Our directors

James Warrilow

Former Chair of Maclean Hunter Publishing Limited

James is a self-employed media executive who was the one-time publisher of The Financial Post and Maclean’s magazine, President of Maclean Hunter Publishing Company and former-president of the Canadian Club of Toronto. He is a Toronto resident who cares about the city and our country and wishes to devote time to their future health.

Michael de Pencier

Chairman of Key Publishers Company Ltd

Michael is Chairman of Key Publishers Company Ltd, the former publisher Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Business, Owl and Chickadee. Key is now a green enterprise facilitator and investment firm. Michael is also Founder and Director of Investeco Capital, Canada’s first environmental investment company. He has chaired the World Wildlife Fund Canada and Ontario College of Art and Design, and is a former director of the Women’s College Hospital. Michael has been honoured with the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and with his family has planted 45,000 trees on their property near Rosemont, Ontario.

David Love

Former Executive Director, The Living City Foundation

David Love is the former Executive Director of the The Living City Foundation of the TRCA, former VP Marketing and Development at WWF, and prior to that he was with the Stephen Thomas company. David is currently on the boards of the Natural Step, the Sustainability Network, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, the National Sanitarium Association, and the Forest Advisory Board of the Ivey Foundation. He also works for his daughter’s company Agents of Good. David’s current obsession is helping environmental and social justice organizations get into the business of legacies.

Michael Adams

Leading Market Researcher

Michael Adams is as entertaining as he is informative. He is one of Canada’s leading thinkers on public opinion, demographics and social trends as President of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies, which he co-founded in 1970. Named by Marketing Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Canadian communications, he has authored six bestselling books, including Sex in the Snow, Unlikely Utopia and Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values, which was selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the 100 most important books ever published in Canada.

Rosemary Speirs

Former journalist

Rosemary is a former newspaper columnist and feature writer for Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. Rosemary has served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Ontario Nature, including two years as President of the Board. She is a life member of Pickering Field Naturalists and a member of Toronto Field Naturalists, and the founding chair of Equal Voice, a national organization for the election of more women to political office, for which she received a Governor-General’s award for service to Canadian women.

Janet McCausland

Principal, Get It Done Communications

Get It Done Communications offers strategic communications services to businesses that are moving towards sustainability. Janet’s background includes developing programs such as the Green Toronto Awards and the Natural Burial Association, as well as the launch of several products for corporate and non-profit clients.

Kim Bilous

Executive Director, Development, Pickering College

Kim is a life-long environmental advocate. She recently left World Wildlife Fund Canada, having spent 20 years successfully raising funds and advancing a variety of pressing conservation causes. She has been a successful development and communications consultant, and is now working happily at an independent school. She is engaged in various charitable and eco-entrepreneurial initiatives, and continues to serve on Boards and Committees, including the Trinity College Environment Committee at the University of Toronto.

Michel Cabardos

Superintendent, Cobourg Union Cemetery

Michel has championed the cause of natural burial grounds in his role as superintendent of the beautiful Cobourg Union Cemetery. He has been a long-term advocate of the use of earth-friendly processes, including the avoidance of pesticides and herbicides.

Mary Anne Brinckman (1935–2007)

Founding Director

Mary Anne Brinckman was an exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate environmentalist. An extraordinary practical result of her environmental mission was her creative role in establishing three green magazines: she was the co-founding editor of Owl and Chickadee, the co-founding editor of Toronto Life Gardens (subsequently Gardening Life) and the founding editor of Green Living magazine. Her belief in Green Burial led to the formation of this Association.