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.

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


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).

Melanie Rodriguez

Melanie Rodriguez

Melanie is an education advocate who has worked with over 30 nonprofits and social enterprises around the globe. Raised in the Town of The Blue Mountains, her experiences have ranged from evaluating the risks of a $200 million portfolio to leading an international children’s foundation to advocating for equitable education access at the G7 summit. Today, she is a Senior Director of Social Impact for the social enterprise Hoot Reading, a Fellow for the International Women’s Forum, a Board Director at Social Planning Toronto, and a mom to two little ones. She looks forward to applying her passion for engaging youth and fostering social impact collaboration as a Board Member of the Institute of Southern Georgian Bay.

Rosalyn Morrison


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.