Our Staff

Meet the people behind GreenPAC's engine.

Sarah Van Exan

Sarah Van Exan

Executive Director

Sarah has worked with or for all levels of government, managing environment, governance, and justice files like renewable energy, electoral reform, and Indigenous treaty rights. As Managing Director of Green Economy Canada, she led the expansion of a non-profit network dedicated to supporting business sustainability. Sarah first joined GreenPAC as part of the 100 Debates on the Environment team to make sure the environment was a top issue in the 2019 federal election. She holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University, sits on the board of a youth-focused charity in Kenya, and co-chairs a climate action group in her community. She is a major fan of the Bruce Trail, live music, and cumulus clouds.

Brittany Stares

Brittany Stares

Program Coordinator

Brittany joined the team as GreenPAC’s Program Coordinator for the Parliamentary Internship for the Environment in August 2018. Based in Ottawa, she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Alberta and a Master’s of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University, both of which focused on environmental policy and advocacy in Canada. She has worked as a magazine editor, a researcher and freelance writer for a range of organizations in the nonprofit sector. She misses the mountains of her home province but loves the fall colours of Ontario.

Natalie Ethier

Natalie Ethier

Administrative Coordinator

Natalie is a sustainability-focused administrator with over 10 years of experience in the environmental sector. In addition to working part-time with GreenPAC, she works with leaders in the sustainability and environmental non-profit sectors who are working to advance the low-carbon economy, providing virtual executive and administrative support to help them stay organized and on-track. Natalie has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and is currently working toward a Diploma in Equine Studies through the University of Guelph. She is a certified equine massage therapist and a skilled chinchilla wrangler.

Beata Rasitsan

Beata Rasitsan

Senior Communications Manager

Beata has a wealth of strategic communications experience. In her past roles, she has engaged audiences across diverse channels and created compelling and successful fundraising campaigns and events. She has a keen eye for design and a passion for storytelling and the environment. Beata is looking forward to communicating GreenPAC’s vital mission and impact to supporters across the country. In her spare time, she has a multidisciplinary arts practice and feels most inspired when out in nature.

Afreen Ghouse

Afreen Ghouse

Community Engagement Coordinator

Afreen has worked in the non-profit environmental sector as an event coordinator educating various demographics on climate change awareness, sustainability initiatives, and social injustices through program design and delivery. She currently sits on the board for Sustainable Milton and co-leads the Youth Engagement and Education team. Afreen first volunteered for GreenPAC’s 100 Debates on the Environment by organizing 5 debates across the Halton region, and she is now excited to support the implementation of the Every Day Advocates program. She loves radiant colours and sunshine and aspires to make a positive impact on this world through one environmental action at a time.

GreenPAC Board

GreenPAC's highly-dedicated Board of Directors governs and supports our work.

Margo Welch

Chair of the Board

Margo Welch

Chair of the Board

Margo Welch has a background in not-for-profit management and has held senior positions in the cultural and environmental sectors. Her interest in environmental issues was sparked while a student at Trent University and developed as a passion while working at the Royal Ontario Museum. As the Executive Director of Toronto Botanical Garden, she was able to apply her commitment to the environment while overseeing the creation of sustainable teaching gardens and the first LEED-certified building in Ontario’s charitable sector.

Margo’s environmental interests include conservation, sustainable building, and addressing climate change. In addition to her work with GreenPAC, Margo is a volunteer for the International Conservation Fund of Canada and the Toronto Board of Education.

Aaron Freeman

Owner and Principal of Pivot Strategic Consulting, Founder of GreenPAC

Aaron Freeman

Owner and Principal of Pivot Strategic Consulting, Founder of GreenPAC

For 30 years, Aaron Freeman has played a leadership role in developing public policy. He is the owner and principal of Pivot Strategic Consulting Inc., which helps companies, NGOs and foundations develop their capacity to solve environmental problems through public policy. He is a recent recipient of the Canada Clean50 Award, honouring his contribution to sustainable development and clean capitalism.

Before founding Pivot Strategic, Aaron served as a Senior Advisor to the Premier of Ontario. He advised the Premier on Environment, Attorney General, Labour, Community Safety and Correctional Services, Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Municipal Affairs, and Northern Development, Mines and Forests.

Aaron has served as a part-time faculty member at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he taught public governance law. He is the co-author of The Laws of Government: The Legal Foundations of Canadian Democracy, which the Ontario Bar Association lists as one of “The Top 15 Books Every Lawyer Should Read.”

Aaron played a key role in several national advocacy campaigns on environmental, international development and consumer issues. His work on democratic reform includes overseeing legal interventions on third-party spending limits at the Supreme Court of Canada, and acting as the lead advocate on the introduction of election campaign financing limits. From 2000 to 2009, Aaron was a regular columnist with the Hill Times, Canada’s parliamentary newspaper.

Aaron is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, where he was awarded the Gowling Lafleur Henderson Prize for International Trade Law.

Bobby Walman

Sales, Marketing and Fundraising Executive

Bobby Walman

Sales, Marketing and Fundraising Executive

Born and raised in Kitchener Ontario, Bobby is an Honors Graduate in Political Sciences from York University. Bobby has held the position of President & Chief Fundraising Officer for the Ontario Liberal Party for the past 8+ years and has led a dedicated and outstanding team.  Bobby is a Sales and Marketing Executive who has worked in the Canadian Banking and E-commerce sectors, and has assisted with bringing to market 2 very successful e-ventures.  He is published in the field of drinking water purification with the Walkerton Clean Water Centre & the University of Western Ontario in the topic of micro-filtration.  Bobby has served a former Mayor & Councillors in the City of Toronto, as well as former Ministers & Premiers in the Peterson, McGuinty governments as well as the current administration led by Kathleen Wynne.

Bobby resides in Toronto with his wife Susan and three children, Evan, Jason and Max.  He is an avid fisherman, wine collector and partisan liberal.

Jennifer Wong

Director of Portfolio Management at CIBC

Jennifer Wong

Director of Portfolio Management at CIBC

Even at a young age, Jennifer was an advocate for the environment, driving her family crazy with reminders to recycle and reduce more. In her personal life, she lives by the mantra, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

Professionally, Jennifer obtained her CPA-CA designation in 2009 through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and currently helps manage Digital and Direct Banking’s project portfolio at CIBC. In addition to her work with GreenPAC, Jennifer also volunteers at North Toronto Cat Rescue.

Cathy Wilkinson

Environmental Consultant

Cathy Wilkinson

Environmental Consultant

Cathy Wilkinson is a Canadian consultant with extensive experience in biodiversity conservation, climate change, and other environmental policy issues. She has conducted projects for a wide variety of charitable foundations, government agencies, and conservation organizations in Canada and internationally. She has also served as Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative and as policy advisor to two federal Environment Ministers. She lives and works in Ottawa.

Craig Stewart

Vice President, Federal Affairs, IBC

Craig Stewart

Vice President, Federal Affairs, IBC

As Vice-President, Federal Affairs for Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), Craig leads its national work on disaster resilience. As the trade association representing the property and casualty insurance industry in Canada, IBC’s members employ over 122,000 Canadians and paid out $9.8 billion in property claims in 2016, primarily due to severe weather and wildfire.

Prior to IBC, Craig held numerous senior positions with the federal government. He has also directed the Ottawa Bureau and Arctic program for World Wildlife Fund Canada, handled pandemic liaison, trade liaison and humanitarian donations for GlaxoSmithKline (Canada) Ltd. and founded the Miistakis Institute at the University of Calgary.

Craig holds a master of science from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Toronto.

Jonathan McGillivray

Climate change and clean energy lawyer at DeMarco Allan LLP

Jonathan McGillivray

Climate change and clean energy lawyer at DeMarco Allan LLP

Jonathan McGillivray is an associate at DeMarco Allan LLP, Canada’s only climate change and clean energy boutique law firm. He is building a broad practice in all aspects of climate change law, energy law, and corporate/commercial law.

Jonathan earned joint common law and civil law degrees from McGill University and completed his articles at DeMarco Allan LLP in 2016. Jonathan previously acted as an editor of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and co-chaired the Green Law Committee. Jonathan earned a Master of Arts in climate science and policy from Columbia University prior to law school. Jonathan also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in international development from the University of Guelph.

Jonathan was called to the Ontario bar in 2017. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Martin Abell

Entrepreneur and former provincial election candidate

Martin Abell

Entrepreneur and former provincial election candidate

Martin Abell is a former Ontario PC Party candidate and an entrepreneur with interests in micro brewing, sustainable agriculture and property management.  He is a committed volunteer involved with several effective organizations that are making a difference in areas of housing for our most vulnerable community members, opportunities for youth-at-risk, and environmental stewardship and habitat conservation. Martin is a first-generation Canadian born and raised in downtown Toronto, and now he and his wife Kim are raising their four young children here.

Expert Panel

The Expert Panel makes the final decisions on who GreenPAC endorses during our provincial and federal endorsement election campaigns. The Panel is made up of credible, independent members who have no ties to political parties and are not on the payroll of any environmental NGOs. Panel members reflect a diversity of views from various parts of the country and areas of expertise. We are currently building our Expert Panel for the next election.

Paul Wilkinson

President of Paul F. Wilkinson & Associates Inc.

Paul Wilkinson

President of Paul F. Wilkinson & Associates Inc.

Paul F. Wilkinson is President of Paul F. Wilkinson & Associates Inc.  He holds bachelor’s and doctor’s degrees in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University. He has over 40 years of applied consulting experience in Canada and internationally across a wide variety of fields, including; applied anthropology, archaeology, wildlife management, environmental and social impact assessment, self-governance legislation, socio-economic planning, regional development, negotiating agreements between First Nations and developers, and conflict- and dispute- resolution.  

Much of his experience has been with Canadian First Nations; assisting them in becoming self-governing, building and sustaining the institutions required for self-government, developing and managing their territories and resources, participating on numerous planning bodies, and making presentations before federal, territorial and provincial committees and commissions. Dr. Wilkinson has applied the experience that he gained in North America internationally on missions to former Zaire, the Republic of Seychelles, India, the Philippines, Mozambique and Cambodia. 

Between 2005 and 2014 Dr. Wilkinson served as Senior Vice-President, Environmental and Social Affairs, New Millennium Iron Corp.

Meko Nicholas

Executive Director of the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre

Meko Nicholas

Executive Director of the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre

Meko Nicholas is the Executive Director of the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre and is Welastekokewin (Maliseet) from the Neqotkuk (Tobique) First Nation in New Brunswick.  He has been working to support the development, finalization and fulfillment of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management for the past 23 years.  Meko has also previously served as a board member for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network from 2012 to 2018.

Sarah (Sally) Otto

Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program and Killam University Professor at the University of British Columbia

Sarah (Sally) Otto

Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program and Killam University Professor at the University of British Columbia

Sarah (Sally) Otto is a Killam University Professor at the University of British Columbia. Otto is known for her theoretical studies investigating how biological systems evolve, with over 200 publications and a book. Dr. Otto has served as founding member and Secretary of the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution. She launched and directs the Liber Ero program, a Canadian-wide post-doctoral program in conservation science. Awards include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Steacie Fellowship and Steacie Prize, and fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Ken Ogilvie

Engineer and MBA, Environmental Consultant and former Executive Director of Pollution Probe and the Ontario Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Ken Ogilvie

Engineer and MBA, Environmental Consultant and former Executive Director of Pollution Probe and the Ontario Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Special Guest on the Expert Panel for: Ontario 2018

Ken has worked in a variety of roles in the environmental field, including holding positions with three governments in Canada (Federal, Manitoba and Ontario) and serving as the Executive Director of Pollution Probe, one of Canada’s longest-standing environmental groups. He remains active as a policy consultant on energy and climate change and sits on the Board of Directors for two nonprofit organizations – The Pembina Institute and QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow). Ken has been awarded honourary doctorates from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia.

David Runnalls

Fellow of Sustainable Prosperity and Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Environment, University of Ottawa

David Runnalls

Fellow of Sustainable Prosperity and Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Environment, University of Ottawa

Participant on the Expert Panel for: Federal 2015, Manitoba 2016, British Columbia 2017, Ontario 2018, Federal 2019

David Runnalls was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2020 for his decades-long commitment to and influence in promoting environmentally sustainable development around the world. He is a Fellow of Sustainable Prosperity and Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Environment, University of Ottawa. He is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He served as President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development for eleven years before retiring in 2010.

He is Chair of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, and of the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Export Development Canada; a member of the Council for Sustainable Development Technology Canada; and a member of the Committee for the Business Network for Sustainability. He is a member of the Trade and Investment Task Force of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development and of the DFATD Advisory Committee on Evaluation of Development. He has served as Co-Chair of the China Council Task Force on WTO and Environment.

Runnalls was the Leopold Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a member of the federal External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation (EACSR). He served as Chair of the Adjudication Panel for the ALCAN Prize for Sustainability. Runnalls has served as Senior Advisor to the President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada, and to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.

He was Director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Programme at the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Ottawa. He worked with Barbara Ward to found the International Institute for Environment and Development and directed both its London and Washington offices.

Lynda M. Collins

Co-Director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa

Lynda M. Collins

Co-Director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa

Participant on the Expert Panel for: Federal 2015, Manitoba 2016, British Columbia 2017, Ontario 2018, Federal 2019

Lynda M. Collins is the Director of the First Year Program and an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty Law in the Centre for Environmental Law & Global Sustainability. Professor Collins is an expert in legal approaches to toxic substances, including regulatory environmental law, toxic tort law, and the international law of environmental human rights.

Professor Collins has testified in public hearings before both the House and Senate standing environment committees and at the European Parliament in Brussels.

In 2012, she was invited to make submissions at the inaugural meeting with the United Nation’s Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. In 2013, she participated in a delegation of Canadian NGOs making submissions on Canada’s Universal Periodic Review by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Professor Collins also served as Co-Chair of the Province of Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Scientific Expert Panel, which worked closely with the provincial government in developing Ontario’s ground-breaking new Toxics Reduction Act.

Along with Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, she is a co-author of the leading treatise on the Canadian law of toxic torts. Professor Collins is a member of the bars of Ontario and California.

Council of Advisors

The well-rounded Council of Advisors provides GreenPAC with strategic advice and connections for our campaigns and our outreach.

Gillian Nycum

Director of Strategic Initiatives at Human Impact Lab

Gillian Nycum

Director of Strategic Initiatives at Human Impact Lab

Gillian Nycum is Director, Strategic Initiatives at Human Impact Lab, a non-profit creative studio working in partnership with Concordia University. The Lab works at the intersection of art, technology and data and engages researchers, artists, designers, game developers and interactive programmers to reimagine how we tell the most important and urgent stories of our time; with a primary focus on climate change and the fourth industrial revolution.

Gillian graduated from McGill University Faculty of Law in 2007, having co-founded the McGill Journal of Law and Health in her time as a student. She then worked in health policy research at the World Health Organization in Geneva and at the Université de Montréal.

Between 2004 and 2014 Gillian built a business in music management, managing the business and career strategies, administration, and logistics for Montreal artists Plants and Animals, Little Scream, and Katie Moore.

In 2015, Gillian spent a year as Assistant Dean of Admissions at McGill Faculty of Law followed by a year as Senior Advisor to MP and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade, David Lametti, before moving into her current role at Human impact Lab.

“We need to move the pendulum on climate action through policy, the economy; and the driver of these two: informed and engaged voters and consumers. I believe in the power of art to communicate complex sets of information in a single moment. I believe in the power of empathy to break through partisan barriers and bring us together to confront the challenges we face.”

Sen. Donna Dasko

Former Senior Vice-President of Environics, Co-founder of Equal Voice, and private consultant

Sen. Donna Dasko

Former Senior Vice-President of Environics, Co-founder of Equal Voice, and private consultant

Donna Dasko is one of Canada’s best known and respected pollsters. She currently has her own private consulting practice. She is former Senior Vice-President of Environics, and during her 30 year career she played a crucial role in building Environics Research Group into one of Canada’s leading research and consulting firms.

She is co-founder and Past National Chair of Equal Voice, a national non-partisan organization, dedicated to electing more women to public office. She chairs the CEO Roundtable for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. She has served as president of St. Stephen’s Community House, director of the United Way of Greater Toronto, director of the Canadian Youth Foundation, and Governor of the Canadian Unity Council.

She often speaks publicly, including as a media commentator, on topics such as trends in public opinion, current politics, social change, political institutions, and women in politics. During the 2011 federal election campaign she was a regular panelist on CBC’s Power and Politics. She led the CBC-Environics polling program and the Globe-Environics Poll.

She is a professional member of the Market Research and Intelligence Association and holds its Certified Market Research Professional designation. She is a member of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Social Conditions and provides ongoing advice on the Canadian census and all of its social surveys.

Donna was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Toronto. In June 2018, she was appointed to the Senate of Canada.

David McLaughlin

Director of Climate Change, Canada at the International Institute for Sustainable Development

David McLaughlin

Director of Climate Change, Canada at the International Institute for Sustainable Development

With over 30 years of public policy experience in national and provincial government and the private sector, David is a Canadian policy expert on energy, economy, environmental and intergovernmental policy issues.

In his capacity as a public official, David has served as Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Finance, the Premier of New Brunswick, and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He has served as New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Commission on Legislative Democracy, Policy and Planning, and Intergovernmental Affairs. Most recently, after running the PC Party of Manitoba’s election campaign in 2015–16, David served as Senior Advisor, Climate Change in the Premier’s Office for the Province of Manitoba.

In his sustainable development work, David has served as Strategic Advisor on Sustainability, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo from 2013 to 2015, and President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (2007–12).

Mitchell Beer

Publisher of the Energy Mix and President of Smarter Shift Inc.

Mitchell Beer

Publisher of the Energy Mix and President of Smarter Shift Inc.

Mitchell Beer is publisher of The Energy Mix, a thrice-weekly e-digest on climate change, energy, and post-carbon solutions, and president of Ottawa-based Smarter Shift Inc. He’s been a proud GreenPAC supporter, volunteer, and occasionally contractor since 2015. Beer traces his background in renewable energy and energy efficiency/conservation back to 1977, in climate change to 1997, and has attended three UN climate conferences as a volunteer communications advisor for Canadian observer groups. One of his proudest moments was building a model wind turbine out of wooden stir sticks with his then-11-year-old daughter, and he declares that improv comedy practices and performances are usually the best part of his week.

W. Scott Thurlow

Lawyer and adviser in federal and provincial regulatory policies for environment, energy, and chemicals management

W. Scott Thurlow

Lawyer and adviser in federal and provincial regulatory policies for environment, energy, and chemicals management

W. Scott Thurlow advises an array of clients on environmental matters, and serves as Legal Counsel and Director of Chemicals Management for the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.  Prior to returning to private practice, Scott served as the President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), representing the interests of the producers of ethanol and renewable diesel in Canada. In 2005, he served as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Minister of Natural Resources.

He also has a specialized practice focusing on the laws and regulations governing lobbyist registration, lobbying and elections in Canada.

Scott holds a BA Hons (Political Science) from Carleton University, a Masters’ degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and an LL.B from the University of Ottawa’s Law School.

Graham Hallward

Not-for-profit and Charitable Sector Expert

Graham Hallward

Not-for-profit and Charitable Sector Expert

After an early career in the publishing business, Graham moved into the not-for-profit sector. He has been in management and volunteer roles at a variety of large and small charities, from a small animal conservation group to one of the largest hospitals in Canada. As an admitted ‘student’ of the charitable sector he enjoys the challenges of observing and adapting to donors constantly evolving behaviours and trends.

Wanda Baxter

Environmental Policy and Planning Expert

Wanda Baxter

Environmental Policy and Planning Expert

Wanda Baxter has an M.A. in English and took a turn from there to do a second Master in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary with a focus on policy and planning.

She has worked for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the Biosphere Reserve Network, Parks Canada, for municipal government as an Open Space Planner, for Helping Nature Heal, Clean Nova Scotia, Scout & Burrow (a PR firm working for Sustainability and B Corporations) and the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation. Though non-partisan, she also recently worked on ex Federal Environment Critic Megan Leslie’s re-election campaign.

Wanda is member of the Board of the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation.  She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Atlantic Chapter where she is Program and Fund Development Coordinator. Wanda lives and works on an old, organic apple farm near Lunenburg NS and is a long time member of the band Cut, Split and Delivered.

Laurie Simmonds

Co-founder and CEO of Green Living Enterprises

Laurie Simmonds

Co-founder and CEO of Green Living Enterprises

Laurie Simmonds is the co-founder and CEO of Green Living Enterprises. She leads an award-winning team in the fields of brand and program development, custom content, marketing and communications, and event management. She has developed strategies and campaigns for issues such as education, health care, and the environment for brands including Province of Ontario, Province of Alberta, Samsung, TD Bank, The Home Depot, Loblaws, Toyota, Scotiabank, and the upcoming Pan Am Games. Green Living Enterprises also produces the Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Awards, GreenLivingOnLine.com and The Green Living Show.

Laurie has extensive publishing and custom content experience, having previously worked on Toronto Life, Eco Options, Fashion, Healthy Home, Green Living Kids, Eco Living and Canadian Art magazines.

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. She completed post-graduate work in India at the Bombay Hospital and has written and taught about environmental health.

Laurie is a member of the expert advisory panel for P & G, founder of the Green Living Foundation and a director of the Clean Water Foundation, and Stonedale Properties. Laurie is part of a select group of Canadians who completed The Climate Project training program led by Nobel Laureate Al Gore, was a participant of the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by WXN.

Mark Rudolph

President and CEO of justenvironment

Mark Rudolph

President and CEO of justenvironment

Mark S. Rudolph is President and CEO of justenvironment, his own public affairs consulting firm that specializes in “just environment” issues.

Through justenvironment, Mr. Rudolph ran the Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) Coalition. Today, his clients include a range of some of the largest corporate and ENGO organizations which operate in the environment and energy space.

In his political life, Mr. Rudolph was Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of the Environment, the Honourable James Bradley, from 1985-1989. At the federal political level, he was Chief of Staff in 1983-84 to the Honourable Charles Caccia, Federal Minister of the Environment.

His career also includes building some of the most impressive environmental practices at a premier government relations and corporate communications firm. Mr. Rudolph is also the Vice Chair of FORCE (Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment) – Stop the Quarry.

David Ouchterlony

Physician, member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

David Ouchterlony

Physician, member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Dr. David Ouchterlony is a physician specializing in family medicine and palliative care. He is a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Ouchterlony served as Family-Physician-in-Chief and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. He was Founding Director of the Decatur, Illinois Family Practice Residency Program.

Now semi-retired, he serves as a investigating coroner in Toronto. He is an avid athlete who lettered in varsity basketball and was later a member of Canada’s gold-medal-winning World Master’s Games team in 1989. Dr. Ouchterlony has four children and six grandchildren.

He has a strong interest in social justice and environmental issues, especially climate change. He supports several environmental organizations, and is proud to be associated with GreenPAC. He sees it as an exciting and original approach to fostering environmental leadership in Canada.

Lisa DeMarco

Lawyer specializing in energy, climate change, and clean-tech at Zizzo Allan Demarco

Lisa DeMarco

Lawyer specializing in energy, climate change, and clean-tech at Zizzo Allan Demarco

Lisa DeMarco is recognized as a Canadian lawyer with over 15 years of experience in the law relating to climate change, clean energy and clean technology. She represents several leading energy clients in a wide variety of natural gas, electricity and energy storage matters before regulatory agencies, the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board.

She has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and lectures regularly. She also assists leading Canadian energy companies on domestic and overseas power project development, renewable power projects, alternative fuel projects, clean tech development and finance, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, corporate social responsibility, environmental disclosure, clean energy finance and business strategy.

Lisa is one of the leading carbon transaction lawyers in the international market, having worked for investment banks and energy companies on deals and projects in India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Ireland, Africa, Mexico, China, Russia, California, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. She plays an ongoing and active role in the development and drafting of energy and GHG emissions policy, regulation and law throughout Canada and in various countries around the world.

She was appointed to the Ontario Premier’s now completed Climate Change Advisory Panel and continues to serve as an appointed member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force. Lisa holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Toxicology and law degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School and Vermont Law School. She is called to the bars of Ontario and England and Wales.