Board / Stewards


Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Susan Schaefer is Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's Board Chair. She is Vice President, Marketing, for Corus Television. In this role, Susan is responsible for brand development and overseeing marketing strategy and planning, including on-air promotions and off-air consumer and trade marketing efforts, as well as brand extensions for Corus Entertainment’s portfolio of specialty channels — W Network, Cosmopolitan TV, the soon-to-be-launched Viva, YTV, Treehouse, Discovery Kids, CMT, SCREAM, the pay TV service Movie Central and its multiplex offering, HBO Canada. Prior to this, Susan’s marketing experience included over nine years with Cadbury Canada, as Director of Marketing among other roles. During her years with Cadbury, she was involved in brand management, developing a line of new products for the Canadian marketplace as well as evaluating international business opportunities for the company in Mexico, Russia and the U.S.

For 10 years, Susan served as a member of the Marketing Advisory Committee for the Toronto International Film Festival. She is now a Board Member for Rethink Breast Cancer. Susan graduated in 1988 with an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is an alumna of The Judy Project, Rotman School of Management’s executive leadership program for women, and is also a faculty member with the North American Media Executive Leadership Program in Banff.


Board Member

Jennifer Baichwal is a Canadian documentary filmmaker. She was born in Montréal and studied philosophy and theology at McGill University. Baichwal’s works include Watermark, Let it Come Down, The True Meaning of Pictures, Act of God, Payback and Manufactured Landscapes, a feature documentary about the work of artist and Co-Steward Edward Burtynsky. She is currently in production on a feature documentary about water with Edward Burtynsky, Nick de Pencier, and Daniel Iron. Jennifer joined the board of directors in December, 2017 to fill the vacancy left by Gord Downie. 


Board Member

Kathryn McKeil is Communications Manager of Breakwater Investments Inc., a private investment firm based in Hamilton, Ontario. Breakwater is actively involved in managing a diverse portfolio of investments across various asset classes and industries. Her watermark is Wabigoon Lake, Northwestern Ontario.



Board Member

Rob retired in 2014 after a 30 year career with CIBC. He worked in the financial services industry for 35 years having worked for CIBC as noted previously, as well as Xerox Finance and GE Capital in Toronto. Cross' previous non profit work includes Theatre Aquarius and Junior Achievement in Hamilton.  Cross is a McMaster University graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree.  He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Banks and has completed numerous courses through the Canadian Securities Institute.  He also holds a Continuing Education Diploma in Human Resources obtained from McMaster. Rob lives in a condo in Burlington near the shores of Lake Ontario and has a lakefront cottage on Lake Erie.  It should be noted that Rob's Watermark is about vacationing as a family in a tiny pink cottage a block away from Lake Huron in Southampton.


Board Member

Steven Joyce is the CEO of Fox Harb’r Golf Ressort & Spa in Nova Scotia. He is also a Trustee of the Joyce Foundation, dedicated to supporting the social, economic and emotional well-being of children and youth.His expertise in business and charity work is invaluable for the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gala Committee, which Mr. Joyce joined in 2011.



Board Member

Philippe is Managing Director, Global Head Foreign Exchange E-Distribution and Head of Fixed Income and Currencies Middle Market sales for Canada at RBC Capital Markets. Philippe has been with RBC Capital Markets since April 1995. Prior to that, he held several positions in foreign exchange sales and trading with TD financial group and UBS. He is an avid skier with a passion for the outdoors. He has lived and worked in Montreal, New York and Zurich and now resides in Toronto, a short distance from Lake Ontario. Philippe has a B.A. from Université du Québec à Montréal. Philippe was co-chair of the 2012 Waterkeeper Gala, our inaugural gala and 10th Anniversary celebration.



Lake Ontario Steward and Board Member (2016 - 2017)

Gord Downie was a tireless supporter and Trustee for Lake Ontario beginning around 2006. He was the lead vocalist and a driving creative force behind, The Tragically Hip, who brought their energetic, live performances to audiences around the world for over two decades. The band has been honoured with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, as well as honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music. They have been nominated and received numerous Juno Awards, and were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Gord also enjoyed a career as a solo artist. He released 3 albums : Coke Machine Glow, Battle of the Nudes and The Grand Bounce. Gord published a book of poetry called, Coke Machine Glow. Gord was also involved in film, as the director of music videos, narrator of the Waterlife and National Parks Project documentaries, and actor in a number of films. Gord passed away in 2017. 


Lake Ontario Steward

Bryan Bean is a marketing and digital media professional with experience in strategic planning, branding and business development. Recently in the digital start-up sphere as a key member of Canada’s first digital music download service, Bryan has built on his previous marketing agency experience in Toronto and Chicago and now provides consulting to emerging businesses in digital and traditional markets. In the past he has also worked as Tour Producer for Sarah Harmer and co-produced the JUNO Award-winning documentary Escarpment Blues.



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Edward Burtynsky is 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. 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 holds four honorary doctorate degrees.



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Ronald J. Deibert is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab undertakes interdisciplinary research at the intersection of global security, ICTs, and human rights.

He is a former founder and principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative (2003-2014) and a founder and co-inventor of Psiphon, a world leader in providing open access to the Internet. Deibert is the author of Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet (Random House: 2013) as well as numerous books, chapters, and articles on Internet censorship, surveillance, and information war. He was one of the authors of the landmark Tracking Ghostnet cyber espionage report (2009). He is on the steering committee for the World Movement for Democracy, the board of advisors for Pen Canada, Access, and Privacy International, and on the technical advisory groups for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, for being “among the first to recognize and take measures to mitigate growing threats to communications rights, openness and security worldwide.”


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Nicholas de Pencier is a producer, director, and director of photography working in documentary, performing arts, and dramatic film. He is President of Mercury Films Inc., the Toronto based production company he shares with his partner, Jennifer Baichwal. Specializing in nature and environmental themed films, Mr. de Pencier’s work has been nominated for and received numerous awards. He sits on the Toronto Chapter Board of the Documentary Organization of Canada, and the Rogers Industry Advisory Committee of the Toronto International Film Festival, among others.


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Denise Donlon is the former Executive Director of CBC English Radio. From 2000 – 2004, Ms. Donlon was President of Sony Music Canada. Prior to that, she held a number of executive positions with CHUM Television (MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, Citytv, etc.) engaging the stations in award winning television and a wide array of societal issue programming. Ms. Donlon’s community engagement is wide ranging. She was the producer of President Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday party event in Toronto, a co-producer of Live 8 Canada and on committees for the CJFE, MusiCounts and NCC 50th anniversary gala. She has been honoured by organizations such as Women in Film and Television Toronto, the Canadian Music Week Industry, Wired Woman Society’s Woman of Vision, and inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame. In 2005, Ms. Donlon was invested with Canada’s highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada.


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Gerald Kennedy studied Marketing and Environmental & Resources Management. A communication expert, he has worked for Ontario Ministry of the Environment as well as national companies. Mr. Kennedy is now a Toronto-based consultant for strategic communications and public relations – and a driving force behind the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Gala Committee.


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Dr. Joe MacInnis is a medical doctor who studies leadership and teamwork in life-threatening environments from the deep ocean to outer space. He’s led thirty expeditions under the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans including the first team of scientists to dive under the ice at the North Pole. Dr. MacInnis was an adviser to the team that discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic and accompanied filmmaker James Cameron on an expedition to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. His work has earned him a number of distinctions, including his country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada.


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Pete Mattson studied at Laurentian University and later became Vice President of International Sales of the Cliffstar Corporation. He is now the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Lassonde Sales Group. Mr. Mattson is instrumental in supporting Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s major events and fundraising initiatives, including the Waterkeeper Gala and the Wolfe Island Literary Festival.


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Terry O'Reilly, co-founder of Pirate Radio & Television, began his career as an award-winning copywriter. His best selling book and radio program The Age of Persuasion reveal his insights into the world of advertising. In 2012, Terry premiered Under The Influence – with over a million listeners per week in Canada and the United States.


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Nora Osbaldeston is a partner and National Chair of the Financial Services Group at Miller Thomson LLP, a full service law firm with 11 offices across Canada. She has over 23 years experience acting for banks and other institutional lenders and corporate borrowers and has been named to the 2013 and 2014 editions of Best Lawyers, in Canada for Banking and Finance. Prior to her appointment as National Chair of the Financial Services Group, Nora served as the Managing Partner of the Toronto/Markham offices of Miller Thomson from 2009 to 2012. In 2009 Nora was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women and has been listed in “Women in the Lead” published by the Richard Ivey School of Business, a national directory of Canadian women whose professional expertise and experience recommend them as candidates for corporate board appointments. Nora was a founding member of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper in 2001, served on its board from 2001 – 2007 and is a former chair of the board.



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Stephen Ranger has worked in the fine art business for 25 years as an auctioneer, appraiser and consultant and currently serves as Vice President Business Development at Waddington’s, Canada’s leading auction house. Stephen pioneered the sale of Fine Wine at auction in Canada and has been involved in some of the highest grossing auctions of Canadian Art in the last ten years as well as founding Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects, an endeavour focused on contemporary art. In addition, Mr. Ranger contributes his time to over 20 charitable and fundraising auctions each year netting over 2 million dollars for community causes.