The Board of Directors of
The RJ and Diane Peterson Keewatin Foundation
effective April 4, 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.
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.
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.