Pierre Béland – Canadian Commissioner & Chair, International Joint Commission
Dr. Béland is a scientist in environmental biology and toxicology. He was a founder and research scientist with the St. Lawrence National Institute of Ecotoxicology. He has served for ten years as a Commissioner for BAPE (Office of Public Hearings on the Environment in Quebec) and previously headed the Fisheries Ecology Research Center with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Mark Fisher – Chief Executive Officer, Council of the Great Lakes Region
Mark became the President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) in 2014. Prior to joining CGLR, he served as a foreign policy advisor in the Privy Council Office, which supports the Prime Minister of Canada and the federal Cabinet. Mark has extensive experience advising senior decision-makers on a range of socioeconomic and environmental issues facing government, business, and the non-profit sector. Mark is also a member of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board.
Julie Cayley – Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association
Julie is a Government and Industry relations expert with a significant background in creating successful connections within Government, Industry and NGO/Not for Profits. Over her career she has worked for Provincial Government and NGOs as well as running her own consulting business. She specializes in Environment and Conservation with agriculture and rural partnerships and has a passion for working with communities on the Great Lakes.
Aisha Chiandet – Water Scientist, Severn Sound Environmental Association
Aisha focuses on water quality monitoring of lakes and tributaries in the Severn Sound watershed with a particular emphasis on nutrient conditions and responses of biological communities. Her work has also included analyses of climate impacts on local waterways, including on water levels. More recently she initiated several citizen science programs with goals to monitor the impacts of climate change, algae growth and water level fluctuations.
Brian Majka – Senior Restoration Ecologist from GEI Consultants
Brian is a professional restoration ecologist responsible for ecological restoration design and implementation projects for GEI Consultants. He is a founding member of the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, and is currently in the process of developing Great Lakes nature-based shoreline decision tools for the states of New York and Michigan, as well as a nature-based shoreline certification program for the state of Ohio.
Alex Ray – Owner and Lead Consultant, Payette Environmental Services, LLC.
Alex specializes in the intersection between recreation and water resources. Before starting his own business, Alex spent over 15 years working for federal land management agencies across the Western US. He regularly speaks with activist groups about boat wakes and their impacts on aquatic ecosystems, and is currently working with the US Forest Service to re-route trails and restore alpine meadows on the Payette National Forest in Idaho.
Roy Brooke – Executive Director, Municipal Natural Assets Initiative
Roy served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Victoria between 2011-2013. He worked for the United Nations, including posts with the World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, as Environment Programme Coordinator, and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Prior to this he served as a political advisor to Canada’s environment minister.
Rick Layzell – CEO, Boating Ontario
Rick has been in the marine industry for over 30 years with Grew Boats, Yamaha Motor Canada, Gordon Bay Marine, and MD Marine Insurance. Boating Ontario represents over 530 member companies across the province serving every facet of the recreational boating industry.
Dr. Neil Hutchinson – Founder & Senior Scientist, Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd.
Dr. Hutchinson has worked on water quality from Newfoundland to BC and from southern Ontario to Nunavut. His professional career has focused on pollutants and stressors of aquatic systems, with a focus extending from geochemical to laboratory to whole-watershed levels of investigation and a specialization in Precambrian Shield systems. Neil chairs the GBF Science Committee and is in the process of retiring from the consulting firm he founded in 2009.
Cheryl Evans – Director, Flood and Wildfire Resilience, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Cheryl has over 20 years of community engagement and program management experience in the fields of stormwater management, flood risk mitigation, home energy conservation and youth environmental education. She currently serves as a member of the City of Toronto Flood Resilience Working Group and is a Climate Change Committee Member for the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.
Nicola Crawhall, former Deputy Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
Nicola’s consulting firm, Westbrook Public Affairs, led the secretariat that developed Action Plan 2030. She is the former Deputy Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition of Canadian and U.S. mayors who work together to protect the Great Lakes. Nicola has served as senior policy advisor to two Ontario Ministers of the Environment, and as senior environmental policy advisor for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
With special thanks to Marilyn Capreol, Shawanaga Elder and founding member of the Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership Elder’s Lodge for providing insightful and reflexive opening and closing remarks for all three webinars. Miigwi’ch.