Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors of LSF is made up key stakeholders representing various aspects of Canadian society, including private and public sectors, education communities, environmental organizations, and the scientific communities across Canada.

Dr. David V.J. Bell



Professor Emeritus and Former Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University

Toronto, Ontario

David Bell, a political scientist by training, was an undergraduate at York University in its earliest years, graduating with his B. A. in 1965. He received his PhD from Harvard  University in 1969, and taught at Michigan State University for 2 years before returning to York in 1971 where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (1981-87) and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies (1992-1996). He was founding Director of YCAS, the York Centre for Applied Sustainability (1996-2003) which later evolved into the York University Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS). 

This past November David was part of the Canadian delegation to the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Japan where he served as facilitator for a Workshop entitled “ESD in the post-2015 era: from policy to practice.” In December 2014 a revised version of his paper “Twenty first Century Education: Transformative Education for Sustainability and Responsible Citizenship” was presented for discussion at ACDME (the Association of Canadian Deputy Ministers of Education). 

David is currently the Chair of Learning for a Sustainable Future; Co-chair of EASO - the Education Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario (; and Co-chair of ESD-Canada ( He served as a member of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy ( from June 2003 to February 2007. From December 2002 until November 2006, David served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Parc-Downsview-Park Inc. (, a federal Crown Corporation whose mandate was to create for the people of Canada an “urban greenspace for the enjoyment of future generations” at former CFB Downsview.

Ms. Susan Langley


Former Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation
Canadian Teachers' Federation

Toronto, Ontario

Susan Langley was Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and before that, Executive Director of the Ontario Curriculum Clearinghouse, and Principal/Vice Principal and teacher for 28 years with the Peel Board.

In her retirement Susan maintained active involvement in the Canadian Education system working for The Learning Partnership as a national manager.   Since 2012 Susan has been engaged as a consultant with Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group LLP.

Susan has served on the many boards including the Board of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and as its Chair. Susan was also Chair of the OISE/UT Advisory Board.  She continues to sit on the Board of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) and is currently its Vice Chair.

In 2008 Susan received an Honourary Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for her contributions to the College and the Profession.  Susan also received the 2003 Canadian Teachers’ Federation Special Recognition Award for Meritorious Service to Education. 

Ms. Shirley Chan


Former CEO
Building Opportunities with Business Inner City Society, Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia

Shirley Chan, retired in 2012 from her position as CEO of the non-profit economic development agency in Canada’s poorest postal code.  Previously she was Director of Sustainable Development and Regional Director General of Health Canada, Director of Non-market Housing for Vancouver, Chief of Staff for Vancouver Mayor and various Federal Public Service positions.  In the 60s and 70s, Shirley helped organize her neighbourhood to found a community association that stopped demolition of Strathcona and Chinatown; putting an end to the proposed freeway system in Vancouver.

Shirley held leadership roles with boards of UBC, BC Hydro, Vancity Credit Union, Citizen’s Bank, Dr, Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Learning for a Sustainable Future.  She received an Honourary Doctorate (UBC); Outstanding Alumni Award (SFU); YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and Queen’s Jubilee Medal.  She has a BA, SFU; MES, York.

Mr. David Wheeler, PhD


President & Vice-Chancellor
Cape Breton University

Sydney, Nova Scotia

David Wheeler is President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University.  He is an internationally experienced academic and business person with more than two decades of senior executive level involvement in change management and sustainable business practice, research and teaching.  In the last five years, David has focused much of his advisory work in the fields of energy conservation and renewable energy policy in Canada and the UK.  He continues to pursue his interests in the role of the private sector in international development which has been built on major projects undertaken for the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian International Development Research Centre and the UK Department for International Development.
David Wheeler=s most recent academic posts were Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) and Executive Dean of Business at the University of Plymouth, UK (2010-2013), Dean of Management, Dalhousie University, Canada (2006-2009) and Director and Erivan K Haub Professor in Business and Sustainability at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada (1999-2006).  


Mr. Jean Piette


Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Québec, Québec

Dr. Bob Bernhardt


President & CEO
Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Toronto, Ontario

President of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) since 2004, Bob Bernhardt, BSc, MEd, LLM, PhD, has a broad background encompassing post-secondary education, international education, administrative law and medical education.  

Dr. Bernhardt’s previous roles in a variety of educational institutions have included faculty, dean, director of planning, director of strategic planning, vice-president and that wonderful title of the 90s, “corporate change leader”.  He has also served as director of education for the Law Society of Upper Canada, where he was responsible for Ontario’s bar admission process, continuing legal education and lawyer specialist certification.   Dr. Bernhardt has an academic background spanning science, information systems, education, administrative law and leadership in higher education. He has led the creation of new post-secondary education departments overseas, consulted on teacher education programs in the Middle East, and served as the president of the international Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC).  

Ms. Carolee Buckler


Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Minister
Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning

Manitoba, Winnipeg

Ms. Tracy Coates

Director, Coates Consulting

Professor (PT)
Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Frances Edmonds


Head of Sustainability
HP Canada

Mississauga, Ontario

In her role as head of Sustainability, Frances Edmonds is responsible for overseeing HP’s full suite of corporate social responsibility programs including strategic partnerships with key nonprofit organizations and an industry leading volunteer program. With Frances’s leadership HP is able to state that HP Canada is the most environmentally responsible IT Company in Canada.

A strong believer in environmental education, Frances has established programs to provide a wide range of environmental education opportunities for Canadians, from kindergarten to companies that are not even HP’s customers.

More recently Frances has turned her attention to community engagement: having managed HP’s global team she now works to develop and implement global environmental education and volunteer programs for HP. 

Dr. Gerald Farthing

Former Deputy Minister
Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning

Winnipeg, MB

Gerald Farthing started working in government in 1984 and joined the Department of Education in 1988. On July 5, 2004 he was appointed as the Acting Deputy Minister of the Department of Education, Citizenship and Youth. Prior to this appointment he was the Assistant Deputy Minister, School Programs Division, and prior to that the Director of the Schools’ Finance Branch. Gerald has four university degrees, the last one a Ph.D. in public policy and government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ms. Sheila Innes


Director - Sustainability Integration
Suncor Energy

Calgary, Alberta

Sheila Innes started her career as an accountant (CPA, CMA) and held management roles in the manufacturing and energy sectors.   Foreseeing the need to address the social and environmental aspects of business Sheila supplemented her management background through completion of a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design.  

Over the past 20 years Sheila has held a number of Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability positions in the energy industry with roles ranging from oil and gas production and natural gas liquids extraction to renewable energy development.  She is currently the Director of Strategic Issues and Sustainability Integration with Suncor Energy where she engages with the organization to embed sustainability concepts and triple bottom line thinking deeper in the organization.   Sheila is a member of the Network for Business Sustainability and recently participated in the Energy Futures Lab exploring the future of energy in Alberta and specifically Suncor’s role within it.     

Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache

Associate Vice President, International
York University

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Giuliana Minardi


Managing Director, Global Credit
RBC Capital Markets

Toronto, Ontario

Giuliana Minardi is a Managing Director with RBC Capital Markets, responsible for RBC Financial Group's Global Wholesale loan portfolio credit risk exposure management function and its centralized service delivery functions. Over the years, she has strived to deliver best in class management and operational solutions by establishing clear accountability for a team of highly specialized professionals, and building a committed and divers work force through performance management and a superior work environment.

Ms. Minardi holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Concordia University in Montreal. Ms. Minardi is a member of the WCM (Women in Capital Markets) and a member of the RBC Executive Mentor Program since 2008. She also serves on the Board of Directors for: Meta Centre and Learning for a Sustainable Future.

Mr. Robert W. Slater


Coleman Bright and Associates

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Susan Tanner


Former Executive Director

Canadian Environmental Network

Ottawa, Ontario

While holding senior positions in both Federal and Ontario governments Susan has maintained an active role in the non-profit community. In 1982, Susan was the founding chairperson of LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund) to promote the rights of women under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In 1995, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Canada accepted a UN Environmental Prize for work on the Montreal Protocol done under her leadership. Susan continues to be actively involved with organizations such as Ottawa Renewable Energy Coop and Women for Nature (Nature Canada).

Government positions included: Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Justice on Gender Equality and Diversity; Forum Lead, WUF Habitat Jam; Member of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Board; Vice Chair, Social Assessment Review Board; and mediator for the Ontario Grievance Settlement 
She holds a Masters of Environmental Studies and a Masters of Law.

Ms. Carly Welham

University of Victoria

Montreal, Quebec

Carly is a Master’s student in Indigenous Public Health at the University of Victoria. Her studies focus on environmental threats to health, and in particular how environmental change relates to food security and reproductive health. Originally from rural Manitoba, she completed her undergraduate degree as a Loran Scholar at the University of British Columbia studying First Nations Studies and Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice Studies. Carly also works as a sexual health educator, and enjoys spending her time gardening, baking, embroidering, doing yoga, camping, and playing piano. 

Mr. Scott Yarrow

Vice President, Sustainability

Barr, Switzerland

Honourary Advisors

Ms. June Alteen

Strategic Social Plan

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Mr. Firman Bentley

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
ADAMAC Management Group Inc.

Camlachie, Ontario

Ms. Donna Cansfield

Etobicoke, Ontario

Ms. Mary Ferguson

B.C. Hydro

Vancouver, British Columbia

Mr. Charles Hopkins

UNESCO Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability

Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Geoff Kereluik

Vice President Sales - Ontario Commercial
Bell Business Markets

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Diane F. Malley

PDK Projects Inc.

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Mr. Alain Pélissier

Former Secretary Treasurer
Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)

Montréal, Québec

Mr. Andrew T.B. Stuart

Sustainability Shift Inc.

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Yvonne Su

PhD Candidate
University of Guelph

Toronto, Ontario

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