joined the staff team in 2018 and is an Anishinaabekwe of the Marten clan, from Shawanaga First Nation. She holds a B.AH in Indigenous Studies with an emphasis on Indigenous Environmental Studies (Trent). Kyla guides the development and delivery of GBB’s Cultural Programs and supports the development and implementation of GBB’s Antiracism and Reconciliation Plan and Cultural Protocols. She leads the Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth team and the caretaking of Oshkinigig.  Kyla is a jingle dress dancer, avid paddler, and community leader.

Tianna Burke

Lands & Wildlife Programs Manager

Tianna Burke has been part of the team since 2017. Tianna holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Waterloo) and a Master’s of Science (Trent). Her love of science, conservation, communication, and education has come full circle at GBB where she coordinates the species at risk research and outreach, assists with education programs, and leads content development for GBB’s social media. She is the President of the Parry Sound Nature Club and her time is spent birdwatching, hiking, and taking care of her pets (all 30 of them!).

Katrina Krievins

Aquatic Conservation Programs Coordinator

Katrina has been with the organization since 2016. In her time with GBB, she has played a key role with the State of the Bay program, gathering research about water, wetlands, fisheries, and habitats in this unique landscape, and sharing it with people who care about Georgian Bay. Katrina holds an MS and BA (Brock), as well as a Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration (Niagara College). She loves fishing, paddling, and swimming and strives to play a part in helping people better understand and appreciate these complex systems.

Benjamin John

Climate & Energy Programs Manager

Ben first joined the Biosphere in 2019 and after a period working in B.C. as a Corporate Energy & Emissions Specialist, he rejoined the team in 2022. Ben applies his passion for climate action through work with the Integrated Communities Energy & Climate Action Plans partnership. Ben holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Sustainable Business (Wilfrid Laurier) and Master’s of Resource & Environmental Management (Dalhousie). Outside of work you can find Ben fishing, golfing, playing hockey, or exploring Georgian Bay!

Ruth Beattie

Accounting & Payroll Administrator

Ruth has been the bookkeeper since 2015.  Her main work focus is keeping the finances organized and appreciates being able to work in an organization that cares about the Georgian Bay.  She is thankful that she was able to raise her children here for the past 20 years.  Ruth has a BA in Administrative and Commercial Studies (Western University).  She enjoys walking along the fitness trail, gardening and XC skiing.  Her favorite activity is spending time with her children.

Angela Vander Eyken

Landscape Conservation Programs Coordinator

Angela joined the Biosphere team in 2021 and coordinates the Exploring Spaces for Biodiversity Conservation project, whilst applying her road mortality mitigation experience to the Maamwi Anjiakiziwin project. Angela holds a Bachelors in Bio-resource Management (Guelph). When not working, she can be found camping, fishing, hiking, paddling, and exploring nature. She is looking forward to exploring more of Georgian Bay, and connecting with community through conservation.

Emily Holdsworth

GIS Technician

Emily joined the Biosphere team in 2021. Emily assists the Biosphere in all things GIS, bringing together a passion for the outdoors with mapmaking and geomatics. A recent grad from Nova Scotia Community College’s Centre of Geographic Sciences and a Geology grad (Carleton) in 2020. You can find Emily out on the water canoeing, or out playing hockey.

Dawson Bloor

Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth Assistant Coordinator

Dawson is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation and part of the Marten clan. His Ojibwe name is Bidwayodaam which means “One that can be heard coming from far away”. Dawson is passionate about re-connecting to the land, sharing stories, and learning Anishinaabemowin. His role with GBAY is to support the planning and delivery of leadership skill building with Indigenous youth, through Anishinaabek aadziwin, cultural land-based learning.

Stacey Evans

Conservation Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Stacey joined the Biosphere team in the fall of 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Guelph) and a diploma in Ecosystem Management (Fleming College). Stacey applies her passion for conservation to communications and outreach activities related to biodiversity and species at risk habitat stewardship. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time exploring nature!

Jenna Kentel

Landscape and Wildlife Technician

Jenna joined the Biosphere team in 2022, but has worked closely with GBB over the past two years while conducting her master’s research on road-effect mitigation for turtle communities in the region. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Environmental and Resource Science (Trent) and is currently finishing her Master’s in Biology (Laurentian). She is passionate about the protection of Species at Risk and looks forward to applying herself in their conservation through collaborative initiatives. In her spare time, you can find her outside hiking, climbing, paddling, or skiing!

Taylor Judge

Cultural Programs Coordinator

Taylor first joined the staff team in 2020 and rejoined in 2022. She is an Anishinaabekwe of the Marten clan, from Shawanaga First Nation. She holds a B.AH in Legal Studies with a minor in Indigenous Studies (Carleton). Taylor is the cultural programs coordinator and assists in the development and delivery of GBB’s Cultural Programs and supports the development and implementation of GBB’s Antiracism and Reconciliation Plan and Cultural Protocols. She is a cofounding member of the Georgian Bay Anishinaabek Youth team and assists in the caretaking of Oshkinigig. Taylor is a sister, auntie, language learner, and helper of snakes and turtles crossing the road!

Rachel Morrison

Administrative and Outreach Coordinator

Rachel joined the team full time in the fall of 2023 after working for the biosphere the previous two summers. She just graduated from high school and will be pursuing a B.Sc in Environmental Science (Guelph) next year. Growing up in Parry Sound, she developed a deep appreciation for the biosphere and the wonders of nature. Outside of work, you’ll often find Rachel paddling, hiking, or camping, fueling her passion for the outdoors.

Meaghan Tabobondung

Conservation and Cultural Programs Technician

Meaghan joined the Biosphere team in the spring of 2023, but has been apart of GBAY since 2020. She joined the team full time after successfully defending her Master’s thesis in Environmental and Life Sciences (Trent). Meaghan is an Anishinaabekwe of the Beaver clan, from Wasauksing First Nation. She is the Conservation and Cultural Programs Technician, and assists with species at risk, as well as delivering cultural programming to Indigenous Youth in the area. Outside of work, you’ll find her beading or picking up some new crafting hobby!

Emma Berton

Climate and Youth Outreach Coordinator

Emma joined the Biosphere in the spring of 2023. They hold a Bachelor of Science in forestry from the university of New Brunswick. Emma grew up spending summers in the Pointe au Baril area and enjoying all water based activities. At the biosphere,  Emma loves sharing the stories and ecology of this region with folks of all ages. Outside of the office you will find Emma cooking, crocheting and enjoying the rocks and trees of the canadian shield!

Andrea Hardy

Financial & Administrative Assistant

Andrea joined the GBB team in 2023 as a part time financial and admin support for the organization. Her varied background includes graduating from Fleming as a Fish and Wildlife Technologist as well as a career working for the school board since 2009. Her past business experience comes from managing Georgian Bay Airways as well as currently running an Interior design company. When she’s not working, her love and passion for the outdoors and the PS area will find her outside hiking, kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing and anything involving being outside! Cooking and reading keeps her busy when she’s indoors. 

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