Foundation Board of Directors
Conservation Halton Foundation is managed by a volunteer board of directors and staff.
Galen Naidoo Harris
Galen is Manager of Community Affairs for the Milton MP and has lived in Milton for 25 years. Rattlesnake Point is one of his favourite places in the area and he tries to make it to the park with his dog, Indie, every weekend. “We feel just as at home clambering down the rocks at the base of the escarpment as we do hiking around Buffalo Crag trail or from Rattlesnake to Crawford Lake and back.”
Gerry is President and CEO of Burlington Hydro and an involved community leader in Burlington, where he lives. When he isn’t working to provide safe, reliable and efficient electrical energy to the community, Gerry and his family often spend time together at the Conservation Halton Parks. “From Kelso to Mountsberg to Mount Nemo, my family has spent many hours retreating back into nature and enjoying hikes on the trails,” he says.
Don is Senior Manager of Hydrogeology and Source Water Protection at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Almost 30 years ago, Don was introduced to Conservation Halton with a visit to Mountsberg, and the park has been one of his favourites ever since. “I have been an birder for more than 40 years, so the Raptor Centre holds a special place in my heart."
Jane owns a public relations firm and has a background in corporate communications, as well as a passion for nature and sustainability. Jane is a resident of Burlington, where she enjoys hiking with family, friends and her dog. “I went to Mountsberg as a kid and accompanied my kids there on school trips. Now I get to give back,” she says. “I joined the Foundation to inspire change and protect our conservation areas for generations to come.”
Bryden is a real estate agent for Royal LePage and lives in Milton. Whether he is cycling around the streets of Milton or mountain biking the trails at Kelso, Bryden and his family are passionate about bike riding. “We’re lucky to have the trails so close to home,” he says. Having visited the Conservation Halton Parks since he was a kid, so when opportunity to join the Foundation Board presented itself, he knew it would be a perfect fit.
Moya is currently serving her seventh term as a Councillor in Halton Hills, where she has served on a number of committees. Moya was first introduced to Conservation Halton when she began taking her children skiing at Glen Eden. Today, Kelso/Glen Eden has become her favourite park. “It has something for everyone in both summer and winter. We are so fortunate to be able to downhill ski, so close to home.”
Catherine is Director of Development at a consultancy that provides services for healthcare and information technologies. She was first introduced to Conservation Halton more than 20 years ago when she began taking her children to Crawford Lake. Later, Catherine worked with the Foundation to develop the Hide and Seek Trail at Crawford Lake. Three of the ten carvings on that trail are actually dedicated to her family. “It brings me so much joy to see people interacting with the sculptures and listening to children enthusiastically describe which ones are their favourites,” she says.
George is Vice President of a logistics company that provides supply chain management services. George grew up in a small fishing community in Newfoundland, where he developed a love for nature, before moving to Puslinch and falling in love with the Conservation Halton Parks. “As a member of the Foundation Board, I want to give back to my community by helping build a sustainable growth strategy, promoting the benefits of conservation areas and preserving them for generations to come.”
Ed lives in Hamilton. His favourite park is Mountsberg—especially around the time of year when the maple sap is flowing and there are children witnessing this miracle of nature for the first time. Ed also enjoys visitng the birds of prey at the Mountsberg Raptor Centre.
Jim is a former lawyer and now a mediator with ADR Chambers, who lives in Burlington. His first experience with Conservation Halton was about 45 years ago, when he went for a hike at Crawford Lake. Today, Crawford Lake is still his favourite park. "It is such a unique place with the lake and boardwalk, the Longhouse Village and the escarpment."
Suzanne was first introduced to Conservation Halton on a school trip to Mountsberg when she was just seven years old. That day, and many others that followed, inspired her to pursue a career in conservation. Suzanne worked as a Senior Planner at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority for a number of years and she has now become more involved with Conservation Halton, taking an active role as a member of the Foundation Board.
Madhav is an entrepreneur and senior business executive with thirty years of international strategy management experience working for and with leading companies across India, East Africa region, South Africa, USA and Canada. He first became involved in helping Conservation Halton with the rollout of their strategic plan, Metamorphosis, and became inspired by the visionary approach to conservation and environmental preservation.
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Robert and Birgit Bateman
G. Allan Burton