About Us

Board of Directors

The Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council is being advised and directed by a Board of Directors made up of Business, Government, Environmental Non Government and Academia. The Board will provide assistance and direction in developing and implementing the guidance, tools and programs for Canadian Businesses to meet their social and legislative obligations and to carry out their activities in an ecologically sustainable manner. Tenure for Board members is two years and current members include:


  • Mr. Luc Robitaille (Chair), V.P Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
  • Orion: Mr. David Y. Smith, (Vice Chair), Principal
  • Canadian Ornamental Horticultural Alliance: Chris Andrews, Administrator
  • Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association: Mr. Paul Short, President
  • Ontario Power Generation: Ms. Kendra Flagler, VP Environment
  • Suncor Energy Inc.: Mr. Peter MacConnachie,
    Sr. Sustainability Issues Management Specialist
  • Syngenta Canada: Ms. Laurie Goodwin, Government Affairs manager, Corporate and Government Affairs

Government and Institutions

  • Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity:
    Mr. Ravi Sharma, Director, Implementation, Technical Support and Outreach
  • Environment Canada: Ms. Kelly Torck, Strategic Priorities Directorate, Environmental Stewardship Branch

Environmental NGOs

  • Ducks Unlimited Canada: Mr. James Brennan, Director, Government Affairs
  • NatureServe Canada: Mr. Patrick Henry, Executive Director


  • University of Guelph: Dr. Josef Daniel Ackerman, Professor, Physical Ecology and Aquatic Science, Department of Integrative Biology Science


  • Johanne GĂ©linas
  • Mr. Steve Hounsell


  • Reg Melanson, Executive Director, Canadian Business and Biodiversity Council
  • John Herity, Advisor
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

The world is now on a path to building a future of living in harmony with nature. The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will serve to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Targets as the basis for halting and eventually reversing the loss of biodiversity, and promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature.