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Board Biographies

A page of Education about our Volunteer Board of Directors, their backgrounds, professional qualifications and other skills that professionalize Ontario's Trails.


Jack de Wit - President

jack de wit ontario trails board presidentJack de Wit was born and raised in Holland in a small farm community, immigrated to Canada at the age of thirteen. Lived and attended school in Scarborough Ontario.

Mr. de Wit worked in the construction industry for a number of years. Jack married his wife Judy in 1967 and was blessed with a daughter born in 1972; and he moved to Brooklin Ontario in 1985, where Jack, his wife, and daughter operated Springfield Stables.

Jack retired in 2001 and his daughter continues to operate Springfield Stables. Jack has dedicated his time to the Ontario Equestrian Federation as Chair of Recreation Council.

Jack currently sits as President of the Ontario Trails Council an organization he is dedicated to building and preserving recreational trails.

Jack has served as Chair of Recreation for Equine Canada and sits on the Board of Directors. Jack is also a Founder and current President of The Canadian Recreational Horse and Rider Association.

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Wayne Terryberry - Vice President

wayne terryberry ontario trails board memberAs the Coordinator of Outdoor Recreation and Natural Lands at McMaster University, Wayne has been leading outdoor trips for 25 years. He specializes in canoe tripping, hiking, climbing and natural history interpretation.

A Hike Ontario Master Instructor, Team Development Facilitator Trainer and an environmental historian, Wayne enjoys helping people gain outdoor recreation skills and a passion for the natural environment.

When not on the trail, working on his farm or teaching, Wayne sits on the Hamilton Conservation Authority advisory board, the Cootes to Escarpment Eco-Park System management committee, the Hamilton Burlington Mountain Bike Association board, the Grand River Watershed Trails Committee board, and chairs the Hamilton Burlington Trails Council.

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Dan Andrews - Secretary-Treasurer

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Carolyn Richards

carolyn grahamrichards ontario trails board memberCarolyn Richards lives in the town of Lindsay ON, about 1 1/2 hours north of the East end of Toronto. She has 2 boys both of which began their postsecondary education journey this fall, although one remains at home she is very close to becoming an empty nester.

Carolyn works for a local insurance company as a Commercial Business insurance broker and of course is an avid ATVer. Her area has the largest club in Ontario with some 1,300 members. Carolyn joined Kawartha ATV Association in 2008, served on their Board beginning in 2010, and became President in 2013.

Kawartha ATV Association has a trail system that is about 400 miles in length and has a diverse combination of Private, municipally managed, and federal government managed or “Crown” land.

You can bet that each one has their own playbook for what is and is not permitted on their land to allow it to be accessible to ATVs, Dirt Bikes & 4×4 trucks. Carolyn is also the past 2nd vice president of the AQCC, and the Chair of the International Safety Week Campaign, a CASI ATV Instructor and a ROHVA Driver Coach.

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Jason Davis


William "Bill" Mungall


Dr. Bob Payne

bob payne ontario trails board memberBob Payne is the Membership Chair of the Ontario Trails Council. An avid cyclist, and cycle tourist, Bob is also on the board of the Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail and on the Goderich Active Transportation Committee.

Bob Payne is Professor Emeritus.

Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Michael McDonald

mike mcdonald ontario trails board membderMichael McDonald is a certified Hike Leader and routinely leads guided hikes for the Bruce Trail.  Michael proudly serves as the Director of Media for the Bruce Trail Conservancy - Iroquoia Club. 

Michael also sits on the council of the newly formed Hamilton/Burlington Trails Council and as a board member of the Ontario Trails Council. 

Michael is a passionate outdoorsman and works hard to be an engaged citizen and good steward of the planet.  


Terri LeRoux

terri leroux ontario trails board memberTerri LeRoux has been the Executive Director of the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) since July 2005. In this capacity, Terri works collaboratively with the Board of Directors ensuring that financial support from CVCF permits Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission. Specifically, Terri formulates and executes comprehensive fund development strategies that enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations

Personally obsessed with Ontario’s trail network, Terri has been an active relationship builder, leader, and strategist with organizations such as Hike Ontario, National Trails Coalition and the Ontario Trails Council.  In her role with CVCF / CVC, she led a successful ten-year campaign that raised more than $2 million dollars and constructed 10 kilometers of fully accessible perimeter lakeside trail at Island Lake Conservation Area.

As the current project manager of the Credit Valley Trail, Terri is leading the creation of a Trail Master Plan for a continuous 100-kilometer trail predominantly following the main Credit River valley in Ontario from the Headwaters in Orangeville to Port Credit at Lake Ontario.

The co-author of two publications, Best Practices for Increasing Walking and Hiking on Ontario’s Trails and the Hike Ontario Young Hiker’s Program, Terri was the recipient of the Hike Ontario Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009. Prior to non-profit management, Terri worked as a Provincial Park Warden, Fisheries Officer and as a member of the Emergency Response Team in Ontario’s Provincial Parks (Presqu’ile and Algonquin).

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Shane Taylor, OALA, CSLA Landscape Architect

I am a current member of the board of directors of the Ontario Parks Association and landscape architect for the City of Cambridge.  In my current role with the City of Cambridge, my primary responsibilities include design and project managing trails, parks and cemeteries improvement projects throughout the City of Cambridge, and acting as staff liaison to the Cambridge Trails Advisory Committee (CTAC). 

Operating as directed by CTAC, I am responsible for advising on, implementing/improving and maintaining all new and existing trails and related infrastructure under City ownership.  I also review and provide input on trails, parks, and landscape-related items on planning applications/documents (ie draft plan of subdivision, site plan, etc.).  CTAC is a current member of the Ontario Trails Council. 

On a personal level, I am also a trails user and have a deep appreciation for trails.  I, and my young family, regularly enjoy heading out for a walk or bike ride on trails and have a good (and growing) understanding of different types of trails, what works well and what needs improvement. 


Bradley Fauteux

Bradley Fauteux ontario trails board memberBradley Fauteux (Brad Fauteux) is an accomplished leader with more than sixteen years of senior management and executive-level experience. Brad has specific experience in the areas of service delivery, organizational design, business development, relationship management, and financial management.

Brad Fauteux earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1995 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. He then continued his education by earning a Management Certificate from the American Management Association International, completing those studies in 1999.

During the course of his career, Brad has taken on management positions with a gradual growth of responsibilities. Beginning in 2009 and continuing for the next three years, Brad served as the Director and Acting Superintendent at Private Career Colleges Branch/MTCU, where he led an overall organizational redesign of the branch.

A lifelong environmentalist, following his time with Private Career Colleges, Brad became the Managing Director of Ontario Parks and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Brad was responsible for 2,500 employees in that role and oversaw a $90 million operating budget and a $1.5B capital portfolio. As Managing Director, Brad worked with more than 300 separate intergovernmental, community, Indigenous and private sector partners to serve over 10 million clients every year.

Over the course of his career, Brad has won a number of awards, primarily in the areas of environmental policy and practice and tourism. Brad has earned the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Award in 2015 and the Tourism Marketing Partnership Award from the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario in 2014, among numerous other honors.

Brad has also served in volunteer roles that enriched both his personal life and his professional work. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Peterborough Public Service Campaign Manager for the United Way of Peterborough in the area of poverty alleviation.

Currently, Brad serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Trillium College. He also acts as a consultant in natural resources management, applying his years of experience and service in the field. In this consultant role, Brad currently provides strategic guidance for the Credit Valley Trail Strategy in Ontario and the Conservation Areas Master Strategy for Credit Valley Conservation Authority.


Patrick Connor - CEO.

patrick connor ontario trails ceoFor 30 years Patrick has led significant social safeguard initiatives for safer streets, improved community health, and welfare, as well as completion of hundreds of national and provincial trail planning and development projects. Key achievements include securing $10M+ in funding for Trans Canada Trail (TCT) lands through the National Trails Coalition project of 2009-16 that resulted in thousands of kilometers of TCT trail refurbished and maintained for continued public use.

Since 2003, Patrick has worked closely with TCT to complete the Ontario section of the trail. A convenor of conferences, publisher of papers, and enactor of change, Patrick is equipped with extensive trail development experience aided by a unique practice-based methodology and a keen understanding of trail planning processes and stakeholders in Canada.

In 2012, Patrick was awarded the QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada. Dedicated to working locally, provincially and nationally to assist in widening community development and strengthening the communities that agencies serve, Patrick believes in an accepting and tolerant Canada, supported by healthy vibrant communities within it. He is a CSAE Accredited Non-Profit Executive, President of the Canadian Trails Federation, Chair of the National Trails Coalition, A Member of Economic Developers Association of Canada and other community justice and betterment initiatives.

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