WindReach Farm Board Of Directors
Jon Bowles – Chair
Bob Broadstock – Vice Chair
Joe Stokes – Vice Chair
Wes Gill – Treasurer and Secretary
Bob has run his company BMB Techniques for over 20 years in Durham Region where he provides consulting and database development services to a wide variety of medium sized businesses. Bob and his wife Marie also train and breed racing Quarter horses at their home farm in Nestleton, Ontario. Bob is the President of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. where he is responsible for ensuring the long-term success of Quarter horse racing in the province. He works closely with the provincial government to ensure that all three breeds of horse racing in Ontario are vibrant through his role as a Director at Ontario Racing.
Bob continues to support charitable events at his home racetrack ‘Ajax Downs’ where several charities are provided with opportunities to reach out to the greater community with their message. Most notably the ‘Family Fun Day’ in support of the Ajax/Pickering Hospital will celebrate its 10th year in 2019. his celebration has generated over $250,000 for the hospital since its inception and attracts a loyal crowd each year.
Bob joined the WindReach Farm board in the spring of 2016 where he has leveraged his experience to advocate for the long-term success of the farm.
Dr. Joe Stokes
Dr. Joe Stokes is the University Registrar at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Joe’s portfolio includes the leadership of enrollment management, including admissions, recruitment, financial aid, records, client services, and university-wide student
communication. Joe is the past Chair of the Ontario Universities’ Council on Admission, and is the Past President of the Ontario University Registrars’ Association, where he has led work across the post secondary sector on retention and student success. Joe holds a doctoral degree in education from Western University, and has been a member of the WindReach Farm board since the summer of 2017. Dr. Stokes is currently working on connecting the Farm to the broader educational community and optimizing programmatic learning outcomes and curriculum for our programs.
Wes Gill, Peng, MBA, CPA, CMA
Wes Gill joined the Board in September 2017 after retiring from a career as an Executive/Partner in a global Management Consulting firm and top-tier global Canadian Bank.
Following his graduation from the University of Guelph and York University’s Schulich School of Business, Wes continued his studies at the Stern School of Business at New York University and the graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
As a Professional Engineer and Certified Professional Accountant, throughout his career in both the private and public sectors, Wes specialized in corporate governance and oversight, financial services risk management, data analytics and technology, operations and project management and regulatory relations.
Wes brings to WindReach Farm extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector having held numerous Board of Director, Executive and volunteer positions with various national, provincial and local organizations over the years.
Wes is currently leveraging his experience as he works with the Board of Directors and staff to continue to INSPRIRE – EMPOWER – CHANGE LIVES of all those who engage WindReach Farm.
Melissa Gerrits, J.D
Melissa Gerrits, J.D., is Legal Counsel at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. As a generalist with a diverse legal practice, Melissa has knowledge and expertise in commercial transactions, litigation, dispute resolution and workplace investigations, intellectual property, privacy law, human rights law, employment law, regulatory compliance and risk management. She also has experience supporting and counselling a start-up technology company in Toronto, Ontario.
Previously, Melissa was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Toronto, Ontario, prosecuting summary and indictable offences at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.
Melissa graduated from the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in 2012, and was called to the bar in 2013. She is a licensee of the Law Society Ontario, and a member of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She teaches Business Law at Durham College and is a Director of the YWCA, Durham. She also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Laurier University.
Dr. Wendy Barber
Dr. Wendy Barber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University. She holds a PhD in Curriculum Teaching and Learning, with a Specialist in Teacher Development from OISE-University of Toronto. She spent her early career teaching and coaching physical education, and serving as Vice-Principal and Principal in elementary and secondary schools. Wendy is a passionate advocate for fully inclusive physical education and sport, and she has published widely through her research in this area. Dr. Barber developed a successful ongoing partnership between Ontario Tech University and the Abilities Centre to increase awareness of accessibility and inclusion for pre-service teachers.
She has a life-long passion for physical education, sport, and the role that these can play in improving health and wellbeing for individuals and communities. As an elite athlete, she represented Canada for five years as an accomplished member of the Canadian National Synchronized Swimming team, which was ranked first internationally for all five years. Wendy is an avid animal lover, with four small dogs, Max, Joey, Georgia and Gracie, who keep her grounded, healthy and active. She is a committed volunteer, working in the stables and the Beyond the Farm Gate program, seeing first hand how animals have the power to heal and connect people in meaningful ways.