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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Board of Directors

The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation is led by a diverse and committed volunteer Board of Directors who give of their time and resources to help support our vision of a cleaner and healthier Lake Simcoe watershed that will inspire, motivate and enrich us all.

Call for Candidates

We are currently recruiting for new Board members. The application period is open between August 29, 2022 and November 19, 2022. Please see the Call for Candidates document for more information and instructions on how to apply. Questions? Please contact Cheryl Taylor.​​

​​2021-2022  Board of Directors


Marvin Geist, President

Lawyer, Marvin Geist Barrister and Solicitor

Marvin has been practicing law since 1975. With offices in the city of Vaughan and the town of Innisfil, his expertise is in corporate/commercial and real estate law. Marvin lives on Lake Simcoe, and has enjoyed it immensely since boyhood. He has been President of the largest ratepayers group on Lake Simcoe and former Director on the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association. Marvin has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2017.

Debby Beatty.jpgDebby Beatty

Lake Simcoe Philanthropist

Debby is a fifth generation cottager who is passionate about the health of Lake Simcoe. Her past volunteer endeavors are board member of the Lake Simcoe Coalition, Toronto Community Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. She is presently Chair of the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation. In 2013, Debby was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for her lifelong dedication to environmental projects to protect Lake Simcoe and its watershed. Debby has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2002 as Director, Vice President and President.​​

​BruceBruce Buchan Photo.jpg Buchan 

CEO and Founder, CleanRiver Recycling, Aurora, ON

Bruce founded CleanRiver Recycling over 31 years on the basis of the importance of taking care of the environment through recycling and has been heavily involved in sustainable and environmental projects since then. Bruce is a Lake Simcoe watershed resident and is a member of a number of associations such as the College and University Recycling Coalition and TEC Canada. Bruce has been a member of the LSCF Board of Directors since 2021. 

Peter Ferragine.jpgPeter Ferragine

Sales Representative, Royal LePage

Peter is the Vice Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority Board of Directors. He is also the Ward 5 Cou​ncillor in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. A local real estate agent, Peter is passionate about taking care of the Lake Simcoe watershed and is proud to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors. Peter has served on the LSCF board of directors since 2019.

Sarah Kurtz.jpgSarah​​ Kurtz

Senior Engineer, SCS Consult​ing Group

Sarah is a Senior Engineer at SCS Consulting Group and leads a group of engineers that are responsible for the management and technical execution of a wide variety of engineering projects, many in the Lake Simcoe watershed. Sarah has a strong connection to nature and incredible desire to give back to the community. Sarah has served on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2019.​

Clarence Lui.jpg

 Clarence Lui 

 Partner, Reain Lui Stock LLP, ​​
 Toronto ON

 Clarence has practiced law for the last 19 years and has served on   many local committees. Through his professional and   personal  experiences, he has developed a keen interest in               environmental preservation and protection. Living locally in   the Lake  Simcoe watershed, Clarence is a frequent user of our trail   systems and see's first hand the impact of the work of the Foundation and the   Authority. Clarence has been serving on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2021.  

Allan Allan MacPherson_2021.jpgMacPherson 

Business Development Representative, Philip Morris International / RBH Inc. 

​Allan has lived in York Region for the past 20 years and enjoys exploring Lake Simcoe and our watershed. It is through his appreciation for nature as well as his participation in a number of local community charitable events and activities that he has developed a keen interest in environmental protection as well as a desire to make it healthier by helping raise funds to support our mission. Allan has been serving on the LSCF Board of Directors since 2021.  

Tom Vegh

Tom Vegh

​Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor, Town of Newmarket

​Tom was first elected to municipal office in 2000. Raised in Newmarket, Tom holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University. He has a 25-year track record as a community leader in the non-profit sector, holding both executive and consulting positions. He has extensive experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets and working with all levels of government. Tom is passionate about the health of the Lake Simcoe Watershed and is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of both the Lake  Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.​