Board of Directors

The mission of the Trans Canada Trail Charitable Organization is to promote and assist in the development and use of the TCT by supporting success at the local level in the creation of this national network.

Our Board of Directors provides the essential support and guidance needed to build this national legacy. Their involvement is at the Board level and through six Standing Committees. The number(s) following each director’s name refers to the committee(s) on which he/she serves.

Board Members

  • Paul LaBarge, Chair, Ontario (1, 3, 4)

    Paul LaBarge, Chair, Ontario (1, 3, 4)

    Paul LaBarge is one of the original founding members of the Trans Canada Trail, a legacy project of Canada 125, of which he was the corporate secretary. Paul has a long history with TCT, having been a board member, counsel and secretary to the organization. Paul is an active volunteer in a number of organizations in addition to a busy law practice, but is particularly dedicated to the Trail, about which he is a passionate advocate.

    Paul is a founding member of LaBarge Weinstein, a business law firm located in Ottawa, with a concentration in taxation and corporate law. Paul is a member of the Section 19 NAFTA dispute resolution panel. He holds a Master’s Degree in law from Osgoode Hall and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) and Alberta. Paul is also the co-author of ‘The Copperjar System’, a book and workbook on personal financial planning.

    Paul has been and continues to be heavily involved in the community and currently dedicates his time to a number of foundations in addition to the Trans Canada Trail, among them the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation and the Community Foundations of Canada. A strong supporter of life-long learning, he completed his LLM in 2009.

    Mr. LaBarge joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 1995 and took on the role of Chair in 2011.

  • Tara Atleo, Director, British Columbia (1, 6)

    Tara Atleo, Director, British Columbia (1, 6)

    Tara Atleo is from the Ahousaht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth people on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, and holds the traditional name Hahuula, meaning ‘one who walks and embodies the territories’.

    Since 2010, Tara has been managing the WildSide Trail, Ahousaht’s only eco-tourism initiative; a historic trail demonstrating ongoing use and stewardship of traditional use of lands for thousands of years. She is a founding member of the WildSide Trail Foundation, which continues to support Ahousaht’s first entry into the eco-tourism industry intended to demonstrate and encourage sustainable economic development while inspiring and encouraging community members to venture into other tourism activities. Each year, Tara organizes the annual ‘Run the WildSide’ trail run event aimed at promoting area tourism, as well as health and wellness within the community.

    In addition, Tara works for Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, BC, focusing on the eco-tourism destination of Newcastle Island, which is home to extensive trail systems and is rich in Snuneymuxw culture and histories.

    In 2012, Tara was selected as a youth panel finalist for the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, and presented at the CANDO annual general meeting in Membertou, NS, on her past experiences and goals for First Nations’ economic development.

    Tara has recently graduated from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Economics. She has dedicated herself and her education to working with First Nations in governing sustainable economic opportunities in traditional territories, and adheres to her Ahousaht cultural roots and values throughout all her endeavours.

    Tara joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2013.

  • Jim Bishop, Director, British Columbia (2, 5, 6)

    Jim Bishop, Director, British Columbia (2, 5, 6)

    Jim Bishop is a chartered accountant and self-employed management consultant from Vancouver, BC. He formerly spent 27 years with Gwil Industries Inc. beginning as Corporate Controller and retiring as Assistant to the Chairman. He has lectured for the Institute of Chartered Accountants on mining exploration and development, and has also been active in his community as a Track and Triathlon athlete, coach and administrator.

    Mr. Bishop joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2004 and served as Chair of the Board from October 2010 to October 2011. Following a one-year hiatus, Mr. Bishop re-joined the Board in 2013

  • Cameron Clark, Secretary, Ontario (4, 5, 6)

    Cameron Clark, Secretary, Ontario (4, 5, 6)

    Cameron Clark enjoyed a 32-year career in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) focusing primarily on land use and natural resource planning and management, regional economic development, and aboriginal issues. Throughout his career, he held a number of senior positions in the OPS including: Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines; Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Regional Director Northwest Region, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; and Chief Provincial Negotiator, Mississauga #8 Land Claim with the Ontario Native Affairs Secretariat.

    He has lived and worked throughout Northern Ontario, including stops in Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Wawa and Thunder Bay. He is presently retired and living in Thunder Bay, although he does some consulting (English River Consulting Inc.) and is actively engaged as a director of a number of boards, including Lakehead University (Chair), the Trans Canada Trail and the Quetico Foundation.

    Cameron and his wife Janet have two daughters, are avid canoeists, cross country skiers and natural history buffs, and enjoy as much time as they can at their camp near English River.

    Mr. Clark joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2006 and served until 2012. He served as Secretary in 2012, and then re-joined the Board in 2013

  • Mylène Forget, Director, Quebec (1)

    Mylène Forget, Director, Quebec (1)

    Mylène Forget is President of a consulting firm that celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012, and has been at its head since the merger of her own firm with the family business in 2002.

    Mylène focuses her energies on strategic communications, as well as issues and crisis management, while supervising the team's work on various projects.

    She began her professional career practicing law with a Montreal-based law firm. She then served as a press agent for a Quebec government ministry, and then as a consultant with Massy-Forget until 1999, when she founded her own company, which she helmed as president for three years.

    Mylène is a member of the boards of directors of the Trans Canada Trail and Théâtre La Veillée. She led the Alliance des cabinets de relations publiques du Québec, which is comprised of most of the province’s major public relations firms, from June 2011 to June 2013.

    Under her management, the firm was awarded numerous Equinox and Awards of Excellence, presented by the Société québécoise des professionnels en relations publiques and the Canadian Public Relations Society, recognizing the communications campaigns for Krispy Kreme, Saint-Joseph’s Oratory, ÉquiLibre, Industries Lassonde and Stationnement de Montréal.

    She often speaks at conferences and moderates panels, particularly for the Canadian Institute, Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal, Canadian Public Relations Society, Les Affaires and Infopresse events. She also acts as an expert commentator for print and broadcast media, specifically La Presse, CBC radio and TVA.

    Mylène holds an international B.A. from Jean-de-Brébeuf College and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Université de Montréal.

    Ms. Forget joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2011.

  • Eric Gionet, Director, New Brunswick (5, 6)

    Eric Gionet, Director, New Brunswick (5, 6)

    Eric Gionet is the Outreach Director at the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network, and has many years’ experience working in various government departments in New Brunswick. Additionally, he has consulted on a number of Federal and Provincial committees in the development and implementation of social programs, policies and guidelines.

    Mr. Gionet has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick. He is very involved in his community and has donated his time and expertise to many social agencies including, United Way (past President), Greater Fredericton Social Innovation (founding member) and Leadership Fredericton (past President), and is a past member of Rotary International.

    Eric is an avid runner: he has competed in the Boston marathon and is a member of the Capital City Road Runners. Other athletic pursuits include mountain biking and kayaking. He is a dedicated user of both land and water trails, and fully understands and appreciates their importance in creating opportunities for healthy active living for communities.

    Eric lives in Fredericton with Dr. Gabriela Tymowski and their two dogs, Tess and Robbie, who also enjoy the beautiful Maritime trails. He has three adult children who share his love for outdoor activities, as well as a great appreciation for music. Eric has been a long-time volunteer stage manager with the Fredericton Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. He is a strong supporter of arts and cultural events, and the local public libraries.

    Mr. Gionet joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2011.

  • Betty Anne Graves, Director, Alberta (5,6)

    Betty Anne Graves, Director, Alberta (5,6)

    Betty Anne Graves graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from the University of Alberta in 1963, and then taught school in Calgary. From 1974 to 1997 she was co-owner of The Croft, a business specializing in Canadian crafts, and maintained a studio as a production potter.

    Betty Anne has been involved with the Trans Canada Trail in various roles since attending the founding conference of the TCT in Banff in 1994. She was the Alberta representative on the Trans Canada Trail Builders Committee from 1996 to 2000 and was on the Board of Alberta TrailNet from 1996 to 2013, serving as president and vice president of communications. She has been part of numerous trail building, promotion, celebration and fundraising projects in Alberta. She coordinated the construction and opening ceremony of the Calgary TCT Pavilion in April 1997 with Bill Pratt, construction supervisor, and Bill Milne, pavilion architect, and has planned other events at this pavilion.

    Betty Anne has hiked, cycled, kayaked and cross-country skied in many parts of Canada, from Ellesmere Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Rockies to Quebec and Newfoundland. She has done many cycling trips in other parts of the world and has participated in long distance ski races in Europe.

    She has been active in many community organizations in Calgary, including the Alberta Children's Hospital, as Chair of the Art Advisory Committee, and with her husband on the Patrons' Council

    Betty Anne and her husband Don have two married children and seven grandchildren.

    Ms. Graves joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2009.

  • Ron Hicks, Director, British Columbia (3, 4)

    Ron Hicks, Director, British Columbia (3, 4)

    Ron Hicks served as Deputy Minister of Executive Council in the Alberta Government from 2004 to 2008. He was Secretary to Cabinet, Clerk of the Executive Council and Head of the Alberta Public Service. His responsibilities included assisting the government in setting and achieving its priorities, ensuring effective policy coordination and plan implementation across government ministries, and providing leadership to the public service.

    Mr. Hicks holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Public Management from the University of Alberta. He began his career with a private sector consulting engineering firm in southwestern Ontario. He worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources before joining the Alberta Government with Alberta Environment in 1980. Prior to being appointed Deputy Minister of Executive Council, he served as Deputy Minister of Alberta Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, Alberta Human Resources and Employment, and Alberta Environment. Following retirement from the Alberta Government in 2008, Mr. Hicks joined the University of Alberta’s School of Business as an Executive Professor from 2009 to 2012.

    His past volunteer commitments include serving as a board member and president of the International Soil and Water Conservation Society, and duties as a coach for local youth hockey and soccer leagues.

    Mr. Hicks received the Alberta Institute of Public Administration’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for excellence in public administration in 2008 and the Public Policy Forum’s Peter Lougheed Award for leadership in Public Policy in 2010.

    Mr. Hicks is an avid sportsman. He and his wife, Marvel, have two married children and four grandchildren.

    Mr. Hicks joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2009.

  • Ken Killin, Director, Ontario (1,2)

    Ken Killin, Director, Ontario (1,2)

    Ken Killin CPA, CA brings 30 years of financial, management, executive and strategic advisory experience achieved with several private and public companies in various industries.

    Mr. Killin served, until recently, as a member and Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Ted Rogers School of Management/Ryerson University for the past 15 years (1998-2013).

    Mr. Killin joined the TCT Charitable Organization Board in 2013, and has served as the Treasurer of the TCT Foundation Board since 2012.

  • Lori Leach, Director, Saskatchewan (1)

    Lori Leach is the majority partner of Kinetic Advertising, a full-service communications firm, with twenty-five years’ experience in advertising, design, marketing and communications. Lori has extensive volunteer experience with various community-focused, fund-raising campaigns and events within Saskatchewan.

    Lori has a Bachelor of Science, Physical Education (Kinesiology) from the University of Saskatchewan (with Distinction) with a number of years’ experience in the milieu. Coincidentally accepted to the Alberta College of Art & Design (formerly of SAIT), Lori chose to stay in her home province of Saskatchewan and pursue a passion for art and design more directly.

    Lori’s career experience includes five years with MGM Communications in Saskatoon (1988-1993), followed by seven years as designer for the Vaughn Wyant Automotive Group (1993-2000). Lori incorporated Kinetic in 2000 and has strategically grown the agency, in both expertise and size, to its current status with twelve professionals, with a capacity for creative in design, corporate identity/branding, print and broadcast, web development/design, social media/marketing, media strategy, experiential marketing and more. Kinetic is also a qualified Agency of Record candidate with the Province of Saskatchewan.

    Lori has dedicated both pro bono work and volunteer time to a variety of community efforts. Lori’s commitment to both career and community are evident as she takes a leadership role to enhance her business, while enriching the lives of others.

    Kinetic Advertising is professionally associated with the Graphic Designers of Canada and recognition includes a number of industry awards for the agency. Personally, Lori has been recognized by United Way of Saskatoon as a supporter of community efforts and initiatives. Lori also currently sits on the Advisory Board to Saskatoon’s Children’s Discovery Museum.

    Ms. Leach joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2013.

  • Alan MacDonald, Director, Ontario (2, 6)

    Alan MacDonald, Director, Ontario (2, 6)

    Alan MacDonald is a partner with Richardson GMP Ltd., Canada’s largest independent investment dealer. His education includes a B.A. from Queens University in English literature, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and the Chartered Financial Planner designation.

    Alan is heavily involved in the community. He was a volunteer with Citizen Advocacy for 10 years. Citizen Advocacy seeks to reduce the isolation and vulnerability of mentally and physically disabled adults in their local communities. Alan worked one-on-one with a developmentally handicapped adult for the entire 10-year period. He has coached high school basketball for the past three years, volunteering his time and expertise in schools where teams do not have access to coaches. He has also coached club and house teams for many years. Alan currently sits on the advisory board of the Ottawa United Way.

    Alan’s interests include athletics, and athletic activity remains an ongoing passion. Over the course of the last 30 years Alan has competed in a number of triathlons, marathons, and road, trail, and mountain bikes events and races. These days Alan’s primary sports are cycling (road, trail and mountain), as well as cross country skiing (both skate and classic).

    Mr. MacDonald is an author and has written a number of articles; primarily on the topic of personal finance. He is the co-author of the book “The Copperjar System, Your Blueprint for Financial Fitness” – a guide and program that empowers individuals to take effective control of their finances.

    Alan lives in Ottawa with his wife Cathy and their two children.

    Mr. MacDonald joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2011.

  • Ruth Marr, Director, Manitoba (6)

    Ruth Marr, Director, Manitoba (6)

    Ruth Marr has over 25 years of senior consulting and travel industry experience. As a founder of Randonnée and President during the 15 years that she owned and operated it, Ms. Marr, now President of both Rowing The WorldTM and Marr Consulting International Ltd., does not just talk the theory of tourism – she acts on the reality of travel.

    Through her various consulting practices, Ruth has earned her living not only through environmental and active transportation consulting and public consultation, but especially in making good business decisions about tourism potential, the business of tourism, and in understanding a changing market. Hands-on, practical experience in the travel industry combines with eclectic and innovative experience in managing complex projects involving a variety of stakeholders. Ruth is well experienced in applying rigorous study principles to fully evaluate the opportunities, constraints and especially the consequences of decisions.

    Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Marr has worked with the City of Winnipeg on its Active Transportation Infrastructure Stimulus Program in building 100 kilometres of walking and cycling facilities; developed a toolkit for tourism operators (“Green Your Business”), and founded North America’s leading company dedicated to active, self-guided vacations in Europe and North America (Randonnée tours and Randonnée Adventure Travel Ltd.). She has extensive experience in trail and tourism consulting projects.

    Ms. Marr’s volunteer involvement is extensive, having most recently served as President of the Manitoba Recreational Trail Association. She is currently the Chair of “The Great Get Off Your Butt & Ski Event”, and a member of the Canadian Sustainable Tourism Advisory Council. Past Board involvement included membership in the Canadian Trails Federation, the Cross-Country Ski Association of Manitoba, the Travel Manitoba Outdoor Tourism Industry Advisory Committee, the Travel Manitoba Rural Regional Tourism Task Force and the Canadian Tourism Commission’s national subcommittee on outdoor tourism.

    She has also published two books, the Manitoba Outdoor Adventure Guide: Cycling, and the Manitoba Walking and Hiking Guide.

    Ms. Marr joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2011.

  • Rick Morgan, Director, Ontario (2, 3)

    Rick Morgan, Director, Ontario (2, 3)

    Rick Morgan obtained degrees from McGill and Concordia Universities and pursued graduate studies at the University of Oregon. His early career experience included administration and teaching at McGill. He later held sales and marketing management positions with IBM Canada and other high technology firms.

    Mr. Morgan joined The Caldwell Partners International as a full Partner to help open their Ottawa practice and later established the Odgers (Ray) & Berndtson office in Ottawa, as one of their original founding Partners, conducting senior executive searches throughout Canada.

    He now owns Morgan Leadership Search, a boutique executive search firm specializing in not-for-profit, association and higher education searches across Canada and internationally.

    Rick was Chair of The Vision Awards, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Human Resources Professionals, among other not-for-profit directorships. Mr. Morgan is very involved in adventure travel world-wide and is an active and frequent user of the Trail.

    Mr. Morgan joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2008.

  • Claire Morris, Director, Ontario (3, 4)

    Claire Morris, Director, Ontario (3, 4)

    Claire Morris spent 28 years in the public service of New Brunswick, leaving her position as Secretary to Cabinet in December of 1998 to join the Government of Canada, where she first served as Deputy Minister of HRDC and subsequently Intergovernmental Affairs until the spring of 2004. She was appointed President and CEO of the Association of Universities and Colleges at that time and retired from full time employment in the spring of 2009.

    Claire currently serves on the Board of Governors of St. Thomas University in Fredericton, and on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations, among them the Research Institute of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is a member of the Auditor General’s Senior Advisory Panel and was appointed Chair of the Advisory Board of the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network.

    Claire is a fluently bilingual native of Ottawa where she currently resides with her husband, John.

    Ms. Morris joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2008.

  • Andrew Parsons, Director and Treasurer, Quebec (2, 5)

    Andrew Parsons was born in England and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England and Wales) until his retirement. He joined Price Waterhouse in January 1974 as a senior in the Montreal office and rose to the position of senior audit manager. He joined Claridge (the Bronfman Family management company) in May 1981 as controller, becoming Vice President, Finance and later, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Andrew retired on July 31, 2004.

    He is engaged in a number of philanthropic activities benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital and athletic groups.

    Andrew is married and has two children.

    Mr. Parsons joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2007.

  • Cynthia Price, Director, Quebec (1, 6)

    Cynthia Price, Director, Quebec (1, 6)

    Cynthia Price is an executive with a 28-year proven track record in the formulation, implementation and communication of strategic growth initiatives, including governance review and policy development. She has been recognized for seeking and implementing pragmatic, creative solutions for business problems in the retail, healthcare, education and arts sectors. Ms. Price has led challenging change management projects encompassing significant organizational development, restructuring and communication efforts.

    Ms. Price has extensive senior level volunteer and operational experience with leading non-profit organizations; among many others, the Quebec and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundations, the Canadiana Fund and McGill University. She is actively involved in her community, having served on numerous committees for various organizations.

    An accomplished speaker, Ms. Price has presented at conferences, workshops and seminars, and has been interviewed on both French and English television and radio shows.

    Ms. Price has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Quebec Woman of Distinction award.

    Ms. Price joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2013.

  • Neil Yeates, Director, Ontario & Alberta (4)

    Neil Yeates, Director, Ontario & Alberta (4)

    Neil Yeates graduated from Queen’s University (Politics and History) in 1981 and the University of Regina (Political Science) in 1986. He began his career with the government of Saskatchewan in 1981 at the Department of Health, and subsequently worked in Social Services, Finance, Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training, Corrections and Public Safety, and K-12 Education, serving as the Deputy Minister of the latter three departments.

    Mr. Yeates moved to the federal government in 2004 and worked at Industry Canada, Health Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), serving as the Deputy Minister of CIC from 2009 to 2013. He retired from his governmental position in August 2013.

    In addition to his work in government, Mr. Yeates has volunteered his time to several non-profit organizations, working with university and health boards, aboriginal organizations, and a wide variety of human services NGOs. He also served on the board of a federal crown corporation (Canadian Commercial Corp) and briefly on a national health services board (Canadian Council on Health Series Accreditation). At a community level, he has served on day care, condo, museum and United Way boards.

    Mr. Yeates is married to Glenda Yeates, recently Deputy Minister of Health Canada. Along with the rest of his family, he is a keen hiker.

    Mr. Yeates joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2013.

  • Valerie Pringle, TCTF Co-Chair, ex officio (4)

    Valerie Pringle, TCTF Co-Chair, ex officio (4)

    Valerie Pringle is one of Canada's best known and most respected broadcasters. She started her career at age 19 as a student reporter with CFRB Radio in Toronto after graduating from Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson in 1974.

    In 1985, she helped launch the highly successful CBC-TV news and current affairs program, MIDDAY. She moved to CTV in 1993 as co-host of Canada-AM. In addition, Ms. Pringle co-hosted the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics and W-5 from 1996-1999.

    Since leaving Canada-AM in July 2001, Ms. Pringle co-produced, co-wrote and hosted a documentary called “After the Fall” for Discovery Channel about the clean-up of the World Trade Center, which was sold around the world. She has completed 33 episodes of her Travel Series "Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building" for CTV, two seasons of "Test of Faith" for Vision-TV and four Seasons of “The Canadian Antiques Road Show” for CBC-TV.

    Ms. Pringle is actively involved in many charitable organizations. She is married and has three children. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

    Ms. Pringle joined the Trans Canada Trail in 2002 and served as chair of the TCT Charitable Organization Board from 2005 to 2010. She joined the TCT Foundation Board in 2011, and also heads the Chapter 150 Campaign with her co-chair, Hartley Richardson. Ms. Pringle is an ex officio member of the TCT Charitable Organization Board.

Incorporated as a non-profit corporation in October 2010, the TCT Foundation is responsible for fundraising to support the advancement of the Trans Canada Trail’s vision and mission.

The Foundation has also undertaken an ambitious national campaign. A group of notable Canadians is leading this campaign and inviting iconic Canadian individuals, families, companies and foundations to become members of Chapter 150, a select group of Canadian leaders who contribute $500,000 or more to the connection of the Trans Canada Trail’s spectacular network of trails.

Board Members

  • Valerie Pringle, Co-Chair, Ontario

    Valerie Pringle, Co-Chair, Ontario

    Valerie Pringle is one of Canada's best known and most respected broadcasters. She started her career at age 19 as a student reporter with CFRB Radio in Toronto after graduating from Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson in 1974.

    In 1985, she helped launch the highly successful CBC-TV news and current affairs program, MIDDAY. She moved to CTV in 1993 as co-host of Canada-AM. In addition, Ms. Pringle co-hosted the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics and W-5 from 1996-1999.

    Since leaving Canada-AM in July 2001, Ms. Pringle co-produced, co-wrote and hosted a documentary called “After the Fall” for Discovery Channel about the clean-up of the World Trade Center, which was sold around the world. She has completed 33 episodes of her Travel Series "Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building" for CTV, two seasons of "Test of Faith" for Vision-TV and four Seasons of “The Canadian Antiques Road Show” for CBC-TV.

    Ms. Pringle is actively involved in many charitable organizations. She is married and has three children. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

    Ms. Pringle joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2002 and served as chair of the TCT Charitable Organization Board from 2005 to 2010. She joined the TCT Foundation Board in 2011, and also heads the Chapter 150 Campaign with her co-chair, Hartley Richardson. Ms. Pringle is an ex officio member of the TCT Charitable Organization Board.

  • Hartley Richardson, Co-Chair, Manitoba

    Hartley Richardson, Co-Chair, Manitoba

    Hartley T. Richardson is the seventh family President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, a private, family-owned corporation, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg. The company has interests in agriculture and food processing, financial services, real estate and energy sectors.

    James Richardson & Sons, Limited has over 156 years of experience in Canadian agriculture and specifically the international grain distribution industry. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Richardson International Limited, operates the largest privately-owned network of grain facilities in Canada.

    Richardson Capital Limited is the company’s private equity arm, investing in Canadian companies in a range of industry sectors outside of the company’s core business. Another entity, Richardson GMP Limited, is responsible for providing personalized family wealth management services and advice.

    Other businesses include subsidiaries in energy and real estate. Tundra Oil & Gas Limited is involved in oil exploration and production in Canada’s Williston Basin, where it owns and operates over 2,000 wells and related pipeline infrastructure. Real estate interests controlled through Richardson Centre Limited are currently concentrated in the ownership and management of office towers in Winnipeg, and have included a variety of commercial, industrial and resort ventures across North America in the past.

    Mr. Richardson serves as a Director of GMP Capital Inc. He is a Director and Past-Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Past-Chairman of the Business Council of Manitoba. In addition, Mr. Richardson is Chairman of Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Co-Chairman of Trans Canada Trail Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of Governors for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charter for Business. Other affiliations include the Work Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow and the Intercontinental Chapter of Young Presidents Organization. He is also actively involved in a number of charitable endeavours and community organizations.

    Mr. Richardson received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from each of the University of Manitoba in 2004 and the University of Winnipeg in 2012. He was also appointed to the Order of Canada in 2007 and to the Order of Manitoba in 2008.

    Mr. Richardson joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 2008 and is currently a member of the TCT Foundation Board and Chapter 150 Campaign, both of which he co-chairs with Valerie Pringle.

  • David Aisenstat, Director, British Columbia

    David Aisenstat, Director, British Columbia

    David Aisenstat was born into the restaurant business. His father, Hy Aisenstat, was one of the giants of the Canadian restaurant industry and founder of the famous Hy’s Steakhouse chain.

    After graduating from university, David joined Nabisco Brands, moving quickly through the corporate ranks in Montreal, Toronto and New York. In 1981, David returned to Canada as vice-president of Hy’s. His contributions to the company were recognized by his appointment first to Executive Vice-President, and then to President of Hy’s in 1988.

    During his time at Hy’s, David also played an active role on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Keg Restaurants Ltd. This involvement continued until the sale of Keg Restaurants Ltd. to Whitbread PLC, a large British brewing and hospitality conglomerate, in 1987. Ten years later, and armed with a lifetime of knowledge in the steakhouse market, David seized the opportunity to purchase The Keg Steakhouse & Bar chain from Whitbread in 1997.

    David believes that the legacy and enthusiastic spirit embodied in the organization has been a core business value since close friend and mentor, George Tidball, founded the restaurant chain in 1971. That spirit has led David to launch the Keg Spirit Foundation, a charitable organization, which focuses on causes that benefit children and young people.

    Mr. Aisenstat joined the TCT Foundation Board in 2011.

  • David Cottingham, Director, Ontario

    David Cottingham, Director, Ontario

    David Cottingham has worked in the investment management business for a number of years. Mr. Cottingham recently founded Ventoux Investments, a firm that sells investment funds to Canadian institutions. Prior to this, David was Vice President at PineBridge Investments, Canada (formerly AIG Global Investments, Canada), a position he held since 1996. Prior to this, Mr. Cottingham was National Director of the Pension Sales and Marketing Division of MetLife, Canada.

    Mr. Cottingham has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Queens University and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. Originally from Montreal, David has lived in Toronto since 1980. He is married to Kathy and has four sons.

    David spends his spare time with his family, enjoys sports, travel and, of course, the Trans Canada Trail.

    Mr. Cottingham joined the TCT Foundation Board in 2011.

  • Anthony Graham, Director, Ontario

    Anthony Graham, Director, Ontario

    Anthony Graham began a career in the investment industry after attending the University of Western Ontario. For more than 20 years, he was a senior partner and major shareholder of National Bank Financial, formerly known as Levesque Beaubien Geoffrion Inc., one of Canada’s largest fully integrated investment dealers. During this time, he served as a governor of both the Toronto stock Exchange and the Canadian Securities Institute.

    In 2000, Mr. Graham became President of Wittington Investments, Limited. Wittington is the principal holding company of the Weston-Loblaws Group, which conducts food processing and distribution throughout North America. Wittington is also involved in the luxury retail sector through its ownership of Selfridges in the United Kingdom, De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands, Holt Renfrew in Canada, and Brown Thomas stores in Ireland.

    Mr. Graham is also President, CEO and a Director of Sumarria Inc., a family owned investment holding company and the largest shareholder of Graymont Limited. Graymont is a private company owned by members of the extended Graham Family and senior management. Graymont’s wholly owned subsidiaries have production and distribution facilities for chemical lime, stone and precipitated calcium carbonate from coast to coast in both Canada and the United States. Graymont also has a significant investment in Grupo Calidra, S.A. De C.V., the largest lime producer in Mexico.

    He also serves as a Director of several corporations including George Weston Limited, Loblaw Companies Limited, Power Corporation of Canada, Power Financial Corporation, Selfridges & Co. Ltd., Holt Renfrew & Co. Limited, and Brown Thomas & Co. Limited. He is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the World Presidents’ Organization.

    He has also been very active in the community: He is currently Chairman of the Ontario Arts Foundation and the Shaw Festival Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Council of Business and the Arts in Canada, and a Board member of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Branksome Hall School Foundation, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, and Luminato. He is also the Honorary Colonel of The Royal Regiment of Canada. In 1995, he was recognized by The Financial Post as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” and in 1998 he was awarded with the Government of Ontario Volunteer Service Award. In June 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Brock University.

    Mr. Graham joined the TCT Foundation Board in 2011.

  • David Hoffman, Director, Nova Scotia

    David Hoffman, Director, Nova Scotia

    David Hoffman is Co-CEO of the Oxford Group of Companies based in Nova Scotia, involved in the farming, food processing, communications sectors and other diverse businesses. Mr. Hoffman is involved in a variety of business and community organizations, including the Nova Scotia Community College, and chairs The Oxford Area Trails Association and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.

    Mr. Hoffman served on the TCT Charitable Organization Board for six years, and has been a member of TCT Foundation Board since 2011.

  • Pierre Lassonde, Director, Ontario

    Pierre Lassonde, Director, Ontario

    Pierre Lassonde, philanthropist and talented businessman, is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts in the area of mining and precious metals. In 1980, Pierre began ten years as President of the gold division of Beutel, Goodman & Company, directing its highly successful gold investment fund. Pierre co-founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation in 1982 and over a 20-year period, provided shareholders with a 36% annualized rate of return. He became post-merger President of Newmont Mining Corporation – the world’s largest gold producer – in 2002. In 2008, Pierre led a group of investors in bringing back Franco-Nevada to the public market and became its Chairman.

    Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Séminaire de St-Hyacinthe of the University of Montreal in 1967, he went on to study electrical engineering from École Polytechnique, where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1971. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah in 1973 and was designated a Professional Engineer by the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario in 1976. Mr. Lassonde earned the qualification of Chartered Financial analyst from the University of Virginia in 1984. He has been conferred with several Honorary Doctor degrees from the University of Toronto (2001), University of Montreal (2002), University of Utah (2006) and Ryerson University (2006).

    In addition to his support of the Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program and the Lassonde Institute at the University of Toronto, his philanthropic activities have included the funding of academic buildings at the École Polytechnique, establishing the Lassonde New Venture Development Center at the University of Utah, and serving as Chairman of the Quebec National Art Museum. In 2002, Pierre was awarded membership in the Order of Canada and in 2008 was made an Officer of the Order of Quebec. Recently, he was awarded the David Foster Foundation Visionary Award as the 2013 National Business Leader of the Year.

    With over 25 years of experience in the mining and investment business, Pierre is one of Canada’s leading gold analysts and is the author of The Gold Book, The Complete Investment Guide to Precious Metals.

    Mr. Lassonde joined the TCT Foundation Board in 2011.

  • Bruce Simpson, Director, Ontario

    Bruce Simpson, Director, Ontario

    Bruce Simpson is a Director of McKinsey and Company, the global management consulting firm, where he has worked since 1987, first in New York, then in Paris, France. With his wife Tracy and sons, Fraser, Elliott and Adair, he came to Toronto in 2000 to lead McKinsey’s Canadian Practice; and then, since 2008, the global Operations Practice. McKinsey works with many of Canada’s leading institutions – providing coaching and expertise for them to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace worldwide. Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Simpson worked with Procter and Gamble, and before that, was a professional ski racer.

    Mr. Simpson is from Scotland, son of explorer parents, and spent part of his childhood living in Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, and the jungle in Surinam. Bruce is deeply committed to the outdoors, spending most summers kayaking, climbing, and cycling in remote regions.

    He has two law degrees from Cambridge University, an MBA from Wharton Business School, and a Masters Degree in International Studies from the Joseph H. Lauder institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

    He is also a Trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children, and Board member of the Canadian arm of Catalyst, and Human Rights Watch.

    Mr. Simpson was a member of the TCT Charitable Organization Board from 2007 to 2011, at which time he joined the TCT Foundation Board.

  • Wendy Southall, Director, Ontario

    Wendy Southall, Director, Ontario

    Wendy Southall graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and practiced Family Law at the firm of Bresver, Grossman in Toronto, while raising her children, Graham, Hannah and Ryan, together with her husband, Bill Volk.

    Originally from Winnipeg, Ms. Southall completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Manitoba and often returns to her home city. Ms. Southall’s love of cross-country skiing, hiking and cycling dates back to her Winnipeg days. Wendy has fond memories of skiing in minus thirty degree weather on the Red River and hiking in the Whiteshell. Wendy and her family spend as much time as possible hiking and snowshoeing the Ontario trails and cycling in and around Toronto.

    Ms. Southall has a long history of volunteering. She has served on school councils, chaired fundraising events and worked with various community organizations. Most recently, Wendy served on the board of Toronto Green Community, an environmental non-profit. Ms. Southall administers the Bill and Wendy Volk Family Foundation, which she established in 2011. The Foundation’s mission is to support charitable causes with an emphasis on health and the environment. Wendy and her family established and run the annual Bill Volk Celebration Golf Classic in memory of Bill, which raises funds for Right To Play.

    Ms. Southall joined the TCT Foundation Board in 2013.

  • Paul LaBarge, TCTCO Chair, ex officio

    Paul LaBarge, TCTCO Chair, ex officio

    Paul LaBarge is one of the original members of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) as a legacy project of Canada 125, of which he was the corporate secretary. Paul has a long history with TCT, having been a board member, counsel and secretary to the organization. Paul is an active volunteer in a number of organizations in addition to a busy law practice, but is particularly dedicated to the Trail, about which he is a passionate advocate.

    Paul is a founding member of LaBarge Weinstein, a business law firm located in Ottawa, with a concentration in taxation and corporate law. Paul is a member of the Section 19 NAFTA dispute resolution panel. Paul holds a Master’s Degree in law from Osgoode Hall and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) and Alberta. Paul is also the co-author of ‘The Copperjar System’, a book and workbook on personal financial planning.

    Paul has been and continues to be heavily involved in the community and currently dedicates his time to a number of foundations in addition to the Trans Canada Trail, among them the Canadiana Foundation, the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, and the Community Foundations of Canada. A strong supporter of life long learning, he completed an LLM in 2009 and has recently co-authored a book on personal financial management.

    Mr. LaBarge joined the Trans Canada Trail Board in 1995 and took on the role of Chair in 2011.

  • Ken Killin, Treasurer

    Ken Killin, Treasurer

    Ken Killin CPA, CA brings 30 years of financial, management, executive and strategic advisory experience achieved with several private and public companies in various industries.

    Mr. Killin served, until recently, as a member and Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Ted Rogers School of Management/Ryerson University for the past 15 years (1998-2013).

    Mr. Killin joined the TCT Charitable Organization in 2013, and has served as the Treasurer of the TCT Foundation since 2012.

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Photo by: Betty Anne Graves
Trail: Banff Legacy Trail