Our Board of Directors, 2015-2016

Members of CELA's Staff and  Board of Directors in 2015

Lauren Alcorn

Lauren Alcorn is a Project Director at One Drop Foundation, overseeing projects and partnerships worldwide, working towards ensuring access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and services. Lauren has an MsSc in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University, Denmark and attended Dalhousie University for her BA. She is based in her home town of Montreal with her family.

Elizabeth Block

Elizabeth Block is a potter, singer and occasional songwriter, Annex neighbourhood activist, and long time CELA Board member.

Lesley Cameron

Lesley Cameron (Chair) is Executive Director of the Professional Regulation Division at the Law Society of Ontario. She previously worked at Ontario Hydro - Law Division and in private practice.

Jackie Campbell

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.

Kathleen Cooper

Kathleen Cooper has worked in environmental research positions for over thirty 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 participates on the steering, policy, and communications committees 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

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

Miriam Diamond is a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences with cross-appointments to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, School of the Environment, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, and the Physical and Environmental Sciences Program at Scarborough College. She received her B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Toronto (1976), M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in Zoology (1980), M.Sc.Eng. from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) in Mining Engineering (1984), and her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from University of Toronto (1990). The goal of Prof. Diamond’s multidisciplinary research program is to improve our understanding of chemical contaminants from emission, through to transport indoors and outdoors, and ultimately to human and ecological exposure. This research has been published in over 150 articles and chapters in addition to receiving media attention. Prof. Diamond is an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Science and Technology, is the co-chair of the Canadian Chemical Management Plan Science Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Environmental Law Association. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Geographical Society and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. In 2007 she was named Canadian Environmental Scientist of the Year. She was Co-chair of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Toxic Reduction Scientific Expert Panel that helped usher in Ontario’s Toxic Reduction Act.

Renee Griffin

Renee Griffin is the Executive Director of Scarborough Community Legal Services, a community legal clinic, and practices primarily in the areas of human rights and housing law. Previously, Renee was 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. 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

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

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

Theresa McClenaghan is the Executive Director and Counsel at CELA, LL.B. University of Western Ontario (1984), LL.M. (Constitutional Law) Osgoode Law School (York University, 1999) and a diploma in Environmental Health McMaster University (1999). Past senior water policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of the Environment. Notable litigation included representing the Concerned Walkerton Citizens at the Walkerton Inquiry; attendance at the Supreme Court of Canada on the Hudson and Toronto pesticide by-laws, and the Oncomouse patent among others. Theresa is author or co-author of various environmental law books and chapters including Ontario Water Law. Theresa sits on the steering committee of the Low Income Energy Network, on the Ontario Energy Board’s Chair’s Advisory Roundtable, and is most recently a member of a national advisory panel on contaminants in waste water. Theresa represents clients before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the National Energy Board, and in the Federal Courts among other courts and tribunals.

Ramani Nadarajah

Ramani Nadarajah is certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) as legal counsel in 1994. She has represented clients before various provincial and federal administrative tribunals and before all levels of court in Ontario. She was also co-counsel for five hundred affected residents during the Walkerton Inquiry. Prior to joining CELA, Ramani was counsel with the Ministry of the Environment where she handled trials and appeals of environmental offences on behalf of the Crown in courts throughout Ontario. She has served on a number of government advisory bodies, including the Ministry of Environment’s Modernization of Approvals Stakeholder Roundtable, the Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Penalties Regulatory Development Working Group and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Brownfield Stakeholder Group. Ramani is an editor of the Canadian Environmental Law Reports and has taught environmental law at the professional LL.M program in Administrative Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She received her LL.B. (1989) and her LL.M. (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Grace Patterson

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.

Andrew Pickles

Andrew is a diligent administrator and librarian. He joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) in 2014 in the role of Legal Assistant and Librarian. He holds a Master of Information (Library Studies) degree from the University of Toronto and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. Prior to joining CELA, he worked as a database consultant, political campaigner and Ontario Legislature staff person. He is married and has 2 sons.

Mona Sookram

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

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 has been awarded a Greatest Mom diploma, care of her son, Liam.

Luke Wintjes

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.

Henry Wong

Henry Wong, CPA, CA is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BBA from the University of Toronto. He has interests in human health and the environment specifically around long term self sustainable ecosystems. He also teaches for the Chartered Professional Accounts of Ontario and University of Toronto. His professional background includes providing professional services with PricewaterhouseCoopers for many large and small companies and financial reporting with Rogers Communications Inc. He enjoys many outdoor activities and is an avid tennis player who plays competitively.