Sustainability and CSR Sessions

Pratima (Tima) Bansal Associate Professor, Shurniak Professor in International Business Director, Centre on Building Sustainable Value
Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario

Dr. Bansal has been researching social and environmental issues since she completed her doctorate in 1996 at the University of Oxford. Her research has yielded over 20 peer reviewed academic publications, and four books – three in the field of management and one titled Business and the Natural Environment. Her research has also been cited in the popular press including The Wall Street Journal, The National Post, Globe and Mail and The Independent. At the heart of Bansal’s research is the argument that industry will achieve sustained superior financial performance by attending to social, environmental and strategic issues simultaneously.

Professor Bansal teaches strategic management, sustainability and international business across all levels of the business program, including undergraduates, MBAs, PhDs, and executives. She has also been involved in targeted training programs for such firms as Eli Lilly and the City of London. In 2005, she was the runner up for the World Resources Institute Faculty Pioneer award, and in 2007, she was nominated for the YMCA Women of Distinction Award.

John De Benedictis, National Manager
TD Canada Trust Real Estate

John has over 20 years of experience managing large multi-location owner occupied buildings and property, and extensive real estate expertise in strategic planning, design, construction, facilities management, operations, outsourcing, business resumption and environmental management.

John has experience working with many well known local organizations early in his professional career including the Robert Hunt Corporation, University of Western Ontario and Bell Canada. During the 1990’s John honed his management skills with Canada Trust where he held several key positions and led the execution of many national initiatives. In the year 2000, when TD Bank merged with Canada Trust to become TD Canada Trust, John played a key role with the bank’s retail merger and integration activities and was instrumental in the development of the bank’s facilities management outsourcing strategy. John’s current major role is to help develop operational and environmental strategies affecting the domestic retail branch network covering over 6,000,000 square feet and over 1,100 locations, all from his London-based TD office.

In addition to his very busy career and family life, John also finds the time to volunteer with United Way, coach multiple hockey and soccer teams, provide real estate consulting expertise to non-profit groups and chairs the annual London Chamber of Commerce BizExpo committee.

John has experience working with many well known local organizations early in his professional career including the Robert Hunt Corporation, University of Western Ontario and Bell Canada. During the 1990’s John honed his management skills with Canada Trust where he held several key positions and led the execution of many national initiatives. In the year 2000, when TD Bank merged with Canada Trust to become TD Canada Trust, John played a key role with the bank’s retail merger and integration activities and was instrumental in the development of the bank’s facilities management outsourcing strategy. John’s current major role is to help develop operational and environmental strategies affecting the domestic retail branch network covering over 6,000,000 square feet and over 1,100 locations, all from his London-based TD office.

In addition to his very busy career and family life, John also finds the time to volunteer with United Way, coach multiple hockey and soccer teams, provide real estate consulting expertise to non-profit groups and chairs the annual London Chamber of Commerce BizExpo committee.

Marvin R. DeVries, President
Trojan Technologies

Marvin R. DeVries is the President of Trojan Technologies, an environmental company based in London, Ontario, Canada. Trojan is a global leader in the supply of ultraviolet light (UV) based treatment systems for water and wastewater treatment, with successful installations in more than 50 countries. Trojan has 500 employees in Canada, USA, Europe and China, has annual revenues in excess of $130 million, and annually invests >$5 million in the development of environmentally sustainable water treatment solutions.

Mr. DeVries joined Trojan in 1988 as Sales and Marketing Manager to build and expand the company´s global sales network. He established a global network of more than 100 industry partnerships, as the foundation for developing broad acceptance and support for UV technology, world-wide. Mr. Devries held a series of progressively senior leadership positions until appointed as President in 2003. He also led the transition from successful publicly traded company (TUV: TSX) to the purchase of Trojan by Danaher Corporation in 2004.

Prior to 1988, Mr. Devries worked as a Professional Engineer on water-related and infrastructure development projects in Bangladesh, India and Haiti. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation and the American Water Works Association.

Tom Ewart, Managing Director
Research Network for Business Sustainability

Tom Ewart is Managing Director of the Research Network for Business Sustainability. The Network facilitates business sustainability by bridging research and practice — making research more relevant to industry, enabling interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations, and packaging knowledge for easy consumption by various audiences.

Tom is also an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Environment and Business. Previously, he was a Research Associate at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he developed case studies and contributed to research on business sustainability. Tom graduated from the University of Western Ontario as a gold medalist in the Engineering Faculty and as an Ivey Scholar in the Honours Bachelor Administration program.

Jill Howlett Project Consultant
CH2M Hill

Ms. Howlett is a Project Consultant at CH2M Hill, London office. She has been working in the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) management field for 20 years in the private, public and consulting sectors. Her experience has ranged from EHS compliance support and auditing to leading the implementation of EHS management systems. Her most recent experience is in implementing all aspects of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems for industrial and municipal clients, as well as managing greenhouse gas management programs. She is also an experienced management systems auditor. She is skilled at training development and delivery for staff at all levels of an organization. Ms. Howlett has experience managing a wide range of projects in the EHS fields for numerous clients in the municipal, energy and automotive sectors.

David J. Simpson Director
InterPraxis Consulting

Mr. Simpson is Director of InterPraxis Consulting, a socio-economic consulting firm specializing in international development, ethics and corporate social responsibility, stakeholder engagement, and participatory action research and planning methodologies. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Simpson immigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in 1990. He has lived in various cities across Canada including Winnipeg, Quebec City, Ottawa and currently resides in Toronto. He has both European and Canadian citizenship and speaks English, French and Spanish.

Earlier in his career Mr. Simpson worked as a researcher with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and as an economic development officer with the Embassy of Argentina in Canada. A former deputy managing editor of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Mr. Simpson has also served as a Teaching Assistant at Carleton University as well as a course instructor in the Continuing Education Department. He has also been a guest lecturer at McMaster University, University of Toronto and the Schulich School of Business at York University.

For the past eight years, Mr. Simpson has been involved in a number of consulting projects both nationally and internationally. Formerly the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy he has most recently served as an advisor to Environment Canada as well as to Natural Resources on Ethics and Values in the Public Sector and has been the independent social auditor for Metro Credit Union (now Alterna) for its Social Responsibility Audit since 2000 and is the lead sustainability assurance provider for VanCity’s award winning Accountability Report. He is Canada’s first Certified Lead Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) to be recognized by the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) and the Institute of Social and Ethical AccountAbility in the UK, and holds lead auditor status with the SA 8000 certification standard from Social Accountability International in New York and has undertaken several international assignments in Latin America and Asia.

The holder of a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Public Administration and Management, his major research interests include: International Development; Adult Education; Social Capital Formation; Participatory Development and Organizational Change. He was educated at the University of Winnipeg, Université Laval, and at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Mr. Simpson serves actively as an elected Council Member of AccountAbility in London and a Director of the Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada; a member of the Participatory Development Forum; Transparency International (Canada), a designated trainer with Social Investment Organization as well as a volunteer with the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy; and, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education (CODE).

Regulatory Sessions

Jackie Campbell Associate Barrister and Solicitor
Saxe Law Office

Ms. Campbell practices environmental law with Dianne Saxe, a top environmental law specialist. The firm is regularly consulted by governments, businesses, individuals and environmental groups, and provides advice on civil, criminal and administrative environmental litigation matters. Also a practicing pharmacist, Ms. Campbell is interested in the link between environmental and health issues. Law school: University of Western Ontario (purple & proud!)

Roop Chanderdat President
Roop Chanderdat & Associates Inc.

Mr. Chanderdat has over 11 years of applied experience in the industrial hygiene, health and safety, environmental and analytical laboratory fields. Mr. Chanderdat has completed over 1,500 investigations, both in the industrial hygiene (indoors) and environmental fields (outdoors). These studies focused on chemical, microbiological and physical hazards associated with industrial, institutional, commercial and residential environments. Clients vary and include facilities such as automotive manufacturing, salt mines, bakeries, body shops, schools, hospitals, customs (border crossing), homes and others. Most of the projects are geared towards compliance with regulatory agencies such as the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Environment, Health Unit, and other regulatory bodies.

Frank C. Colozza Principal and Senior Hydrogeologist
JFM Environmental Limited

Mr. Colozza is a licensed Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) and a Qualified Person (Q.P.) under Ontario Regulation 153/04. He is a founding partner of JFM Environmental Limited. He has been responsible for the development, design and implementation of multi-discipline (i.e. hydrogeology, geochemistry and engineering) environmental projects at contaminated and hazardous sites throughout Ontario and certain areas of Quebec. Mr. Colozza has conducted large scale hydrogeological studies associated with groundwater impact from contaminant releases in fractured rock. Mr. Colozza has conducted hundreds of Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential properties. The work was undertaken on behalf of both private and public sector clients at locations throughout Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories. These assessments were of a qualitative (Phase I) and/or a quantitative (Phase II) nature. In all cases, the assessments focused on the environmental condition of the real property (i.e. in terms of solid/hazardous waste management, fuel/chemical storage, soil/groundwater contamination, air emissions, underground storage tanks, asbestos, PCB, UFFI, etc., as applicable). Some assignments also consisted of assessing the environmental risk posed by existing and/or historical operations to the environmental condition of the sites, surrounding properties and/or other sensitive receptors (i.e. ecological and human). His work with land development firms has included the hydrogeological assessment of wetland complexes. One assignment consisted of assessing the soil and groundwater regimes of a meadow marsh that was moved to allow the continuation of a planned residential development. Mr. Colozza has also provided expert witness testimony in trial litigation and at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Tom Corbett, Partner
Advocates LLP

Tom Corbett was born in St. Catharines, Ontario. He obtained a chemical engineering degree, with environmental engineering courses, from Queens University, Ontario, in 1974 and his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1978. He practiced law in Vancouver from 1978 until he moved to London, Ontario in 1989.

David Thompson and Tom Corbett moved together from McCarthy Tetrault to jointly found the firm of Thompson Corbett in 1996. In 2005, the firm changed its name to Advocates LLP.

In the 1990s, Tom Corbett taught environmental law at the University of Western Ontario law school. He was a member of the environmental committee of the London & District Construction Association and for many years has been a director of the London Centre for Health, Safety and Environment, a corporation created under the auspices of the London Chamber of Commerce for the purposes of delivering environmental education to business in south-western Ontario. He has repeatedly spoken before a variety of audiences on environmental topics including due diligence, environmental management systems, defence of prosecutions, appeals of Ministry orders and trends in environmental legislation.

Tom has also presented papers on corporate and commercial litigation matters, including presentations to the Ontario Bar Association on shareholders remedies associated with the winding up of privately held corporations and on the liability of directors and officers.

Outside the practice of law, Tom is active in sports, now primarily skiing and playing and coaching lacrosse.

Craig Golding, Manager, Cap and Trade, Air Policy Instruments and Programs Design Branch
Ministry of the Environment, Integrated Environmental Policy Division

Craig Golding is the Manager of the Cap and Trade section of the Air Policy Instruments and Program Design Branch at the Ministry of the Environment. He has worked with the Ontario Government for over 10 years, holding a variety of positions including most recently Team Lead, Health Team, Treasury Board Office. As the manager of the Cap and Trade section, Craig is leading the development of regulations to support GHG emissions trading in Ontario. Over the course of his career Craig has worked on a number of initiatives including Ontario Regulation 194: Industry Emissions – Nitrogen Oxides and Sulphur Dioxide, and the Environmental Leaders Program. Craig holds a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from the University of Guelph.

Mike Irwin Executive Director, 3M Canada Laboratories
3M Canada Company

Mr. Irwin is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario (UWO) with a doctorate in chemistry. Since 2005, Mr. Irwin has led 3M Canada Laboratories as Executive Director.

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,506,494 B2 Ambient-Temperature Stable, One-Part Curable Epoxy Adhesive, January 14, 2003;
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,162,766, Encapsulated Breakers, Composition and Methods of Use, May 1, 2001;
  • and U.S. Patent No. 6,225,262 B1, Encapsulated Breaker Slurry, Composition and Methods of Use, May 1, 2001.

Mr. Irwin is also involved in the business and educational community. He holds positions on the board of directors with the Ontario Photonics Consortium, TechAlliance and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. Additionally, he sits on the advisory board for UWO’s office of technology and commercialization and serves on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC’s) selection committee for its Industrial Research Chairs program.

Richard Laszlo Senior Program Advisor, Environmental Innovations & Emerging Sciences Branch
Ministry of the Environment

Mr. Laszlo first became interested in environmental issues when he was researching cogeneration during his time as an Engineering Physics student at Queen’s University. At this time he also became involved in the community, first with the Pesticide Reduction Kingston campaign and then promoting environmental issues on the political scene. He built on technical knowledge with a Master in Environmental Studies degree from York University, focusing on business, pollution, and public reporting policy. Mr. Laszlo has worked with Pollution Probe’s air and water programmes, Imperial Oil’s safety, health, and environment group, and currently works with the Ministry of the Environment’s Innovations and Emerging Sciences Branch in Toronto, where he lives and plays as hard as he can.

Paula Lombardi, Partner

Paula Lombardi is a Partner at Siskinds and practices in the areas of environmental, municipal, regulatory and administrative law. Prior to joining Siskinds, Paula worked as an associate at a Bay Street law firm where her practice focused on occupational health and safety, environmental and regulatory matters. Paula recently spent two years as in-house counsel for a major privately owned US corporation, whose owner is on the Forbes 500 list, and was responsible for all Canadian legal and business issues relating to the import and export of goods, transportation of hazardous materials, remediation of contaminated sites, construction of large infrastructure projects, regulatory compliance, NAFTA matters, and preparation of environmental assessments in the US and Canada. Paula has a great deal of experience in: providing due diligence advice; dealing with contamination issues; handling of organic chemicals and hazardous wastes; obtaining planning and environmental approvals; defending environmental prosecutions; and assisting companies with environmental and regulatory compliance. Paula has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court, Ontario Provincial Court, and before numerous administrative tribunals. Paula’s environmental and planning work requires extensive review of technical consulting reports and regularly researches and writes opinions on environmental and administrative law matters. Prior to embarking on a career in law Paula worked as a professional land use planner for the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Municipal Board and in the private sector. Paula graduated with an LL.B from the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002. She received her B.A.A from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Urban and Regional Planning and finished a post-graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Environmental Engineering. Paula is currently pursuing her LL.M with a focus on administrative law at York University.

Wayne MacLeod, President
Hazard Control Systems Inc.
EH&S Compliance Service Inc.

Wayne A. MacLeod is the President of Hazard Control Systems Inc. and EH&S Compliance Service Inc. He provides consulting, training, and auditing services related to the management of hazardous materials and CSA and ISO standards to industries across Canada, into the USA, and internationally. Formerly, Wayne spent fourteen years in several management positions in the Aluminum Industry with PPG Canada Inc. and Lorlea Architectural Systems. Wayne has developed teaching materials and lectured at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) Business School (in both the MBA and Executive Education Programs), Fanshawe and Georgian Colleges in courses including environmental law, management systems, auditing, and software applications as well as waste and air quality management. Wayne has lectured at the HAZTECH CANADA and ECO-LOG Environmental Conferences held at the International Centre in Mississauga. As a volunteer executive member of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association, Wayne also teaches health and safety subjects to London area high school and grade school students. As project manager and trainer, he has developed and delivered education and training programs relevant to EH&S issues including Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Hazardous and Liquid Industrial Waste, Solid Non-Hazardous Waste, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Emergency and Risk Management, Emergency Electrical Power Supplies, and Effective Solutions using Root Cause Analysis. He has written a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Safety Manual and a 3Rs Compliance Manual, and is presently developing other safety manuals and training programs for different legislation and standards. Training programs regarding most areas of health, safety and environmental legislation are made available to his clients including Emergency Preparedness and Response training. Professional affiliations include:

  • Member of the Canadian Environmental Auditing Association (CEAA)
  • Executive member of the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA)
  • Past member of the London Chamber of Commerce (LCC)
  • Past member of the LCC Environment Committee
  • Past Vice-President of Education Toastmasters
  • Member of the Ontario Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), past Assistant Programs Director

Adam Quipp Director
O2E Inc. Environmental Consultants

Mr. Quipp graduated from the Environmental Technology program at Fanshawe College in 1996. Since that time, Mr. Quipp has worked with the Ministry of the Environment and in environmental consulting. Mr. Quipp’s experiences in the environmental field have exposed him to hundreds of projects in the capacity of completing the technical work, managing teams completing projects and in reviewing reports prior to their submission to the MOE. In addition, Mr. Quipp has had the opportunity to publish several articles, conduct training in colleges and educate over 2,000 industry representatives through technical seminars. Furthermore, Mr. Quipp has participated in joint industry, consulting and MOE committees and has notable relationships with many of the review engineers in the Approvals and Standards Development Branches. In 2004, Mr. Quipp established O2E with his partner Tim Logan.

Ron Quipp Project Manager and Regulatory Specialist
O2E Inc. Environmental Consultants

Mr. Quipp has over 30 years of experience in the environmental field, 18 of which were spent with the Investigations Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment where environmental audits and inspections were completed routinely. As part of completing these inspections, Mr. Quipp has reviewed hundreds of Certificates of Approval (CofA) to ensure that all aspects of a facility’s operations that require a permit were covered. Mr. Quipp retired from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in 2002 and established Quipp Environmental Consultants in 2003. Since the establishment of O2E in 2004, the two companies have worked closely on completing numerous CofA applications, each relying on the other’s strengths to complete these projects in a technically accurate and timely manner.

Bruce Taylor P. Eng., President
Enviro-Stewards Inc.

Bruce Taylor is President of Enviro-Stewards Inc., which is an international environmental consulting firm. He is a U of W chemical engineer with 25 years of experience in the environmental consulting field and has expertise in the fields of water efficiency, pollution prevention (P2), energy efficiency (E2), Lean & Clean, Toxics Use Reduction, sustainable development and treatment process design. In 2010, Mr. Taylor was honoured with the John de Gonzague Memorial Pollution Prevention Visionary Award (which is the highest award in this field in Canada) as well as the MVP2 Champion Award (Honourable Mention) from the US National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. In March 2012, Enviro-Stewards was recognized in the first “Best for the World” list of businesses creating the most overall positive social and environmental impact and in 2014, its project with Tim Hortons won a national sustainability award (Clean 50 top 15 projects). Mr. Taylor has completed pollution prevention and conservation work in most industrial sectors. His international development work includes construction of an orphanage in Sudan, earthquake relief in El Salvador, cleaner production training in Laos, and establishing sustainable income generating projects in South Sudan.

Paul van der Werf President and Owner
2cg Inc.

Paul van der Werf, M.Sc., MCIWM, President and Owner of 2cg Inc. (, was educated at the University of Guelph, where he received a BSc (Agr) in 1988 and a M.Sc., in 1992. In 2010 he received extensive training in Sustainability Planning through the Natural Step program.

2cg and its sister company “my green workplace” ( provide environmental consulting services including waste auditing and waste diversion planning that features strong expertise in composting and recycling as well as sustainability planning. He has been providing consulting services to the public and private sectors in Canada, Europe and the Caribbean, since 1996.

Paul is a recognized waste management expert with more than 19 years of national and international professional experience in the composting industry.

Paul is the current columnist for “Organic Matters” and a contributing editor for Solid Waste & Recycling magazine. He has written over 80 articles on waste management for various publications.