Board of Directors
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.
Co-Chair and Community Representative
Ted grew up in Midland and recently moved back after decades working in larger urban areas, most recently as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Brantford. Ted has held senior roles with the Brantford Energy Group of Companies and was the Chief Planner for both Oakville and Orangeville. As part of his management oversight, he was responsible for Economic Development and Tourism as well as a Business Resource Centre. In the private sector he has been a management consultant providing advice to municipal and provincial governments across Canada.
In the community, Ted was previously on the Board of Directors of the North Simcoe and Muskoka Local Health Integration Network, the Board of the Brant/Brantford United Way and served as Chair and member of the Campaign Cabinet for a number of years.
Ted currently works as a yacht broker and when time permits, you’ll find him boating on beautiful Georgian Bay.
Councillor Cindy Hastings
Township of Tiny Representative
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.
Pierre Paul Maurice
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 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.
Ema is a Tiny Township resident and undergraduate student at the University of Guelph working towards a degree in Political Science and International Development. She has gained experience in international development through community-engaged projects at UofG in partnership with Cuso International. She brings a set of skills that are specific to community-based research, campaigning, and evaluation practices. Ema is also an avid falconer. As an OHC member and active conservationist, she has frequently volunteered at falconry demonstrations to inform the public about working with birds of prey and raptor conservation issues.
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.
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.
Deputy Mayor Gerard LaChapelle
Township of Tay
Born and raised in North Simcoe, Allex Laurin is the Manager of Marketing and Programmes for Martyrs’ Shrine. His experience within the tourism industry includes both marketing and event planning across the public and non-profit sectors. Allex previously served on the board of North Simcoe Tourism since its inception in 2015.
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.
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.
Adrian is an entrepreneur who moved to Midland in 2020 to open a digital advertising agency in Penetanguishene. He has worked in the advertising industry for over 10 years leading digital strategy and campaigns for small and medium sized businesses. Prior to carving out a career in digital marketing strategy, Adrian had a background in software development, education, human development and psychology. Adrian believes in fostering communication between businesses within communities in order to share knowledge, experience, and to create new growth opportunities. He believes that by working together we can see things through new perspectives and uncover new ideas.
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
- One member of Council or CAO from and appointed by each of the four North Simcoe municipalities;
- No less than six and no more than eight Directors from the community;
- The General Manager of North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation of North Simcoe; and
- 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.