April 2019 General Meeting
April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
“The Geology, History and Conservation of the Niagara Escarpment”
The Niagara Escarpment cuts through the southern Ontario landscape, a wall of rock and wild land that has long provided its inhabitants with both challenges and opportunities. With her extensive knowledge of the Niagara Escarpment, Beth will take the audience on a visual journey of the Escarpment’s natural and cultural history, and its place on the landscape today.
Beth Gilhespy was Chief Executive Officer of the Bruce Trail Conservancy from 2004 to 2018, where she supervised a staff of 17 and supported the activities of more than 1,400 volunteers in public outreach, fundraising, land preservation and conservation projects. During her time at the Bruce Trail Conservancy, more than 6,500 acres of Niagara Escarpment land, worth $23 million, was permanently preserved. Beth currently serves as a Commissioner on the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Prior to her work with the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Beth worked for 15 years in the field of environmental contaminant management and consulting. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geography and geology from the University of Guelph.