Barbara King is the Executive Director at Watersheds Canada, and has served in leadership roles with this organization since 1999. Barbara has been integral in working with lake groups and associations to turn action-oriented stewardship programs into large multi-stakeholder initiatives that can be launched on a national level. Collaboration and partnerships are at the centre of her work, as she builds capacity for groups that work with landowners to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers.
Barbara holds a Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University. She brings extensive experience in leadership, with over 20 years of direct project management experience and expertise. Barb is always advancing partnerships and works collaboratively at all levels, having co-created and facilitated the 'Love Your Lake' program with Canadian Wildlife Federation, and brokering the delivery of the program to over 100 lakes in the region. Barb has also worked in collaboration with regional partners to develop respected annual forums such as the Lake Links conference, which has been attended by stakeholders across Ontario for the last 19 years.
Barbara designed and led the development of key shoreline conservation and restoration initiatives that are fast becoming touchstones in Ontario. Finally, Barb works intimately with other groups and municipalities to provide policy guidance on development controls and conservation. She mentors other organizations on organizational management including youth mentorship.
Barb lives on a lake with her family in Maberly, Ontario. She enjoys mountain biking, swimming, and exploring in nature.