Board of Directors 2019

The Sources of Knowledge Committee is governed by a Board of Directors made up of dedicated community volunteers who have a commitment to the development and sharing of environmental research and learning on the Bruce Peninsula.

The Directors represent a diverse group of professionals who provide strong leadership and representation.

Robert Patrick, Chair

Robert Patrick retired from 27 years of service in the Ontario, Ministry of Community and Social Services as a Capital Projects Coordinator in 1998. Robert recently retired from a second 10 plus year career in sales with Andrew Peller LTD Wines. Robert sits on three Not for profit Boards. He Chaired the Support and Housing Halton Community Mental Health Board for over 5 years and returned 4 years later to chair the agency a second time in 2012 through Accreditation. This agency serves roughly 1,000 people living in the community with severe mental health challenges. Bob is in his 15th year with Support and Housing Halton and was awarded the John Kidston Legacy Award in 2011. He currently sits on three Board sub committees.

Robert is President of the Coalition On the Niagara Escarpment (CONE). He joined CONE as a fundraising volunteer in 2002 and has been the President since September 2008 and has been the voluntary CEO of CONE since February 2009.

Robert holds an Industrial Management Certificate from Ryerson (1969) (Bob worked in Tire Design and Specs with Goodyear 1966 to 1971), and a BA in Sociology from the University of Toronto (1978).

Robert has an 1890’s Farm house at Hopeness which his late wife Katherine Willson acquired in 1993 and the two had been restoring since 1997. Robert is a part time year round resident of the Bruce Peninsula when he is not in Oakville, Ontario.

Brian McHattie, Vice Chair

Brian is a professional planner. Moving full-time to Tobermory in June, 2015, he is working for the County of Bruce in their Wiarton Planning office. Over thirty years living in Hamilton, Brian engaged in volunteer work with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, co-founded Environment Hamilton, and was a citizen co-author of the Vision 2020 Sustainability Plan. He has been a leader in the cleanup of Hamilton Harbour, and was Hamilton’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2000. Brian served for 11 years as a City Councillor, representing Ward 1 in west Hamilton. On Council, he focused on environmental protection and social justice. In 2014, he visited all of Hamilton’s 190 neighbourhoods in a pitch to be Mayor of Hamilton. Before politics, Brian worked for Environment Canada on Great Lakes wildlife habitat restoration, and with the Hamilton Conservation Authority on watershed planning. He has a MSc. in Rural Planning and International Development from the University of Guelph, where he studied a Gandhian farmers’ movement in southern India.

John Greenhouse, Immediate Past Chair

JPG is a geophysicist, born in Victoria, B.C. He was educated at UBC and the University of California and has worked for The Arctic Institute of North America, Chevron Oil, The Marine Physical Labs of the Scripps Institute of Oceanogaphy, The University of Waterloo, The Ontario Centre of Excellence CRESTech, HydEng Geophysics and the company he founded, Waterloo Geophysics Inc. Geophysical work has taken him to many parts of the world; a wide variety of projects has ranged from measuring depths of ice caps to finding oil to locating fighting tunnels beneath WW1 battlefields, from mapping contaminated groundwater to finding bodies in shallow graves. He lives in Tobermory with his wife and partner Jane. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

Bill Caulfeild-Browne, Director Emeritus

Bill is a retired financial services executive and corporate director who has had a life-long interest in climate. He is particularly interested in the long-term climate trends of the last thousand years. His weather station on Big Tub Harbour has been operating continuously since 1996. He is an avid photographer (whose work can be seen at, a naturalist, boater and traveler. He presently serves as a Director and Treasurer of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Bill Graham, Director Emeritus

Bill Graham was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and educated at St. Andrews College and Hillfield School. He was in the investment management industry for 24 years and then president and majority owner of University Scholarships of Canada. Upon retirement, he began breeding The Canadian Horse on the Bruce Peninsula. His athletic career includes two years with the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen Football Club and six years with the Hamilton Tiger Cats (Grey Cup – ’53,57,58,59). During those years he also played hockey with the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen and the Belleville McFarlands.

Past community involvement includes the Rotary Club of Mississauga, Board of Trade, YMCA and Chamber of Commerce. Current activities include governor of St. Andrews College, Bruce Trail Conservancy, Physicians Recruitment and Retention Committee, and the Carolinian Canada Coalition. Bill and his wife reside on the Bruce Peninsula and in Mississauga. They have six daughters and four grandchildren.

Gordon Nelson, Director Emeritus

Gordon is a geographer and planner who has taught and done research on land use and environmental history and planning for about five decades. He has done a considerable amount of work in the Bruce as a researcher, is a member of the National Park Advisory Committee and an ongoing member of Sources of Knowledge. He has written and published extensively and is currently involved in a number of conservation organizations such as the Carolinian Canada Coalition. He has received a number of recognitions for his work including the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Tom Boyle, Director

Tom is a long time resident and business owner who has lived near Lion’s Head since 1979. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University. Having served on local municipal councils since 1992 he was twice elected Reeve of the former Township of Eastnor. On Bruce County Council he was Chair of the Bruce County Public Library and the Bruce County Museum and Archive. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Council of the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. Tom has a history of community service including active participation in Lions Clubs International as Club President and District Governor. He was President of Bruce Peninsula Tourist Association and is a member of the Bruce Peninsula National Parks Advisory Committee since 1987. Presently he is Vice Chair of the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association and a member of the Bruce Peninsula Environment Group.

Cavan Harpur, Director

Cavan Harpur is new to the Sources of Knowledge team. Cavan was born and raised in Tobermory and a graduate from Bruce Peninsula District High School. Cavan received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Guelph and his masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto. Cavan has worked for Parks Canada at Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park and Pukaskwa National Park since 2006, with a brief break to complete his master’s. Cavan’s master’s research examined changes in the inland lake fish communities on the Northern Peninsula form 1974 to 2007, which he presented at the 2010 Source of Knowledge Forum. He lives in Tobermory with his wife Stefanie and daughter Mairin.

Lenore Keeshig, Director

Lenore Keeshig (of the Wolf Clan) is a traditional storyteller from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation on the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula. Currently, she coordinates the Interpretative Program for the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. As a traditional storyteller, Lenore has always had personal interest in the geologic references documented in traditional Anishnaabe stories and myths and legends from around the world.

Keeshig’s poetry appears in a number of anthologies. Primarily an author of stories for children, she produced two bilingual books: Bird Talk (1991) and Emma and the Tree (1996), bilingual children’s books in Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwa) and English, and The Truth About Nibbles (2005) co-authored with her husband, David McLaren. Her daughter Polly illustrated all three books. Bird Talk won the 1993—Living the Dream Book Award (an award that commemorates the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Prior to accepting employment with Parks Canada, Lenore taught Native studies, English and Canadian Literature at George Brown College in Toronto. Lenore served a 5-year term as the chair for the Chippewas of Nawash Board of Education. Pervious to that she served on Anti-Racism Ethnocultural Equity Committee for the Bruce County Board of Education (now Bluewater District school Board). Before moving home to Neyaashiinigmiing (aka Cape Croker) in 1993, she served as the founding chair of the Racial Minority Writers Committee of The Writers Union of Canada (1991). Along with Daniel D. Moses and Tomson Highway, she was a co-found of the Committee to Re-Establish the Trickster, a group established to foster and promote Aboriginal writers. Lenore has worked as an editor for three aboriginal publications: The Ontario Indian, Sweetgrass, and The Magazine to Re-establish the Trickster.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University.

Daryl William Cowell, Director

Daryl is a geoscientist specializing in the study of caves and groundwater. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario and graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree. Daryl worked with Environment Canada in various programs including the Great Lakes Programme and the Acid Rain Programme. He subsequently was involved in the start-up of the first computer mapping based company in North America and was a partner in an environmental consulting company based in Campbellville Ontario. Daryl currently undertakes geoscience consulting through his own company and is particularly interested in gemology. He lives near Tobermory with his wife Judy.

Lindsey Griffith, Director

Lindsey was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in the surrounding area until her pursuit of a post‑secondary education took her to Brantford, and her heart eventually brought her to the Bruce. Her family settled on the Bruce Peninsula in the late 1950’s, and each generation since has made a home here. In college and university Lindsey studied law enforcement, criminology & contemporary studies, and legal office administration – which has all come in handy as she manages our local, family-owned book store.

Lindsey has always had an interest in the history and preservation of the Peninsula, and with the rise in tourism over the past few years she has found the need to participate impossible to ignore. Since moving to Tobermory permanently, she has thoroughly enjoyed taking a hands-on approach. She feels it is important to learn how this place came to be, and who was involved, to better understand how and where we need to go from here.

Esme Batten, Director

Esme Batten is a keen and dedicated young ecologist with an endless fascination for the natural world and half a decade of applied environmental science and conservation experience. Born in England, Esme spent most of her life in Ottawa before moving to the Bruce Peninsula to work as the Project Biologist for the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nations Species at Risk Program in 2014. In her position, Esme fell in love with the ecology and geography of the Bruce Peninsula, as well as the people that live there. Her core experience includes conducting ornithological and botanical surveys, habitat classification, species at risk monitoring, ecological monitoring, ecological restoration, waste water treatment, and invasive species management. Esme graduated from Carleton University with an Honours BSc in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology, where she focused her studies on Ornithology and Conservation Biology. Throughout university, Esme was very involved with multiple not-for-profits including her position as Vice President of Fundraising at the Carleton’s Engineers without Borders chapter. Esme is currently living in Miller Lake and is working as an Assistant Conservation Biologist for Midwestern Ontario with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Dwight Turner, Director

Dwight has a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Toronto and worked in the municipal government field for most of his career, spending his last years as a Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. He retired in 2015 and currently volunteers at the local St. Edmunds and Peninsula museum and researches his family history. Dwight, who resides at Hay Bay, was a member of the Northern History Project Committee and helped guide the publication of a new history book, Flower Pots and Parking Lots: The History of Tobermory and St. Edmunds Township 1984-2014 which was published in 2017.

Glen Estill, Director

Glen has a Bachelor of Economics, 1980, and Master of Business Administration, 1983 from the University of Western Ontario.

Glen gained experience in all aspects of the development process, including local zoning approvals, Provincial and Federal environmental assessment screening, negotiating inter-connection with the utility, reviewing wind resource data and preparing financial models, contracting for turbine construction, electrical construction, negotiating land leases, raising funds, applying for and receiving approval for the Federal Wind Power Production Incentive, and applying for and completing both Standard Offer and FIT contracts. Glen has spoken about policy issues and the development process at many wind and electricity conferences including CanWEA, APPRO, the World Wide Wind Conference, as well as numerous smaller venues.

Glen follows the renewable energy business closely, at both the business and policy levels, and recently built a net zero home. His passion for the environment and climate solutions continues, and recently he has done work on the use of hydrogen produced from electricity surpluses, and with the Ontario Geothermal Association which advocates for policy solutions to help speed the deployment of low carbon heating.

Hazel Smith, Director

Hazel grew up in Tobermory, Ontario, and lived abroad in Dublin, Ireland for many years. She obtained a degree in History from the University of Guelph (1985) and went on to obtain a Masters in Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2000.

Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Irish Journal of Feminist Studies, The Fiddlehead, The Windsor Review, The Antigonish Review and the Tin Roof Press.

Hazel now lives in Tobermory at the tip of the Saugeen Peninsula.

Adam Robins, Director

Adam is the Owner of the Escarpment Heights Motel and Cottages in Tobermory. As well as operating the motel, he works full time during the summer months as Captain of the Tobermory Evolution. Adam moved home to Tobermory after completing the Civil Engineering Technician program at Seneca College in 2007. From 2007 – 2011 he worked with his father’s construction company which eventually evolved into Bruce Anchor Cruises. Adam managed Bruce Anchor Cruises from 2011 through 2014, at which point he started his own business, Escarpment Heights Inc. He enjoys spending the majority of his free time outdoors, including hiking, fishing, boating and Flying.

John Bainbridge, Director

John has spent four years as Deputy Mayor of the Municipality and he was a board member of SOKF in 2012/13. Prior to retiring as a member of the Ontario Bar, John worked on the implementation of land claims agreements, initially in Inuvik as Legal Counsel for the Gwich’in claim and subsequently for the Government of Nunavut and then the Inuit land clams organization, Nunavut Tunngavik, as senior policy advisor and manager of negotiations with the GoC for the implementation of the Nunavut Agreement. During this time, John had a great deal of involvement with environmental and land use planning issues in the Arctic. In an earlier life, John had spent 12 years as a school principal in First Nations communities in northern Manitoba and Northwest Ontario.

Ivan Smith, Director

Ivan is a native of Prince Edward Island and a graduate of the Maritime Forest Ranger School. He is retired from Parks Canada, having spent a 35 year career working in a variety of roles in Prince Edward Island, Yukon and Ontario. He has lived in Tobermory since the national parks were established here, serving as General Works Manager, Project Manager and Park Superintendent (2004-2010). He has been active in a number of community organizations and committees over the years. He currently operates a cottage and outdoor maintenance business and has most recently been involved in development of The Meeting Place Community Park. He and his wife Nancy live on Warner Bay near Tobermory, where they entertain grandchildren as often as possible.

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