HURON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Meet the Board Members
Formed in January 2015, the Huron County Economic Development Board advises County Council on matters related to economic development. Comprised of eight Directors from the private sector and three members of Council, the Board represents a cross section of leaders from the local economy.
Bryan Vincent (Chair)
Agricultural Business & Management
Bryan worked in the family farm equipment business as owner/manager of Vincent Farm Equipment and Delta Power Equipment. Aside from his business expertise, Bryan has a passion for volunteering. Bryan participates in many agricultural and community organizations for the betterment of the residents in Huron County.
John Kiser (Vice-Chair)
Regional Manager Business Banking, Libro Credit Union
John is the Regional Manager Business Banking, Huron-Perth & Haldimand-Norfolk Regions at Libro Credit Union. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years. John’s experience includes leadership, finance, relationship management, teaching, and coaching. John serves on several Huron County boards and committees and is always eager to use his unique skillset to support local businesses and entrepreneurs in the community.
Warden of Huron County & Mayor of ACW
Glen is the Huron County Warden and the current Mayor of the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. Outside of Council, Glen, Vanda & Curtis McNeil own and operate Heather Holme Holsteins, a 3rd generation family dairy business. Glen is also heavily involved in the Huron County 4-H Club.
Mayor of Central Huron & Huron County Councillor
Jim is the current Mayor of Central Huron and the past Warden of Huron County. Jim continues to run a beef cow/calf farming operation and has a passion for wood lots and other natural areas.
Mayor of Morris Turnberry & Huron County Councillor
Jamie is the Mayor of Morris-Turnberry. He and his wife Lori are sheep and beef producers in Turnberry Township.
CAO of Huron County
Constantly seeking out new learning opportunities and ways to apply her knowledge, Meighan has held a variety of positions with the County of Huron, including County Librarian, Director of Cultural Services, and her current role as CAO. Meighan has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature, and a Masters of Information Science. Recent academic work has focused on executive and local government leadership.
Founder, Canada Immigration Pathway
Tina brings 24 years of experience building global networks and pathways to Canada, both for students and foreign business owners. She is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and educator, including a laureate of London and Area’s Business Hall of Fame. She’s a half-marathon runner, a lover of food and wine (except cauliflower), and a self-proclaimed work in progress. In addition to consulting domestic and newcomer entrepreneurs, Tina works with her partner Scott at Lakewood Garden Centre in St. Joseph, which they acquired in 2023.
Agri-business Owner, CCA-ON, CSP
Jason is a co-owner of the family run agri business, Vanastra Packaging and sister company Seaforth Elevators & Expediting’s Rail Service . Jason has a solid background in crop production, grain origination, sales and facility management. Vanastra Packaging specializes in, custom toll packaging, bulk handling of minerals, by products, industrial and organics. In his spare time, Jason is involved with supporting the manufacturing sector, small businesses and community improvements in Huron East.
Social Worker, Maitland Valley Family Health Team
Professionally, Lynne has spent her 30+ year career working as a social worker, mostly in Huron County. She has spent most of this working in the area of mental health. She is now ‘semi’ retired but still has a passion for contributing to her community. She has acquired board governance experience by sitting on a variety non-profit boards and community committees so is happy to bring this experience to the Economic Development Committee. Personally, she is married and has two adult children. She lives on a farm that was settled by her Scottish ancestors in 1842 in a farmhouse built by her great grandfather. Lynne’s interest in seeing the county of Huron grow and thrive economically and socially has brought her to the Economic Development Committee.
Derek is a lifelong resident of Huron county and a first generation dairy farmer. The father of 5 operates with his family an award winning dairy farm North of Seaforth as well as an organic dairy farm in the Ethel area. Derek feels strongly about Huron county’s agricultural history and economic potential.
Dr. Frances Westley
Dr. Frances Westley is Professor and Director Emeritus at the Waterloo Institute on Social Innovation and Resilience at the University of Waterloo. She is a renowned scholar and consultant in the areas of social innovation, strategies for sustainable development, strategic change, visionary leadership and inter-organizational collaboration.
Dr. Westley has served on numerous advisory boards including the Resilience Alliance Board of Science, World Conservation Union-Conservation Planning Specialist Group, the Stockholm Resilience Center, the SARAS Institute, Evergreen Canada, Engineers Without Borders and Musagetes Foundation. She has served on editorial boards including Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and Ecology and Society. She is the recipient of awards including the Ulysses S. Seal award for innovation in conservation,the Corporate Knights Award, the World Economic Forum Thought Leader in Social Innovation Award and the Order of Canada
Frances Westley received her Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University (1978), her M.A. Sociology from McGill University (1975), and her B.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College (1970). In 2019 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science by Stockholm University, Sweden.
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