Board of Directors

Short Bio of Board of Directors

The Institute of Southern Georgian Bay (ISGB) is a regional community “Think and Do Tank” established to explore and provide new and innovative opportunities for prosperity by engaging the experience and knowledge of the community. By collaborating with the community across multiple sectors, it hopes to identify, research, understand and facilitate stimulating dialogue and strategic thought leadership on economic, cultural, social and environmental issues and opportunities in Southern Georgian Bay.

Dale Biddell

Social Justice Lead

In a career almost entirely spent in the nonprofit sector, Dale has experience in executive, consulting and community-leadership roles. She began an independent consulting practice in 1996 following development and advancement roles in higher education, community services and public sector.

Dale is CEO of United Way Simcoe Muskoka. Since joining United Way as CEO in 2013, she has undertaken an organizational restructure and developed a new business model with an aligned growth strategy. She initiated and has completed a collaborative process that has welcomed the District of Muskoka creating a regional United Way. Adept at organizational review and transformation; governance, strategy and human resource planning and an experienced facilitator and public speaker – she is an advocate for collaboration and solving social issues through the intersection of the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

In a volunteer capacity, she has served on numerous boards, in the children and youth sector, health, education, sport and recreation and social services and has a passion for children’s mental health. She is ex-officio and Board Secretary to the United Way Simcoe Muskoka and is active within the national community of United Ways through the United Way Centraide Canada and is a director on the board of the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre. She volunteers her time locally to social justice issues.

Dale has established four charitable foundations and earned an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University, MN.

Donald F. May

Director, Past-Chair

Donald F. May is a member of the first graduating class in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University in 1973. Mr. May began consulting in 1977 and has distinguished himself through a wide variety of planning assignments where he has provided independent professional planning.

Mr. May has received service and recognition awards as a member of Council with the Canadian Institute of Planners and President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (2003-2005). Past and present board memberships include the Hamilton and Halton Home Builders Association, Burlington Art Centre, Ontario Land Economists, Hamilton-Burlington Salvation Army Advisory Board and Parks Recreation Ontario. In 2006, Mr. May accepted an opportunity to develop and teach an Advanced Land Use Planning elective within the Bachelor of Technology Engineering program at McMaster University.

Don and his wife Rachel moved permanently to Collingwood in 2012 to enjoy an active life style and the Arts Community.

Jodie Kennedy

Communications and Marketing Lead

Jodie Kennedy is proud to be called a “local” from Collingwood. Having grown up in this region she has witnessed the growth and prosperity of this fantastic four-season destination.

Having begun her career in Business Development in the Radio and Television industry, Jodie has a keen understanding of capturing the unique essence of a brand and telling its story. She is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager at Mike Jackson GM where she looks after everything from Social Media & Website Management to all forms of digital and print communications, event management, reputation management and more. Marketing and communications are constantly evolving, and Jodie works hard to stay on top of industry trends.

Jodie is very passionate about leadership and what it takes to lead change both professionally and personally. She makes it her mission to inspire those around her to be the best versions of themselves and cares deeply about corporate social innovation and social justice for all.

June Porter

June is a visionary health care professional focused on creating and delivering significant improvement in health systems grounded in measurement and outcomes. Her international health care career included nursing, operational administration, and consulting at local, provincial and national levels.

From a volunteer perspective, she is a board member of North East Grey Health Clinics, Chair of the Joint Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, Town of The Blue Mountains, and Reviewer for the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

She has a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of London, and a MBA from Ashridge Business School, England.

June and her husband Terry retired in 2019, and transitioned from being weekenders for over 10 years to being permanent residents of Thornbury.

Larry D.S. Hogarth

Treasurer

After graduating from Ryerson in 1968, Larry moved to Collingwood and started a 46 year career as a Civil Technologist in consulting engineering, with 2 local firms. His focus was on civil projects ranging from road, drainage, water, sewage and solid waste management projects to housing developments acting for both Municipal and private clients.

A 2 year sabbatical, working for the Department of Water Affairs in Botswana as a CUSO volunteer provided a different perspective on engineering design, construction and project management..

Larry volunteered with a number of local boards/organization including the Remedial Action Plan for the Harbour, Waste Management Plan Committee, E3 Community Services and Optimist Club (Charter Member).

Nancy Griffin

Business & Innovation Lead

Nancy Griffin and her husband Wayne Griffin moved to Thornbury, Town of The Blue Mountains, in 2016 and almost immediately started connecting in the local community of Southern Georgian Bay (SGB). Nancy refers to this region as a ‘cornucopia’ in every way – an area that is naturally beautiful, with all the stunning physical assets of gorgeous Georgian Bay, agricultural fields, trails and mountains. As a result of this very unique environment, many special heritage families have thrived here over many years, along with many tourists for four- season recreation, and many for retirement, having had a second property here over the years. Needless to say, the people in every SGB community with their service, shops and hospitality, are truly as spectacular as the scenery. This vibrancy of ‘people and place’ impresses Nancy the most – with all its poignant potential towards 2030, as we plan for our future.

Nancy’s career has been in business over many years, both with Procter & Gamble and Wealth Advisory, where she established her very popular trademarked seminar/events program “Women, Worth & Wellness”. Nancy is currently launching a TEC (The Executive Committee) Chapter for CEOs of SMEs in this region, which is a confidential peer to peer advisory group. Nancy serves on the TOBM Committees for Agricultural Advisory and Economic Development, as well as on the Board of The Institute where her leadership focus is on Business & Innovation. Having been awarded the Canada 125 Award for outstanding community leadership in Toronto, it is always Nancy’s pleasure to get involved in her community and do her very best to make a contribution with her talents and time.

Rosalyn Morrison

Chair 

Rosalyn Morrison is passionate about the beautiful Southern Georgian Bay region. Her family has had deep roots in the Simcoe Muskoka district for generations. Recently retired, she and her husband now live in Craigleith.

Roz is also passionate about the power of community. Formerly, as Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Toronto Foundation, she was involved in connecting philanthropy to community needs and opportunities. She was responsible for the Foundation’s research, community convening, and partnerships relating to 100 Resilient Cities, an initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, which focuses on urbanization, globalization, and climate change. She most recently led the Foundation team on a survey project to benchmark Social Capital – Trust, Social Networks, Civic Connections, and Neighbourhood Support.  

Previously, as Vice President of Community Initiatives, she led the development of Toronto’s Vital Signs, an annual quality of life Report; Community Knowledge Centre, an online portal of over 200 community organizations working on solutions to city issues; and Vital Toronto Fund grant programs and collaborative projects.

She has also held leadership roles in the arts and culture sector, in particular, contemporary craft and design, where she focused on strategy development for provincial and national organizations and establishing partnerships with businesses, educational institutions, public galleries and museums, and private and public funders.
 
Her community involvement includes serving as Vice Chair, Board of Governors, Ontario College of Art and Design University; Chair, Ontario Summer Games Legacies Committee; and Chair of the Playing for Keeps collaboration, a social legacy inspired by the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. In addition, she has served on advisory committees for ArtReach, Metcalf Foundation, George Brown College, Community Foundations of Canada and the City of Toronto.

Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board of Directors, Institute of Southern Georgian Bay and as a Board member of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation.

 

Susan Cook

Arts & Culture Lead

Southern Georgian Bay has been home to Susan and her family for more than 30 years and she believes in community and the power of lending a helping hand.
Susan has a strong background in administration. She believes in volunteerism and has served on a number of community boards including the United Way, Trinity United Church, My Friends House and most recently became involved in Kiwanis.
Susan represented Perrin Beatty MP as a constituency assistant for four years. She viewed that time as a valuable learning opportunity, working with individuals and community groups to access federal programs and services and advocating on their behalf. She later became immersed in the field of property management for 12 years during which time she was also elected as a public school board trustee for 6 years.

Susan joined the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts in 2010 as administrator and was later appointed manager of the organization. She has a deep appreciation for art and its creators and strives to present dynamic programming that engages the community. She loves working with creative minds, supporting and generating new ideas and is a passionate defender of arts and culture.
Her passion for nature and animals is always present and often evident. She is an equestrian and avid hiker.

Yvonne Hamlin

Secretary

Yvonne Hamlin is a lawyer, now retired from practice, who has a deep background in municipal affairs having practiced in the municipal and planning, as well as the property taxation fields.

She has embraced the charitable and non-profit arts community organizations as a focus for her volunteer efforts over the past decade. She has participated on the Boards of the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society (based in Creemore Ontario), the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts (based in Collingwood) and the Blue Mountain Public Art Committee (based in Thornbury).

Currently Yvonne is an elected member of Council for the Town of Collingwood.