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Appointee Biographies

Niagara Escarpment Commission


Robert Nicholson is a former Member of Parliament. Robert formerly served in roles including Minister of National Defence, minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.


is Deputy Warden for the County of Simcoe and Deputy Mayor for Clearview Township. He is currently the Chair of the Simcoe County Governance Committee and Member of the Simcoe Country Museum Board. He is also past Chair of the Clearview Township Committee of Adjustment. Mr. Burton’s community involvement includes being a member of the Creemore Community Centre, Chair of the Clearview Youth Committee. Through his history working with Scouts Canada youth, Mr. Burton received his Warrant of Appointment and Long Service Award. In his professional career, Mr. Burton is highly regarded in the lighting industry for providing lighting solutions on many projects locally and internationally. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.


brings a passion for environmental stewardship, sustainable land use planning and progressive rural communities, as seen through his work as a municipal councilor, county councilor and Grey County Warden. He has worked in agriculture as a Farm Manager and as a Farm Specialist in a rural mental health facility for children. Currently, he is a beef farmer at Fairview farm. Duncan believes strongly in our duty to leave our environment and our communities better than we found them. Duncan is an advocate of supporting rural communities as stewards of the Niagara Escarpment.


Paul McQueen operates a cow/calf business on the McQueen Homestead Farm. He also runs a contracting business that he founded in 1995. In 1994 Mr. McQueen became a Councillor for Osprey Township and sat on many committees and boards including the Collingwood Hospital Board. He was a Director on the Collingwood Hospital Board from 1994 to 2007, having served a maximum term. After the amalgamation of Osprey Township into the Municipality of Grey Highlands, he served two terms as Councillor and was recently elected Deputy Mayor. Mr. McQueen serves on many boards and committees, including serving as the Chair of the Grey Highlands Committee of Adjustment.


is an Office Manager for Miller Lake Rona. Her community involvement includes serving as a committee member for St. Edmunds Recreation Committee, St. Edmunds Museum, and National Park Advisory Committee.


has been sitting as a volunteer on boards within the community and on committees at the Niagara Region. His list of involvement includes, Waste Management Advisory and Steering Committees, Chair of the Agriculture Policy Action Committee, Chairman of the Ontario Hop Growers Association, Chairman of the Niagara North Federation of Agriculture. Member of the Industry Advisory Committee at Niagara College.


has been serving the Milton community continuously since 1960. Elected as a Local Councillor to Milton Town Council in 1965 and as Mayor and Head of Milton Town Council in 1980. Also, Mayor Krantz has been an essential contributor to the Region of Halton’s growth plan, by serving on the Regional Municipality of Halton Town Council since 1980, Conservation Halton Board of Directors since 1973, the Niagara Escarpment Commission for three terms and various Ad-Hoc and Standing Committees. Mayor Krantz is a founding member and strong supporter of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance.


is a Business Owner operating a Project and Construction Management Company in Grimsby, Ontario. Mr. Curley has a Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) designation. Michael’s career highlights include projects for IBM Canada, Microsoft, the Government of Ontario, local school boards, library design and construction and community centers. His financial background provides extensive training and experience with projects and cost controls and management, treasury management and financial and stakeholder reporting.


Johanna Downey was born and raised in Caledon; she was elected to Peel Regional Council in 2014. With a degree in Interior Design and Architecture, Johanna is self-employed as a freelance design consultant and is co-owner of Stone House Masonry. Her many boards and committees serving Caledon and Peel include: Credit Valley Conservation; Caledon Community Service; Peel Region Growth Management; Heritage Caledon; Peel Internet Safety; Peel Housing; and Cheltenham Badlands Management Team.


Janet Horner is the Executive Director for the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance since 2009. The Alliance is an organization charged with implementation of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan 2021. Mrs. Horner's community involvement includes serving as a founding board member and Chair of the Rural Ontario Institute, a steering committee member and Board Chair of Sustain Ontario, a member of Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance and the Toronto Food Policy Council. Following a term as a municipal councilor, she was elected in Fall 2018 as Mayor for Mulmur Township. She serves as a member of the Community Planning Committee, Economic Development Committee and the Shelburne and District Fire Board, and as a Dufferin County Councilor serves on the Community Services and Museum Committee and Commissioner for the Niagara Escarpment Commission.


has over twenty years of experience in executive management, public affairs, communications, government relations, and community engagement. His public affairs consulting firm, Brad Clark Associates specialized in community relations. He was honored to serve in Ontario’s 37th parliament, as MPP for the Riding of Stoney Creek, Minister of Labor, Minister of Transportation, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Currently, he is a three term Hamilton City Councillor for Ward 9, Stoney Creek. He serves on the board of directors for both the Hamilton Conservation Authority and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.


Bruce Mackenzie was appointed to the Board of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority as the Town of Grimsby's representative and received a Latornell Leadership Award from Conservation Ontario in 2019. Bruce retired from the Hamilton Conservation Authority as Director of Customer Services in 2015 after 39 years of managing conservation areas. Highlighting his career was managing the Fifty Point Conservation Area Marina for 24 years and becoming the President of the Ontario Marina Operators Association (OMOA) in 1992. His work with the OMOA culminated with being awarded the WJ Robertson Award in 1995, a lifetime achievement recognition. Mr. Mackenzie is an active naturalist and is past President of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club and is presently a Director of the Bird Studies Group for the club. He frequently leads outings, contributes to monthly periodicals and speaks to groups throughout Niagara and Hamilton. He has won numerous distinctions for his environmental work including the 2016 RT. Hon. John Turner Environmental Leadership Award. Mr. Mackenzie holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph.


Gordon Driedger is the President of Skyline Retail Management Inc. and is accountable for all aspects of Skyline’s growing retail real estate portfolio. Gord has over 26 years of experience in Canadian and international real estate markets. Prior to joining Skyline, Gord was principal of GDREA Inc. Gord was previously Executive Vice President at First Capital Reality Inc., Gord was also Vice President Real Estate for premier retail real estate owners including Bank of Montreal, Canadian Tire, and Sobeys. Gord holds a membership and is active in many industry organizations including Corenet, ICSC, and the Canadian Institute of Planners. Gord is also an active board member of a not-for-profit seniors housing corporation. Gord Driedger received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in the School of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Corporate Real Estate from the Corenet Global organization.


David Hutcheon is an Adjunct Professor of Postgraduates Public Administration Program at Humber College, and a Broker for Real Estate Homeward. His community Involvement includes serving as a Chairperson of Capital Fund Committee for St. Olave’s Anglican Church.


Ken Lucyshyn held a variety of roles at F.W. Fearmans Ltd. (later Maple Leaf Meats) before ending his 18th year there as Human Resources Manager. Since 1997, Ken has been a key player at Walker Industries. He stepped in as Vice President of Human resources, moved into the role of Vice President and General Manager of Aggregates & Construction, and is now Executive Vice president of Aggregates & Construction. Ken has lent his expertise to various associations, committees and councils for many years. He is the past Chair and currently sits on the board of The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC). He is also a past board member of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) where he served as Chair in 2008. He was a member of the NEC’s Public Interest Advisory Committee (PIAC), past Chair of the OSSGA’s Sustainability Committee, a board member of the Cornerstone Standards Council, a committee member of the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association and a member of the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario. Most recently, Ken has become a board member of Rodman hall Art Centre in St. Catharines. Ken and his family reside in Grimsby.


Ron Gibson is a retired project manager with over 30 years experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked as a training consultant on business improvement methods for representatives of more than 20 members countries of the Asia Productivity Organization. He served as Project Manager and alter Director for the Regional and Single-Tier Chief Administrative Officers Group, developing performance standards for municipal services. Prior to this, he held management positions at the Region of Niagara in the Office of Strategic Planning, and in Community Planning Department (Special Projects), and in the Community Services Department (Quality Assurance and Program Evaluation). Ron has been an active volunteer in his community in social housing, mental health programs, and training and diversion programs for federal parolees and young offenders.


Jennifer Lynne Vida is Director of Development for Hummel Properties Inc, and a former manager of planning for upper Canada Consultants. Her community involvement includes serving as a Government Liaison for the Niagara Home Builders Association.