ANDREW KETT, MA, MBA (Chair)
Andrew Kett is an educator and conservationist. He is the Manager of Education for Credit Valley Conservation and facilitates the Young Conservation Professionals Leadership Program, based at the University of Guelph. He holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. He lives in Toronto and comes from Norfolk County, Ontario, where his family has lived for seven generations.
ANASTASIA LINTNER, PhD, LLB (Vice-Chair/Treasurer)
A passionate public interest advocate, Dr. Lintner is Principal of the recently established enterprise focusing on sustainability law and policy – Lintner Law. Prior to moving to private practice, she was employed as a staff lawyer and economist with Ecojustice Canada for more than a decade. She has taught and researched at numerous post-secondary institutions, including the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Queen’s University. Dr. Lintner specializes in environmental assessment, conservation and water law, and in Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights.
NIDHI TANDON, MSc.
Originally from East Africa, now based in Toronto, Nidhi works internationally in developing countries. Much of her work revolves around the relationships between communities and water, energy, natural resources, food security and policy decisions. She also works on issues related to information and communications technologies and applications that enhance women’s livelihoods, agency and empowerment. Nidhi is the founder of Networked Intelligence for Development, a former director of Planet in Focus, and of Ontario Nature. Currently she is a board director with Oxfam Canada and with Ontario’s Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA).
SARAH KAFKA, MBA
Sarah Kafka is an Associate Director of Social Impact, at LIFT Philanthropy Partners where she helps non-profits build capacity and scale. Prior to LIFT, she spent six years as a Program Officer at the Robertson Foundation, a New York City-based family foundation with a focus on the environment, education and medical research and managed a sister grantmaking foundation in New Zealand. Previously, Sarah worked at a start-up consulting firm where she helped companies, organizations and individuals start and manage cause-related initiatives. Her prior experience includes working as an Account Executive for non-profit clients at an advertising agency, supporting an operating foundation in Haiti, and as an MBA intern consulting for the US National Park Service. Sarah received her MBA from Columbia Business School in 2012 and a degree in International Relations from Tufts University in 2006..
LEARIE MILLER, MSc., MSA
Learie works as an Advisor Environmental Planning at the Region of Peel. He has previously worked with three Conservation Authorities, the City of Markham, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the public sector in the Caribbean. He has been recognized for his role in mentoring new Canadians and sits on the Technology Program Advisory Committee at Seneca College and the Green Economy Bridging Program Advisory Council at Ryerson University. He is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), a Canadian Certified Environmental Practitioner (EP), holds two Masters Degrees (University of Toronto and Ryerson University) and completed the Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Suzanne Karajaberlian, MSc.
Having grown up witnessing the depletion of natural resources in her country, Suzanne pursued a graduate degree in environmental geochemistry to take an active role in protecting nature and all its inhabitants. Suzanne made the leap from working in the corporate sector in the U.S. to the environmental sector with her move to Canada in 2008. After working in energy conservation on demand-side management projects, she moved to an operational role utilizing her analytical background and corporate experience to help deliver outcomes more effectively. At Environmental Defence, she oversees the internal operations and leads the public engagement strategy.
Jeffrey Ma, MBA, LLB
Jeffrey Ma is currently Legal Counsel at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). Prior to his current position, Jeffrey was an Articling and Summer Student at the law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Jeffrey has also volunteered and worked for a number of non-profits and startups including his current positions on the Board of Directors of the Community Innovation Lab, Pathway to Possibilities and the Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee. Jeffrey holds a J.D./M.B.A. and a B.COM from the University of Toronto.
TONYA LAGRASTA, EP
Tonya works as Senior Manager for Corporate Responsibility within the PwC Canada Foundation. Tonya was selected as one of Canada’s 150 Emerging Environmental Leaders and was appointed to the Program Advisory Council for Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education post-graduate Certificate in Sustainability. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography from York University and a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations.
JOANNE NONNEKES, MAdEd
Joanne Nonnekes has two great passions in life: natural history and education. She is a long-time volunteer with Bird Studies Canada and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority and is the founding president of the Kleinburg chapter of the Humber Valley Heritage Trail Association. Joanne holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and a Masters Certificate in Organization Development. Her career has evolved from high school biology teacher to university administrative roles and she is currently with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.