The Board of Directors of
The RJ and Diane Peterson Keewatin Foundation
effective January 1, 2022.
Ralph is a retired Lawyer who worked principally on regulatory matters for participants in the securities industry, financings and other securities regulatory matters .While on contract with the Ontario Securities Commission, Ralph was the principal drafter of the Canadian portion of the multijurisdictional disclosure system, worked with the Securities and Exchange Commission on coordinating the drafting of the U.S. part, and worked with the state securities regulators on drafting corresponding state legislation. Ralph has also worked in Hong Kong as director of take-overs and mergers of the Securities and Futures Commission; Japan, where he worked on large numbers of financings; and London, England, where he worked on a U.K. privatization that included a public offering in Canada. Ralph has been a member of the Board of the RJ and Diane Keewatin Foundation since its inception and has acted as secretary. Ralph lives in Port McNicoll Ontario and has been an active volunteer writing grant proposals for Keewatin since 2013.
Nahanni is the retired Executive Director of the Huronia Museum in Midland Ontario and a long-time resident of Port McNicoll Nahanni attended the University of Vienna, in Vienna, Austria studying linguistics. With over 30 years of heritage preservation experience, Nahanni began her museum career at a national historic site in 1987.
Nahanni has extensive experience in heritage interpretation. She is a nationally certified Heritage Interpreter and Evaluator for the CTHRC. Nahanni assisted with the development of national occupational standards for heritage interpreters in Canada and continued as a content contributor to the textbook used to train and evaluate Heritage Interpreters. Throughout her career, she has authored and implemented numerous interpretative plans at museums and natural heritage sites in the province of Ontario.
Nahanni also has over 30 years of successful project management experience. She has worked in both Canada and Europe executing NGO and non-profit fundraising programs, capacity building exercises and strategic planning sessions.
Charles S. Cutts
A Chartered Accountant by trade, Charlie is a currently consultant to the arts and entertainment community. Charlie lives in Scarborough Ontario and retired after 33 years as President and CEO of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall and previously the O’Keefe Centre. These organizations consistently presented the best artists in the world while maintaining an enviable record of responsible financial stewardship. Numerous industry and civic awards mark his achievements both as a professional and as a volunteer contributing to the positive reputation and overall vibrancy of Toronto. Currently Charlie is a director and secretary to the Glenn Gould Foundation and he Co-Chairs a campaign for Scarborough Hospital. Charlie has been a regular visitor to Keewatin and has consulted as a volunteer on several projects.
Corey Keeble, Curator, Emeritus.
Corey Keeble was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is a graduate of United College (now the University of Winnipeg). In 1967, he went to England on the final eastward passage of the Queen Mary to begin postgraduate studies in art history with Stella Mary Newton at the Courtauld Institute of Art during the tenure of the late Professor Sir Anthony Blunt On completion of his postgraduate studies, Corey joined the ROM’s curatorial staff working for the European Department (later Western Art & Culture; now World Cultures).
Corey is a recognized authority on the history of Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculpture and European arms and armour. His interests include Medieval sculpture, Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture, Medieval and Modern stained glass, the Russian Orthodox Church, icons, Judaica, and ships (he is a well-known lecturer on the Titanic) as well as firefighting apparatus. He is a frequent speaker at Toronto churches and synagogues on subjects ranging from liturgical art to stained glass.
Corey has written numerous catalogues and articles, and has been a regular contributor to Arms Collecting, and to the ROM Magazine. Among his major publications is the catalogue The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman Collection of Toy Soldiers in the ROM, published in 2002. He is currently working on publications on gunlocks, stained glass, Winnipeg architecture, firefighting apparatus, and crossbows. Corey speaks French, German, and Italian, and has a reading knowledge of several other European languages An avid lecturer on Toronto architectural history — notably Gothic Revival church architecture — Corey has led many walking tours of old Toronto for such organizations as the William Morris Society and the Canadian Society for Decorative Arts. His walking tours have included surveys of historic Toronto churches and synagogues, including the historic synagogues of the Kensington Market area. His Canadian art and architecture tours have included Kingston, Ottawa, Hamilton, and other Ontario towns and cities. In recent years he has become equally well-known for his architectural walking tours of New York City and for similar tours of other American cities. The study of passenger ships of the 1800s-early 1900s is of particular interest to him, most notably at present the S.S. Keewatin of 1907, which is of special importance by virtue of its date, its rarity, and most importantly of all, its importance to Canada as an icon of Canadian national, cultural and artistic history.
Rev. Canon John A. Read
The Rev Canon John A. Read from Toronto is married to Janet who is a visual artist and musician. The Read’s have two married children and two granddaughters. John and family have been large contributors to the “Friends of Keewatin” over the years. John completed his undergrad and M.Div at Trinity College in Toronto and was ordained Deacon in 1979 and Priest in 1980. Following a Curacy at St Jude’s Wexford, in Scarborough, John served in three parishes as Senior Pastor. These were the Parish of Innisfil, which included south Barrie, the town Church of St John the Evangelist, Port Hope for 18 years, and then 10 years at Grace Church, Markham to spearhead a congregational rebuild. This was followed by five years as an Honourary Assistant at St Clement’s Anglican Church in North Toronto combining for over 40 years of pastoral experience.
He has been described as a change agent. John was invited to join the board because of his “experience dealing with bureaucracy, political strategy, and volunteers in general.” In addition to historic ships and trains, John’s interests include church growth and renewal events across North America, attending concerts, traveling, gardening, genealogy, Canadian history, spending time at the family cottage at Big Bay Point near Barrie enjoying the birds, cycling around the point, and above all, enjoying time with his family and granddaughters.
The Hon. Robert Runciman.
Robert William “Bob” Runciman is from Brockville and is a veteran Canadian politician and former provincial Leader of the Opposition in the Ontario Legislature First elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1981, he held the seat continuously for Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario for the next 29 years. On January 29, 2010, he was appointed to a federal legislative position as a Conservative to the Senate of Canada  where he served until August 10, 2017. Before going to Queen’s Park, Runciman owned a local weekly newspaper, and sat as a municipal councillor in Brockville from 1972 to 1981. He also worked in production management in the chemical industry. Recently, the Honourable Michael Tibollo, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, has announced the appointment of Senator Bob Runciman as the new Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC). He will begin his four-year term immediately. Senator Runciman opened the KEEWATIN officially to the public in 2012 on its return to Canada and has been a supporter ever since.