The Conservation Council of
Ontario is a provincial association of conservation leaders working together
to support the voluntary transition to a conserver society in Ontario.
Our members practice and support conservation, and are conservation
leaders in their field of expertise.
As a Council,
we promote networking, collaboration, and innovative ways to make
conservation easy, affordable, and desirable. Through our programs,
we seek to be a catalyst for the positive social and economic change we
see happening around us.
the world, all jurisdictions are talking of the need for sustainable
development. Few, if any, have an institution comparable to the
Conservation Council of Ontario with a mandate to support a coordinated
and collaborative voluntary transition strategy.
Listed below are our
organization, business, and municipal members. For a complete list
and directory of our members, please visit our members
site (external link).
- AGCare (Agriculture Groups Concerned About
Fisheries Society (Southern Ontario Chapter)
- Bruce Peninsula
- Bruce Trail Conservancy
Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
Centre for Pollution Prevention
Institute of Forestry (S. Ont. Section) link to the CIF main page
Institute of Public Health Inspectors -- Ontario Branch
- Canadian Land
Reclamation Association - Ontario
Society of Environmental Biologists - Ontario Chapter
- Centre for
of Outdoor Educators of Ontario
- Earth Day
- EcoSource Mississauga
- Endeavour Centre
- EnviroCentre (Ottawa)
- Federation of Ontario
- Friends of the
- Green Trans
- Kinark Outdoor Centre
(Local Enhancement through Appreciation of Forests)
Green (Environmental Action Barrie)
- Local Food
Federation of Agriculture
Federation of Labour
Healthy Communities Coalition
- Ontario Institute
Professional Planners Institute
Food Conferences Canada
Sustainable Energy Association
(Simcoe Huronia Association for Renewable
and Water Conservation Society link to the SCWS main page
Impact (formerly the Clean Air Foundation)
- Toronto Zoo
- Water Environment
Association of Ontario
- Wildlands League
Healthy Environments Network
- Workers Health
and Safety Centre
Member Businesses (new category)
- The Anavitas Group
- ECO Building
- Ecomedia Ottawa
- Grun Canada
Member Municipalities (new
Town of Oakville
- The City of
Our membership is growing, our
movement is growing.
No surprise then that the demand for
networking and opportunities to work together on collaborative projects
and and policy recommendations.
website is a place where you can connect with our members, or apply
for membership and participate in discussion forums on conservation
issues and policy.
Karen Wong is an Environment and
Business graduate specializing in environmental impact assessments from
the University of Waterloo, and has worked in provincial government and
academic settings. Including experience in environmental consulting and
electronic waste recycling. Other specialties include marketing, event
management, environmental education, and environmental auditing. Karen
has a strong interest in sustainability, conservation, animal welfare,
and water fluoridation exposures. Karen has the excellent ability to
merge commerce and sustainable practices while improving organizational
efficiencies, and is actively involved in several organizations as a volunteer
and a conservation professional.
The Council is managed through
a board of directors elected from the Council's membership.
Marcus is a serial entrepreneur
with particular interest in the start-up phase of business
opportunities. His has gained valuable insights through business
operations he conducted in Canada, Europe and Asia. As a result, Marcus
has built a strong network of international contacts who he can rely on
to implement business opportunities. More recently, his focus has
been on transforming and growing Blixitt Inc.
domestically and internationally from a product based sales company to
an environmental solutions focused organization.
Marcus also volunteers his
time as the President of a local Toastmasters club,
helping individuals find their voice and become better leaders.
He enjoys discussions about transportation infrastructure
and a couple of opinion pieces on the future of personal electric
transportation have been published.
Kyla has significant
experience developing conservation education programs for adults,
children, students and government officials for all aspects of
ecosystems as well as managing personnel. She has worked with the
Boards of the Haliburton Highlands Outdoors
Association and Haliburton Lake Trout Project
applying for and obtaining charitable status as well as completing
annual status reports. Currently, as the Curator of Conservation for
the Toronto Zoo, she is undertaking initiatives to transform the zoo
into a carbon neutral facility. In addition, she is creating a large
reference library and network in green initiatives, green technology
and conservation programs.
Susan Yu graduated from the Schulich School of Business, and now uses her skills
to help marketers be more efficient and effective. Outside of a
somewhat concerning obsession for conversion rates, she is extremely
passionate for environmental preservation on both a macro and micro
level. You can often find her either lobbying against oil and gas
expansion, or sneaking her compost into neighbours' bins until her
building introduces its own system.
Alana holds a masters of
energy management from the Norwegian School of Management, ESCP Paris
and IFP Energies Nouvelles as well as LEED
accreditation. She is the Americas Regional Cleantech
Head for Innovation Norway, the trade arm of the Norwegian government,
and has expertise including biofuel, CCS, green building smart grid,
and environmental technology for oil and gas.
Tom currently works in
Ontario's energy and social finance sectors. He has also given
sustainability talks in Germany, Greece, and Canada. He has
written for various publications, including magazines and a book. He
holds a Master's degree focused in sustainable energy, a corporate
finance degree, a graduate diploma, and various certifications.
Leroy Brown is an
Organic Farming Consultant, a Managing Director, Author and Editor for Cariporter Inc. Cariporter
Inc produces, distributes, and sells
nutritional, fresh, organic food and information to the community to
build a strong sustainable agricultural sector, and by extension, a
better environment for all. Leroy holds a Bachelor's Degree in
International Relations from University of the West Indies and is
currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from the
University of Manchester. He is certified in Sustainable Agriculture,
Transitioning to Organic, and Project Design. He has several
publications for Cariporter Inc. with primary
focus on organic farming. Leroy is passionate about conservation and
would like individuals to have healthier lives starting with the
consumption of nutritional, organic food.
Opher Baron is a Professor
of Operations Management at the Rotman. He
has a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology along with an MBA and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering
and Management from the Technion. His
research interests include, applied probability and its application to
facility location, service operations (such as healthcare), inventory
planning and revenue management. Opher has an interest in improving the
usage of resources in order to better conserve the environment.
Loghman is a founding
partner at LINE Architect Inc. since 1990. He graduated from Harvard
University and has designed pioneering and visionary projects with
expertise in sustainable architecture and ecological urban design
Staff and Interns
Council regularly hires project staff and interns to help develop the
organization and our programs. If you've seen the updated Community
Action Manual and program, that was largely due to the work of Julia
Ford. And our work on the Live Green Toronto city-wide network was
given a tremendous boost by Annie He, an intern out of the University of
Waterloo Co-op program.
We are also indebted to our allies and pro bono supporters, including Environmental
Communication Options and Tenzing Communications, who
assist us in promoting the Council and conservation.