About Us | Board of Directors
The Centre is governed by a Board of Directors made up of dedicated community volunteers who have a commitment to Great Lakes conservation. The Directors represent a diverse group of professionals who provide strong leadership and representation.
Bruce Wallace is President and CEO of the Nuclear Innovation Institute in Saugeen Shores. Before that he lived and worked as a journalist across North America, Europe and Asia for over three decades, reporting from conflict zones and writing broadly on politics and economics, sports and the environment for Maclean’s, the Los Angeles Times and Reuters. More recently, he was a special advisor to the Ontario government for economic development, research, science and technology, and was the Chief Creative Officer NGen, Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. Bruce lives in Southampton.
Susan Ross is a partner at ISM Access, a Toronto based marketing consulting firm and a Contract Lecturer at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media. A life-long summer resident in Oliphant, she has over 25 years’ experience in the Canadian television industry most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Corus Entertainment. Susan is a member of the Board of Governors of Humber College, chairing the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and past Chair of Women in Film and Television - Toronto. She has also served as a board member of Concerned Children’s Advertisers, Youth Media Alliance, and the Canadian Media Fund.
Frank Burrows is the Parks Manager with the Town of Saugeen of Shores. His portfolio includes leading a great team of Parks and Recreation staff that care for the Town’s parks & green spaces, gardens, trails, waterfront and sports fields. Frank was with Parks Canada for 26 years working across Canada (and a stint in Australia) as a Park Ecologist. His last 6 years were as the Superintendent of Bruce Peninsula and Fathom Five Marine National Parks. He was a founding director of the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association and maintains a section of trail for the Bruce Trail. Formal education includes an Honours BSc in Biology from Trent University and MSc in Forestry from Lakehead University. He does his best to spend time adventuring on the ski hills or getting lost paddling the wilderness with his wife and two sons who are his favourite tripping partners. He calls Southampton home after a recent move from Lions Head.
Patrick Donnelly M.Sc., RPP
As co-founder of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Pat provides advice and guidance to staff as the Coastal Science and Stewardship Advisor, as well as participating on the Board of Directors. His past employment with both provincial and municipal government plus with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority as Planning Supervisor, has provided a broad perspective on government programs and policies, incentives and disincentives. As a private consultant working with the Lambton County Planning Department as an Environmental Planner, and as an environmental consultant in Kitchener as a Senior Environmental Planner has provided Patrick with considerable expertise related to provincial natural heritage and hazard policies, shoreline stewardship initiatives, and conservation projects. His experience has been focused on community environmental awareness, shoreline stewardship and water management. He currently serves as the Manager of Watersheds & Climate Change for the City of London.
Larry E. Walton, BaSc, P.Eng
Larry Walton, P.Eng, is the owner of cheVron solutions, which provides technical, quality and consulting services. A structural engineer by training, Larry has held a variety of energy sector positions in Engineering, Construction, Quality and Supply Chain. An avid photographer, drone videographer and camper, he is passionate about the environment and protection of our natural spaces. Larry is a long-time resident of Kincardine where he resides with his wife Nell.
Brian R. Kelly
Brian has over twenty-five years of legal experience in and out of the courtroom. He operates a general practice and has extensive experience practicing family law, civil litigation, business and commercial law, employment, appellate litigation, personal injury, wills and estates, municipal law and administrative law, real estate, human rights, criminal law, enforcement/collections and controlled goods. Brian has advocated in cases before all levels of court in Ontario including the Supreme Court of Canada as well as before various boards and tribunals and is experienced in mediation, arbitration and negotiation. Brian was born and raised in Kitchener and is pleased to give back to the community. Brian presently serves on the Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation Board of Directors, is a member of Ducks Unlimited Canada and also serves on the Board of Directors of Hager Hinge Canada Limited.
Jennifer began her career at South Nation Conservation Authority. She has worked for Conservation Ontario, as well as with nine other conservation authorities in Program Management positions related to the Drinking Water Source Protection Program. She joined Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority in 2020 as their General Manager. Jennifer has been appointed by Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority to sit on the Centre's Board.
Amanda is VP, Strategy of NorthGuide, a strategy firm that works at the intersection of business, government and community. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Commerce from the University of Guelph and has over 10 years experience working in business strategy and operations, working with both large corporations and not for profits. Amanda joined the Lake Huron Coastal Centre board to share her passion for sustainable enterprise and maintaining healthy ecosystems.
Interested in joining the Board?
LHCC’s Board is composed of dedicated volunteers from the Lake Huron coast with diverse backgrounds and expertise in business, environmental science, communications and other areas critical to its operations. Each Director’s term of office is two years and Directors can serve a maximum of 3 terms. Please contact us if you are interested in applying.