Chair of the Board

Tom PedersenDr. Thomas Pedersen – Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria and Chair, Canadian Climate Forum (2014-present)

Dr. Thomas Pedersen served as Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions from September 2009 to November 2015. His previous positions included Dean of Science (2003-2009) and Director of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria (2002-2003), and Associate Dean, Research, for the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia (2000-mid 2002). Pedersen holds a degree in geology from UBC and a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is an internationally recognized authority in the field of paleoceangraphy, and has longstanding interests in climate change issues and the application of government policy to climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Board of Directors

 Jim AbrahamJim Abraham Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jim Abraham spent 36 years with Environment Canada as a meteorologist, and has had the opportunity to manage the operational, monitoring, and research components of the Meteorological Service of Canada.  He was responsible for setting up the Canadian Hurricane Centre.  This research was recognized internationally; in 2002, Jim was awarded the Patterson Medal in meteorology and in 2013, he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. Jim is now involved in a variety of weather, climate and flood mitigation related activities, including part-time activities with CBC Radio, the World Meteorological Organization, the Canadian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society.  He is also on the advisory committee to the Insurance Industry in planning a major national conference on catastrophic loss. Jim is well known in social media as @YHZWeatherguy. In 2016, Jim was selected, as a representative of the Forum, to become a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.


 Humphrey BanackHumphrey Banack  Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Humphrey Banack and his wife operate a 4,000 acre third generation grains and oilseeds farm in the Round Hill area of Alberta. Together with his brother and son they operate 6,000 acres as a unit and plan to expand their operation in the future. Humphrey and his family have a strong commitment to their community and a viable agricultural industry. In 1998, he was elected as a regional delegate with Alberta Pork and remained in this role until 2004 when he exited the pork industry.  In 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Alberta Federation and the following year was elected as vice-president. He was elected president of Wild Rose Agricultural Producers in January 2008 and served on the Board of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.  He was elected Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture in February 2011.


 Maurice LevasseurMaurice Levasseur – Université Laval

Maurice Levasseur is a professor in oceanography at Laval University, Québec, Canada. He worked as a researcher and head of the Primary Productivity Section for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans before moving to Laval University where he currently holds the title of Canada Research Chair in Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate. Maurice’s main interest focuses on the microbial processes responsible for the production of the climate-active gases dimethylsulfide (DMS) and nitrous oxide (N2O) in the global ocean and more particularly in the Arctic. During recent years, he has led the Canadian SOLAS program (2002-2007), the Arctic SOLAS program (2008-2011), and he is currently responsible for Theme II Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions in the newly funded NETCARE network on aerosol production in the Arctic.


Gordon McBeanGordon McBean – Western University (Past Chairman)

Professor Gordon McBean, CM, OOnt, PhD, FRSC is President of the International Council for Science, Co-Chair of the Governing Council for Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability, Professor of Geography at Western University, London, Canada and with the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.  He is Principal Investigator of the Coastal Cities at Risk: Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities, SSHRC Insight Grant on Integrated Strategies for Risk Reduction Research Project and an investigator with Marine Environmental Observations Prediction and Response (MEOPAR-NCE). He has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada (2008) and is a Member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the: Royal Society of Canada; Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society; International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics; and American Meteorological Society. In 2015, he was awarded a University of British Columbia Distinguished Alumni Award.


Ann McMillanAnn McMillan – Ottawa, Ontario

Ann McMillan is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Ottawa Chapter and has recently started editing the ArcticSIGnal, the newsletter for CMOS Arctic Special Interest Group. Recently, she co-edited a book entitled Air Quality Management: A Canadian Perspective. Ann spent 16 years at Ontario Hydro where she retained a strong personal interest in Air Quality and was Chair of the Ontario Section of the Air Pollution Control Association. She subsequently joined AES as the Chief of Air Quality Modelling.  As Director of Science Assessment and Policy Integration for the Meteorological Service of Canada she promoted integration of science results in a manner that would be accessible to policy makers.  She supervised their interaction with the IPCC as well as Chaired the five National Resource Departments’ Committee on Climate Change.  She subsequently became Director of Policy and International Affairs at Environment Canada. She has also been on special assignment at Fisheries and Oceans Canada where she laid groundwork for an Arctic Strategy.


John MillsJohn Mills – Toronto, Ontario

John Mills is currently a part time Consultant on Great Lakes Issues and government relations. From 2005 to 2012, he was Vice-President, Content & Product Management for Pelmorex Media Inc. (the parent company of The Weather Network and MétéoMedia). John was the Canadian Lead for the Great Lakes Program, a bi-national initiative to restore and maintain the integrity of the Great Lakes ecosystem and it is where he developed a passion for water issues. John has served on a number of Board of Directors including: the Ontario Clean Air Alliance; the Dean’s Advisory Council at York University, The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric research and the Professional Meteorologist Committee of ECO Canada. He currently serves as Chair, Mackenzie Health; and Member, York Region’s Water Conservation Advisory Committee.


Russel Shearer - HeadshotRussel Shearer – President, Shearer Environmental Consulting, Chair, ArcticNet Research Management Committee

Russel retired from the federal public service in August 2015. He was the Director of Northern Science and Contaminants Research at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for the past 12 years. He chaired and managed the Canadian inter-agency Northern Contaminants Program for the past 17 years which deals with the transboundary pollution in the Arctic Region. Russel was also the Canadian Head of Delegation and Vice-Chair (and former Chair 2009-2013) of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), one of the Working Groups under the Arctic Council. He was a member of the Canadian delegation from 2010-2015 to the UNEP global mercury negotiations which resulted in the legally-binding Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2013. He was also a member of the Canadian Delegation to the global legally binding UNEP Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) from 2004-2015. He has worked on northern environmental issues for over 25 years and has traveled extensively throughout the Arctic region and internationally. Educated at the University of British Columbia, University of Guelph and Dalhousie University in marine biology and oceanography, he is the editor and author of numerous peer-reviewed and grey literature scientific publications on environmental contaminants, human health and climate change in the Arctic.


Chris WhiteChris White – Credit Union Central of Canada

Chris White has over 20 years of experience in public and government relations, and in strategic communications planning in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Credit Union Central of Canada in 2015, he worked as Chief of Staff for five federal cabinet ministers. His executive positions in the private sector included Vice-President, Government Relations and Public Affairs and Vice-President, Government Relations in the auto and finance industries. As Vice-President, Federal Affairs at IBC, he oversaw the daily operations of its office in Ottawa and directs the Property & Casualty insurance industry’s strategic and government relations efforts in the nation’s capital. Chris holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Windsor and an undergraduate degree in political science and graduate diploma in international development from the University of Ottawa. He is active with the Special Olympics.


Staff Members

Deirdre LaframboiseDeirdre Laframboise – Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Climate Forum

Deirdre has worked for over 20 years in the not for profit sector in the areas of sustainability, climate change, air quality, environmental health, waste management and policy. She co-founded and led two national charities, one of which won international and national awards for its 14 years of ground-breaking, curriculum-connected programming focused on the interconnections between air quality, climate change and human health. Deirdre is a two time certified trainee of The Climate Reality Project (Al Gore) and member of several national advisory committees. She was a member of the National Equestrian Team (Event), and lives an active lifestyle participating and competing regularly in many sports including cycling, trail running and skate skiing.  Deirdre has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies (minor in Biology) University of Waterloo (1984), and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies (minor in Business Administration), York University (1994). In 2013 Deirdre was awarded ‘Alumni of the Year’ from the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.