Georgian Bay Biosphere

Staff & Board

Staff & Board

Board of Directors

GBB 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

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

Conservation 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 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.

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.

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.

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!).

Kyla Judge

Indigenous 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!

Laura Bonney

Tourism Product Developer
Laura Bonney leads the planning and delivery of tourism product development. Laura is passionate about bringing communities together, and fostering good working relations between local entrepreneurs.  Laura has experience running two of her own successful businesses and is passionate about the tourism opportunities in our beautiful Eastern Georgian Bay. Laura holds a degree from the University of Waterloo in the school of Environment, Resource and Sustainability. She truly believes environmental stewardship and appreciation can begin with positive, life-changing experiences  made available through tourism. Laura spends most of her free time with her young family canoeing, mountain biking and exploring the shores of Georgian Bay.

Benjamin John

Climate 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.

Laura Peddie

Office 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.

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.

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