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Board of Directors

Rick Roes (Chair)
Plant Manager
Schaeffler Canada Inc (FAG)

Rick Roes joined the TTG Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large for a two-year term on April 1, 2013 bringing over 20 years of automotive manufacturing knowledge and expertise to the Board table.  Rick is currently the Plant Manager of the Schaeffler Canada Inc. facility in Stratford which is the former FAG Bearings Ltd. automotive plant.  Rick has worked in many different disciplines within the Stratford plant, engineering, logistics, operations and has also worked in the Joplin, Missouri, USA Schaeffler plant in the late 1990’s.  Rick graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1992 from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
 
Heather Brown (Treasurer)
Controller
Accumetal Manufacturing Inc.

Heather Brown was appointed to the Board as an Industry representative for a three-year term effective April 1, 2016 and appointed Treasurer effective July 1, 2016. Heather has been the Financial Controller for Accumetal Manufacturing Inc. since 2008 and for Brant Form Teck Ltd., Woodstock since 2012. She brings proficiencies in account management, budget preparation, financial analysis and regulatory compliance. At Accumetal Manufacturing, Heather took a lead role in the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Safety Group Program (Regular and Advantage) to implement key safety initiatives designed to reduce injury frequency and severity. She also collaborated with management on purchase of Brant Form Teck Ltd. in 2012. Heather has a Bachelor of Accounting, University of Waterloo.
 
Tine Buechler
Career and Work Coach & Employer Liaison
Conestoga Career Centre

Tine Buechler was appointed to the Board as an At Large representative on June 24, 2015. Tine brings a wealth of experience in a variety of sectors as a Board member covering business, employment, community, self-employment and not for profit sectors. As owner and trainer at Business Growth Training Inc. and Time Training Services Inc., Tine has over 15 years’ experience in the career and employment sector serving over 5000 people in Huron, Perth, Wellington and Grey Counties. She currently works at Conestoga College, Stratford Campus as a Career and Work Coach. Tine has a Bachelor of Adult Education (Brock University), Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (Western University), Job Finding Club Facilitation Certificate and Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certification.
 
Ross Dale
Executive Officer
SABA

Ross Dale was appointed to the Board as a representative of Industry on Sept. 23, 2015. Ross is the Executive Officer at the Stratford & Area Builders’ Association. As a representative of SABA, Ross has participated in the interview process for the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program for four years. Ross completed an apprenticeship and worked as a licensed electrician for many years. He understands the trades and is very proud to support the advancement of skilled trades in any way.
 
Mike Doupe
Vice President
McLean Taylor & Stone Town Construction

Mike Doupe was appointed to the TTG Board at its January 25, 2017 Board meeting. Mike’s appointment fills an Industry vacancy to June 30, 2017 and consecutively a 3-year term to June 30, 2020. Mike brings significant experience and understanding of a number of skill areas which corresponds with TTG’s needs: hands-on construction experience and project management of heavy civil projects; motive power experience such as oversight of the procurement and ongoing maintenance of the company fleet including heavy equipment (excavators, etc.), heavy and light duty trucks and trailers; familiarity with the College of Trades; computer expertise through oversight and management of the corporate network; business and accounting experience and safety training. Mike’s involvement in local and industry associations will assist TTG to facilitate future partnerships. As a business owner, he is troubled by the shortfall of skilled labour and trades that the construction industry requires and is keen to actively promote the trades and construction-based employment.
 
Meredith Forget
Economic Development Coordinator
Corporation of the County of Perth

Meredith Forget was appointed to the Board as an At Large representative on June 22, 2016. Meredith brings a wealth of experience in economic development from across the province. In 2016, Meredith took on the role of Economic Development Coordinator for Perth County. Prior to this, she worked as Economic Development Officer for the County of Grey, involved in all aspects of the position from business retention and strategic planning to policy development. She also provided leadership and support to Grey County’s nine member municipalities. As well, Meredith served in Economic Development capacities with the City of Orillia and City of Quinte West. Meredith is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Economic Development Certificate Program; completed the Post Graduate Human Resources Management Program at Georgian College and received her Bachelor of Arts from Trent University.
 
Cavell Fraser
Senior HR Consultant/Coach
Libro Credit Union

Cavell Fraser, B.A., C.H.R.P., joined the Board of Directors in January 2010 as a representative of the financial sector and the Stratford & District Human Resources Association. She was appointed Chair of the Performance Review Committee in October 2010. Cavell recently took on the role of Senior HR Consultant/Coach with Libro Credit Union. Just prior to this she served as Libro’s Vice President of Human Resources. She also worked in this capacity for United Communities Credit Union in Clinton. Prior to that, she worked as a Human Resources Advisor and Director Employee Relations with National Trust Company, Stratford. Cavell has taught for Fanshawe College, Woodstock Campus in the Human Resources program. She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario and a former board member of the Foundation for Education Perth Huron and the Four County Labour Market Planning Board.
 
Sandy McCann
Human Resources
C.R. Plastic Products Inc.

Sandy McCann, CHRP, was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2014. She fills the newly created position representing the non-profit sector at large. Sandy brings a wealth of volunteer board experience from the United Way of Perth-Huron ranging from fundraising, public relations, governance to strategic planning. She joined the United Way Board of Directors from 2004-2007 and took on other capacities in subsequent years such as Large Business Sector Chair (2006 Campaign Cabinet), Program Review and Allocations Committee and Warehouse Committee Planning Team (2009-2011) and as a member of the Training-4-Success Steering Committee (2014). From 2009-2013, Sandy took on the Recruitment Volunteer role for the Canada 3.0 Digital Media Conference, Canada’s only national digital media conference focused on the commercialization of innovation. She is also Vice President of Membership with Speak Stratford Toastmasters and an active member of the Grand Valley Human Resources Professional Association since 2009. Sandy works as an HR Manager at C.R. Plastic Products Inc. in Stratford.
 
Ian Nuhn
Vice President
Nuhn Industries

Ian Nuhn was appointed to the Board as a Business representative on Sept 23, 2015. Ian is Vice President at Nuhn Industries. Ian holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University. Ian’s skills range from design to product development, project and sales management and new business development. Ian is also graduate of Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. At Northwestern, he enrolled in computer design, robotics and automation programs and in 2009, won Skills Canada gold medals in mechanical computer-aided drafting and design in the secondary school category at both the provincial and national competitions.
 
Martin Ritsma
Councillor
City of Stratford

Martin Ritsma, currently serving his second term as Councillor for Stratford City Council, was appointed as the municipal representative to the TTG Board of Directors on December 1st, 2014. Martin will also serve as the Board Education representative as Martin is the Principal of Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. He has a long list of community involvement both before and during his foray into politics. A farmer, he’s served on the Stratford and District Agricultural Society for 14 years, including stints as president. He has also been director of the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA), president of the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association and was awarded with the Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award by the Ontario Government in 2013.
 
Melissa Schenk
Owner and Executive Producer
MS2 Productions

Melissa Schenk was appointed to the Board as a Business Director, representing the communications field, effective June 22, 2016. As Owner and Executive Producer of MS2 Productions for the past 17 years, Melissa has an extensive background in communications including online video, video production, commercials, infomericals, product demonstration, social marketing and corporate storytelling. With her team of Video and Social Media Strategists, she helps companies cost effectively brand, network and market their businesses with the next generation of media and video marketing. She is a member of WIFT (Women in Film and Television); TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) and CWC (Canadian Women in Communication). Melissa is a graduate of Fanshawe College’s Television Broadcasting program.
 
Bernia Wheaton (Secretary)
Economic Development Officer
Rural Oxford E.D.C.

Bernia Wheaton was appointed to the Board as a representative of the Non-Profit sector on Sept. 23, 2015. Bernia Wheaton was hired as Economic Development Officer by the newly formed Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation (ROEDC) in September 3, 2014. She is responsible for promoting business growth and relocation opportunities throughout the municipalities of rural Oxford, supporting job creation, improving tax assessment, and showcasing rural Oxford as a place to do business. Prior to joining ROEDC, she served as the inaugural Economic Development Officer at the County of Perth. Bernia also brings more than 16 years of relevant industry experience to the TTG Board.