Our Board & Staff

On February 1, 2024, we received the devastating news that our Director, Gordon Haig, had passed away on January 31st.
Gord was a leader in our Chamber for the better part of the past two decades, having served for eight years as President and many years as a Director. Gord spent the majority of his adult life in our area after having grown up as a cottager on Mary Lake. His contributions to our Chamber are immeasurable and his connections in our community run deep. Gord could always be relied upon to lend a hand and to share his knowledge and wisdom with our Board Members and Staff. We will deeply miss his mentorship and friendship as we adjust to carrying on the work of our Chamber without him around the table.
Gord's passing was unexpected and an obituary has not yet been posted as of February 21, however, photos and guestbook notes can be found on
Gord’s memorial page on the Mount Pleasant Cemetery website.

Gord’s life was celebrated on Friday, February 16, 2024, with an in-person/livestream funeral service at Mount Pleasant Centre (375 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto) where relatives and friends shared wonderful memories.

To learn more about Gord’s life and his contributions to our Chamber, you can read the Candidate Bio he submitted to Muskoka Region news during the 2014 Election campaign, and the article about his retirement as President in 2015 published by the same paper.

Below are some photos of Gord during Chamber events over the years (clockwise from bottom left: Christmas Party, AGM, Canada Day, Yard Sale, Winter Carnival), and our most recent Board & Staff photo.


Our Board of Directors


Mark Beadle – President

Dock Crafters

Mark has been involved in progressive business management roles for over twenty years and has volunteer non-profit Board experience exceeding fifteen years. He has an undergraduate degree in health care and a masters degree in business, along with work experiences ranging from front line health care to hospital Vice President to small business owner. Having gradually relocated his contracting business to Port Sydney over the past few years, Mark joined the Chamber and was subsequently welcomed to the Board in October 2021, bringing us his expertise in strategic planning and operational effectiveness. As of November 2023, we are pleased to have Mark serving as our President to guide us forward with the aim of increasing member engagement and volunteerism.


Brenda Murdoch - Vice President


Brenda has been in sales, marketing, and marketing management for the past 30 years. Working with businesses and their people is how she has developed the skills to listen to the growing needs of Muskoka businesses for more than a decade. Having moved to Port Sydney in 2015, Brenda has been working alongside businesses in the community to help them brand and grow on ShopMuskoka.com. Brenda looks at this opportunity with the Chamber of Commerce as a chance to listen to the needs of the community and to promote its growth.

Lisa St-Georges - Secretary-Treasurer

LSG Bookkeeping & Tax Services

Lisa is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper (CPB), a member of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada (IPBC), and a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor (desktop and online) with a passion for accounting and tax preparation. Working as an accounting technician at a Chartered Accounting firm in Kingston, ON, Lisa gained experience in bookkeeping, financial statements, corporate tax, personal tax, and compliance before relocating to Utterson and establishing her own business. We were very pleased when Lisa joined the Board in 2019 to take up her second term as Treasurer for our Chamber, with the title changing to Secretary-Treasurer in 2021. Lisa has relocated to the Sudbury area but commutes routinely to serve her Muskoka-based clientele and our Chamber.

Gordon Haig - Director

Gordon Haig - Mountain Realty Corp Brokerage / North American Auctioneers

(Gord’s bio here will be removed soon, but for now it gives an overview of his contributions to our Chamber.)
Gord has been a year-round resident of Port Sydney for over 40 years and has worked locally as a Real Estate Broker since 2004. From 2005 to 2016 Gord was very active on our Board, serving as a Director for three years and as President for eight years. Gord’s duties included membership recruitment of local businesses; organizing and operating local Chamber events (eg. Annual Winter Carnival and Canada Day Festivities); and working closely with fellow volunteers during numerous community events. We were very pleased to welcome Gord back to the Board as a Director in 2019.


Derek Watson-Brown – Director (Past President)

Port Sydney Electric

Derek is a Master Electrician and Licensed Electrical Contractor who opened his own company in 2008 after working for over 10 years in the industry. Derek was the recipient of the Chamber’s New Business of the Year Award in 2011 and has since served on the Board as a Director, Vice President (2017-2019), and President (2019-2023). Derek was pleased to return to the role of Director in November 2023. Derek encourages everyone in business to join the Chamber because he has found it to be the best way to develop both business and community connections, and his investment in Membership and Advertising through the Chamber has always paid for itself many times over in new customer leads.

Sue Woodall -Director
Sue Shef

Before Sue started Sue Shef she had an almost 40 year career with RBC. Her banking experience took her across 3 provinces and many, many different roles that included Regional Sales Management, Executive Sales Coach, Facilitator, Branch Management, Mortgage Specialist, and Project Management at HQ. After retirement Sue opened House by the Locks Antiques, which somehow led to helping people with their meal needs. Cooking for a crowd has always been a huge joy for Sue. After so many people asked her for help with party food that received so many compliments she decided to focus on basic, wholesome and old fashioned food favourites. In our busy world it's a treat to enjoy nutritious and tasty meals that never go out of style.

Heather Huff-Bogart - Director
The Green Bouquet

Heather embarked on her professional journey as a Surveillance Operator at an Ontario casino and served as a Volunteer Team Leader for Victim Services in Goderich, Ontario. Seeking a change of scenery, she transitioned to Muskoka where she delved into the hospitality industry. There, she assumed the role of lead trainer at a prestigious resort while honing her expertise as a wine sommelier.

Transitioning once more, Heather entered the cannabis sector, holding pivotal roles such as General Manager, Regional Trainer, and Head of Operations for Canada's largest CBD company. Subsequently, she joined a local cannabis producer's Marketing team as General Manager of their Educational store and Cannabis Educator, also serving as a liaison for multiple chambers of commerce in the area.

When the government amended regulations to allow individuals to open their own cannabis stores, Heather seized the opportunity, founding The Green Bouquet Cannabis Inc. in Port Sydney. With a rich background spanning operations, marketing, sales, and customer service, she eagerly joins the board to raise awareness in the community about the abundant business opportunities available to their village. 

Our Staff

Joy Cantle-Jones