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Mr. Shawn Heard, Region #2, Northeast, Year Joined-2014. 

President, OACFDC

Executive Director East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation 

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Phone: 705-356-1152

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Shawn Heard has been the General Manager of the East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation, an Industry Canada sponsored CFDC, since 2000.  Prior to that time, he was Program Manager for Human Ecology at the Elliot Lake Research Field Station of Laurentian University, working on community development issues in a number of locations throughout Canada.

Shawn holds a Diploma in Business Administration, an Honours B.A., a Master of Arts Degree in Canadian Heritage and Development Studies from Trent University, a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo, and has completed the Small Business APEC Programme with Acadia University.

Shawn is also an active volunteer, currently sitting as an Executive member of the East Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation Board of Directors, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre ICT Committee, the Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board, and acts as a Resource to the Elliot Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Elliot Lake Centre for Development, the Elliot Lake Economic Development Committee, the Blind River Development Corporation, and several other community based groups. Shawn is the Past Chair of the Northeastern Ontario Development Network of CFDCs and a former President of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, Shawn has been an active volunteer in a number of community sectors for over 30 years. 

He lives in Elliot Lake with his wife Karina, and children Forrest, Marcus, Trent and Samuel.


Mr. Kevin Jackson  - Region 4C, Year Joined - 2018

Vice-President OACFDC

General Manager, Elgin CFDC

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Phone: 519-633-7597 #337

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Kevin is the General Manager of the Elgin CFDC. Prior to that he was Business Advisor and Self Employment Benefit Coordinator for ECFDC.

He has been on or is currently on all CFDC Boards as well as the St Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce, WOCFDCA, WOCFDCA Marketing Committee, 300 South Edgeware Rd. Inc., CFO Government Relations Committee, St Thomas Local Immigration Partnership and others.

Kevin has a background in Marketing, Marketing Training and Public Speaking and has run his own consulting business, "Corporate Classroom".


Ms.Wendy Timpano, Region 4A, Year Joined - 2018

Secretary/Treasurer, OACFDC

General Manager, Orillia Area Community Development Corp 

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Phone:  705 325 4903
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Wendy has been General Manager of the Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC) since 2010.

Prior to joining the CDC, she held the position of Executive Director for the Community Foundation of Orillia & Area.  She has extensive experience in the fields of project/event management, community relations, marketing and communications.  Throughout her career, Wendy has worked on projects for several organizations including the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the Young Presidents’ Organization, VRG Capital, the Toronto Polo Club, Downsview Park, and Cara Foods.

She is involved with a number of local and regional Boards and committees, including the Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce, the Orillia Area Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, Ontario’s Lake Country, the Community Improvement Plan Review Team with the City of Orillia, the Community Advisory Committee for Georgian College Orillia, and the Advisory Committee for Lakehead University’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities. 

She volunteers with the Kiwanis Club of Orillia, is a Director of the Western Ontario CFDC Association, and Chair of the South Central Community Development Corp.

Wendy grew up in Orillia, graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts and complimented her studies with a post–graduate Public Relations Certificate from Humber College. 


Mr. Ryan Hreljac, Region # 3 East, Year Joined – 2019

Chair, Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation

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Phone:  613 258 6832

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Ryan began serving at the Grenville CFDC as a volunteer in 2015 where he currently sits as a member of the Investment Committee and as Chair.  He also serves as Vice-Chair for Community Futures Eastern Ontario.  Ryan started volunteering at the age of 6 raising funds for clean water projects, since organizing Pokémon card raffles and recess basketball tournament fund raisers, Ryan has gone on to volunteer and speak all over the world about how anyone; even a kid can make a difference. 

Now at 27 years old, his organization called the "Ryan's Well Foundation" has helped raise millions of dollars to bring clean water to more than 900,000 people in sixteen developing countries around the world.  Ryan has received numerous awards including the Order of Ontario, the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal, the Top 20 under 20 Youth Award, and World of Children’s Founder Award.  Ryan continues to now work professionally for Ryan's Well doing presentations, motivational speaking, education workshops, community planning and development as well as fund raising.


Mr. Garry McKinnon, Region #1 Northwest, Year Joined - 2012 

Past President, OACFDC 

Executive Director, Atikokan Economic Development Corporation  

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Phone: 807-597-2757

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Garry McKinnon has been employed by the Atikokan Economic Development Corporation for the past 25 years.  He has worked as a Community Development Advisor and Investment Manager, and is now in the position of Executive Director.  Garry has been a member of the Atikokan Kiwanis Club since 1981 and has served in most capacities, including Club President.  He has also served as President of the Little Falls Curling Club, and Tournament Chair of the Little Falls Golf Club.  Garry is a Master Mason and Royal Arch Mason.

He was elected to the Atikokan Township Council in 1988 and was re-elected in each municipal election, until leaving politics in 2003.  As a Councillor, he chaired a number of committees, including finance, public works, parks and recreation and cemetery.  In 2000, he was elected as President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) by his colleagues in the region.  As President of NOMA, he served as Vice-President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  Garry served 2 years as President of the Northwestern Ontario Development Network.  He is married to his wife, Dawn; in their spare time, they love to travel or explore the many lakes and forests of north western Ontario.


Ms. Kelly Bolduc-O’Hare, Region #2 Northeast, Year Joined - 2019

Director, LAMBAC Community Futures Development Corporation

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Phone : 705-968-1008

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Kelly Bolduc-O’Hare has served as a member for the LaCloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation (LAMBAC) for the past 8 years and has served as the Chair of Investment for 6 years. Kelly co-owns the Lakeshore Excursions tour company (established in 2000).

Previously, Kelly served 20 years on the Board of the Little Current Business Improvement Association, where she held a variety of positions including co-chair. Kelly has been a Human Resources Board member of the Ojibway Cultural Foundation and she held a board position with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons for 11 years. She was a member of the Executive there, as well as the Chair of the Professional Liability Program.

Kelly also owned and operated the Anchor Inn Hotel Manitoulin Island for 24 years, which she sold in 2017.


Ms. Gail Moorhouse, Region # 3 East, Year Joined - 2019

General Manager, Community Futures Peterborough

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Phone: 705-745-5434

Ms. Gail Moorhouse, Region # 3 East, Year Joined - 2019
General Manager, Community Futures Peterborough

Gail Moorhouse became the Executive Director of Community Futures Peterborough in January 2018. Previous to heading the organization, Gail served on the Community Futures Peterborough Board of Directors on the Loans Committee.

Armed with a strong background in corporate technology and marketing, as well as working as a Microsoft corporate sales trainer, in her first 18 months as Executive Director, Gail created the Ignite 100 project, facilitating business expansions and she grew her loan portfolio 40% in year over year growth.

Gail has extensive experience serving on corporate and non profit boards. She sat on the board of the Women’s Business Network, where she served 5 years in Ottawa and 1 year in Peterborough. She served 3 years on Ennismore Horticultural Society board, 2 of those years as Sprout Leader. Gail also served on the Ingram Micro Venturetech Advisory Committee for 2 years and 3 years as the Tech Data Tech Select Advisory Committee Chair.

Gail has a spark and passion for the work she does, she says, because of the people she works with. She credits her board and her staff with bringing life to what Community Futures Peterborough does; helping small businesses succeed and helping them build their dreams. She has met many great people that have coached & mentored her and she feels fortunate to be able to give back in her community.


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Mr. Geoffrey Gillon – Region #1 Northwest, Year Joined 2018

Executive Director, Rainy River Future Development Corporation 

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Phone: (807) 274-3276 

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Geoffrey Gillon, Executive Director for the Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC), has been involved in community and economic development since 1989. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg and gained his Economic Development Fellowship from the University of Waterloo.

During his tenure at the RRFDC, he has been involved with and supported numerous economic development projects, such as the regional broadband initiatives, tile drainage and land clearing projects, the Go Local Fort Frances initiative and many others.

In addition to pursuing development projects, Geoffrey has served two terms as President of the Northwestern Ontario Development Network (NODN), as well as serving as a Director and President of the Economic Developer’s Council of Ontario (EDCO). He was the Sponsorship Chair of the 908 “Rainy Lake” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron from 2003 to 2016, and is currently a Director on the Rainy Lake Fisheries Charity Trust.

Prior to his career in economic development, he was the owner/operator of Bear Pass Trading Post Ltd., a resort/marina located on Rainy Lake, for sixteen years.

Geoffrey has a musical side which sees him playing bass guitar in  three area bands. He has a deep attachment to the Rainy River District and Northwestern Ontario, its people and its resources, and has spent many years working to make the district a more progressive and vibrant place to live.