David J.A. Douglas



David Douglas is a Professor of Rural Planning and Development in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. David is the former Director of the School of Rural Planning and Development (1985-1992), and was previously a partner in Woods Gordon (now Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini) and a Senior Regional Planner for the Province of Ontario. In addition to his CIP membership and RPP status in Ontario, Davis is a Member of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), Canadian Council on Social Development, and the Nature Conservancy Canada. Sits on several advisory boards and committees, was a Board Member, United Way (Guelph-Wellington) and Chaired the Social Planning Committee for many years.

David specializes in all aspects of community and regional development planning, management and governance, with some emphasis on rural community economic development and strategic planning and management. Conducts research and outreach projects in this and related fields, carries on a consulting practice, teaches at the graduate level and is an active trainer and facilitator across Canada and conducted several international short-term assignments (e.g. Iran, China, Europe, Jamaica, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan).

Recent research includes a major project on rural and smaller community local economic development practice in Ontario. Recent publications include “Rural Development and the Regional Construct: A Comparative Analysis of the Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland Contexts” and “Rural Development in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland: Governance and Its Prospects and Potentials.” In Baldacchino, G., R. Greenwood and L. Felt (eds.). 2009. Remote Control: Governance Lessons for and from Small, Insular and Remote Regions. Chaps. 4 and 12, and Rural Planning and Development in Canada.  Toronto; Nelson. 2010.

Ongoing research includes regionalism, regional development policy and planning, local governance and community development, theoretical linkages between community development and planning, Canada/Europe comparative analysis of rural development organization, policy and planning practice, and SSHRC supported research on development and planning theory.

Denise Carnochan

Denise is employed as a land use planner with the County of Huron, a rural municipality located on ‘Ontario’s West Coast’. As a County Planner, Denise is involved in County-level planning projects involving waste management, cultural heritage resources and policy development in addition to providing planning services to two, local municipalities in the County of Huron: the Town of Goderich and the Township of Howick. Denise is interested in dynamics involving rural communities, processes of public participation and community economic development in rural areas.

Denise is a provisional member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and Canadian Institute of Planners and is pursuing her Masters of Science in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph as a part-time student.

Don Reid

Dr. Donald G. Reid is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. Dr. Reid’s research focuses on community development and social planning, as well as, tourism and leisure planning. He is particularly concerned with the marginalized in society and their integration into mainstream society and issues of citizenship, generally. Don has coauthored two recent articles, the first on social marginalization of the poor in rural areas and the second dealing with volunteerism in social service provision. Both were published in the Canadian Review of Social Policy. His 1995 book titled “Work and Leisure in the 21st Century: From Production to Citizenship” deals with the question of the role of work in life-construction and life-satisfaction in a world where resources are unequally shared and the access to those resources is difficult for many of our fellow citizens. His later book titled “Tourism, Globalization and Development: Responsible Tourism Planning” presents a critique of tourism planning in the developing world. Additionally, this volume discusses alternative planning processes for tourism development that speaks to the issues and benefits of local communities.

Eha Naylor


Eha Naylor is a Partner and practice leader for the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design group. Her 30 years of consulting experience with ENVision — the Hough Group, now part of Dillon Consulting, reflect a diversity of expertise in environmental planning and site design for both the public and private sectors, which has earned her numerous professional awards of recognition. She is a member of several professional associations, such as the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Urban Institute, the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. In 2000, she was named fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. Eha Naylor has served on several professional committees and has also appeared as an environmental planning expert witness for the Ontario Municipal Board. She continues to lecture at a number of Canadian universities and, since 2004, has been a member of the University of Toronto Faculty Council for the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Eha is currently appointed to the federal government’s National Capital Commission Advisory Committee for Planning and Design.

Elizabeth May

emayElizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and leader of the Green Party of Canada.  Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s.  She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario.  She held the position of Associate General Council for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment from 1986 until 1988.  Elizabeth became Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada in 1989, a position she held until March 2006, when she stepped down to run for leadership of the Green Party of Canada.

Elizabeth is the author of seven books, including her most recent Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy.  Elizabeth holds three honourary doctorates, and the Elizabeth May Chair in Women’s Health and the Environment at Dalhousie University was created in her honour.  She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the International Institute for Sustainable Development and as Vice-Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy and is currently a Commissioner of the Earth Charter International Council.  Elizabeth became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, and was elected as leader of the Green Party of Canada in 2006.

Elizabeth May has a long record as a committed and dedicated advocate  -- for social justice, for the environment, for human rights, and for economic pragmatic solutions.  She is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer  active in the environmental movement since 1970.  She first became known in the Canadian media in the mid-1970s through her leadership as a volunteer in the grassroots movement against aerial insecticide spraying proposed for forests near her home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  The effort prevented aerial insecticide spraying from ever occurring in Nova Scotia.  Years later, she and a local group of residents went to court to prevent herbicide spraying. Winning a temporary injunction in 1982 held off the spray programme, but after two years, the case was eventually lost. In the course of the litigation, her family sacrificed their home and seventy acres of land in an adverse court ruling to Scott Paper. However, by the time the judge ruled the chemicals were safe, 2,4,5-T’s export from the U.S, had been banned. The forests of Nova Scotia were spared being the last areas in Canada to be sprayed with Agent Orange.

Her volunteer work also included successful campaigns to prevent approval of uranium mining in Nova Scotia, and extensive work on energy policy issues, primarily opposing nuclear energy.

For many years, she worked in her family’s business (a restaurant and gift shop on the Cabot Trail).   Elizabeth is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She has held the position of Associate General Council for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, representing consumer, poverty and environment groups in her work in 1985-86. She has worked extensively with indigenous peoples internationally, particularly in the Amazon, as well as with Canadian First Nations.  She was the first executive director (volunteer, 1989-1992) of Cultural Survival (Canada) and worked for the Algonquin of Barriere Lake from 1991-1992.

In 1986, Elizabeth became Senior Policy Advisor to then federal Environment Minister, Tom McMillan. She was instrumental in the creation of several national parks, including South Moresby. She was involved in negotiating the Montreal Protocol to protect the ozone layer and new legislation and pollution control measures.  In 1988, she resigned on principle when the Minister granted permits for the Rafferty-Alameda Dams in Saskatchewan as part of a political trade-off, with no environmental assessment.  The permits were later quashed by a Federal Court decision that the permits were granted illegally.

Elizabeth has also taught courses at Queens University School of Policy Studies, as well as teaching for a year at Dalhousie University to develop the programme established in her name a the Elizabeth May Chair in Women’s Health and Environment. She holds three honourary doctorates (Mount Saint Vincent University, Mount Allison, and the University of New Brunswick.)

Elizabeth is the author of seven books, Budworm Battles (1982), Paradise Won: The Struggle to Save South Moresby (1990), At the Cutting Edge: The Crisis in Canada’s Forests (Key Porter Books, 1998, as well as a major new edition in 2004), co-authored with Maude Barlow, Frederick Street; Life and Death on Canada’s Love Canal (Harper Collins, 2000),  How to Save the World in Your Spare Time (Key Porter Books, 2006), Global Warming for Dummies (co-authored with Zoe Caron, John Wiley and Sons, 2008) and most recently Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy, (MacLelland and Stewart, 2009). Frederick Street focused on the Sydney Tar Ponds, and the health threats to children in the community – the issue that led her to go on a seventeen-day hunger strike in May 2001 in front of Parliament Hill.

She has served on numerous boards of environmental groups and advisory bodies to universities and governments in Canada, including the Earth Charter Commission, co-chaired by Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev.  Elizabeth is the recipient of many awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Sierra Club in 1989, the International Conservation Award from the Friends of Nature, the United Nations Global 500 Award in 1990 and named one of the world’s leading women environmentalists by the United Nations in 2006.  In 1996, she was presented with the award for Outstanding Leadership in Environmental Education by the Ontario Society for Environmental Education.   She is also the recipient of the 2002 Harkin Award from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).  In 2006, Elizabeth was presented with the prestigious Couchiching award for excellence in public policy.

In June 2006, Elizabeth stepped down as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada, a post she had held since 1989, to run for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada.  She was successful in her bid, was elected the Green Party’s ninth leader at their national convention in August 2006.

Elizabeth was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.  She is a mother and grandmother.

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