Board of Directors

 

Our Board of Directors is comprised of animal lovers from
around the Georgian Triangle Area.

David Garner
Chair

A recently retired executive with 35 years experience in the employee benefit field. A values based CEO with proven experience in setting strategy, building implementation plans, leading and transforming teams and organizations. A strong history of active involvement in Board work both in business and supporting education and social causes.

Barbara Foster
Vice chair

Barb had a professional career with Xerox until 2003 and has been involved with fundraising since then!
She has participated in multiple Executive and Chair Committee with several charities including GTHS Sunset Cruise & Lee’s Luncheon. Barb understands the challenges GTHS faces and has a deep passion in committing to addressing them.

Elizabeth Comuzzi

Having recently left corporate Canada for an improved work/life balance, Liz and her husband, Blaine Bell, knew that their weekend retreat would soon become their full-time home.Liz is known as a tactical Human Resources Professional who delivers results while providing exceptional client-driven services. Having worked within several privately held companies, Liz has a keen ability to quickly analyze the challenge, develop a strategy, and execute the plan to deliver results.Liz and Blaine own Comfort Keepers Georgian Triangle and employ over 40 PSW caregivers who take care of those in need within our community. Liz has seen firsthand the cognitive and physical improvements that pet therapy has on many of their clients. When not cycling, hiking, or travelling, Blaine and Liz can be found playing with their adorable toy poodle-Rexy. Liz is looking forward to working with the Team at GTHS.

Ashley Kulchycki

Ashley is the Supervisor for Children and Teen Services at the Collingwood Public Library.
Ashley has a deep understanding of the non-profit environment and a wide array of skills that are well aligned with the GTHS such as fiscal responsibility, project management and a commitment to service excellence.
Ashley is a proud dog owner and in her own words “I have the passion, dedication and commitment that is necessary to be a board member and I want to make a lasting impact and difference in my community.

 

Kelly Glass

Kelly has extensive experience in the financial services and technology sectors domestically and globally. She has over 25 years of experience coaching and advising leaders in her capacity as a Human Resources Executive and Coach. She has held leadership positions in some of the most respected companies. She has worked with several start-up technology ventures from inception through acquisition. Kelly has a degree in Management and a Masters of Business Administration.

Garnet Pratt

Garnet has lived in Collingwood full time for the past 12 years and part time since 2003. It was skiing that initially brought her here but the overall lifestyle that convinced her to stay. She finds South Georgian Bay an ideal place to live, work and play with her two rescue dogs, Bodhi and Scout. Her career(s) has been very diverse. After graduating from the Ivey School of Business with an MBA, she spent 12 years in Investment Banking in New York and Toronto with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and National Bank Financial. She left finance to do something entrepreneurial and founded (with partners) Side Launch Brewing Company here in town. She also helped Spy Cider House and Distillery during their build and go to market stages. Since then, she has become a Realtor with Engel & Völkers.Throughout her life she has felt it very important to give money and time to the not for profit sector. She has done this through various committees and board positions with organizations such as the Toronto Zoo Foundation, Don Vale Cabbagetown Resident’s Association, Toronto Humane Society, Toronto Dance Theatre, World Wildlife Fund, Ontario Craft Brewers and Collingwood Pride. She looks forward to working with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society to help it become a leader in its field.

Derrick March

Derrick is currently a senior Vice President of Business Development at Canada Life, having spent his entire career in the financial services industry.  Derrick and his family are avid animal lovers, benefiting daily from the unconditional love of their four dogs and two cats.  He and his family have volunteered with the GTHS for many years, providing love and care for animals until they are ready for adoption. As an active member of his community, Derrick is incredibly proud to serve on the Board of the GTHS and to support projects that enhance community wellness.

Nadine Finbow

Nadine is a local lawyer with a keen interest in contributing to and being involved in her community. Having adopted family pets from the GTHS (including her beloved dog, Ethel), Nadine is very excited to join the Board of Directors for the GTHS. Nadine sees the value and importance of the GTHS and hopes to make a valuable contribution to its growth and success.

Monika Merz

As President of Toys R Us (TRU) Asia Pacific, Monika Merz oversaw all operations and business activities for the company’s growing number of stores in Japan, Southeast Asia, Greater China and Australia. In this role she was responsible for sales of 2 billion U.S. and the growth, profitability and success of the company in these markets. Since retiring in June 2016 Ms. Merz consulted for companies interested in buying a stake in the TRU/BRU Asia Pacific, Canadian and Australian businesses. She served on the TRU Canada Advisory Board when the company was acquired by Fairfax Financial Holdings. She is an Ontario Director of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council which supports Reservists with civil employers, educators and the military. Ms. Merz since 2016 has been an elected member and Treasurer of the Condo Board of Palace Place (504 units). She has volunteered for the Georgian Triangle Humane Society for the past number of years as Chair and Co-Chair of the Walkathon Committee and as a member of the fundraising committee.