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.

Catherine Smart

Charged with a life mission to make a difference in people’s lives, Catherine has committed herself to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities and is a leadership coach/facilitator. A champion in the field of accessibility issues, Catherine has pioneered unique opportunities for adults and children and been at the forefront of many provincially and nationally recognized accessibility initiatives.

As President of Smart Move Training and Development Inc., Catherine is frequently recruited by government agencies, educational institutions, and charitable organizations to spearhead new programs, provide corporate leadership development and coaching, strategize public awareness campaigns, and provide keynote addresses in Canada and the United States. She brings to her clients a specialized knowledge and expertise drawn from more than 30 years of frontline and program management experience.

In addition to handling the challenging demands of running her own business, Catherine currently serves on a couple of local charitable organizations, is a busy Mom of two young adult sons and is married to a wonderful husband!

Donald F. May

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.

Frank Tilley

 

Frank is President of Tilley of Canada, a manufacturer, importer and distributor of quality leather goods.

He graduated from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and was on the Faculty of International Management Institute (University of Geneva).

An active supporter of the community he is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Collingwood and is a past member of the Board and Chair of the Navigators of Canada. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board of the Foundation of the Rotary Club of South Georgian Bay and a member of the board of the South Georgian Bay Music Foundation.

Married with 3 children and 4 grandchildren he is an active member of the Osler Bluff Ski Club.

Larry D.S. Hogarth C.E.T.

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).

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, and with her husband, she has made Craigleith their second home.

She is also passionate about the power of community. As Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Toronto Foundation www.torontofoundation.ca, an independent charitable organization, she is involved in connecting philanthropy to community needs and opportunities. She is 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. Previously, as Vice President of Community Initiatives, she led the development of Toronto’s Vital Signs® Report www.torontosvitalsigns.ca an annual quality of life Report; Community Knowledge Centre www.ckc.torontofoundation.ca 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, 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.

Yvonne Hamlin

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.

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