Donald Eastwood

Don is a professionally trained economic development practitioner, with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree (B.E.S.), majoring in Geography from the University of Waterloo. Don subsequently attained his Master's Degree (M.A.) also from the University of Waterloo, specializing in regional economic development. His thesis research explored the dynamics of technology-based firm creation and policy -based initiatives in the Kitchener-Waterloo area which served to help guide the evolution of the "Canada's Technology Triangle" collaboration between four municipalities. Don subsequently received post graduate training from the Economic Developers Association of Canada and on-going professional development while employed for over 30 years with various municipalities in Ontario.

Don has served in progressively responsible staff and management positions with some of the most dynamic growth municipalities in Ontario. Following graduation Don was employed by the City of Toronto in the fledgling Economic Development Division of the City Planning Department and was instrumental in developing a Technology Transfer Strategy to facilitate start-up technology businesses and marketing strategies for the Port Industrial Land precinct. Don subsequently worked with the Regional Municipality of Halton and later on, as General Manager of the City of Cambridge Business Development Division, where he was chiefly responsible for the development of an industrial park adjacent to the Toyota assembly complex in that City. During that time, Don was also a co-founder of the Canada's Technology Triangle partnership which was a collaborative initiative to foster technology-based development in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph region.

Don was recruited to be the start-up CEO of a regional business initiative called the "Canada's Technology Triangle Accelerator Network (CTTAN)" to foster the investment of private capital into early stage technology business start-ups.

Don went on to help grow the economic development program of the Regional Municipality of York and also was an active participant in the establishment and administration of the York Region Human Services Plan. Don was recruited to lead the City of Toronto Economic Development Culture and Tourism Division and was instrumental in leading the establishment of several sectoral strategies and new cultural events such as "Nuit Blanche".

In later positions Don led the development of new strategic plans and re-organizations in the City of Brampton and the Town of Innisfil.

Don retired to the shores of Lake of Bays in spring 2015.

Don has been active on a number of Boards and committees in his business career. He had been a member of the Boards of Directors of:
. Tourism Toronto
. The Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance
. The Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation
. The Oakville Economic Development Alliance
. The Economic Developers Council of Ontario
. The Brampton Board of Trade
. The Lake of Bays Association

Don has also been an active community volunteer with:
. Huntsville Economic Development Advisory Committee
. Habitat of Humanity ReStore in Huntsville
. University of Waterloo Economic Development Program (professional resource)
. The Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (seminar leader)
. Literacy Council of York Simcoe (literacy tutor)

Don is married with three grown children and one grandchild who loves coming to see "Boompah and ZuZu" at the "cottage". Don and Pat are avid walkers with their energetic Golden Retriever named "Kipper" and they also enjoy spending time boating, canoeing/kayaking and cross country skiing or snowshoeing here in Muskoka.

Don was appointed to the MAHC Board of Directors in June 2017, and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.