New Members Appointed to the Round Table on the Environment and Sustainable Prosperity
NOTE: A short biography of each of the new appointees follows this release.
Today, March 30, Environment and Climate Change Minister Keith Irving appointed 12 new members to the Round Table on the Environment and Sustainable Prosperity.
The round table advises the minister of environment and climate change and the premier on protecting our environment, and how it links to strengthening our economy and supporting our social goals.
“This round table has great experience and diverse perspectives that will inform the important and complex decisions as we tackle the important issues facing Nova Scotia,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Keith Irving. “Protecting our environment, taking action on climate change and promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth are priorities for this government, and I look forward to my discussions with the members on these priorities.”
The new appointees include:
- Louise Delisle of Shelburne, Shelburne Co.
- Susanna Fuller of Halifax Regional Municipality
- Sarah Riley of Halifax Regional Municipality
- Jeff Bishop of Greenfield, Colchester Co.
- Savannah DeWolfe of Halifax Regional Municipality
- Graham Gagnon of Halifax Regional Municipality
- Rochelle Owen of Halifax Regional Municipality
- Jeff MacCallum of Brookside, Colchester Co.
- Marla MacLeod of Halifax Regional Municipality
- Maxine MacLean of Island East River, Pictou Co.
- Michel Raymond of Halifax Regional Municipality
- William (Bill) Simpkins of Halifax Regional Municipality
The current round table members include chair Scott Skinner of Clean Foundation, John Crace and Angeline Gillis. The appointment of 12 additional members will bring the total membership to 15. These are volunteer positions.
I wanted to be able to sit with people that can make a difference, to make sure I’m doing something so environmental racism never happens again. It’s important to hear from the grassroots – people who have actually lived and experienced it. We know it first-hand.
Louise Delisle, advising chair and a founding member of the South End Environmental Injustice Society
- Members are appointed by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. They include representatives from the legal and academic communities, industry, and environment sectors around the province
Graham Gagnon of Halifax Regional Municipality is currently the Halifax Water industrial research chair, the associate vice president of Research and a professor in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University.
Jeff Bishop of Greenfield, Colchester Co. has been the executive director of Forest Nova Scotia since 2013. In this role, he advises on operational and strategic functions of the association and serves as the chief administrative officer.
Jeff MacCallum of Brookside, Colchester Co. is the CEO of Divert NS. He oversees the strategic programs and services designed to improve the province’s environment, economy and quality of life by creating a strong culture of recycling, reusing and recovering resources.
Louise Delisle of Shelburne, Shelburne Co. is an organizer for environmental justice for black residents of Shelburne. She is the chair and founding member of South End Environmental Injustice Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing environmental racism and injustice for the Black and African Nova Scotian residents of Shelburne.
Marla MacLeod of Halifax Regional Municipality is the director of programs at the Ecology Action Centre, with over 15 years of experience working both inside the organization and building partnerships externally. She supports all of the action centre’s projects on a range of environmental issues from energy and climate change to wilderness protection and biodiversity.
Maxine MacLean of Island East River, Pictou Co. has been employed with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture for six years. She has been involved in policy development for the agriculture industry in Nova Scotia. Maxine has board experience - both voluntary and as part of her role with the federation, under the Halifax Food Policy Alliance Steering Committee.
Michel Raymond of Halifax Regional Municipality has been vice president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters’ Nova Scotia Division since 2016. He is an accomplished professional with 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. His area of expertise includes environmental sustainability and safety.
Rochelle Owen of Halifax Regional Municipality is the executive director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. She has worked in the sustainability and environmental space for more than 30 years at non-profits, academia, and provincial and federal governments.
Sarah Riley of Halifax Regional Municipality is the co-founder of the female-founded and led sustainability agency, R&G Strategic, which helps sustainable businesses and organizations. She is also the founder of the Circularity Forum, a business-to-business community network dedicated to connecting sustainability professionals and circular businesses who can close carbon loops.
Savannah DeWolfe of Halifax Regional Municipality was an advisor in the federal Office of the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, where she was responsible for advising the minister on environmental issues in Atlantic Canada. She now works at McInnes Cooper, a Halifax law firm.
Susanna Fuller of Halifax Regional Municipality has served on a number of non-profit sector boards, including Imagine Bloomfield, Bicycle Nova Scotia, Ecotrust Canada, Ecology Action Centre, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and Sustainable Fisheries Partnerships, as well as on the One Nova Scotia Commission.
William (Bill) Simpkins of Halifax Regional Municipality is a senior energy industry consultant with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. He has held senior executive positions at Petro-Canada including the Hibernia and Terra Nova offshore oil development projects. Bill Simpkins has served on the Nova Scotia Law Reform Commission task group on environmental liability.