About Ontario Water Centre

Board of Directors

Annabel Slaight, C.M., O.Ont., Founding Chair, is past Chair of Shaw Communications’ Rocket Fund, was co-founder and President, of the OWL Children’s Trust. She was Ladies of the Lake, co-founder and President and was a provincial appointee to the Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee. She holds the Order of Canada for outstanding contributions to Canada for nurturing a passion for science and nature among generations of Canadian children.

Robert O. Matthews, Director, is Professor Emeritus Department of Political Science, University of Toronto. He was founding Chair, Alliance for a Better Georgina and former Chair of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition.

Tracy Smith, Vice Chair, was District Manager, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and part of the team that brought the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan into being. He also serves as a trustee on the board of Forests Ontario and is its vice president.

Isobel Heathcote, Director, is a Consultant to all levels of government, to First Nations, NGOs, and the private sector. Dr. Heathcote is the former Canadian Co-Chair of the Canada-United States International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Guelph. She is the author of Integrated WatershedManagement: Principles and Practice.

Karen Wishart, Director, as Partner and President of Consulting Matrix leads the firm’s Aboriginal Relations practice. She is former Chair of Community MicroSkills and is currently a patron of People to People Canada.

Colin Dobell, Executive Director (non voting), a founder of the Water Level Alliance and a Former Director of the Georgian Bay Association. He is he former CEO of Telemetry Security Inc.

William C. Galloway, Director, over 20 years as a senior executive in the construction materials business. Currently an independent consultant focussed on government policy, community engagement, sustainability and regulatory approvals. Has partnered with multiple NGOs,  Holds the Queen’s Jubilee medal

Senator Gwen Boniface, Director, was appointed to the Senate of Canada on October 31, 2016. Senator Boniface spent thirty years with the Ontario Provincial Police where she started as constable and retired as Commissioner in 2006. Prior to her appointment to the Senate, she worked internationally on security sector reform. She holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall and has spent most of her life in the Lake Simcoe area.

John W. BraceTreasurer, is CEO of Northland Power Inc. leading  its executive team in  developing, building, owning and operating clean and green power projects in Canada and elsewhere. John has served as Chair and President of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario and was a member of the Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force.