WHO WE ARE

VISION: A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE LIVE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

We are a Not-for-Profit hub for ecological innovation and leadership development. Inspired by water, we engage with young people through science, technology, and the arts.

Our flagship ClearWater Farm, launched in 2016 on Lake Simcoe, is a ‘living lab’ where:

  • Kids in their wonder years are learning from the natural world
  • Young agri-preneurs are advancing regenerative water-wise farming techniques
  • All visitors are experiencing and enjoying the connections between good food, good health, an engaged community and a healthy planet.

Our vision and impact is being dramatically extended for kids to 6 to 10 and their families through Future Chicken, a multi-platform media universe inspiring and empowering them and providing them tools to help them change the world, focussing on the good happening today and the positive effect it will have on the future.

OUR FLAGSHIP INITIATIVE

CLEARWATER FARM

ClearWater Farm is a historic farmstead on Lake Simcoe being reimagined as an operating eco-farm, training centre, and place for events that connects people with nature and fosters understanding about the role of water in sustainable food production, economic growth, and healthy communities.

OUR OUTREACH

Welcome to Future Chicken

Future Chicken, launched in November 2023, is a pioneering multi-media initiative for children 6 to 10 featuring a time-travelling chicken called Potato (once a real-life potato peel loving chicken on ClearWater Farm). It’s videos, shows, games, podcasts and more all providing kids with much-needed tools within a community to inspire them to participate in climate action, feel heard, and know that they can make a difference. Wind Sun Sky Entertainment, Vancouver, has loaded Future Chicken with great characters, humour, and fun at FutureChicken.com

CONTACT US

The Ontario Water Centre is an educational not-for-profit with charitable status (CRA #842146284RR0001).

Would you like to create ripples with us? Please send all inquiries to info@ontariowatercentre.ca.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Annabel Slaight, C.M., O.Ont

Founding Chair

Annabel is past co-founder and president of the OWL Children’s Trust. She was co-founder of Ladies of the Lake, and a provincial appointee to the formative Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee. She holds the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario for nurturing a passion for science and nature among generations of Canadian children. She was recently honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Tracy Smith

Vice Chair

Tracy is former district manager of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and part of the team that brought the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan into being. Former trustee on the board of Forests Ontario and served as its vice president.

Lynn Haight

Treasurer

Lynn has had a 30-year career in executive financial management, during which time she was CFO and COO of Foresters Financial, controller of Manulife Financial and a VP of Scotiabank. She has also been a lead in international organizations including being the former chair of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers among a number of projects within the United Nations milieu.

Surbhi Jain

Secretary

Surbhi develops climate change policy for the Ontario government, specifically programs and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Her background includes strategic communications, public relations, partnership development, event management and marketing. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto.

Hon. Gloria T. Epstein QC

Director

Gloria has 45 years of experience in the Canadian legal industry as a lawyer, a trial judge, an appellate judge, and in leading complex government reviews. Judge Epstein’s community contributions include founding the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, being Co-Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network, and serving as a Director of the Canadian Women’s Foundation..

Damian Chen

Director

Damian is founder and CEO of ColorShadow Communications and GetDMS Inc., is an accomplished tech entrepreneur with nearly three decades of experience. A leader in digital transformation and cloud-based solutions, Damian has guided the creation of over 100 world-class digital platforms, which include some industry firsts in healthcare, transportation, and entertainment. His expertise spans strategy, business intelligence, and system architecture, driving innovation across a diverse clientele—from multinational corporations to not-for-profit entities and governments.

John Brace

Special Advisor

John is former CEO of Northland Power Inc., developing, building, owning and operating clean and green power projects internationally. He has served as chair and president of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario and was a member of the Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force.

ClearWater Farm is located on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Georgina, ON.

1614 Metro Road N.
Willow Beach, ON L0E 1S0
(705) 242-9300