Nature Canada

Nature Canada’s Board of Directors

Nature Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing various provinces, regions, backgrounds and areas of expertise to help guide our organization. Policy resolutions proposed by the board are voted upon democratically by Nature Canada members during our Annual General Meetings.

WILLIAM (BILL) ROSS – Chair

Bill Ross is a business executive with Vercerta, a firm that specializes in risk management services, with particular focus on business economics and environmental issues.

In prior roles, Bill held executive management positions, specializing in Finance and Information Technology, with Enbridge Inc., a leading energy infrastructure manager; W.W. Grainger, a pre-eminent industrial distributor; and, Unilever, a global provider of consumer products.

Bill is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds an MBA (with distinction) from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Bill is also a Chartered Director and, most recently, is past Chair of the Board for Financial Executives Canada.

Bill is the current Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, whose mandate is to advocate economic and environment policies to promote sustainable development in the region.

As a keen participant in outdoor activities, Bill has a passion for the preservation of wildlife and their natural habitat. I am a regular hiker, cross country skier, long distance cyclist and runner who relishes the natural beauty of the outdoors.

LOGAN MCINTOSH – Vice-Chair

Logan is a passionate strategist, campaigner, and organizer in movements for environmental, democratic and economic fairness. Her background is in deliberative dialogue, mass distributed organizing and digital campaigning. She is Leadnow’s Campaigns Director, where she is especially excited to focus on merging digital tools and face-to-face organizing to win lasting change. In her five years with Leadnow.ca, she has led innovative campaigns at the intersection of political efficacy and high member energy and grown their community driven funding program and membership base.

WILLIAM DAVID – Secretary

William has been working on Indigenous environmental and Indigenous human rights issues at the international level, the national level and the community level for over twenty years. He is currently a Legal Advisor at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and previously has worked in legal, advisory and director roles to advance the rights of Indigenous Peoples through education, strategic litigation, budgetary, and international advocacy. His expertise has landed him key roles in shaping Canadian legislation as well as shaping young minds teaching at the University of Ottawa.

SABINE DIETZ – Treasurer

Sabine holds a Baccalaureate in environmental & resource studies from Trent University, and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from U de Moncton, and is currently finishing her PhD in biology at UNB in Saint John. She has worked as program and project coordinator on biodiversity conservation & education projects since the mid 1980’s, as co-program lead of the Maritimes Important Bird Areas program in the late 1990’s, as Executive Director of a nature centre (2005-2010), and on climate change adaptation on various projects over the last 6 years. She is also co-founder of Aster Group (astergroup.ca), an environmental services co-operative, and sits on the Board of Directors of the NB Co-operative Enterprise Council.

She was not only instrumental in building Nature NB’s capacity towards becoming a fully staffed organization many years ago, but she has also been engaged on various volunteer level with the organization for well over 10 years, as magazine editor, treasurer, and for the last 3 and a half as president (now co-president). Her volunteer work is focused on building capacity in NB’s ENGO sector, and working and volunteering with a number of NBGOs, such as a local organization focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability (EOS EcoEnergy), and our provincial Environmental Network, which is likely the most active network in Canada. Sabine loves backpacking, biking, kajaking and canoeing, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Her and partner Roland Chiasson have to grown children, both of them at University.

RÉAL BISSON – Director

Until October 2007, Réal Bisson was the National Coordinator of the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk with the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada. Prior to his last assignment, he served for one year as the National Coordinator of the Ecological Gifts Program of Environment Canada. Over the course of his career, Réal has also occupied a variety of positions linked to the conservation and enhancement of wildlife with the Quebec Regional Office of the Canadian Wildlife Service. Réal was received as forest engineer from Laval University in 1972. He has been involved as a volunteer with the direction of various non profit organizations related to heritage interpretation, community tree planting, birds watching and others. Since 2013, he is the current president of QuébecOiseaux. He is well aware of various challenges that a non governmental organization dedicated to nature must afford to better serve the community.

SUSAN R. EATON – Director

Susan R. Eaton is a geologist, geophysicist, journalist and polar snorkeler. Since 2010, Susan has participated in eight expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, studying climate change, ocean change and global sustainability issues. A former executive in several junior oil and gas companies, she currently consults to international energy companies and equity financiers.

Susan began her broadcast career as an on-camera reporter with CBC-TV. Today, she reports on science and technology, renewable energy, the environment and ecotourism. A member of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association, her articles and photographs have been published in American and Canadian magazines and newspapers.

A valued member of Nature Canada since the early 1990s, Susan has also volunteered for more than 25 years in Canada’s conservation sector, protecting Canada’s wild spaces and the animals who call them home. She’s a current Nature Canada Board Director and an active Women for Nature Caucus member. As the founder and leader of the all-female Sedna Epic Expedition—a multi-year project studying disappearing sea ice in the Arctic— Susan has led two polar snorkel and dive expeditions, exploring the offshore of Labrador, Greenland and Nunavut. Team Sedna’s sea women have delivered their hands-on, ocean outreach program in Inuit communities—using mobile aquariums populated with sea critters, underwater robots equipped with video-cameras, and snorkel safaris—with a special focus on empowering Inuit girls and young women, the future leaders of the North.

DR. BRENDA KENNY – Director

Brenda Kenny has extensive experience in sustainability, energy regulation and policy, and infrastructure. Her career has included executive roles at the National Energy Board, research in corporate social responsibility and environmental law, and as CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association. She currently serves on the Board of the University of Calgary, chair of the Environment, Safety and Sustainability Committee, and on the Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation Board as Vice Chair. Brenda is active in public service serving in many advisory roles, and having been a member of the imagineCALGARY Roundtable, and Sustainable Calgary Board. She is passionate about nature conservation and honoured to be co-chair of the Women for Nature initiative with Nature Canada.

DR. RIAD MANSOUR – Director

Dr. Riad Mansour was born in Antinginuish, Nova Scotia and has been practicing medicine in Ottawa, Canada for the last 30 years. His love for nature can be traced back to his childhood memories of hiking in the mountains of Lebanon or enjoying the ocean playground of Nova Scotia. Dr Mansour believes in the important connection between health and nature and has dedicated his family practice to helping patients lead healthy and fulfilling lives. He believes in the value of connecting with nature and is an avid walker and hiker.

CHARLIE GREG SARK – Director

Charlie has Mi’kmaq and Settler Nations ancestry, and resides on Epekwitk, in Mi’kamak’ik. He is a member of the Lennox Island First Nation. Charlie is an Assistant Professor in the School of Climate Change and Adaptation (UPEI) where his research interests form a nexus around Indigenous food pathways, tourism and climate change. With his family, Charlie owns and operates several seasonal tourism-related businesses, which span almost five decades.  He is a graduate of the University School of Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph (MSc, 1996). Prior to attending Guelph, Charlie obtained a Bachelors of Arts (1993) from Mount Allison University.

He has served on numerous boards, including the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Tourism Marketing Authority Board of PEI, and he served as the Chief (founder) of the First Nations Youth Society at MTA. Charlie is a founding board member of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. He left the board to spearhead the development of an Indigenous culinary tourism strategy for Canada. In 2019, after considering the relationship between of food security and food hospitality, he re-focused his time to research local, nation-based Mi’kmaq tourism/food protocols. Charlie now serves as an advisor the Indigenous Tourism Association of Prince Edward Island. He is a member of the LIFN Mi’kmaq Food and Ceremonial Fisheries Committee, and sporadically cooks pizza for the Big Charlie’s Pizza Nation.

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