Daryl William Cowell, Chair

Daryl is a geoscientist specializing in the study of caves and groundwater. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario and graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree. Daryl worked with Environment Canada in various programs including the Great Lakes Programme and the Acid Rain Programme. He subsequently was involved in the start-up of the first computer mapping based company in North America and was a partner in an environmental consulting company based in Campbellville Ontario. Daryl currently undertakes geoscience consulting through his own company and is particularly interested in gemology. He lives near Tobermory with his wife Judy.

Hazel Smith, Vice Chair

Hazel grew up in Tobermory, Ontario, and lived abroad in Dublin, Ireland for many years. She obtained a degree in History from the University of Guelph (1985) and went on to obtain a Masters in Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2000.

Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Irish Journal of Feminist Studies, The Fiddlehead, The Windsor Review, The Antigonish Review and the Tin Roof Press.

Hazel now lives in Tobermory at the tip of the Saugeen Peninsula.

Robert Patrick, Past Chair

Robert Patrick retired from 27 years of service in the Ontario, Ministry of Community and Social Services as a Capital Projects Coordinator in 1998. Robert recently retired from a second 10 plus year career in sales with Andrew Peller LTD Wines. Robert sits on three Not for profit Boards. He Chaired the Support and Housing Halton Community Mental Health Board for over 5 years and returned 4 years later to chair the agency a second time in 2012 through Accreditation. This agency serves roughly 1,000 people living in the community with severe mental health challenges. Bob is in his 15th year with Support and Housing Halton and was awarded the John Kidston Legacy Award in 2011. He currently sits on three Board sub committees.

Robert is President of the Coalition On the Niagara Escarpment (CONE). He joined CONE as a fundraising volunteer in 2002 and has been the President since September 2008 and has been the voluntary CEO of CONE since February 2009.

Robert holds an Industrial Management Certificate from Ryerson (1969) (Bob worked in Tire Design and Specs with Goodyear 1966 to 1971), and a BA in Sociology from the University of Toronto (1978).

Robert has an 1890’s Farm house at Hopeness which his late wife Katherine Willson acquired in 1993 and the two had been restoring since 1997. Robert is a part time year round resident of the Bruce Peninsula when he is not in Oakville, Ontario.

Glen Estill, Director

Glen has a Bachelor of Economics, 1980, and Master of Business Administration, 1983 from the University of Western Ontario.

Glen gained experience in all aspects of the development process, including local zoning approvals, Provincial and Federal environmental assessment screening, negotiating inter-connection with the utility, reviewing wind resource data and preparing financial models, contracting for turbine construction, electrical construction, negotiating land leases, raising funds, applying for and receiving approval for the Federal Wind Power Production Incentive, and applying for and completing both Standard Offer and FIT contracts. Glen has spoken about policy issues and the development process at many wind and electricity conferences including CanWEA, APPRO, the World Wide Wind Conference, as well as numerous smaller venues.

Glen follows the renewable energy business closely, at both the business and policy levels, and recently built a net zero home. His passion for the environment and climate solutions continues, and recently he has done work on the use of hydrogen produced from electricity surpluses, and with the Ontario Geothermal Association which advocates for policy solutions to help speed the deployment of low carbon heating.

Lindsey Griffith, Director

Lindsey was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in the surrounding area until her pursuit of a post‑secondary education took her to Brantford, and her heart eventually brought her to the Bruce. Her family settled on the Bruce Peninsula in the late 1950’s, and each generation since has made a home here. In college and university Lindsey studied law enforcement, criminology & contemporary studies, and legal office administration – which has all come in handy as she manages our local, family-owned book store.

Lindsey has always had an interest in the history and preservation of the Peninsula, and with the rise in tourism over the past few years she has found the need to participate impossible to ignore. Since moving to Tobermory permanently, she has thoroughly enjoyed taking a hands-on approach. She feels it is important to learn how this place came to be, and who was involved, to better understand how and where we need to go from here.

Rod Anderson, Director

Rod has been a resident of Tobermory since 1975. He originally came to the area to work as a commercial diver and then continued working here as a charter boat Captain and marine mechanic.

He attended Georgian College Marine school to obtain a Master small passenger craft ticket and then went to the University of Guelph to complete a BSc. degree in biology. Rod’s interest in the area also saw him pursue an 18-year political career in municipal politics serving as the Reeve, Deputy Reeve and Deputy Mayor. During that time, he served on numerous committees including Parks Canada planning, facility location and advisory boards.

He started RAM Marine Ltd. in 1979 and continues to run the business to this day. Rod lives in Tobermory with his wife Val and they have 2 children Jessie and Graeme.

Darla Campbell, Director

Darla is a life long resident of the area, having graduated from the local high school then attending college in London, Ontario.

Darla started working at Cyprus Lake and Fathom Five Provincial Parks in the mid 1970’s before being hired by Parks Canada as a part of the national park establishment process in the early 1980’s. Darla has also worked for Parks Canada Regional Office in Cornwall and H.M.C.S. Haida National Historic Site in Hamilton.

Darla retired from Parks Canada in 2018 and resides in Tobermory with her husband Hugh.

Owen Glendon, Director

After yearly vacationing in Tobermory since 1971 Owen and his wife Margaret became land owners at the tip of the peninsula in 1981. They built a home in 2000 and have been year round residents since 2015.

He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and spent 30 years of his working career as a Consulting Engineer in building services.

The firm in which Owen worked and was a partner designed Mechanical and Electrical systems and infrastructure for large medical and university campus clients.

Owen currently sits on the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club board and he enjoys the outdoor activities that he area offers.

Ryan Matheson, Director

Ryan grew up on the Saugeen Peninsula at Camp Celtic, a children’s summer camp near Stokes Bay. Here he developed a deep respect for the natural world and a curiosity to explore our place as humans within it.

In the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph, he became interested in biomimicry and permaculture – both holistic approaches to landscape design that attempt to work with natural systems rather than against them. Stemming from this interest in the relationship between humans and land, Ryan recently earned his Master’s in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph. Here he focused on reconciliatory approaches to land-use/relation planning, and climate change mitigation planning.

He currently works with the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association as the Climate Action Program Manager. Most weekends and evenings he can be found in a kayak or a sailboat exploring the shores of the Saugeen Peninsula.

Rob Klea, Director

Rob holds a diploma in forestry, a degree in environmental geography, and a professional degree in education. He has specialist certification in counselling, special education, and administration. Rob has worked in the field of education for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, counsellor, itinerant behaviour resource teacher, behaviour program teacher, and consultant responsible for behavioural services. He has also taught professional education courses at the college and university level.

Rob has spent a majority of his career working with at risk populations or supporting professionals working with students with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges. Rob created and led an adventure-based program that supported students with behavioural exceptionalities through a variety of therapeutically designed outdoor experiences. In the latter half of his career, Rob was responsible for the coordination of Behavioural Services for a large school board and provided leadership support to itinerant and program-based professionals. He also provided training to various groups in the areas of non-violent crisis intervention, behaviour management, classroom systems design, special education, leadership, and nature connection.

Rob’s passion for the outdoors has always been a common thread in all aspects of his personal and professional life. He began working with youth in the outdoors while supervising Junior Rangers in the 1980’s and worked in wildfire control, wetlands evaluation, and naturalist interpretation prior to his career in education. In addition to being a Forest Therapy Guide, Rob holds qualifications as an Adventure-Based Programmer, an ORCKA certified Canoe Trip Leader, and a Canoe Tripping Instructor. Rob has witnessed the transformational experiences that connecting with nature provides and is excited to bring the practice of Forest Therapy and Nature Connection to others.

Lawrence Beagan, Director

Brian McHattie, Parks Canada Liaison

Brian is a professional planner. Moving full-time to Tobermory in June, 2015, he worked for the County of Bruce in their Wiarton Planning office and is now working as the Acting Partnering and Engagement Officer for the Georgian Bay Ontario East Field Unit, Parks Canada. Over thirty years living in Hamilton, Brian engaged in volunteer work with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, co-founded Environment Hamilton, and was a citizen co-author of the Vision 2020 Sustainability Plan. He has been a leader in the cleanup of Hamilton Harbour, and was Hamilton’s Environmentalist of the Year in 2000. Brian served for 11 years as a City Councillor, representing Ward 1 in west Hamilton. On Council, he focused on environmental protection and social justice. In 2014, he visited all of Hamilton’s 190 neighbourhoods in a pitch to be Mayor of Hamilton. Before politics, Brian worked for Environment Canada on Great Lakes wildlife habitat restoration, and with the Hamilton Conservation Authority on watershed planning. He has a MSc. in Rural Planning and International Development from the University of Guelph, where he studied a Gandhian farmers’ movement in southern India. Brian has chaired the Northern Bruce Peninsula Sustainable Tourism Plan Committee, and now represents Parks Canada with the Northern Bruce Peninsula Climate Change Action Group.

Cavan Harpur, Parks Bursary Liaison

Cavan Harpur is new to the Sources of Knowledge team. Cavan was born and raised in Tobermory and a graduate from Bruce Peninsula District High School. Cavan received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Guelph and his masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto. Cavan has worked for Parks Canada at Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park and Pukaskwa National Park since 2006, with a brief break to complete his master’s. Cavan’s master’s research examined changes in the inland lake fish communities on the Northern Peninsula form 1974 to 2007, which he presented at the 2010 Source of Knowledge Forum. He lives in Tobermory with his wife Stefanie and daughter Mairin.

John Greenhouse, Director Emeritus

JPG is a geophysicist, born in Victoria, B.C. He was educated at UBC and the University of California and has worked for The Arctic Institute of North America, Chevron Oil, The Marine Physical Labs of the Scripps Institute of Oceanogaphy, The University of Waterloo, The Ontario Centre of Excellence CRESTech, HydEng Geophysics and the company he founded, Waterloo Geophysics Inc. Geophysical work has taken him to many parts of the world; a wide variety of projects has ranged from measuring depths of ice caps to finding oil to locating fighting tunnels beneath WW1 battlefields, from mapping contaminated groundwater to finding bodies in shallow graves. He lives in Tobermory with his wife and partner Jane. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

Bill Caulfeild-Browne, Director Emeritus

Bill is a retired financial services executive and corporate director who has had a life-long interest in climate. He is particularly interested in the long-term climate trends of the last thousand years. His weather station on Big Tub Harbour has been operating continuously since 1996. An avid photographer, he has published two books celebrating nature, including “Wild Canada” in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. He is a former Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and currently serves as a Director of Canada’s History Society.

Gordon Nelson, Director Emeritus

Gordon is a geographer and planner who has taught and done research on land use and environmental history and planning for about five decades. He has done a considerable amount of work in the Bruce as a researcher, is a member of the National Park Advisory Committee and an ongoing member of Sources of Knowledge. He has written and published extensively and is currently involved in a number of conservation organizations such as the Carolinian Canada Coalition. He has received a number of recognitions for his work including the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Bill Graham

William Douglas Lionel (Bill) Graham (1935-2020) was a founding Director and a driving force of the Sources of Knowledge Forum through its first 10 years. A man of immense charm, his warmth and approachability belied a life of high achievement in many fields. In 1953, right out of high school he followed in his father’s footsteps by making the roster of the Grey Cup winning Hamilton Tiger Cats, and repeated that victory with the 1957 T-Cats. In 1959, now playing ice hockey with the Belleville McFarlands, he helped that team win the Gold Medal at the World Ice Hockey Championships.

Those fields conquered, Bill turned to other endeavours. Bill quickly became a very successful businessman, holding amongst other notable posts the Director of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. Sport, though, was never far from his mind. He found time to become President of the Canadian Carriage Driving Society, a champion squash player, an avid fisherman, an expert skier, and generally a man who could play any sport well. Along the way he made a host of lifelong friends.

There can be no doubt that for Bill his crowning achievement was marrying Pat in 1959. Pat predeceased Bill by a few months but they were together for 60 years and raised a large and accomplished family. On his retirement The Bruce beckoned.  Bill and Pat established Graham Farms west of Ferndale where they raised the sturdy breed known as the Canadian Horse. As always Bill took a keen interest in every aspect of his community.  Environmental groups, Chambers of Commerce, hospitals, local government and charities all benefited from his generosity and his interest.

We are grateful that he devoted some of his prodigious energy to the development of SOK, and that we had the opportunity to work and learn with him. In tribute to his many contributions SOK awards the Bill Graham Award of Excellence every year in his memory, to individuals who like Bill undertake extraordinary things.