The Canadian Canoe Museum Board of Directors


Bill Morris is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. Bill is the primary shareholder and CEO of the Stewart Group, a private investment company with actively-managed interests in the telecom, floor-covering and foot-care industries. Bill is a member of the boards of directors of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation, and the Lakefield College School Foundation.

john ronson, Vice CHAIR

John is an executive with TELUS, as well as an avid canoeist and camper. A Peterborough resident, he is a former member of the national and Ontario boards of the Canadian Cancer Society and a number of other not-for-profit boards including the board of Waterfront Toronto. A lawyer by training, he previously served as Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.


Ken has had a national and international business career with Exxon Corporation and Esso Inter-America. For two years he was Chair of the Board of Governors of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Ken is and has been involved in many other organizations in a board orcommittee capacity, including Junior Achievement of Canada, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Corporate-Higher Education Forum, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.


Rob Clark, CPA, CA, ICD.D, is the President and Chief Executive Officer for The Pickseed Companies Group, a private company that is a leader in the development, production and distribution of turfgrass and forage crop seed. Rob previously held senior management positions with the poultry farming, food processing and beer industries. Rob is a proud member of the Metis Nation of Ontario with voyageur ancestral roots.


Wendy Cecil was installed as the 13th Chancellor of the University of Toronto’s Victoria College in 2012. A graduate of U of T, she has been the V.P. of Business Development for Brascan Ltd.,a Director of Great Lakes Power Inc. and Chairman and President of Brookmoor Enterprises Ltd. She is affiliated with a number of organizations including St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, The Fraser Institute and The Olympic Trust of Canada.


Peter is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Hospitality. He is President of Elmhirst’s Resort in Keene, representing the third generation in the family business, where works with his two sons and their families. Peter is also the owner and chief pilot of Elmhirst Vacation Air Ltd., an air charter business specializing in adventure flights to Canada’s North. Peter enjoys playing an active role in national tourism industry associations.

David Goyette

David Goyette is a communications and public affairs consultant. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen's University, David has provided counsel to the leaders of Canada's government, political and business communities, including all the major Canadian banks. A published author, playwright, lecturer, journalist, recorded musician and artist, David has served as a Director of eight Canadian non-profit organizations.

deborah jacobs

Deborah is currently a Councillor with Curve Lake First Nation and an active member of her community. She has lived in Curve Lake all her life. Her parents, Aileen and Amos Irons, are full-blooded Ojibway, both from Curve Lake. Deborah has been married for 46 years and has three sons and 10 grandchildren, which she calls her "pride and joy." Deborah worked for many years at the Curve Lake Day Care Centre and also taught early childhood education classes for the Anishinabek Education Institute in North Bay. She has always enjoyed the water; and fishing, boating and canoeing at her family cabin on Dead Horse Island, have played a significant part in her life.


Dianne is a lawyer and since 1986 has held executive roles in Canada’s charitable sector, including immediate past CEO of ROM Governors, Vice President, External Relations, Trent University, and President & CEO of Sick Kids Foundation. She is the Principal of The Dianne Lister Group, providing consulting services to the non-profit sector, and a senior associate of the Hutchinson Group, an executive search and talent development firm. Dianne is an author, and sessional instructor at the University of Victoria, and Fleming College. Dianne has volunteered for many organizations, and is currently a founding director of the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council, a member of the Community Leadership Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, and founding member of the CKL Arts & Cultural Roundtable. 


Bill is a Partner and business lawyer with the law firm LLF Lawyers. He has been a very active member of the Peterborough community over many years through his involvement in a number of boards and community projects including the Community Foundations of Canada and of Greater Peterborough (founding chair), Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster, Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, YMCA Canada and Peterborough, Dragon Boat Festival, Festival of Trees, Jr. Lakers Lacrosse and the Art School of Peterborough. Has been recognized by Rotary for outstanding community service and was chosen Peterborough’s Business Citizen of the Year in 2009.

Hugh Macklin

After graduating from Ryerson School of Business, Hugh was a partner and manager with Schickedanz Bros. Ltd for many years, a company that creates residential and commercial developments in Canada and the United States. Currently, Hugh is the President of Linmac Inc., a third generation family business that owns and manages commercial properties in Cobourg. Hugh enjoys spending time on the land and on the water as well as with family and his wife, Sharon. Together they have four children and presently five grandchildren.


Vicky holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University and is VP Corporate Affairs at Aonix Advanced Materials Corporation.  Aonix Advanced is a Research & Development and Manufacturing company on composites and advanced materials applied to green technologies, aerospace, sporting goods and electronic goods sectors. Prior to this position Vicky worked as a consultant in Education Policy and Technology in various countries in Latin America and Africa. She is passionate about the outdoors.


Val grew up in Toronto and attended the University of Western Ontario.  After teaching for four years she remained home to raise their four children. Val has been actively involved in the Peterborough community in many aspects of education and health care including involvement with Lakefield College School, Festival of Trees, School for Young Moms, Beaver Club Gala, and the Osteoporosis Ladies Golf Classic. She is currently on the boards of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation and the Osteoporosis Peterborough Chapter. She and her husband John enjoy spending time in Whitney on the edge of Algonquin Park.

Andy Mitchell

The Hon. Andy Mitchell, P.C. was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka in 1993, a position he held for over 12 years. Mr. Mitchell also served as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Secretary of State for Rural Development, Secretary of State for Fed Nor, and Secretary of State for Parks Canada. In 2006 he served as Chief of Staff to the Hon. Bill Graham, P.C., Leader of the Official Opposition. After re-locating to the Peterborough region, Mr. Mitchell was appointed president of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation and later the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster. He also joined Trent University as an Adjunct Professor in the Political Studies Department.

Mr. Mitchell is currently senior advisor to the Honorable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. He is also the Chair of the Otonabee Regional Conservation Authority as well as the Chair of the local Workforce Development Board. He and his wife operate a company specializing in strategic planning and development. Mr. Mitchell has five children and two grandchildren.

Heather Stelzer

Heather Stelzer is a nurse with an MBA and experience in the health care sector at the corporate level. She is involved in numerous community organizations at the executive and board level, including the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, Fleming College, YWCA and Voices for the Trent Severn Waterway. She has extensive experience in fundraising, business development and strategic planning. For many years, Heather has been a Director of the Stony Lake Cottages Association and has been involved in a leadership role with various activities at Juniper Island. Heather was recently the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal for her outstanding contribution to her community.

Ron Whetung

A graduate of Lakefield College School and Ryerson University who grew up in the First Nation Community of Curve Lake, Ron started in real estate in 1985, became a commercial sales representative in 1999 and, in 2008, was inducted into the Re/Max Hall of Fame.