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Russ Powers was first elected to municipal office in 1982, serving for over 28 years as a Dundas Town Councillor, Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Councillor, and Hamilton City Councillor until 2014. He also served as a Federal Member of the House of Commons in Canada's 28th Parliament. He has served on numerous civic, municipal, national, and international committees including President (2012-2014) of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and National Vice President (2003-2004) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Mr. Powers was employed in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University for more than 25 years, specializing in laboratory medicine, and he is now retired.

Gary Carr is Chair and CEO of the Regional Municipality of Halton. Mr. Carr has served both as a Member of Parliament for Halton and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville. His community involvement has included serving on boards of directors for the Halton Police and Metrolinx. Mr. Carr holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Athabasca University.

Brian Baty has been a Niagara Regional Councillor for the Town of Pelham since 2003. He is currently a member of the Greater Niagara Circle Route Committee, a former Co-Chair of the Public Health & Social Services Committee and a former Chair of Regional Niagara Bicycling Committee. Mr. Baty is a member and a former Vice-Chair of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University, a Master of Education degree from Niagara University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University.

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.

Arlene VanderBeek is a Municipal Councillor for the City of Hamilton. She is also a former Executive /Constituent Assistant to the City of Hamilton Councillor for Dundas. Her community involvement includes serving as a board member of the Dundas Business Improvement Area and as a member of both the Governance Review Sub-Committee and the Municipal Drainage Court of Revision.

Patricia Greig is Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. She is also a former Librarian with the London Board of Education. Ms. Greig's community involvement includes serving as a policy coordinator with the Peninsula Action Committee for Education, and as Chair of the Bruce Presbytery/United Church of Canada Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Library Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

Linda Pim is an environmental biologist and registered land use planner living in the Town of Caledon. In addition to having held environmental policy positions at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, she has worked at environmental/conservation non-governmental organizations, including Ontario Nature and Pollution Probe. Her work has involved Niagara Escarpment issues since the late 1980's. She also maintains a section of the Bruce Trail and is a Director of the Niagara Escarpment Foundation, a research and educational charity devoted to escarpment protection.

Karen Elizabeth Gilhespy is Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. In July, 2004 she moved into the senior staff position at the Bruce Trail Conservancy, and she currently supervises a staff of 16 and oversees the activities of more than 1,500 volunteers in trail management and land preservation. Prior to her work at the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Ms. Gilhespy worked for 15 years in the field of toxic chemical management. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph.

Burkhard Mausberg is CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund. A leader in Ontario's environmental/food sector, Mr. Mausberg has worked for charities and non-profit groups for almost three decades. Before joining the Greenbelt Foundation, he directed the programs of the Ivey Foundation. Mr. Mausberg was also the CEO of several environmental organizations, which he transformed into essential forces for change. Mr. Mausberg began volunteering with Pollution Probe, has served on several NGO boards, and writes widely on vital issues in diverse settings. Mr. Mausberg studied environmental science at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, where he also taught for eight years.

Johanna Downey was elected to Peel Regional Council in 2014. Johanna is self-employed as a freelance design consultant and is co-owner of Stone House Masonry. She serves her community through the following boards and committees: Credit Valley Conservation; Caledon Community Service; Peel Region Growth Management; Heritage Caledon; Peel Internet Safety; Peel Housing; and Cheltenham Badlands Management Team.

Deborah Haswell is a past president of Ontario Small Urban Municipalities, and former Vice-President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Additionally, she is the former Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and elected Council Member for Owen Sound/Grey County. Ms. Haswell is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce, Vice-President of the Council of College of Naturopaths of Ontario, and a former Niagara Escarpment Commission Commissioner representing Grey County.

Janet Horner is the Executive Director of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee, a Consultant with Whitfield Consultants, a leadership, fundraising, communications firm, as well as a Councillor, with the Township of Mulmur. 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 and member of Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance and Toronto Food Policy Council. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Guelph.

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