James has a passion for the outdoors and spends much of his time as a landscape painter. One of his favourite spots to paint is the banks of the Onakawana River. Previously, James spent 25 years starting and scaling large online media companies in North America, Europe and Asia. He has mentored and invested in many start-up operations, the most recognized is The Trade Desk.
Jiles is an avid runner, windsurfer, skier, outdoor enthusiast and proud father of two beautiful girls. He graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Law (LLB/JD) in 2003 and was called to the Bar in 2004 (British Columbia) and 2006 (Ontario). Also, Jiles received a MBA from the Sauder Business School (UBC)/Graduate School of Management – University of Western Australia, as well as, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Western Australia in 2000 and Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University in 1997. Currently, Jiles is Senior Counsel with the Toronto-Dominion Bank’s Asset Management Group.
Allan has built his career around helping entrepreneurs manage and grow their companies. Generally, he holds the role of senior financial manager at a company on a part-time basis, reporting to the owner(s). This enables the entrepreneur to focus on what they do best, growing their company. He brings his financial oversight and management to the Onakawana Education Fund with enthusiasm for the charity and its mandate.
Carman Tozer, William’s brother, grew up at Moose River Crossing, a small village on the Ontario Northland Railway, where it crosses the Moose River. He is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation. Carman spent the last 30 years as a teacher and administrator in both elementary and secondary schools in the North. His passion is connecting young people to the land and their culture.
Lisa is originally from Moose Factory, Ontario. She is a member of Attawapiskat First Nation. Lisa has coordinated several outdoor education trips to Camp Onakawana for schools from Kapuskasing to Iroquois Falls. She is a part time Professor of Indigenous Studies at Northern College (Porcupine Campus) and currently working on her Master’s degree in International Education. Lisa is Vice Principal at Timmins High and Vocational School.
Dana is responsible for advertising at Walmart Canada. Dana has had leadership roles in various digital media and technology-based companies. He works closely with executives across the spectrum of Fortune 100 brands in Canada, as well as with the leadership teams of leading digital media titans, such as Google and Facebook. Dana was born on a First Nations reservation in Chibougamau, Quebec. He studied North American studies at McGill University, with a focus on Canadian history.
Tony lives in Cochrane, Ontario with his wife, Trudy. He has been coming to the camp for 30+ years. Tony is a respected elder and residential school survivor. He is also a proud Dad to four children and Grandpa to thirteen grandchildren. After retiring from his contractor business, Tony now enjoys working on projects in his workshop. He continues to make frequent trips to Camp Onakawana.
Mark is a founding board member for the Onakawana Education Fund. Mark has been coming Camp Onakawana for 15 years. He is the President of Swim, Drink, Fish Canada, the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and one of Canada’s most seasoned environmental lawyers. One of his favourite sayings is, “… a single person, group, campaign, or tactic can’t restore our waters. It takes a community of people – a movement – to succeed.”