Directors and Officers
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Calvin President
Michael Tucker Past-President
Brian Buckles Vice-President
Adam Conyers Treasurer
Susan Fleming Secretary
Brian Buckles is a retired Senior Executive of a major international financial institution and along with his wife Jane is a long time Uxbridge resident. He has been active in his local community, particularly with respect to land use issues, beginning in 1972 with People or Planes after their home was expropriated for the then proposed Pickering Airport. Brian has been appointed to a number of provincial and federal advisory committees, including the Seaton Advisory Committee, the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Oak Ridges Moraine, the North Pickering Land Exchange Review Panel, and the Federal Green Space Advisory Committee. Brian is also a member of many conservation and citizen organizations and works closely with the Township of Uxbridge, the TRCA, and other conservation partners to promote land stewardship, raise funds, and secure trail and natural heritage corridors linking conservation lands and communities.
Elizabeth (Liz) Calvin worked locally as a public health nurse for more than 30 years. She completed a Masters in Public Health in 2015, using her studies as an opportunity to explore the role that nature and access to green space play in our health. Since retiring from the Region of Durham in 2013 she continues to work part time as a nurse and has worked on a variety of community-based projects in partnership with other organizations.
Adam Conyers is a financial executive with over 30 years experience and is currently the Chief financial Officer of Voyport Group Holdings. He is also a director and member of the Audit Committee at the Canadian Securities Exchange. Adam moved to the Claremont area in 1989 and embraced the rural environment. He became active with Durham Conservation Association, the precursor to Green Durham Association and has served on the board for over 10 years.
Wendy Dobson is a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management where she teaches and carries on research on international issues. Her most recent book is Gravity Shift: How Asia’s New Economic Powerhouses will Shape the 21st Century. She is long-time resident of Uxbridge, arriving 25 years ago and is an active skier, hiker, and forest manager. Wendy has been active in Green Durham Association, particularly around addressing issues of achieving a sustainable equilibrium between active use and conservation.
Robert Ferguson lives in the City of Kawartha Lakes Township and is a frequent visitor to East Duffins Headwaters properties, whether it be to cross country ski, cycle or walk. After a career as a teacher for the Durham District School Board, he continues to serve the community as a member of the Kawartha Cycling Club and as a Can Bike cycling instructor. He has volunteered for GDA over the years, and has long had an interest in broader land use issues such as the Greenbelt and the Federal lands in Pickering.
Susan Fleming is an independent Canadian filmmaker who has been producing and directing films since 1989. Ever curious, her life quest is to explore this strange world of ours - a place where the familiar, if truly examined, is often revealed to be strangely alien. Her award-winning docs and television series have been broadcast across the globe on a variety of networks including: The CBC, The BBC, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS Nature, Planéte, ARTE France & Germany, SBS Australia and NHK Japan. She is an award-winning Science and Nature Filmmaker whose films have taken viewers everywhere from deep underground to explore the secret world of ants to high up in the tree tops and inside the hidden nests of crows and out on a limb in the dark of night to witness the tentative first steps of baby raccoons.
Michie Garland grew up in Northern Ontario (Kenora), and then attended Queen's University from 1971-78. He settled in Toronto and practiced corporate/commercial law there for 35 years. Michie retired to Uxbridge in 2015 where he lives with his partner Erin O'Dacre. As a volunteer, Michie had a long involvement with Moorelands Community Services, and its wilderness childrens' camp on Kawagama Lake. He served on the board for seven years, including two years as president.
Bob Henderson taught Outdoor Education and Environmental Inquiry for 29 years at McMaster University. His latest book is More Trails, More Trails: Exploring Canada’s Travel Heritage. He is also the author of Every Trail Has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada and co-editor of two other books on Canadian history and environmental issues. Bob is a keen trail user and active in a variety of environmental groups. Currently he is the editor of Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education and involved with the Schools and Colleges group of the Association for Experiential Education with whom in 2006 he was recipient of the Michael Stratton Practitioner of the Year award.
John McCutcheon is a 35 year Uxbridge resident living with his wife on a property with an environmental easement. John has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors and is closely associated with the World Wildlife Fund. He is a director of the John and Pat McCutcheon Charitable Foundation and Chair of the Uxbridge Town Trail Committee.
Michael Tucker is a retired professional engineer and an active environmentalist. He and his wife Lally lived in the Township of Uxbridge for more than 30 years and moved to Toronto in 2016. Michael has been particularly active and engaged with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. He worked with the TRCA and others to develop a 150 km recreational trail system on these lands as well as the establishment of a stewardship committee to assist in the monitoring and coordination of different user activities on the trails. In 2016 the TRCA awarded Michael the Charles Sauriol Leadership Award, its highest award.
Geoffrey Vernon is a lifelong visitor to Uxbridge Township where he continues to enjoy a property close to Walker Woods with his family. After a number of years in banking, Geoff's appreciation of natural heritage led him to study Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph. Geoff has been an active trail volunteer with the TRCA for several years. When not near Claremont he operates a landscape business in Toronto.