Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2008-2009

President • Anne Varangu has been on the board of the Niagara Escarpment Foundation since its inception in 2001. Her main interest is in helping fulfill the potential extended to the Niagara Escarpment by its designation as a biosphere reserve. She has a PhD in planning, with a particular interest in the relationship between values and sustainability. Anne approaches Escarpment issues not only from a planning perspective but also from her experiences with farming on the Escarpment for the past 25 years. For Anne, the protection and promotion of local food production is as much a social concern as it is a question of protecting our natural heritage, as much a question of economics as it is a question of health and environment.

Vice President • Rob Leverty is the Executive Director of the Ontario Historical Society. Founded in 1888, the Society is a non-profit corporation and registered charity that brings together people of all cultural backgrounds from across Ontario who are interested in preserving and protecting the Province’s history. Rob has worked on environmental and rural development projects across Canada and overseas, including in France, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, in South America and at the United Nations in New York. Since 1973, Rob and his partner Annie have had a working farm in the Beaver Valley which is designated natural and protection in the Niagara Escarpment Plan and which has a heritage conservation easement securing a wildlife corridor and protecting environmentally significant groundwater and surface water resources. The Bruce Trail has had a hiking route through their farm for the last 35 years. 

Secretary-Treasurer • Jim Molnar has extensive experience leading community groups, scientific teams, and outdoor enthusiasts. An archaeologist by training with a PhD in anthropology, Jim is a Research Manager for Parks Canada who helps create new National Historic Sites related to Aboriginal history. In the 1990s he worked in the private sector as a consulting archaeologist and has been a member of the Niagara Escarpment Foundation board since its founding in 2001. In work or volunteer settings, he stresses that our main task is always to make good decisions. Although work has taken him to Ottawa, Jim’s heart still has a home on the Escarpment.