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!

  • Ron Chase, Chair
  • Peter Koetsier, Treasurer
  • Barb Wohleber
  • Marilyn Capreol
  • Enid Wray
  • Glen Barnden
  • Erika Kramer
  • Jessica Fargher
  • Peter Ashmore
  • Jack Tynan
  • Ian Scott
  • Dan Reeves
  • Anita Chechock

Staff Team

Dr. Rebecca Pollock

Executive 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 Mason

General 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 GBB 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 Bywater

Director of Lands and Waters Programs
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 Lands and Waters 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 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 Arnold

Education Program Manager

Delaina Arnold joined the GBB 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.

Laura Peddie

Organizational Manager

Laura joined the Biosphere 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 from the 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.

Sherrill Judge

Maawaanji’iwe Manager

Sherrill – Midwewekamigokwe is an Anishinaabekwe from Shawanaga First Nation and is of the Sturgeon clan. She joins the Biosphere as Maawaanji’iwe Manager – Gets people together for the Community Nominated Priority Places project.  Sherrill has been an educator for children/youth and families with a foundation in cultural knowledge and language sharing for the past 16 years.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in building relationships and is excited to continue her work with the Biosphere and communities along Mnidoo Gamiing Georgian Bay.  In her free time Sherrill and her family can be found connecting to the land and waterways in the territory of Shawanaga First Nation and the broader Robinson Huron Treaty territory. Paddling, peddling, harvesting and exploring. She also enjoys cooking for her family of 7.

Kyla Judge

Cultural Programs Manager

Kyla Judge joined the Biosphere staff team in 2018.  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 guides the development and delivery of GBB’s Cultural Programs. She 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 leader in her community.

Tianna Burke

Conservation 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 GBB 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 GBB’s social media accounts. She is also currently the Vice President of the Parry Sound Nature Club. Outside of GBB, most of her time is spent birdwatching, hiking, doing taxidermy, and taking care of her pets (all 30 of them!).

Katrina Krievins

Aquatic Conservation Programs Coordinator

Katrina Krievins is the Aquatic Conservation Programs Coordinator and has been with the organization since 2016. In her time with GBB, 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.

Olivia Fines

Communications Assistant Coordinator

Olivia Fines joined the Biosphere team in early 2021. In her position she assists with various communication tasks, including photography, design, videography, and social media work. Olivia graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science, where she studied Wildlife Biology & Conservation, as well as GIS. She then went on to complete her Post-Graduate Certification through Fleming College, studying Environmental Visual Communication. Combining her passions for the environment and visual storytelling, Olivia loves working for an organization where she can share important stories to a dedicated community. Outside of work, you can find her hanging by the water, baking, or running around exploring with her camera.

Isabelle Moy

Climate Change and Sustainability Program Coordinator

 Isabelle Moy is the Climate and Sustainability Program Coordinator and joined the Biosphere in Spring 2021. Isabelle holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Master’s of Climate Change from the University of Waterloo. Her work at the Biosphere involves taking action on climate change by increasing awareness and literacy around climate change issues in the region. She is heavily involved with the ICECAP (Integrated Community Energy and Climate Action Plans) Program, which is a collaboration between Municipalities, First Nations, and other partners in the GBB region. Isabelle’s work with ICECAP aims to reduce emissions on Eastern Georgian Bay and help communities adapt to the impacts from our changing climate. Isabelle loves spending time in nature and can often be found hiking, paddling, camping, and looking for wildlife around the Bay.  


Aliena Hoskins

Education Assistant

Aliena joined the Biosphere in the spring of 2021. She graduated in 2020 from the University of Waterloo in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. She also holds diplomas in Environmental Assessment and Ecological Restoration. Aliena’s role is to help facilitate the Kids in the Biosphere program, Lessons-in-a-Backpack, and other community educational events and activities. Aliena enjoys helping youth in the region learn and build connections with their environment. On her off time, she enjoys salsa dancing, swimming, and exploring the Bay!

Angela Vander Eyken

Landscape and Wildlife Technician

Angela Vander Eyken joined the Biosphere team as a Landscape and Wildlife Technician in 2021. Angela previously worked at The Land Between in Haliburton where she conducted fieldwork with turtles and road mortality mitigation projects. She is happy to be able to apply fieldwork experience and background in project management to the Maamwi Anjiakiziwin program. Angela holds a bachelors from the University of Guelph in Bio-resource Management and her favourite courses were anything pertaining to wildlife or ecology. When not working, she can be found camping, fishing, hiking, paddling, snowshoeing, and exploring nature. She is looking forward to exploring more of the beautiful landscape along the Georgian Bay, and connecting with community members through conservation work. 

Emily Holdsworth

GIS Technician Intern

Emily Holdsworth joined the Biosphere team October 2021. Emily plans on assisting 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 from Carleton University in 2020. You can find Emily out on the water canoeing, or out playing hockey.

Ruth Beattie

Ruth Beattie 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 from Western University.  Recently, she has started taking CPA accounting courses to upgrade her skills.  She enjoys walking along the fitness trail, gardening and XC skiing.  Her favorite activity is spending time with her children.