Board of Directors
Directors of Safe Quiet Lakes as of May 2021:
Diana has over 30 years in senior leadership roles for major technology companies. She spent 19 years with Microsoft where she built and grew pioneering business units. This included founding the national Mid-Market Customer Sales and Marketing group, the Solution Provider Partner Channel, and leading Microsoft Canada’s Intellectual Property Advocacy and Anti-Piracy initiatives where she was part of their Global Compliance team. She was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a global legal industry software company, and is currently President of Axyum Group where she consults technology companies on growth and governance.
Diana is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an Executive MBA from Ivey School of Business at Western University. She is passionate about business results and committed to making a positive difference. Diana is also a director on the Lake Joseph North Association and a business coach for the Ivey International Leader Project.
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 Minstrel Foundation and Lake Joseph North Association.
Nancy Cohen has been a lifelong volunteer and watersports enthusiast. She was a certified Windsurfing instructor in her university years and is a canoeist and sailor since childhood.
She has a wealth of volunteer leadership experience and has been an active volunteer at the Toronto French School for over 20 years. This includes President of the Parents’ Association, Board member, and a long list of leadership roles in school events, galas and fundraising activities. Currently, she serves as a Director of TFS Foundation Board and President of Lake Joseph North Association.
Craig is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business, Western University, and a CPA, Chartered Accountant. Now retired at the cottage in Muskoka, he worked in various financial positions during his career, including over 20 years at the corporate head office of Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto. He currently serves on the board of a publicly listed company as well as volunteers as a mentor start up businesses in Muskoka and as a member of the Seguin Township Finance Committee.
Patricia has extensive experience in both Corporate Canada and in the Entrepreneurial world through the creation of a very successful Marketing Venture. A graduate of the Ivey School of Business, Western University, 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 currently serves on the Boards of The Foundation of Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, The Toronto Ladies Tennis League, The Women’s Golf Association of Ballenisles and The Board of Challenge Cup.
As founder and owner of Dalton Cloutier 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 and the Communications + Public Relations Foundation.
Rob has been coming to Muskoka all of his life. His family have been cottaging here since 1884. He retired at the end 2015 from a publicly-traded high tech start-up company based in Markham and Palo Alto where he was CFO. Previous to that he worked for IBM in various senior management financial roles including international experience in Brazil and the Caribbean.
Rob Served for eight years on the board of the Muskoka Lakes Association and currently is a member of the Committee of Adjustment for the Township of Muskoka Lakes. He now spends most of his summer on Tobin Island, Lake Rosseau as well as a number of weeks during the winter enjoying snowmobiling.
Colleen is a lifelong Muskoka cottager spending her summers as a teen working at Foodland, teaching swimming lessons at Hanna Beach, and working at the MLGCC. When she is not enjoying time in Port Carling she lives in Toronto with her husband and teen girls. She is the Executive Director of the Canadian Club Toronto an over 123-year-old non-profit dedicated to engaging Canadians in what matters most. The Canadian Club hosts dozens of live and virtual events with business leaders, civic leaders, CEO’s, nobel laureates and politicians each year. Her previous career saw Colleen leading sales and marketing teams at Corus Entertainment including YTV, CMT, and W.
Along with boating safety Colleen is passionate about public education and has served on many school parent councils in a variety of roles including Chair and even ran for School Trustee for the TDSB.
Nancy has a diverse background of senior leadership roles as a successful entrepreneur, senior executive and industry leader. She spent the first part of her career building a successful public relations firm which she subsequently sold to a mulit-national organization and stayed on to run the Canadian operation. She also founded a television production company which she eventually sold. Most recently Nancy was the CEO of Food and Consumer Products of Canada, Canada’s largest association of food, beverage and consumer packaged goods companies. As CEO she sat on the Board of Directors, oversaw the Association’s operations, and liaised with trading partners and senior government officials.
Nancy is an institute-certified Board Director and has sat on the Boards of public and not for profit organizations. She is currently Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Board for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Founder and Director of the Desmoid Tumour Foundation of Canada and a Board member of Safe Quiet Lakes. She is passionate about keeping Muskoka lakes safe, quiet and maintaining the beauty for generations to come.
Wanda has over twenty-five years human resources experience gained in a variety of industries including telecommunications, global outsourcing and retail. Wanda is currently the Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer for Staples Canada. At Staples she is responsible for leading Human Resources, Internal Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, ensuring the alignment of these critical areas supports the engagement and retention of Staples 10,000 associates. Prior to joining Staples, she was the VP, Human Resources for Lowe’s Canada.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and has completed her Human Resources and Compensation Committee Effectiveness (HRCCE) with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
As an island cottager, boating is about more than recreation and pleasure for Wanda. It’s a mode of transportation to get to and from the cottage, which is why she is passionate about the opportunity to promote and practice safer boating for all.
Larry Johns has been a year-round cottager on Lake Muskoka, near Bala, for more than 50 years. Currently going on 5 years, Larry is working as a consultant to a Toronto based IT Support company. Before that, and for 20+ years, he owned and was President/General Manager of a national distributor of construction fastening products, until he sold the business in 2016. Married to his wife Joanne for 44 years, they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Larry, a B.Comm. graduate from the University of Toronto, and received his MBA from York University, is currently a Director of the Muskoka Lakes Association and has served as their Treasurer for the past 4 years.
Phil Haynes – Creative & Advertising
Drew Cowern – Outreach
Val Hamilton – Outreach
Kelly Collard – Correspondence