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Appointee Biographies

St. Lawrence Parks Commission


Bob Runciman is a former Ontario Senator and Chair of Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. He is also a former Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP from 1981 to 2010 and Cabinet Minister 1985, 1995-2003. Community involvement includes coaching and Assistant President of the Brockville Girls Minor Softball Association. He has an education in Municipal Administration at St. Lawrence College and Queen's University.


Pierre Santoni is the Director, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances for VIA Rail Canada, where he has been employed for over 30 years. In addition to extensive work in tourism and marketing, he also has 10 years of experience in advertising and media. He is a graduate of both Algonquin College (broadcasting) and McGill University (Master's degree, Management). He has volunteered with the Ontario Special Olympics (Hall of Fame), Blue Jays Foundation, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame board of governors, the United Way, Destination Canada's Emerging Markets Committee, Toronto Argonauts Foundation, and the Ontario Provincial Police as an Honorary Detective.


Margaret Fancy is a retired administrator from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. She has been an instructor for principal's qualifications courses at the University of Ottawa and Queen's University. Mrs. Fancy currently holds the position of community coordinator for Every Kid in our Communities of Leeds-Grenville. Past board involvement has included: Chair of Leeds-Grenville Children's Mental Health, Chair of Leeds-Grenville Interval House, member of Family and Children's Services. Currently, she is a member of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Leeds-Grenville Poverty Coalition and Children's Mental Health Transformation steering committees; and Treasurer, Front of Yonge Library Board.


Robert Tchegus is a Partner at the law firm of Cunningham, Swan LLP. He was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Real Estate Law in 2004. In 2006, he was appointed and served for 10 years as a part-time member of the Assessment Review Board - Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario and in 2010 he was appointed and served for six years as a member of the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel. He was also appointed in 2010 as a member of the Foundation at Queen's University at Kingston, being appointed as Chair in 2012.


James Garrah is a retired elementary school principal for the Upper Canada District School Board. Past community service includes four terms as a Gananoque town councillor, two terms as mayor, a board member for Community and Primary Health Care, and the Gananoque Police Service Board. He is currently on the boards of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Brockville General Hospital, the Gananoque Trees and Trails Committee and is a volunteer driver for the Cancer Society. For the past 13 years he has been a puppy walker /trainer for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.


Linda Shanks is a former Financial Consultant with Investors Group and former Marketing Projects Manager at the Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Her community involvement includes being a former member of the Royal Kingston Curling Club, and former Chair of the Kingston Yacht Club, Women in Wind. Ms. Shanks holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University.


Debora Daigle is a Policy Consultant for the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association. She is a former manager of Social & Housing Services for the City of Cornwall. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Cornwall Community Hospital Board, and with the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre. Ms. Daigle holds a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Behavior from Queen's University.


Guy Tondreau recently retired from a career in the Canadian and Ontario Public Service (OPS) spanning over 35 years. This included over 30 years of managerial responsibilities in ever increasing roles. His most recent roles as Regional Program Manager (in OPS) and Director, Cornwall Service Canada Centre (Canada) involved the planning, management and delivery of a range of employment programs and services to Ontarians. He is a member of the Board of Directors of another local non-profit organization and a Director of a local service club. He has been an active member of many service clubs and non-profit organizations contributing to the community over the years.


Tammy Hart is a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor at the Township of South Stormont. She has previously been self-employed as an Agribusiness Woman at Hartene Farms. Her community involvement includes serving as a town representative and volunteer for Lost Villages Historical Society.