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?

“Twenty years after that first Pender Island meeting and 17 years after writing the Declaration of Interdependence, the David Suzuki Foundation has become a strong and capable force.”

 

Peter Ladner

Peter Ladner

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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James Hoggan

James Hoggan

Past Chair

James is a public affairs consultant and the author of three books on public discourse.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“We need to bring the environmental values of Canadians into the public square or we will lose them. The David Suzuki Foundation is the best place for that.”

Why nature?

“I love the sense of awe I feel when I’m in the forest or on a mountain.”

www.hoggan.com

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Vice Chair, B.C.

Severn is currently completing a PhD on Haida Language revitalization.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“I’m passionate about being part of the change.”

Why nature?

“Nature is the source of life.”

www.severncullissuzuki.com

John Ruffolo

John Ruffolo

Vice Chair, Ontario

John is CEO of OMERS Ventures and the Executive Managing Director of OMERS Platform Investments.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“This is the only Planet Earth that we have.”

Why nature?

“Sharing nature with my family is my greatest joy.”

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Elaine A. Wong

Elaine Wong

Treasurer

Elaine is a senior financial executive in the cleantech and IT sectors. She is a traveler, a reader and a lifelong student.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“Climate change is our biggest challenge. The David Suzuki Foundation is doing amazing work in this space; I’ve already learned so much. Its passion is infectious.”

Why nature?

“I love the diversity of nature. From its colours (the green of a rainforest, the red of the desert, the blue of the ocean), to its changes in temperament (gentle waves, raging storms), nature is always different and always beautiful.”

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Margot Young

Margot Young

Secretary

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.”

www.allard.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/margot-young

Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Sarika Cullis-Suzuki

Board member

Sarika is a marine biologist, educator and science communicator.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“We must all tread lighter on the earth and solve together.”

Why nature?

“We are all animals, born into nature. This is our home.”

www.sarikacullissuzuki.com

Pauline D'Amboise

Pauline D'Amboise

Board member

Pauline is Secretary General and Vice-President of Governance and Sustainable Development at Desjardins Group.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“I’m passionate about the David Suzuki Foundation because all of us are committed to educating and acting for a better future.”

Why nature?

“I love the feeling of freedom I get when I connect with nature.”

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Samantha Nutt

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Board member

Samantha is an award-winning humanitarian and Founder of War Child Canada and War Child USA.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“We actually need to be doing some of everything if we really want to improve upon our global reputation, and if we want to have the right kind of legacy and leave the right kind of Canada behind for our children.”

Why nature?

“To me there is nothing more grounding than being in Algonquin in Ontario. After years of working and travelling abroad, there is nowhere that I feel more at peace.”

www.samanthanutt.com

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.

Dr. David Schindler

David Schindler

Board member

David is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. His work includes large-scale synthesis of environmental science problems.

Why the David Suzuki Foundation?

“The David Suzuki Foundation has a long-term history of addressing environmental problems, and including Indigenous peoples in its considerations.”

Why nature?

“Nature is the ultimate antidote to human arrogance.”

www.ualberta.ca/science/about-us/contact-us/faculty-directory/david-schindler

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
Wade Davis, PhD
Irving Fox
Stephanie Green
John Lefebvre
David Miller
Tony Pearse
Mike Robinson
Peter Steele
George Stroumboulopoulos
Peter Victor

Friends of David Suzuki

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

Margaret Atwood
Robert Bateman
James Burke
Paul Ehrlich, PhD
Peter Garrett
Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Roddick
Sting
E.O. Wilson, PhD

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.