Our Board

The David Suzuki Foundation is governed by an exceptional volunteer board of directors. Their considerable knowledge and expertise from a wide range of backgrounds, including education, public engagement, law, finance, business, economics, environment and social justice, guides the strategic direction of the Foundation. In addition to considerable time commitments, our board members contribute financially to the Foundation.

Tara Cullis

Dr. Tara Cullis

President and Co-Founder

Tara is an award-winning writer and former faculty member of Harvard University. She is president of the board and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“Thirty-three years after that first Pender Island meeting and 30 years after writing The Declaration of Interdependence, the David Suzuki Foundation is a strong and capable force, working hard to change Canada’s direction from destruction to survival.”

Margot Young

Margot Young

Chair

Margot is a Professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She teaches and researches constitutional law and social justice.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“No single issue is more critical to our world, at all scales, than environmental justice.”

Why nature?

“I grew up on the west coast, and was privileged in my access to shorelines and forests.”

https://allard.ubc.ca/about-us/our-people/margot-young

Peter Ladner

Peter Ladner

Past Chair

Peter is a retired business owner and politician. He is currently a columnist for Business in Vancouver Media Group.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“I want to do all I can to steer the world to a place where upcoming generations can live decent lives.”

Why nature?

“I love growing and harvesting my own food, and being around very big trees.”

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Stephen Bronfman

Stephen Bronfman

Vice Chair, Quebec

Stephen is the Executive Chairman of Claridge, a private investment firm. Stephen is equally committed to environmental, cultural and community causes and, with his wife Claudine, co-chairs the Claudine and Stephen Family Foundation.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“I grew up watching ‘The Nature of Things’ and ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.’ David Suzuki was always a hero of mine, so when I got to meet him in my mid-20’s, I immediately offered to volunteer.”

Why nature?

“I’ve always been fascinated by the wonders, intricacies and beauty of nature.”

Leonard Schein

Leonard Schein

Vice Chair, British Columbia

Leonard is a retired registered psychologist and founder of the Vancouver International Film Festival and Festival Cinemas (Fifth Avenue Cinemas, Ridge Theatre, Park Theatre). He’s currently chair of the Ecojustice board of directors and serves on the Pembina Institute board.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“Earth, nature, humans and other species — we are all one and interdependent on each other for survival. We must work tirelessly to save ourselves, nature and Earth.”

Why nature?

“My love of nature began in 1965 when I camped and hiked in Yosemite National Park and has continued since then. I was recently amazed by the Great Bear Rainforest.”

Simone Sangster

Simone Sangster

Treasurer

Simone Sangster is a CPA and chief financial and operations officer for Bellingham Public Schools.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“Nature teaches us and we can never stop learning.”

Why nature?

“Nature is sustenance. It is peace. It is us.”

Ginger Gibson

Ginger Gibson

Secretary

Dr. Ginger Gibson is a director with the Firelight Group. She works as a negotiator and implementation coordinator for First Nations on land use and mining issues.

Henry Annan

Henry Annan

Board member

Henry Annan is a resident physician in pediatrics at IWK Health in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He brings experience in non-profit governance, public policy and medical education.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“Climate change is the biggest threat to global health and, disproportionately so, the health of our children.”

Why nature?

“I am particularly fond of time spent by the ocean.”

Jocelyn Joe-Strack

Jocelyn Joe-Strack

Board member

Jocelyn Joe-Strack, Daqualama (Da-kal-a-ma), is a member of the Wolf Clan of northwestern Canada’s Champagne and Aishihik First Nation. Jocelyn is an Indigenous scientist, philosopher and entrepreneur who strives to evolve tomorrow’s policies by blending yesterday’s ancestral lessons with today’s systematic knowledge. She uses her experience as a trained microbiologist, hydrologist and policy analyst along with her cultural foundations to explore resilient approaches to challenges such as climate change, societal wellbeing and prosperity.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“I’m inspired by the DSF’s commitment to Indigenous people and recognition of the solutions and possibility offered by Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being.”

Why nature?

“My people say we are, ‘Part of the Land, Part of the Water.’ I love life and all our relations.”

Jessica Pathy

Jessica Pathy

Board Member

Jessica is a committed board member of several non-profit organizations, current chair of the Marie-Vincent Foundation, a Chartered Professional Accountant, a former auditor with Ernst & Young and lecturer at McGill University.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“I grew up watching David Suzuki on TV. I appreciated his knowledge, his ability to inspire and his integrity. The David Suzuki Foundation is based on those same principles. I also believe the Foundation is making a significant impact because the work is based on science and offers real-life solutions.”

Why Nature?

“As a nature lover and a mother of young children, I believe that very few things matter more than the health of our planet.”

Miles G. Richardson

Miles G. Richardson

Board member

Miles G. Richardson is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria in 1979. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Haida Nation.

Mr. Richardson is one of the original members of the David Suzuki Foundation and has been a board member since 1992. He is also a member of the Program Committee.

Kate Moran

Kate Moran

Board member

Prof. Kate Moran is the President & CEO, Ocean Networks Canada. Her previous appointment was Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Rhode Island. Kate is active in public outreach on topics related to the Arctic, ocean observing, and climate change.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“It is an honour and a privilege to be a member of the David Suzuki Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation’s goals align with my personal commitment to take urgent action on climate solutions. Climate change endangers current and future generations’ ability to live and thrive on Earth.”

Why nature?

“The Foundation’s commitment to conserve and protect nature and its biodiversity, which is at great risk, appropriately aligns with powerful Indigenous knowledge: ‘we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, instead we borrow it from our children.'”

https://www.oceannetworks.ca/about-us/organization/staff/Kate-Moran

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Board Member

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta, Canada. Melina holds a Master’s degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy. Melina is the Founder of Sacred Earth Solar and Co-Founder and Senior Director of Indigenous Climate Action.

She is also the host of a new TV series called Power to the People, which profiles renewable energy in Indigenous communities. In 2021, Melina was named one of the 26 Climate Champions in Canada by the Canada Climate Law Initiative.

The Honorary Board

Our Honorary Board consists of former Board Directors. We sincerely appreciate the benefit that their name and work has given to us.

John F. Bankes
Raffi Cavoukian
Sarika Cullis-Suzuki
Pauline D’Amboise
Wade Davis, PhD
Irving Fox
Stephanie Green
James Hoggan
John Lefebvre
David Miller
Samantha Nutt
Tony Pearse
Mike Robinson
David Schindler
Peter Steele
George Stroumboulopoulos
Peter Victor
Elaine Wong

Friends of David Suzuki

Friends of David Suzuki are people who are recognized, well-regarded and have provided eminent service (leadership, outstanding achievements, recognition) allied with the environmental and science fields and bring credibility to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Margaret Atwood
Robert Bateman
James Burke
Paul Ehrlich, PhD
Peter Garrett
Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Roddick
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In Memory of Jim Fulton, Executive Director (1993-2004)

When Jim first stormed into the tiny office that contained this then-fledgling foundation, he injected an air of energy, of possibility and, often most important, of bonhomie, that came to define the DSF. With Jim in the room, there was always a sense that, whatever we did, things would probably turn out for the better.

The David Suzuki Foundation is, today, the most influential environmental organization in the country — one of the most influential on the continent — and this is in large part due to Jim’s legacy of credible, compelling and unquestionably intelligent policy analysis and advice. It’s a legacy that will continue to serve this organization as we seek to serve all Canadians and, through the pursuit of sustainability, all the citizens of the world.

On behalf of those people — all the beneficiaries in all the years to come — the Board of Directors of the David Suzuki Foundation would like to say that we are deeply grateful: we are thankful to have called Jim Fulton a friend and colleague, grateful for his leadership and, perhaps above all, hopeful that his legacy will help guide us into a more truly sustainable future.