Board of Directors and Officers

The Board of Directors of Ottawa Riverkeeper is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and provides guidance to the Riverkeeper and Executive Director. Our board members have extensive and diverse expertise, but all share a concern and passion for of the Ottawa River.

Geoff Green, C.M., C.Q.

Geoff Green, C.M., C.Q.

Chair

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Geoff is the founder and director of the Canadian-based organization Students on Ice, a pioneering program dedicated to taking high school students from around the world on learning expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic.
Geoff has been leading expeditions and adventures from pole to pole for the past decade and organizations such as the Discovery Channel, World Wildlife Fund, National Audubon and the Smithsonian Institution have enlisted him to lead their groups into the world’s most remote and exciting regions. In December 2012, Geoff was appointed to the prestigious Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour. This was in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to his community and to his field “for his contributions as an environmental educator and explorer, notably his commitment to conservation issues in the Arctic and Antarctic.” He is an international ambassador for several organizations including Canada Goose, Jardin des Glaciers and the Mingan Island Cetecean Study. Geoff lives in Chelsea, Québec on the Gatineau River. To learn more about Geoff, visit www.geoffgreen.ca.
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Jean Perras

Jean Perras

Vice-Chair

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Jean Perras is an expert in the fields of strategic planning and sustainable development, and has expertise in international development. He has served as Mayor of the Municipality of Chelsea, Quebec and as Prefect of the Collines-de-l'Outaouais Regional County Municipality. He was also vice-president of the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Jean has advised many national and international institutions, including the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, and the United Nations Development Program. From 2001 to 2006, he was Chair of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. From 2013 to 2015, he was a strategic planning and sustainable development consultant for the reconstruction of the city center of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Since 2009, he has been acting as an expert consultant on strategic planning for Quebec municipalities. In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedicated service to strengthening municipal governments.
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Mark Patry

Mark Patry

Treasurer

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Mark is a chartered accountant and is currently a partner with Welch LLP, an Ottawa-based public accounting firm. Fishing has always been Mark’s passion and he gets out on the river regularly.
Mark is a member of Muskies Canada as well as the Ottawa and Kingston Field Naturalists’ clubs, where he pursues his new passion of birding. Over the years, Mark has witnessed many changes in the river that affect fish and their habitat including invasive species, shoreline development and increased boat traffic.
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Colleen Westeinde

Colleen Westeinde

Secretary

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Colleen earned her civil engineering degree at Western University in London, Ontario and practiced in Vancouver. She returned to Ottawa with her family in 2001 and now manages Clearly Solar Energy.
Colleen enjoys swimming in, paddling through, running beside and biking along the Ottawa River to keep her sane and invigorated. Colleen is passionate about environmental stewardship, cross-cultural understanding, building strong communities and youth engagement. Her parents taught her the importance of making a difference in her community, which is a message she hopes to pass on to her five children. Colleen has been a life-long volunteer, for which she was rewarded the Governor General's Caring Canadian award. Colleen helped sponsor and support a Syrian refugee family in rebuilding their lives in Ottawa. She organizes a fundraising gala for the St. Joe’s Women’s, volunteers with Soup Sisters, and has welcomed two former refugees into her family. She helped launch the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program that brings together pro-bono lawyers and private refugee sponsors across the country. Her decades of community service include being involved locally and nationally with the global peace organization CISV International, running fun international awareness and fundraising events at her children’s schools, supporting families in crises, managing youth sports teams, participating on many school parent boards and organizing their fundraisers, canvassing for March of Dimes and the Cancer, Arthritis and Diabetes Societies, organizing a Blockwatch group, and – many moons ago - student governance.
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Alexandra M. McGee

Alexandra M. McGee

Director

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Alexandra M. McGee was a Canadian National Whitewater Canoe Slalom Team Member from 2009 until 2016. A few of her most memorable results were when she placed sixth at the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia and fifth at the 2012 World Cup in Pau, France.
Other than paddling, Alexandra has also taken interest in international and national conflict studies and humanitarian issues. From 2010 until 2016, she completed her Bachelors in Social Science with Honours in Conflict Studies and Human Rights with a cum laude distinction. Alexandra understands how powerful and special our water ways are. Her experiences on the water have shaped how she views the world and everything in it. She knows that there must be balance and is aware that now more than ever we must fight to protect the water and our home. Alexandra believes we must take action to protect our water and our rights and in 2016 she travelled to North Dakota to show her solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors who are rising up to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline pipeline. Alexandra’s interest in human and environmental rights is what inspired her to apply for the JD-MA program. She is currently studying in a prestigious joint degree program; where she will go on to receive a Common Law degree from the University of Ottawa while also obtaining her Masters of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton. During her time there, she has also been elected as the French/Bilingual Executive Member for the Indigenous Law School Association (ILSA). She wants to do her part in securing a better future for future generations as well as all of mother earth’s gifts.
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Fiona McKean

Fiona McKean

Director

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After several years as a manager at Global Affairs Canada, Fiona dramatically switched course and now owns and operates The Opinicon.
In charge of design, marketing, finances and more, Fiona has ignited the renewal of the historic lodge on the Rideau Lake System while reinventing it as an engine for social growth.
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Philip Rimer

Philip Rimer

Director

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Phil practices in Dentons Canada LLP’s Real Estate, Infrastructure Development and Financial Services Practice Groups, primarily on behalf of institutional stakeholders (including pension funds, banks and public sector entities) in commercial real estate and infrastructure projects.
In addition, Phil has extensive experience in transactions structured under the Financial Administration Act and aboriginal stakeholder transactions (primarily “renewable energy” and “on reserve” infrastructure projects).
Phil has been recognized by: • The Best Lawyers in Canada, as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Banking and Finance Law (2010–2017), Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (2013–2017) and Real Estate Law (2012–2017) • The Best Lawyers in Canada, as “Lawyer of the Year” in Banking and Finance Law, Ottawa (2014 and 2017) • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the areas of Property Development (2013-2016) and Banking & Financial Institutions (2016) • Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers (2014-2016), as one of “Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers” • PLC Cross-border Corporate Real Estate Handbook 2010/11 (final year of publication), among Canada’s leading real estate lawyers
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Bob Slater, C.M.

Bob Slater, C.M.

Director

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Dr Robert Slater is an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Policy at Carleton University. Dr Slater was a Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister Policy, Assistant Deputy Minister Environmental Protection, and Director General for Ontario Region at Environment Canada.
He helped establish the NRTEE and the International institute for Sustainable Development. He was a key player in the Acid Rain Agreements, Canada-US Accord on Air Quality, and the 1990 Green Plan. He helped prepare for Canada’s role in the UN conference on the Environment in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He played a major role which led to the Canadian Environmental Protect Act and the Species at Risk Act. Additionally Slater also chaired the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board from 1976-1982. Dr Slater was a cofounder of Pollutech, an environmental consulting company. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2009.
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Peter van Roon

Peter van Roon

Director


Celine Whiteduck

Celine Whiteduck

Director

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Celine is an Anishinabekwe from the community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. She is a mother of two amazing teenage daughters, which she feels is her greatest role in life. She is also a high school teacher/coach at the Kitigan Zibi School for over 21 years and always encourages youth to find their individual gifts and share them with the world.
Celine and her husband Jan Cote launched the Kitigan Zibi Canoe & Kayak Club to bring paddling back to her community over 10 years ago. She also co-organizes an annual reconciliation paddle called “Chimeda”, which means paddling together. It brings the communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Wakefield & Chelsea together for the love of the water, paddling and to create meaningful relationships.
As an Anishinabekwe Celine acknowledge that Water is Sacred, as children are Sacred. She feels her role as a woman is being the connection to the spirit of water, as a child bearer. She also knows that she has responsibilities to protect and nurture water. As Water is Life.
As Celine learns the teachings of the Water (Nibi), she acknowledges her role as a Keeper of the Water. She understands that it is important that we all gain knowledge through academic and traditional understandings. Always, reflecting on the wisdom that is shared by all, which will allow us all to further grow and understand the Natural Truths of Mother Earth. All is connected…. We are all related….
The Earth is said to be a woman. In this way it is understood that woman preceded man on the Earth. She is called Mother Earth because from Her come all living things. Water is Her life blood.
It flows through Her, nourishes Her, and purifies Her.”
The Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway

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Tracey Clark

Tracey Clark

Director

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Tracey Clark is the President & CEO of Bridgehead Coffee. Bridgehead is a proud local company that serves exceptional coffees from small-scale growers at nineteen coffeehouses in Ottawa including its signature Roastery.
Tracey has long been an advocate for social and environmental issues that affect our community and is particularly passionate about the issue of plastics in our water. She is an outdoors enthusiast, reader, cook and sometimes forager.
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Frédéric Boulanger

Frédéric Boulanger

Director

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Fred is an out-of-the closet design and technology geek who envisions a world where software enables the full potential of ideas, enriches lives, and is a joy to use. He has led Macadamian in its tremendous growth to become a multi-million dollar consultancy with an award-winning work culture. As a past director of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Fred is an active advocate for expanding Canada’s innovative capacities. He is also a community leader and a co-founder of the Ottawa High School Technology Program, which encourages a passion for science in high school students.
Frédéric graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a B.S. in Computer Science. He resides with his wife and three children in Gatineau, Quebec, where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and BBQ'ing for family and friends.
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Michael McSweeney

Michael McSweeney

Director

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Michael McSweeney was appointed President and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) in 2010, after serving as the CAC’s Vice President of Industry Affairs for three years. He serves as a Director of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute.
Prior to joining the CAC, Michael held leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. His 30-year work experience includes terms as CEO of the Standards Council of Canada; City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa; special assistant for the Minister of Defence; and as Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition and later the Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable Brian Mulroney.
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Phil Marion

Phil Marion

Director

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Phil Marion is a Private Company Services partner in PwC Canada’s national capital office, located in Gatineau.
Phil provides consulting, research and tax planning for small — and medium-sized companies in various industry sectors. He specializes in SR&ED credits as well as CDAE tax credits, and he has extensive experience in claiming and defending SR&ED tax credit claims with tax authorities.
Phil has over 20 years of experience in supporting the growth and development of businesses at the administrative, accounting and tax levels. He held positions as controller and manager before founding two companies, PGPM in 2000 and Macalis in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), obtained from the Université du Québec en Outaouais in 1996, and he is also member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec.
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Meredith Brown

Meredith Brown

Riverkeeper Emeritus (Officer)

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Meredith Brown, a champion for freshwater protection, is widely known throughout the vast Ottawa River Watershed as the founding Executive Director and Riverkeeper for the charitable organization Ottawa Riverkeeper, a licensed member of Waterkeeper Alliance.
Over 15 years, Meredith significantly raised the profile of the Ottawa River and brought together community organizations, municipal, provincial, federal governments, First Nation leaders, industry and civil society to work collaboratively to protect and restore the ecological health and resilience of the watershed. Over Meredith’s tenure, Ottawa Riverkeeper created a large network of dedicated citizen scientists and Riverwatchers. Meredith also strengthened the network of Canadian Waterkeepers, was a founding affiliate of the Waterkeeper Swim Guide and the National Water Centre.
Meredith holds degrees in biology, environmental engineering and resource and environmental management. Meredith is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and was awarded the Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature. Meredith is a director and a member of the National Council of the Canadian Canoe Museum.
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Elizabeth Logue

Elizabeth Logue

Riverkeeper (Officer)

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As Riverkeeper Elizabeth (Algonquin/Irish) works as a strong advocate for a healthy watershed for generations to come, as well as providing a voice for its entire ecosystem.
Elizabeth has close to 20 years experience within the federal government and her community, working on partnerships and community development which bring together federal, provincial and Indigenous collaborators toward common goals linked to sustainable development.
Her favourite water activities are canoeing, swimming and collecting rocks along the shoreline of the Tenagàdinozìbi (Gatineau) river, McGregor Lake in Val-des-Monts, as well as other rivers, lakes and streams!
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Patrick Nadeau

Patrick Nadeau

Executive Director (Officer)

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As the Executive Director, Patrick is responsible for leading the team and managing the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.
Patrick holds a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Ottawa as a Loran Scholar and a M.Sc. in Forest Science from the University of British Columbia. Patrick has prior experience with working on provincial, national, and international environmental files while serving as an Executive Director for CPAWS Quebec.
His favourite river activities are paddling along the Dumoine River and swimming.
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