Jim Hunt, Chair

Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Committee

Jim Hunt lives in Port Hope and has an office in Cobourg. He is a litigation lawyer who has appeared before the courts and tribunals in Ontario and Nova Scotia. He has been an instructor at the Bar Admission Course for the Law Society of Upper Canada and at George Brown College. He has served and continues to serve as a Tribunal Member for an Administrative Tribunal and as an Arbitrator. He has a wide range of experience in environmental matters working with the Ontario Water Resources Commission and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He has a CET, a BA in Geography from the University of Western Ontario, a Law Degree and MBA from Dalhousie University. Jim has served on many committees and boards including the Planning Advisory Committee, Water Works Commissioner and later Councillor in the Town of Port Hope and on the Board for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority in the 1990’s until 2000. Jim provided legal representation at the Walkerton Inquiry.

Municipal Members

George Offshack

Municipal Representative

George is a retired computer hardware engineer and has been the owner of Limerick Lake Lodge and Marina since 2006. He lived in the desert north of Los Angeles for 26 years where he became active in underground water rights during a drought in the late 1980s. George has been a member of the Crowe Valley C.A. Municipal Working Group for Source Water, President of the Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce (2008-2010), Chair of the Board of the Regional Tourism Organization (Ontario's Highlands, 2010-2012), and currently sits on the Waste Committee for Limerick Township. In June 2016, George was honored as Hastings County "Honorary Warden".

Bonnie Clark

Municipal Representative

Bonnie is a lifelong resident of Otonabee-South Monaghan Township, where she and her husband live on a fourth-generation family farm and own and operate their own business. She has served several terms on municipal council since 1994, most recently as Councillor at Large for the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan (2014 - present). She is also a past Chair of the Board for Otonabee Region Conservation Authority and presently is Chair of the Board for Peterborough Housing Corporation. Bonnie retired in 2012 after a long career as a registered nurse at the Peterborouh Regional Health Centre. 

Dave Burton

Municipal Representative


Rob Franklin

Municipal Representative

Rob has 21 years of experience in the planning field. He is currently serving as the Manager of Planning Services for the Town of Cobourg, where he has moved from Planner to Senior Planner and now Manager over the past 7 years. Rob was previously the Planner for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (1996-2005). He has been involved with Planning and Environmental Planning with the City of Peterborough and Otonabee Region Conservation Authority as well as the Ministry of Environment, Peterborough District. Rob is a graduate of Trent University with a B.Sc., Joint Major in Geography and Environmental Sciences.

Rosemary Kelleher-MacLennan

Municipal Representative

Rosemary is serving her 4th term as a Councillor, Previous Deputy Mayor and Public Utilities Commissioner for the Municipality of Trent Hills. She was appointed to the Ontario Municipal Water Association in 1998, served as Chair in 2005 and as Co-Chair of the Ontario Water Works Association/Ontario Municipal Water Association Joint Executive Committee and currently serves as a Political Director on the board addressing Municipal Drinking Water in Ontario. Rosemary grew up in an agricultural environment, and with a business education is currently a real estate broker in her home town of Campbellford. She is and has been quite active on a number of boards, associations and committees in and around the area.

Richard Straka

Municipal Representative

Richard has worked in Municipal Planning for the City of Peterborough for 26 years. He has also worked with Resource Evaluation and Planning with the Province of Alberta and as a Lake Planner in Northern Ontario for M.N.R. Richard is a graduate of McMaster University with an Hon. B.A in Geography and offers his experience as a Planner toward policy development and ensures careful consideration is afforded to decisions affecting Source Protection.

Commercial/Industrial Members

Jessica Ferri

Aggregate / Mining

Jessica has a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University and is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. She is also a member of Ontario’s Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and sits on the Land Use Committee. When she is not supporting businesses ensure compliance with laws, rules and regulations respective to land use in Ontario, she is spending time with her young family and travelling around the world.


Bev Spencer

Agricultural Representative

Beverley has lived and worked on a successful dairy operation for the past 30 years and is also a Registered Practical Nurse. Beverley has been a 4-H Club leader, and past president of the Hastings County Junior Women’s Institute. The future of family farming is very important to Beverley and her family as her son is the 6th generation on the farm.

Edgar Cornish

Agriculture Representative

Edgar is a full time farmer from Indian River with 48 years of experience in farm management, animal husbandry, and crop production. He has been president of many agricultural groups including the Peterborough County Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Peterborough Federation of Agriculture. Edgar has completed several on-farm projects to protect ground and surface water and is looking forward to develop fair, affordable ways to keep our drinking water safe.

Glenn Milne

Agricultural Representative

Glenn is a dairy farm operator where he uses both conventional and organic practices. He recently graduated from the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program doing special study into the delivery of environmental programs in Ontario. It was while on tour in New Zealand and Australia where he witnessed the effects of regulation, allocation, and ownership of water. Glenn believes that a co-operative effort of stewardship of our greatest natural resource is the best way to protect it for the future.

Dave Workman

Industry Representative

Dave is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a B.Sc. in Honours Applied Earth Sciences. He has detailed knowledge of the watersheds within the Trent Conservation Coalition Region as a result of completing numerous hydrogeological and geotechnical investigations in the past. Dave is currently a senior environmental specialist/hydrogeologist with GHD (formerly Geo-Logic) and is a professional geoscientist (P.Geo.).He believes that clean drinking water is a precious resource that must be protected.

Bob Lake

Economic Development Representative

Bob was born and raised in the Kawartha region where he has sat on numerous boards, associations, committees, and charitable organizations. Most of his career was working with Ontario Hydro and Peterborough Utilities where he served as head of the Water/Electricity/Telecommunications Utility. Bob now operates a 193 acre farm along with his wife just outside of Peterborough.

Other Interests

Alix Taylor

Environmental Non-Government Representative

Alix has worked in community environmental engagement for over 10 years, with experience in designing and implementing programs, and facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration and communication. She currently works for Peterborough based Green Communities Canada in the Water Department. Her current focus is on engaging the public and municipalities in urban water issues. Alix has an MA from Queen’s in Geography and a BA from Trent in Environmental Studies with a minor in Indigenous Environmental Studies.

Terry Rees

Waterfront Landowner Representative

Terry is the Executive Director of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, and lives adjacent to the Otonabee River in downtown Peterborough. He has a long history working in the mining, and petroleum private sector, along with extensive experience in not-for-profit management. Terry is a Member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, Stewardship Network of Ontario, and sits on numerous provincial committees related to water and private property issues.

Wayne Stiver

Drinking Water Expert Representative

Wayne is an experienced civil engineer working in the municipal drinking water sector for more than 30 years. Before retirement, he managed the municipal water system in the City of Peterborough and led the Lakefield water and wastewater contract operations for 24 years.  Wayne has served on both the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Boards, and has been involved with many professional drinking water committees over his career.  In 2012, Wayne was awarded the prestigious AWWA George Warren Fuller Award for the Ontario section.

Bill Cornfield

Drinking Water Expert Representative

Bill has been a resident on Horseshoe Lake, located in the upper reaches of the Trent watershed, since 1970. He owns and operates a consulting business, is a registered professional engineer, and has extensive local and international experience in water and wastewater management. Bill is a member of the advisory committee for the Coalition for Equitable Water Flow – Haliburton Sector TSW. He brings his technical skills and experience in formulating and structuring practical solutions to water related issues to the Source Protection Committee.

Alanna Boulton

Trent Severn Waterway Representative

Alanna is currently a Real Property Officer working for the Parks Canada Agency, at the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada. She has been working for the federal waterway for over 18 years where she has gained valuable knowledge of the Trent and Severn River basins, which cover more than 18,000 square kilometers. She resides in Peterborough with her family.

Bobbie Drew

Public Rural Representative

Bobbie is currently in her fourth term on the Scugog Township Council. Bobbi is Regional Councillor, and also Vice Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. Bobbie spent most of her life in Port Perry along the shores of Lake Scugog. She has recently retired from a long history in the educational field where she started as a volunteer outdoor educator and moved on to become Trustee with the Durham District School Board and finally into the classroom. Bobbie has served on the Source Water Protection Committee since its inception.

Mike Gibbs

Public Urban Representative

Michael has a degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a post graduate diploma in Ecotourism Management from Fleming College. He has worked as a tour manager for watershed ecology field schools and study trips in Belize, a wilderness guide in northern Ontario and a program coordinator with Peterborough Green-Up. Currently Michael is the coordinator for the Lakeland Alliance, a collaborative initiative delivering a shoreline property owner outreach program throughout the Trent Conservation Coalition watershed. He lives in Peterborough with his family and is keen to represent the interests of urban populations throughout the region.

First Nations

Kristin Muskratt

First Nation Youth Representative

Kristin Muskratt is an Indigenous youth from Curve Lake First Nation. Kristin works full-time with Green Communities Canada as the Youth for Water Coordinator. She also has a background working in administration with Curve Lake First Nation. She is an acting member of Sacred Water Circle, and Curve Lake First Nation’s Environment and Climate Change Committee. Kristin grew up on the water and has always felt drawn to it. Curve Lake First Nation is one of the many communities that have regular boil water advisories and has lead Kristin to her interest in water protection.

Tracey Taylor

Curve Lake First Nation Representative

Tracey is the Cultural Outreach Coordinator with the Curve Lake First Nation Cultural Centre and has a B.A. in Indigenous Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Environmental Resources from Trent University. Tracey is an active member of the Curve Lake’s Rights and Resources, Environment & Climate Change and the Kinoomaage-Waapkong (Petroglyphs Park) Chief and Council appointed Committees. Tracey lives in the Curve Lake First Nation community and when she is not working loves to spend time with her family and six grandchildren.

Darla Blodgett

Hiawatha First Nation Representative


Liaison Officers

Mary Wooding

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Mary represents the Crown as the Provincial Liaison Officer for Trent Conservation Coalition and nine other source protection committees. She has had several roles and led various projects in her twenty-six years with the MECP, including supporting the Province's mandate to improve drinking water on First Nations reserves, and assisting provincial government ministries with implementing source protection policies. Prior to working in source protection, Mary was a Drinking Water Inspector with the Ministry's Safe Drinking Water Branch. Mary is also passionate about farming and grows a diversified organic farm with her husband.

Julie Ingram

Peterborough County-City Health Unit


Rhonda Bateman

Lower Trent Conservation SPA

Rhonda recently joined Lower Trent Conservation as CAO after 14 years with the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority (SSMRCA). Rhonda was the project manager for Drinking Water Source Protection for the SSMRCA before becoming the General Manager. A York University graduate with a B.Sc. in Geography. Rhonda began her natural resource career working for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Flood Forecasting and Warning and Emergency Response and continued in various forest management positions before moving to conservation authorities in 2004. Rhonda represents the five Source Protection Authorities (Kawartha-Haliburton, Otonabee-Peterborough, Ganaraska, Crowe Valley, and Lower Trent) on the Source Protection Committee.