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.

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. 

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. 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. Jean Piette


BCF Business Law

Québec City, Québec

Ms. Janet Bobechko


Partner, Certified Specialist Environmental Law
WeirFoulds LLP

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Carolee Buckler


Manager Planning and Performance
Planning and Performance Divisions
Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mr. Paul Cuthbert


Cuthbert Consulting

Gimli, Manitoba

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. 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. 

Ms. Judy Fantham

Executive Director
Newcomer Women's Services Toronto

Toronto, Ontario

Mr. Alex Ikejiani

Department of Justice Canada

Ottawa, Ontario

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).

Ms. Sheila Innes


General Manager, Stakeholder and Aboriginal Relations
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

Dr. Garth Pickard

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

Regina, Saskatchewan

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

Ms. Carly Welham


Community Based Researcher

Vancouver, British Columbia

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

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). 

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. You can learn more & contirbute to the fund here

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. Robert Slater

Coleman Bright and Associates

Ottawa (Ontario)

Mr. Andrew T.B. Stuart

Sustainability Shift Inc.

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Yvonne Su

PhD Candidate
University of Guelph

Toronto, Ontario

Ms. Susan Tanner

Former Director
Canadian Environmental Network

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Gerald Farthing

Former Deputy Minister
Manitoba Education and Training

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Giuliana Minardi

Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets

Toronto, Ontario

David Wheeler

International Higher Education Group

Sydney, Nova Scotia

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