The board of directors that will oversee the development of Midland Bay Landing — the former Unimin property — has officially been named. Following an extensive public recruitment process, the Town of Midland announced the seven-member team on Nov. 22. The group will consist of two council members and five external candidates, all with extensive backgrounds in development.

“It’s clear that the development of this property has the potential to be a significant economic driver for the town and a vital part of the future of our downtown and our tourism industry,” said outgoing Mayor Gord McKay. “By creating the board, we will significant improve our prospects for delivering on the plan that the people of Midland have developed.”

Robert Barber, Zach Douglas, Teena Fazio, Bill Kernohan and John McIntyre are the five external candidates. Mayor-elect Stewart Strathearn, along with another yet-to-be-named member of council, will round out the seven-person board.

Barber, who is a seasonal resident, is the managing partner of Den Bosch and Finchley, a design build development firm operating in the Greater Toronto Area.

Douglas has led the startup and ongoing development of the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton. He has served a number of senior roles at the Saskatchewan Development Corporation focused on economic development and investment management.

Fazio has significant experience serving on private, crown and non-for-profit boards. She is a professional engineer with a broad range of experience.

Kernohan is a Midland resident with over 38 years of experience as an architect, developer, project manager and management consultant.

McIntyre is a seasonal resident with experience in government, real estate and development industries.

In March, town council passed a motion to create the Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) — an arm’s-length entity that will oversee development of the 40-acre waterfront property.

“The announcement of the first board of directors is a milestone for the MBLDC,” said Strathearn. “The establishment of the board allows us to now move forward with the next steps in developing Midland Bay Landing.”

First purchased by the town in July 2014, Midland Bay Landing is a 16.24-hectare waterfront development property with almost 1,100 metres of frontage on Midland Bay.