SHOREFAST LEADERSHIP

We support ecological sustainability, local entrepreneurship, cultural preservation, the arts, and architecture on Fogo Island.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ALAN COBB

CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIR

Alan Cobb enjoyed a long career in the senior ranks of the federal public service and the private sector. He has worked in policy and operations for the Industry, Science and Technology, Treasury Board, and Employment and Immigration federal ministries. He also headed the initial federal offshore oil and gas regulatory agency, based in St. John’s. After retiring from the federal government, Alan provided strategic-management consulting services to the public and private sectors, and worked with a leading technology firm as advisor to the CEO.

Glen Best

DIRECTOR

Glen best is a fourth generation Fish Harvester with 34 years of experience, who grew up on Fogo Island with a rich family history entwined in the development and progress of the local fishery and community that defines Fogo Island. He is the owner of a fishing enterprise which operates two multi-species vessels involved in fishing for Snow Crab, Northern Shrimp, Turbot and Northern Cod. He trained at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and currently holds a Fishing Masters Class ll certification from Transport Canada. Glen has been a member of the Fogo Island Fisheries Co-op for the past 34 years and served on the board of directors for nine years: as president for three and Vice President for two years. Glen is passionate about achieving fair and proactive management in the fishing industry that benefits both the marine ecosystem and the people who make their livelihood from the sea. Glen has volunteered on various fisheries committees over his career and has voiced his opinion to such platforms as parliamentary committees on occasion. In his spare time, he enjoys recreational hockey and spending time outdoors at his cabin, snowmobiling, or just enjoying a leisurely hike.

TIM BRODHEAD

DIRECTOR

Tim Brodhead was President and CEO of The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and served as Interim President of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, after a 25-year career in international development. He was Founding Executive Director of ACORD and co-founder of the Canadian development agency Inter Pares. Tim co-chairs Canadians for a New Partnership and is a board member of The Natural Step, Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Canada), the Arctic Inspiration Prize, the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon, and the Jarislowsky, Omega, Inspirit, and Ottawa Community Foundations. He is a member of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and is on the Advisory Boards of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, and the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network. In 2001, Tim was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

​TERRY BURGOYNE

DIRECTOR

Terry Burgoyne advises Canadian and international companies in executing complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions. He has over 35 years of business law experience. He served as Managing Partner of Osler, with responsibility for business strategy and client relationship management, and as a member of the Executive Committee.

ZITA COBB

FOUNDER & CEO

Growing up on Fogo Island, Zita developed a deep belief in the inherent value of place and profound respect for the human ways of knowing that emerge from respectful relationships with nature, culture, and community. She held senior financial roles in the high-tech industry, notably with JDS Fitel, subsequently JDS Uniphase, where she contributed to building the company into one of the most successful high-tech innovators in history. Zita returned home to Fogo Island in the early 2000’s and, along with her brothers Anthony and Alan, founded Shorefast. In 2016, Zita was awarded the Order of Canada. She volunteers her time and energies to the active direction and management of Shorefast and our projects on Fogo Island.

​DARRELL GREGERSEN

DIRECTOR

Darrell Louise Gregersen is a seasoned fundraising professional who has led major organizations to transformational results over the last 30+ years. She retired from her role as an organizational leader in 2018, and is now a strategic advisor in fund development to organizations in the arts, mental health and international development. Darrell was most recently President and CEO of the CAMH Foundation in Toronto. Previously, she was the CEO of the National Arts Centre (NAC) Foundation, Ottawa, and the head of Major Gifts at The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, Toronto.

KELLY LAROCCA

DIRECTOR

Kelly LaRocca serves as Chief of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. She has degrees in Philosophy and Law and studied Aboriginal Law, after practicing as a civil litigation lawyer. Kelly was the Portfolio Chief Representative during the claim negotiations arising from the 1923 Williams Treaties. Upon a Council recommendation, the MSIFN approved the start-up of the Noozhoo Nokiiyan Limited Partnership (NNLP) to manage economic-development opportunities. Kelly is an ex officio Director of the Board for NNLP. She is also an elected Director for the National Lands Advisory Board for First Nations Lands Management and serves as Vice-Chair for the Ogemawahj Tribal Council. She previously served on the Aboriginal Justice Committee for the former Attorney General for Ontario and was a Director of the Baagwating Community Association.

ROBERT SIRMAN

DIRECTOR

Robert Sirman is a retired cultural executive who enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian cultural sector before hanging up his hat as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts in 2014. He served as co-director of Canada’s National Ballet School, where he reinforced its standing as a world leader in professional dance training. Other highlights include 10 years at the Ontario Arts Council, five years in Ontario’s first Ministry of Culture, and a stint as acting-CEO of the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation. Bob has an MA in Sociology from the University of Toronto, where he taught in 2016. He volunteers on several not-for-profit charitable boards. In 2002 Bob served as librettist for James Kudelka’s full-length ballet, The Contract.

GORDON SLADE

DIRECTOR, PAST CHAIR

Originally from Placentia Bay, Gordon Slade served as Deputy Minister of Fisheries for Newfoundland and Labrador, and as Vice-President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. In 1996, Gordon became an independent consultant in the fields of heritage, cultural tourism, and community development. He was CEO of One Ocean, an organization that encourages dialogue between the fishing and petroleum industries, and is the former Chair and Managing Director of Battle Harbour Historic Trust. In 2005, Gordon was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, and, in 2020, he was invested into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

JUDY STEIN-KORTE

DIRECTOR

Judy Stein-Korte has guided law firm leaders, lawyers and marketing teams in embracing innovative ways of building and burnishing brands. For most of her three-decade career, she assumed roles at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, one of Canada’s leading law firms. Judy is a trusted business-strategy adviser to many of the firm’s national, regional, office and practice leaders and currently serve Osler in a part-time role as media relations counsel. Judy has collaborated with Zita Cobb and her team in building greater awareness of Fogo Island Inn and Shorefast. A proud Maritimer, she has experienced hospitality throughout her life experiences and travels. She grew up in her father’s restaurant, which for decades was the best place to dine in the Maritimes, and holds a commerce degree in hospitality management.

ULA UBANI

DIRECTOR

Recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Ula Ubani is BMO Financial Group’s Vice-President, Ombudsperson and Chief Ethics & Conduct Officer–the only named Chief Ethics Officer in the banking sector. Leading a team responsible for setting the bank’s ethical expectations globally, she has embedded ethical integrity into the culture and practices of BMO. Ula was an architect of BMO’s initial ESG strategy and carbon-neutral goal setting, which included a commitment to carbon-emission reduction and an enhanced focus on social issues. She has Board experience in diverse spheres, including sport, international aid, and community issues.

Jocelyn Perry

DIRECTOR

Jocelyn Perry has an extensive career in the utility business, having worked at Newfoundland Power for 13 years in a variety of capacities, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President and Chief Executive Officer. At Fortis, she held the role of Director of Finance in the early 2000s, and previously served in other financial capacities in the private sector. She is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (2018), completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Memorial University and received her Chartered Accountant Designation in the early 1990s. Ms. Perry has considerable community and professional board and volunteer experience in Newfoundland and Labrador, including the Healthcare Foundation and C-CORE. She currently serves on the Boards of several Fortis utilities including FortisBC, UNS Energy and ITC Holdings.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

SUSAN CULL

Executive Vice President, SHOREFAST OPERATIONS

Susan is the Vice President (Operations) for Shorefast and Executive Chair of the Fogo Island Economic Development Partnership. After receiving her Master’s in Project Management from York University, Susan spent eight years in project development and management with the Newfoundland and Labrador Economics and Statistics Agency. But the pull of home never faded, so in 2014 Susan and her family moved back to Fogo Island. Passionate about community development, Susan is involved with several local organizations, in the economic, social, recreation, and education sectors. 

JANE HILTON

VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Jane joined Shorefast in Fall 2019 and works with Zita Cobb to galvanize support for Shorefast’s ambitious vision to foster a global network of intensely local, sustainable, and economically sound places. Previously, Jane was a senior leader at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), overseeing a forward-looking Philanthropy team. Jane’s experience at the AGO spanned nearly 15 years, and she contributed to many aspects of the fundraising operation, including the capital campaign for the Frank Gehry-designed expansion project, establishing a robust Major Gifts program, and supporting the AGO’s game-changing Access Initiative. Jane’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree also served her in her previous Development roles at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

DIANE HODGINS

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Diane Hodgins is CFO of Shorefast, where she implements modern business practices to help communities actively participate in the global economy. She serves as a “numeric linguist”: a translator for the complex and often ambiguous financial language of business. Diane works to create modern tools like the Economic Nutrition Mark, which answers the all-important question: “Where does the money go?”. Using a whole-thinking approach that puts people and place at the centre of every decision, she and her team create systems that strengthen our culture and ensure knowledge and capital stay local. Diane is passionate about sharing Fogo Island’s alternative business model, in which social and economic value are achieved in tandem.

AMY ROWSELL

DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT

Since joining Shorefast in 2014, Amy has worked on a variety of communications, marketing, community engagement, and creative projects while taking on progressively senior roles. Her mandate now includes oversight of the charity’s internal and external communications, with a specific focus on Shorefast’s Fogo Island-based programming and community and employee initiatives. She holds an honours BA (double major in history and gender studies) from the University of Ottawa, and an MA in the history of medicine from McGill University. Though born and raised in Ottawa, Amy has paternal ancestry from Newfoundland and permanently relocated to Fogo Island in 2017.

NICOLAUS SCHAFHAUSEN

STRATEGIC ADVISOR, FOGO ISLAND ARTS

Nicolaus Schafhausen served as Director of Frankfurter Kunstverein and founding Director of the European Kunsthalle; curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki (NIFCA) and German Pavilion for the 52nd and the 53rd Venice Biennale; and head of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Nicolaus now serves as Director at Kunsthalle Wien and lectures at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. He is also the author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. In his work with Fogo Island Arts, Nicolaus leads the vision of the artist-residency program, engaging artists in dialogue on the role of contemporary art in creating alternative solutions for the revitalization of rural communities prone to emigration.

PETER DECKER

SPECIAL AMBASSADOR

In the tradition of other great Newfoundlanders, Pete is a fisherman and a sealer. He loves Fogo Island and has managed to keep body, soul, and family together by working ‘away’ when necessary, but never moving away. Past jobs include: working in the woods, driving and fixing trucks, painting buildings, loading train cars, cooking on a cargo ship, hunting, construction, shoeing horses, and too many other things to mention. Pete manages Shorefast’s fleet of wooden punts and is Shorefast’s Ambassador, welcoming all to Fogo Island and providing exceptional hosting services.

SSEI LEADERSHIP

Shorefast Social Enterprises Inc. (SSEI) operates a suite of social businesses that contribute to the local economy. All surpluses are reinvested in the community, through Shorefast’s charitable programs. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EARL LUDLOW

CHAIR

Earl Ludlow, P. Eng. is a native of Fogo Island. For nearly four decades, he held progressive roles at Fortis Group with a scope spanning Canada, the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. He retired as EVP and Operational Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Earl has had a lifelong commitment to community volunteerism, championing education, healthcare, and rural Newfoundland. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to the community, is a member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and its advisory council and was designated as the Humanitarian of the Year by the Canadian Red Cross in 2010. In 2022, Earl was appointed Chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is also currently Chair of Altius Renewable Royalties Corp (TSE: ARR). His former volunteer positions also include Chair of the Independent Appointments Commission, Chair of Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, Vice Chair of the Rooms, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires NL, and he served as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment 1st Battalion.

ZITA COBB

DIRECTOR

Growing up on Fogo Island, Zita developed a deep belief in the inherent value of place and profound respect for the human ways of knowing that emerge from respectful relationships with nature, culture, and community. She held senior financial roles in the high-tech industry, notably with JDS Fitel, subsequently JDS Uniphase, where she contributed to building the company into one of the most successful high-tech innovators in history. Zita returned home to Fogo Island in the early 2000’s and, along with her brothers Anthony and Alan, founded Shorefast. In 2016, Zita was awarded the Order of Canada. She volunteers her time and energies to the active direction and management of Shorefast and our projects on Fogo Island.

GAIL JONES LUSH

DIRECTOR

Gail Jones Lush grew up on Fogo Island until 1985. She and her husband, Jim, became business owners in Gander, then returned to Fogo Island on retirement. Gail has volunteered with the Gander SPCA, the Provincial Board SPCA and was Secretary with the Gander and Area board. She also served as a member of Central Health Board, Gambo and Area Placement for disability workers, Gander and Area Food Bank, the Breakfast Program and St. Martins Church. She is actively involved with St. Andrew’s Church, in Fogo, and the Heritage Society.

KENDRA MACDONALD

DIRECTOR

Kendra MacDonald is the CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, responsible for growing Canada’s ocean economy, and was named a top sustainability leader in the clean50 awards. Kendra was a partner at Deloitte, working in Canada and overseas for 25 years. She gives back to community as an executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors in Newfoundland and Labrador, and a member of the Board of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, Newfoundland Liquor Corporation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Passionate about tech, she participates on Memorial University’s Signal Initiative and the Marine Institute Advisory Committee and was previously Chair of techNL. 

JOSH QUINTON

DIRECTOR

Josh Quinton has been a leader in the financial industry for the last 15 years. After working in New York City for Bloomberg LP, he moved back home to Newfoundland to continue his investment work at CIBC Wood Gundy. He grew up in the restaurant business and is passionate about supporting local entrepreneurship, innovation and promoting self-sustainability in the province.

Josh volunteers with several charities in NL and New York, including serving on the finance committee of the Grenfell Association of America in New York, which is committed to providing health care, education, and social services to the coastal communities of northern NL and Labrador. A recipient of Memorial’s Alumni Horizon Award, he was also appointed to the Innovation Council, Health Accord of NL. Josh is a finalist for the 2022 Investment Industry Association of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University where he serves on the President’s Advisory Committee

JUDY STEIN-KORTE

DIRECTOR

Judy Stein-Korte has guided law firm leaders, lawyers and marketing teams in embracing innovative ways of building and burnishing brands. For most of her three-decade career, she assumed roles at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, one of Canada’s leading law firms. Judy is a trusted business-strategy adviser to many of the firm’s national, regional, office and practice leaders and currently serve Osler in a part-time role as media relations counsel. Judy has collaborated with Zita Cobb and her team in building greater awareness of Fogo Island Inn and Shorefast. A proud Maritimer, she has experienced hospitality throughout her life experiences and travels. She grew up in her father’s restaurant, which for decades was the best place to dine in the Maritimes, and holds a commerce degree in hospitality management.

KEVIN WOODBURY

DIRECTOR

Kevin Woodbury has enjoyed a 20-year career with Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest publicly traded company, Fortis Inc. From managing human resources at Fortis Properties Corporation to leading the operations of Fortis’ Atlantic Canadian hotels, he found his way to the team behind the acquisition of ITC Holdings, the largest independent electric transmission company in the U.S. Today, Kevin has a leadership role in business development at Fortis. Originally from Nova Scotia’s  Annapolis Valley, Kevin has fully embraced Newfoundland and Labrador as home for nearly a quarter century

SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM

AMANDA DECKER-PENTON

MANAGING DIRECTOR, FOGO ISLAND INN

Amanda was born and raised on Fogo Island. Her early career in nursing took her to northern Canada where she worked in rural hospital settings. Amanda’s heart remained in Newfoundland; and in 2012, she came home, shifting from a hospital to a hospitality setting, in a role with Fogo Island Inn. Amanda has helped build the Inn’s global reputation for exceptional, place-based, regenerative travel experiences. Along with the Innkeeper Zita Cobb, Amanda is responsible for the holistic guest experience at Fogo Island Inn.

SORYA GAULIN

VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING

Sorya (Sor-eye-ya) has a career spanning more than 20 years in performance marketing and marketing communications. At Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, she was responsible for brand strategy, public relations, media events, social media marketing, and email marketing globally, and she orchestrated the high-profile launch of the Four Seasons Private Jet. Previously, Sorya was Director of Marketing then VP of Public Relations and Corporate Giving at Indigo Books & Music Inc., where she worked with Heather Reisman to create the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. She also headed up Marketing, Public Relations, and Social Campaigning at The Body Shop Canada. Sorya started her career as a journalist for Canadian Press in Montréal, and her passions include reading, food and beverage, scuba diving, and fishing.

Michael Murphy

Vice President, Fogo Island Workshops & Design Initiatives

Michael Murphy grew up in the small communities of Belleville and Prince Edward County. He graduated from the Ivey School of Business at Western University in 2002 and has since lived and worked around the world helping launch new businesses and transform existing ones in the Mobile, Luxury Goods and Design industries. Michael is also a passionate activist who has helped thousands of LGBTQ+ refugees find a pathway to safety as a volunteer and founding Director on the Board of Rainbow Railroad and Rainbow Railroad USA. The charity has grown into the largest NGO in the world of its kind. In 2020 Michael was invited to join Ivey Business School’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Council to advise Canada’s leading business school on how it can make meaningful organizational change to create a more inclusive future. Pairing his love of design with social justice he is now working with Shorefast Founder Zita Cobb in building the social enterprise that supports economic development on Fogo Island and design solutions that have social impact worldwide.