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Appointee Biographies

Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee


Rob Hare joined the OFAH in 1985, 1982 Georgina Sportsmen’s Alliance, OFAH Zone G; served all Executive positions, OFAH Fisheries, Big Game , Firearms and Fisheries Advisory Committees, 2005-07 2nd vice president, OFAH Executive Committee, 2007-09 1st Vice President, OFAH Executive Committee, 2009-11 OFAH president, 2011-16 OFAH past president, 2019 to present re-elected OFAH president, 2007-12 Board of directors for the Canadian Wildlife Federation reappointed 2019, 2012-19 director-at-large with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, 2017 appointed by the Ontario Minister of the Environment to the Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee; York Region Forest Advisory Team. Founding member York Simcoe Environmental Committee, founding member Lake Simcoe Community Fisheries Advisory Community,2017 elected Co-Chair, 1999 George Gilbert Conservationist of the year by the OFAH Zone G, 2019 Jack O’Dette Conservation Leadership Award by the OFAH Board of Directors. Retired in 2019.


Shelley Charles has worked with Indigenous people and in First Nation communities across Canada, with a special interest in promoting education, land-based knowledge and language, engaging youth and elders in dialogue on tradition and cultural values. She is alumnae of the Landscape Technology, Horticulture Science Program of Humber College and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto. Prior to being appointed Dean, Indigenous Education & Engagement and Elder Advisor to Humber College, Shelley worked with Corrections Canada in multi-level maximum security institutions in Ontario. Shelley has studied the culture and ceremonies of the Midewiwin faith keepers for over 40 years, attained her 3rd degree and achieves a Master Degree of Indigenous Knowledge Aande Wijigewin from the Seventh Generation Institute in Fort Frances, Ontario. MandaKwe is a member of the Chippewas of Georgia Island and carries the Tecumseh family women’s pipe. Shelley is currently on a national project with the Native Women’s Association of Canada, NWAC promoting food sovereignty specifically Indigenous Women in Agriculture.


Suzanne Howes is a proud member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. She has lived on or around Lake Simcoe her entire life. She has owned a Marina and a Fish Hut Rental on Lake Simcoe and is aware of the issues that have plagued Lake Simcoe for may years. She was hired by the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in November 2010 for the position of Community Consultation Officer. Her duties were to relay information to her community from Chief and Council, holding community meetings and working with other government offices to relay information regarding their positions as a First Nation. She was elected on Council in 2013. She held a position on the Georgina Chamber of Commerce Board, The Town of Georgina Equity and Diversity Board, the Board for Clear Water Farm and Sand Gate Women’s Shelter and is currently on The Georgina Community Health Care Council. She is currently the chair for The Health Georgina Board.


Judy Carter serves as a member (part-time) for the Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education, and a former early childhood outreach worker for Aboriginal Community, Region of Peel, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. Her community involvement includes serving as a volunteer for the Rotary Club of Innisfil.


Kathy MacPherson is Vice-President of Research and Policy at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Her community involvement has included being a member of the Executive Committee Board of Crossroads International, and member of the International Corporation Committee of the YMCA of Toronto. Mrs. MacPherson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University.


Raymond Duhamel is Partner for The Jones Consulting Group Ltd. Raymond’s community involvement includes serving as a member for Georgian College of Advancement Committee.


Lindsay Histrop is a Partner for Gardiner Roberts LLP, an Author for Thomson Reuters Canada Law Book Publisher, and a former Partner for Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Lindsay’s community involvement includes serving as a board member for North York General Hospital Foundation.


Robert J. Baldwin, of Keswick, is Chief Administrative Officer of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. Mr. Baldwin community involvement includes serving as a member of Trent University Board of Directors Lands Committee.


is Co-owner/Operator of Sunningdale Farms, Chair of the Food Partners' Alliance of Simcoe County and an Agricultural Representative and Technical Working Group Member with the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Water Protection Committee. His community involvement includes serving as Founding Member of Simcoe County Sheep Association and Chair of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hemsted holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Animal Science from the University of Guelph.


Matthew Volpintesta, of Innisfil, is a Senior Policy Planner for Land Use and Real Estate with the Town of Aurora. He has a Master of Environmental Management and Planning from York University. His community involvement includes Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners.


Anne Kell is self-employed in farming operation. Her community involvement includes serving as President/Secretary for Innisfil Community Foundation, and a former chair for Innisfil Public Library Board.