The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation

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Board of Directors

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 healthy, resilient Lake Simcoe and it’s surrounding land that will enrich our lives for generations to come. Our mission is to raise funds for the environmental and educational initiatives of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority that lessen the impact of  climate change and inspire action.

Call for Board Candidates

The application period is now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

Contact LSCF Executive Director, Cheryl Taylor with questions.

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2023-2024 Board of Directors

Tom Vegh

Tom Vegh, President

Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor, Town of Newmarket

Tom was first elected to municipal office in 2000. Raised in Newmarket, Tom holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University. He has a 25-year track record as a community leader in the non-profit sector, holding both executive and consulting positions. He has extensive experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and working with all levels of government. Tom is passionate about the health of the Lake Simcoe Watershed and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of both the Lake  Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.​ Tom has served on the Foundation Board since 2019.

Sarah Kurtz

Sarah​​ Kurtz, Vice President

Senior Engineer, SCS Consult​ing 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 incredible desire to give back to the community. Sarah has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2019.​​

Clarence Lui

Clarence Lui, Secretary Treasurer

Partner, Reain Lui Stock LLP

Clarence has practiced law for the last 19 years and has served on many   local  committees. Through his professional and   personal  experiences,   he has  developed  a keen interest in environmental preservation and protection. Living   locally in   the Lake  Simcoe watershed, Clarence is a frequent user of our trail   systems   and see’s first hand the impact of the work of the Foundation and the   Authority. Clarence has been serving on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2021.  


Marvin Geist, Past President

Lawyer, Marvin Geist Professional Corporation

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 to name a few. Marvin has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2017.

Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen

Regional Vice President, Certification - America's RINA S.P.A.

Matthew Allen brings his experience as a Professional Environmental Engineer and global Executive, having served in the Sustainability, Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Professional Services fields for 25 years. Matthew has a Bachelors and Masters of Chemical & Environmental Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and has served as a Naval Officer. Matthew has spoken and published internationally on various scientific and sustainability topics. Matthew is an active national professional development instructor and bilingual in French. Matthew was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada and currently lives and works from home near Belwood, Ontario. He is an active outdoorsman, nature and animal lover, hobby farmer, husband and father to 3 active teenagers.  Matthew has been a Board member since 2023.

Joanne Barnett

Joanne Barnett

Vice President, Planning and Development, The Kerbel Group Inc, Andrin Homes Ltd.

Joanne is a  Registered Professional Planner and Executive who has generously supported the Foundation for decades. A dedicated community volunteer, Joanne has served as the Co-Chair of the Connect Campaign to build the new Nature Centre at Scanlon Creek since 2019 and is serving on the Foundation Board to advocate for more community awareness of the impact of our work and ultimately generate more support, so that our watershed can be healthier and more resilient.  Joanne has been a Board member since 2023. 


Bruce Buchan

Bruce Buchan

CEO and Founder, CleanRiver Recycling, Aurora, ON

Bruce founded CleanRiver Recycling over 31 years ago on the basis of the importance of taking care of the environment through recycling and has been heavily involved in sustainable and environmental projects since then. Bruce is a Lake Simcoe watershed resident and is a member of a number of associations such as the College and University Recycling Coalition and TEC Canada. Bruce has been a member of the Foundation​ Board of Directors since 2021. 

Susana Donaldson​

Susana Donaldson​

Business Professional,

Susana is a business professional with over 10 years of experience in data analytics and consumer research. She holds an MBA from York University and a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. As a resident of the Lake Simcoe watershed and a member of the Musselman’s Lake community, Susana is passionate about conserving the health and natural beauty of our lakes and watershed for future generations. Sue has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2022.

Ahmed ElGanzouri

Ahmed ElGanzouri

Director, Sustainability, Magna International

Ahmed is a newcomer to working in the Lake Simcoe watershed, and is enthusiastic about the now-more-than-ever-important-work of the Conservation Authority and Foundation. His work at Magna International focuses on sustainability efforts and initiatives with a people-centric approach and he is excited to tackle todays Climate Change issues through collaboration and diversity of thought. Ahmed’s passion for nature is re-ignited each time he see’s a child’s eye light up when they turn over a rock and discover a whole ecosystem. Ahmed has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2023.

Peter Ferragine

Peter Ferragine

Sales Representative, Royal LePage

Peter is the Vice Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Board of Directors. He is also the Ward 5 Cou​ncillor 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. Peter has served on the LSCF board of directors since 2019.

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Brad Rogers

President, Groundswell Urban​ Planners

Brad has decades of consulting Engineering and Planning experience in Ontario and is currently President at Groundswell Urban Planners in Richmond Hill. Brad holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). Brad has always lived and worked in the Lake Simcoe watershed and is passionate about taking care of it. Brad has served previously on the Foundation Board from 2011-2017, as President and Past President. Brad has served on the Foundation Board of Directors since 2022.​​

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