Environmental Defence’s Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) offers ideas, advice and feedback to help us develop and execute our programs in the following priority issue areas:

  • Toxics in consumer products and the environment
  • Clean energy and climate change
  • Water quality and conservation
  • Land use planning and natural areas conservation
  • Plastic pollution and circular economy

Each member of the EAC has academic and professional standing in their respective area of expertise, and we are very grateful to them for their insight.


Michael Perley, Director | Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco
Michael has spent nearly 35 years in the field of environmental and public health advocacy. He helped found the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain in 1980, and was the Coalition’s co-Executive Coordinator until 1990. 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.
Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH | Child’s Family Research Institute
Dr. Lanphear is a Clinician Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children’s Hospital and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His primary goal is to help quantify and ultimately prevent disease and disability – like asthma, learning problems and ADHD – due to exposures to environmental contaminants and pollutants. Over the past decade, Dr. Lanphear has become increasingly vexed by our inability to control the “pandemic of consumption” – the largely preventable, worldwide epidemic of chronic disease and disability due to industrial pollutants, environmental contaminants and excess consumption. He is leading an effort to build an online Atlas of Environmental Health to enhance public understanding of how environmental influences impact human health.
Shanna Swan, Environmental and Reproductive Epidemiologist | Child’s Family Research Institute
Shanna is a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Her work examines the impact of environmental exposures on reproductive health and neurodevelopment. She conducts long term studies of pregnant women and their children to better understand how prenatal and early childhood exposure to stressors, including chemicals commonly found in the environment such as phthalates and bisphenol-A, impact the reproductive health and development of children.
Miriam Diamond, Professor | University of Toronto
Miriam, a professor at University of Toronto, has been investigating chemical contaminants for over 25 years. Her research involves quantifying emissions and fate of contaminants in indoor and outdoor environments, and exposure to humans and ecosystems. This research, as well as through involvement in various governmental and non-governmental initiatives, has helped to inform chemical management in Canada and beyond.
Reena Sandhu, President | SafeDose Ltd.
Dr. Sandhu is a board certified toxicologist and President of SafeDose Ltd, a chemical safety consultancy in Oakville, Ontario. Over the last 25 years, she has helped governments, non-profits and industry assess the safety of hundreds of chemicals in our air, water, food, consumer products and pharmaceuticals. These days, she spends most of her time helping other toxicologists find ways to conduct their safety assessments more reproducibly and objectively. She is also involved in international efforts to develop better ways to assess the risks associated with our exposure to chemicals that have little or no data. Reena is passionate about finding ways to reduce the global burden of human disease caused by our exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Clean Economy/Climate

John Stone, Adjunct professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies | Carleton University
John is widely regarded as an expert on climate change and international affairs. His research includes the science and policy of global and climate change and the vulnerability of Canada to the threat of climate change.
Danny Harvey, Professor, Department of Geography | University of Toronto
Dr. Harvey pursues research in the areas of computer climate modelling as well as options to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases associated with energy use. Recently he has focused on the development of comprehensive scenarios for the elimination of global CO2 emissions within this century.

Greenbelt/Land Use and Planning

Ray Tomalty, PhD Planner | McGill University
Ray Tomalty is Principal of Smart Cities Research Services and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Urban Planning at McGill University. He specializes in research on smart growth and urban sustainability.
Marcy Burchfield, Vice President | Economic Blueprint Institute, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Marcy has worked at the forefront of regional planning for the past 15 years. Through her various roles at the Neptis Foundation, Marcy has been able to use her quantitative, spatial analysis expertise to develop methods for measuring and monitoring how city-regions change over time to help inform and shape urban planning policy.


Ralph Pentland, President | Ralbet Enterprises Inc.
Ralph Pentland has over 50 years experience in water and environmental policy and management – three decades with the Canadian federal government, a decade in international consulting, and a decade working with a wide variety of Canadian non-governmental and academic organizations.


Zamry Jamaludin, PhD, Optimization Engineer | Opus One Solutions
Zamry has a PhD in chemical engineering with specialization in applied mathematics for process modeling, optimization and simulation. He also has experience performing experimental and modeling research that transforms organic waste into renewable energy, fertilizers and sustainable resources through anaerobic digestion processes. Zamry is currently working with the analytics team at Opus One Solutions that design and simulate the future of power grid networks to consider renewable power resources, battery energy storage systems (BESS) and EV charging capabilities.