Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North’s Board of Directors is a group of dedicated community and business leaders. Their strategic decision-making and guidance steer the organization. Each board member offers knowledge of their area and unique skill set for tackling the issue of affordable housing in our region.
Linda Acton-Riddle was born in Kirkland Lake, attended Teacher’s College in North Bay, and moved to Ottawa to begin her teaching career. While teaching she worked on two university degrees. She had retired from teaching when she and her husband moved to Bracebridge in 2004. To get to know people Linda started volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Muskoka for the build that summer. She soon discovered the wide scope of Habitat’s work and the wonderful improvements that are made in the lives of Habitat Partner families. In 2005 she joined the Board of Directors and became president the next year until 2014.
Claudette Strom serves as the Branch Manager at the downtown Sudbury Credit Untion. Strom has decades of experience and leadership within the financial sector of Ontario's north. She is a graduate of Laurentian University, Cambrian College, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. Strom has volunteered and been involved with a wide variety of organzations including the Lions Club, Co-operative Young Leaders Camp, The United Way, Children’s Aid Society Bursary Fund, and the Sudbury Annual Blueberry Festival. Strom currently sits on a number of not-for-profit boards including the Downtown Sudbury Indie Cinema Co-Op, Coniston Lions Club /Treasurers Award, and Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. Strom's leadership and volunteer effort was recently recognized by the City of Greater Sudbury with the presentation of a 2016 Civic Award for Volunteerism.
Brian Ternoway is a Partner in ProFitness Advisors Group Limited, a management consultancy focused on helping clients solve complex business problems, through innovation. Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Ternoway held several senior management positions with IBM Canada Limited. Mr. Ternoway is an experienced management consultant and has over twenty five years of experience helping clients solve business problems. He specializes in general management issues and the transformation of enterprise business models utilizing a customer-focused philosophy, innovation tools and information technology solutions. He has experience in strategic planning, business operations, process reengineering, sales management, market and product development and the professional training/development area. Mr. Ternoway gained this experience over a 31 year period with IBM Canada Limited, dealing with the Retail and Consumer Goods, Finance and Insurance, Government, Education and Transportation industries. Brian has been involved with Habitat for the past 6 years. While at his cottage in Torrance each summer, he has volunteered 2-3 days per week on build sites across Muskoka.
Scot Lowes has been involved with Habitat for Humanity since April 2003. He has held various board positions with HFH North Simcoe including ReStore Chair, Vice-Chair and Chair. In his 10+ years with HFH North Simcoe, he organized all aspects of building of the Midland ReStore including site selection, design, financing, construction and staff selection. The Habitat motto of “a hand up, not a hand out” is very dear to his heart. He was involved in preliminary discussions of amalgamation for our region and is happy to see that concept move forward. Most of his experience in the HR/Labour Relations field and in the financial management and control area was gained while employed with Ontario Power Generation for 32 years. For the last 15 years of his career he was a senior manager in the Thermal Generation Division. During his career, he also gained significant experience in the areas of strategic planning, communication and media relations, policy development, organizational development and information technology. He was Board Chair from 2010 to 2014 and has attended many leadership conferences and National AGMs over the past 5 years.
A retired Chartered Accountant who spent several years working as Comptroller for one of Canada’s largest retailers. Specializing in Corporate tax and Sales tax matters Jim was an independent consultant for many years. Clients included just about every large retail company in Canada as well as several cable and internet companies.Jim’s last venture was running a small start up company developing some technologies to reduce energy consumption in the Cable industry. Since retiring he is involved as a volunteer as club captain at a local golf course, as a member of the Committee of Adjustment for Seguin and with Habitat Parry Sound where he is member of the steering committee and has worked on the build and several fund raising initiatives.
Michael brings over 25 years of experience including Operations, Sales, Business Development, and Product/Service Development and a proven track record in Enterprise Account Management. He is a skilled client relationship and business development expert with extensive experience in growth and retention. Michael is versatile, innovative and driven with a proven track record for strategically growing both services and revenue. He specializes in developing and nurturing mutually beneficial long-term relationships with clients based on trust and repeated success at delivering value. Michael was a director of Anaphylaxis Canada for 20 years and for ten years served as its Chair. He has also served as director for the Canadian Marketing Association, and is an honourary life member. Michael is thrilled to use his business experience to give back to the community through Habitat for Humanity.