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Our Organization

Our Organization

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is an inclusive and dynamic organization that builds capacity for regional sustainability in eastern Georgian Bay. Established in 1998, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve Inc. is a non-profit registered Canadian charity governed by a Board of Directors.

In 2004, our grassroots nomination document was accepted by UNESCO as it met strict criteria for designation as a world biosphere reserve. Biosphere reserves receive no funding from UNESCO nor from Canada, but rely on charitable donations, government grants and contracts to deliver their work.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create more resilient ecosystems and sustainable communities within eastern Georgian Bay.

Our Approach

Sustainable communities can only be achieved by working with other groups and organizations committed to the same goals. Our work necessitates creating partnerships, building networks, facilitating dialogue and coordinating programs with others.

Our goal at GBBR is to help inform, educate, facilitate and provide leadership where it is needed. We take a balanced perspective to understand the “big picture” of activities that support conservation and sustainability in the region.

We carry out our mission by using our networking skills to identify opportunities for collaboration.

We help people engage with complex problems together in order to protect the environment and create vibrant communities.

Our team provides the logistical and planning support for social innovation that is required to tackle complex problems – from climate change to food security, ecosystem health to economic development. We are facilitators for a more sustainable region. Join us today, become a Biosphere member.

GBRR Board of Directors
GBRR Board of Directors (2016)

Board of Directors

GBBR has benefited from a dedicated Board of Directors since 1998. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer director, please fill out this short form. Thank you for your interest!

  • Ron Chase, Chair
  • Peter Koetsier, Treasurer
  • Laura Peddie, Secretary
  • Dave Ballentine
  • Barb Wohleber
  • Dustin Turner
  • Jessica Fargher
  • Peter Ashmore
  • Ed Garner
  • Jack Tynan
  • Monica Moore

“Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Brundtland Commission, 1989

Staff Team

Dr. Rebecca Pollock, Executive Director
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Greg Mason, General Manager
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David Bywater, State of the Bay Program Coordinator
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Delaina Arnold, Education & Stewardship Coordinator
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Katrina Krievins, Conservation Program Technician
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Tianna Burke, Conservation Biologist
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Kyla Judge, Indigenous Youth Coordinator
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Ruth Ostrom, Accounting
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Dawson Bloor, Indigenous Youth Assistant
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Emara Streich, Tourism Development Coordinator
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Laura Peddie, Office Manager
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Georgian Bay Biosphere Staff ~ May 2019
Back – Tianna Burke, Kyla Judge, Delaina Arnold, Ruth Beattie
Middle – Becky Pollock, Abbey Dudas, Mackenzie Ruffo, Emara Streich, David Bywater
Front – Sarah Vokey, Ben Jon, Katraina Krievins, Greg Mason


2004 UNESCO Nomination

2014 GBBR Self Study

2015-2018 Strategic Plan

Biosphere Brand

Brand Guidelines

Font and colour details.

Logo – colour

Standard logo for general use.

Logo – white text

Colour logo with white text to appear on dark background.

Logo – white

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Support Your Biosphere!

With your support, we can expand our impact in the Georgian Bay region through conservation and education.

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