The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is led by a diverse and committed volunteer Board of Directors who give of their time and resources to help support our vision of a cleaner and healthier Lake Simcoe watershed that will inspire, motivate and enrich us all.

If you would like more information on how you can serve on our Board, please contact Cheryl Taylor to receive a Board Recruitment Package.

2018-2019  Board of Directors

Debbi Conzelmann, President
CEO, King Cole Ducks

Debbi has been in Agribusiness since 1982. She was General Manager of Queensville Farm Supply, a feed manufacturer and supplier, for over 20 years prior to joining King Cole Ducks as CEO in 2009. King Cole Ducks is Canada’s largest duck producer and is unique because of its’ vertical integration and sustainability model. Debbi has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2015 and is currently President.

Debby Beatty
Lake Simcoe Philanthropist

Debby is a fifth generation cottager who is passionate about the health of Lake Simcoe. Her other past volunteer endeavors are board member of the Lake Simcoe Coalition, Toronto Community Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation . She is presently Chair of the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation. In 2013, Debby was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for her lifelong dedication to environmental projects to protect Lake Simcoe and its watershed. Debby has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2002 as Director, Vice President and President.

John Dale
Sales and Marketing Consultant

John, a graduate of the University of Toronto, is a creative business professional with over 30 years’ experience in sales, corporate strategy and business development. He retired from Mackenzie Financial Services as Executive Vice President in 2010 and continues to consult for financial services and sales organizations. John has a family cottage on Lake Simcoe and is passionate about the Foundation's vision and the LSRCA’s work to preserve the watershed. He has served on LSCF Board of Directors since 2016.

Kerigan Kelly
Senior Planner, Partner, Groundswell Urban Planners Inc.

Kerigan is a Senior Planner and Partner at Groundswell, a boutique land use planning firm based in York Region. Kerigan manages the operations of the company, key clients and project files, and oversees staff and resources. Kerigan is passionate about giving back to the watershed community that she has lived in for several years. Through her service on the LSCF Board she would like to help connect residents to nature as well as the importance of our work. Kerigan has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2019.

Lee Ann Waterman
Editor-in-Chief, Metroland Media, York Region

Lee Ann has almost 20 years of experience in journalism. She has worked at Metroland Media since 2001, and is currently Editor-in-Chief at Metroland Media, York Region, which publishes 11 community newspapers and yorkregion.com. Lee Ann has a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Lee Ann is an avid outdoorsperson who is keen to protect the natural environment and has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2016.

Marvin Geist
Lawyer, Marvin Geist Barrister and Solicitor

Marvin has been practicing law since 1975. With offices in the city of Vaughan and the town of Innisfil. his expertise is in corporate/commercial and real estate law. Marvin lives on Lake Simcoe, and has enjoyed it immensely since boyhood. He has been President of the largest ratepayers group on Lake Simcoe and former Director on the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association. Marvin has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2017.

Peter Ferragine
Sales Representative, Royal LePage

Peter is a Board member on the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Board of Directors. He is also the Ward 5 Councillor in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. A local real estate agent, Peter is passionate about taking care of the Lake Simcoe watershed and is proud to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors.

Ron Craig, Secretary Treasurer
CEO, Turf Care Products Canada

Ron is the Owner and CEO of Turf Care Products, a turf equipment and irrigation supply company based in Newmarket. Ron has a B.Sc in Horticulture from the University of Guelph. Ron has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2013.

Sarah Kurtz
Senior Engineer, SCS Consulting Group

Sarah is a Senior Engineer at SCS Consulting Group and leads a group of engineers that are responsible for the management and technical execution of a wide variety of engineering projects, many in the Lake Simcoe watershed. Sarah has a strong connection to nature and an incredible desire to give back to the community. Through her volunteer work on the LSCF Board, Sarah would like to be part of making it a cleaner and healthier watershed that will in turn improve the quality of life for its residents. Sarah has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2019.

Scott MacPherson

Scott is Vice Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. He is also the Ward 2 Councillor in the Township of Oro-Medonte. A retired teacher, he is passionate about taking care of the Lake Simcoe watershed and is proud to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors.

Steve Schaefer, Vice President
Principal, SCS Consulting Group

Steve is a founding partner of SCS Consulting Group. He is responsible for the management and technical execution of engineering projects from the initial planning stages through to construction. Steve is involved in numerous projects throughout the Lake Simcoe watershed which implement state of the art stormwater control measures to maintain and enhance the quality of the lake. Steve has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2013 as a Director and Vice President.

Stéphane (Steve) Chénier
Senior Manager, Scotiabank

Steve has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry helping clients achieve their financial and banking needs and is currently Senior Manager, Payment and Cash Management with Scotiabank in Barrie. Steve has a B.A. from Carlton University. He is passionate about our natural world and possesses strong values as it pertains to the conservation and betterment of our natural habitat. Steve feels honoured to have served on the Foundation Board since 2014.

We are Working Together for a Cleaner and Healthier Lake Simcoe watershed

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