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Harvey Andrew McCue, Vice-Chair, Ottawa

Harvey McCue is a consultant specializing in aboriginal issues in the areas of health, education, self-governance, gaming, public relations and economic development. Previously, McCue helped found and develop the Native Studies Department at Trent University, where he taught for 14 years. He was Director of Education Services for the Cree School Board in northern Quebec for five years, and was the first First Nations Director General of Indian Education at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in Ottawa. McCue also founded First Nations Youth at Risk, a charitable organization that provides grants for youth at risk, and served as its President and National Coordinator.

James (Jim) Brownell, Long Sault

James (Jim) Brownell served as a member of provincial parliament in Ontario from 2003-11 and was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Consumer Services. He was a former teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board for 33 years. His community involvement includes serving as President of the Lost Villages Historical Society, Chair of the 2015 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Regiment, and a life member of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Historical Society and Cornwall Township Historical Society. Brownell holds Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees from the University of Ottawa, Principals’ Certification through Queen’s University and an Honorary Diploma from St. Lawrence College.

Dr. Robert Arthur Gordon, Toronto

Dr. Robert Gordon spent his career in the public education sector, including seven years as President of Dawson College in Montreal and 25 years as President of the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto. He holds graduate degrees from Bishop's University, Harvard and the University of Massachusetts, and honorary degrees from Bishop's University and the universities of New Brunswick, Guelph and Toronto. He has served as President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Chair of the Board of Basketball Canada, on the Premier's Council (where he chaired the Ontario Technology Fund), Chair of the Board of Bishop's University and Leader-in-Residence of the Conference Board of Canada. Currently, Gordon is Chair of the Board of Waste Diversion Ontario and a member of several other boards, including the Post-Secondary Quality Assessment Board. He has been awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen's medals for Golden and Diamond Jubilees, and is a member of the Order of Ontario.

Melanie Hare, Toronto

Melanie Hare is a partner in Urban Strategies Inc., an integrated urban design and planning consulting firm. Melanie has over 15 years’ experience working with communities across North America to create livable, sustainable and inspiring communities. She is a Board member at the Canadian Urban Institute and Chair of the Government and Legislation Working Group for the Ontario Planners Institute. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Hare was involved with Women Plan Toronto and was a Member of the Toronto Safe City Committee from 1994 to 1996. She received her Honours BA from the University of Toronto in 1988 and her Masters of Urban and Rural Planning from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1993. Ms. Hare is a LEED-Accredited Professional and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the American Planners Association.

Dr. Frederic (Eric) L.R. Jackman, Toronto

Dr. Frederic L.R. Jackman is a psychologist, the President of Invicta Investments and Chair of the Jackman Foundation. He is also Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Windsor. Jackman’s community involvement includes serving as Founding Chair of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and as a former Chair of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Jackman is a member of the Ontario and the Canadian Psychological Associations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Chicago.  Jackman is the recipient of four honorary doctorates, and is a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.

George Thomas Kapelos, Toronto

George Thomas Kapelos is an architect, planner and professor at Toronto’s Ryerson University. Professor Kapelos is a former Chair of Ryerson's Department of Architectural Science and former President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Kapelos’ community involvement includes serving as a member of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition and the Ultraviolet Radiation Working Group. Kapelos has curated a number of exhibitions, exploring themes of landscape and architecture. In his research and writings, subjects of architectural modernity, construction, pedagogy and design have been explored with reference to Canadian culture, built works and design praxis.

Donald Pearson, London

Donald Pearson is General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. Previously, Pearson was General Manager of Conservation Ontario, Chief Administrative Officer of the County of Perth, and General Manager of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. In addition to serving on the Ontario Heritage Trust’s board, he is also a board member of the Canadian Water Network, and Chair of the Carolinian Canada Coalition. Pearson’s past contributions include serving as: Chair of the Natural Spaces Leadership Alliance; Member of the Board of Trees Ontario; Chair of the Southwestern Ontario Travel Association; Campaign Chair and Member of the Board for the United Way of London and Middlesex; and board member of the London and Middlesex Heritage Museum. Pearson has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario and an honours science degree from the University of Waterloo.

Jean Yves Pelletier, Ottawa

Jean Yves Pelletier is a Cultural Developer with the City of Ottawa. He has been active in Ottawa’s heritage community since the early 1980s. He is a founding member of the Ottawa and Toronto branches of the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie, the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien and the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa. He has worked as a historical resources consultant and grants officer with the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Ontario Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and as a heritage resources consultant for the City of Ottawa, the Vanier Museopark, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and Montfort Hospital. He is a past board member of the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa, the Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives, Alliance française d’Ottawa, the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Research on French Canadian Culture and the Centre franco-ontarien de folklore.

Peter Rogers, Toronto

Peter Rogers attended the University of Toronto where he obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor and Master of Library Science and Bachelor of Education degrees. He spent 31 years with the Hamilton Catholic District School Board as a teacher-librarian and, following retirement, was honoured by them with the Distinguished Service Award. Rogers participated as councillor and was provincial Course Manager for the Student Council Leadership course with the Ontario Ministry of Education at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre (OELC/CASO). While in Hamilton, Rogers was also a member of the Hamilton Public Library Board and also served as its Chair. He was also a member and Chair of the Hamilton Arts Council, and was extremely active chairing the Ontario School Librarian Association, the Ontario Trustees Association and the parent body of the Ontario Library Association. For this, Rogers received the Outstanding Service Award. He is now living in Toronto where he has served as a member of the Collegium of the University of St. Michael's College, and where he presently sits as a member of the College of Electors, University of Toronto. Rogers was recognized for his contributions to the university by receiving the Arbor Award. He was a founding member and Chair of Knowledge Ontario and the Alpha Plus Centre Board. He currently is the head of the Friends of the Kelly Library Book Sale, and has raised over $300,000 to enrich the student learning experience there.

Wendy Shearer, Guelph

Wendy Shearer is an award-winning landscape architect and cultural heritage specialist who consults on the evaluation, planning and conservation management of a wide range of heritage properties. She has more than 30 years of experience in private practice working on numerous sites of local, provincial and national heritage significance. Her expertise includes documentation and evaluation of heritage values and significance for a wide range of cultural landscapes, including evolved industrial and institutional landscapes, designed gardens, urban neighbourhoods and historical rural settlements throughout Ontario. Ms. Shearer has recently been involved with planning for the conservation of several recognized Indigenous heritage sites in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. She has also contributed several articles to the Ontario Heritage Trust publication, Heritage Matters, on the subject of cultural landscapes – and she is an invited speaker in both Canada and the United States on this topic. Since 2007, she has taught the biannual course on Cultural Landscapes in the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resources Management Program. Ms. Shearer received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and is a Fellow of the College of Fellows of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

Nathan Tidridge, Waterdown

Nathan Tidridge is currently an editor-at-large with Dundurn Press, a teacher with Waterdown District High School (Hamilton Wentworth District School Board) and serves as an Education Committee member with Magna Carta Canada. Tidridge has engaged extensively in teaching, study and research about community, Indigenous peoples and Ontario heritage and history. His community involvement includes serving as the Chairperson of the Souharissen Natural Area Committee (Indigenous area), as a member of the Inventory/Research Sub-Committee with the City of Hamilton, on the Education Committee for Magna Carta Canada, and with the Flamborough Heritage Society. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University. Tidridge has authored four books, exploring such topics as Muskokan identity, the Crown in Canada, and reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples (via the Dignified Crown).