Presenters

TERRI LEROUX

Terri LeRoux Executive Director Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
Terri LeRoux Executive Director Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

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 lake side 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 113 kilometer hiking and cycling trail predominantly following the main Credit River valley from Lake Ontario to the Headwaters.

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 for five years in Ontario’s Provincial Parks (Presqu’ile and Algonquin).

Terri currently resides in Halton Hills, Ontario with her husband, Jay and son, Luke.

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MARK SCHMIDT

Mark Schmidt, Lead Trails Analyst, Parks Canada
Mark Schmidt, Lead Trails Analyst, Parks Canada

Mark Schmidt began developing trails in the mid 1990’s, while volunteering for several trail organizations throughout Ontario.

In 2001 Mark turned his hobby into a profession and now has over 15 years of professional trails experience including trail design/planning, trail construction, trail management, trail assessment and trail restoration. Mark has also lead over 150 trail education workshops focusing on a range of trail topics from trail design to advanced trail construction.

He joined Parks Canada, as National Trails Analyst, in January 2010 and is responsible for the creation of national trail guidelines, creating new trail resources, working with external partners, and providing trail support for Parks Canada’s field units. In the last 5 years Mark has worked in over 28 Parks Canada sites across the country.

Mark has travelled the world working on trail projects but has spent most of his time working with land agencies in North America. Mark has consulted and worked on trails in almost all the USA States and all Canadian Provinces and Territories. In addition to consulting on trails Mark has experience teaching at Capilano University in British Columbia as lead instructor in the Park and Trail Design courses and as a program convenor.

Mark spends most of the time exploring the world with his wife and 3 little girls. Any leftover time is spent mountain biking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

Parks Canada manages a large network or trails across the country. These trails range from high alpine routes in the mountains to flat surfaced trails in the prairies and include a large variety of different uses. Parks Canada’s Lead Trails Analyst will share new approaches being used to ensure that the trails we use today will be around for future generations and how these trails are managed for the variety of uses that modern trails are seeing. Some of the tools being covered include market segmentation and understanding user’s needs, trail conflict resolutions, trail themes and classification, and more.

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ALEXANDRA BRODKA R.P.N.

Alexa Brodka R.N. Project Assistant Hamilton Burlington Trails Council
Alexandra Brodka R.P.N. Project Assistant Hamilton Burlington Trails Council

As a nurse and outdoor recreation professional, Alexandra places an interdisciplinary lens on the activities that she undertakes as Project Manager at the Hamilton Burlington Trails Council. Alexandra dedicates her time towards helping to build healthy, safe and vibrant communities through trails and natural spaces.

She sits on the Hamilton Cycling committee, advising City Council on all matters related to cycling and volunteers on the governance committee with Cycle Hamilton.
In her spare time, you might find her walking the local trails with her dogs, rock climbing or off on a camping trip!
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NEKISHA MOHAMMED
Nekeisha Mohammed Communications Officer Conservation Ontario
Nekeisha Mohammed Communications Officer Conservation Ontario

Nekeisha Mohammed is the Communications Officer at Conservation Ontario.

Prior to joining Conservation Ontario, she spent many years working in marketing communications at various Toronto-area hospital foundations and associations.

We thank both Conservation Ontario and Ms. Mohammed for their support of our event.

The Conservation Ontario Healthy Hikes Program is a leading edge program promoting health and well-being through physical activity opportunity available at any one of Ontario’s over 200 conservation authorities and conservation areas.

 

 

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PATRICK CONNOR, CAE, SSA

Patrick Connor, President Canadian Trails Federation
Patrick Connor, President Canadian Trails Federation

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, A Member of Economic Developers Association of Canada and other community justice and betterment initiatives.

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CAROL OITMENT

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Carol Oitment, Policy Advisor, Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport

Carol Oitment is a policy advisor with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Her portfolio includes trails. Carol has been involved with the development of the Ontario Trails Strategy, the Trails Action Plan and the current trails legislation.

Before joining the Provincial Government, Carol worked with parks and trails in municipal, not-for-profit and private sector settings including developing Parks and Recreation Master Plans for a number of municipalities across Ontario.

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KATE POTTER, BAH GEOGRAPHY

Conservation Specialist & Partner Liaison

Kate Potter, BAH Geography; Conservation Specialist & Partner Liaison
Kate Potter, BAH Geography; Conservation Specialist & Partner Liaison

Kate brings more than 10 years of experience in conservation project management, public outreach and multi-stakeholder engagement.

She previously coordinated over 30 municipal and non-profit stakeholders for the Caring for the Moraine Project with the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and led the development of a watershed stewardship and outreach project with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

Since 2011, Kate has coordinated landowner contact and education for the Peel Region Greenlands Securement Program.

She has worked closely with municipalities and conservation authorities to develop conservation land securement strategies and programs throughout Southern Ontario. In 2013 Kate organized a natural heritage land conservation and stewardship workshop with the City of Mississauga for local landowners.

Kate is skilled in strategic planning and program assessments, GIS land mapping analysis, landowner outreach and education, partnership-building and contributing to community-based conservation and sustainability initiatives.