Eric Stevenson | President and Chair

Eric Stevenson was born in Montreal in 1958. He has an Honours BA in History from Middlebury College, Vermont and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario). From the mid 1980s, Eric worked for nearly a decade as an investment banker in London England, primarily as a vice-president of corporate finance for Barclays Bank. Since 1995, Eric has been based in Toronto and has actively led a private equity syndicate whose main investments have been in shipowning – in refrigerated cargo vessels, bulk carriers and product tankers – and in ship management software. His principal interest outside business is nature conservation, and he serves as a Director of several non-profit organizations dedicated to nature or the environment, including Environmental Defence and the Atlantic Salmon Federation.

Fatima Crerar | Treasurer

Fatima Crerar has been working on campaigns that inspire social and environmental change for over a decade. She is currently Senior Manager of Social Impact at ecobee, a Toronto-based company using the Internet-of-Things to make it easy for everyone to be energy efficient at home. Previously she was Director of Projects at PUBLIC Inc., where she worked with clients working on a range of social issues, to uncover ideas and initiate campaigns that deliver action and impact. Before that, she served as Executive Director of Summerhill Impact, an innovative environmental organization leading programs to reduce waste, increase recycling, and prevent air pollution and climate change. Fatima has a big sense optimism about the future, fuelled by her belief in the power we each hold to create the change we want to see in the world.

Margaret Slaght | Secretary

Margaret Slaght is a freelance writer and was for many years an award-winning producer/director of television documentaries broadcast by CBC, History Television and others. She has long been interested in environmental issues and has been an active supporter of Environmental Defence.

Robert Davies | Past Chair

Robert Davies has been practising architecture in Toronto for over 30 years. He is a Principal at Montgomery Sisam Architects, a firm working mostly in the not-for-profit or public sector designing hospitals, missions, treatment centres, schools, convents, retirement centres and the odd bridge or two. As architects they know all too well how important it is to design buildings to be sustainable in a fragile world undergoing profound environmental change. In addition to his volunteer role at Environmental Defence, he is also on the board of Cape Farewell, a North American charity that promotes a cultural response to climate change.

Bruce Best

Bruce Best is a Vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Prior to his current appointment, he practiced social justice and human rights law in Ontario for 20 years. A former Board President, he has been a Director since 1998. He is an avid cyclist and lousy but persistent runner, and lives with his spouse and twin daughters in London, Ontario.

Robert Eisenberg

Robert Eisenberg is the founding partner of Intraurban Projects and York Heritage Properties, and has received commendations and awards from the Toronto Historical Board, Heritage Toronto, Trade Associations and the City of Toronto. Robert has long been involved with environmental issues in Ontario, co-founding and first president of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, sitting as a director of Nature Ontario and on several other boards serving to protect Ontario’s natural heritage. Robert Eisenberg has been involved with many other community related activities. He is a past director of the United Way and currently serves as president of Sistema Toronto Academy and as a director of Jacob’s Ladder.

Jennifer Ivey

Jennifer Ivey is a director of the Ivey Foundation. She is currently serving on the Governor’s Board of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Campaign Cabinet for the Research and Learning Tower for the Hospital for Sick Children.

Trish McMaster

Trish McMaster was born and raised in Montreal. She graduated from Queen’s University and had a brief career in banking before moving on to advertising. Trish had a successful seventeen year career in media buying and planning at several major Canadian agencies. By 1997 her growing interest in health and disillusionment with consumerism inspired her to leave advertising and return to school to become a Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Trish has owned and operated her own successful massage therapy practice for the past ten years. As a passionate gardener, naturalist and food lover she has developed an avid interest in the environment and sustainable living; she is a current supporter of Environmental Defence, Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, CPAWS, WWF, and IFAW among others.

Michael Perley

Michael Perley has spent nearly 35 years in the field of environmental and public health advocacy. After a short stint as Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Research Foundation, he helped found the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain in 1980, and was the Coalition’s co-Executive Coordinator until 1990. The Coalition successfully lobbied for reductions in acid rain-causing emissions in both the United States and Canada during that time. Michael joined the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco as Director in 1993. On behalf of the Ontario medical and public health communities, he has led the campaign’s efforts to help pass the Ontario Tobacco Control Act – which was proclaimed in 1994 – and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which came into force in May 2006. Most recently, his work contributed to passage of the supporting Smoke-Free Ontario by Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act, which received Royal Assent in June 2011. As well as being devoted birdwatchers, Michael, his wife Jayne and their son Will are Georgian Bay fanatics, who can usually be found during as much of each summer as possible in Nares Inlet.

Tom Rand

Tom Rand spent a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur. He now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. Tom is active in Cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy. He is Cleantech Practice, Lead Advisor at the MaRS Discovery District and sits on the board of a number of clean energy companies and organizations. He is also the Managing Partner of the newly established MaRS Cleantech Fund, and co-developer of the low-carbon hotel development Planet Traveler. Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering, an MSc in philosophy of science, and an MA and PhD in philosophy. Tom is an Action Canada Fellow. He is the author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, and the upcoming book Hot Water.

Steve Abrams

Steve Abrams is a transplanted native New Yorker, living in Toronto since 2001. He has a Bachelors in English Literature and Masters in English Education from New York University, and has worked in a series of seemingly unrelated fields – most notably as an English teacher, professional musician, and even mutual fund analyst. Within a year of immigrating to Canada, Steve co-founded Mill Street Brewery, which pioneered certified organic beer in Ontario. Since its inception, Mill Street has proudly maintained a strong record of support for environmental organizations and initiatives across Canada. Today, Steve enjoys sharing his love of craft beer and tales of entrepreneurial adventure, as well as confronting environmental issues with sustainable solutions. He also continues to gig around town with his cohorts in Tennessee Voodoo Coupe.

Kathryn Seymour

Kathryn Seymour is currently the Director of Marketing with PCL Constructors Canada Inc. based in Mississauga. Prior to joining PCL in 2013, Kathryn was a Principal with Moriyama + Teshima architects where she worked for ten years managing business development, marketing and proposals. Prior to her career in architecture and marketing, Kathryn was a lawyer initially practicing land use planning and municipal law with Smith Lyons and subsequently as Discipline Counsel with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Kathryn received an honours Co-op degree in Recreation and Sociology from the University of Waterloo; an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge; her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School; and her M.Arch. from the University of Toronto. When not chained to her desk, Kathryn reminisces about her youthful adventures bicycling solo across Canada, trekking to Everest Base Camp, and defeating Oxford at the British Henley as a member of the Cambridge University varsity squad.

Our Honourary Board

Environmental Defence’s distinguished Honourary Board supports our efforts to protect the environment and human health. We’re pleased to count these well-known Canadians among our supporters:

  • Robert Bateman
  • Ray Civello
  • Donald Wright
  • David Suzuki
  • John Swaigen

For our Expert Advisory Committee, click here.