Our Volunteer Board of Directors | Ecology Action Centre

Our Volunteer Board of Directors


E. Grant MacDonald - Member-At-Large
Appointed: May 2020

Grant has been a supporter of EAC since its early days and has served on the board in the past.

He retired in 2016 as a professor of public policy, conflict resolution and organizational behaviour at Dalhousie University. He had a long career as a university-based adult educator helping Nova Scotia non-profits on matters of leadership and governance. He now writes (blogs?) on this subject and occasionally advises groups.

Grant was born and went to school in Saint John, N.B. He and his spouse Susan have two grown daughters, one brand new grandchild (so far) and a sweet but complicated 6-year old, border collie, named Gracie. He enjoys hiking (dog in the lead), cooking and baking, gardening and binge watching TV mystery series.

He is currently involved with others in building a local resident-business community group, the Pleasant-Woodside Neighbourhood Association in Dartmouth.





Ayo Daniel Makanjuola - Treasurer
Appointed: September 2018

Ayo is currently the Director of Corporate Services for the Black Business Initiative (BBI). He holds a master’s degree in finance from Obafemi Awolowo University and Bachelors in Accounting from Babcock University both in Nigeria. He has his CA in Nigeria, and he is also a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) UK.

Ayo presently serve on the YMCA board of greater Halifax and Dartmouth. He lives in Spryfield with his wife and two children. He enjoys playing Soccer










Sheila Stevenson - Food Representative
Appointed: June 2016

Sheila Stevenson is a home cook and gardener/plant watcher, active in the local food network, mostly in Nova Scotia. For the well-being of the environment and of Nova Scotians, she knows that we need to create sustainable food communities with more farmers on the job of nurturing healthy soils, plants and animals, and many more Nova Scotians eating good, clean, and fair food produced here.   She knows we have to work, all together, to get there.  She thinks that being director for EAC food action sounds like a great opportunity for ACTION! Sheila is a director in the Mainland South Convivium for Slow Food in Nova Scotia, a member of the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, a supporter of the work of the EAC Food Action Committee, and was, with her husband-who –learned-to-fillet, an early adopter of Off the Hook csf.  An executive member of the Fergusons Cove Neighbourhood Assoc, she participates in Our HRM Alliance.  Her working history includes various jobs and projects in education and cultural history interpretation from 1970 through 2002 at the Nova Scotia Museum (where she also learned a lot about Nova Scotia’s natural history) and subsequent writing and interpretation projects for Lorimer Publishing, the Eel River Bar First Nation, and Thinkers’ Lodge.




Anne Winters - Transportation Representative
Appointed: June 2018

Born and raised in Halifax, Anne is a proud Nova Scotian who has been lucky enough to live, work, travel, and study across Canada and internationally. After completing her Bachelor of Science from St. Francis Xavier University, Anne took time to explore various parts of the world where she travelled and worked in Australia, various countries in South East Asia, and South Korea. It was the experiences that she had during her travels abroad that led her to enroll in a masters program to study urban and regional planning from Ryerson University in Toronto. Now a licensed and professional planner, Anne has worked for WSP Canada Inc. (based locally in Dartmouth) since 2015. Anne is passionate about building sustainable communities by working with local advocacy groups, residents, and other professionals in her field. Anne takes particular interest in planning for, and promoting active transportation facilities and networks, building resilient coastal shores and taking steps in protecting our oceans, as well as implementing planning principles that result in more age-friendly communities across Nova Scotia.





Christina Macdonald – Secretary 
Appointed: June 2019

Christina recently returned to Nova Scotia after 9 adventure-filled years in the Yukon, including 4 years as the Executive Director of the Yukon Conservation Society. Her professional experience has been in sustainability and the environment: management of renewable resources, land use planning, climate change adaptation, and advocacy for wildlife and habitat protection as well as energy conservation and renewable energy. She is passionate about finding interdisciplinary solutions to the interconnected social, environmental, cross-cultural and economic challenges we face today.  After many years away, Christina is excited to live by the ocean again and find ways to connect deeply with the land and people of Nova Scotia.




Hudson Shotwell - Energy Representative
Appointed: March 2016 

Hudson Shotwell was born in Tarzana, California, just down the hill from Edgar Rice Burroughs. In 1965 he was drafted into the US Army and served two years, the last in Seoul, Korea, where he earned the rank of Sergeant E-3 as the head of the color party for the Eighth Army Honor Guard in Yongsan at the UN Command Headquarters. Returning to civilian life he took a second BA, this time in French, before leaving academe. In 1992 Hudson and his wife Janet established Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Ltd in Halifax. They retired from retail in September of 2015. Hudson first got involved with the EAC when he made small talk and took money from Mark Butler for espresso drinks at the Trident. He subsequently became involved with the Energy Issue Committee right around the time the Fern Lane building was being readied for occupancy and painted. Over the next number of years Hudson was active in the EIC and sat on the EAC Board in various capacities. He enjoys lacto-acid fermentation in many forms.




Rhiannon Davies, Member-At-Large
Appointed: June 2019

Having grown up in New Brunswick, studied in Montreal and lived for 18 years in Amsterdam, Rhiannon moved to Halifax in August 2018 after spending a year on a 44’ sailboat travelling with her family. This sailing experience brought home again the importance of protecting our oceans and habitats, the importance of communication on environmental issues and that each of us needs to take an active role in protecting the world around us. 

Rhiannon has spent her professional life working on the end-to-end supply chains of international corporations in food and consumer goods manufacturing and retail, most recently as a senior executive, board member and company director. Driving transparency, accountability and implementing strategies and practices to address these issues has been an important focus of her work. 

Rhiannon’s governance experience includes private, public companies and NGOs. She spent 6 years on the Supervisory Board of Fairfood International, an Amsterdam based NGO.  Rhiannon is also an active angel investor, mentor and supporter of early-stage female entrepreneurs.


John Crace - Co-Chair
Appointed: June 2016

John was born in London, England but grew up and went to school and university in Halifax and has lived here most of his life. He is recently “retired” from Architecture 49 where he served as national practice leader, Sustainability. He continues to pursue his interest in green, smart, resilient building design, and energy efficiency, as an independent architect and with strategic alliances to local and leading green companies Solterre Design Inc and Green Power Labs Inc. He represents the design and construction industry on the NS Roundtable on the Environment and is a member of HRM’s Design Review Committee. John is an avid gardener, amateur singer songwriter, and cartoonist.




Anne Marie Dalton - Co-Chair
Appointed: June 2017

Anne Marie Dalton considers herself raised by the wilderness. She grew up in a small harbour in Newfoundland just a few meters from the edge of the ocean. Her education includes a B.Sc. from Memorial University, focusing on biology and mathematics. After receiving graduate degrees in religion and ecology, Anne Marie taught in religious studies course with cross-listed courses in environmental studies and international development studies at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. During her career, she also participated in a number of overseas projects intended to build capacity for environmental programs in universities in China, Vietnam and Mongolia. She was codirector of a large CIDA funded environmental project in China and Vietnam. Her administration experience also included designing and coordinating a joint MA program between Saint Mary’s and Atlantic School of Theology as well as the B.A. in Environmental Studies. She was also a member of the board of Saint Mary’s University. Anne Marie has been an active participant in several academic organizations dedicated to ecology. This included presenting papers as well as serving on the executive of several of them. In retirement she has continued to research and present papers and public talks, and supervise student theses. However, she much prefers to spend time hiking in the “wilderness.” She is delighted to join with the energetic staff and volunteers at EAC in their critical work for the environment. 




Michael Sime - Member at Large
Appointed: September 2018

Michael began to appreciate the outdoors at a young age, through many trips to Kejimkujik National Park as a child. Since then, he has gained a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie, an MBA from Saint Mary's, and a CMA-CPA accounting designation. Having worked in different accounting and business roles from Halifax, Toronto, to Sydney, Australia, Michael gained a variety of experience working with diverse groups of people and processes. Aside from trying to travel as much of the world as possible and climbing Seven Bays, Michael is currently working in podcasting, interviewing, and recording.



About our Board of Directors

The volunteer board of directors is the governing body of the Ecology Action Centre. It normally has thirteen to seventeen members including two co-chairs, treasurer, secretary, representatives from each of our action committees, and operational committee representatives. The board meets monthly, except in the summer, and Board members are expected to participate in a number of EAC events. The term of office is three years and directors may serve for two consecutive terms.

Expressions of interest in serving on the board are welcome at any time from interested EAC members. Formal application requires the submission of a letter outlining one’s interest in serving on the board, committee interests and resumé.  An interview may be requested.  Board members may serve, if there is an opening on the board, in an interim capacity until their election is confirmed at an AGM.  Incorporation bylaws and board policies are available upon request to interested members.