Bill is a former business executive and corporate director. He is a passionate conservationist and nature photographer and has published several books of his work. He is a former Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and of the Sources of Knowledge Forum. He currently serves as a director of Canada’s History Society.
A citizen-scientist in the field of climate studies for over 40 years, he has documented climate change on the Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula by comparing records from his weather station in Tobermory with those of the 20th century.
Peter A. Victor is a Professor Emeritus at York University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UBC and has worked for 50 years in Canada and abroad on economy and environment issues as an academic, consultant and public servant. His work on ecological economics, notably on environmentally extended input output analysis, ecological macroeconomics, and alternatives to economic growth, is widely cited. He has received several prizes and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Ethan Meleg grew up near Point Pelee National Park, which turned him into a ‘bird nerd’ at a young age and inspired his passion for nature and parks. His Parks Canada career started in 1999 as a naturalist at Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. He has grown into many different roles, and spent a few years at Georgian Bay Islands National Park, before coming back to the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula a few years ago – this time with a family in tow. Ethan is a member of the park management team and is currently the acting Park Superintendent.
Outside of his work with Parks Canada, Ethan is an accomplished nature photographer. His greatest passion is exploring parks and wild areas with his camera, whether on exciting trips or close to home.
Fraser Thomson has been a lawyer with Ecojustice for the last 9 years. He is a settler with Scottish, Irish and French heritage. For 7 years he was based in Treaty 7 territory working out of Ecojustice’s Calgary office but recently moved back to his hometown of Toronto. His work focuses mainly on rights based climate change litigation and the impacts of coal, oil and gas operations and transportation on communities. He is currently leading Ecojustice’s work on the Mathur litigation in which seven young Ontarians are challenging the Ford government’s weakening of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions targets using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. His past work has included successfully opposing a thermal coal export facility in Surrey BC and securing a federal ban on new thermal coal mines as well as coordinating Ecojustice’s opposition to coal projects including proposed mines in Alberta. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was involved in various environmental and social justice organizations and when he’s not at work he enjoys hiking, playing hockey, and trying to grow vegetables in his garden.
Emily Martin is a resident of the Northern Saugeen Peninsula and the Manager of Resources and Infrastructure for the Environment Office of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON). In her role she manages the duty to consult and accommodate SON for all proposed development in SON Territory (other than energy projects) and the relationship with Parks Canada for SON. Emily is passionate about public education in SON Territory and is looking forward to connecting with the SOK community.
Daimen is the co-founder and Executive Director of Community Forests International, a charitable organization with a mission to protect and restore the climate by enabling communities and forests to thrive together.
Community Forests created one of the first forest carbon storage projects in Canada in 2012, to preserve the endangered Wabanaki forest of the Maritimes, and leads community-based climate resilience projects internationally in vulnerable regions including Zanzibar and Mozambique.
Daimen has witnessed firsthand how people can become a restorative force for forests and the climate. He will share the latest learnings from Community Forests’ work on improving carbon storage and biodiversity of forests with highlights including the most climate-adapted trees, successful strategies for mobilizing communities and funding local forest protection, and inspiring findings on the link between the global climate stability and local disaster risk reduction provided by community forests.
Ralph C. Martin grew up on his family farm in Wallenstein, ON. After 4-H, his formal education includes, a B.A. and an M.Sc. in Biology from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from McGill University. His research and teaching began at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, in 1990, and he realized students teach him too. In 2001, he founded the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada www.dal.ca/faculty/agriculture/oacc/en-home.html to coordinate university research and education pertaining to organic systems, across Canada . In 2011, he was appointed as Professor and the Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph. In 2019, he retired and published his book, Food Security.
Between 2017-2019, Steve listened to the voices of over 100,000 young Canadians in person. He helped students undertake more than a hundred local sustainability projects. He drove 160,000 km to over 500 schools in more than 400 towns, focusing on rural and remote communities that didn’t want to talk about climate change. Enough students were talking about it at dinner tables that Alberta’s energy ‘war room’ opened with an attack on Steve, which led to a barrage of death threats by parents requiring RCMP protection in some schools. What is climate denial really about? Why is it so emotionally charged? How do we bridge the divides? The answer: listening in love.
John Terpstra is a poet, author and cabinetmaker whose work often focuses on the built and natural geography of the not-quite-post-industrial city of Hamilton. His most recent non-fiction work, Daylighting Chedoke, concerns a buried creek in the city. One of his poems, Giants, is mounted on a plaque on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking downtown Hamilton.