Mr. Garry McKinnon, Region #1 Northwest, Year Joined - 2012 

President, OACFDC 

Executive Director, Atikokan Economic Development Corporation 

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Phone: 807-597-2757

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Garry McKinnon has been employed by the Atikokan Economic Development Corporation for the past 25 years.  He has worked as a Community Development Advisor and Investment Manager, and is now in the position of Executive Director.  Garry has been a member of the Atikokan Kiwanis Club since 1981 and has served in most capacities, including Club President.  He has also served as President of the Little Falls Curling Club, and Tournament Chair of the Little Falls Golf Club.  Garry is a Master Mason and Royal Arch Mason.

He was elected to the Atikokan Township Council in 1988 and was re-elected in each municipal election, until leaving politics in 2003.  As a Councillor, he chaired a number of committees, including finance, public works, parks and recreation and cemetery.  In 2000, he was elected as President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) by his colleagues in the region.  As President of NOMA, he served as Vice-President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  Garry served 2 years as President of the Northwestern Ontario Development Network.  He is married to his wife, Dawn; in their spare time, they love to travel or explore the many lakes and forests of north western Ontario.

Mr. Robert Price, Region #3 East, Year Joined - 2013     

Vice-President OACFDC

Chairperson CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin

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Phone: 613-473-2131

Rob Price

Rob joined the Board of the CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin in 2002.  Rob is Owner/Operator of the Spotted Dog B & B in Madoc Township since 2001.  He graduated from George Brown College in 1987 in Food and Beverage Management, and has hotel, catering and management training backgrounds.  Rob was partner, C.O.O. and Business Manager for the Willcam Group Limited - an IT Technology training company.

Since moving to Madoc, Rob has been involved in the community as President and Vice president of the Madoc and District Chamber of Commerce, Director on Pathways Foundation Board in Belleville (10 years), and formerly Secretary on the Board of Management of St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Madoc.

Rob has been part of the Comfort Country Initiative since 2003, and has served as Director, Chair and Vice Chair.  He has participated and supported many local initiatives, such as the skate park, Mainstreets, the library building fund and, of late, the new medical centre.  He can be seen either haunting local yard sales or supporting a community fundraiser.

Ms. Colleen Gouldson, Region #4, West, Year Joined - 2013

Secretary, OACFDC

CEO, Nottawasaga FuturesVice-President: 

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Phone: 705-435-1540
 Colleen Gouldson

Colleen Gouldson is the CEO at Nottawasaga Futures in Allison.  She joined the organization in 1998, before it was a CFDC.  She was hired to start their for-profit business NT Temps Inc.  Over the years, she has been involved in many other aspects of the organization, including the Human Resources Pilot Project with the Restigouche CBDC, human resource and business consulting, and Business Retention and Expansion Programs.

Prior to working with Nottawasaga Futures, Colleen was involved in the financial services industry as a Loans Officer. She is a self professed yoga addict and resides with her husband in Barrie. 

Mr. Shawn Heard, Region #2, Northeast, Year Joined-2014. 

Treasurer, OACFDC

Executive Director East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation 

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 Phone: 705-356-1152

Shawn Heard

Shawn Heard has been the General Manager of the East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation, an Industry Canada sponsored CFDC, since 2000.  Prior to that time, he was Program Manager for Human Ecology at the Elliot Lake Research Field Station of Laurentian University, working on community development issues in a number of locations throughout Canada.

Shawn holds a Diploma in Business Administration, an Honours B.A., a Master of Arts Degree in Canadian Heritage and Development Studies from Trent University, a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo, and has completed the Small Business APEC Programme with Acadia University.

Shawn is also an active volunteer, currently sitting as an Executive member of the East Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation Board of Driectors, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre ICT Committee, the Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board, and acts as a Resource to the Elliot Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Elliot Lake Centre for Development, the Elliot Lake Economic Development Committee, the Blind River Development Corporation, and several other community based groups. Shawn is the Past Chair of the Northeastern Ontarion Development Network of CFDCs and a former President of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, Shawn has been an active volunteer in a number of community sectors for over 30 years.

He lives in Elliot Lake with his wife Karina, and children Forrest, Marcus, Trent and Samuel.

Ms. Dianne Adshead, Region #3 East, Year Joined - 2011

Past President, OACFDC

Director, Valley Heartland CFDC

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Phone: 613-273-9136

Dianne Adshead

Dianne joined Valley Heartland CFDC Board of Directors in February 2010, after she retired from her position as Finance Manager with the Children’s Aid Society of the County of Lanark and The Town of Smiths Falls.  Her career included over twenty five years of senior management experience, primarily in financial services, developmental services, international development and health services, but also covered a wide variety of other occupations, such as:  ophthalmic technician; teacher; diplomatic services secretarial; dressmaker; and dietetics trainee with the Canadian Army. Dianne holds a professional designation as a Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant. 

Dianne and her self-employed husband, Gordon, live on a forty acre farmland property near Westport, where they love to watch the deer and wild turkeys and other wildlife.  Her other pleasures include reading, cooking, knitting, sewing, gardening, travel and keeping in touch with family.  Retirement has given Dianne the opportunity to serve her community in a volunteer capacity, in a very much more active role.

Mr. Dennis Shepitka, Region #2 Northeast, Year Joined - 2016

Vice-Chair, LAMBAC Community Futures Development Corporation

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Phone : 705-507-4907

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A retired human resource professional and a graduate of Cornell University, Dennis Shepitka joined the OACFDC board in September 2016.  He has served as a director with the LAMBAC CFDC Board since 2010 also participating as a member of the HR committee.  For four years, he is been a volunteer representative to the Northeast Development Network Planning Committee of CFDCs. Dennis is a past member of the board of Espanola Regional Hospital, having served on the Employee Relations Committee.  

Dennis is involved in his local community, as a member of the Espanola Lions Club, the Clear Lake Stewardship Association, and the Espanola Curling Club Executive. Dennis is married to Cheryl Kennelly and they have 2 grown children. 

Mr. Peter Smith

Director Haliburton County Development Corporation

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Phone: 705-457-3555


Peter has a diverse background that includes experience in banking and information technology, as well as community service and outreach. Upon finishing university with a Political Science degree.  Peter began his professional career as an Assistant Branch Manager and Investment Advisor in the South-Western Ontario Credit Union system. These roles provided Peter with a sound understanding of personal lending and wealth management, which has greatly benefited Peter throughout his career. 

While working in the credit union system, Peter was recruited by a privately held Canadian company who services manufacturing sector, to lead their IT and telecommunications operations. For over 19 years, Peter has been an Information Technology Manager working remotely from home, overseeing IT and telecommunications for 4 national companies. Working remotely has provided Peter with the flexibility to become involved in his community and provide volunteer service in a number of capacities, ranging from social service such as – Food for Kids, Children’s Aid Society, Special Education Advisory Committee, Point in Time Centre for Children, Youth and Parents to economic development, including the Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC) and the various committees that serve within HCDC (EODP, Haliburton Creative Business Incubator and Executive Committees). 

Peter’s breadth of work experience and community engagement makes him an ideal candidate to support the Community Futures Ontario mission to support its members to deliver quality services in their respective rural communities and provides an experienced voice for the Community Futures Program in Ontario.

Mr. Mike Streib, Region #4, West. Year Joined - 2012

Past President, OACFDC

Director Elgin Business Resource Centre

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Phone: 519-773-8177 

Mike Streib- Nov 2015

A retired farmer and a graduate of the University of Guelph, Mike Streib joined the OACFDC board in June 2012.  He has served as a Director with the Elgin Business Resource Centre (CFDC) Board since March 2005.  He has been on a number of committees within the board, including Audit, Loans, Governance and Community Economic Development. Mike has also been a member of the board of Westminster Mutual Insurance since 1990, serving as Chair on three separate occasions.  He presently represents them as a Legislative Affairs member for the Ontario Mutuals Insurance Association.

As well, Mike is involved in his local community as a life member of the Kinsmen Club of Aylmer, Treasurer of Ducks Unlimited Committee in Aylmer, volunteer with United Way, former volunteer with the and Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Coach in the Minor Hockey and Minor Basketball leagues. Mike is married to Brenda and they have three grown children and seven grandchildren. 

Mr. Frank Rupcic, Region #4 West, Year Joined - 2017

Director, Venture Niagara Community Futures Development Corporation, Thorold, Ontario

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Phone: 905.680.8085


Frank has been involved in planning and economic development for more than thirty years.

A graduate of the University of Waterloo, he is the General Manager of Venture Niagara Community Futures Development Corporation. He has been in this position since 1997.  He is now the Past-Chair of the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Association after serving as chair for three years.

As a member of the WOCFDCA he has been on numerous committees including the establishment of the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII) and the Investing in Regional Diversification Western Ontario Rural Capital (WORC) Pool.

An avid photographer of the region’s urban and rural landscape, he is proud to be a Niagara resident.