Meet the Elephant Thoughts Board of Directors

Deb Keep Director

Deborah Keep, BSc Hons, MBA

Deb held various management roles in both DuPont Canada and General Electric prior to retiring in Collingwood, including sales, marketing, production, and business development. She worked with many luminary hospitals in Canada to secure funding for collaborative medical research projects. She has served on four volunteer Boards of Directors and is very active in the community, assisting with fundraising activities.


Darilyn Coles,

Darilyn is the granddaughter of the founder of Caledon Contemporaries, the innovative Canadian Charity that has recently made a gift of Kimbercote Farms to Elephant Thoughts.  Kimbercote is to be developed into a unique facility designed to advance education especially environmental.  Darilyn has deep roots in the Kimbercote community and has recently joined Elephant Thoughts as a board member. With over 20 years’ business development and marketing experience, she is currently Marketing Director, New Business, at Sun Life Financial. Her passion for community building, strategic planning and drive for results are consistently recognized in her work. In her spare time, family travel, dance, music, yoga and the great outdoors fuel her creativity and love for life.

Martin Oosterveld, Ph.D., P.Eng

Martin has been an Elephant Thoughts Director for 6 years. He was a Professor of Civil Engineering at Lakehead University where he served on Faculty for 16 years and is now an Emeritus Professor. At Lakehead, Dr. Oosterveld set up an Innovation Center, was Director of a centre for regional development, taught in the Aboriginal Access to Engineering Program, and worked with students on development projects, such as small hydro, in a number of communities.
Martin chaired a community-based group that formed an organization now called Eco Superior, and secured funding for a large water conservation effort that continues to this day, now 20 years later. Martin moved to Collingwood in 2000 and has been involved in building homes, selling real estate, and serving on the boards of four organizations. He has been very active in economic development as a board member and on the executive of the Centre for Business and Economic Development. Martin is a member of the Board of Future Health Services and is very active in Rotary Club of Collingwood – South Georgian Bay, and will assume the role of President for the year 2014-15.

Michael Ready BSc, BEd

Michael Ready is an elementary teacher at Mountain View School in Collingwood where he teaches a class of gifted students from grades four to eight. He has taught in Waterloo, London and Collingwood, as well as New Zealand. Michael has been involved with Elephant Thoughts for over seven years. The organization has been a positive influence on his classroom and students for many years, through the Schools 4 Schools program, workshops, and assembly programs. Michael, and his oldest son Finn had a phenomenal experience when they traveled to India with Elephant Thoughts where he visited schools and led teacher workshops.

James Saunders, BA Hons.

James Saunders is the VP Direct Sales for Saunders Book Company, an international library book distributor and publisher. James is a director on the board of the Elementary Library Booksellers of Ontario, a member of the Rotary Club of Collingwood, a board member of Community Christmas Cheer, a past chair of Trinity United Church, a past chair of the Collingwood Community Tennis Club, and has volunteered his services in disaster response for the Simcoe County Red Cross and the Canadian Ski Patrol System.

Bill Sloan Director

William Sloan, CA

Bill has held senior financial administration positions with four corporations since obtaining his CA degree in 1958. He was Vice President, Finance of George Weston Limited from 1978 to 1987. After leaving Weston’s, he and his wife moved to Huntsville for several years where they developed and managed personal investments in resort-related activities. From 2000 to 2004 Bill was Treasurer of the Blue Mountain Village Association. Presently, he is employed as a financial consultant to Elephant Thoughts providing services which include financial statement preparations and analysis, budget preparation and follow up, and special project administration. Bill has been Treasurer of the Collingwood Elvis Festival for two years and has served on various Town committees, such as the 2006 Winter Games, the 2008 Ontario Paralympic Winter Championships, Doors Open, and Trails as a volunteer. Since he was appointed to the Board of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital in October 2005, Bill has served on the Finance and Audit committees. Bill also provides accounting services to the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation. He was recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.

Niru Somayajula Tezola, BSc

Niru is currently President and CEO of Sensor Technology Ltd, a high-tech manufacturing company of underwater sonar equipment. She has sat on numerous boards in Collingwood and enjoys the life and culture of the area. Niru’s husband and two young children take up much of her free time, but when she can she enjoys swimming, road cycling, running and hiking.