Board of Governors

Caroline Schultz - Chair

Executive Director, Ontario Nature

Caroline Schultz has been the Executive Director for Ontario Nature since 2005. Caroline previously served as Conservation Director for the Canadian Nature Federation for 10 years, leading their national advocacy, science and stewardship programs. She was also chair of Bird Life International’s America regional council, in helping this partnership of national non-government organizations (NGOs) from over 17 countries advance biodiversity conservation throughout the region. Caroline has a Masters of Science degree in ecology and a Masters of Management degree in voluntary sector leadership. Caroline has been involved in land securement and stewardship as a volunteer, and with Ontario Nature, as their Executive Director.

Kimberley MacKenzie - Vice Chair

Founder and CEO, The Intersection

Kimberley MacKenzie is the Founder and CEO of The Intersection, a social enterprise focused on candid conversations, community, meaningful connections and coaching. Kimberley is the producer and co-host of two podcasts: The Intersection Hub and We Have Issues, is an award-winning fundraiser, Certified Fundraising Executive, AFP International Master Trainer and helps people create transformative results for themselves and thrive in their jobs.

Kimberley has been in the charitable trenches since 2001. She was a driving force in the early days of SOFII.org has served as Editor for Hilborn Canada’s eNEWS, was a member of the Relationship Fundraising Advisory Panel for the Rogare Think Tank at Plymouth University and an executive member of the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County and currently serves as Vice President on the board of directors for the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. She is a mother of two, stepmother to six, and always happy to hear from people like you

Beth Gilhespy - Treasurer

Executive Director, Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy

Beth Gilhespy is Executive Director of the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy, an organization dedicated to securing financial resources and support for Toronto Zoo wildlife and conservation programs.  Between 2004 and 2018 she was Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC), where she supervised a staff of 18 and oversaw the activities of more than 1,500 volunteers in trail management and land preservation. During her time at the BTC more than $35 million was raised to preserve 6,500 acres of Niagara Escarpment landscape and fund the organization’s other programs. Prior to her work at the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Beth worked for 15 years in the field of toxic chemical management. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physical geography and geology from the University of Guelph.

Kathryn Gold - Secretary

Executive Director, Ontario Farmland Trust

Kathryn Gold has been the Executive Director of the Ontario Farmland Trust since 2016.  Kathryn previously served as Executive Director for Green Venture in Hamilton, a not-for-profit organization that teaches others how to live more sustainably every day. Kathryn has completed a Masters of Environmental Studies degree at the University of Waterloo and a Certificate in Management and Leadership at Laurier University. She has volunteered as a board member for Community CarShare and Green Communities Canada.  Kathryn believes that protecting land is one of the most important and pressing environmental issues of our time.

D. Gayle Wood - Past Chair

Retired - Conservation Authorities

Gayle Wood has a long career in integrated watershed management commencing with her Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree from the University of Waterloo. Gayle has augmented her education with Certificates in Strategic Management from York University and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor. Gayle has worked with the Provincial Ministries of Natural Resources and Forestry and Environment and Climate Change. Ontario’s Conservation Authorities are her passion having worked for the Niagara Peninsula, Ganaraska Region, Lake Simcoe Region and Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authorities. She has served these CA’s for 37 years; having worked for three of them as their Chief Administrative Officer. Gayle’s work has extended internationally. Gayle currently serves on the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board and the International River Prize Judging Committee.  Her volunteer work focuses on youth mentoring and facilitating organizations in the development of their Strategic Plans.

Ian Attridge - Governor

Lawyer (Barrister and Solicitor), and Instructor and Associate at Trent University, School of the Environment

Ian Attridge, Campbell Clan, is a settler living in Peterborough (Nogojiwanong), Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg territory. As an ecologist and lawyer, he practices and teaches environmental, non-profit, planning and trails law and has authored numerous publications and policy submissions. Ian has led the development of the legal framework for land securement and related tax incentives in Ontario. Over his 35 year career, his work has directly protected over 18,000 acres of private and public lands and helped form or update more than 20 organizations, including the Kawartha Land Trust. He was formerly Vice-Chair of OLTA’s predecessor, the Ontario Nature Trust Alliance, and Chair of Government Relations. He continues to learn from Indigenous people and others, and enjoys outdoors activities, singing, and fostering community.

Joyce Chau - Governor

Senior Program Manager, Evergreen

Joyce is a senior leader who has been working in the non-profit environmental sector for the past 15 years. Joyce was the Executive Director of EcoSpark, an Ontario-based environmental charity, for eight years. In 2020, she joined Evergreen as a Senior Program Manager leading national programs that help make cities more liveable, green and prosperous. Joyce’s expertise lies in leading multi-stakeholder collaboratives, community-based monitoring, policy and governance, education and fundraising. Joyce has successfully led community education and citizen science monitoring programs across southern Ontario. She has been active in numerous environmental committees including the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network and the Southern Ontario Stream Monitoring and Research Team. Joyce graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science, Honours, in Biology. Joyce also is on the board of the Small Change Fund, a national charity focused on helping communities raise funds for environmental solutions, community engagement, and Indigenous reconciliation.

Barbara Heidenreich - Governor

Heritage Tree Advisor, Forests Ontario & OUFC

Trained in the fields of economic development, ecology, business, international policy, planning and conservation, Barb has worked for the private sector as well as all levels of government. Barb has extensive experience in management and fundraising in the not-for-profit sector. She served for ten years as a volunteer on the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority and as one of the founding members and President of the Kawartha Land Conservancy. Education and mentoring has always been a part of Barb’s career preferences and she was an Associate Professor at Trent University (Indigenous Studies; Environmental Studies) and Centre Director for the School for Field Studies. She currently teaches part time at Fleming College and runs Fernhill Farms (200 acres in South Monaghan) and Innisfree Farm (100 acres in Innisfil Twp). Barb’s Order in Council appointments in Ontario include the Board of Directors of Ontario Hydro (1991) and Member of the Ontario Municipal Board (1991-1997).

Sara Kelly - Governor

Faculty, Ecosystem Management program, Fleming College

A deep love and appreciation for nature inspired by early experiences camping and canoe tripping, and later on work as a tree planter, led Sara to a career in environmental education. Sara Kelly is a facilitator, mentor, and faculty member in the Ecosystem Management program at Fleming College. She has served as the Sustainability Projects Coordinator at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, the Coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Coop Program, and worked with the College in the early days of its applied research efforts. Outside of the College, she has worked as a Coordinator for Lone Pine Land Trust and as a trainer with Hiawatha First Nation. For the past 20+ years Sara has been working closely with student teams and government and non-government organizations on applied project-based learning opportunities to help ready students for work in the environmental field. Academically her background includes a B.A. from McGill in Social Cultural Anthropology, an M.A. in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, and a diploma in Integrated Resource Management from Fleming College. In her education and training and in her personal life Sara has consistently been drawn to exploring and understanding how original and new societies around the world interact with their local environments and how these interactions change over time and scale.

Frank Shaw - Governor

Frank Shaw is a retired Executive Manager (Ontario Public Service) with 40 years of experience in governance, resources management and land-use planning with several Ontario ministries and non-profit agencies including the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and the Niagara Escarpment Commission. He graduated in 1967 with a B.Sc. in Biology and became a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) in 1973. Frank has also been a volunteer advisor/consultant in non-profit leadership for local conservation and community groups in Pennsylvania and Ontario. Frank joined the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust in 2001 and has served as Director, Land Chair, Secretary and Vice President. Since 2012, he has been with the Ontario Farmland Trust and is currently Board Secretary and Governance Chair. In 2015, he was appointed to the Board of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA). Frank is also joint owner/manager of the family century farm in Norfolk County and a managed escarpment forest in Bruce County.

Jenna Siu - Governor

Coordinator, Conservation Biology, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Jenna Siu works for the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a Coordinator, Conservation Biology and has helped steward protected lands in the Greater Toronto Area since 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Biology from Queen’s University and a research based Master’s of Science in Biology from Western University.  Jenna developed a passion for the natural world primarily through her education and field experiences. She’s worked with several species at risk and invasive species across Ontario. She has been involved with various land trusts in southern Ontario since 2013 as a volunteer, employee and board member.

Patricia Wilson - Governor

Community Conservation Coordinator, Kawartha Land Trust

Patricia Wilson fell in love with land protection the first day she was introduced to Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) and participated in her first planting day!  Since then, Patricia has worked for the KLT in a variety of roles for the past 6 years, such as Stewardship Technician and Administrative Assistant, and is currently their Community Conservation Coordinator. Patricia works to engage with the local community and volunteers through events, outreach and partnership development. She is also one of the lead staff members working on Indigenous Engagement planning for KLT properties as well as diversity, equity and inclusion strategies for the organization. Patricia is super passionate when it comes to bringing people together and sharing her love of the environment in the hopes of getting people excited about the wonders of nature! For her work in 2020, she was the recipient of OLTA’S Emerging Land Trust Leader Award.

Patricia is also the Founder of Diverse Nature Collective, an organization that is working to empower BIPOC folks to be part of the conservation and outdoor world. Through this organization, Patricia hopes to promote diversity and inclusion within the sector and create a space for BIPOC folk to thrive and support one another. Through collaborative events, workshops and partnerships, Patricia aims to increase diversity within local conservation organizations, clubs and outdoor groups.