Board of Directors

Doug Ewen

Chair and Community Representative

Doug brings many years of experience as a corporate executive in the manufacturing sector in both Human Resources and Operations. He has been with Techform, a division of Magna Closures since 1991 and is currently in the position of Vice-President Compliance and HR. Throughout his years with Techform, Doug has played a central leadership role in the expansion and management of operations in Ontario, the United States and China. Doug earned his BA in Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, his Certificate in Human Resource Management and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). Doug was also a member of Economic Development Association of North Simcoe (EDANS), a citizens group which helped frame EDCNS.

Brent Graham

Secretary and Treasurer,
Healthcare Ambassador

Brent has had a long, successful career in healthcare, culminating in more than 10 years with Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical company; Janssen Inc. While there he was the Business Unit Director, Oncology as well as Director New Products and Director Business Development. He has worked in licensing and acquisitions at both the global and Canadian level. He has also had senior roles at Ortho-Biotech, GlaxoSmithKline and Essilor where he was V.P. Ontario. Brent also owns a healthcare consultancy. Brent has managed businesses with revenue more than $70 M per annum. Much of his career has focused on innovative therapeutics for cancer patients. He retired in June 2017 with his wife Barbara to their cottage in Tiny Township with their dogs Digby and Gina. They have three children who live in Toronto and Vancouver. Brent looks forward to leveraging his competencies in identifying opportunities and creating plans to capitalize upon them, and believes growth is always realized, formally or informally, by this process. He looks forward to putting these skills to good use supporting the goals of the Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe.

Pierre Paul Maurice

Vice-Chair and
Agriculture Ambassador

Paul was born and raised in the community of Lafontaine in Tiny Township. For 50 years the Maurice family ran a dairy and cash crop operation. In 2014, the dairy sector operations transformed to a 26,000 square foot broiler chicken enterprise housing 29,000 chicks which uses an advanced heat exchange system from Denmark. Paul has been associated with a variety of agricultural and community committees, serving 18 years as Chairperson and Director of the Simcoe District Co-Op and Secretary-Treasurer for the Simcoe Milk Producers. Paul served two terms on Tiny Township Municipal Council; four years as Councillor and four years as Deputy Mayor. He also served on the Tiny Township Volunteer Fire Department, finishing his career as Deputy Chief. He is active in the Church and community choir.

Sharon Vegh

Economic Development Director

Sharon is a seasoned economic development professional experienced in international business and foreign direct investment as Trade Commissioner with the Finland Trade Center from 1995 to 2007. Sharon is Board Director at the Canada-Finland Chamber of Commerce and Xact Solutions Group, Inc. She managed the Economic Development and Innovation function supporting nine York Region Municipalities as Manager, Economic Strategy and Innovation from 2007-2012. Sharon was Director of an international business development firm, LS Market Strategy. Sharon graduated with a BA in Political Science and Economics and a Master of Library and Information Studies from McGill University. She completed the AMCTO Municipal Administration Program (MAP) with honors.

Councillor Cher Cunningham

Town of Midland

Cher Cunningham was elected to Midland Council 2018.

Cher is an entrepreneur and Leadership Confidence Coach helping community leaders – entrepreneurs, politicians, volunteers – with the mindset, message and media training to make a difference. She offers workshops on mindfulness, managing anxiety, presence, storytelling, public relations, and confidence.

Cher has taught online marketing and information technology for hospitality and tourism at Georgian College Barrie Campus and worked in website design, franchise coaching and communications.

Cher and her husband are raising two grandsons and live in Sunnyside.

Andrew Cywink

Community Representative

Andrew Cywink is Ojibway, originally from Elliot Lake, who chose to settle in North Simcoe following his post-secondary program in Kitchener. Now a licensed master electrician and registered Certified Engineering Technologist with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), Andrew is passionate about automated manufacturing, skilled trades and education. After working with several other manufacturers, and spending seven years as a Faculty Member with Georgian College in the Electrical Engineering Technology (EETY) and Electrical Apprenticeship programs, he joined Baytech Plastics as the Maintenance Department Supervisor. Andrew is now the Research and Innovation Technologist at Georgian College in the Centre of Applied Resarch and Innovation. Andrew and his wife Brandi live in Victoria Harbour with their three young children.

Roy Ellis

Manufacturing Ambassador,
Community Representative

Roy Ellis serves as a Commissioner on Huronia’s Regional Airport (CYEE). Roy is a seasoned corporate executive with over 30 years of McDonald’s experience in both field operations and Human Resources (HR). Starting in the restaurant on the ground floor, he worked his way up the corporate ladder advancing steadily into senior HR and general management roles. Roy had oversight for Canadian and U.S. HR and was the lead person charged with developing overall HR practices and policies supporting McDonald’s business venture into Russia. As General Manager, Western Canada, Roy led an organization of regional, multi-disciplinary staff with responsibility for approximately 450 Restaurants. Roy moved to Midland in 2005 and has focused most of his efforts on his Management Consulting practice, community engagement and philanthropy. Roy is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and passionate pilot.

Councillor Cindy Hastings

Township of Tiny

Councillor Cindy Hastings re-elected to Council in 2014 and 2018.  Cindy grew up in Wyevale but left for Toronto at 18 to attend school. After graduating, she worked in the advertising industry for 16 years in the GTA. Since coming back to her roots in Tiny 10 years ago, she has been working in her partner’s engineering and water treatment business.

Cindy enjoys being part of a team. She believes the path to success lies in working co-operatively with others and capitalizing on everyone’s strengths. Cindy brings a strong research background and knowledge of planning and development. As a passionate volunteer, she advocates for community groups and encourages the Township’s support, so they can provide important services to the residents.

Deputy Mayor Gerard LaChapelle

Township of Tay


Councillor Debbie Levy

Town of Penetanguishene

Debbie was re-elected as Town Councillor in 2014 and 2018. She owns a book store and has been a Penetanguishene resident for 21 years. Debbie served as the President of the Penetanguishene/Tiny Chamber of Commerce, Chaired the Millennium Project (Kitchi Statue) and played an active role in many community events. Educated in print journalism, Debbie was a reporter covering federal, provincial and municipal politics. She is the proud mother of triplet sons and grandmother of two toddlers.

Lois Lipton

Community Representative

Lois owns and operates her own commercial real estate development, management and brokerage companies in Simcoe County. Her background includes planning positions with provincial and municipal governments, as well as senior sales, marketing and leasing positions with national and international commercial real estate organizations. Lois has supported the community through various volunteer activities over the twenty years she has been residing here. She has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo, is a licensed real estate broker, and delights in the great boating experiences offered by Georgian Bay.

Mark Losch

Community Representative

Mark is the General Manager of North Simcoe Tool and Manufacturing. He has a technical background in manufacturing and has worked in the manufacturing industry for over 25 years. Prior to that, he had significant experience with business systems and IT systems for a major national utility company. Mark holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from The University of Waterloo and is a licensed Tool & Die Maker.

Chris McLaughlin

North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation Representative

Chris is General Manager of the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC), an organization supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario serving the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Springwater, Tay and Tiny, and the Beausoleil First Nation located on Christian Island. NSCFDC supports local economic development by providing entrepreneurs with access to capital – administering a $4-million dollar local investment fund, business coaching and mentoring, as well as assisting in the development of strategic plans for local municipalities and organizations. Chris holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University.

Ema Canadic

Board Director Intern

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of EDCNS, and is the legal custodian of its assets.  The Board makes policy and planning decisions to advance the Vision, Mission and Objectives of EDCNS with respect to the economic health and prosperity of the community, and is responsible to assist in effective governance of the organization.

A Board Director is expected to be fully informed on organizational matters and engage in the Board’s deliberations and decisions on matters of policy, finance, programs, advocacy and personnel.  Specifically, a Board Director will:

  • commit to and be an enthusiastic champion of the Vision, Mission and Objectives of EDCNS;
  • consider and make decisions on matters of policy, and recommendations received from other Board Directors, standing committees and staff;
  • review applicable Bylaws and policies, ensure compliance with these governing documents, and recommend changes as appropriate;
  • approve, oversee and monitor the annual work plan and operating budget;
  • review Board structure, recommend and approve changes, when necessary;
  • approve the hiring and release of the Economic Development Officer, and other staff as necessary;
  • participate in annual evaluation of staff;
  • assist in developing and maintaining positive relationships with fellow Board and committee members, with EDCNS staff, the Municipalities, and with the community in order to enhance the Mission of EDCNS;
  • attend and participate in Board meetings (approximately 10 times annually), preferably in person, or when necessary, by conference call;
  • attend and participate in the Annual General Meeting held in May;
  • be willing to assist on specialized committees, which could include attending additional meetings and other time expenditures outside of Board meetings;
  • support special events and attend Council meetings, when called upon.

Composition of the Board

The Board is comprised of no less than eleven (11) and no more than thirteen (13) Directors as follows:

  1. One member of Council or CAO from and appointed by each of the four North Simcoe municipalities;
  2. No less than six and no more than eight Directors from the community;
  3. The General Manager of North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation of North Simcoe; and
  4. The Economic Development Officer of EDCNS as an ex officio member.

Term of Office

Municipal representatives serve a term of no more than four years to coincide with their respective term of office on Council. CAO’s serve a term of four years or as otherwise directed by their respective Council. Other Board Directors generally serve an initial term of two years however this may be varied from one to three years in order to stagger the terms of Directors so that the Board is replenished on a rolling basis. The total maximum term of service is nine years.