The Board provides advice on planning, management and development of the provincial park system, including, but not limited to, such items as development of annual business plans, marketing strategies, capital development programs, and fees, and to advise on other matters such as policy and program direction as requested by the Minister.
Under the Agencies and Appointments Directive and the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive, provincial agencies are required to post their governance documents. These include business plans, annual reports and expense information for designated individuals. Individuals at provincial agencies can claim and be reimbursed for necessary travel, meal and hospitality expenses they pay for during the course of ordinary work. They need to follow strict rules, outlining what can be repaid with public funds and what maximum amounts can be claimed. All claims must include original receipts. Under the Agencies and Appointments Directive and the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive, provincial agencies are required to post their governance documents. These include expense information for designated individuals.
The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints a Chair and from six to twelve members. Board members are volunteers but do receive compensation for travel expenses. The Board strives to maintain a diverse membership representing a variety of interests and geographic regions.
Dr. Maggie Matear (Board Chair) is an advocate for sustainable integrated resource management and research-informed environmental policy. Prior to starting a management consulting firm in Timmins in 1995, she delivered courses on ecotourism, outdoor guiding and entrepreneurship in First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada. Her educational background includes degrees in Biology and Education, an MBA, and a PhD in Management. An avid hiker and canoeist, she has also written a field guide to edible and medicinal boreal forest plants based on her experience working in Ontario’s provincial parks.
Lynn Cox has served on numerous boards and committees across Northern Ontario over the past 25 years involving resource conflict use resolution, marketing and tourism development. Lynn has also acted as Director of Flight Operations and Managing Director for an adventure eco-tourism operation that provided adventure trips across the north and up to the coast of Hudson and James Bay, Other previous employment included Chief Financial Officer for a charter airline and aviation fuelling business. Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation and a Graduate Business Diploma in Business Administration from Lakehead University. Currently Lynn owns and manages an accommodation and catering operation as well as a waste management business in Pickle Lake and is involved with economic development for the Township of Pickle Lake.
Jeremy Dickson is the President and Owner of Canoe Canada Outfitters, an adventure tourism company in Atikokan, Ontario that provides canoe trips into Quetico Park and fly-in wilderness outpost vacations. He is also the Company Operations Manager at Atikokan Aero Services which is a small float plane operator. He has been recognized with the Northern Ontario Business Award’s “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”. He is a graduate of Brock University’s four year Business Administration degree program and holds a private pilot’s licence. Mr. Dickson’s community involvement has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Atikokan Chamber of Commerce, where he is a former Vice-President. Mr. Dickson has also been a guest speaker at a variety of tourism workshops and was an executive board member of the OTMP partner “Paddling Ontario” Alliance.
Dr. Rocky Dwyer, FCPA, FCMA is a former Principal with the Department of National Defence. Dr. Dwyer has over 20 years' experience in providing strategic advice and recommendations in the areas of human resources and corporate social responsibility to non-profit, private and public sector senior management with such organizations the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Red Cross - Water Safety Division. In addition, Dr. Dwyer is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada; and the Society of Management Accountants of Canada. Dr. Dwyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University (USA), a Master of Science degree in Career and Human Resource Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organization and Management from Capella University (USA).
David Edgar is a retired master plumber and licenced in four other related trades. He served 25 years in municipal politics as a councillor and reeve of Prince Township and for 20 years as a board member of The Regional Conservation Authority. He is a long time advocate for the protection of our Great Lakes and Rivers Systems and while as a member Of The Saint Mary’s River Advisory Board we were successful in having the river declared a Canadian Heritage river. David and his wife are nature enthusiasts and are aware of the need for all Canadians to respect and protect are valuable natural resources.
Charlene Gordon is president and owner of Edmonds & Gordon Inc., a busy consulting firm specializing in project management, proposal writing, R&D tax credit claims, and community development. A Guelph graduate, Charlene also holds diplomas in Municipal Administration, Tourism & Travel, and Association Management. She is a former City Councillor. Charlene has served on many boards, including Children’s Aid, Festival Hydro Inc, Stratford Public Library, Perth District Health Unit, and the Rotary Club of Stratford where she has been valued for her strong strategic thinking skills and collaborative approach. Charlene and her family have enjoyed the provincial park system for many years.
Don Huff was born and raised in Northern Ontario. He currently resides in Toronto and is the owner of a media relations and strategic counsel consultancy which specializes in environment and energy issues. Increasingly his work has a significant First Nations component. Don travels extensively throughout Ontario for business and pleasure.
Julia Madden is a parks and recreation professional with over 20 years’ experience. She holds a degree in park and recreation management and a Masters in Business Administration. Ms. Madden has been a member of the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park Management Advisory Board since 2006 and Acting Chair since 2012. Her past volunteer work has included the Lake of Bays Tourism Task Force and the Muskoka Trails Advisory Committee.
Gordon Nelson is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo where he was formerly Dean of Environmental Studies and where he continues to do research relating to land use and environmental change, environmental planning, conservation and protected areas. He is the author of numerous papers and books, in 2012 publishing Beyond the Global City, Understanding and Planning for the Diversity of Ontario. Gordon Nelson is Chair of the Carolinian Canada Coalition and a member of the Public Advisory Committee and Sources of Knowledge Forum among other commitments.
Richard Raper, R.P.F. is a forest consultant and volunteer President, Otonabee Conservation Foundation with a keen interest in conservation and protection of Ontario's natural resources. During a 36 year career with the Ministry of Natural Resources (currently Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) his assignments included positions in the forests and protected areas programs in field and policy positions across Ontario. Richard graduated from the University of Toronto in 1977 with a B. Sc. in Forestry and has been a member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association since 1978. As an avid hiker, canoeist and camper, he enjoys Ontario's provincial parks and is a volunteer with several Ontario Parks Friends groups.
Earlene Worrall has over 20 years of strategic business leadership experience, with a focus on brand-building marketing and breakthrough innovation. As Vice President, Healthcare Practice Lead with In-sync Strategy, she works with pharmaceutical clients in North America and globally to uncover human-centric insights, apply innovative strategies to address business challenges, and ultimately improve the lives of patients. Earlene has served on various Boards of Directors over the years. She considers the Ontario Parks Board an exceptionally strong fit given her passion for enjoying the beauty of nature when cycling, kayaking and hiking - often while camping with her family at various Ontario Provincial Parks.
Board of Directors
Lynn Arnold Cox, Pickle Lake
Jeremy Dickson, Atikokan
Dr. Rocky Dwyer
David Edgar, Goulais River
Don Huff, Toronto
Gordon Nelson, Waterloo
Earlene Worrall, Unionville
Term: Board members serve a term of three years and may be reappointed for additional terms.
Meetings: The board meets at least four times a year or as required. Meeting locations are rotated to allow the Board to become familiar with parks and issues across the province.
For more information on the Ontario Parks Board of Directors please contact:
Mandy Bidwell, Director's Office, Ontario Parks at email@example.com