Season Snyder Jack Chapman James Appleyard Izabela van Amelsvoort Jeff Bakker Pat Deacon Dan Stuart Jennifer Neill Karen Cedar Val Deziel Tom Purdy John F. Foster
Past President President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Director Director Director Director Director Director Director
Burlington ON Delhi ON Toronto ON Cambridge ON Burlington ON Waterloo ON Toronto ON Stouffville ON Windsor ON Roseneath ON London ON Oshawa ON
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Jack Chapman is the current President of Tallgrass Ontario, serving on the Executive Committee.
Jack was a representative of Ontario Natural Resources and Forestry Fire Management Branch, establishing Tallgrass Ontario in 2001. Jack is retired from Forestry and Fire Management and lives in Norfolk County.
Season Snyder is a Senior Plant Ecologist with Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions. Season is the Past President of Tallgrass Ontario.
James is a venture capital investor and entrepreneur. He serves as chair of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, vice-chair of the Canadian International Council, and as a senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. James and his family are currently restoring a farm property in Dufferin County, Ontario.
Izabela van Amelsvoort is a Terrestrial Ecologist with North-South Environmental Inc. and is the Secretary of Tallgrass Ontario.
Izabela completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science (Guelph) and Masters in Forest Conservation (Toronto). She has since worked in environmental consulting as a Terrestrial Ecologist with a primary focus on botany. Her experience includes tallgrass prairie and other restoration projects and managements plans as well as studies and research relating to Species at Risk in Ontario.
Jeff Bakker is a business initiatives director at RBC with an interest in environmental restoration and invasive species control. Jeff is the Treasurer of Tallgrass Ontario.
Pat Deacon is a Terrestrial and Wetland Biologist at Natural Resource Solutions Inc., Waterloo, Ontario.
Pat was first introduced to tallgrass prairie and oak savanna remnants of Cambridge and Brantford as a stewardship technician with the Waterloo Stewardship Council. He is interested in the management of remnants and the creation of new tallgrass sites throughout southern Ontario. He has attended several North American Prairie Conferences and enjoys visiting prairie sites throughout western Canada and the U.S. mid-west. He works as a Terrestrial and Wetland Biologist at Natural Resource Solutions Inc. in Waterloo, Ontario.
Dan Stuart is a Terrestrial Ecologist with Azimuth Environmental Consulting, Inc. in Barrie, Ontario and is a past president of Tallgrass Ontario.
Jennifer Neill is an ecologist and Principal of Insight Environmental Solutions Inc. during the day and a multidisciplinary Artist by night.
Karen Cedar is a Naturalist for the City of Windsor and manages the Ojibway Prairie Complex.
Val Deziel completed her Hon. BSc in Restoration Ecology at Trent University.
Val has experience as a field technician on various wildlife research projects working with provincial governments, universities, and First Nations. She joined NCC in 2012 and is now responsible for coordinating and conducting stewardship work in the Rice Lake Plains, including invasive species control, species at risk surveys, Prescribed burns and tallgrass prairie/ oak savannah habitat restoration.
Tom Purdy is a retired environmental educator. He has a special interest in prescribed fire and the fire ecology in relation to tallgrass prairies and savannas.
John is a Teacher and Botanist who completed his B.Ed. and H.BSc. at Lakehead University. He volunteers for many environmental and art groups.
Previous Directors of Tallgrass Ontario (years served in brackets)
Cathy Quinlan (7), Mark Emery (6), Wayne MacMillan (2), Peter Carson (6), Lee McLean (6), Lindsay Rodger (4), Paul Pratt (6), Ken Nentwig (6), Christine Elliot (4), Tony Jovan (2), Will Wilson (3), Paul Ohara (2), John Haggeman (5), Jane Bowles (4), Graham Buck (9), Nikki S. May (6), Todd Farrell (5), David Morris (2), Ken Towle (5), John Henderson (2), Scott Martin (7) Alistair MacKenzie (3), Kathy Hodgins (3), Glenn McLeod (3), Kristen Thompson (2), Dan Barcza (6), Barbara Macdonell (5), Dan Lebedyk(9), Carol Dunk (2), Elizabeth Reimer (6), Danielle Aullenback (3), Steve Rankin (11), Jennifer Lau (4).
Others who made significant contributions: Wasyl Bakowsky, Paul Smith, Mary Gartshore, Allen Woodliffe, Don Gordon, Ron Ludolph and Kyle Breault.