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Appointee Biographies

Algonquin Forestry Authority


Gord Clark is a former District Manager and Corporate Services Manager (Northern Region) with the Ministry of Labour, Forest Operations Manager with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Project Manager with the Investigations and Enforcement Secretariat and Project Consultant with the Ministry of the Environment. He holds a diploma in Forestry from Sir Sanford Fleming College. He was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Algonquin Forestry Authority Board of Directors in July 2020.


Sarah Bros is a certified Lead Auditor providing technical services for forest certification audits (FSC and SFI) across North America and regulatory forest management audits in Ontario. She provides technical forestry, forest and business management consulting services across North America. Ms. Bros holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Toronto.


Charles Lauer is a former Acting Deputy Minister and a former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. He retired in 2009 and is currently one of a roster of Hearing Officers, third party independent parties designated on a periodic basis to conduct hearings with appellants for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Mr. Lauer is also a former member of the board of directors of Forests Ontario and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, where he majored in Fish and Wildlife Biology.


Robert Craftchick has worked in both private and public sector aspects of the forestry industry. His Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Lakehead University is complemented by diplomas from Trent University (Small Business Management & Native Economic Development) and Sault College of Applied Arts (Aboriginal Resource Technician). Since 2005, Mr. Craftchick has been the duly elected Algonquin Negotiation Representative for Whitney and Area Algonquins. Proudly representing the Algonquins of Ontario in the forestry sector by participating in the Aboriginal Resource Group, the wood supply competitive process, and the forestry tenure and pricing process, Mr. Craftchick takes great pride in being actively involved in his community.


Leo Hall is the President of Opeongo Forestry Service, a private land forestry business in the Ottawa Valley, with a personal passion for sustainable forestry. Mr. Hall also serves on the Board of Directors for both Hospice Renfrew and Renfrew Power Generation. An avid outdoors person, Mr. Hall and his family enjoy regular visits to Algonquin Park for canoeing, hiking and skiing. Mr. Hall has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.


is an Associate Lawyer for Howe & Bradley, Lawyers. His community involvement includes serving as a Legal Advisor and Committee Member for St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, and a former President for Co-operative Policing Killaloe & Area.


Damion Ketchum is a strategic finance leader with more than 20 years of experience in both the private and not-for-profit sector. He currently is the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for both Algonquin Forestry Authority, sits on the Audit Committee for Rugby Ontario, and is the Treasurer for Fletcher’s Fields. Having previously held senior level positions at President’s Choice Financial, BMO and CIBC. He currently leads fiscal planning and reporting for Legal Aid Ontario. Mr. Ketchum is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an Engineering degree from Alfred State.