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WHO WE ARE Farm

Your ClearWater Farm Team

Michael Wilson
Food & Farming Business Leader

Mike Bangay
Farm Manager

Doug Rees
Facilities Manager

Wilton McVoitte
Biodigestion Project Manager

Jennifer Gidge
Communications Coordinator

Alex Smyth
Agripreneur & Project Lead, Saturdays at ClearWater Farm

Board of Directors

Annabel SlaightAnnabel Slaight, C.M., O.Ont, Founding Chair, is past chair of Shaw Communications’ Rocket Fund and co-founder and president of the OWL Children’s Trust. She was co-founder of Ladies of the Lake, and a provincial appointee to the formative Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee. She holds the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario for nurturing a passion for science and nature among generations of Canadian children.

Tracy SmithTracy SmithVice Chair, former district manager of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and part of the team that brought the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan into being. Former trustee on the board of Forests Ontario and served as its vice president.

John BraceJohn W. Brace, Treasurer, is former CEO of Northland Power Inc., developing, building, owning and operating clean and green power projects internationally. He has served as chair and president of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario and was a member of the Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force.

Surbhi JainSurbhi JainDirector, develops climate change policy for the Ontario government, specifically programs and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Her background includes strategic communications, public relations, partnership development, event management and marketing. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto.

Hon. Gloria T. Epstein QCHon. Gloria T. Epstein QC, Director, has 45 years of experience in the Canadian legal industry as a lawyer, a trial judge, an appellate judge, and in leading complex government reviews.

Judge Epstein’s community contributions include founding the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, being Co-Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network, and serving as a Director of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Larry HopeLarry HopeDirector, has 30 years’ experience in public education and 12 years as a Director of Education. Now a consultant, he continues to work closely with the Ontario Ministry of Education in special education, indigenous education and strategic planning. He holds a Master’s degree in Education and is a member of the Board of Governors for Ross Memorial Hospital in Kawartha Lakes.

Lynn HaightLynn Haight Director Over her 30-year career in executive financial management, she has been CFO and COO of Foresters Financial, controller of Manulife Financial and a VP of Scotiabank. She has also been a lead in international organizations including being the former chair of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers among a number of projects within the United Nations milieu.

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