The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) is pleased to have a dedicated board of volunteer directors.
Max Morden, of Grand Bend, has a strong interest in work to protect the environment locally and globally. He says we are all trustees and stewards of the natural world around us. Max said the concept of a land trust is a simple yet powerful tool to convey this vision of trusteeship and stewardship. He says the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives landowners a practical way to leave a lasting local land legacy.
Max has been co-owner of Morden Communications Inc. since 1994. Before that he was a lawyer with Eberhard, Morden Associates in London between 1979 and 1994, providing legal services in the areas of corporate law, real estate, wills, and estates. He worked in corporate litigation with Ivey & Dowler from 1973-1978.
He has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Western Ontario.
Max has been very active in his community, serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend since 2005, currently as Secretary.
He served with the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre from 2007 to 2013, having served as Chair from 2010 to 2012. He served as Co-Chair of the Lakeshore Eco-Network when it began in 2014 and he continues his service with them as a director.
Paul Spittal, of Bayfield, is a retired educator who taught with the Avon Maitland District School Board, and the former Huron County Board of Education, between 1972 and 2003.
Paul has served as a president of the Goderich and Seaforth Lions Clubs.
He was a past councillor with Tuckersmith Township, prior to amalgamation into the Municipality of Huron East. Paul enjoyed working on the Huron East Recreation Board and the Heritage Committee.
He and his wife Joan restored a heritage farm property near Egmondville by planting more than 10,000 trees to reduce erosion into the Bayfield River and to help enrich the farmland there. He enjoys seeing how the trees at that property have grown today.
Paul has a Master of Education from University of Western Ontario. He also graduated from University of Waterloo and Stratford Teachers’ College.
He has been very active in his community, having served as a member of a number of community organizations including: Community Living Central Huron; Goderich and Seaforth Lions Clubs; Huron East Recreation Board; Huron East Heritage Committee; and on Parish Council of Trinity Anglican Church Bayfield. Paul said he is looking forward to working with people in the historic area of the Huron Tract to permanently protect important natural areas.
Stephen Boles, of Exeter, is President of Kuzuka Ltd., a greenhouse gas management and sustainability consulting corporation. He previously served as a research scientist at the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. He has a personal and professional interest in the conservation of Huron County’s forest ecosystems as an important part of ensuring a balanced and sustainable future.
Steve Bowers, of the Brussels area, is a Registered Professional Forester and past stewardship coordinator with the Ontario Stewardship Program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He currently owns and manages a 100-acre forested property and he owned and operated a livestock farm for a number of years. He has served in executive and membership roles in several community groups involved in conservation and recreation. He says land trusts are valuable tools to protect significant natural heritage features and he is pleased this tool is now available locally.
Don Farwell, of Stratford, is a long-time educator who served for 26 years as a principal with the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. He is also a Master Gardener and is studying Sustainable Landscapes at University of Guelph. He has served in executive and membership roles of groups related to teaching, youth, and horticulture. The relationship between humans and nature has long interested him and says groups like land trusts can help to prevent further degradation of the natural environment.
Roger Lewington, of Bayfield, is Chairman of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy. He is owner of RPL Properties and served for many years in general management and sales management positions with divisions of Saint-Gobain Corporation. He is President of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and has served in executive positions with community groups in the heritage, conservation, and recreation areas. He says the land trust conservancy will be a wonderful opportunity to secure and protect lands for the benefit of future generations.
Burkhard Metzger, of Clinton, has served as a project engineer and manager of major agricultural and greenhouse projects internationally. He has served in executive and membership roles of many agricultural and community organizations. He is a councillor with the Municipality of Central Huron. He sees his work on the land trust as part of a duty to conserve the unique natural features of the Huron Tract. He said the land trust conservancy is a great tool for interested landowners to conserve their lands for future generations.
Peter Twynstra, of Ailsa Craig, established The Great Canadian Bean Company Inc. in 1978 and has served as a producer, processor, marketer, and exporter of edible beans to countries around the world. He served as a Reeve of the former Township of East Williams. He has served as Chair of the World Pulse Conference in Vancouver in 2001 and has served in executive and director roles on several agricultural, service, safety, and business organizations. He feels the area’s land and heritage must be preserved for future generations and the land trust conservancy can help with this mission.
Philip Walden is a lawyer from the Thedford area with offices in Forest, Parkhill, and Thedford. His knowledge of the southern part of the Huron Tract region will be an asset to the board. Also, his many years in the legal profession will prove very helpful to the Trust as it moves forward with plans to protect the environment through land donations from individuals and donations of funds from individuals designated to purchase and maintain significant environmental properties. He says he is pleased to have been asked to be a director of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy.