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Special Advisor and Climate Action Group

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Special Advisor and Climate Action Group

John Godfrey special advisor on climate change, and chair of the climate action group

John Godfrey has had an extensive and accomplished career dedicated to public service that spans over 30 years. He was first elected to the federal House of Commons as the member of parliament for Don Valley West in 1993. He was re-elected four times, holding the position until 2008. From 2003-04, Godfrey was the parliamentary secretary to the prime minister and from 2004-06, he served in cabinet as minister of state for Infrastructure and Communities. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the distribution of $5.6 billion for strategic, municipal, rural and border infrastructure programs.

Prior to being elected to Parliament, Godfrey served as vice-president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He was also editor of the Financial Post for four years and spent 14 years in academia, holding various positions at the University of Kings College, including associate professor, president and vice-chancellor.

Godfrey has been involved in many community and public service organizations, including president of the Council for Canadian Unity, a board of directors member for the National Film Board, a co-founder of the Committee of Concerned Nova Scotians for Justice and a board of directors member for Pollution Probe.

Most recently, Godfrey was the headmaster of the Toronto French School. He has a bachelor of arts (honours) in modern history and English literature from the University of Toronto, a master's degree in modern history from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in modern history from Oxford University.


Louise Comeau

Louise Comeau is the executive director for Climate Action Network Canada -- a national coalition of more than 90 organizations that brings labour, development, faith-based and Aboriginal groups together with national and provincial organizations working on climate change. Comeau has worked for the Ontario Climate Change Secretariat, as well as the British Columbia Climate Change Secretariat. She has served as a member of the board of directors for the Ontario Power Authority, a co-chair of Climate Action Network International, and is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service. Comeau has a master's degree in environmental education and communication from Royal Roads University and a Ph.D. in forestry and environmental management from the University of New Brunswick.

John D. Coyne

John Coyne currently serves as vice-president of legal and external affairs, and general counsel for Unilever Canada. In this role, he has initiated and championed the largest commercial green energy purchase in Canada. Coyne was a Corporate Associate with Osler, Hoskin, and Harcourt, and has served a number of community and professional organizations, including as a director for Evergreen, an executive chair of the board and director for Canadian Stewardship Alliance Inc., and as a chair of the board and director for Stewardship Ontario. Coyne has an Honours B.A. from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

Lisa DeMarco

Lisa DeMarco is a partner with the law firm, Zizzo, Allan, DeMarco L.L.P., which specializes in environment, business, energy and climate change law and policy. DeMarco is ranked by Chamber's Global as one of the world's leading climate change lawyers, and she regularly attends and advises on related United Nations negotiations. She has served on the editorial board of the Carbon and Climate Law Review and was a member of the now-completed Ontario Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel. DeMarco has a Master of Science (honours) from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, a master's in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School, and has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall.

Dennis DesRosiers

Dennis DesRosiers is currently the president of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Incorporated; an automotive market research and consulting group founded in 1985. Prior to that he was the director of research for the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association of Canada and has served as a senior auto industry analyst for the former Ontario Ministry of Treasury and Economics. DesRosiers has been a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Windsor, is currently on the board of directors of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation and is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal recipient. He has an Honours B.A. in Economics from the University of Windsor.

Peter Gilgan

Peter Gilgan is the founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes; Canada's largest new home builder. Gilgan was inducted into the EnerQuality Hall of Fame in 2014 for make a lasting impact on energy efficiency and green building in the housing industry over the course of his career. Mattamy Homes has received several awards for its home building and customer service excellence, including 2014 Home Builder of the Year and 2012 JD Power Builder of Excellence.

David Herle

David Herle is an owner and principal partner at the Gandalf Group Incorporated, which offers research and strategic advice in brand development, policy advocacy, reputation management, consumer research, issues management and communications. He is the founder of the Chamber of Maritime Commerce, formerly serving as the general manager, and is a regular contributor to Business News Network and the Globe and Mail's Report on Business. Herle has a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Regina, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.

Daniel Leeming

Daniel Leeming is a partner of The Planning Partnership; an organization which combines urban design, communications, planning, and landscape architecture to help create projects, studies and plans for sustainable development. Leeming is currently a board member of Active Healthy Kids Canada and of the Council on Canadian Urbanism. He was a co-chair of Canada Green Buildings and a vice-chair of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel. Leeming has a B.A. in urban studies from York University and a Master of Environmental Science in Urban Planning and Design from York University.

Don McCabe

Don McCabe is a self-employed farmer, with a history of livestock production, though he currently farms corn, soybean and wheat. McCabe currently serves as the President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, having been elected in November 2014 to represent 37,000 farmers in the province. He also serves as vice-chair of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. McCabe was a member of the Inwood Fire Department, including five years as chief. McCabe has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario.

Michael McSweeney

Michael McSweeney is currently the president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada, representing the eight cement companies operating in Canada. In this role, he has led the association's actions to increase engagement opportunities on climate change and clean air regulatory/legislative developments across Canada. McSweeney has served as vice-president of investor relations, government affairs, and corporate secretary with Bennett Environmental. He was a city and regional councillor for the City of Ottawa and Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. McSweeney has a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

Kathleen Padulo

Kathleen Padulo is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames and currently works as the environment coordinator for the Chiefs of Ontario. In this role, Padulo is responsible for providing advice, guidance and recommendations to the Chiefs in Ontario as it relates to a broad range of environmental concerns. She served as an environment officer for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and volunteered for the Canadian Executive Services Organization, working national and internationally with indigenous people. Padulo has been a board member on a number of different community organizations, including the Sustainability Network in Toronto and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. She has an Honours B.A. in Native Studies from Trent University and a master's in Environmental Studies from York University.

Robert Page

Robert Page is currently the director of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Agency and chair of the Audit, Financial, and Risk Committee. He was a vice-president of sustainability for TransAlta Corporation, a dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary and a professor of environment and resource studies at Trent University for over 30 years. Page is a past chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, as well as a past member of the board of directors for Pollution Probe. Page has a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University.

Tom Rand

Tom Rand is currently a managing partner with ArcTerm Ventures; a venture capital fund that provides early-stage capital to companies developing breakthrough ideas in the clean-tech sector. He also serves as the clean tech senior advisor for MaRS Venture Services and was the founder and director of VCI Green Funds. Rand's community involvement includes serving as a board member for Environmental Defence and for Cape Farewell. Rand has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Master of Science in the Philosophy of Science from the University of London, Kings College and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Sheena Sharp

Sheena Sharp is the president of Coolearth Architecture, a firm focusing on the design of low-energy and low environmental impact buildings and interiors. In this role, she has worked on projects for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Bombardier Aerospace and the Shawanaga First Nation. Sharp has served as president of the Ontario Association of Architects and as chair of the Parry Sound Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee, Community Development and Housing Sub-Committee. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington.

James St. John

James St. John is currently the business manager of the Central Ontario Building Trades, overseeing 25 construction affiliates with approximately 80,000 men and women. In this role, he also oversees all aspects of their youth training and employment program. St. John was a co-chair on the Joint Health and Safety Committee at Pearson Airport, as a member of Iron Workers Local 721. He is also a former community representative for 'Hammer Heads'; a skill and employment-based training program offering apprenticeship career opportunities to youth in under-resourced neighborhoods. St. John attended Trades School at George Brown College.

Katie Sullivan

Katie Sullivan is the director of North America and climate finance for the International Emissions Trading Association. In this role, she manages and coordinates activities on behalf of multi-sector business memberships across North America and dialogues with businesses, governments and other stakeholders on market designs to tackle climate change. She is also a member of the Environmental Finance Committee at the University of Toronto and of the Climate Advisory Group with the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Office. Sullivan has an Honours B.A. of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University, and a Master of Arts in Environments Development Policy from the University of Sussex.

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