Commission Members

Public-at Large Members

Don Scott
Don was appointed as Chair of the Niagara Escarpment Commission in July 1997. He is Principal of Cuesta Planning Consultants which was established in 1992. Don was Director of Planning and Economic Development Department for Bruce County from 1979-1992. He was Chairman of the Municipal Advisory Committee to the Niagara Escarpment Commission during the comprehensive Five Year Review of the Niagara Escarpment Plan from 1990-1994. Don lives in Wiarton, Ontario on the Bruce Peninsula.
Donald Alexander
Don Alexander has lived and worked in both Niagara Region and the Bruce Peninsula. In the 1970s he was a member of the Niagara Region planning and development committee at the time the Niagara Escarpment Commission was formed. He has worked as a tv-video producer and director with credits including eco-tourism, sustainable development, water quality, art video and biography. Don was accredited by the Canadian Public Relations Society and has been an information officer with the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority. He has also been programme manager of an Ontario television station. He is presently Treasurer of the Canadian Friends Service Committee, the peace and social justice organization of Quakers in Canada. He is also a member of their Aboriginal Affairs Committee. Don lives in St. Catharines.
Georgina Beattie
Georgina Beattie taught elementary school in Wentworth County and spent many years in the fruit farm supply business in Winona. She is a former City of Stoney Creek Councillor, a former member of the Stoney Creek Committee of Adjustment and a former member of the Conservation Foundation for the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. Living within walking distance of the Niagara Escarpment throughout her lifetime, Georgina developed a keen interest in both the Escarpment and the Commission, receiving her appointment to the Commission in September 2003. Georgina is an active member of her community including the Winona Horticultural Society, Fifty United Church and being involved with the Winona Peach Festival since 1967. Georgina, with her husband and four children, currently operate a garden centre in Winona.
Nars Borodczak P. Eng.
From 1989 until his retirement in 1997, Nars Borodczak, of Oakville, was Director and Chief Administrative Officer of the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Prior to his work with the commission, Mr. Borodczak was Senior Assistant Director with the Ministry of the Environment. He holds a Master of Science from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Corwin T. Cambray
From 1974 until 2007, Corwin T. Cambray, of St Catharines, was employed with the Regional Municipality of Niagara, where he advanced from Head of Policy Planning to Commissioner of Planning and Development. Prior to his work with the municipality, Mr. Cambray was a private consultant. He holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo.
Joan Little
The commission welcomes the return of Joan Little, who was a commissioner from 1986 to 1993, and chair from 1993 to1996. She was a member of Burlington Council and Halton Regional Council between 1974 and 1988, and an active board member of Conservation Halton from 1976 to 1995. Following her council retirement she served on the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital Board, which she left in 1993 to assume the Chair of the NEC. She is a regular freelance columnist on Burlington/Halton issues in the Hamilton Spectator.
Cecil Louis
Cecil Louis returned to the Niagara Escarpment Commission in 2004, having served as the agency's Manager of Development Control from 1974-78 and Manager, Plan Preparation, to the NEC's Assistant Director from 1974-1997. After graduating with an Honours degree in geography from the University of Toronto in 1964, he was Planner to the Acting Director of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs from 1965-74. During that time Mr. Louis also served as a member of the Interministerial Task Force on the Niagara Escarpment.
Moreen Miller
Moreen Miller is the President of the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA), the industry association representing over 250 sand, gravel, and crushed stone producers and suppliers. OSSGA works in partnership with government and the public to promote a safe and sustainable aggregate industry. Prior to joining the OSSGA, Moreen was Vice President, Land, Aggregates and Concrete Division for Lafarge, the world’s largest construction materials producer. Moreen worked internationally with legislation, rehabilitation initatives, community affairs and sustainable development throughout the 75 countries in which Lafarge operates worldwide. She has an academic background in geology and landscape architecture, and has over 20 years of experience in the rehabilitation and restoration of industrial landscapes. In previous career positions, and with her current employer, Moreen has been involved in many industrial rehabilitation projects across North America, as well as provincial initiatives in Ontario involving non-renewable resources, policy development, and sustainability.

Municipal Members

Patricia Greig
Bruce County
Patricia Greig is Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. She is also a former Librarian with the London Board of Education. Ms. Greig's community involvement includes serving as a policy coordinator with the Peninsula Action Committee for Education, and as Chair of the Bruce Presbytery/United Church of Canada Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Library Science degree from the University of British Columbia.
Shawn Davidson
Simcoe County
Shawn Davidson is a Councillor for the Township of Clearview in Simcoe County and part owner of the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home, with locations in Stayner and Wasaga Beach. Mr. Davidson is Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, Transportation Task Force and is a member of a number of municipal committees. He has served as President of the Chamber of Commerce and President of Lions Clubs International.
Allan Elgar
Halton Region
Allan is a member of Halton Regional Council, representing Oakville, and serves on the board of directors for Conservation Halton, the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and is the regional representative on Halton's Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee. He was founding president of Oakvillegreen Conservation Assn. Inc., a grassroots environmental group seeking to preserve greenspace in Oakville. Allan graduated from McMaster University, and recently retired from a 30 year career as a financial/administration manager with Bell Canada, which provided opportunities for him to live and work in various locations in Canada and abroad. Growing up on a farm on the Oak Ridges Moraine has given Allan a strong appreciation of nature and its role in a healthy environment. Allan and his wife Linda have twin sons who are currently attending university.
Johanna Downey
Peel Region
Born and raised in Caledon, Johanna Downey was elected to Peel Regional Council in 2014. With a degree in Interior Design and Architecture, Johanna is self-employed as a freelance design consultant and is co-owner of Stone House Masonry. Her many boards and committees serving Caledon and Peel include: Credit Valley Conservation; Caledon Community Service; Peel Region Growth Management; Heritage Caledon; Peel Internet Safety; Peel Housing; and Cheltenham Badlands Management Team
Brian Baty
Niagara Region
Niagara Regional Councillor Brian Baty has served in major leadership roles in the Region and the Province through his profession as an educator. He was a founding member of OPC Ontario Principals' Council, served on the Provincial Executive, a Provincial Councillor for the Niagara Region. Brian served as an educator and administrator in eight of Niagara's 12 municipalities. He retired in June, 2003 as Principal of E. L. Crossley Secondary School in Pelham. He is the Founding Chair of Port Cares and Port Colborne/Wainfleet Healthy Lifestyles Coalition. He was named Honourary Citizen of Port Colborne in 1995.
Janet Horner
Dufferin County
Janet Horner is the Executive Director of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee, a Consultant with Whitfield Consultants, a leadership, fundraising, communications firm, as well as a Councillor, with the Township of Mulmur. Mrs. Horner's community involvement includes serving as a founding board member and Chair of the Rural Ontario Institute, a steering committee member and board chair of Sustain Ontario and member of Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance and Toronto Food Policy Council. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Guelph and lives on a field crop farm in Mulmer.
Paul McQueen
Grey County
Mayor of the Municipality of Grey Highlands, Paul McQueen runs a cow/calf operation on a fourth generation family farm and owns a contracting business in home renovations and construction, excavations and farm related custom work. A Grey County Councillor for two terms, from 2003-2010, Paul is Chair of the Grey Highlands Committee of Adjustment and the Grey Highlands Road Committee. He also served a full 12 year term on the Collingwood G & M Hospital Board from 1995 – 2007 and is a member of the Grey Highlands Heritage Committee.
Arlene Vander Beek
City of Hamilton
A lifetime of living on and under the Niagara Escarpment, Arlene VandeBeek is the Hamilton City Councillor representing Ward 13 (the Community of Dundas). Prior to the City’s amalgamation in 2001, Arlene was a member of the former Dundas Town Council, when she was Deputy Chair of the Planning Committee, a member of the Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Board of Directors, and Chair of the Dundas Library Board. Her background includes employment with the Cities of Burlington, Kitchener and Hamilton; faculty professional development with McMaster University; many years as an entrepreneur and Communications Consultant with a clientele that included all levels of Government; and she grew up in her family’s downtown Dundas service and retail business. She is currently a member of the Boards of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Theatre Aquarius, Dundas Centre for the Arts, the Dundas Museum and Archives, the Downtown Dundas BIA, the Board of Dundas Community Services, is Past Chair of the Dundas Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and, as the Councillor for Dundas, she is very supportive and involved in the development of the Cootes-to-Escarpment Eco Park plans in the Dundas Valley which is one of the largest wooded corridors along the southern portion of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve.
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