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.
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.
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.
Bruce Wenstrom is currently a self-employed accountant and tax professional, residing in Goderich. Bruce held the position of Treasurer for three Municipalities within the Province of Ontario for 17 years. He currently is Chair of Healthy Hearts Huron, and has served on various other committees and organizations including the Wilson Memorial General Hospital and Algoma District Housing Authority. He is a long-time resident of North-Western Ontario living in various communities along Lake Superior and has a great interest in ensuring the longevity and health of the Great Lakes.
Following his retirement in 2013, Jim moved to the Kincardine area. Previous to retirement, Jim was President of the Digital Imaging division of Waterloo Ontario based Teledyne DALSA Inc. Jim worked for Teledyne DALSA for 23 years, beginning his career there as a machine vison systems design engineer. Jim holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, and both a master’s and doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Applied Mathematics and Electrical Engineering respectively. Jim joined the Board of the LHCCC based on his interest in sustainable development and the preservation and restoration of the natural world. Jim is an avid astrophotographer, attracted to live in the Kincardine area due to its dark night skies.
Alison has served as a Municipal Councillor for 20 years, and is currently Councillor with the Municipality of Central Huron. She serves on the Boards of numerous committees and organizations, including Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, Blyth Festival and Huron Business Development Corporation. Alison is currently Business Consultant for the County of Huron, operating the Small Business Enterprise Centre in Seaforth and Goderich.
Jo-Anne is currently the Manager of Water Resources and Stewardship Services at Saugeen Conservation and has worked for the SVCA over 20 years. Having grown up in Southampton and worked in the environmental planning field for a number of years, Jo-Anne is very familiar with and understands the importance of the unique and diverse ecosystem along the Lake Huron shoreline. Jo-Anne has been appointed by the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority to sit on the Centre's Board.
Jan has been a seasonal shoreline resident on Lake Huron - just south of Bayfield - for the past sixty years and has children and grandchildren who, like her, are drawn to the lake and are interested in its protection and its future. Jan is a retired high school science teacher and is very interested in all of the environmental and ecological factors that affect the health of Lake Huron. She has been involved for many years in her own local cottage association and is also serving on the Board of Directors for the Bluewater Shoreline Residents' Association. Jan is committed to making contributions to her community as a volunteer.
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 Watershed Program Manager for the City of London.
Bob Payne is a Professor Emeritus, Lakehead University. Over a 35 year career in universities, he
taught undergraduate and graduate courses in recreation, parks, natural resources and tourism. Bob organized and executed educational field trips to Africa, Central America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. He has consulted for Parks Canada, Makivik Corporation, Moose River/ James Bay Coalition and Forests for Tomorrow. Bob is a member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and serves on the board of the Ontario Trails Council. His specialties include: Human Dimensions of Parks and Protected Areas, Forest and Fisheries, Nature Based Tourism, Coastal and Marine Issues, Public Policy, International Development and Qualitative and Quantitative Methods.
After working in marketing for educational publishing, Lynne has spent the last 20 years volunteering and serving as a Board Member for non-profits in Portugal and Ontario. Lynne has extensive experience with corporate social responsibility, cause-related marketing and strategic planning for NGOs. Currently a Trustee of the University of Lisbon, Lynne is also on the Board of FoTTSA (Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations) and divides her time between Lisbon, Toronto and southern Georgian Bay. Four generations of Lynne’s family have been spending summers at Nottawaga Beach and Lynne is committed to helping preserve the unique coastal ecosystem of Lake Huron.
Larry E. Walton, BaSc, P.Eng
Larry Walton is the Director of the Nuclear Division for Westinghouse Canada managing their Bruce County office. He was previously a Partner with NA Engineering Associates Inc until the acquisition by Westinghouse in 2019. A structural engineer by training, Larry has held a variety of energy sector positions in Engineering, Construction and Supply Chain with Bruce Power, Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Hydro. An amateur photographer and avid 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 and twin sons.
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.