Wayne Terryberry M.A. - President Ontario Trails, Manager Outdoor Lands and Programs McMaster University.
As 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.
Brian Anderson - Roads Specialist, The Frank Cowan Company, Past Senior Municipal Supervisor, Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
With over forty years’ experience building, maintaining and managing municipal infrastructure, Brian has authored numerous papers and guidelines for municipal Infrastructure management and trained staff across the province on asset management principles on behalf of the Ontario Good Roads Association.
This year, Brian joined the Frank Cowan Company as their Road Specialist. Brian’s role is to provide Frank Cowan Company clients with assistance for such things as: confirmation of compliance with the Ontario Traffic Manuals; confirmation that the municipality's practices, procedures and policies are in compliance with Ontario Regulation 239/02 Minimum Maintenance Standards; or technical advice on other road maintenance issues
Prior to joining Frank Cowan Company, Brian has worked for both urban and rural municipalities plus he has worked for the Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Good Roads Association where he provided guidance and technical advice to municipalities regarding road maintenance and construction.
Brian’s knowledge of needs studies, his work on asset management planning and his expertise in road construction and maintenance issues qualify him as Cowan’s go to person for roads.
Jeff Jackson, Ph.D. - Algonquin College, Direct Bearing Inc.
Jeff Jackson has a Ph.D. in safety management and is a professor at Algonquin College in the Outdoor Adventure Program. He is one of the principle consultants with Direct Bearing, a risk management consulting firm. Jackson is heavily involved in trail-based risk management, helping land managers establish policy, perform risk audits, and build management systems.
Mr. Jackson has worked with insurers and with legal counsel providing expert opinion. He has authored several publications on trail-based risk, including chapters in the IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) trail resources.
Notable projects include trail policy development with the Province of British Columbia, the City of North Vancouver, and developing resources for the Ontario Trails Council, Ontario Tourism, and the International Standards Organization (ISO).
Mr. Jackson has worked as a trail builder and trail manager in both winter and summer.
Zane Davies, B.Ed, Proprietor Treadscape Inc, Proprietor Explorer's Tread Adventure Company.
Zane believes the purpose of outdoor adventure is to create memorable experiences; the key facilitator of which is a trail. His professional trail experience spans back over 10 years by helping to develop the Sawmill Nordic Ski Center into a successful and profitable venue.
While pursuing a Bachelor’s of Education he realized the benefit of the outdoor environment as a classroom and naturally tried to include trails whenever possible in his teachings. His summer breaks were spent working for Bruce County as a trails technician where he gained experience building a variety of sustainable trails varying from mountain bike single track to 3 meter wide accessible rail trails. Eventually his summer contracts with the County led to larger term contracts.
He founded TREADscape in 2013 with the goal of providing quality professional trail consulting, designing, building and maintenance services throughout Ontario utilizing both mechanized and hand building techniques. His background as a geography teacher, outdoor educator, fire fighter, wilderness rescue technician and landscaper all coalesce into TREADscape.
When not work as a trail professional, he can be found sharing the trails experience through Explorer’s Tread which is a guiding business he runs with his wife Muffy and son Zev.
Jeff Price, Trail Assessor, The Frank Cowan Company
Niall Lobley, BSc, CRM, Director of Parks and Cemeteries, City of Kitchener.
Passionate and enthusiastic are two words often used to describe Niall. With an extensive experience crossing private and public sectors, municipal environment and self-employed business, Niall has a well developed and internationally flavored work history that has focused on the management of natural heritage and green spaces and engaging communities in their management, preservation and conservation. At the same time, Niall has developed a well tuned knowledge of risk and risk management within the recreational sector and has worked on establishing Enterprise Risk Management programs.
Increasingly progressive and senior management experience has been supported by work on significant capital projects and an ability to manage operational budgets aligned with the development and implementation of strategic planning. A developed commitment to goal and objective alignment, Niall can identify and use KPI's to measure and track progress both on a strategic level, and on a personal level.
The ability to apply transformative management to his teams, Niall is a natural communicator, focused on customer satisfaction who brings a unique range of talents of experiences to bear in his daily working life.
Michael Muldoon, B.A., OAN, Forest Trails Coordinator, Northumberland County Forest
Mr. Muldoon develops and manages standards and policies for trail management and risk management.
Michael, designs and implements policy to manage invasive species in partnership with local municipalities, Conservation Authorities, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Ontario Invasive Plant Council such as the Emerald Ash Borer Plan.
He also designs and oversees the efficient and compliant execution of all tendering activities in accordance with County procurement standards and regulations. Through the Northumberland Forest he regularly consults with a Forest Advisory Committee to ensure future policy is sound and aligns with their respective missions and values.
He lead the creation of an arboretum of tree species that are rare in Ontario. His oversight functions include the training and supervision of a seasonal Trail Crews.
Through his work as the County he upholds County policies and by laws related to invasive plant identification/removal and appropriate Forest use as the County Weed Inspector and Provincial Offences Officer.
Cynthia Graham, Manager Landscape Architectural Services, City of Hamilton.
Landscape Architectural Services section provides park, trail and open space development design and construction services. Manager oversees the section to ensure delivery of capital program, quality control and reporting, preparation of capital and operating budgets, consultation with Council, and liaison with stakeholders.
In an earlier role with the City of Hamilton, Cynthia was Supervisor of Park Development and in that role oversaw the Park Development Team of Landscape Architects, designing, tendering, and constructing new parks and open spaces in the City.
The team works with the Development Community to provide parkland in new development areas, as well developing new parks in areas previously developed.
John Tarantino, Vice President, Marmak Technologies
John is a professional consultant with a proven record of 25 years in developing visions and strategies for the successful design and implementation of asset management and information technology solutions. John has a distinguished career in providing a range of services to municipalities.
In 1998, he established an Ontario municipal partnership that brought together municipalities with a desire to share in the collaboration of deploying municipal web-based solutions.
In 2001 he brought together a number of municipalities to apply for Ontario Geo Smart funding. In 2017 he was instrumental in establishing a partnership with Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) and 15 Ontario municipalities collaborating in an Asset Management initiative.
Dan Andrews, B.Sc, HBOR, Watershed Coordinator at the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.
Dan has over a decade of professional trail experience including: universal assessment, national/international trail information exchange, trail community capacity building, regional trail networking, trail project analysis and funding support. Dan joined Trans Canada Trail Ontario in 2003 tasked with linking the longest provincial section of the world’s longest trail, in April 2010 he assumed the role of Executive Director.
Dan’s initiation into the trails sector began in the early 1990’s while on course with Fleming College in the Trail Design and Construction class, hearing of the newly minted Trans Canada Trail. Shortly thereafter, working as a canoeing/kayaking guide and instructor in Thunder Bay, Dan volunteered with the Thunder Trails group and learned first hand the challenges faced by local trail groups through limited population and immense distances. A strong advocate of community linking, Dan enjoyed a brief tour as Go for Green’s Ontario-TrailPAQ Coordinator, bringing trail assessment techniques to trail managers, before raising to the National Coordinator role and sharing trail information across the country and around the world. In 2003, Dan joined Trans Canada Trail Ontario as General Manager and has since been able to facilitate the designation of more than 700km of Trans Canada Trail, support $10 Million worth of new trail development in all regions of Ontario and work directly with the OTC to build a strong base of regional trail committees. As the TCTO Executive Director, Dan will continue to advocate linking, through strong partnerships, in building this legacy for all Canadians.
Dan spends much of his spare time exploring Ontario’s thawed landscapes by foot, pedal and paddle with his wife Sue and their three children. When the temperature drops sticks and skates abound!
Garrett Hutson, Ph.D Brock Universtiy, Director Ontario Climbing Alliance, Director Ontario Trails.
Dr. Hutson’s scholarship centers on outdoor recreation resource management, outdoor leadership, and person–place relationships. His current research projects primarily explore how human dimensions of place can inform sustainable outdoor recreation practices.
Dr. Hutson helps to facilitate sustainability initiatives and research between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Niagara Parks Commission, and the Ontario Climbing Access Coalition.
Dr. Hutson also teaches extended outdoor experiential field courses and finds it a privilege to explore Ontario landscapes with Canada’s future outdoor leaders.
Dr. Hutson is a Participating Faculty Member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
Patrick Connor - CAE, SSA, BA Hons. Ontario Trails CEO., President Canadian Trails Federation.
For 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.