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
- Dave Ballentine
- Barb Wohleber
- Marilyn Capreol
- Enid Wray
- Glen Barnden
- Erika Kramer
- Dustin Turner
- Jessica Fargher
- Peter Ashmore
- Ed Garner
- Jack Tynan
- Monica Moore
Dr. Rebecca PollockExecutive Director
Becky Pollock 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! As Executive Director, she juggles dozens of community partnerships and is in awe of an incredibly talented staff team, along with a dedicated group of volunteers. Previously, Becky did a doctorate in environmental politics at Trent University to learn how different groups can govern a landscape like eastern Georgian Bay. Her Master’s program at University College London focused on communicating science to the public. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Waterloo in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Most of her time is spent with her family out swimming, paddling or skiing on beautiful Georgian Bay.
Greg MasonGeneral Manager
Greg Mason, as General Manager, 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 and Georgian Bay, a community where he was born and raised including summer sailing trips and time with extended family at a cottage near Killbear Park. Greg has worked in various fields as a kayak instructor/guide, outdoor store manager and municipal land use planner. As a staff of GBBR he is most awed and happy when unique audiences come together to figure out how they can work together to create new and sustaining projects that enhance our relationships with each other, our community, and Georgian Bay. When not at work for the bay, Greg can be found helping at the local ski & bike trails or out somewhere on a river or Georgian Bay mucking about in his kayak or canoe.
David BywaterConservation Program Manager
David Bywater has been part of the Biosphere team since 2011 and over the years has worked on a range of conservation, stewardship and outreach programs. David leads the planning and delivery of conservation programs for Biosphere, such as State of the Bay and Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans. A key component of David’s role is monitoring ecosystem health in the Biosphere by networking with partners, academics and agencies. Previously, David worked in the United Arab Emirates as a Senior Environmental Scientist David managing Environmental Impact Assessments, which included flora and fauna inventories, noise and air quality monitoring, and other baseline inventories. David has a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph. Outside of work, you can often find David happily spinning on a bike (in all seasons!), cooking in the kitchen, or curled up with a good book!
Delaina ArnoldEducation Program Manager
Delaina Arnold joined the GBBR team in 2014 and has facilitated a variety of education and outreach programs as well as fundraising activities and species at risk work. Delaina led the Bats of the Biosphere research and outreach project for two years, the Community Stewardship Program in Eastern Georgian Bay, and numerous youth education programs including Lessons in a Backpack, Georgian Bay Water Festival, and Kids in the Biosphere. Delaina graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College with a Ecosystem Management Diploma and went on to receive a Bachelor of Environmental & Resource Studies and International Development Studies from Trent University. A fourth generation Parry Sounder, Delaina is an avid gardener, reader, cook, and spends every opportunity playing outside, camping, hiking, and traveling.
Katrina KrievinsAquatic Conservation Programs Coordinator
Katrina Krievins is the Aquatic Conservation Programs Coordinator and has been with the organization since 2016. In her time with GBBR, she has been heavily involved with the State of the Bay program, gathering the best available 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 from Brock University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. She loves fishing, paddling, and swimming in the lakes and rivers in the region and strives to play a part in helping people better understand and appreciate these complex systems.
Tianna BurkeConservation Biologist
Tianna Burke has been part of the Biosphere team since 2017. Tianna holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s of Science from Trent University where she studied the lives of Bank Swallows, an aerial insectivore. Her love of science, conservation, communications, and education has come full circle at GBBR where she coordinates the planning and delivery of species at risk research and outreach, assists with education and Kids in the Biosphere programming, and leads the content development for GBBR’s social media accounts. She is also currently the Vice President of the Parry Sound Nature Club. Outside of GBBR, most of her time is spent birdwatching, hiking, doing taxidermy, and taking care of her pets (all 30 of them!).
Kyla JudgeIndigenous Youth Coordinator
Kyla Judge has been part of the Biosphere staff team since 2018, as the Indigenous Youth Coordinator. Kyla 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, from Trent University. Kyla is passionate about Anishinaabek aadziwin (land based learning) and grassroots organizing. As the Indigenous Youth Coordinator, she works with Indigenous youth to create safe spaces for building strong community and cultural connections. In collaboration with the Parry Sound High School’s Indigenous Studies Department, she leads the planning and delivery of Indigenous Youth land based education, including the recently completed Wiigwaas Jiimaan (birch bark canoe), Oshikinigig!
Emara StriechSustainable Tourism Development Coordinator
Laura BonneyTourism Product Developer
Benjamin JohnClimate Change & Energy Specialist
Benjamin John joined the team in 2019. He is passionate about the communities and ecosystems of Georgian Bay and it is his goal to contribute his skills and knowledge to their sustainable future. As Climate Change & Energy Specialist, he assists with the development of programs such as the Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plan (ICECAP) and the Community Nominated Priority Places (CNPP). Benjamin recently completed his Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management degree at Dalhousie University, focusing on climate change and energy consumption in Georgian Bay. In addition to his Master’s, Benjamin holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Outside of work he is an avid fisherman, enjoys playing and watching hockey, and takes every opportunity he can to explore Georgian Bay.
Dawson BloorIndigenous Youth Assistant
Dawson Bloor is a relatively new to the Georgrian bay biosphere starting in Late September of 2019. Dawson is a member of the Georgian Bay Anishinaabe Youth. He also is the indigenous youth assistant and helps with the delivery of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) programing to the indigenous youth in the biosphere. He passionate about his culture and protecting where he grew up, Georgian Bay. Dawson graduated last year from Parry Sound High School and is currently in a gap year as he does not yet know what the future holds for him.
Laura PeddieOffice Administrator
Laura Peddie joined the team as Office Manager in 2019. In her role she provides administrative support for our management, staff, and volunteers including everything from communications, membership, fundraising, and more! Laura holds a B.A in Geography from the University of Western Ontario. She loves to work for an organization that shares her passion for education and sustainable community development. When she’s not at work you can find her swimming in Georgian Bay, gardening, or walking with her dog Leo.