Board of Directors

Carole-1Our community economic development program is managed by a community representative Board of Directors.

Board Members:

  • Provide governance for the organization, represent it in the community and ultimately accept legal responsibility for it.
  • Act on behalf and represent the views of the CFDC’s constituents – the citizens of the community.
  • Have the principal responsibility for the carrying out of the organization’s mission and strategic objectives.
  • Accomplish their functions through attendance at regular meetings plus participation on committees and sub-committees.
  • Charged with four phases of organizational development planning, organization, operations, and audit/evaluation.

Current Board Members


Barb continues her career as a community leader and innovator. As a past elected Municipal Councillor, Barb served on many Council and community committees to help her town grow and prosper. As a past Member of Provincial Parliament, she participated on provincial legislative committees to bring efficiency and effectiveness to government programs and services; including being the Parliamentary Assistant for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Over the years Barb has been an active volunteer with numerous local, regional and provincial organizations, some of which have included the Chamber of Commerce, Conservation Authority, Canadian Council for the Status of Women, National Women’s Hockey League and Friends of the Kincardine Hospital. In addition to Barb’s community expertise, she was a successful Business Development Manager for a national recruiting firm, as well as the owner of her own consulting business. In 2012 Barb returned as General Manager of the Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation, a not for profit corporation that provides economic and business development support to help generate economic activity and jobs in the region. Barbara Fisher, MPP


Chris Johnston is a Certified Human Resources Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Phoenix as well as a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Georgian College. Chris is currently the Senior Manager of Human Resources for TRW Canada Ltd., a manufacturer of automotive safety components in Midland, ON. Prior to this role he was Human Resources Manager and County Coordinator with Arvin Meritor in Chatham and Milton, ON and Manager of Strategic Initiatives with Arvin Meritor, in Troy, MI USA. Chris is Past Chair of the North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation and Chair of the South Central Community Development Corporation. TRW Canada Ltd – Occupant Safety Systems


Gary has held technical, management and executive roles in nuclear and thermal power as well as the telecommunications industry spanning over 25 years. Gary’s expertise includes engineering, sales, marketing, strategic planning, project management, change management, operations, business process re-engineering, quality and organizational effectiveness. Gary is a certified Institute of Quality Assessor. Gary is also registered as a Professional Engineer (Chemical) in the province of Alberta. He also holds an Honours B.Sc. degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the University of Alberta. Gary headed the strategic planning process for an $8 billion telecommunications company from the holding company down to each strategic business unit. He has taught sustainability and strategic management courses in the MBA and undergraduate programs at Phoenix and Meritus Universities. Gary is owner of a management consulting practice called Critel Professional Services in Wasaga Beach and is a consulting partner in Critical Thinking Associates. Gary is currently part-time faculty at Georgian College Barrie Campus in Barrie, Ontario teaching technology and business courses. Gary has 15 years of board of director experience and is an Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director (2013) through the CUDA and the University of Dalhousie. Gary currently sits on the board of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce as an executive director. He also chairs the Promote Wasaga Committee and Wasaga Beach Short Film Festival on behalf of the Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce. Critel Professional Services


Dr. Herman van den Berg is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the Orillia campus of Lakehead University. He is a director and president of the Orillia and Area Community Development Corporation and serves on the corporation’s executive and investment committees. He is also director and president of the strategic and financial consulting services firm, Procerity Inc. He currently does not have any direct or indirect beneficial ownership of securities in Future Health Services. Prior to beginning his academic career, Dr. van den Berg served in successively more senior managerial positions at an electrical utility, a financial institution, and an environmental services firm. He has management experience in the areas of corporate analysis, capital investment evaluation, project structuring, business plan preparation, and financial forecasting. He has also held public office as a trustee on two separate school boards. Dr. van den Berg holds an Honours B.B.A. with an Economics Option, an MBA in Finance, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management. Lakehead University- Dr. Herman van den BergProcerity Inc.


Paul Rogers is a retired high school principal for the Upper Grand District School Board. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Laurentian University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto. Paul has been an active volunteer with the Fergus Scottish Festival, Groves Hospital Fund Raising Committee, Centre Wellington Women in Crisis Organization, Guelph-Wellington District Health Council and Guelph-Wellington Crime Stoppers. He is one of the founders of the Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures Development Corporation. He is also a director for the Centre Wellington Food Bank and the South Central Community Development Corporation. Paul is a forty year Rotarian, a past president of the Fergus-Elora Rotary Club and recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He was also honoured as the Centre Wellington Citizen of the Year for 2004. Wellignton-Waterloo Community FuturesCommunity Paul Harris Fellowship AwardsCentre Wellington Awards of Excellence Past Recipients


Rose Austin is the General Manager of the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation, a Community Futures Corporation. She has been with the corporation for 20+ years. Rose has an extensive background in the hospitality, marketing and educational sectors. She is an active member of her community volunteering on many different committees. Rose and her children are fourth and fifth generation Walkertonians. She is extremely proud of her rural roots and believes in grass root initiatives and cooperative regionalism.Saugeen Economic Development Corporation


Geoff Hogan has extensive experience in using technology to transform business operations during his career as a private sector consultant and a public servant.   Since 1999 Geoff has also worked to facilitate expansion of broadband in Grey County and South West Ontario.  Formerly the president of the Ontario chapter of the Municipal Information Systems Association he has been a leader facilitating collaboration between municipal IT departments.Geoff is currently the Executive Director of Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT).  SWIFT’s mandate is to connect every farm, business and home in southwest Ontario with fibre optics.  Geoff has extensive not for profit board experience including acting as current chair of the Centre for Business, the Community Futures in Collingwood Ontario.Geoff resides in rural Grey County near Thornbury with his wife, 2 daughters and Golden Retriever Alfie.

Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc.