Issue Table Co-Chairs and Members
Climate Change Table Co-Chairs
Managing Director, ICLEI Canada – Local Governments for Sustainability
Ewa Jackson, Managing Director of ICLEI Canada, has worked with municipal governments for over 16 years in the fields of climate change, sustainability, and engagement. In addition to managing ICLEI Canada’s operational and program activities, Ewa is project manager for many ICLEI Canada activities including the recent Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Project to help build capacity for local resilience in municipalities around Ontario. She has worked on numerous adaptation and sustainability monitoring and evaluation projects, including those of local, national and international scope.
Ewa is a leader in the field of municipal climate adaptation and resilience. Since 2007, she has been driving innovation in collaborative community climate action, climate knowledge assessment, communications, and measuring progress on adaptation and resilience. Her current priorities involve work to build social resilience and protect our communities’ most vulnerable. She continuously works with specialists in the field to keep municipal officials at the forefront and responding to the advancements being made. She often speaks publicly on the state of municipal adaptation planning across Canada and internationally.
Executive Director, Climate Risk Institute
Al Douglas is the Executive Director of the Climate Risk Institute. He was the former Director at the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR), located at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He has been working in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation since 2002 and has partnered with many different organizations in Ontario and Canada to develop and deliver adaptation resources. Al played leading roles in two large, regional climate change vulnerability assessments in Ontario and co-authored an ecosystems climate change vulnerability assessment guidebook for Ontario. He has contributed content to a host of municipal climate change adaptation guidebooks and specializes in facilitating adaptation planning at the local and watershed levels. He has also contributed content to two Canadian National Assessments of climate change impact and adaptation, acted as an expert reviewer for the last two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports and has expertise in climate science; climate change impact, vulnerability and risk assessment; policy development and adaptation planning in natural resource sectors. In 2016 Al co-chaired Adaptation Canada 2016, Canada’s first national symposium on climate change adaptation since 2005 and is currently a member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results.
Climate Change Table Members
- Steve Coupland, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs, Canadian Nuclear Association
- Frank Quarisa, Director, Wastewater Treatment, City of Toronto
- Gaby Kalapos, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership
- Clara Blakelock, Water Programs Manager, Green Communities Canada
- Michelle Sawka, Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Ontario (GIO) Coalition
- Daniel Filippi, Program Specialist, INTACT Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo
- Ian McVey, Project Manager (alternate: Frances Delaney), Ontario Climate Consortium
- Heather Auld, Principal Climate Scientist, Risk Sciences International Inc.
- Tony Maas, Manager – Strategy, Freshwater Future Canada
Toxics and Other Harmful Pollutants Table Co-Chairs
Dr. John Carey
Former Director General, National Water Research Institute, Environment Canada
Dr. John Carey spent 36 years at Environment Canada as a researcher and science manager. For much of his career, he was Director-General of the department’s Water Science and Technology Directorate – the largest freshwater science group in Canada. He also served an acting assignment as Assistant Deputy Minister for Science and Technology. His research interests included toxicology and ecosystem dynamics of environmental contaminants, photochemical processes in the aquatic environment, and photochemical methods of wastewater treatment and disinfection.
Dr. Carey is best known for leading a multidisciplinary team supporting the development of federal regulations in the pulp and paper sector and serving as scientific spokesman on that issue. He also chaired expert panels to review provincial regulations in Ontario and British Columbia. In 1998, in recognition of his leadership on the issue, John was awarded the Public Service of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award (the highest award in the Canadian Public Service, also known as the Prime Minister’s Award).
Dr. Carey has also been:
- Member and then Canadian Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Science Advisory Board of the Canada-U.S. International Joint Commission (IJC)
- Member Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the IJC
- Canadian Co-Chair of the Canada-Germany Science & Technology Cooperation Agreement.
- Chair of Environment Canada’s Smart Regulation Project on Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Pulp and Paper Environmental Effects Monitoring
- Member of the Canada Centre for Management Development’s Roundtable on Science and Public Policy.
- Co-Chair of the Canadian government’s Toxic Substances Research Initiative (TSRI)
- Member of management committee of the federal government’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI).
- Member and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Grant Selection Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- Member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)
- Member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of the Canadian Association on Water Quality
- Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Water Network
- Member of the Expert Advisory Committee of the Canadian Network of Toxicology Centres.
- Member of the Research Advisory Board of the World Wildlife Fund’s Wildlife Toxicology Program
Dr. Carey has co-supervised successful graduate students through past appointments at the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. He is author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications and has co-edited two scientific books.
Chair of Ontario Public Health Association’s Environmental Health Work Group, recently retired from York Region Public Health
Helen is chair of the Ontario Public Health Association’s (OPHA) Environmental Health Work Group, contributing to advocacy and policy development. Her areas of expertise include air quality, climate change, the built and natural environment, healthy housing, and environmental exposures. She has represented OPHA on the Ministry of Environment’s Toxics Reduction Multi-Stakeholder Group, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Ontario Public Health Standards’ Healthy Environments Work Group, the EcoHealth Ontario Steering Committee, the OPHA Climate Change Communications Advisory Committee and the RentSafe Project Advisory Committee. Recently retired from York Region Public Health, Helen managed an interdisciplinary team, working to improve environmental public health through research, health promotion, partnerships and policy development. Helen is on the Board of Directors for the Windfall Ecology Centre, a Green Communities Canada non-profit organization.
Toxics and Other Harmful Pollutants Table Members
- Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director, Bay Area Restoration Council (Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan)
- Fe de Leon, Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law Association
- Bernadette Conant, CEO, Canadian Water Network
- John Jackson, Citizen Activist, Citizen
- Susan Atlin, Manager, Operations Coordination, Wastewater Treatment, Toronto Water, City of Toronto
- Elaine MacDonald, Senior Scientist, Program Director – Healthy Communities, Ecojustice
- Bruce Lourie, Executive Director, Ivey Foundation
- Terry Obal, Chief Science Officer, Maxxam Analytics/Ontario Environment Industry Association
- Jane Graham, Executive Director, Ontario Commercial Fisheries Association
- Don Goodyear, Head, policy, communications, liaison, Environmental Services Division, Region of York
- Heather Harding, Toxics Campaign Manager, Tides Canada
- Edgar Tovilla, WEAO Director // Manager of Wastewater Operations at Region of Peel, Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO)
- Rhonda Gagnon, GIS Policy Analyst, Lands & Resources Department, Anishinabek Nation
Nutrients Table Co-Chairs
Former Chief Administrative Officer for multiple Conservation Authorities
Gayle Wood is the retired Chief Administrative Officer of the Lake Simcoe Region, Nottawasaga Valley and Ganaraska Region Conservation Authorities.
Gayle has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo and Certificates in Strategic Management from York University Schulich School of Business and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.
Gayle currently serves on the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board, is Vice Chair of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and is on the Cabinet for the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation’s Nature Centre Campaign.
She has worked internationally regarding source protection and watershed management with China, Thailand, Australia and Russia. For her work in China, Gayle received an award from the State Council in recognition of her project on public participation and water management.
Senior Agronomist and Sales Manager, AGRIS and Wanstead Cooperatives
Dale Cowan is the Senior Agronomist and Sales Manager with AGRIS and Wanstead Cooperatives a large farmer owned cooperative servicing SW Ontario providing Crop inputs advice and purchaser of grain for its farmer owners. He received his Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) designation in 1997 and his 4R NMS in 2016. In the same year he received the International Certified Crop Advisor of the Year Award.
Dale has been instrumental in the development and promotion of sustainable agronomy and precision farming practices throughout Ontario since 1992. He has been with the AGRIS and Wanstead Cooperatives since 2008. He owned Agri-Food Laboratories an agricultural testing laboratory from 1990 to 2008. During that tenure he reviewed over 1 million soil samples which offered great insight into the condition of agriculture in Ontario.
Cowan’s career includes involvement in many industry association boards and in many different capacities over the years: The Ontario Agri-Business Association (OABA) which represents stakeholder interest in the Grain, Feed Manufacturers and Crop Input Supplier sector as a former board representative, and a past President, active on the Crops Input Committee and Agriculture Research and Education Committee. Dale currently sits on the 4 R Technical committee of the Ontario 4 R Stewardship Initiative.
Dale is a former chair of the Ontario CCA Board and current board member: served as vice chair of the former Provincial Nutrient Management Advisory Committee; member of the former Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Advisory Committee on Funding; currently the CCA representative to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs – Soil Health Working Group advising the government on a Soil Health Policy. He also is a member of the Ontario CCA Exam Committee and participates as a trainer in offering pre-exam workshops for candidates interested in obtaining their 4 R Nutrient Management Specialty.
Nutrients Table Members
- Raj Gill, Great Lakes Organiser, Canadian Freshwater Alliance
- Beth McGee, Senior Scientist and Agricultural Policy Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Kirby Oudekerk, Environmental Services Engineer, Wastewater Treatment Operations, City of London
- Kevin Rich, Head, Industry and Government Relations, Ducks Unlimited Canada
- Kelsey Scarfone, Acting Water Program Manager, Environmental Defence Canada
- Julien Papineau, Farmer, Essex County Federation of Agriculture
- Cassandra Cotton, Vice President, Sustainability, Fertilizer Canada
- Nancy Goucher, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, Global Water Futures / University of Waterloo
- Jody Mott, Executive Director, Holland Marsh Growers’ Association
- Ben Longstaff, General Manager, Integrated Watershed Management, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
- Anne Marie Stetler, Advisor, Minett Capital
- Adam Herges, Sustainability Agronomist, Mosaic
- Keith Currie, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
- Nathan Warkentin, Energy and Environment Analyst, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers
- Todd Appel, Chief Operating Officer, Quantified Ventures
- Wendy Cooper, Senior Solutions Advisor, Tides Canada
- Merrin Macrae, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo/Global Water Futures
- Brad Glasman, Manager, Conservation Services (alternate: Karen Maaskant), Upper Thames Conservation Authority
- Don Goodyear, Head of Policy, Communications and Liaison, Environmental Services, Region of York
- Rhonda Gagnon, GIS Policy Analyst, Lands & Resources Department, Anishinabek Nation
- Sarah Rang, Deputy Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Beaches and Bacteriological Contaminants Table Co-Chairs
Former Mayor of Collingwood
Sandra Cooper has an extensive background in Municipal and County government, completing her second term as Collingwood’s Mayor and County of Simcoe Councillor at the end of 2018. She is completing 21 continuous years on Municipal Council, her second term as Mayor, two terms (6) years as Councillor and two terms (7) years as Deputy Mayor, and County of Simcoe Councillor, fifteen (15) years.
She is currently a Member on the Water Quality Board, reporting to the International Joint Commission. Her County Council contributions include: Member of IGAP (Inter-Governmental Action Plan) with the Province of Ontario and County; Member of Corporate Services; including Environmental Services, Member of Growth Process Steering Committee; a Member of the Governance Committee.
Safe Water Program Manager, Haliburton Kawarthas Pine Ridge Public Health Department
Bernard Mayer is a Certified Canadian Public Health Inspector. He is currently the Safe Water Program Manager for Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit, covering public and private drinking water systems, public pools and whirlpools and public beaches. Prior to that he served as Safe Water Program Manager for Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and York Region Public Health. He is also a previous member of various task groups, working groups, and writing teams for MOHLTC and MOEECC. Bernard has represented Health Units as a guest speaker at various venues internationally, provincially and locally. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree, Environmental Health, from Ryerson University.
- Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
- Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario (ASPHIO)
- MOHLTC Safe Water Program Working Group
- International Water Works Association / American Water Works Association / Ontario Water Works Association
- Canadian Association on Water Quality
- Great Lakes Beach Association
- Environmental Defence Blue Flag Jury
- 2015 Minister’s Award of Environmental Excellence
- Environmental Health Foundation of Canada (EHFC) Water Award 2015
- Both awards recognized as the manager leading a team developing predictive models for beach water quality and being the first to implement these models in Canada.
Beaches and Bacteriological Contaminants Table Members
- Dr. Julie Kinzelman, Laboratory Director, Health Department, City of Racine Health Department
- Mahesh Patel, Manager, Healthy Environments, Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto
- Amanjot Singh, Senior Engineer, water and climate change science, Credit Valley Conservation
- Kelsey Scarfone, Acting Water Program Manager, Environmental Defence Canada
- Tessa Soltendieck, Blue Flag Program Coordinator, Environmental Defence Canada
- Susan Debreceni, Outreach Specialist, Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up
- Gabrielle Parent-Doliner, Recreational water programs and policy, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
- Theresa Warren, Public Health Inspector, Lambton Public Health, Municipality of Lambton Shores
- Thomas Edge, Adjunct Professor, Biology Department at McMaster University, McMaster University