Patrons & Directors

Patrons of The Riverwood Conservancy

Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion, C.M., LL.D.

Mississauga’s longest-serving mayor, Hazel McCallion, often refers to Riverwood as “the gem of the city.” Mayor McCallion has supported The Riverwood Conservancy from its original inception as the Mississauga Garden Council. Through her long and distinguished political career, she never forgot the importance of connecting the residents of Mississauga to the beauty of nature.

Mayor McCallion was first elected in November 1978, and since that first term she has been a successful candidate in 12 municipal elections; having been acclaimed twice and re-elected 10 other times. She stepped down as Mayor of Mississauga in 2014 after holding her position for 36 years.

Frederick Ketchen

Dr. Frederick Ketchen, FCSI (Hon.)

Frederick Ketchen lived true to his saying, “you can’t just sit around and grow moss on your legs.” Fred’s fondness for Riverwood was grounded in countless days spent walking the trails, his personal connection to the Chappell family, and his attendance at political strategy meetings and Prime Minister’s visits at Chappell House.

Over his career, Fred served as Vice President of McLeod Young Weir & Company Ltd., Senior Vice President and Director of Equity Trading, Chairman of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Director of the Design Exchange, and Chairman of the Trillium Health Centre Foundation. In 2012 he received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph-Humber, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Investment Industry Association of Canada in recognition of his extraordinary career in the Canadian Investment Industry.

Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman has been fascinated by nature since childhood, and his artwork is an outgrowth of that passion. Although always interested in art, he did not initially expect to make a living from it. He painted in his spare time while earning a living as a high school art and geography teacher. It wasn’t until the 1970s when he began receiving major recognition as an artist that he was able to paint full-time.

He is a committed environmentalist and has used his artwork to promote ecology and preservation. In 1999 he was named by the Audobon Society of Canada one of the 20th Century’s Heroes of Conservation. The Riverwood Conservancy’s mission to teach children about nature and restore the native habitat of Riverwood was a natural draw for him.

Ulrich Krull

Dr. Ulrich Krull

Ulrich (Ulli) Krull shares in a vision that Riverwood will evolve to become the central hub in our region that will teach and promote the importance of natural environments for a sustainable world. A long-time Mississauga resident, Dr. Krull is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto. He formerly served as Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga. He is also the lead editor of Analytica Chimica Acta, a prominent international journal for analytical chemistry published by Elsevier.

Dr. Krull has been active professionally and personally in support of environmental initiatives, ranging from teaching of environmental analytical chemistry and bringing focus to sustainability in the development of the UTM campus, to participating in tree planting with Scouts Canada.

2021-2022 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

Carolyn Sherk
Chair of the Board
Carolyn Sherk is a long-time TRC volunteer, beginning her service with Education Naturally, then serving on the Volunteer Committee, the Board, and the Executive Committee. She has retired from her consulting career in health care and social services planning. Carolyn and her husband Allan have lived in Mississauga since 1972. They have instilled a love of nature in their two children and four grandchildren, in part through their cottage trips to Georgian Bay.
Dave Irwin
Vice Chair, Development
Dave Irwin spent over 40 years with Deloitte & Touche as an audit partner in both Mississauga and Toronto and has been involved in the business community throughout his careers. He served as Director and Treasurer of the Mississauga Board of Trade, Director of the Mississauga Food Bank, and Chair of the Board of the Living Arts Centre. Dave was named Mississauga's Business Person of the Year in 1993.
Kevin Sherwin
Past Chair
Kevin Sherwin gained over 30 years of marketing and advertising experience in his career. He held roles with a wide variety of nonprofits, businesses, charities, and agencies in Canada and the United States. He specialized in integrated, cross channel strategies to build customer and donor relationships. Through excursions as a child with his outdoorsman grandfather, Kevin developed an affinity for natural spaces, animals, and plants.
Heather Shaw
Vice Chair, Corporate
Heather Shaw has served as a volunteer with TRC since 2012 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2016. Prior to retiring, she worked as Senior Policy and Research Analyst for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Manager of Donor Financial Services for the United Way of Greater Toronto. Through her career experience, Heather brings the skills of strategic planning, policy development, fundraising, and volunteerism to TRC.
Tim Pickering
Treasurer
Tim Pickering served on the Board of Mississauga Garden Council, prior to its change to The Riverwood Conservancy. Working for Deloitte in 2005, he was instrumental in holding Impact Day, bringing 200 Deloitte workers to Riverwood to provide volunteer conservation work. Tim is currently Vice President, Taxation of Granite REIT. He rejoined the TRC Board in the fall of 2020 and has been focused on digitizing TRC’s financial processes.
David Leeder
Corporate Secretary
David Leeder joined the Board of the Mississauga Garden Council, the predecessor of TRC, in 2002, serving a term as Chair of the Board. After completing his term, he left the Board, only to return in 2015. Dave retired as Associate Director, Educational Services, from the Peel District School Board in 2001. After retirement, he joined York University to co-ordinate teacher and principal additional qualification courses.

2021-2022 Directors

Shirley Daniels
Shirley Daniels began volunteering for community organizations in the 1970s, and remains an active volunteer with TRC. She is a retired teacher and one of the founders of the Mississauga Garden Council, the predecessor of TRC. She has served on the TRC Board throughout its history, and led TRC’s marquee fundraising event for 15 years. Shirley has had leadership roles in many organizations, including serving as President for Cloverleaf Garden Club, Mississauga Master Gardeners, Windmill Theatre, and the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA).
Elinor Laffey
Elinor Laffey is a retired restaurateur and Founder of KatEco Life, a sustainable philanthropic online business. She has been passionate about the environment for many years, and enjoys chairing Riverwood's Education Committee meetings. She’s agreed to expand her involvement with TRC by assisting on the Finance Committee as well. As a Mississauga resident, she has fond memories when her grandfather owned Jack Darling Park nearly 60 years ago.
Steve Hoscheit
Steve Hoscheit has an impressive record in both the private and non-profit sectors, and recently launched Hoscheit Consulting Services Inc., focusing on governance, strategic planning, organizational design and effectiveness, executive coaching, and project support and management. Steve previously served as President and CEO of the Trillium Health Partners Foundation, and President and CEO of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Economics.
Swaroop Dogra
Swaroop Dogra has extensive multinational experience in executive leadership and project delivery management at large companies like TELUS, Bell, Cogeco, Verizon, Bharti Airtel, Netcracker, Amdocs, Osram, Unit Trust of India, and some leading banks in India. In addition to his role with the TRC Board, he also volunteers as a Director with the Board of Visual Arts Mississauga Board. He is an alumni of Rotman’s Executive Leadership Course in Managing Strategic Change.
Amy Tjen
Amy Tjen has served as a Director of the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Business Association since 2000. She has also been an Ambassador of the Mon Sheong Foundation and most recently chaired the committee for the Hazel McCallion 100th Birthday Photo Book, "Hazel McCallion: A Century of Accomplishment" Fundraiser for the Trillium Health Partners Foundation. Amy is the Recipient of several awards, including the Chinese Canadian Legend Award in 2008, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Marc Johnson
Dr. Marc Johnson is a Professor at University of Toronto Mississauga, the Canada Research Chair of Urban Environmental Science, and the Director of the Centre for Urban Environments. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach to address a broad array of problems in evolution and ecology, including coevolutionary biology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, the evolution of sex, and how urban environments affect the evolution of life around us. In addition to serving as a Director, Marc is a co-founder of the Riverwood Junior Naturalists Club.
Clement Mbulu
Clement Mbulu graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and is a licensed lawyer in Ontario. He is the principal lawyer at Crossline Law Professional Corporation, where he primarily practices in the areas of real estate, estates and corporate law. In his spare time Clement enjoys reading biographies, travelling, exercising, going on nature hikes, and collecting vinyl records. In addition to his role as a Director, he also currently sits on TRC’s Human Resources Committee.
Alan Lytle
Charles Lun
Charles Lun graduated as a gold medalist in Political Science and Social Sciences with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. Charles practises in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, with a broad focus on real estate law, employment law, human rights, contract law, and general torts law such as defamation and professional negligence. In his spare time, Charles enjoys leisurely playing golf, badminton, volleyball, snowboarding, and numerous other sports.
Christina Woodward
Christina Woodward’s abiding interest is in gardening, with rhododendron being her focus for the past 25 years. She joined Riverwood’s Enabling Garden program in 2014 and has grown her involvement at Riverwood to include active participation in volunteering gardening groups and the Special Events Committee. She earned an MA in History from Rhodes University, and has managed hospital libraries at the London Regional Cancer Centre and the Trillium Health Centre.

2021-2022 Special Advisor to the Board of Directors

Ron Starr