Board of Directors

Bubbling Springs Trail in PEI National Park by Shirley Gallant

Board of Directors

Island Nature Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of 8 to 12 general directors as well as one representative from the following founding organizations:

  • PEI Wildlife Federation
  • Natural History Society of PEI (Nature PEI)
 

Executive


Gordon MacKay

President

Gordon, who has practiced law since 1980, comes to the Island Nature Trust with extensive personal and professional volunteer experience. He has served as a Commissioner on the Judicial Review Commission (PEI), the Treasurer of the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island, and President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He has also chaired the Red Cross Multi-Sport Relay and the Prince Edward Island United Way Campaign, as well as the Inspire fundraising campaign of the University of Prince Edward Island.


Marie-Ann Bowden

Vice-President

During her career at the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Marie-Ann actively pursued research and teaching in the areas of environmental law, property and water law. Since retiring Professor Emeritus from the College, she has returned to PEI and has joined the Board of the Upton Farmlands Trust and helped secure a new Water Act with her colleagues at the Coalition for the Protection of PEI Waters.


George Mason

Treasurer

George moved to P.E.I. in 1983 as a lecturer at U.P.E.I. and consultant with a small firm – Island Energy Associates – which specialized in alternative energy projects. After working several years in the private sector, he spent twenty-seven years in various senior management positions with the Province in Energy and Forestry, IRAC, Health, Provincial Treasury, and Justice and Public Safety/Communities, Land and Environment.

George, Maureen, and Molly particularly enjoy their cottage, boating/kayaking, and hiking throughout P.E.I. Molly is less cooperative with cycling, skiing, and snowshoeing. George also purchased a used ambulance in 2016 which he converted to a camper for exploring Atlantic Canada and Quebec.


Patricia Caporaso

Secretary

Patricia Caporaso has 25 years of international executive leadership experience in agribusiness, food systems, animal production in Latin America, Europe, Africa and North America.

She is the Managing Director and Founder of Food for Development, a global consultancy focusing on food systems,  rural development, agribusiness and the integration of private/public sector goals with food insecure communities in Latin America and Africa.

She is also the President/CEO/Founder of ynSyte (INSIGHT), one of the world’s leading research and business intelligence software companies.

Patricia is a Guest Lecturer and Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University in the area of food systems, trade and value chains, livestock production and climate change.

She holds two Master degrees (from the University of Buenos Aires in Agronomy and from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Services focusing on Political Economy in Latin America) and is multi-lingual, speaking English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Patricia has been a strong advocate for integrating climate change into food policy and agriculture discussions, agriculture land into conservation easements and environmental stewardship.  She currently serves on the Board of Advisers in the University of California-Davis Olive Center and  Board of Directors of the Indian River Festival.


June Jenkins Sanderson

Past President

June Jenkins Sanderson is an environmentalist and social justice advocate who joined the board of Island Nature Trust in 2017. A retired educator and counselling therapist, she holds Bachelors of Science and Education degrees from UPEI and a Masters in Psychotherapy from Acadia University. June has experience on boards at the National and provincial levels including the CCPA, ELSB and the Canadian Red Cross. Currently she is one of the leaders for the Terry Fox Naturalization Gallery in Cornwall. June also volunteers with a national youth leadership initiative and with the United Church on issues relating to social justice. 2016 saw June recognized as one of the Women in Leadership in PEI. An avid naturalist June believes that access to natural places is an important component of maintaining health at all ages. She and her partner David live in Warren Grove and spend time exploring natural spaces on foot and bike.

Favourite (two) places in PEI: 1. Sitting under the elder Eastern hemlocks in our woodlot watching the dogs romp in the ground hemlock discovering homes of small creatures. No man made sounds except for my breath. 2. Lying on the warm red sandstone around our favorite snorkelling hole after a wonderful viewing of brown and red algae and the odd lobster.

Favourite quote: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson


Group Representatives


Keila Miller lives in Souris, Prince Edward Island with her husband Terry and their two sons Ayden and Maddox.  She enjoys spending her free time exploring the beach, streams or snowshoeing through pristine winter landscapes with friends, family and her two dogs Bruce and Doug; enjoying the fresh air, atmosphere and all that nature has to offer.  Keila also spends her time volunteering for local sport organizations as well as various conservation and environmental committees.

She is the Vice President of the Prince Edward Island Wildlife Federation, a Provincial Board of Director with the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Treasurer of the Canadian Wildlife Foundation.  She also serves as one of the Co-Chairs of the Basin Head Marine Protected Area Advisory Committee, with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Keila works as the Co-Watershed Coordinator for the Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation.  She oversees and manages many diverse and significant conservation strategies in Eastern Prince Edward Island, particularly concerning Atlantic salmon stream habitat enhancement efforts and the implementation and promotion of healthy watershed ecosystem initiatives within Souris and the surrounding communities.


Vacant

Nature PEI


General Directors


Jan Matejcek

Jan Matejcek joined the board in 2018 and brings with him almost forty years of experience as an international transactional lawyer and business manager, as well as insights gained from working with several non-profit organizations in Canada and Europe. Since retiring in 2017 and moving to PEI from London (UK), Jan has finally found the time to follow his life’s passion and runs a tree nursery specializing in growing native trees.


Jan was born in Czechoslovakia and came to Canada in 1969 with his family. He started his legal career with the Ottawa office but several years later joined a large Toronto firm, where he became a partner. Shortly after the fall of the Iron Curtain, he was recruited by the leading US-based global firm of White & Case to lead its east European operations. Over the course of the last twenty-five years Jan participated in some of the largest acquisitions and greenfield projects completed in the emerging markets of Europe. For a number of years he served as the head of his law firm’s Corporate Practice covering thirty five countries of Europe, Middle East and Africa, served on his firm’s partnership committee and acted as the Chairman of the overall business operations in those markets. While working in Ottawa, Jan received the Simon Bolivar Award from the government of Venezuela for his contribution to the growing relationship between Venezuela and Canada.


Andrea McManus

Andrea McManus is a Co-founder and Senior Counsel with ViTreo Group, a Western Canada- based consultancy that specializes in working with charities and non-profit organizations.

With over 35 years’ experience in fund development, marketing, sponsorship and non-profit management, Andrea has worked with organizations that span the non-profit sector with particular focus on building long-term and sustainable capacity that is firmly anchored in a philanthropic literacy and strong governance through all levels of the organization.

Andrea has made many contributions to building a stronger and more professional sector both locally, nationally, and internationally. She was the first person outside of the United States to hold the position of Chair of the International Board (2011-12) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and was the founding chair of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. She has sat on numerous local and national initiatives to strengthen the Canadian non-profit sector including the Imagine Canada Ethical Code Advisory Committee, Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Technical Issues Working Group, and Imagine Canada’s Personal Philanthropy Project. In 2019 she was appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector a cross-Canada committee that provides advice to the Minister of National Revenue on issues affecting the non-profit sector.


Bruce Craig

Bruce Craig, too, is concerned with the developement of PEI’s land and waters, and loss of the Island’s forests.

During his working career, he held a variety of positions with the U.S. National Park Services. He then began a second career as a non-profit manager, first as the regional director for National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), then as executive Director of the National Park Trust (NPT), and as a manager of several other park support organizations before becoming the Executive Director and Washington representative of the National Coalition for History (NCH), an organization whose mission is to strengthen history, archives, and funding for the arts and humanities. His work as a lobbyist for a non-profit association provided a glimpse into the high-stakes world of Washington politics and provided him with the opportunity to have an impact upon the national issues and trends affecting historical and archival organizations. upon moving to Canada in 2007, Bruce embarked on a new career as a professor of history at UPEI.

In addition to his academic interests, he maintains an abiding interest in philanthropic pursuits, having served as president of the Conservation and Preservation Federation of America, which raised over $14 million for various non-profit organizations in the United States. In 2012, Bruceand his wife Patricia, created the Terra Nova Fund and Endowment of Prince Edward Island (PEI) in association with the Community Foundation of PEI. This organization champions worthy causes that have a lasting impact on the quality of life of people who live and work in PEI and Atlantic Canada, such as the Island Nature Trust. Since 2016 he has also served as president of the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and presently serves on the board of Orchestras Canada.


Joyce Dewar

Joyce Dewar has served on the board since 2016. Born in New Perth, Joyce studied political science at Prince of Wales College, Dalhousie University, and the University of Alberta.

Born into a family of farm leaders and politicians of all stripes, she has always taken a keen interest in public and community affairs and was a founding director of the Voluntary Resource Council.

The past 35 years have been devoted to raising a family and running two businesses: The Two Sisters Inc, a retail group in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., and Sewco Inc. which introduced the GROCERY BAG THAT SAVED THE PLANET to the Canadian market in 1989. Well ahead of the long awaited ban on plastic bags, Sewco produced 10,000 cloth bags a day for several years…

Since retiring, one of her projects is to research land use issues as they affected her Bovyer ancestors when they arrived on PEI in 1786 and continue to do so til this day. Being involved in land conservation is an interesting new perspective.

Favorite place in PEI: The stunning beauty of our landscape in June. Canoeing up the west river in autumn, and prowling the forests and red roads year round.

Favorite Quote…Thank God for Science !


Kim Horrelt

Kim Horrelt received her Certificate of Applied Science from Acadia University and went on to complete her degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. She continued her education and received her master’s in business administration from Saint Mary’s University. She has over 20 years experience in the private sector construction and consulting industry.

As part of the senior management team of M.F. Schurman Co. Ltd. – once a recognized leader in building supplies, concrete and commercial, industrial, and institutional construction projects on PEI – Ms. Horrelt managed numerous major projects on Prince Edward Island, from design through to completion.

Ms. Horrelt has also held roles as Program Manager of Technology and Media programs at Holland College, and as Director of Infrastructure with the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. 2013 to 2015 she took a secondment at the University of Prince Edward Island as Executive Director of Government and Community Relations and played a key role the development of the new School of Sustainable Design Engineering. Ms. Horrelt’s latest role was as the CEO of the Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation and the Director of Energy & Minerals division in the Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy.

In recent years, Ms. Horrelt was Chair of the Board for Habitat for Humanity PEI and a member of the Board of the IWK Hospital. She is a past board member of the Charlottetown Airport Authority and a past board member of Maritime Electric. Presently she is Chair of the board of Atlantic Aqua Farms.

Ms. Horrelt lives in Stratford, PEI with her husband John and they have three grown children, Ross, Lisa, and Jamie.


Roger Coffin

Roger spent 20 years in the private sector as a manager and entrepreneur, followed by a career in the public sector that included business support and aerospace recruitment. Roger has been involved with outdoor organizations mainly in the areas of hunting and fishing. Roger is a life member of Margaree Salmon Association, Miramichi Salmon Association and now Island Nature Trust.