CVC Foundation Staff
Terri LeRoux, Executive Director, has been with CVCF since July 2005. A non-profit management professional with a history of engagement in environmental issues with organizations such as the National Trails Coalition (Ontario Regional Advisory Committee), Hike Ontario (President), Ontario Trails Council (Vice President), and with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (Park Warden & Fisheries Officer).
Celeste Longhurst, Acting Program Manager, Foundation, joined CVCF in 2016 as Specialist, Corporate Engagement and currently manages our fundraising programs and initiatives. Her background includes a BA in Environmental Science from Queen’s University, Evergreen Development Officer, Corporate Partnerships and Grant Program Manager, Ontario Streams Board Member, TRCA Don Watershed Regeneration Council Member, and the Canadian delegate on a youth climate training expedition in Svalbard.
Sharlene Hardwar, Coordinator, Community Fundraising, joined CVCF in 2009 and worked with the Foundation’s fundraising sub-committees to provide support as well as coordinated many of the fundraising events hosted by CVCF. In 2013 Sharlene had the opportunity to work as a Coordinator for CVC with the Conservation Parks team where she gained extensive knowledge of parks daily operations, administration as well as the coordination and management of public events, re-joining CVCF in 2019.
CVC Foundation Board of Directors
The CVC Foundation board is a group of environmentally-committed individuals dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support an environmentally healthy watershed for economically and socially sustainable communities.
Karen Ras, Chair, is Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Mississauga. Prior to the 2014 Municipal Election, Karen was the Director of Corporate Relations for Enersource Corporation, past Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade and worked in the Ontario Government in a variety of roles including media spokesperson and advisor to a number of Ministers in the Ministries of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Environment, Management Board, Ontario Realty Corporation, Women’s Issues, Seniors Issues and Citizenship & Immigration.
Ed Arundell, Vice Chair, is CEO, Arundell Solutions Inc. and Past Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister for Health and Long Term Care. He has led a multi-million dollar multinational consulting office and has been a senior executive both in Canada’s largest public sector ministries and in private global firms. In 1994 as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford University Graduate School of
Business he completed a Master’s Degree in business.
Jim Muscat, Past Chair, served for more than 35 years with the Toronto Police Services as Sergeant and Communications Spokesperson. He is currently a Police Sciences Instructor at Humber College. He is the Past Chair of Learning Disabilities Association of Peel Region where he volunteered for 21 years. Jim has been with the CVC Foundation since 2006 and has been instrumental in the success of our Annual Conservation Gala.
Deborah Martin-Downs, Secretary-Treasurer, ex-officio, is the Chief Administrative Officer at Credit Valley Conservation Authority. Her 30-year career in the environmental community includes both private sector consulting and public sector, in-the- field postings. She holds her Masters Degree in Zoology and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto and Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Bob Atkinson, Trustee, has spent most of his thirty-year career in senior finance positions with the Bank of Montreal, CIBC and Home Depot. Most recently, he was President of a start-up in the energy storage business with a mandate to bring the Tesla Powerwall home battery to the Canadian market.
Brad Fauteux, Trustee, has more than sixteen years of senior management experience with specific experience in the areas of service delivery, organizational design, business development, relationship management, and financial management. Following his time with Private Career Colleges, Brad became the Managing Director of Ontario Parks wherein he worked with intergovernmental, community, Indigenous and private sector partners to serve over 10 million clients every year.
Dave Dyce, Trustee, has over 42 years’ experience in watershed management including the management of the development of integrated watershed strategies with both TRCA and CVC. Dave also managed the initiation of the Humber Watershed Strategy and fundraising efforts of over 1.5 million dollars for development of the Natural Heritage Strategy. Dave is currently the Chair of the CVC Foundation Land Securement Cabinet.
Ellen McGregor, Trustee, CEO and Owner of Fielding Environmental, an award-winning Canadian clean tech company specializing in producing high-quality recycled chemicals. Ellen is a seasoned leader in the environmental recycling industry. Recognized for her accomplishments in business, Ellen was named the 2010 Business Person of the Year by the Mississauga Board of Trade. She is also profiled in the book – Most Amazing Women of Peel.
Jean Williams, Trustee, has been an active partner with CVC during more than 40 years of distinguished service to the Rattray Marsh Protection Association (RMPA) and the environmental community. Among the testaments of Mrs. Williams’ service to the environmental community are the awards bestowed upon her from CVC, Conservation Halton, the City of Mississauga, Ontario Nature and the Governor General.
Johanna Downey, Trustee, Ward 2 Councillor for the Town of Caledon. A life-long resident of Caledon, honours graduate from Guelph Humber, active community volunteer, wife, and mother of four. She strongly supports planning principles that feature active transportation, community hubs and green spaces. Johanna was first elected in October 2014 and is serving her second term representing Ward Two as Regional Councillor.
Lance Secretan, Trustee, is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author and outdoor athlete. He coaches and advises leaders globally (he is ranked among both The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches and The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts globally), and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries. His firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked #1 in the world as an international Leadership Consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.