ANN DALE, Chair and Founding Board Member

Ann Dale is an award-winning Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. With extensive knowledge in sustainability and governance, she hopes to make a difference with her research for community vitality. As a former executive in the federal government and a founder of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, she brings a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge to her writing. She has written widely on sustainable community development and has received national and international recognition for her research. She has won several awards, including her university’s first Canada Research Chair in sustainable community development, is a Trudeau Fellow (2004), and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences.

Dale’s book, At the Edge: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century, received the 2001 Policy Research Initiative Award for Outstanding Research Contribution to Public Policy. More recently, she was awarded the 2013 Molson Prize for the Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was a recipient of the 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100.
She presently leads MC3 2.0: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge, a major climate change adaptation and mitigation research project in British Columbia. She is also active in the Canadian environmental movement, the founder and chair of the National Environmental Treasure (the NET), and is the co-chair of Women for Nature, a Nature Canada initiative. She recently published a new book called Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Development (2018), which was exhibited along with the Edging Forward Art Collection at the Robert Bateman centre in the Fall of 2017.
Dale lives with her husband, her Akbash dog, and her silly Barbet dog, by a lake in rural Québec. 


JAIME CLIFTON-ROSS, Founding Board Member

Jaime is the Research Curator for CRC Research, Changing the Conversation, and MC3 2.0 at Royal Roads University. She is currently developing the practice of research curation, which adapts elements of museum curatorial practice to mobilize academic research online. She is passionate about digital storytelling and knowledge sharing via online communication channels, such as blogs and social media. She has a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Art History from the University of Victoria and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. She has worked and volunteered in various art galleries, museums, and libraries—including the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Royal Ontario Museum, Myseum of Toronto, Gerstein Science Information Centre, and Marie Dressler House Museum.


DAN DONOVAN, Founding Board Member

Dan is the founding Publisher and Managing Editor of Ottawa Life Magazine, (OLM) (, the national capital’s largest, longest running and award winning general interest and lifestyles magazine. He has written extensively about First Nations issues and Indigenous peoples, energy and sustainability, politics, defence and security matters, healthcare, travel, China-Canada relations, policing and criminal justice issues.

Dan is Managing Director of Opus Fidelis Canada, a marketing and communications firm. He has extensive experience as an executive in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is the former Vice President of Public & Government Affairs with Magna International and former Director of Environment Policy at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. He served as the Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister of Labour and Youth and as a Legislative Assistant and Speechwriter for the Liberal Caucus at the House of Commons. He is a past Director of Environment Policy at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

Dan is a frequent commentator on radio and television on public policy matters. He has been published in numerous newspapers including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, MacLean’s, Masthead Magazine, and Al Jizirah newspaper in Saudi Arabia.

Dan has degrees in history and political economy from the University of Ottawa and the Institut d'études politiques - Université de Strasbourg. He is a Recipient,-Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012 for significant contributions and achievements with CDAI on behalf of the Defence and Security of Canada, and a recipient of the Sylvia Claydon Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award (2013-2014) Central York Girls Hockey Association. Dan is a former reservist in the Canadian Forces. His interests are travel, hockey, music and biking. He is married to the talented and lovely Karen Temple and they have 3 wonderful children (McKenzie, Madisson and Haley).... and the friendliest dog in the world, Burke.


REBECCA FOON, Founding Board Member

Rebecca is a versatile urban planner who is dedicated to integrating a holistic understanding of sustainability in growing healthy communities. She has worked closely with municipalities, higher education institutions and school boards across the country on leading sustainability plans and strategies including Western, McGill, Algonquin College, Vancouver School Board, Oxford County, Halton Hills and the City of Kingston. Working closely with our academic partners, she has organized numerous e-Dialogues with Dr. Ann Dale involving thinkers, mayors, planners, academics and activists. Rebecca is also an internationally acclaimed (and Juno award-winning) cellist and composer, and co-founder of Pathway to Paris.


YUILL HERBERT, Founding Board Member

Yuill has been an SSG Principal for over 15 years. He pioneered land-use and GHG emission planning in Canada, helped introduce the LEED for Homes rating system in Canada and co-developed the Integrated Design Process course used throughout Canada and the US. Yuill has worked on and led more than forty community energy and GHG plans and models across Canada. He has leading expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation systems modelling that incorporates energy, GHG emissions and co-benefits. Yuill serves as a director on the boards of the Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust.

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DEBORAH POFF, Founding Board Member

Deborah Poff is Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). She was previously Executive Vice-President Academic and Provost and Vice-President for Strategic Development at Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences. Prior to that she was President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University in Manitoba. From 1994 to 2004, she was Vice-President Academic and Provost at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is the co-founder and for over 30 years was the Editor of the Journal of Business Ethics. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Academic Ethics as well as Editor in Chief of Advances is Business Ethics Research (a book series). She is the Editor of Business Ethics in Canada and the Section Editor on Business and Economic Ethics of Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics published by Elsevier in 2012.  Her areas of research are applied ethics and leadership studies. Most recently, she is Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics, to be published by Springer Nature. In 2016, Deborah Poff was awarded the Order of Canada for her work in universities and for increasing educational opportunities for Aboriginal people. 

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PETER SIBBALD-BROWN, Founding Board Member

Peter Sibbald Brown is an international award-winning designer and book publisher. His work may be found in the collections of institutions such as the National Library of Canada, the National Gallery of Canada, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Modern Art, and the University of California.

Peter is the past publisher and design director of The Paget Press (Canada), and a former associate of McIntosh Typography and the Black Sparrow Press, both of California. Along with friends, the late writer/broadcaster Peter Gzowski and literary critic David Staines, he was a founding member of The Hedge Road Press. Peter lives and works on a bluff overlooking Lake Simcoe, Ontario where he is a principal of Eildon Studios; Chair of the Sibbald Memorial Collection Trust; and, a founding director of the Lakewatch Society along with being its environmental justice critic.