Collaborative Innovation Panel
Barb Bolin retired as Principal of Sir Sandford Fleming’s Haliburton Campus (Haliburton School of The Arts) after a 36-year career during which the campus developed a national reputation for arts education as well as serving education and training needs of the Haliburton community. Barb has been involved through volunteer work with arts, environmental, tourism and economic development as a member of numerous private and public boards and committees. During her tenure with the Haliburton CDC, she has served on many committees and as Board Chair.
Wendy Curtis is the Executive Director of Northumberland CFDC. A graduate of Queen’s University Bachelor of Commerce Honours program, Wendy lived for several years abroad in Mexico City where she served as Vice Chair of the Newcomers of Mexico, developing programs to assist 1,000+ members. She has served on several local and regional boards in Chairman and Director positions and is currently a Director of the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc. Wendy is a multiple recipient of the Town of Cobourg’s Civic Awards and was named Northumberland Publishers’ Business Woman of the Year (2007). Wendy’s past career experience includes progressive management positions in the Consumer Products industry including as Director of Trade Marketing, Pillsbury Canada Limited.
David Fell is CEO with the Eastern Ontario Regional Broadband Network (EORN), a private/public partnership extending broadband networks for rural residents. He formerly was Vice President, Founder and Co-owners of the award-winning, e-learning software company Operitel. He is past Chair of the Greater Peterborough Economic Development Corporation (GPAEDC) and current Chair of the United Way of Peterborough and District. He completed his Executive MBA at Queen’s University and is a co-author of The Mobile Learning Edge: Tools & Technology for Developing Your Teams Wherever They Are (McGraw-Hill, 2010).
Christopher Frazer is a retired Chartered Accountant who resides in Carrying Place, Ontario. A former banker and public accountant, as well as a Chief Financial Officer for two large private sector businesses, his background assists greatly in the Belleville-based Trenval Business Development Corporation’s entrepreneurial mentoring and financing activities. To maintain his connection with his life-long love of aviation, Chris also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as Treasurer of the National Air Force Museum of Canada Foundation.
Dr. Gabriel holds a BSc (Honours), a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and a PhD degree from the University of Manitoba. He holds a diploma in Space Science from the International Space University and an MBA from the Edwards School of Business. Dr. Gabriel is an elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (C.A.E.), a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). Dr. Gabriel is the founding Associate Provost of Research and Graduate Programs at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In 2009, Dr. Gabriel was seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation as the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Research and its first-ever Science Adviser. He has recently published a book: The Anatomy of Innovation-what makes innovation succeed in the 21st century? (Kendall Hunt, 2015).
A native of South Glengarry, Lesley began her entrepreneurial career as a small business owner while she studied International Politics and Economics at Guelph University. After obtaining her degree, she joined the Business Development Bank of Canada advancing through the organization in roles which focused on providing specialized commercial lending and consulting solutions to businesses in the greater Cornwall and Ottawa areas. Lesley volunteers as director and mentor on a number of boards and committees.
Lou Lanthier has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, formerly with Nortel and now with Avaya where he serves as Research and Development (R&D) Director and Site Leader for both Avaya locations in Belleville and Ottawa. His past experience includes three years establishing an R&D presence in France. Lou holds a bachelor of Computer Science degree from Concordia University.
Glen LeClair (BSc Mechanical Engineering – Queen’s University) retired from Procter & Gamble Inc. in 2012 with 31 years of engineering and operations management work in Canada, Germany and England. A registered Ontario professional engineer with extensive plant engineering and project management experience, Glen is currently President of ORG21 Solutions Inc., his management consulting company. Glen is a longtime volunteer in the Bay of Quinte region, having served on the Board of Directors of the Trenval BDC (Community Futures Development Corporation), the Quinte Manufacturers’ Association (QMA), the Loyalist College Board of Governors, the Quinte Economic Development Commission (as Industrial Ambassador) as well as the Quinte Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario.
Adam Hayward is an entrepreneur, Chair of the Kawartha Lakes CFDC Board of Directors and an active community volunteer in Lindsay, Ontario.
Stephen Pashagumskum, B.A., B.Ed., is an educator and serial entrepreneur who has worked extensively with aboriginal communities in Canada. He is a resident of Alderville First Nation and is a Board member of the Dibaajimowin Cultural Centre.
Stephane Levesque is a native of Montreal who completed his studies in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto. A resident of Pembroke for the last 23 years, he is President and co-owner of SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc., a growing manufacturer with over 40 employees that produces self-luminous tritium lighting used for aerospace, commercial and military applications. Stephane also serves on the City of Pembroke Economic Development Committee and Community Improvement Panel.
Sally Litz has spent the last two decades working for a Canadian chartered bank and has a decade of experience as a personal banking account manager in rural communities in Eastern Ontario. Most recently, Sally was assistant manager for service operations and then a branch manager. Now a mortgage agent with Mortgage Brokers Ottawa, Sally has served on the Grenville CFDC board since 2013—first as Chair of the Investment Committee and now as Chair of the Board.
Born and raised in Prince Edward County, Debra Marshall became a member of the Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington CFDC Board of Directors in 2005. After a career in media communications, sales and marketing, she returned to assume the family farm. Currently a tender fruit farmer, Debra is a member of the Board of Directors of the Grape Growers of Ontario. She recently completed a term as a Director of the Ontario Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) as a taxpayer representative. She continues to be involved in the community.
Diane McKinnon has been the Executive Director of the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation since 2001. Previously she managed the Enterprise Centre for Renfrew County. Earlier in her career she worked in national telecommunications, tourism and social services. She is a Past President of the Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce and has served on numerous community volunteer committees. Ms. McKinnon has been a member of the Champlain grant review team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation since 2005.
Bonnie O’Neill has a background in public service, working in economic development regionally and provincially. Executive Director for Ontario East Economic Development Commission (EODC) since 2014, she promoted business growth and investment attraction. Bonnie previously managed regional funding programs with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. As a Regional Economic Development Consultant with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Bonnie was part of the rural development team to introduce new programs and initiatives in regional economic development. A graduate of the University of Guelph, with additional courses from University of Minnesota and University of Waterloo, she has many years as a volunteer with community youth programs.
Employed in the municipal sector for over 20 years, initially in Lennox and Addington County (Township of Stone Mills) and later moving to Frontenac County in the Spring of 2014, Darlene Plumley is currently the CAO/Clerk for the Township of Frontenac Islands and resides on Wolfe Island. Raised in a rural environment, she has a keen understanding of the issues and challenges of promoting and maintaining sustainable development. She is a Director of the Frontenac CFDC.
Marshall Pyatt has worked in senior financial positions of Canadian multi-national corporations including includes 15 years of international business experience as Director of Finance and Legal covering operations in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Macau and the Philippines and as COO for Country Operations in Mongolia and North Korea. He returned to Canada several years ago settling first in Beaverton, where he has been involved in community activities, and now lives in Georgina. Marshall joined the board of South Lake CFDC in 2008, remained active as a committee volunteer when his term expired, and rejoined the board in 2015.
Tom Russell is Executive Director of the Thousand Islands Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) responsible for day-to-day operations, including administration and financial accounts management, to delivery of economic development activity (including the EODP). Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, Tom graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He has 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors in Eastern Ontario and lives in Ivy Lea.
The President and owner of Comsep Filtration Inc. in Chute-a-Blondeau, Ontario, Bruce Smith is Chair of the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network, Secretary Treasurer of the Prescott-Russell CDC Board of Directors and Secretary Treasurer of the Prescott Russell Entrepreneurial Academy. A graduate of the Devry Insitute of Technology and University of Oklahoma, the design and distribution of filtration products involves him with a wide variety of manufacturing, mining and natural resource industries and the Canadian military. Past experience includes international consultancy and sales management for international corporations. He is a part-owner in several private businesses and an active community volunteer.
Tina Stevens is General Manager of the Valley Heartland CFDC. Tina joined Valley Heartland at the beginning of 2012 bringing her strong administrative and accounting knowledge to the Corporation. Tina completed a Business Management and Entrepreneurship course as well as an Introduction to Accounting course from Algonquin College. Tina has worked in finance and administration for the last 10 years.
For the past six years, Catherine Vanderzwan has been with the Business Development Bank of Canada in Ottawa, first as a Senior Account Manager and now Regional Manager Corporate Relations and Partnerships. A graduate of the University of Windsor, she has 15 years of previous banking, business, financial and sales experience in the private sector with Bell Intrigna, McGraw-Hill Ryerson and Scotiabank.