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Board of Directors 2018-01-15T19:03:58+00:00

Board of Directors

Geoffrey Rafe Hall, veteran communications, legislative and political policy advisor and the owner of Poli-Psych Consulting

In addition to his consulting work, he has written for a variety of publications including a weekly political opinion column for iPolitics.ca.

Geoff is also one of Canada’s most influential political/stakeholder engagement consultants. Over the course of nearly 3 decades he has worked with, advised or ghostwritten for some of Canada’s leading progressive voices including Jack Layton, Alexa McDonough and Bob Rae.

Geoff Hall has worked in Canada at all three levels of government, as well as for the not-for-profit and private sectors. That work has included such diverse organizations as the Toronto Environmental Alliance, Digital Equipment Corp. and the Assembly of First Nations. In addition, he has consulted or worked for individuals and organizations in Europe and the United States. Geoff is an individual with exceptional judgment who seeks to build consensus. He has worked with a broad spectrum of society from individuals in top leadership roles to those that have been truly marginalized.

For the last 15 years he has worked for several Members of Parliament (MPs). Individuals in this group have received two Parliamentarian of the Year awards and have been recognized more than 10 times by Macleans/Historica-Dominion Institute as the most knowledgeable and most collegial parliamentarians.

He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities including on, the Glebe Community Association (Education Committee), the Ottawa Carleton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC) (Budget Committee), as a Board Member for the ADHD Foundation of Canada, Trustee for CEP Local 232 and an Executive Board Member of the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Geoff continues to be actively involved in his community. After serving two terms as the President of the Dalhousie Parents Daycare Centre Board of Directors he was elected to an Executive Board position on the Ottawa Federation of Parents Childcare Services. Geoff is also the Chair of the Board of the Sand Lake Area Property Owners Association (SLAPOA).

Marcus Ginder, Managing Director, RiverSides

Marcus has been a dedicated advocate of environmental issues since well before he earned his bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Griffith University, Australia. He has a thirty-year track record as an active agent of environmental change with previous positions as Corporate Campaigner for Canopy, Pollution Prevention Manager with Environment Canada’s Great Lakes office, Manager of Pollution Probe’s Information Department, Consultant for World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Project Coordinator with the Ontario Environment Network. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, has served on the Urban Environment Centre board of directors, and has chaired the Toronto Environment Alliance (TEA) during its formative years. He is proud to have been a founder of TEA as well as the popular Ecobunk Awards, now in its twenty-fifth year. He is a lifelong and avid traveller, and in Toronto manages a household with two teenagers, a large dog, and a grumpy cat. His spare time is spent working on his hundred-acre forest retreat near Creemore and curating Tattooed City, an online photo gallery of graffiti.

Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

A recognized leader in Ontario’s environmental and food sector, Burkhard has 28 years’ experience working for charities and non-profit groups. Prior to his appointment as the founding CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation, he directed the environmental programs of the Ivey Foundation and held CEO positions at Environmental Defence, Great Lakes United, and the Environment Fund. Prior to his 20 years in leadership roles, Burkhard managed the Great Lakes Program at Pollution Probe, taught environmental studies part-time at the University of Toronto, and served on several NGO boards, specializing in board governance and fiscal responsibility. He continues to write widely on public policy issues in diverse publications. Burkhard studied Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. Born in Germany, Burkhard lives in Toronto with his partner and is the father of three daughters. He enjoys taking trips into Ontario’s Greenbelt and travelling worldwide.

Andrew Ng, Sustainability Specialist, Forest Stewardship Council

Andrew is a sustainability specialist with extensive experience in tropical forest issues. He established the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) national office in Malaysia and put the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) on track, overseeing the development of its Principles and Criteria. He has represented indigenous peoples’ coalitions at international-level forestry and palm oil negotiations. As co-founder of Grassroots, Andrew has been involved in partnerships with major campaign groups such as Greenpeace, EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency), and others, driving key environmental and social agendas through RSPO, FSC, and government policies.