Lauren Alcorn is the Special Project Manager – India for ONE DROP working on poverty alleviation through access to water and sanitation in rural Orissa, India. Previously the Project Manager for the United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNA-Canada) Ripple Effect, a National water and sanitation programme aiming to raise awareness and influence habits and perceptions around water. Prior to joining UNA-Canada, she worked at Schools Without Borders where she managed their internship, youth and volunteer programmes. Ms. Alcorn has lived, studied and worked in Denmark, Cuba, Ghana, India and Central America.
Our Board of Directors, 2015-2016
Members of CELA's Staff and Board of Directors in 2015
Elizabeth Block is a potter, singer and occasional songwriter, Annex neighbourhood activist, and long time CELA Board member.
Lesley Cameron (Chair) is a lawyer and Manager of the Discipline Department with the Law Society of Upper Canada. She previously worked at Ontario Hydro - Law Division and in private practice.
Jackie Campbell is keenly interested in the impact of environmental issues on human health. She practices as a pharmacist at the Drug Safety Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, an outpatient multidisciplinary clinic that evaluates patients with suspected adverse drug reactions. She practised environmental law for several years at Saxe Law Office, an environmental law boutique and served five years as a member of CIELAP’s Board of Directors.
Margaret Casey is a former District Councillor for the Township of Lake of Bays (2004 to 2010), both at the township council and at the District of Muskoka council. For many years she has been active with the Don Watershed Council and Muskoka Watershed Council. Margaret is also a founding board member for the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Cooperative which has accepted a contract offer from OPA for a 50kW solar roof top installation in the Township of Lake of Bays.
Kathleen Cooper has worked in environmental research positions for over twenty-eight years and has been with CELA since 1987 where she is a paralegal and provides litigation support to CELA counsel. She has directed several major law reform campaigns on the subjects of toxic substances, pesticides, and land use planning. She has written extensively on the subject of environmental policy and children's health and chairs the steering committee of the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE), an innovative forum to facilitate collaboration among health, environment and child care professionals promoting children's environmental health in Canada.
Bruce Davidson is cofounder and vice-chair of the Concerned Walkerton Citizens a group formed in response to the Walkerton water tragedy. He is a vocal advocate for the comprehensive stewardship of drinking water, a message he frequently delivers across Canada. Bruce practices massage therapy in Walkerton Ontario.
Miriam Diamond is a professor at the University of Toronto in the Dept of Earth Sciences, with cross-appointments to Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, the School for the Environment and Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at Scarborough. She was named Canadian Environmental Scientist of the Year in 2007 by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Diamond was Co-chair of Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Scientific Expert Panel and the Living List Panel, is a member of the federal Chemical Management Plan Science Committee and is an associated editor of Environmental Science and Technology, a leading journal in the field. Her research investigates chemical contaminants from sources and emissions through to environmental transport and human and ecosystem exposure and effects.
Renee Griffin is the Executive Director of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation, a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing evictions and ending housing discrimination across Ontario. Before joining CERA, Renee practiced law in the community Legal Aid clinic system, primarily in the area of housing law. She received her LL.B from the University of Ottawa in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004. Formerly, Renee articled at the Canadian Environmental Law Association before becoming a project lawyer with CELA where she coordinated the Environmental Health, Equity and the Law: Making the Links Project while working on a number of law reform initiatives including children’s health, increasing public participation and environmental safety.
Isobel Heathcote is a retired professor of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, where she was also Dean of Graduate Studies from 1999 to 2008. Her employment history is diverse, encompassing employment in both the public and private sectors in addition to academic appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph. She is currently President of Wyndham Research Inc., a consulting company with expertise in water resources policy, watershed restoration, and public engagement. She has served on many provincial, national, and international advisory committees, and from 2001 to 20016 was Canadian Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission's Science Advisory Board. Isobel is the author of Integrated Watershed Management: Principles and Practice and Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet (Canadian Edition), and hundreds of scholarly articles, policy analyses, and consultant reports. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
John Jackson has worked with citizens' groups on environmental contamination, waste management, water quantity & quality issues, and citizen involvement & decision-making issues for the past 30 years. John was with Great Lakes United through its 30-year history, first as a board member for 24 years (six of those as president) and then as water programs director for six years. In these roles, he focussed on remedial action plans, Lakewide Management Plans, toxics, water levels, and water use. John is also an expert on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. He is chair of the Grand River Environmental Network, chair of the Canadian Advisors to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a member of the Work Group on Substances for the National Pollutant Release Inventory, among other committees that he serves on. He served for six years as a member of the Environmental Appeal Board. Recently, John has been working with communities concerned about proposals for the disposal of radioactive wastes from the nuclear power plants.
Theresa McClenaghan was appointed as Executive Director of CELA in November 2007. She holds an LL.B. from Western and an LL.M. in constitutional law from Osgoode as well as a diploma in Environmental Health from McMaster. She was called to the Bars of Manitoba and Ontario. Focussing on environmental health and environmental safety, particularly in the areas of energy and water, Theresa has practised public interest environmental law for over 25 years both in private practice and then at CELA. In 2006-7, Theresa was senior water policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of the Environment where she was responsible for overseeing the passage of the Clean Water Act, and implementation of the remaining Walkerton Inquiry recommendations. She has represented clients at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and Trial Division and the Ontario Court of Appeal on a range of matters including pesticide by-laws and the Oncomouse patent. Theresa was co-counsel representing the Concerned Walkerton Citizens at the Walkerton Inquiry, and has appeared at a variety of environmental, land use and energy tribunals on behalf of her clients. Theresa has appeared before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on a number of nuclear power environmental assessment and licensing matters including the Darlington new build, Darlington refurbishment, Pickering life extension and the recently held hearing into the proposed Deep Geological Repository for low and intermediate level radioactive waste at Kincardine. She has two sons attending Western, and lives in Paris, Ontario with her husband and two daughters.
Ramani Nadarajah joined CELA in 1994 as legal counsel and has practised exclusively in the areas of public interest environmental law for 19 years. Prior to that, she worked as a prosecutor with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. She’s taught environmental law and land use planning at Ryerson University and has been an instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course. Ms. Nadarajah received her LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School (1989) and LLM (2007) in Public Law.
Grace Patterson is a lawyer and past CELA Clinic Director. She was chair of the Environmental Assessment Board from 1990 - 97. She has lectured on environmental law at Queen’s University and is currently practising law with the City of Toronto’s legal department.
Graham Rempe is a solicitor with the Legal Services Division of the City of Toronto. He practices environmental and municipal law and has been certified as a specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. He was formerly in house counsel to the Environmental Compensation Corporation. He is a former CELA President, former chair of the Toronto Association of Legal Clinics and former co-chair of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario.
Mona Sookram is currently a Finance Manager at Rogers Communications Inc., a diversified Canadian telecommunications and media company. Previously, Mona worked at Ernst & Young LLP, in both the Advisory and Assurance service groups. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.
Tracy Tucker is an Office Manager/Executive Assistant at CELA. Prior to working at CELA, Tracy was a legal assistant in private criminal law firms in Toronto, and a payroll clerk at a shipyard in Victoria, BC. Tracy holds a Payroll Manager Certification, is currently studying Project Management, and a Greatest Mom diploma, care of her son, Liam.
Luke Wintjes is a secondary school teacher, librarian and curriculum leader at Ursula Franklin Academy, a small specialized school in the Toronto District School Board. Prior to teaching, Luke worked on various environmental and development projects, including cycling advocacy, green construction and coordination of youth involvement in the Earth Summit of 1992. He was also chair of the board of Canadian Student Pugwash and worked for Parks Canada in Georgian Bay. Luke has a BSc from Trent University and a MES from York, with studies related to geography, environment, and community organization.
Claire Yick has degrees in both Biology and Environmental Science. After completing the joint MES/JD program at York University and Osgoode Hall Law School, she articled at CELA. During her time at CELA, she worked closely with counsel on both litigation and law reform files. Claire also has an interest in emerging animal law issues.