Speakers Announced for 2019 KLCA AGM

Please join us at the Dorset Recreation Centre at 10 am on Saturday, July 6 for this year’s AGM. We are pleased to announce that the following experts will be speaking to members at the meeting:

Carolyn Reid

Carolyn will be speaking to us about calcium decline, its effect on lakes, and possible ways to remediate the decline. She will also discuss the current study examining the calcium levels of Kawagama Lake.

Carolyn obtained a BSc in Biology from Western University and a HBSc in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University. In 2016 she obtained a MSc from Trent University on “Calcium in the Muskoka River Watershed – patterns, trends, the potential impact of forest harvesting on lake calcium (Ca) levels and steps toward an ecosystem approach to mitigation”. She is in her final year as a PhD Candidate at Trent with a continued focus on calcium depletion in the Muskoka River Watershed/Haliburton County area. Specifically, she investigated the biogeochemical linkages between soils and surface water in areas on the Precambrian Shield experiencing acid rain legacy effects.

Rob Keen

Rob will be providing detailed insight into how our forests are managed and the values our forests provide—social, economic, and environmental.

In 2014, Rob Keen assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Forests Ontario (the merged organization of Trees Ontario and Ontario Forestry Association) after serving as CEO of Trees Ontario since 2011. Rob is currently leading the Forests Ontario team in sustaining and generating new partnerships to support and achieve its re-greening mandate.

Rob is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) who founded a forestry consultant business upon graduating with a BScF from the University of Toronto in 1982. He has been involved in many facets of the forestry industry, primarily in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence forest region. Rob has provided forestry services to landowners, developed forest management plans on Crown and private lands, conducted wood supply and feasibility studies, led forest audits for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (and Forestry).

Rob has been an active member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association since 1985, where he served as vice-president for two terms. He was a director and chair of the Algonquin Forestry Authority, and currently serves as a Director for Invasive Species Centre, Maple Leaves Forever and Westwind Forest Stewardship.

Rob now leads the Forests Ontario team in sustaining and generating new partnerships to support and achieve its re-greening mandate.

Sara Goodchild