Toronto, November 19, 2009 - We all get by with help from our friends. That's why the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is privileged to count among its friends two new Board members: Dr. David McKeown, the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, and Mr. Rod Northey, prominent environmental lawyer and partner at Fogler, Rubinoff, LLP. They join our seven current Board members to help steer our grant-making for environmental and agricultural initiatives for the good of the Greenbelt.
"We are delighted with the deep legal, environmental and public health capacities which David and Rod bring to our table and look forward to the many contributions their knowledge and committment will make to the Foundation's work" said Sandy Houston, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors.
Dr. McKeown is a physician specialist who has worked in the public health field for twenty five years. He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and has served as Chair of the Laidlaw Foundation's environment program and board member of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and Clean Air Partnership.
"It is an honour to have been asked to join the Foundation Board," said McKeown. "I have long been an advocate of environmental protection and believe that sustainable agriculture and a protected natural environment in close proximity to our urban landscape are essential components of a healthy community."
Currently an adjunct faculty member at Osgoode Law School, Mr. Northey is recognized nationally and internationally by Canada's Best Lawyers and Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer? for his specialization in environmental law. He has provided advice to all levels of government, major proponents, First Nations and ratepayers groups on and off the Greenbelt on transportation, energy, resource extraction, manufacturing, waste and wastewater issues. He has been Counsel in more than thirty reported decisions before Canadian and Ontario courts and tribunals.
"The Greenbelt is one of the great accomplishments of this government and legislature," said Northey. "Lending a hand to keep the Greenbelt strong is a commitment I have taken on with pride."
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation began its work in June 2005 as an independent, charitable foundation with a mandate to nurture and support activities that preserve and enhance the Greenbelt's agricultural, rural and ecological integrity and viability.
Possibility grows in the Greenbelt. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario, and the earth, a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,000 farms, it is home to some of the most valuable agricultural land in Canada.
For further information, please contact: Jennifer Story, Communications Manager, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, tel.: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306, email: jstory-at-greenbelt.ca