Board of Directors

  Rienk de Vries  (Chair)  Rienk’s passion for water was born on the North Sea, and grew on the Mississippi, Lake Michigan, the Thames and now Lake Ontario. A recognized water utility consultant, he has worked in the US, UK, Canada and the Caribbean to protect public health through treatment and delivery of affordable potable water, and to protect the environment through proper wastewater treatment and stormwater management. He has guided policy on sustainable infrastructure investments and asset management for municipal water utilities as well as provincial and federal agencies. He advised the Prime Minister’s Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues and co-authored a Manual of Practice for the Water Environment Federation on technologies for water utilities. Rienk believes strongly in building trusting relationships among water stakeholders while personally connecting with water in a meaningful way.

Rienk de Vries (Chair)

Rienk’s passion for water was born on the North Sea, and grew on the Mississippi, Lake Michigan, the Thames and now Lake Ontario. A recognized water utility consultant, he has worked in the US, UK, Canada and the Caribbean to protect public health through treatment and delivery of affordable potable water, and to protect the environment through proper wastewater treatment and stormwater management. He has guided policy on sustainable infrastructure investments and asset management for municipal water utilities as well as provincial and federal agencies. He advised the Prime Minister’s Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues and co-authored a Manual of Practice for the Water Environment Federation on technologies for water utilities. Rienk believes strongly in building trusting relationships among water stakeholders while personally connecting with water in a meaningful way.

  Ian Gilmour  (Immediate Past Chair)  An Associate Partner with KPMG, Ian specializes in designing and leading large public sector transformations. Currently advising on health care reform in several American states, he led the modernization of water and wastewater plants and helped design Ontario’s Water Resource Information System. Ian served as the Chair of the Ecologos Board of Directors for six years and has generously remained active in an advisory capacity

Ian Gilmour
(Immediate Past Chair)

An Associate Partner with KPMG, Ian specializes in designing and leading large public sector transformations. Currently advising on health care reform in several American states, he led the modernization of water and wastewater plants and helped design Ontario’s Water Resource Information System. Ian served as the Chair of the Ecologos Board of Directors for six years and has generously remained active in an advisory capacity

Jean Ann Ledwell, OSU (Director)

Proud of her Newfoundland heritage, Jean Ann has been an adult educator in the ecumenical social justice movement and a tireless advocate for the rights of women and people living with poverty and differing abilities, both at home and abroad. A long time interest in ecology and spirituality led to her facilitation of the Elderberry Connection. She is a member of the Ursulines of Chatham and has served on its General Leadership Team. She currently serves as a board member of the Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation and as an ESL volunteer

Allenna Leonard (Vice Chair)

A respected consultant in organizational cybernetics, she is a Director of the Cwarel Isaf Institute and a licensee of the Team Syntegrity Process. She is past president of the American Society for Cybernetics and the International Society of Systems Sciences. She has written extensively on the application of systems sciences to ecology and social justice.

  Marguerita Pattison   (Director)  Marguerita is a senior financial professional who has held numerous positions in all aspects of finance over the past 30 years, including audit, risk management and controllership functions. More recently she has cut back on full-time work and concentrates on contract work for companies undertaking finance transformations.

Marguerita Pattison 
(Director)

Marguerita is a senior financial professional who has held numerous positions in all aspects of finance over the past 30 years, including audit, risk management and controllership functions. More recently she has cut back on full-time work and concentrates on contract work for companies undertaking finance transformations.

Nanette Sanson (Director)

Currently enjoying semi-retirement, Nanette brings 30 years of business management and entrepreneurial experience and has held numerous positions over the course of her working life, such as Fundraising Manager – Corporations and Foundations at Outward Bound Canada and Fundraising Manager – The Development Office at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. She also worked with Executive Search and consulting on marketing and business development for the private and not-for-profit sectors. Nanette serves on the Advisory Board of the LGBT Giving Network and the Fund Development Committee for MCC Toronto. She was recently a board member for Workman Arts and The Toronto Friendship Centre and on the marketing committee of the Toronto Foundation.

  Marcelene Anderson  (Director)   Managing director of Raven Strategic Consulting, Marcelene specializes in strategic management, assisting organizations to develop and successfully implement their strategy, align their organization at all levels, and build high-performance organizations that achieve results day-to-day. She works with private, not-for-profit, and Indigenous organizations.

Marcelene Anderson (Director)

Managing director of Raven Strategic Consulting, Marcelene specializes in strategic management, assisting organizations to develop and successfully implement their strategy, align their organization at all levels, and build high-performance organizations that achieve results day-to-day. She works with private, not-for-profit, and Indigenous organizations.

  Ronnie Seagren  (Secretary)   An advisory technical writer and editor for user interfaces and content about collaborative software for IoT continuous engineering, she's a leader in the architecture and findability of content. She has extensive experience with NGOs, including work in education in Chicago and Japan, refugee job programs in Los Angeles, community development in India and Jamaica, and editing of books and journals.

Ronnie Seagren (Secretary)

An advisory technical writer and editor for user interfaces and content about collaborative software for IoT continuous engineering, she's a leader in the architecture and findability of content. She has extensive experience with NGOs, including work in education in Chicago and Japan, refugee job programs in Los Angeles, community development in India and Jamaica, and editing of books and journals.

  Stephen Bede Scharper   (Director)  Dr. Stephen Scharper is associate professor at the School of the Environment and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He is also cross-appointed in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and is associate faculty with the Toronto School of Theology. A Senior Fellow of Massey College and a Fellow of Trinity College, Dr. Scharper holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from McGill University, where his thesis supervisor was Professor Gregory Baum. Dr. Scharper’s research and teaching focus on environmental ethics, worldviews and ecology, liberation theology, as well as nature and the city. Providing a unique blend of the scholarly and the accessible in both his teaching and public speaking, Dr. Scharper has inspired a wide range of audiences and remains a much sought-after lecturer.

Stephen Bede Scharper 
(Director)

Dr. Stephen Scharper is associate professor at the School of the Environment and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He is also cross-appointed in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and is associate faculty with the Toronto School of Theology. A Senior Fellow of Massey College and a Fellow of Trinity College, Dr. Scharper holds a Masters in Theology from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from McGill University, where his thesis supervisor was Professor Gregory Baum. Dr. Scharper’s research and teaching focus on environmental ethics, worldviews and ecology, liberation theology, as well as nature and the city. Providing a unique blend of the scholarly and the accessible in both his teaching and public speaking, Dr. Scharper has inspired a wide range of audiences and remains a much sought-after lecturer.

Jyotsana Naik (Director)

Jyotsana is a retired professor of Microbiology, having taught at several universities in India and at the University of Chicago. She has done extensive volunteer work with schools, hospitals, earthquake relief, and teaching underprivileged children. She moved to Canada in 2009 and is qualified to teach English as a Second Language.

Founding Advisor & Director Emeritus:
Marjorie J. Sharpe

     

For 50 years Marjorie was an inspiration and an example for women, blazing many a trail. She played the decisive role in creating the Toronto Community Foundation, and the amazing Pathways to Education program. As former president and CEO of Altruvest Charitable Services, she introduced the Board Match program, one of the most successful methods to recruit and train new board members. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Governing with Soul.

After many years of tireless service to her community, Marjorie passed from this world in June 2016.


Founding Advisor:  Thomas Berry

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Ecologos was born and guided in a series of conversations with Thomas Berry.

Thomas was one of the most influential thinkers of our time, eminent both as a cultural historian and as a profoundly insightful advocate and inspiring guide of the ecological movement. His writings include The Religions of India, The Dream of the Earth, The Universe Story (with Brian Swimme), and The Great Work.

From his start as a cultural historian Berry moved in the last twenty years of his life to become a historian of Earth – in his words, a geologian. His shift from human history to cosmological history was a necessary progression for Berry. He witnessed in his own lifetime the scientific revolution of the 20th century and the emergence of a planetary civilization as cultures came in contact with one another around the globe. At the same time, the very resources for sustaining such a planetary civilization are being undermined by massive environmental destruction.

Thomas began his academic career as a historian of western intellectual history, but was also strongly influenced by his studies of Asian thought and religions, indigenous religious traditions, and as a student of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.