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Media Release: MBLDC to commission study aimed at pursuing U​NESCO Global Geopark Designation

December 15, 2020 – Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) announced on Wednesday, December 9, that it intends to commission a study regarding pursuing a UNESCO Global Geopark designation.

UNESCO is a global network of expertise, experience, potential partnerships and investment that brings the power of 191 countries committed to the knowledge sharing ideals of UNESCO.

Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas of international geological significance that are managed holistically for protection, education, and sustainable development. Geoparks celebrate regional heritage and sustain local communities.

Joining the UNESCO global network of 161 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 44 countries will enable the exchange of ideas and experiences that will have valuable cultural, economic, and trade benefits for Midland and the region.

“MBLDC's mandate is to support economic development, community growth, and innovation. Having a UNESCO Global Geopark designation will act as the catalyst for branding and marketing MBL, Midland, and the region," said Bill Kernohan, Chair of MBLDC. “In addition, we believe it will enhance development and investment opportunities that will benefit the whole area by expanding tourism with new global tourists and inviting development of the kind we envision for this property."

One example of this is the Stonehammer Geopark in New Brunswick - North America's first Geopark. Since designation in 2015, tourism has blossomed in St. John, five adjoining towns, and the Bay of Fundy area, Geoparks are not only about geology, but it's also about people, society and culture. A UNESCO Geopark designation sends a strong message of excellence, research, culture and prosperity for communities like Midland who are aspiring to evolve into the new world economy and a changing planet.

The study that MBLDC is going to commission will develop a vision and positioning for a UNESCO Global Geopark and to outline the scope, process, stages, timeline, and budget required to obtain a Geopark designation through UNESCO.

Council unanimously approved MBLDC proceeding with the study.

Midland Bay Landing, through extensive public consultation, is planned as a 16-hectare mixed use commercial, retail, educational, and residential community adjoining a continuous waterfront promenade overlooking Georgian Bay and connected to new public parks. Connections to the revitalized downtown Midland and the deep-water harbour will create a destination for both residents and visitors.​

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​MBLDC Board of Directors​​

Robert Barber

Robert Barber
​Robert Barber is the Managing Partner of Den Bosch + Finchley, an award-winning design build development firm operating in the GTA. With over 35 years of experience, Robert has established a tradition of excellence as a leader in his industry. Prior to joining Den Bosch + Finchley, Robert worked with both PCL and Ellis Don; key projects including, The North York Performing Arts Centre, The Bank of Montreal, The Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place (formally BCE Place) and Dundurn Castle.

Robert is also an Acting Director of Urbanfund Corp., a publicly traded corporation which focuses on value engineering to maximize its portfolio, spanning from Ontario to the East Coast of Canada.

Robert studied at Seneca College in the Civil Engineering and Technology Program.

In his free time, Robert keeps active and enjoys the outdoors. He is both an avid Georgian Bay boater and devoted downhill skier. Robert is also an ardent cyclist who prominently participates in The Ride To Conquer Cancer, along with Cycle Camelot. Additionally, Robert supports several other other charitable foundations, including Sick Kids Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.​

Zach Douglas L.L.B.

​​Zach Douglas

Zach Douglas led the start-up and development of McMaster Innovation Park from 2006 to 2018. Prior to MIP, he served in a number of senior roles throughout his 35 year career in the Economic Development, Investment Management and Corporate Finance fields.

At Crown Investment Corporation of Saskatchewan, Zach Douglas was Senior Vice-President of Investments managing a portfolio of large industrial investments, smaller venture capital investments and several investments in funds having a value of more than $600.0 M. 

Previously, Zach was President & CEO, Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation a provincial Crown Corporation providing strategic financing to small and medium size businesses, as well as operating research and development parks.

He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of major Saskatchewan and Canadian companies and non-profit organizations including the National Board of the Arthritis Society.

Zach Douglas holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.​

Teena Fazio P. Eng, MBA

Teena Fazio

Teena Fazio is a Fellow in Board Governance with experience serving on private company, crown corporation and not-for-profit boards, including as Corporate Director and Member of the HR Committee of the Board of Metal 7 Inc. and the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority. Prior to focusing on boards, Teena held a number of senior management positions in both the private and public sectors, working in large organizations in manufacturing, mining & metals, transportation,  and construction. ​

She honed strong corporate governance and business experience during a decade at Rio Tinto (formerly Alcan Inc.), leading global transformations in Strategic Planning and in Continuous Improvement as well as undertaking a CEO chief of staff role during times of complex change. Prior to Alcan, Teena worked for an international management consulting firm, where she assumed mandates in North America and Europe.

In the public sector, she oversaw the overall administration, including finance, human resources and operations, of the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University; and she began the first seven years of her career managing the planning, design and construction of highway engineering projects for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.

Teena graduated with distinction from Civil Engineering at McGill University and is a registered professional engineer (P.E.O.); she holds an MBA from INSEAD. In December 2017 she was named to the Diversity 50, recognizing Canada's most diverse and eligible board candidates.

William (Bill) Kernohan

William (Bill) Kernohan

Bill Kernohan has managed projects for owners across Canada and internationally as an architect, developer, project manager and management consultant.  His extensive experience in both project and construction management for public and private sectors spans large commercial office and retail projects, data centres, financial services sector, and many hospital projects across Ontario delivered under a public-private partnership model.

Approaching projects from a business-technical perspective and the client's business strategy, Bill brings and independent, objective perspective to owners offering insight and solutions to obstacles for both senior management and the project team.  Using his facilitation skills and collaborative approach with the client and project team, Bill focuses on minimizing risks and successfully achieving the project outcome.

John Macintyre B.A., C. Dir.

John Macintyre

John Macintyre is a seasoned executive leader with extensive public and private sector experience in the government, real estate and development sectors.

John is Principal of Cresa Toronto, a Real Estate Advisory Firm in Toronto where he leads the Strategic Real Estate Practice.  Previously, John's outstanding career was highlighted by Executive Leadership roles as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Residential Projects, for Build Toronto, Vice President of the Toronto Economic Development Corporation, Acting CEO of Invest Toronto and Director of Parks, Forestry and Recreation for the City of Toronto.

John is very active in the community serving as a Director for the Toronto Blue Jays Charitable Foundation, Governor of the Royal Life Saving Society, Ontario Branch, National Government Relations Committee member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a former Director for the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. He is also former Chair of the Humber Arboretum Board of Management and former Chair of Parks and Recreation Ontario.

John is an alumnus of the 2004 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference, and served as the Toronto Chair for 2008 and the Ontario Chair for the 2012 Conference.

John is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a graduate of the Directors College with a Chartered Director (C.DIR) Designation and the Human Resources Compensation Committee Certification (H.R.C.C.C.) from McMaster University.

John and his family enjoy their time in the Midland area with a seasonal residence in Georgian Bay Township on Gloucester Pool.

Stewart Strathearn - Mayor, Town of Midland

Mayor Stewart Strathearn

Mike Ross - Deputy Mayor, Town of Midland

Deputy Mayor Mike Ross


David Denault

705-526-4275 ext. 2201

Angela Grenier

MBLDC Recording Secretary
705-526-4275 ext. 2223

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Related Documents

Progress Reports

Municipal Development/Services Corporation


Midland Council has approved the creation of a Municipal Services/Development Corporation for the Midland Bay Landing development.  Midland Bay Landing (formerly the Unimin Lands) is a 16.24 hectare waterfront redevelopment property - our most significant land holding within the Town.

Public Open House

The Town held a Public Open House on October 30th, 2017.  The Town's Consultant, Don May, provided a presentation (which was also provided to Council on October 10th, 2017), followed by a Q&A period. 

What is a Municipal Development/Services Corporation?

A Municipal Development Corporation (MDC) is an entity which the municipality can create under the provisions of the Municipal Act.  The Town would retain complete and full ownership of the corporation. Municipalities have authority under the Municipal Act to create MDCs for any of the following purposes: ​

  • Promotion of the municipality;
  • Acquisition, development and disposal of sites in the municipality for residential, commercial and industrial uses;
  • Public transportation systems;
  • Residential Housing;
  • General Parking Facilities;
  • Small Business Counselling;
  • Community Improvement Plan Administration;
  • Improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally owned land, buildings and structures;
  • Convention and Visitor information bureaus; and
  • Provision of culture and heritage systems.

Why a MDC for Midland?

  • Creation of a MDC provides Midland with a corporate structure to maximize the Return on Investment (ROI) of strategic land assets such as Midland Bay Landing;
  • It allows the Town to pursue investors to stimulate economic development concerning Town-owned assets;
  • A MDC would separate the role of Policy “Development/Creation” and “Execution” by establishing a Board of Directors to make decisions based upon Council’s strategic guidance and input;
  • A MDC would provide the ability to continue business surrounding land development without interruption during municipal election periods (i.e. lame-duck council).

Have other municipalities created these MDCs?

Yes. For various reasons other municipalities have undertaken the option to create a MDC:​

  • City of Ottawa (Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation); 
  • City of Guelph (Guelph Municipal Holdings Corporation – including a Community Energy Corporation, Guelph Hydro, and Community Development Corporation); 
  • City of Toronto (Build Toronto – Designed to enhance Toronto’s competitiveness);
  • City of North Bay (Invest North Bay – economic development);
  • Town of Innisfil (InnServices Utilities Inc. – delivery of water and wastewater services);
  • City of London (Housing Development Corporation).
  • Town of Welland (land development initiatives)​

MDC Documents

Business Case for a Municipal Development Corporation Draft (Almost There Inc.) - August 19, 2018

Shareholder Direction and Operating Agreement - May 7, 2018

Resolution 2018-226 - April 23, 2018

Transmittal Memo MBLDC - April 23, 2018

CAO-2018-07 MSDC Board of Directors - April 10, 2018

Waterfront Lands Master Plan

Municipal Comprehensive Review

Town of Midland Official Plan

Environmental Reports

Environmental Reports:

Reports have been prepared in accordance with provincial requirements, including O. Reg 153/04,  in support of the filing of a Record of Site Condition for the site.  These reports are highly technical in nature  and as such if you have any questions about the site conditions or characterization, please contact the Town with any questions.  Please be advised that there is the  potential that the reports may be updated as part of the Risk Assessment process and the Town's consultants may either issue a revised report or a supplemental report depending on the nature of additional information required by the MOE during the review of the Risk Assessment. 

Stantec Ltd. Supplemental Phase 2 Final

76105.001 - Phase Two Report - 288 and 420 Bayshore Dr., Midland, ON - FINAL

​76105.002 - Phase One ESA RSC - Report - 288 and 420 Bayshore Drive, Midland, ON - FINAL