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Board Biographies

A page of Education about our Volunteer Board of Directors, their backgrounds, professional qualifications and other skills that professionalize Ontario's Trails.

Jack de Wit - President

Jack de Wit was born and raised in Holland in a small farm community, immigrated to Canada at the age of thirteen. Lived and attended school in Scarborough Ontario.

Mr. de Wit worked in the construction industry for a number of years. Jack married his wife Judy in 1967 and was blessed with a daughter born in 1972; and he moved to Brooklin Ontario in 1985, where Jack, his wife and daughter operated Springfield Stables.

Jack retired in 2001 and his daughter continues to operate Springfield Stables. Jack has dedicated his time to the Ontario Equestrian Federation as Chair of Recreation Council.

Jack currently sits as President of the Ontario Trails Council an organization he is dedicated to building and preserving recreational trails.

Jack has served as Chair of Recreation for Equine Canada and sits on the Board of Directors. Jack is also a Founder and current President of The Canadian Recreational Horse and Rider Association.

Wayne Terryberry - Vice President

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As the Coordinator of the McMaster University Outdoor Recreation Program, Wayne has been leading outdoor trips for 20 years.

A gifted leadership facilitator and seasoned wilderness guide, he is a true adventure professional.

Specializing in canoe tripping, wilderness hiking, climbing and natural history interpretation.

Wayne enjoys helping people gain outdoor recreation skills and a passion for the outdoors.

Wayne enjoys live music, traveling, literature and the arts - and all the wonderful joys of life, friends, and family.

Dan Andrews - Secretary-Treasurer

Carolyn Richards

Carolyn Richards lives in the town of Lindsay ON, about 1 1/2 hours north of the East end of Toronto. She has 2 boys both of which began their postsecondary education journey this fall, although one remains at home she is very close to becoming an empty nester.

Carolyn works for a local insurance company as a Commercial Business insurance broker and of course is an avid ATVer. Her area has the largest club in Ontario with some 1,300 members. Carolyn joined Kawartha ATV Association in 2008, served on their Board beginning in 2010, and became President in 2013.

Kawartha ATV Association has a trail system that is about 400 miles in length and has a diverse combination of Private, municipally managed, and federal government managed or “Crown” land.

You can bet that each one has their own playbook for what is and is not permitted on their land to allow it to be accessible to ATVs, Dirt Bikes & 4×4 trucks. Carolyn is also the past 2nd vice president of the AQCC, and the Chair of the International Safety Week Campaign, a CASI ATV Instructor and a ROHVA Driver Coach.

Jason Davis

William "Bill" Mungall

Dr. Bob Payne

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald is a certified Hike Leader and routinely leads guided hikes for the Bruce Trail.  Michael proudly serves as the Director of Media for the Bruce Trail Conservancy - Iroquoia Club. 

Michael also sits on the council of the newly formed Hamilton/Burlington Trails Council and as a board member on the Ontario Trails Council. 

Michael is a passionate outdoorsman and works hard to be an engaged citizen and good steward for the planet.  

Terri LeRoux

Terri LeRoux has been the Executive Director of the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) since July 2005. In this capacity, Terri works collaboratively with the Board of Directors ensuring that financial support from CVCF permits Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission. Specifically, Terri formulates and executes comprehensive fund development strategies that enhance revenue from major donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations

Personally obsessed with Ontario’s trail network, Terri has been an active relationship builder, leader, and strategist with organizations such as Hike Ontario, National Trails Coalition and the Ontario Trails Council.  In her role with CVCF / CVC, she led a successful ten-year campaign that raised more than $2 million dollars and constructed 10 kilometers of fully accessible perimeter lakeside trail at Island Lake Conservation Area.

As the current project manager of the Credit Valley Trail, Terri is leading the creation of a Trail Master Plan for a continuous 100-kilometer trail predominantly following the main Credit River valley in Ontario from the Headwaters in Orangeville to Port Credit at Lake Ontario.

The co-author of two publications, Best Practices for Increasing Walking and Hiking on Ontario’s Trails and the Hike Ontario Young Hiker’s Program, Terri was the recipient of the Hike Ontario Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009. Prior to non-profit management, Terri worked as a Provincial Park Warden, Fisheries Officer and as a member of the Emergency Response Team in Ontario’s Provincial Parks (Presqu’ile and Algonquin).

Paul Ronan

I am married with two daughters, and so proud to be a grandfather of two young boys. I have spent my whole career involved in both private & public service. 

Having grown up on a farm north of Toronto,  I learned at a young age the value of hard work, the importance of community, and working in balance with nature.

I love the outdoors and sports. After playing professional hockey as a goaltender, I became a licensed carpenter. Although my passion for woodworking and construction remains, I stayed true to my roots and have served the Parks sector for over 30 years.  Twenty eight years with the City of Toronto, rising through the ranks to Parks Director, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in how parks, forestry and recreation programs are delivered.

Currently as the Executive Director of the Ontario Parks Association, I provide province wide leadership in advocating OPA’s mandate of “Protecting Tomorrow Today”.  I work closely with Landscape Ontario as a Professional Development Liaison and in my spare time I manage to teach Landscape Construction and Horticulture skills at Humber College. I represent OPA on the National Parks working group with the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association where green infrastructure policies and innovation are being developed and reviewed with a national perspective.  I am a member of the CSA Technical Standards Committee and am a Board Member with the Ontario Trails Council. Teaching about Living Green Infrastructure is my passion.

Bradley Fauteux

Bradley FauteuxBradley Fauteux (Brad Fauteux) is an accomplished leader with more than sixteen years of senior management and executive-level experience. Brad has specific experience in the areas of service delivery, organizational design, business development, relationship management, and financial management.

Brad Fauteux earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1995 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. He then continued his education by earning a Management Certificate from the American Management Association International, completing those studies in 1999.

During the course of his career, Brad has taken on management positions with a gradual growth of responsibilities. Beginning in 2009 and continuing for the next three years, Brad served as the Director and Acting Superintendent at Private Career Colleges Branch/MTCU, where he led an overall organizational redesign of the branch.

A lifelong environmentalist, following his time with Private Career Colleges, Brad became the Managing Director of Ontario Parks and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Brad was responsible for 2,500 employees in that role and oversaw a $90 million operating budget and a $1.5B capital portfolio. As Managing Director, Brad worked with more than 300 separate intergovernmental, community, Indigenous and private sector partners to serve over 10 million clients every year.

Over the course of his career, Brad has won a number of awards, primarily in the areas of environmental policy and practice and tourism. Brad has earned the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Award in 2015 and the Tourism Marketing Partnership Award from the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario in 2014, among numerous other honors.

Brad has also served in volunteer roles that enriched both his personal life and his professional work. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Peterborough Public Service Campaign Manager for the United Way of Peterborough in the area of poverty alleviation.

Currently, Brad serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Trillium College. He also acts as a consultant in natural resources management, applying his years of experience and service in the field. In this consultant role, Brad currently provides strategic guidance for the Credit Valley Trail Strategy in Ontario, and the Conservation Areas Master Strategy for Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

Patrick Connor - CEO, Ex-Officio

For 30 years Patrick has led significant social safeguard initiatives for safer streets, improved community health and welfare, as well as completion of hundreds of national and provincial trail planning and development projects. Key achievements include securing $10M+ in funding for Trans Canada Trail (TCT) lands through the National Trails Coalition project of 2009-16 that resulted in thousands of kilometers of TCT trail refurbished and maintained for continued public use.

Since 2003, Patrick has worked closely with TCT to complete the Ontario section of the trail. A convenor of conferences, publisher of papers, and enactor of change, Patrick is equipped with extensive trail development experience aided by a unique practice-based methodology and keen understanding of trail planning processes and stakeholders in Canada.

In 2012, Patrick was awarded the QEII Silver Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada. Dedicated to working locally, provincially and nationally to assist in widening community development and strengthening the communities that agencies serve, Patrick believes in an accepting and tolerant Canada, supported by healthy vibrant communities within it. He is a CSAE Accredited Non-Profit Executive, President of the Canadian Trails Federation, Chair of the National Trails Coalition, A Member of Economic Developers Association of Canada and other community justice and betterment initiatives.