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Our Outreach Advisory Board

Environmental Inquiry

The Outreach Advisory Board was established in 2009 to elicit the support and advice of a diverse group of inspiring leaders that would inform the development and dissemination of this teacher resource. The Board is comprised of advisors in the fields of Education, Environment, Law, Science, Art, Business, and Publishing who share a common goal of ensuring a sustainable planet for all.


 

 

Edward Burtynsky

  One of Canada's most respected photographers.

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One of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world. His imagery explores the intricate link between industry and nature, combining the raw elements of mining, quarrying, manufacturing, shipping, oil production and recycling into eloquent, highly expressive visions that find beauty and humanity in the most unlikely of places. In 1985, Burtynsky also founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre. Mr. Burtynsky also sits on the board of directors for: Toronto's international photography festival, Contact and The Ryerson Gallery and Research Center.

An active lecturer on photographic art, Mr. Burtynsky's speaking engagements include the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His images appear in numerous periodicals each year, including the following: Canadian Art, Art in America, The Smithsonian, Harper's Magazine, Playboy, National Geographic Society and the New York Times.

Mr. Burtynsky's distinctions include the TED Prize, The Outreach award at the Rencontres d'Arles, The Flying Elephant Fellowship, Applied Arts Magazine book award(s), and the Roloff Beny Book award. In 2006 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Canada, and he currently holds four honorary doctorate degrees.

Dr. David Suzuki

  Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation and an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.

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Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation and an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way.

Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. In 1972, he was awarded the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship for the outstanding research scientist in Canada under the age of 35 and held it for three years. He has won numerous academic awards, holds 25 honourary degrees in Canada, the U.S. and Australia, and is now Professor Emeritus at UBC. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Dr. Suzuki has written 50 books, including 19 for children.

Dr. Suzuki has received consistently high acclaim for his thirty years of award-winning work in broadcasting. In 1974 he developed the popular science program Quirks and Quarks on CBC Radio which he hosted for four years. His national television career began with CBC in 1971 when he wrote and hosted Suzuki on Science. He was host of Science Magazine (1974 - 79), and in 1979 became the host of the award-winning series, The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. He has won four Gemini Awards as best host of different Canadian television series. His television series, A Planet for the Taking, won an award from the United Nations. In 2002 he received the John Drainie Award for broadcasting excellence.

Dr. Suzuki is also recognized as a world leader in sustainable ecology. He is the recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for Science, the United Nations Environment Program Medal, UNEPs Global 500 and in 2009 won the Right Livelihood Award that is considered the alternate Nobel.

Dr. Roberta Bondar

  World's first neurologist in space, and globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research.

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World's first neurologist in space, and globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research. A true renaissance woman, Dr. Bondar is also an acclaimed nature photographer. She is the author of four best-selling photo essay books featuring her stunning photography of the Earth.

In 2007 the Ontario Government appointed Dr. Bondar to chair the Working Committee on Environmental Education, to strengthen environmental education in elementary and secondary school curriculums. The Committee presented the report and the government has moved forward on all 32 recommendations.

Dr. Bondar recently completed her second term as Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, is an Adjunct Faculty Member and continues to photograph our planet's extremes.

Michael de Pencier

  As a Green entrepreneur, Mr. de Pencier is currently Director of Investeco Capital Corp, which invests in alternative energy, environmental technologies, and organic foods.

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As a Green entrepreneur, Mr. de Pencier is currently Director of Investeco Capital Corp, which invests in alternative energy, environmental technologies, and organic foods. His activities include Green Living Enterprises, proprietors of the Green Living Show and ancillary operations. He is also a director and co-founder of the Green Toronto Awards and the Natural Burial Association.

Mr. de Pencier is Chairman of Key Publishers Company Ltd., whose titles include Toronto Life, Canadian Business, OWL, and many others. Key also owned Maple Tree Press, a children's book publishing company. Michael has been Chairman of such organizations as WWF Canada, OCAD, and Magazine Association of Canada, and a director of the Women's College Hospital, Shaw Festival, Toronto Arts Council, and several other NGOs. He is a Fellow of OCAD and of the Royal Canadian Geographical Association, and is an LLD at Ryerson University. He has been awarded the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Magazine Association.

Michael has been married to Honor since 1962, and they have three children: Nick and Miranda, filmmakers, and Mark, in the investment business - as well as four grandchildren. The family has planted 40,000 trees on their Ontario farm.

Dr. Ron Dembo

  Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, a socially responsible enterprise with a mission to apply technology, design, and risk management...

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Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, a socially responsible enterprise with a mission to apply technology, design, and risk management to the massive reduction of our environmental footprint.

Dr. Dembo is a lifetime Fields Institute Fellow and a member of numerous organizations that champion innovative solutions to environmental challenges, including the UN HABITAT World Urban Campaign and the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee Canada. Dr. Dembo is also the Founder and former CEO of Algorithmics Inc., and a former academic at Yale University.

Stan Kozak

  A life long naturalist and keen birder which have influenced his career.

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A life long naturalist and keen birder which have influenced his career. His professional experience in education includes teaching at most grade levels, school board curriculum consultant, and education officer at the Ontario Ministry of Education, Curriculum and Policy branch.

Since 1997 Stan has served as an independent learning specialist through his company Curriculum ADVISORS and has assisted a wide range of organizations including community groups, boards and ministries of education, teacher federations and national non-governmental organizations and foundations.

He provides ongoing support to Learning for a Sustainable Future, acting as their Policy and Program consultant and through LSF chairs the formal education committee of the Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario. Most recently he co-authored the publication Connecting the Dots , From Environment to Citizenship and Sustainability in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Education (in progress).

Dr. Deborah McGregor

  For two decades she has been an educator at both the university and community levels and have been involved in curriculum development, research and teaching.

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An Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto. She is Anishinabe from Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario. For two decades she has been an educator at both the university and community levels and have been involved in curriculum development, research and teaching.

Her research focus is on Indigenous knowledge in relation to the environment. More specifically, she has focused Traditional Knowledge (TK) and its application in various contexts including environmental management, forestry, sustainable development and water conservation. Primary themes found throughout her work include determining how to improve relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parties; and how to ensure the appropriate consideration of Aboriginal peoples' knowledge, values and rights in environmental and resource management in Canada.

Dr. Erminia Pedretti

  Over the years she has received numerous grants to support her research and graduate students.

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A Professor of Science Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She is the former Director of the Centre for Studies in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education located in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE.

Dr. Pedretti teaches in both pre-service teacher education and graduate programs, offering courses in environmental education, teaching and learning about science, technology, society and environment (STSE), and science in school and non-school settings. At the heart of her research agenda is a commitment to scientific literacy - in its broadest sense - as a guiding principle for science education.

Her research interests include: STSE education, environmental and outdoor education, action research, teacher professional development and learning science in formal and informal settings such as museums, science centres, and zoos. Over the years she has received numerous grants to support her research and graduate students. She has published over 35 articles, and her most recent book (co-authored with Catherine Little) is entitled: From Engagement to Empowerment. Reflections on Science Education for Ontario. See

Annabel Slaight

  A Co-founder of Owl, Chickadee, Chirp, Tree House Family magazines, Owl Books, and Owl Television, is retired and living on Lake Simcoe.

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A Co-founder of Owl, Chickadee, Chirp, Tree House Family magazines, Owl Books, and Owl Television, is retired and living on Lake Simcoe.

Currently, Chair of the Shaw Rocket Fund investing $17 million annually in children's television production.

Locally, Co-Founder of Ladies of the Lake, a dynamic force for the rescue of Lake Simcoe; Member of PROPEL Committee to advise the federal Minister of the Environment on the $30 million federal Lake Simcoe Cleanup Fund; Member of the Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee reporting to the Ontario Minister of the Environment; Chair, Committee to Establish an Ontario Water Centre; Vice Chair and Co-Founder, Alliance for a Better Georgina; Former Director, Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition.

Awards include: Order of Ontario; Royal Canadian Institute's Sir Sanford Fleming Science Communicator Award.

Dr. Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

  A former Founding Director of the Centre for Environment and a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

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A former Founding Director of the Centre for Environment and a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

Her research interests relate to how taken for granted values and perceptions affect environmental decision-making. She has served as Chair of the Steering Committee of the United Nations University Toronto Regional Centre of Expertise on "Education for Sustainable Development" and is a former Chair of the Board and Executive Co-Director of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy. A recipient of the Dean's Excellence Award in Scholarship and Teaching, her publications cover themes ranging from codes of ethics in provincial parks, to children's perceptions of urban nature. With co-investigator Clare Wiseman, she completed a report for Health Canada on the current state of training in the area of environment and children's health. A recent book is entitled "Safeguarding Our Common Future: Rethinking Sustainable Development" and a book entitled "The Natural City: Re-Envisioning the Built Environment" is forthcoming through the University of Toronto Press.