Nature Canada’s Board of Directors
SABINE DIETZ – Chair
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 center (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 local organizations 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, kayaking and canoeing, and cross-country skiing in the winter. She and partner Roland Chiasson have two grown children, both currently attending University.
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.
WILLIAM (BILL) ROSS – Treasurer
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.
JEANNIE PARNELL – Director
Jeannie is currently living and working in Prince Rupert as a Regional Coordinator for the Northern First Nation Alliance. She has 25 years of working experience in Health & Wellness and Developing Programs to enhance the quality of life for Indigenous People.
On top of her Director position with the UWNBC Board, Jeannie is also on the Board of Indigenous Centre of Cumulative Effects. She has also worked on the grassroots level in the various not-for-profit organizations to mobilize people for the greater good.
Jeannie feels that Nature Canada is a solid organization that supports communities in many ways, including. Protection and conservation of our natural habitat and biodiversity, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge, and protection of our water systems. She is very passionate about community development and being part of the solution.
In her spare time, Jeannie enjoys cooking, hiking, and working outdoors. Otherwise, you will often find her at her home spending quality time with her family, including her husband of 21 years and three children. Fun Fact! Jeannie is half Irish, and she studied Art History in London and Paris, and has also visited Stonehenge.
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.
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. KAPIL KHATTER – Director
Dr. Kapil Khatter is a family physician and former executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Dr. Khatter’s expertise has been in environment and health policy, particularly chemicals management, working with the federal government and with various environmental organizations. He co-founded the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, was an original board member of U.S.-based Health Care Without Harm, and led community health project work in Southern India. Currently a fellow of the Broadbent Institute, Dr. Khatter now lives in Toronto and has two children.
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 (LIFN). 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 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 to 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.