Our Volunteer Board of Directors 2018

 

 

 

   

Denis Leclaire - Co-Chair
Appointed: June 2017

Denis’ background – both educational and professional -- has been in the international realm, especially in educational sector. He has worked for a variety of NGOs in different parts of the world and, more recently, headed the international office at Saint Mary’s University. Projects at the university developed under his leadership included those which strengthened partner university programs in coastal zone management, fisheries, mining, and public education. His work has included the development of a wide spectrum of management and governance policies, strategies and activities focusing on technical assistance, linkage programs, faculty, staff and student mobility, international research, and monitoring & evaluation. He has wide governance experience serving on boards and advisory committees for such organizations as the Coady Institute, Nova Scotia-Gambia Association, Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canadian Hunger Foundation, the EAC’s Fundraising Committee, and a Refugee Working Group with a Halifax church.

       

 

   

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 - Member At Large
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.
 

       

 
   

Jamie Baxter - Member At Large
Appointed: June 2017

Jamie is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law, where he researches and teaches on land law and policy– mainly the role of land rights in agricultural and food systems and in rural/urban development. He has been active in cultivating the new field of food law in Canada and much of his current work focuses on how communities can engage law to support sustainable food systems. Jamie currently leads a research group that studies shared farmland governance and works to develop alternative models of farmland access and ownership.

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Karen Miner - Member At Large
Appointed: June 2017

Karen is a Nova Scotia native who has lived, worked, and played elsewhere in Canada, the US, and internationally. Karen Miner is known for her values-based approach, management experience, broad perspective, and leadership qualities. Karen’s career has focused on governance, strategy, business management, and sustainability within co-operatives, non-profits, for-profit organizations, and government. Karen is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and certified director (ICD.D) through the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Karen’s current focus is on co-operatives and credit unions, but her diverse background and interests include fair trade (coffee in particular), consulting with national parks in the USA, land protection, regional planning, and outdoor recreation. In her current role as Managing Director of graduate level Cooperative Management Education at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada), Karen works with co-operative and credit union professionals from around the world. Highlights of her recent work include teaching about co-operative innovation, co-editing a global governance report for the International Cooperative Alliance (2015), and being part of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the role of co-operatives in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (2016). Karen has been on a number of Boards, including a current role with Credit Union Atlantic and previously with Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA), Nova Scotia Nature Trust, and Fairtrade Canada. She lives in Dartmouth with her husband Dan and two children Isabel & Luke.

       

 

 

 

   

Candace Stevenson– Co-Chair
Occupation: Retired Senior Executive
Appointed: June 2014

Candace Stevenson brings years of governance experience to EAC including serving on the boards of Clean Nova Scotia, the United Way, VSO Canada, the Canadian Museums Association and Arts Nova Scotia.  Her interest in the environment was heightened during her years as Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Museum and later serving as co-chair of the NS Strategy on the Future of NS Natural Resources. At her cottage in Beaver Harbour on the Eastern Shore she is constantly reminded  of the environmental challenges facing Nova Scotians – from coastal erosion and the effects of clear cutting, to open pen salmon farming.

       

   

Hudson Shotwell - Member at Large 
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.

       


 

   

Jacob Thompson – Energy Representative
Occupation: Activist
Appointed: June 2015

Jacob is passionate about regional energy issues, from the technical side, and has been a volunteer on and off with the Energy Action Team for nearly a decade. He completed a Bachelor of Applied Science from Acadia University, and will graduate with a M.Sc. in Applied Science at Saint Mary’s University in 2015. One of his main hobbies is adding features to his Nova Scotia Energy Map. He recently became vegan to reduce his personal FoodPrint by 1 tonne eCO2 annually, as a preventative step towards climate change impacts and species loss, and out of compassion for the animals. He intends to run his first full marathon in the following year. Work wise, he enjoys anything from tree planting, to programming, research or construction.

       
   

John Crace - Built Environment Representative
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 - Secretary & Wilderness Representative
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 two 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.