Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of four members from The District Municipality of Muskoka and four members of the community, including the MWC Chair and Past-chair. MWC and DMM staff attend meetings to take minutes and provide information.


The Executive Committee of the Muskoka Watershed Council will:

  1. Establish work programs and the strategic direction of MWC
  2. Oversee all financial matters of MWC
  3. Form sub-committees and task groups, comprised of MWC members and individuals not on MWC, to perform certain functions or focus on specific issues
  4. Appoint members of MWC to serve as Chairs of sub-committees
  5. Make decisions on behalf of MWC when MWC is not in session and then report these decisions back to MWC



GRossGeoff Ross moved to Muskoka in 2010 after a career as a Professional Engineer developing water and air pollution control standards and programs with Environment Canada. His work included control of coal-fired power plant emissions contributing to acid rain, smog, climate change and other major air issues. He represented Canada in technical work under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and participated in negotiation of the Ozone Annex to the Canada/U.S. Air Quality Accord. Geoff holds degrees in Engineering and Physiology. He is a past President and member of the executive of the Skeleton Lake Cottagers’ Organization, and devotes his spare time to carpentry, sailing, canoeing , curling, XC skiing and tennis. He joined the Muskoka Watershed Council in 2012.


Kevin Trimble Kevin Trimble is an ecological consultant with more than 25 years of experience assessing the impacts of many types of land use change in Ontario, most recently with Golder Associates in Barrie. Originally from an aquatic background, he integrates a number of terrestrial and aquatic disciplines with the water resource and groundwater sciences and has directed many types of restoration projects. After cottaging on Lake Simcoe his entire life, Kevin and his family relocated to Muskoka in 2014.

PETER SALE, Treasurer

Peter SalePeter F. Sale is an environmental scientist whose research into ecology of coral reefs spanned a career at the University of Sydney, (1968-87), University of New Hampshire (1988-93), University of Windsor (1994-2006), and most recently United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment and Health (2007-2014). He remains University Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor. Educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Hawaii, he now lives with his wife Donna in Muskoka, continuing to write and speak on critical environmental issues. His recent book, Our Dying Planet, tells the story of our impacts on the environment from the perspective of an ecologist who has seen environmental decline with his own eyes. He brings his expertise in aquatic ecology to the deliberations of the Muskoka Watershed Council.

NANCY ALCOCK, District Municipality of Muskoka

Biography not available.

ALLEN EDWARDS, District Municipality of Muskoka

Biography not available.

MICHAEL PEPPARD, District Municipality of Muskoka

Michael Peppard is the founder and Executive Director of EcoMuskoka Conservation, a not-for-profit corporation whose mission it is to engage communities in local greening projects. For the past fifteen years Michael has been engaged in managing environmental programming for not-for-profits across Ontario. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Guelph and a Certificate in Restoration Ecology from Niagara College. Michael is a community engagement specialist who is striving to bring his skills to his new home in Muskoka.

PAUL WIANCKO, District Municipality of Muskoka

Paul WianckoPaul Wiancko has a degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of Guelph and a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto. Following a brief time as an environmental consultant, Paul spent most of his career with Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation in various environmental positions for fossil and nuclear stations, including fisheries, radiological emissions and zebra mussels, before retiring in 2002. A long time cottager on Six Mile Lake, Paul is involved in the Six Mile Lake Cottagers’ Association, Baxter Snow Riders, and the Southeast Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce. Paul was a Township of Georgian Bay councillor from 2003-2006 and is currently serving as a councillor for Georgian Bay as well as the District of Muskoka.


Samantha Hastings is the Commissioner of the Community and Planning Services Department for The District Municipality of Muskoka and serves as a liaison between the District and the Muskoka Watershed Council on the Executive Committee.

Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming meetings are posted in the MWC calendar.

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