Board of Directors

Haliburton CDC is governed by board of 14 directors recruited from the local community. The directors bring knowledge and expertise from a wide range of business and not-for-profit sectors and are representatives of the geographic regions of Haliburton County. Directors are actively engaged in the governance of the organization, making decisions about loans and funding, and developing new initiatives through their work on a variety of committees.

Peter Smith

Peter Smith ~ Chair

Peter is an Information Technology and Telecommunication Manager working remotely from Haliburton serving clients across Canada.  He is a published technical writer and has spent some time teaching College courses in network and system configuration.  In addition to serving on the Board for the Haliburton County Development Corporation, Peter volunteers as a Board member a number of organizations in Haliburton including Food 4 Kids and recently on the Special Education Advisory Board of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.  At HCDC, Peter sits on the CED, Business Incubator, and Executive Committees.


Patrick Kennedy ~ Vice Chair

Pat Kennedy is a lifelong resident of Haliburton County, having grown up, gone to school, worked and raised his family there.  He has operated a business in Haliburton and served for many years as a Paramedic in the County.  Pat recently retired from his position as Director of the Department of Emergency Services for the County of Haliburton.  In addition to Pat’s dedication to Emergency services he is also an avid outdoorsman and has served on a number of advisory boards and commissions involved in management of Fish and Wildlife, locally, provincially and nationally.  Pat joined Haliburton County Development Corporation as a board member in 2015 and currently serves on the Executive and Investment Committees.


 Peter Fredricks

Peter Fredricks ~ Past Chair

Peter is a semi-retired marketing strategist, advertising professional and entrepreneur with over 35 year of experience. For many years Peter has committed himself to volunteer organizations and contributes to the community on an ongoing basis. Peter is hoping that his efforts will help to improve both Haliburton County and HCDC. Peter has been a part of this community for many years. He was introduced to Haliburton County by his wife whose family have been living in the area for over 40 years. 
He presently volunteers his services to the local government as a municipal advisor to council appointed committees. 
Peter joined the HCDC Board of Directors in 2012.  He currently serves on the Executive and Investment Committees.

 Dale Bull

Dale Bull ~ Secretary Treasurer

Dale was a seasoned Mortgage Specialist with TD Canada Trust for over 15 years with finance experience in lending, investing and small business. Prior to this, Dale diverted from her career in finance for 11 years to pursue her love for hospitality as she took on the role of General Manager & Director of Sales/Marketing for one of this area’s largest resorts – The Wigamog Inn Resort. In the middle of her tenure there, Dale and her husband purchased and operated the Haliburton Highlands Golf Course which they sold in 2007. 
She enjoys giving back to her community and has held many volunteer positions including the Healthy Snack and Breakfast Programs in our public schools, SIRCH Community Kitchen Program as well as heading up the SIRCH Hike for Hospice these past 2 years as Chair. 
Dale joined the HCDC Board of Directors in 2013 and serves on the Executive and Investment Committees.

 Derrell Stamp

Derrell Stamp

Derrell is a former real estate business broker/owner and real estate developer and is currently the owner of commercial properties in the area. His current volunteer experience includes the "Food for Kids" program in the schools.  In the past he has served as a Director and President of the Muskoka Haliburton Realtor Association and as a Director of "Community Care Haliburton", an association mandated with the delivery of health care initiative to the senior population of Haliburton County. 
Derrell joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and serves on the Investment Committee.

 Barb Bolin

Barb Bolin

Barb retired as Principal of Sir Sandford Fleming's Haliburton Campus (Haliburton School of The Arts) after a 36 year career during which the campus developed a strong reputation for Arts Education Nationally as well as serving education and training needs of the Haliburton Community.
In addition to her career in post-secondary education she has been deeply involved with her community through volunteer work with the Arts, Environment, Tourism and Economic Development.
She has been on the boards of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, The Arts Council ~Haliburton Highlands, Haliburton Highlands Stewardship Council, The Rails End Gallery, The Forest Festival, Ontario Crafts Council, Abbey Gardens plus many Municipal and County committees dealing with Tourism and Economic Development.
During Barb's long tenure with the Haliburton County Development Committee she has had the privilege of serving on many committees and as Board Chair. She currently serves as the Chair of the CED Committee and also sits on the Executive Committee.

 Deborah MacLean

Deborah MacLean

Deborah retired full time to the Haliburton County in September 2014 having spent almost 50 years as a seasonal resident on Gull Lake. Her career involved over 25 years in the software industry in various executive positions responsible for Sales and Marketing, Channel Distribution, Education and Business Alliances and as an entrepreneur.  Deborah has volunteered her time in a learn-to-read program at Archie Stouffer Public School and is on the Board of Directors with the Haliburton Easy Ryder's Cycling Club. Deborah joined the Haliburton County Development Corporation in February 2015 and sits on the Investment Committee.

 Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea

Kevin was born in Montreal, grew up in Los Angles and then settled with his family in Toronto. Throughout his career he has continued to be active in numerous broadcast and new media ventures in Canada, the United States and Ireland.  For the past 30 years he has served as President and CEO of the leading television and broadcast companies including, YTV Canada, The Global Television Network, Bell Globe Media and Sirius Satellite Radio Canada.   Kevin has received numerous industry awards.  A seasonal resident of Haliburton for many years, recently Kevin has taken up full time residence in Haliburton.  Kevin joined the Haliburton County Development Corporation Board of Directors in 2015.  At HCDC Kevin serves on the Executive Committee, Business Incubator Committee, and as the Chair of the Investment Committee.


David O'Brien

David retired to Haliburton County in 2014 having spent over 40 years working as Manager and CEO for Municipal Government Agencies and Energy Corporations focusing on Policies and Administration. He volunteers his time on many organizations including Infrastructure Group and Easter Seals Ontario and Abbey Gardens. He joined the HCDC Board of Directors in December 2016 and serves as the Chair of the Business Incubator Committee and also sits on the CED and Investment Committees. 


Pat McCann-Smith

Pat first came to Haliburton County to visit her future husband's family cottage, and fell in love with him and the area. They are now pleased to be making their own cottage at Kennisis Lake their home. Pat is a lawyer and practised in the areas of business, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, along with wills and estates with McChesney, Rogers, McCann-Smith and Hill Law Firm in Newmarket. She has taught in and coordinated the Law Clerk and Paralegal diploma programs at Humber College, and co-authored two textbooks on corporate law and procedure. Pat and her husband Peter volunteered with the international  Baha'i community in Haifa, Israel for 8 years before returning to Canada where Pat again taught at community colleges and worked with a national non-profit organization. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Pat joined the HCDC Board of Directors in 2018 and is a member of the Investment and CED Committees.


Don Critchley

Don is the co-owner of a successful cottage rental agency that he and his wife Debra started in Haliburton County called Cottage Care Rentals Inc.  Prior to arriving in Haliburton, Don had a successful 30 year management career in Information Technology.  Don and Debra had been cottagers in the area since 1999 and relocated permanently to Haliburton to escape the city and to create a meaningful business and contribute to the community.  Over the past ten years Don has been on the Chamber of Commerce Board and the Algonquin Gateway Business Association Board, several board committees, and two Committees of Council.  Don joined the Haliburton County Development Corporation Board of Directors in 2019 and he currently sits on the CED and Business Incubator Committees. 

Cathy Mack

Cathy’s forty-five year career has included five industry sectors including manufacturing, aviation, banking, service & retail. She has been a cottager in the Haliburton Highlands since the tender age of three. Her desire to become a full-time resident, living & working, came true in the fall of 2011. She is a board member and volunteer for several committees throughout Haliburton County. Cathy joined HCDC as a community member on the CED Committee in 2017. She became a Board Member in 2019 where she continues to sit on the CED Committee.