board of directors

Cottage Dreams relies extensively on the expertise, experience and associations of its Board of Directors. Each dedicated volunteer board member helps to shape the direction and guide the Cottage Dreams organization to reach its goals now and in the future.

Thomas Barlow – Director & Secretary 

Gary Trotter – Director 

James Keiller – Chairman of the Board

David Shier – Director  

Galina Johnston – Director


Thomas Barlow- Director & Secretary

Tom Barlow is a partner with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, LLP, which is one of Canada’s largest law firms with offices in Vancouver, Yellowknife, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, New York, London, and Johannesburg. Tom has worked at the firm for over 20 years. Currently, among other things, he is Director of Municipal and Planning Law, Director of the firm’s Public-Private Partnerships and Privatizations Group in the Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Strategic Counsel Practice.

He served as a Big Brother for many years and was recognized as a Big Brother of the Year for his work with Big Brothers. His interest in Cottage Dreams comes from personal experience, both as a cottage owner in the area of Minden, Ontario for many years and as one who has experienced cancer through his family.

James Keiller – Director

James is president of E. I. & P. Inc., a commercial Sales Agency representing both European and Canadian companies in Electrical Generation Equipment and Composite Materials for Electrical, Corrosive and Mass Transit Applications.  They are responsible for working through Consulting Engineers to ensure product specification as well as Commercial Contractors for product acceptance and application. 

As a cottage owner for 15 years and a Cottage Donor to COTTAGE DREAMS for 10 years. James has also volunteered his time at the Cottage Dreams booth during the twice yearly Cottage Life Show to help make both cottage owners and possible applicants aware of the program and encourage their participation.

“Every one of us has been touched by Cancer, one way or another and this is a way to help those who can use some relaxing time together”. 

James is also an active volunteer with the Therapy Dog Program with St John Ambulance, visiting an Extended Care Residence.

Also taking part in public events such as the “All About Pets Show” as well as the “Mississuaga (Streetsville) Santa Claus Parade”, to help promote the program.


David Shier – Director

David Shier is the Vice President of Sales for Ribbon Communications, a telecommunications software and Cloud communications supplier.  Dave served previously as VP of the Asia Pacific region with Genband (based in Hong Kong), as well as Marketing, Business Development, and Sales leadership roles in Nortel.  

David holds an Engineering degree from Queen’s University, and has completed Executive Leadership training at University of Toronto.

David cottages on Georgian Bay in the summers and resides in Toronto, Canada.

Galina Johnston – Director


For the past 9 years Galina Johnston has been a Division Director with IG Wealth Management.  Prior to that Galina spent almost 15 years in the Information Technology sector, primarily in the senior management capacity. Galina is a Certified Financial Planner and Registered Retirement Consultant.  Galina also holds a Master Certificate in Project Management and completed the Altruvest Charitable Services BoardMatch Leaders Program both from Schulich School of Business.  Having Spent the last 10 years on a variety of Charitable boards Galina brings a great breadth of knowledge to Cottage Dreams.  Galina Resides in Barrie Ontario, and spends her free time volunteering in the community.