Board of Directors
Brian Beiles – President
For over 30 years, Brian has focused his business, consulting and training efforts on helping organizations become more effective in serving their customers, employees and shareholders. His experience has been in a wide variety of industries, where he has also held a number of senior financial and general management positions. Brian is a C.A., holds an M.B.A., and is on faculty with Loyalist College, where he conducts both consulting engagements and in-house management training programs.
Brian moved to the County with his wife Sandra Goranson in 2005. Since then, he has served as Vice Chair on the Board of the Arts Council and as a member and Chair of the Jazz Festival Committee. He is very pleased to now be contributing to addressing key areas of need in the County.
Linda Conley – Member
From 1996 to 2013 Linda was the Executive Director of Prince Edward Learning Centre. In that role she managed an Adult Basic Literacy agency funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Part of Linda’s responsibility was to connect with the community of Prince Edward County. Linda sat on a number of committees including the Inter-Services Committee, the Poverty Roundtable, and the original Vital Signs Advisory Committee. Linda developed working relationships with all of the other social service agencies especially Prince Edward Lennox and Addington Social Services and Community Living Prince Edward,
Linda currently serves as the President of the Board of Community Living Prince Edward, A Co-Leader of the After 3 Club at Wellington Pentecostal Church and Secretary for the Church Council for Wellington Pentecostal Church and volunteer at the breakfast club at CML Snider Elementary School.
David MacKay – Member
David arrived in Prince Edward County in 1975 when he began a career as a Teacher at PECI. He went on over the next 30 years to hold a number of roles including: Head of English Department; Coordinator of Adult Education; Vice Principal and Principal at PECI; Principal at Pinecrest Elementary School; and Principal Moira Secondary School (Belleville).
Since retirement David has been involved in a number of local organizations and initiatives including: 99.3 County FM; Save Picton Bay; Standing Ovation and Music on the Mountain. In 2016/17 he was a community member on the ARC (Accommodation Review Committee) for Prince Edward Collegiate.
Brian Ford – Member & Treasurer
Brian is an accomplished chartered accountant and financial professional with over 30 years of experience serving publicly traded entities as well as privately owned organizations, most recently as CFO of a public life sciences company, Telesta Therapeutics, based in Belleville and Montreal. Prior to that, Brian provided advisory services through EY and on his own through Petersford Consulting, for a wide variety of clients, primarily centered on capital/fund raising and improving revenue leverage from their revenue generating resources.
His results focused leadership and diplomatic touch enable teams to deliver on goals, objectives and strategic initiatives with full accountability and transparency. Brian’s engineered approach to problem solving, and strong analytical and communication skills enable him to connect with and engage stakeholders at all levels, whether in the boardroom, with engineers and scientists or other staff in the field, investor, banker, customer or supplier. With his multi-disciplinary skill set together with core skills in accounting, auditing, and finance, Brian brings a portfolio of experience that provides significant value at the senior management table.
Tony Walton – Member
Born in Leicester, England, Tony emigrated to Canada in 1966. Working in the precast concrete manufacturing industry supplying products for construction projects, Tony held progressively more senior management positions including B.C. Regional General Manager. Retiring to Picton in 2011 from the position of Vice President Operations for Canada’s largest concrete products company, Tony is attracted to the rural community and social needs of Prince Edward County.
Married, with three children and eight grandchildren, Tony enjoys time with family for any occasion, in Ontario or B.C. Tony has served on various industry and church boards and looks forward to applying his business acumen, project management skills, and boards’ experiences in service of The County Foundation and the community.
Past Presidents of The County Foundation
Brian Beiles – Current – 2017 to present
Joan Pennefather – 2012 to 2017
Carlyn Moulton – 2008 to 2012