Board of Directors

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.

Geoff Green, C.M.

Chair

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.
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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. Close

Raymond Brunet

Raymond Brunet

Vice-Chair

Raymond Brunet is the current President of Ed. Brunet & Associates Canada Inc., a 4th generation family-owned general contracting company that is over 110 years old! Raymond became President in 1994 when he assumed control of the family firm.
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Ed. Brunet & Associates completed its first construction project in 1901. It was recognized as the top construction firm in the Outaouais region of Quebec in 2003 and has won many awards. In 2007, it was one the top 20 employers of the National Capital. The company mainly works in the National Capital area with annual revenues of roughly $30 million a year, mostly in the institutional sector. Raymond was chair of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in 2007. CCA has more than 20,000 members across the country and represent the construction industry in the industrial, institutional and commercial sector. He is also a Past President (1989) of the Outaouais Construction Association in Gatineau, Quebec.He was Chair of the International Ottawa Airport in 2011-12. In 1999, he was named business person of the year by the Chamber of commerce of Gatineau. In 2005, he was named engineer of the year by Chamber of Commerce of Gatineau and the local chapter of the ‘Ordre des ingénieurs’. He is extremely active in the community business and charitable pursuits. In 2001, he was chair of the United Way campaign for the Outaouais. He was president of many fund raising events in addition to sit on some local charitable foundations. He climbed the Kilimanjaro as part of a $200 000 fund raising campaign for the Gatineau hospital. Raymond is a Civil Engineer who also holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa. Raymond has a cottage at lake Edja (Municipality of Blue Sea, Qc) and was chair of the lake’s association for more than 15 years. Close

Mark Patry

Mark Patry

Treasurer

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.
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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. Close

Megan Conway

Megan Conway

Secretary

Dr. Megan Conway is the Chair of Health and Community Studies at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley. She has spent the last ten years working in Waterloo Region and Toronto and loves leading organizational and community change projects.
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She has a PhD in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo with a focus on evaluating place-based poverty reduction initiatives. With a B.Ed from Queen’s University and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge her educational background is eclectic. Megan grew up on the Ottawa River—teaching swimming in it, spending summers by it and watching it ebb and flow in each of the seasons. She is passionate about places and the environment and how youth can be engaged more directly in taking environmental action. Close

Jean Perras

Jean Perras

Jean Perras is an expert in policy and strategic planning. He is also an expert in sustainable international development. Perras has served as municipal councilor, deputy mayor, and mayor of the Municipality of Chelsea (Quebec). He has also served as warden of the Regional Municipal Authority (MRC) des Collines-de-l’Outaouais and vice president of the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
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Jean has advised many national and international institutions including the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, the United Nations Development Program and the Development NGO Liaison Committee of the EU. From 2001 to 2006, he chaired the Canadian National Advisory Committee of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. He is currently engaged as a strategic planning and sustainable development advisor for the Municipality of Blanc-Sablon, Quebec. Mr Perras was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II diamond Jubilee Medal for dedicated service in strengthening municipal governments in 2013. Close

Bob Slater, C.M.

Bob Slater, C.M.

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.
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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. Close

Daniel Spence

Daniel Spence

An insightful strategic communicator with a passion for analysis and behaviourism. A broad range of experience, including directing internal and external communications for a national non-profit, subject matter expertise in the field of sustainable transportation and planning, and the design and development of a successful web app.
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A strategic communicator who Is dedicated to analysis and behaviorism. Spence has experience in directing internal and external communications for national non-profit organizations. He has experience in the field of sustainable transportation and planning as well as the design and development of an outstanding web app. He has experience as a sustainable transport manager where he encourages students and staff to use sustainable transportation to get to University. He was a director of Communications in the Sierra Club. Spence was also a Principal with Blue Heron Solutions where he invented the Cupsucker disposable cup management solution for events and festivals. The Cupsucker simplifies the process of separating compostable cups from other waste so they can be sent to a compost facility while reducing the amount of space they take by 80%. Daniel was also a Community Programs Manager at EnviroCentre. At EnviroCentre he concentrated on city-wide transportation demand management program and initiative, while working with the municipal government. Close

Peter van Roon

Peter van Roon

Carrie Wallace

Carrie Wallace

Carrie has a long history of marrying her passion for the outdoors with a love of business and community development. Carrie joins us with 20+ years of experience developing enterprises that encourage enjoyment of and appreciation for the natural world.
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Carrie earned an MBA from the University of Ottawa and is a managing partner in Common Ground, a community driven development located in Chelsea, Quebec. Carrie is leading this development of a conservation community based on preserving greenspace and the agricultural heritage of the farm on which it is located. Close

Colleen Westeinde

Colleen Westeinde

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.
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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. Close

Philip Rimer

Philip Rimer

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.
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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 Close

Fiona McKean

Fiona McKean

After several years as a manager at Global Affairs Canada, Fiona dramatically switched course and now owns and operates The Opinicon.
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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. Close

Alexandra M. McGee

Alexandra M. McGee

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.
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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. Close