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Board of Directors

Chairperson
Meg Sears (PhD)

Meg Sears (PhD) has advanced environmental health for decades, and as Chair of Prevent Cancer Now she works to “make least-toxic the norm.” She was trained in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (University of Toronto) and biochemical engineering (PhD, McGill), and has diverse laboratory experience including energy research. With skills in scientific analysis and writing, she later gained associations with medical researchers. Some highlights include: the “Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities” for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, leading to a policy under the Canadian Human Rights Act; a CIHR and SSHRC funded review of environmental, public health and medical approaches for toxic elements; three guidance documents addressing toxicants, indoor environments, and COVID-19 with the Canadian Committee on Indoor Air Quality; and rich collaborations with Canadian environmental health and policy organizations. When she is not working, you’ll probably find Meg roaming the outdoors, or “playing in the mud,” gardening.

Secretary/Treasurer
Robin McLeod

Robin McLeod worked as a Chartered Financial Analyst working as an oil and gas analyst in the investment industry, before she moved to the non-profit sector. Over the years Robin has worked with a number of non-profit organizations including: the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Crazy Canuck Ken Read, organizing legendary fundraising ski races across Canada; Evergreen, transforming flat and boring school grounds into oases of native vegetation and innovative learning environments; Calgary River Valleys as a Communications and Outreach Coordinator; and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, engaging volunteers in conservation stewardship activities throughout Alberta. In her spare time Robin founded S2G, a non-profit society addressing the health of the Elbow River in Calgary, and co-founded and chairs the Coalition for a Healthy Calgary, an organization of scientists, professionals, health practitioners and citizens calling for the elimination of non-essential pesticide use in Calgary’s urban environments.

Members
Ellen Sweeney (PhD)

Ellen Sweeney (PhD) is a health researcher and policy analyst, interested in environmental health, women’s health, and primary prevention of disease. She completed a PhD in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and an MA in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University. Her doctoral research analyzed the laws, policies and practices that encompass Canada’s regulatory regime for toxic substances in order to determine if they are inherently precautionary, and if they enact a primary prevention approach. This research identified gaps in law, policy and practice and in doing so, concludes that women’s health is not adequately protected from detrimental health outcomes, including breast cancer. Ellen currently works as a Research Scientist at the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow Project (Atlantic PATH) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has also worked with the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health, Canadian Women’s Health Network, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Dalhousie University, and on CIHR team grants on environmental contaminants and reproductive health.

Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg (PhD, MES)

Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg (PhD, MES) holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (York University) and a PhD (University of Toronto). An education and film consultant, she researches, writes and speaks on environmental health, equality, social, economic and environmental justice, peace and energy issues. She has worked with the National Film Board, school boards, non-governmental organizations, health professional and policy groups on these issues. She was principal research consultant and associate producer of the documentary video, Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer and researcher/writer of the accompanying guidebook Taking Action for a Healthy Future. She then researched and produced Toxic Trespass, a documentary on children’s health and the environment as a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, and co-wrote the accompanying educational resource guide, Taking Action on Children’s Health and the Environment. She also teaches Environmental Health at the University of Toronto. As a grandmother, she stresses the importance of our work for future generations on a healthy, peaceful planet.

Michelle Meyer (ND)

Michelle Meyer (ND) has practiced naturopathic medicine in Ottawa since 2000, having graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her practice embraces her belief in food as medicine, and the vital importance of food quality including the need for organically grown crops as essential for optimal health, and reducing the likelihood of cancers and many other health disorders and illnesses. With post-graduate training in counselling, Michelle’s practice is distinct in its integration of naturopathic medicine with psychotherapy techniques to support patients with acute and chronic physical and/or mental health challenges. Michelle is a well-established public speaker, writer and workshop facilitator. She created the radio program The Well Street Journal, pioneering broader media coverage of natural and holistic health care approaches. Michelle is a long-time community activist, having worked with indigenous communities, community health, environment and co-operative organizations. Her passions include canoe tripping, biking and hiking, storytelling and singing.

Richard van der Jagt (MD, FRCP)

Richard van der Jagt (MD, FRCP Internal Medicine and Hematology) was a staff hematologist at the General Hospital in Ottawa for 28 years. He achieved a BSc (Hon) majoring in pharmacology and physiology at the University of Toronto, and worked in neuroscience prior to medical school. At McMaster University, Dr. van der Jagt studied Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. van der Jagt’s education was completed with a hematology fellowship at University of Toronto and a stem cell transplant fellowship in Seattle. Dr. van der Jagt founded and chaired the Canadian Leukemia Studies Group, efficiently completing the largest Canadian clinical trial to date, and which served as the model for today’s Canadian Clinical Trials Coordinating Centre. Since 2002, his clinical practice and research efforts focused largely on lymphoma and myeloma — diseases that have been linked to environmental toxicants. Richard is working with others to develop a national registry to enable scientific linkage of environmental exposures to adverse health effects.

Honourary Directors

Our Honourary Directors

Sharon Batt
Dr. Warren Bell, MD
Mae Burrows
Dr. Graham Chance
Michael Gilbertson, PhD
Ruth Grier
Dr. Trevor Hancock
Henry Lickers
Elizabeth May
Ann Phillips, PhD
Larry Stoffman
Dr. David Swann