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
  • Barb Wohleber
  • Ron Chase
  • Marilyn Capreol
  • Glen Barnden
  • Ian Scott
  • Dan Reeves
  • Daniel Hoornweg
  • Rebecca Johnson

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

Education Programs Manager

Delaina joined the team in 2014 and has facilitated a variety of  education and outreach programs as well as fundraising activities and species at risk work. 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, reader, cook, and spends every opportunity playing outside, camping, hiking, and traveling.

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!

 

Aliena Hoskins

Sustainable Communities Coordinator

Aliena joined the Biosphere in the spring of 2021. She graduated in 2020 (University of Waterloo) and holds diplomas in Environmental Assessment and Ecological Restoration. Aliena helps 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!

Ruth Beattie

Accounting & Office 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 & Wildlife Technician

Angela joined the Biosphere team in 2021 and applies 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.

Olivia Fines

Communications Assistant Coordinator

Olivia joined the Biosphere team in early 2021, working on marketing and communications. Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Guelph), and completed a Post-Graduate Certification in Environmental Visual Communication (Fleming College). Combining her passions for the environment and visual storytelling, Olivia loves sharing important stories to the community to inspire change. Outside of work, you can find her by the water, baking, or exploring with her camera.

Melizza Claydentabobondung

Sustainable Tourism Assistant Coordinator

Melizza recently graduated with a double Major in Environment, Society and Sustainability, and History (Dalhousie). She is super excited to move back to her home community, Wasauksing First Nation, and put her efforts into her new position at the GBB. Melizza’s role primarily focuses on engaging with the community, coordinating events and tours, implementing sustainable development initiatives, and representing Georgian Bay as its truest self. In Melizza’s spare time, you can find her jogging, swimming in the Bay, or soaking up the sunshine! In the winter, she prefers to be inside reading books or organizing bookshelves!

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!

Heather Van Den Diepstraten

Lands and Wildlife Technician

Heather joined the Biosphere team in 2021. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology (Guelph). Heather applies her passion for conservation, science, and education by assisting in lands and wildlife projects. She has a particular passion for reptiles, and will take any opportunity to chat about their weird and wonderful biology. Outside of work, you can find her exploring the outdoors or marathoning sci-fi/fantasy dramas.

Erika Kolli

Species at Risk Field Technician

Erika recently graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Waterloo) and a Diploma in Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation (Waterloo). She is super excited to be part of the Biosphere team and put her passions for terrestrial and aquatic conservation to work through the State of the Bay program and the Maanwi Anjiakiziwin project. When not working you are likely to find Erika exploring the Biosphere’s amazing ecosystems, and learning all about the plants, and birds that call Georgian Bay home. In the winter you can find her snowshoeing, building a snowperson, or curled up watching her current favourite show.

Serena Brown

Landscape and Wildlife Technician

Joining the team as a Species at Risk Technician in 2022, Serena feels very fortunate to continue working with the Biosphere as a Landscape & Wildlife Technician. She has found success in implementing her diploma in Ecosystem Management (Fleming College) in education programs and conservation initiatives at the Biosphere. While new to Parry Sound, Serena immediately felt close to home when relocating to the area. When she’s not in the office, Serena can be found reading or hiking about in search of reptiles and amphibians.

Angel Wickamakis

Conservation and Cultural Programs Assistant

Aanii, Boozhoo! My name is Angel Wickamakis, and I am the Conservation and Cultural Programs Assistant. I previously worked for Georgian Bay Native Non-Profit Housing as an intern. I gained a variety of skill sets in trade and office work. I was born and raised in Parry Sound, ON. I am well familiar with the Georgian Bay region. Despite my fear of snakes, I’ve grown somewhat fond of our temporary office snake, Jiimaan. He is an eastern fox snake, and his species are excellent climbers. I plan to go back to college in the fall and earn my environmental technology diploma. Once I gain my advanced degree, I want to attend university and further my education.