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Debbe Crandall

Debbe Crandall, of Caledon, has been involved with the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) as a volunteer board member and Executive Director. Ms. Crandall has represented STORM on a number of provincial initiatives concerned with landscape-scale, conservation planning and regional growth management. She has been appointed to the Oak Ridges Moraine Advisory Panel, which developed the framework for the Oak Ridges Moraine legislation, as well as the Central Ontario Smart Growth Panel. Ms. Crandall received the Ontario Heritage Foundation Community Recognition (Town of Caledon) in 1999 and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award in 2003.


          Peter Croal

After 20 years of service Peter recently departed the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), where he was the Manager, Environmental Integration Unit and Chair of the OECD SEA Task Team, in order to contribute to international environment and development issues and projects through contract and volunteer arrangements.

Peter Croal has:

  • over 32 years experience in program management natural resources, capacity building, sustainable development, environmental management, international development and governance sectors through employment with private sector, federal government and NGOs, including municipal, local and developing country field experience.
  • extensive capacity building experience in developing and managing environmental governance and public participation frameworks, training courses and associated implementation tools and processes for the public sector to respect national and international environmental laws, policies, conventions and agreements.
  • extensive project development and cross-cultural experience pertaining to capacity development, natural resources and environmental protection and management with the international Official Development Assistance community, international non-government organisations and aboriginal groups.
  • extensive experience gained from Canadian and international projects related to geology, mining, environmental management, aboriginal issues, partnership building, capacity development and governance.

Dr. Colin Mayfield, Chair

Colin Mayfield Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo. Colin has interests in microbiology, toxicology and information technology and has degrees from the University of Liverpool in England in microbiology. After one year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Microbiology Department at Macdonald College of McGill University in Montreal, Colin came to Waterloo in 1970.

For about 8 years (until 1994), Colin was the Associate Dean for Computing (Science) at the University of Waterloo. Thirty four years after arriving at Waterloo, he is working mainly in the area of applications of information technology to environmental problems and in bioremediation studies in groundwater systems. His research has changed over the years starting with soil microbiology (actinomycetes and streptomycete ecology) and then moved on to soil nitrogen studies, followed by aquatic microbiology and toxicology and that interest came to include another aquatic microbiology environment - bioremediation and groundwater microbiology. In the past few years, Colin has been working in the fields of information technology, environmental software development and cooperative projects in data management, sharing and application.

Colin became convinced that a major stumbling block in progress in the environmental area was not only the lack of information or research results in environmental issues, but a very disturbing lack of mechanisms to find and use data and information that already existed. Many people in government, industry and academia were simply not able to find, share and use existing data on environmental issues. With the rise of the Internet from a purely academic network for exchanging e-mail and files to a global network linking many different people and organizations, the opportunity was there to improve this data discovery, sharing and application.



At the moment, Colin is on secondment from the University of Waterloo to the United Nations University (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan) as the Assistant Director of the United Nations University - International Network for Water, Health and the Environment. This unit of the United Nations University is based in Ontario and its headquarters is at Macmaster University and at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. Colin looks after the Freshwater Ecosystems group and the information technology and communications for UNUINWEH . I am working there mainly on distance learning, freshwater ecosystems, provision of safe water and sanitation and environmental information systems (EIS). The Water Virtual Learning Centre (WVLC) is a project for the United Nations and is a series of 10 courses on Integrated Water Resources Management being given by distance education from a number of regional centres in developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.

Robert McFetridge

Bob McFetridge has been the Executive Secretary of the Federal Biodiversity Information Partnership since 2005 and is responsible for the administration and implementation of its activities. The Partnership is comprised of eight federal departments and agencies involved in increasing accessibility to and integrating the use of biodiversity data and information held by the Government of Canada. He also serves as a Canadian representative to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and has worked as an advisor to the UN Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity. He has led and been a member of many official Canadian delegations related to biodiversity and served on expert panels from 1992 through to 2004. He has also worked as a consultant on biodiversity issues in Africa, Central & South America and Vietnam.

From 1997 to 2004, he was Senior Advisor to Biodiversity Convention Office at Environment Canada, responsible for planning and overseeing the implementation of Article 8j (Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous issues) in Canada and internationally. He also chaired the Consultative Committee, overseeing discussions and negotiations between Federal departments and Aboriginal organizations.

During his term at Canadian Museum of Nature (formerly National Museum of Natural Sciences), 1975 to 1997, he developed and implemented international strategy for the Museum designed and implemented its corporate strategy on biodiversity, worked in the environmental policy forum of the Government of Canada, focused on public environmental policy and legislation such as the ‘Canadian Endangered Species Act (Species at Risk Act)’ COSEIWIC and the Canada Green Plan. He cofounded the Canadian Centre for Biodiversity and 'Canadian Biodiversity' a quarterly journal of the Museum.


Mark Whaley

Mark Whaley is currently serving his third consecutive term as Councillor for the City of Waterloo, Ontario. In that role he has been a member of numerous boards and committees as wide ranging as economic development, library board, international outreach and environment as well as many technical committees to improve city infrastructure.

As one of the originators of the "Intelligent Community" movement in Waterloo, Mark continues on as chair of the committee. They seek to capitalize on the global recognition brought to the city by being chosen the global "2007 Intelligent Community". He has been a goodwill ambassador on a number of other national and international award winning programs for his city. He is currently leading an initiative to build on a friendship agreement between Waterloo and the world’s largest city, Chongqing, China. As a community volunteer he is founder and Chair of the 10,000 Trees Project, an environmental organization that has been touted as a model for local environmental action that can be duplicated globally.

Mark has been the recipient of many local, provincial and national awards for his role as front line social and environmental activist including the Canadian Urban Leadership Award, the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism in Ontario and the Waterloo Award. He has also received the special sappers coin designated him as an Honourary Member of the 31st Combat Engineering Regiment.

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