Helen joined the North Waterloo Farmers Mutual board in 2005, and has a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Helen has served as the chair of many committees including the board chair from 2014-2015. She was elected as chair of the Heartland board of directors at its first meeting held on January 6, 2016. From 1995 to 2003, Helen was a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding of Huron Bruce, holding positions as the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Minister of Citizenship, Culture & Recreation, and Associate Minister of Health and Long Term Care. From 2004 to 2011 she worked as the Executive Director of the PC Ontario Fund. Helen and her husband Larry reside in Exeter.