Directors of as of August, 2017

Frances has broad experience in the financial markets beginning as an investment analyst in the 1970s with Pitfield Mackay Ross, then as a pioneer in Investor Relations. Frances founded The Canadian Investor Relations Institute which has grown into a large, multi-chapter organization across Canada. In the late 1980s she served two terms as a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission, the first woman to be appointed.Her career includes executive positions at John Labatt Limited and Manulife Financial. In the 1990s she established Equity Link, a strategic management consulting firm with offices at the Boston Consulting Group. Equity Link subsequently branched into the sourcing and acquisition of private transactions and enterprise developments. Frances has served as a director of several private companies in the United States and Ireland. She is currently on the Board of the National Ballet School Foundation, of the Minstrel Foundation and Lake Joseph North Association.

Al Manchee is a fourth generation Muskoka cottager.He retired after almost 32 years with Hydro One/Ontario Hydro in a variety of communications roles including Senior Media and Public Affairs Advisor/Corporate Spokesperson. He spent the last five years of his Hydro career as Senior Communications Advisor to the Vice President, Operations.His volunteer background includes experience with United Way, Big Brothers and the Muskoka Lakes Association.
Patricia has extensive experience in both Corporate Canada and in the Entrepreneurial world through the creation of a very successful Marketing Venture. She has held Executive positions at Maple Leaf Foods, Tambrands, and Mattel with strengths in Strategic Planning, Consumer-goods product marketing and new product development. In 1995 she created The Women of Influence Luncheon Series, Links For Women Golf Schools and The Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards along with many other successful properties. Here, she combined her marketing skills with extensive experience in specialty-interest group marketing, special event creation and an ability to create and nurture long-term sponsorship and client relationships.Patricia is an active volunteer and advocate for Canadian Entrepreneurs and currently serves on the Boards of The Foundation of Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, The Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, The Toronto Ladies Tennis League, The Women’s Golf Association of Ballenisles and The Board of Challenge Cup.
Mr. Reith is a graduate of the Ivey Business School, Western University, and a Chartered Accountant.Now retired, he worked in various financial positions during his career, including over 20 years at the corporate head office of The Four Seasons Hotels. He currently serves on the board of a publicly listed company as well as volunteers on the boards of various not for profit organizations.
Linda has been a faculty member at McMaster University for the past twenty years teaching International Business, Strategy, Marketing and Case Competition and Presentation Skills courses. She is heavily involved with student competitions as faculty advisor and trainer.Previous to this she worked in retail for sixteen years at various levels of management.She has been affiliated with Safe Quiet Lakes since inception in 2011 and is the current Treasurer and Board Member.
Mr. Wilkinson is a Principal with the Earnscliffe Strategy Group, a national public affairs firm. He has worked in senior corporate communications, marketing and advocacy roles in both the U.S. and Canada over his 30 year career. As Vice President, Public and Government Affairs for NOVA Chemicals, he was responsible for global communications and government relations. The role included accountability for media relations, crisis communications and international M&A communications and he was a senior advisor to the CEO and the Board of Directors.Greg has been in communication leadership roles with North American trade associations and served as both Chairman of the Board and President & CEO of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. On behalf of industry groups, Greg has led national public education and communication campaigns in both the U.S. and Canada.Greg is a graduate of Western University, has been a leader in community organizations in Calgary, Pittsburgh and Toronto and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Foundation and Safe Quiet Lakes. Greg has led national public education and communication campaigns in both the U.S. and Canada. He is also recognized as a skilled facilitator and executive coach.
As founder and owner of Dalton Communications Inc., Karen Dalton, CAE has 40 years of experience working in journalism, communications and now provides leadership and direction to her clients in the professional association industry. She works with volunteer Boards to establish strategic goals and objectives and develop action plans to achieve member satisfaction and ensure the financial success of the associations under her management. She received her certified association executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives in 2013.Karen has extensive association experience providing management services to the Canadian Public Relations Society, the Canadian Carwash Association, the Canadian Decorators’ Association and the Canadian Business Press.She has an Honours Journalism degree from Western University and began her career in publishing and communications working in editorial positions for Southam Business Publications and Kerrwil Publications and in the corporate office of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada as Director of Corporate Affairs.Karen has volunteered with the Women’s Press Club of Toronto, the YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction, the Communications + Public Relations Foundation and Safe Quiet Lakes Association.
Caroline Brooks is a singer/songwriter based in Toronto, ON. She is a member of the Canadian Folk trio Good Lovelies, who have recorded 6 albums and have toured extensively across North America, Australia, the UK and Europe. Caroline is also mom to two little ones, Annabelle (4yo) & Wallace (3mths), and writes a blog called “Mom on the Road” which highlights her experiences travelling and touring with children.Muskoka has become a huge part of Caroline’s life; in 2008 she married her husband on a rock overlooking Lake Rosseau at Linger Longer point. Between summer tour dates, she and her family spend every opportunity possible enjoying cottage life, both up in the woods of Tobin Island and on the water. Water safety and preserving the peace of cottage country are incredibly important to Caroline. It is her children’s legacy.
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Phil Haynes Communications – Creative & Advertising
Alison Love Communications – Social Media
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