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Congratulations to newly-elected Board members!

The Sierra Club Board of Directors wishes to welcome three new Board members.  The following candidates were elected:

Paula Boutis
Will Amos
Melanie McDonald (youth representative)

They will replace outgoing Board members:

Louise Comeau
Aviva Patel
Howie Chong (youth representative)

The Board sincerely thanks the outgoing directors for their hard work and service to Sierra Club Canada, and to thank the 20% of members who exercised their right to vote in this year’s election.

Paula BoutisPAULA BOUTIS is a practicing lawyer familiar with environmental laws, governance, not-for-profit and charities law.  She has previously served on Sierra Club of Canada’s national board, and the Ontario Chapter Executive, the latter as Chapter Chair for two years. 

Paula is currently on the WindShare I Board of Directors (the co-operative that operates the Ex Place Turbine in Toronto), and on the Lakewind Executive Committee, a joint venture of WindShare II and Countryside Energy Cooperative,  She is also a member of the executive of the unincorporated Women’s Environmental Alliance.

Paula has a BSc (major, development biology and cell biology; minor in environmental studies), an MSc (genetics), both at McGill University and an LLB (specialization in environmental law), from Dalhousie Law School.  She is currently affiliated with the Women’s Law Association of Ontario and the Ontario Bar Association.

Will AmosWILL AMOS completed honours undergraduate studies at McMaster University in 1998, and completed a Masters degree in political science at University of British Columbia in 1999.   He spent a year studying at l’Institut des Etudes Politiques in Grenoble, France in 1996-1997.  He also studied for a semester at the Law Faculty of Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City.  After graduating the McGill Faculty of Law, he was called to the Québec Bar in 2005 and the Ontario Bar in 2006.

Will worked as a Special Assistant to former Environment Minister David Anderson on species-at-risk and water policy files, and as a policy analyst at Environment Canada. In 2003, he worked as a legal associate at the Mexican Centre in Mexico City.  He has also been a consultant for the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation.                             

Will has lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Hamilton and (now) Chelsea, Québec, is fluently trilingual (English, French, Spanish), and is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.  He serves on the board of the Chelsea Foundation, an organization that has acquired land and seeks to develop a model eco-community centre.  He is currently the staff lawyer at the Environmental Law Clinic in Ottawa.

Melanie McDonaldMELANIE MCDONALD has a Bachelor’s degree in communication, human relationship profile.  Her Master’s degrees are in Environment and Prevention, and in Environmental Management.  Her achievements include introducing Sierra Youth Coalition projects to the French part of Québec, and managing all parts of the International Forum on Applied Sustainable Development .

Melanie has served on the board of the Festival écologique de Montréal.  She was an intern in Environmental Management at the University of Sherbrooke, coordinator of the International Forum on Applied Sustainable Development; and regional coordinator of the Sustainable Campuses Project.  She was also project leader in an Eco-Quartier at Montreal, and a volunteer member of the University of Sherbrooke Sustainability Committee.



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