2011 National board meeting field trip, BC (Photo by NCC)

2011 National board meeting field trip, BC (Photo by NCC)

National Board of Directors

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is governed by a National Board with support from seven Regional Boards. In total, more than 120 representatives of the scientific and business communities across the country are involved in ensuring the effective governance and management of NCC.

The National Board of Directors is composed of 16 members made up of a diverse group of leaders who bring a variety of talents, experiences and expertise to the governance of NCC.

The Board's primary role is to oversee management and ensure NCC's affairs are being conducted in a way that achieves its objectives. Directors of the Board are elected by the Members of the Corporation for a term of three years, and are eligible for re-election provided that they have not served more than six consecutive years.

  • Bruce MacLellan

    CEO and co-founder, Proof Inc.
    Toronto, ON

    Bruce MacLellan is a business owner and entrepreneur. The Proof family of companies employ over 175 people in five offices in Canada and the United States. Having co-founded and operated several communications companies, Bruce mentors the management group as they counsel marketers and leaders on reputation, consumer insights and integrated marketing. A passionate Canadian, he is proud to have visited every province and territory of Canada on numerous occasions.

    In addition to private company boards, he has served on several not-for-profit boards in the medical research, education and environmental fields. Bruce has volunteered at all levels of natural habitat protection. He has chaired a local land trust board in eastern Muskoka, served on NCC's Ontario Board and was awarded the Vision Award in 2016 by the Ontario Land Trust Alliance for his work in conservation. He joined NCC’s National Board in 2013 and became chair in 2017.

  • Elana Rosenfeld
    Vice Chair

    Kicking Horse Coffee, CEO & co-founder
    Invermere, BC

    Elana Rosenfeld oversees a multi-national team of coffee industry professionals. She has passionately devoted considerable capacity to working with organizations intent on conservation and natural values.

    NCC and Kicking Horse Coffee have been proud partners for over a decade. In addition to leading and managing Canada's #1 Organic & Fairtrade Coffee company, Elana has assisted the development of the Columbia Basin Trust, served on boards and as an elected municipal official. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including national commendation as EY Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Kicking Horse Coffee is listed among the Top 10 best Canadian workplaces.

  • Bill Caulfeild-Browne
    Past Chair

    Semi-retired reinsurance executive and corporate director
    Tobermory, ON

    A graduate of the University of Exeter (UK) and Western University (Ontario), Bill Caulfeild-Browne's career was in the international reinsurance business, focusing on marketing, operations and finance and most recently as vice-chair of a NYSE-listed company.

    He is a lifelong naturalist, photographer, amateur climatologist and writer who is proud to have travelled all of Canada's provinces and territories. He is presently a director of one of the Province of Ontario's operational enterprises and past-chair of the Sources of Knowledge Forum.

    Bill has been associated with the Nature Conservancy of Canada in various roles since 1998.

  • Paul Archer

    Managing director & head of Montreal Corporate Banking, TD Securities, TD Bank
    Montreal, QC

    Paul Archer is managing director & head of Montreal Corporate Banking, TD Securities, TD Bank. In this capacity, he is responsible for the structuring and origination of corporate credit in the Quebec market.

    Paul holds a bachelor of commerce degree in finance and international business from McGill University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has 22 years of experience in business and corporate banking. During the course of his career, he has assisted major Quebec-based corporations in structuring financings in, among others, the media and telecommunications, aerospace, consumer retail, power and manufacturing sectors.

    In the past, Paul sat on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Club of Montreal for six years, and for the fourth year in a row, he sits on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Quebec Region.

  • Chloe Dragon Smith

    Canadian Parks Council
    Yellowknife, NWT

    Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Métis woman from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Of Chipewyan and European heritage, she grew up close to her Indigenous cultural values and learned traditional skills for living on the land. This northern upbringing helped shape her values today.
    Chloe holds a degree in Earth sciences from the University of Victoria. While educated in science, she is keenly interested in and has found her niche working with people on the social/cultural benefits of the natural world, particularly where those values meet science and conservation.
    Chloe works with the Canadian Parks Council. Among other work, she co-chaired an intergenerational citizen working group that created a document called The Nature Playbook: Take action to connect a new generation of Canadians with Nature, which she continues to share across Canada. This project spans the continuum of nature, reaching all generations in cities, regions, states/provinces and countries. Chloe was also recently appointed to the National Advisory Panel for the Pathway to Canada Target 1.

  • J. Michael Gallagher, PhD

    Chairman of the board, NGV Global
    Vancouver, BC

    J. Michael Gallagher, PhD, is chairman of the board of NGV Global, as well as an advisory board member for Agility Fuel Systems, a leading natural gas fuel systems company. He is also former senior advisor, president and chief operating officer of Westport Innovations, where he worked to encourage the global adoption of natural gas in clean transportation systems, and former chairman of the board of Cummins Westport Inc.

    He is also a member of the board of directors of the Vancouver Opera Foundation, Health Arts Society, chairman of the BC board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada - British Columbia and a member of the national board of directors for NCC.

  • John Grandy

    Retired investment broker
    Toronto, ON

    John Grandy is a very engaged member of the Ontario Regional Board and a major donor to the Ontario Region. He and his wife, Meg Salter, have opened their home twice to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to host donor cultivation events. John is a retired investment broker for high net-wealth individuals. He is in his 70s and very active. John heard about NCC's Greiling Estate project at Cabot Head from Marlene Rothenbury, with whom he participates as a hiker and supporter of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. John has visited the Bruce every year since he was very young — since his great-grandfather bought a cottage at Red Bay. John and Meg bought 25 acres of land at Petrel Point about 10 years ago, which they donated to Ontario Nature. 

  • Alan Latourelle

    Former CEO, Parks Canada
    Ottawa, ON

    The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) congratulates NCC board of directors member Alan Latourelle on his appointment to the Order of Canada. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette announced the 2018 appointments on Canada Day.

    Alan Latourelle has extensive senior leadership experience in the fields of public policy, conservation, tourism and protected area management. As CEO of Parks Canada, he oversaw one the most significant National Parks expansion in the organization's century of operations. He also led the most significant ecological restoration program in the organization's history, has twice chaired the World Protected Areas Leadership Forum (WPALF) and received the 2014 Fred Packard Award from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    Under Mr. Latourelle's leadership, a Reader's Digest survey ranked Parks Canada as the third-most-trusted institution in Canada. Alan Latourelle is also a member of NCC's board of directors, and sits on NCC's conservation committee.

    "We are very fortunate to benefit from Alan’s knowledge and expertise to help guide NCC’s conservation work. Alan’s insight is  particularly helpful in our efforts to establish privately protected areas (PPAs). PPAs can buffer and connect existing conserved lands, such as national parks," says Lisa McLaughlin, NCC vice-president of conservation planning & policy. “We are delighted to see the Order of Canada celebrating Alan! We are so proud that he has received this highest level of recognition for his leadership in nature conservation, and for his work in championing the rights of Indigenous peoples in land and water conservation.”

  • Maureen McCaw

    Former executive president, L├ęger Marketing (AB)
    Edmonton, AB

    Maureen McCaw is the former executive president of Léger Marketing (AB) and president and founder of Criterion Research. She is currently chair of the CBC Pension Fund and board member with Suncor Energy and CBC Radio-Canada. She is also the co-chair of Women United, United Way. Maureen is a past chair of Edmonton Airports and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. She completed Columbia Business School’s executive program in management and finance and holds an ICD.D.

  • Kevin McNamara

    President, NS division, Canadian Mental Health Association
    Chester Basin, NS

    Kevin currently resides in Gold River, Nova Scotia, and brings a broad range of expertise to the Atlantic Regional Board. He served as the deputy minister of various provincial departments, including the Department of Environment, and was the president of the Canadian Society of Fundraising Executives - Nova Scotia chapter. Kevin has also served on the board of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, where he gained a deep understanding of the science, securement and stewardship process in a land trust.

    Kevin currently serves as the president of the NS division of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and sits as Nova Scotia's representative on the national board of CMHA. Kevin has successfully led large, multifaceted projects of provincial, regional and national in scope by building productive relationships with provincial and federal governments, community leaders and a broad range of stakeholders.

    Kevin has held positions of increasing responsibility while overseeing budgets upwards of $3.8 billion and building policy and planning initiatives affecting over 6,500 staff. He has developed legislation, merged cultures and services, and provided strategic recommendations and negotiated major settlements around complex issues such as Westray, Bill 68 and the Canada – Nova Scotia Offshore Accord.

  • Mike Pedersen

    Chair of the board, Business Development Bank of Canada
    Toronto, ON

    Mike Pedersen serves on several boards of directors after a long career in financial services.

    He is currently the chair of the board, Business Development Bank of Canada. Until 2017, Mike was president and CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, a top-ten bank in the United States. He was also responsible for overseeing TD Bank Group's environmental strategies and activities for 10 years. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles managing large businesses around the world. He is also a former chair of the Canadian Bankers Association.

    He continues his long-standing involvement in not-for-profit work in Canada, including the environment and sustainability. He and his family are passionate about conservation and Canada’s outdoors, and have canoed, kayaked and hiked all over the country for decades.

    Mike is proud to serve on NCC’s board.

  • Dave Phillips

    Research and development director, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
    Lumsden, Sask.

    Dave Phillips is the research and development director at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), within the science and technology branch. He is in transition to retirement from the federal public service, providing executive leadership to AAFC's science research and innovation programs in southern Saskatchewan (Swift Curent Semi Arid Prairie Research Centre; Indian Head Agroforestry Development Centre and Regina Applied Science Unit). He is directly accountable for 195 staff and annual expenditures of $21 million. He serves as AAFC's member on the Prairie Provinces Water Board and Prairie Habitat Joint Venture Advisory Board.

  • Robert Rabinovitch

    Montreal, QC

    Robert Rabinovitch is the retired president of CBC/Radio Canada and as well the former chair of the board of McGill University.

    Robert had a distinguished career as a public servant, where he was deputy minister of Culture and Communications and undersecretary of state. After government, Rabinovitch went to Claridge inc. where he was chief operating officer, sat on several boards including Cineplex, and was treasurer of several foundations.

    Trading on his experience in Finance (he holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania), Robert has continued to work with not-for-profit organizations, in particular with investment management.

  • Dorothy Sanford

    President, MFDA Investor Protection Corporation and corporate director
    Toronto, ON

    Dorothy Sanford has a long association with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, starting in 2001 when she joined the board and became chair of the Audit Committee until 2007. She re-joined NCC's Audit Committee in 2013 and the board in 2016. She is deeply committed to supporting NCC's mission of preserving Canada's natural landscape.

    Dorothy is a fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants, and had a long and distinguished career as a securities regulator. She currently runs a compensation fund for mutual fund dealers and serves as a corporate director.

  • Robert Williams

    Winnipeg, MB

    Robert Williams hails from Winnipeg, and having been raised on the banks of the Assiniboine River across from Assiniboine Park couldn’t help but fall in love with nature. An avid wilderness canoer, he has paddled the lakes, rivers and oceans in Manitoba, northwest Ontario, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Queen Charlotte Islands.

    Robert's public service has been on the boards of Assiniboine Park, Fish Futures and Polar Bears International. Canada’s military is another of his passions, and he serves as the Honorary Colonel for the Fort Garry Horse regiment.

    With a business career in the development of commercial and residential property, Robert admits to having “paved paradise and put up a parking lot” several times. And now it is payback time.

    He is proud to be part of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s team to help protect Mother Nature for the long term.

  • Barry W. Worbets

    Senior fellow, Canada West Foundation
    Calgary, AB

    Barry W. Worbets, a Senior Fellow with the Canada West Foundation, leads its Natural Capital Project, which seeks to improve land and water policy in western Canada. Born and raised in rural Alberta, Mr. Worbets graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. and the University of Calgary with a Master's of Environmental Design. Prior to his work at the Canada West Foundation, Mr. Worbets spent nearly three decades in the oil and gas sector, working in the area where environmental and business interests intersect. In 2001, the Alberta Emerald Foundation for Environmental Excellence recognized Mr. Worbets for his corporate leadership. He has extensive practical knowledge of key public policy issues facing the resource sector, including water, land use and energy policy, regulatory reform, Aboriginal and public consultation, climate change, health, safety and corporate social governance.


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