Our Directors

Graham Gamble


Graham Gamble is the Regional Communication Coordinator for the North Eastern Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association. He is involved as editor in the production of the "Breaking Ground in North-Eastern Ontario" farm newsletter for the organization, as well as in on-farm innovative research projects. He is also a consultant to the Canadian mining industry in the area of mine land reclamation, and is a long standing member of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association.

Richard Guthrie


Richard has been the sole operator of Temiskaming Independent Energy since he started the company in 1996.   Temiskaming Independent Energy supplies a service for customers wanting power beyond the grid. This has given Rick over 15 years of Solar & Wind Experience with residential industrial and remote government installation. During this time Rick's home and business has operated making its own power using a combination of Solar, wind and diesel generator. Rick is an OPA Certified installer of FIT and has installed 4 Micro FIT projects in the last year.

Julie Hutnick-Whitehead


Julie Hutnick-Whitehead is a school teacher and a mother of two children. As such, Julie has a strong commitment to education and to building a society centred around social and environmental responsibility.  She also has experience in website design and graphic art.

Max Kennedy


Max Kennedy is a teacher of Math and Science with District School Board One.  He has previously had careers as an environmental consultant and as waste treatment manager for the automotive industry.  He has a degree in Environmental Toxicology which has led to a lifelong commitment to decreasing our ecological footprint while promoting sustainable development.

Ambrose Raftis


Ambrose Raftis is a retired electrical control engineering technologist who has worked the steel, power, automotive, and forest industries on control systems design, training development, and ISO 9001quality management, and ISO14001 environmental management.  He has also worked as a project developer for a hydroelectric project development and now is focused on community development of sustainable projects. Ambrose has also developed and taught community development courses at the college level.

Wayne Stratton


Wayne Stratton has a Diploma in Forest Technology and a BSC degree from Lakehead University, completed the Executive Management Programme from Queens University, and the Advanced Program in Human Resource Management from the Rotman School of Business. Wayne worked in several disciplines during his career with Canada Post, which ranged from Letter Carrier to Director of Human Resources. He retired from Canada Post in January 2007 and relocated to Northern Ontario to enjoy our Northern quality of life. He has since established a small human resources consulting company, namely, Boreal Human Resources Consulting.