Steve has worked in forestry for over 40 years and is actively involved with many community organizations such as GBBR, Muskoka Watershed Council and Almaguin Economic development Group. He is also on the Forests Ontario Board of Directors. Steve and his wife Theresa Gregory live at YogAloft Wellness Retreat in McKellar.
Forest Manager, R.P.F, B.Sc.F & M.Sc.F
Barry is FMP author, guiding the planning and silvicultural programs at Westwind since 1998. He previously worked as a Forester and Project Forester for the Vegetation Management Alternatives Program for MNRF and as the Program Manager for the Forest Biodiversity Program for Wildlife Habitat Canada.
Senior Forest Technician
Larry is working for you in the Muskoka area to promote good silviculture, sound forestry practices, values protection and accountability.
Javier joined Westwind in the spring of 2017 after completing a Masters degree at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Forestry. Javier works both in the field and office conducting silviculture effectiveness monitoring, forest operations prescriptions and as part of the forest management planning team. He has held positions as a forestry technician and forest manager working on federal, crown and municipal lands in both British Columbia and Ontario. Javier is a Registered Professional Forester (R.P.F.), Certified Ontario Tree Marker L1, ISA Certified Arborist, and holds a Scaling licence.
Forester, R.P.F., MFC
Margaret started at Westwind in the winter of 2017 after completing the Master of Forest Conservation program at the University of Toronto. Margaret is a Registered Professional Forester (R.P.F.).
Mike joined Westwind in the fall of 2018. He is passionate about sustainable forestry and has previously worked in operations, silviculture effectiveness monitoring & tree marking among other things with Algonquin Forestry Authority and MNRF. Mike is a certified Forest Operations Compliance Inspector, Level 1 Tree Marker, SO-iSTARS Forest Regeneration Surveyor and holds a Scaler’s Licence & Forestry Exterminator Licence.
Board of Directors
Louise is a retired banking executive with years of experience in finance, sales and customer value creation. She has served on the Westwind Board since 2008 and as Chair since January 2013. Currently, Louise is a member of the Oversight Group, an advisory body to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on Tenure Modernization matters.
Tom was the founding Chair of Westwind. His work focuses on forest management auditing in Canada and the U.S. Tom is a co-author of "Diversity: Forests, People, Communities, the framework for developing public forest policy in Ontario", and one of the foundations of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. He was on MNRF Deputy Minister’s Provincial Forest Policy Committee for 17 years.
CEO, Forests Ontario
Rob Keen, RPF, is the CEO of Forests Ontario. Rob’s 30+ years of experience includes developing forest management plans, feasibility studies, forest audits, and providing forestry services to landowners. Rob is a former Director of Maple Leaves Forever and the Algonquin Forestry Authority.
General Manager, Tembec Huntsville Sawmill
Gerald has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Lakehead University. Gerald chose a career in forestry from a love of the outdoors from camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, cross country skiing and generally just being in the forest. The Great lakes – St Lawrence Forest was particularly appealing to him on account of being able to treat areas multiple times through ones career and see the improvement from successive treatments.
Gerald has been involved with Westwind from the beginning and has been on and off the Board at different times throughout.
Mayor, South River
Jim Coleman is a community director on the Westwind Board of Directors. He is a retired educator after 35 years with BA and Masters Degrees. He has been involved with local politics in South River for over 25 years and is completing his third recent term as Mayor . He is also a member of the Central Almaguin Planning Board and the Eastholme Board of Management. Jim has many outdoor interests including skiing, fishing, hunting, canoeing, gardening, geology, archeology, art and woodcarving. Jim has an Ontario Registered Trapping Zone in Laurier Township. He believes that our District Crown Forest has a major impact on our local economy and is strongly committed to its sustainability .
John is a professional forester who is the Woodlands Manager for Goulard Lumber (1971) Ltd., a manufacturer of quality red and white pine lumber located in Sturgeon Falls. He is responsible for the safe and cost-effective supply of logs to the company’s mill, and he contributes to the management and governance of the companies that hold the Sustainable Forest Licenses on the areas where Goulard holds harvest allocations.
Independent Operator Representative
Joe has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Lakehead University. He worked at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for 35 years. Joe is also from the local area and was a councilor for McDougall Township for 11 years.
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