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SPC Member Biographies

Tracey Cooke, Chair

Tracey Cooke has been the CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA since April 2019. Prior to that, she held the role of Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre since 2015 and through her work within the government and not-for-profit sectors, brings expertise in partnership development and collaboration. She was elected to Municipal Council for the Town of Thessalon in 2018 where she sits on committees for environmental sustainability, health and human resources. Tracey is passionate about her community, natural resources and the people that she works with and is an enthusiastic leader, communicator, facilitator and fundraiser. She has a strong track record of managing complex programs with diverse partners, growing relationships and seeking out new partners to work together on collaborative projects. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Resources Studies from the University of Waterloo and a certificate in Non-profit Management from the Rotman School Business. A native of Thessalon, Ontario, she lives on the shores of the North Channel of Lake Huron with her husband and three children.

Catherine Taddo, City of Sault Ste. Marie

Catherine is originally from Thunder Bay and received her Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1997 from Lakehead University. She moved to the Sault in 1998 to work as a Project Engineer for Walker Engineering. In 2006, she accepted the position of Municipal Services Engineer with the City of Sault Ste. Marie and moved into the role of Land Development and Environmental Engineer in 2011.

Hal McGonigal, Township of Prince

Hal has been a resident of Prince Township since 1988 and the General Director at FedNor. He obtained his B.Sc. Forestry as well as studying land use and resource management at Toronto University. At one time Hal was involved in Communities Quality Initiative, Tourism Solution Council, Public Utilities Commission and SSMRCA Technical Advisory Committee for Shoreline Management. Currently, Hal participates in Community Development Corporation of Sault and Area, Ontario Woodlot Owners Association and SSM Multi-Modal Transportation Committee.

Laurence Woolley, Sault Ste. Marie Resident

Larry, born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie worked in Algoma Steel as an Ironworker. He is involved in the community and currently sits on several boards including the Legal Clinic, Soup Kitchen and St. Johns Church. He also delivers meals on wheels for the Davey Home and Good Food Boxes for the Soup Kitchen. One of his special interests is protecting the vital source of life – WATER.

Andrew Hallett, Water Industry

Andrew obtained his B.Sc. Water Resource Engineer at Guelph University in 1993. That year he went to work for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in Burlington before transferring to the Sault. In 2006, he accepted the position of Water Distribution Engineer with P.U.C. Services Inc. and now resides here with his wife and children.

Mike Delfre, Local Business

Mike Delfre is a Sault Ste Marie native. He is the Director of Operations-Food Security for the United Way of Sault Ste Marie and Algoma District. Mike also serves as a director of the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation. He lives with 2 of his 3 children and enjoys gardening, reading, and cooking.
 
Jordache BoudreauEnvironmental

Jordache attended the University of Guelph where he studied toxicology and analytical chemistry. He also attended Algoma University in the ecology and soil science laboratory as a part of an NOHFC internship. He has always been interested in water and the environment and hopes to contribute to the Source Protection Committee in a meaningful way.