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. Bob Bernhardt

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).

Vice Chair

Mr. Alex Ikejiani

Department of Justice Canada

Alex Ikejiani is a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law by Law Society of Upper Canada and works for the Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa. The primary focus of his work has been in the areas of environmental law, regulatory prosecution, oceans and resource management law. In the course of his work, Mr. Ikejiani also works closely with the other government departments to enforce compliance of federal environmental laws. Mr. Ikejiani has been the lead counsel on a number of federal regulatory initiatives, including the drafting of eight federal regulations designating Marine Protected Areas under the Oceans Act which protect and conserve vast portions of Canada’s oceans. Mr. Ikejiani has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, since 2003 and has also lectured with the Institute of the Environment, Faculty of Science. He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law and Policy with the Civil Law Program at the Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa. He is also the co-instructor for the Willms & Shier Environmental Moot Court at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Ikejiani is a practicing member of the Ontario Law Society, Nova Scotia Bar Society (non-practicing), and Nunavut Law Society (non-practicing).

Vice Chair

Ms. Frances Edmonds

Head of Sustainability
HP Canada

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.

Ms. Janet Bobechko

Partner, Certified Specialist Environmental Law
WeirFoulds LLP

Janet Bobechko is a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law and a nationally recognized senior practitioner with extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law. Janet’s environmental law practice is focused on climate change and sustainability, Environment Social Governance (ESG), regulatory compliance and approvals, real estate and brownfield development, and environmental dispute resolution. She co-chairs the Climate Change Committee for the Ontario Environment Industry Association and is an external advisor to Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Ms. Carolee Buckler

Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Engagement
Planning and Transformation Division Manitoba Department of Education

Carolee Buckler is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement Unit for the Planning and Transformation Division in the Department of Education. She manages the coordination of department-wide strategic planning and initiatives, engagement, and delivery of central government priorities with the support of a small group of professional staff. Prior to this role, Carolee held several positions in the department including, Manager of Strategic Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister, and Education for Sustainable Development Coordinator. She has also served in and/or consulted for international organizations, educational institutions and in the non-profit sector, leading capacity building projects, knowledge management, research, planning, and monitoring and evaluation initiatives. Carolee is also a member of the University of Saskatchewan’s Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education Project. She holds an MA in International Development Studies and BA in Political Science and International Relations (Hons).

Ms. Shirley Chan, OBC

Former CEO
Building Opportunities with Business Inner City Society, Vancouver

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. Paul Cuthbert

Cuthbert Consulting

Paul has had the privilege to experience a wide range of portfolios in his career. These include teacher, science, technology and distance learning consultant with Manitoba Education and Training, Curriculum Coordinator, Administrator and Superintendent/CEO. Since his retirement from Evergreen School Division in Manitoba, Paul has formed a consulting company, Cuthbert Consulting and provides services for school divisions and other organizations in the area of governance, policy, planning and leadership development. He is also currently serving as the Mentor for the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.  Paul served on the EdCan(CEA) Advisory Council, the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Leadership Council, Green Manitoba and the Education Research Development Institute (ERDI) until his retirement. He is a former Western Canadian project lead for the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning research project is a former president of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents. Paul is currently the Chair of the Board of Noventis Credit Union and recently achieved Certified Credit Union Director certification at the Rotman School of Management.

Ms. Brenda Green

CEO/Director of Education Ile-a-la-Crosse School Division

Coming soon

Ms. Jessica Iida

Senior Consultant: Sustainability and Climate Change

Jessica Iida is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte's Sustainability & Climate Change practice, and works with clients to develop and implement sustainability strategies, engage key stakeholders, and advance their efforts in the areas of circular economy and climate action. She brings depth of sustainability experience working with leading companies in retail, technology, and tourism to improve their social and environmental impacts. She has also held the role of President of non-profit society Connecting Environmental Professionals Vancouver, where she led a team of 10 to create opportunities for emerging sustainability professionals to connect, build capacity, and advance their careers. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and is currently completing her Master of Business Administration at the University of British Columbia.     

Ms. Sheila Innes

Retired Sustainability Professional

Sheila Innes, a recent retiree, is currently engaged in volunteer activities following a career in the energy industry.  Throughout her career she utilized knowledge from her Certified Public Accounting Designation and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design to comprehensively assess economic, social and environmental aspects of developments.  She also has extensive experience in Indigenous Relations, community consultation and strategic issues management. 

Sheila enjoys looking to the future and working with organizations to foster change to improve environmental and social conditions.  She is now excited to share her experience with Learning for a Sustainable Future and Solar Alberta through Board appointments given the vital role that education and alternative forms play in the country’s energy transition. 

Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache

Associate Vice President
International York University

Dr. Marilyn Lambert-Drache has been Associate Vice-President International at York University from 2012 to 2018. In this capacity, she provided leadership to York International and worked with internal and external partners to advance internationalization at York through exchange agreements, curricular initiatives and research collaborations. She holds a PhD in applied and theoretical linguistics from the University of Aix-Marseille in France. Her areas of expertise include experimental phonetics, phonology, and language planning in French-speaking countries. In the last few years, her research has also focused on aspects of the internationalization of higher education – especially the internationalization of the curriculum and teaching for global citizenship. At York University, Marilyn has served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Faculty of Arts Council, University Adviser on the Status of Women, Associate Dean Student Relations in the (former) Faculty of Arts, and the director of the Centre for Student Success in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

Mr. Jean Piette

BCF Business Law

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. Carly Welham

Community Based Researcher
Vancouver, British Columbia

Ms. Mary Ferguson

B.C. Hydro

Vancouver, British Columbia

Mr. Charles Hopkins

UNESCO Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability

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. Robert Slater

Coleman Bright and Associates

Ottawa, Ontario

Mr. Andrew T.B. Stuart

Sustainability Shift Inc.

Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Geoff Kereluik

Vice President Sales – Ontario Commercial
Bell Business Markets

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Yvonne Su

PhD Candidate
University of Guelph

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Gerald Farthing

Former Deputy Minister
Manitoba Education and Training

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ms. Giuliana Minardi

Former Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets

Toronto, Ontario

Dr. David Wheeler

International Higher Education Group

Sydney, Nova Scotia

Ms. Susan Tanner

Former Director
Canadian Environmental Network

Ottawa, Ontario

Ms. Judy Fantham

Executive Director
Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto

Toronto, Ontario


Chair Emeritus, 2017-2022

Ms. Susan Langley

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

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.

Chair Emeritus, 2006-2017

Dr. David V.J. Bell

Professor Emeritus and Former Dean
Faculty of Environmental Studies
York University

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).


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 was the Chair of Learning for a Sustainable Future from 2006-2017. His other roles included: 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.


David Bell passed away in January 2017. LSF established the Dr. David V.J. Bell Memorial Fund to continue his legacy of empowering our children to change the world.

Former Board Member

Dr. Garth Pickard

Research Scientist
Institute of Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Communities
University of Regina

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Dr. Garth Pickard, Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina (Faculty of Education) on November 29, 2020.

While Garth only joined the LSF Board of Directors in 2017, our work with him dated back to 2010 when he was instrumental in helping to facilitate the Sustainability and Education Academy in Saskatchewan. He was a champion of ESD in Saskatchewan, Nationally and internationally, and a huge proponent of LSF. He will be missed!

For details on Garth's life please click here.