A page of Education about our Volunteer Board of Directors, their backgrounds, professional qualifications and other skills that professionalize Ontario's Trails.
Terri LeRoux - President, CEO, Credit Valley Conservation Authority.
Terri 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).
Denise Erikson - Secretary, General Manager @ Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs
Denise Erickson has worked for the Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicle clubs (OFATV) for the past 3 years and has recently been promoted to General Manager. OFATV currently has over 4000 kilometers of trails and 22 member clubs across Ontario with more to come.
To help fulfill the safety mandate that OFATV has, Denise became certified as a CASI ATV instructor and a ROHVA UTV/Side by Side instructor. Denise has an Executive Degree in Business Administration and also a Degree in Counselling. She has lived and worked internationally in Cameroon, West Africa. While there she spent 4 years running and co-parenting in a hostel with 12 high school aged students from all over the world.
If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also taught part time at Rain Forest International School. Denise has spent over two decades in volunteer organizations and understands the uniqueness, and importance of volunteers and their dedication. With a strong desire to see better interaction between off-road powersports she is driven to see more multi-use riding opportunities.
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 taskedwith 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 firsthand the challenges faced by local trail groups through the 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!
Alastair Baird, Manager, Economic Development, Manager, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association.
Kelsey Johansen PhD candidate, University of Waterloo
I am a Lecturer in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo teaching in therapeutic recreation, outdoor recreation and tourism development.
For the 2019-2020 Acadmic year, I was appointed as Lecturer in the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University teaching in the areas of therapeutic recreation, nature-based adventure therapy, recreation and leisure program planning, risk management and outdoor recreation.
From July 2016 to June 2019, I was an Instructor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada). I sole-taught and developed many courses in Recreation, Leisure, Sustainable Tourism, Inclusive Physical Activity, and Therapeutic Recreation. I also served on the Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee and the Indigenous Engagement Circle within the Faculty. Through an Adjunct Appointment with the Faculty of Graduate studies at UM, I continue to supervise students in the Faculty's Masters programs.
I undertook a PhD at University of Otago under the guidance of Associate Professor Anna Thompson (Otago), and Professor Tara Duncan (Dalarna). My research examines the culture of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) participation in New Zealand and explores the culture of WWOOFing in New Zealand, the convergence and divergence of host and guest values, and the role of food in the WWOOFing experience. My completed thesis underwent external examination and I will graduate in 2021.
Additional research interests include self-care and positive coping strategies for in-service Therapeutic Recreation students, rural community development through trail tourism and festivals, risk management in trails and therapeutic recreation, the impact of funding models on access to sport and recreation opportunities for indigenous youth, and the use of contested narratives in interpreting battlefield tourism sites.
William "Bill" Mungall
Igor Hoogendoorn, IMBA Canada, University Lecturer
Wayne Terryberry - McMaster University, Past President
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.
Andrew Macpherson, OALA, Division Manager - Parks Planning & Operations, Environment & Infrastructure, City of London
- Over 25 years of experience in the planning, design, and management of parks and natural areas.
- Specialist in trail planning and AODA requirements
- OALA achievement award for public service
- Natural area management work recognized with OALA and Nature London awards
- Member of the Ontario Trails Council and Ontario Parks Association
Garrett Hutson, Ph.D Brock University, 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.
Dave Naulls - Trail Enthusiast
Bradley Fauteux - Professional Land Manager.
Bradley 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.
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.