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

Ron Deibert, (OOnt, PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and theCitizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor (2003-2012) projects.

Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc.

Deibert has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on issues related technology, media, and world politics. He was one of the authors of the Tracking Ghostnet report that documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting over 1200 computers in 103 countries, and the Shadows in the Cloud report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network. He is a co-editor of three major volumes with MIT Press: Access Denied: The practice and policy of Internet Filtering(2008), Access Controlled: The shaping of power, rights, and rule in cyberspace(2010), and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace (2011). He is the author of Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communications in World Order Transformation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997), and Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace (Signal/McClelland & Stewart/Random House, 2013).

He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society/NGOs on issues relating to cyber security, cyber crime, online free expression, and access to information. He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics.

Deibert is on the advisory board of Access Now, Privacy International, is a member of the board of directors of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, and is on the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy.

Deibert was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002), the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2002), and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy (2010). He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of Information and communication technologies (2002-2004). He was named among Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest List of 2007, and in 2010, he was listed among SC Magazine’s top “IT Security Luminaries.”  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.



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.



Board Member

Rob Cross has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years having worked in both the banking and the leasing industry. Rob is currently a Senior Audit Manager with a major Canadian bank. His previous non-profit work includes Theatre Aquarius and Junior Achievement in Hamilton. Rob is a McMaster University graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Banks and has completed a numerous courses through the Canadian Securities Institute. In his spare time, Rob is a certified basketball coach and coaches a Juvenile Girls Rep team in Burlington. Rob resides near the Lake Ontario shoreline in Oakville, Ontario with his wife Ellen and their three children.



Chair of the Lake Ontario Stewards

Gord Downie has been a tireless supporter and Trustee for Lake Ontario since 2006. He is the lead vocalist and a driving creative force behind, The Tragically Hip, who have 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 enjoys a career as a solo artist. He’s released 3 albums to date, Coke Machine Glow, Battle of the Nudes and The Grand Bounce. And published a book of poetry called, Coke Machine Glow. Gord has also been involved in film. He’s directed music videos, narrated the Waterlife and National Parks Project documentaries, and has appeared in a number of films.


Lake Ontario Steward

Jennifer Baichwal is a Canadian documentary filmmaker. She was born in Montréal and studied philosophy and theology at McGill University. Baichwal’s works include 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.


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.



Lake Ontario Steward

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.


Lake Ontario Steward

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.


Lake Ontario Steward

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.


Lake Ontario Steward

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.


Lake Ontario Steward

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.


Lake Ontario Steward

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.


Lake Ontario Steward

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.



Lake Ontario Steward

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.



Lake Ontario Steward

Moses Znaimer is co-founder and former President and Executive Producer of Toronto’s radical and popular independent television station, Citytv Toronto. Born in Tajikistan, Moses Znaimer arrived in Montreal, a post war “DP” (displaced person), in 1948. His formal education was completed at McGill (Honours B.A.) and Harvard (M.A.) Universities. He holds a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Athabasca University, along with Honourary Doctoral Degrees from York University (2001) and the University of Windsor (2003). He is currently a Senior Resident at Massey College in the University of Toronto.