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Announcing the Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation Board of Directors

(MIDLAND, ON)  Following an extensive public recruitment process, the Town of Midland is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors for the Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation (MBLDC) has been selected. The seven members of the new board of Directors (five external and two Council members) are:

  • Robert Barber
    • Robert is the Managing Partner of Den Bosch + Finchley, an award-winning design build development firm operating in the GTA.  He is well acquainted with the region as a seasonal resident and through real estate holdings in the area.
  • Zach Douglas L.L.B.
    • ​Zach has led the start-up and ongoing development of the very successful McMaster Innovation Park (Hamilton). He has served in a number of senior roles at the Saskatchewan Development Corporation focused on economic development and investment management.
  • ​Teena Fazio P.Eng, MBA
    • A Fellow in Board Governance, Teena has significant experience serving on private, crown and not-for-profit boards. She is a Professional Engineer with a broad range of experience, especially with international business.
  • William (Bill) Kernohan
    • Bill is a Midland resident with over 38 years of experience as an architect, developer, project manager and management consultant. He has managed projects across Canada and internationally.
  • John Maci​ntyre B.A., C. Dir.
    • John brings senior executive leadership with extensive backgrounds in both public and private sectors. He has experience in the government, real estate and development sectors. John is also a seasonal resident of North Simcoe.
  • Stewart Strathearn – Town of Midland Mayor-Elect
  • Council Member – Yet to be named

“The announcement of the first Board of Directors is a milestone moment for the MBLDC," said Town of Midland Mayor-Elect Stewart Strathearn. “The establishment of the Board allows us to now move forward with the next steps in developing Midland Bay Landing."

First purchased by the Town of Midland in July 2014, Midland Bay Landing (formerly Unimin Lands) is a 16.24 hectare waterfront redevelopment property, with almost 1,100 metres of frontage on Midland Bay. Midland Council approved the creation of the MBLDC as an innovative approach to deliver the Town's vision for this site. Recognizing the unique skills required to oversee the development, the Town engaged in an extensive process to recruit the right people with the right mix of Board skills.

“It's clear that the development of this property has the potential to be a significant economic driver for the Town, and a vital part of the future of our Downtown and our tourism industry," added Mayor Gord McKay. “By creating the Board of Directors, we will significantly improve our prospects for delivering on the plan that the people of Midland have developed.


Previous News & Information

Update - April 2018

UPDATE APRIL 201​8

The Midland Bay Landing Development Corporation was incorporated on April 11, 2018.​

Update - December 2017

UPDATE DECEMBER 201​7

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 that the Town acquired in July 2014 for a purchase price of $3.4 million. 

One of the final steps in the process leading up to the consideration of the Municipal Services/Development Corporation was a Public Open House held on October 30, 2017. The Staff report summarized the feedback received and presented the Business Case for Council’s final consideration and approval. 

The Town will now proceed to incorporate the new entity. Following the creation of the Company, Council will be asked to approve the shareholder direction along with a process to identify and populate the Board of Directors. It is anticipated that these matters will be presented to Council for consideration and approval in the early part of the New Year. 

Mayor Gord McKay noted that, “the creation of a Municipal Development/Services Corporation for the Midland Bay Landing site will support the vision which Council and the community have created for the site. This initiative supports Council’s Strategic Plan Priority of Economic Development and Tourism, it is clear that the Midland Bay Landing project holds the potential to be a significant economic driver for the Town, and is a vital component in support of the future of the Downtown.” 

The work of the Municipal Services/Development Corporation will be guided by the approved Midland Bay Landing Waterfront Master Plan, which incorporates public waterfront access and public amenities that will remain a legacy for the community to enjoy well into the future. 

The Town of Midland is committed to making information available about the new Corporation on the municipal website at www.midland.ca as it becomes available.​

Update - April 2017

UPDATE APRIL 2017

Midland Council and the Mountain Ridge Estates Development Inc. have agreed to terminate their agreement respecting the Midland Bay Landing development.  The two-year old Memorandum of Understanding (which laid out a timetable for various initiatives) has been mutually terminated by the parties. 

Although the business arrangement has come to an end, the Town still retains ownership and control of this prime waterfront asset.  While the project did not unfold as anticipated, the Town notes that there have been a number of positive outcomes over the course of this arrangement. 

  • The Town retains a $250,000 security deposit specific for future site remediation and environmental clean-up. 

  • The Town's internal carrying costs over the 2-year period of the agreement were paid by the developer. 

  • An Official Plan Amendment as well as various aspects of the Waterfront Master Plan has been adopted, allowing the conversion of the industrial waterfront site into a vibrant mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood.

  • Then Town has developed a draft Community Improvement Plan (CIP) which contemplates financial incentives for future development of this site.

  • The lands have now been converted into Absolute Titles (Land Titles), providing future ownership the security and knowledge that ownership is certified.   

  • The Town has also developed a streamlined planning and approval process for this site that will include further consultation with the community.

  • The Midland Bay Landing development opportunity continues to appreciate in value given it is Midland's prime waterfront real estate.  An asset that is a jewel in Midland's real estate portfolio.​

Background Information

BACKGROUND

Midland Bay Landing (formerly the Unimin Lands) is a 16.24 hectare waterfront redevelopment property with almost 1,100 metres of frontage on Midland Bay, of Georgian Bay, adjacent to Downtown Midland.  In June 2013, Council approved the Unimin Waterfront Lands Master Plan to guide the future redevelopment of this significant brownfield site.​  The Master Plan was developed over the course of 6 months and included extensive public participation through public meetings, social media, and written comments.  A contest was held to select a name for the development and Midland Bay Landing was chosen as the winning entry.   

In order to lead the redevelopment of Midland Bay Landing, the Town of Midland acquired the site on July 15, 2014 for a purchase price of $3.4 million.  A Waterfront Development Steering Committee wsa established to monitor the project on behalf of Town Council. 

An extensive process of identifying potential users and developers was held over a period of months and a Request for Expression of Interest was issued by the Town in July, 2014.  This resulted in the selection of Mountain Ridge Estates as the developer of the property. ​

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by both parties for a period of 2 years. ​

Contact Information

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For real estate and development inquiries please contact John Skorobohacz CAO, Town of Midland.

For inquiries related to MBLDC please contact​ Amanpreet Sidhu​, Director of Corporate Services/Town Solicitor, ​Town of Midland.

For inquiries related to the Municipal Comprehensive Review and Official Plan Amendment process please contact Wesle​y Crown, Director of Planning, Town of Midland. 

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​MBLDC Board of Directors​

(Full biographies to come)​

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.

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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 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


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 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-elect, Town of Midland

Town Council Member

To be named...​

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Related Documents

Municipal Development/Services Corporation

Background

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

Press Releases

Waterfront Lands Master Plan

Municipal Comprehensive Review

Memorandum of Agreement with Mountain Ridge Estates Development Inc.

Implementing Official Plan Amendment

Marketing

Environmental Reports

​​​​​​Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee

Midland Bay Landing Steering Committee Members

Council Representatives
Mayor Gord McKay (Chair)
Councillor George ​MacDonald
Councillor Jonathan Main

Community Representatives
Burke Penny 
Bill Kernohan
Ted Symons

Town of Midland Staff
John Skorobohacz (CAO)
Amanpreet Sidhu (Director of Corporate Services/Town Solicitor)
Wesley Crown (Director of Planning & Building Services)
Andy Campbell (Director of Engineering & Water/Wastewater Services)
Susan Turnbull (Director of Finance/Treasurer)
Shawn Berriault (Director of Operations, Parks & Facilities)
Madelaine Twitchin (Recording Secretary)

Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Reports/Memos

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