Inspired by the power of people and armed with a bias for action, Fatima Crerar has been working on programs that inspire social and environmental change for nearly 15 years. She is currently VP Strategy & Partnerships at The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), a municipal agency focused on advancing low-carbon solutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Prior to joining TAF, Fatima was ecobee’s first ever Director of Impact & Sustainability, responsible for leading efforts from employee initiatives to customer-facing programs, that delivered social, environmental as well as business value for the emerging technology company. Fatima also worked in impact marketing and communications with PUBLIC Inc., and cut her teeth designing and implementing public engagement programs on air pollution, recycling and climate change at Summerhill Impact.
Alex Chamberlain is a Managing Partner at InvestEco Capital, a venture capital firm and impact investor that is focused on expansion stage companies that promote health and sustainability in the food & agriculture sector. Prior to InvestEco, Alex practiced law at Smith Lyons (now Gowlings) and worked in the Corporate Finance & Investment Banking Group at Pricewaterhouse Coopers Securities. Alex has sat on a number of portfolio company boards and is currently a director of LesserEvil and Chickapea, and a board observer of Sol Cuisine and The Jackfruit Company. Alex is also Vice Chair and Treasurer of Scout Environmental, another of Canada’s leading environmental not-for-profit organizations. In addition to his law degree, Alex has his MBA and is a CFA charterholder. A lover of nature and the great outdoors, Alex is happiest when paddling Northern Ontario’s lakes and rivers with his wife and any of their four children that are willing to join them.
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.
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.
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.
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 Davies has been practising architecture in Toronto for over 35 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.
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 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 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.
Joe Ogilvie is the Founding Principal at Archangel Ventures, an innovation advisory practice focussed on the real estate and construction sector. Joe spent 10 years leading sustainable, high-performance building development and construction projects across Canada and prior to that spent seven years in nano-manufacturing systems optimization in Silicon Valley. Joe is a founding director of the Urban Lab at the Brookfield Centre for Real Estate and Infrastructure at a Schulich School of Business – an applied research platform created to collaborate with industry to develop new business models. Keenly interested in geopolitics, business, macroeconomic policy, and social justice reform, Joe is also a founding member of the Black Opportunity Fund (Blackopportunityfund.ca).
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 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.
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.
Laurie Simmonds is a leading cause-marketing expert focussed on issues related to education, healthcare and the environment. As the founder and CEO of Green Living Enterprises, Laurie leads an award-winning team in the fields of brand and program development, custom content, marketing and communications and event management. Laurie has a longstanding interest in the connection between health and the environment stemming from her education in nutrition and medical sciences. She was co-founder of the Women’s Health Clinic in Toronto and the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine. Laurie was a member of the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, a Canadian delegate at COP21 and is a founding member of the Council of Advisors for GreenPAC, a non-partisan, non-profit organization working to elect and support environmental leaders of all major parties running for office.
George Stockton has devoted 48 years to Moriyama & Teshima Planners, an internationally renowned design firm specializing in landscape architecture, urban design, and environmental planning. George takes a holistic approach to landscape design, respecting natural features and ecology as well as cultural conditions. He has won numerous awards for his long-term, environmentally sensitive plans. Most notably, George and his team developed the internationally recognized Wadi Hanifah Restoration Project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This visionary environmental restoration project has been ongoing since 2001 and was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010. George is semi-retired, but continues to serve on the executive team as Partner Emeritus. In 2011, George received the Pinnacle Award from the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects for his lifetime achievements in landscape architecture. After a lifetime of building environmentally sustainable projects around the world, he is very pleased to work with Environmental Defence on developing environmentally sustainable policies that will benefit Ontario and Canada.
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