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OWA Board of Directors

President: David Sexsmith

Vice-President: Tony Bull

Executive Committee: David Sexsmith, Tony Bull, Richard Lalande, Peter Hill and Paul Robertson.

Directors: Craig Appleyard, David Braet, Paul Butler, Ron Casier, Kerry Coleman, Bob Currell, Neil Dunning, Stuart Giles, Dorothy Hamilton, Terry Hoover, Fred Huszarik, Katalijn MacAfee, Cliff MacLean, Brian Paradoski, Dan Romanoski, Shawn Saulnier, Lorne Smith and Don Willis.

Past President: Pieter Leenhouts

Audit Committee: Katalijn MacAfee and Tom Adamchick

Nomination Committee: Paul Robertson, Dan Romanoski and Rick Wilkins

Please consider adding your voice to the OWA provincial Board of Directors. Help us meet the challenges of a growing organization - woodlot owners acting for fellow woodlot owners. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a Director, please contact a member of your Nomination Committee. For further information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the OWA office at 613 713-1526.

For chapter presidents and directors, please view our Chapters page.

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  • Jim and Jan Barton
    Jim and Jan Barton

    Jim and Jan bought Maple Tree Farm in 2010; 105 acres with 85 acres forested. Since their purchase, they have discovered a true passion for trees and have been working hard to repair and upgrade buildings, trails and other features on their land.

    Part of their focus has been on reviving a maple syrup operation that had been dormant for over a decade before they moved to the farm. They have since invested in a sugar shack and a 500-tap maple syrup operation.

    With the help of forest professionals, they have been carrying out improvement harvests to remove the poorer trees (cutting firewood and sawlogs) — leaving the healthier trees with more room to grow. Over time, they hope to expand their maple syrup operation as they have also discovered the nutritional benefits of this golden food source and wonder of nature.

    Joining the Ontario Woodlot Association seemed like the right thing to do to learn about the forest and their new “hobby,” so they became members and have hosted a local field day. They have become strong supporters of the OWA and appreciate the good forest management information that membership provides.

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