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 from 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 volunteer 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.
Kicking Horse Coffee, CEO & co-founder
Elana Rosenfeld is the CEO and co-founder of Kicking Horse Coffee, situated in Canada's Rocky Mountains. Elana promotes values-driven business, not business-driven values. This ethic has propelled Kicking Horse Coffee to gain recognition as North America's #1 Organic & Fairtrade coffee company, Canada's Most Trusted Brand (Coffee/Tea Category) and Canada's Best Place To Work.
Elana is committed to embedding sustainability principles into all areas of business; to developing better, healthier options for coffee farmers and coffee drinkers alike. She devotes considerable capacity to working with organizations who conserve, protect and enhance the world's natural values.
Elana lives, works and plays in the mountains, and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking and meditation in her natural surroundings.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Kicking Horse Coffee have been proud partners for over a decade.
Chair of the board, Business Development Bank of Canada
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.
CEO and co-founder, Proof Inc.
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.
Managing director & head of Montreal Corporate Banking, TD Securities, TD Bank
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.
Founder, Silver Lining Marketing
Alexandra Blum is a marketing executive, specializing in building brands with purpose.
She is the founder of Silver Lining Marketing, a customer experience company known for taking brands from relevant to remarkable by increasing their emotional connection with consumers through hospitality-inspired training and brand strategies.
Alexandra has served as chief marketing officer of Tricon Capital Group and spent over a decade at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, including in the role of vice-president of Global Communications and Partnerships. Alexandra has served as a Board member of Butterfield & Robinson and the Ivey Business School Alumni Network.
Her parents, who both loved the outdoors and all the benefits it brought their physical and mental health, inspired her love of nature. Alexandra is a proud supporter and firm believer in the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s vision, and its value as a marketing partner to Canada’s most admired companies.
Alexandra lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband, Oliver, and son, Max, and loves her morning walks with family dog, Erin.
Chloe Dragon Smith
Canadian Parks Council
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.
Retired investment broker
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 10 hectares (25 acres) of land at Petrel Point about 10 years ago, which they donated to Ontario Nature.
Former CEO, Parks Canada
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.”
Former executive president, Léger Marketing (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.
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.
Senior Scientist, International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area
Since 1992, Michael has worked at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), a research facility located near Kenora, Ontario. At ELA, Michael has led and participated in multiple whole-ecosystem studies and experiments on the effects of human activities on the environment, especially fresh water. He led the transition of ELA from the federal government to the independent not-for-profit International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Michael has a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University, an M.Sc. from Indiana University, and is an adjunct professor at the Universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Lakehead and Trent. Michael has been associated with NCC since 1992 as a regional Board member, regional co-chair, Conservation Committee member and national Board member. He is passionate about nature and spends much of his spare time mountain biking, skiing, hiking and canoeing.
Dave Phillips enjoyed a 40-year career in natural resource management with various agencies and ministries in Saskatchewan. His early work focused on managing Ducks Unlimited Canada's Cumberland Marshes Project between 1979 and 1985, developing a long-term project operating plan to optimize fur and waterfowl production within this 150,000-hectare (370,658-acre) marsh complex. He served as assistant deputy minister with Saskatchewan Environment between 1998 and 2008, and as director general responsible for environmental adaptation and practice change with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada between 2008 and 2013. Over the course of his career in natural resource management, he has developed extensive experience in Indigenous relations, operational planning and policy development.
Mont Tremblant, 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.
President, MFDA Investor Protection Corporation and corporate director
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.
West Vancouver, BC
Janice Wattis’s love of nature led her to study earth sciences and to work as a park interpreter for the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba. She studied law in Victoria, BC, practising for many years in Vancouver and Oakville, Ontario. Most recently, Janice served as vice-president, legal with an international engineering firm, providing professional services in the natural resource industry sectors. She has wide experience in risk identification and management, compliance matters and professional management.
Janice has been a long-time supporter of NCC and was thrilled to join the BC Regional Board in 2015. She has also served on the Chimo Community Services Board (Richmond, BC) and the PTA of St. Gabriel’s School (Bridgetown, Barbados). She has participated in Vancouver’s Giving Circle and has raised funds for other charitable organizations, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
In her spare time, Janice hikes, swims, kayaks, snowshoes and travels.
Barry W. Worbets
Senior fellow, Canada West Foundation
Born and raised in rural Alberta, Barry graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of science degree and the University of Calgary with a master's of environmental design. Barry has spent over four decades working at the intersection of the environment and business. He has a deep understanding of “land and water” history, science, policy and stewardship in Canada. Most recently he was one of 14 Canadians that served on a National Advisory Panel for Conservation 2020, which informed provincial and federal ministers on how to conserve, by 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial areas and inland waters through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. He has worked with Indigenous groups across Canada for his entire career.
He is one of the founders of Western Ranchlands, which currently owns and operates the 14,000 acre Tomahawk Cattle Ranch. Recently, as senior fellow/executive in residence at the Canada West and Max Bell foundations, his research looked at improving environmental decision making and land/water policy in Western Canada. In six oil and gas companies, he built industry-leading teams to deliver top quartile Health Safety and Environmental performance and was one of the founders of North American Oilsands Corporation, which sold to Equinor in 2007 for $2.2 billion. Barry is currently chairing the Alberta Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He initiated and led the construction of Harvie Passage on the Bow river in Calgary, served as ambassador of the Okanagan Rail Trail, as well as serving on the boards of World Wildlife Fund, Alberta Water Research Institute and Parks Foundation Calgary, to name a few. The Alberta Emerald Foundation for Environmental Excellence honoured him in 2001 for his corporate leadership.
He spends he free time volunteering, as well cycling, hiking, flyfishing, skiing and travelling with his family.