2016-2017 Earth Day Canada Board of Directors

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Livy Jacobs
Chair

Livy Jacobs provides strategic consulting on public relations, marketing communications  and corporate social responsibility for small and mid-size organizations operating in Canada. Livy’s background in public relations and community engagement spans financial, foodservice, not-for-profit, and technology industries with experience in both corporate and agency environment. Livy spent a number of years with Scotiabank leading the public relations activities for the Bank’s CSR and brand marketing sponsorships. While at the bank, Livy helped develop the concept for Scotiabank’s international employee engagement and volunteer initiative, which is the first of its kind among Canadian financial institutions.

Livy’s expertise also includes event management, reputation and issues management, media training and executive communications. She has worked with brands including Questrade, SodaStream, American Express, Microsoft, Island Oasis, Ann Taylor, Play Vision, Renova, Save A Child’s Heart and Future Possibilities for Kids. Livy currently serves as Chair of the Board of Earth Day Canada.

Kathy Pritchard
Treasurer

Kathy Pritchard is President of the strategic consultant group Tryskele Sustainable Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), a firm she formed in 1999 after 20 years in manufacturing.  Kathy’s experience includes over 15 years in EH&S consulting, serving both the Canadian and international private sector and government, 3 years as Director of Environmental Affairs (Canada) for Quebecor Printing, and various hands-on and management positions in manufacturing and laboratory settings. Kathy is a member of the Ontario Coalition of Aboriginal Peoples (OCAP) and Tryskele is registered as an aboriginal business.

Kathy completed her BSc. in chemistry and BSc.(hon) in integrated chemistry and environmental studies from Carleton University, holds an EP-CEA professional designation (Environmental Professional – Certified Environmental Auditor) and is a licensed Toxic Reduction Planner.

A long-standing board member at Earth Day Canada, Kathy has also served on numerous industry and professional association boards, represented industry on committees with government, visited schools as part of Path Finders to encourage girls towards the sciences, and worked on publications designed to reduce environmental impacts by industry. 

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Lois Corbett
Director

Lois is the Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, the province’s foremost voice for environmental protection. Before returning to her home province of New Brunswick, Lois ran an independent environmental and clean energy policy consulting firm in Toronto, providing strategic advice to a range of clients on how best to contribute to developing sound public policy on environmental protection in Canada.

A long-time environmental activist, Lois worked as Senior Policy Advisor to three Ministers of the Environment in Ontario and provided input on a number of new pieces of legislation, including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Green Energy Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, and the Far North Act.

Lois has experience with, and national and international network connections to, a large number of progressive policy files covering a wide range of environmental issues, including toxics, wetlands, waste management, forestry, water, climate change, energy and fisheries.

James K Patterson
Director

Jim is Director, Resource Development at the Toronto United Church Council, where he has built a significant funding program since joining Council in 2003, after operating his own fundraising consultancy for fourteen years.

In 1990 he helped found Earth Day Canada and he has continued to work with EDC in various capacities since that time; he is the past chair of the organization and is now a director.

Jim worked for many years with the federal government and with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, a community development organization.  His 34+ years of experience in the non-profit sector have included leadership roles in fundraising, communications, and program development, both in Toronto and internationally.

In addition to Earth Day Canada, Jim has been an active volunteer with other environmental organizations, a small theatre company, an organization working with men in trouble with the law, and local churches, and has a life-long commitment to camping programs for children and youth.

Mark A. Yearwood
Director

Mark A. Yearwood is the Founder and Executive Director of Kids In the Woods Initiative – K.I.W.I., a  nonprofit organization in the province of Ontario. Since 2013, K.I.W.I. has been dedicated to reconnecting children to nature through adventure-play and mentoring in Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park. As a significant part of its mandate, K.I.W.I. is focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in outdoor recreation.

Mark holds a degree in political science from Western University, and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mark has worked previously as a research lawyer, and as a legislative assistant for a federal member of Parliament.

Mark is also a published writer on topics related to the health and well-being of children. His work has appeared in the Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star, as well as magazines.

Mark has had extensive volunteer experience, including 10 years at the Hospital for Sick Children, where he sat on a Volunteer Advisory Committee.

Mary Desjardins
Director

Mary Desjardins is the Assistant Vice President of Philanthropy and Sponsorship at Manulife. In her role, Mary oversees charitable giving, brand activation and sponsorship, employee engagement and global Corporate Social Responsibility reporting. Previously, Mary was the Executive Director of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, one of Canada’s longest running environmental charities, and oversaw corporate environmental giving and sponsorships for TD Bank Group in both Canada and the U.S. Mary joined TD in 2008 as the strategic marketing planner on the bank’s environmental file. Prior to that, Mary held a number of senior marketing positions with companies in Canada and the U.S. including Travelex, Thomas Cook Financial Services and Indigo Books & Music.  Mary graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in English Literature and subsequently received her M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Shivanand Mahadeo
Director

Shiva is a Senior Manager working for a leading Canadian financial institution, The Bank of Nova Scotia. He is currently engaged in an IT role where he has responsibility for advice, counsel and oversight in the delivery of client-centric solutions to internal customers, as well as vendor relationship management.  He has worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years, spanning geographies both in the Caribbean and in Canada.

Shiva is a former active volunteer board member at East Metro Youth Services – a mental health centre serving young people and their families in East Toronto since 1974. He spent several years helping define and drive the strategic activities of that organization.  His keen interest in the preservation of the environment led him to champion an initiative in the Durham region in greening public spaces, which continues to be advanced.

He enjoys outdoor activities and is the father of 3 children.