National Advisory Panel

Responsible Care® is guided by input from CIAC’s National Advisory Panel—a group of academics, environmental leaders, and community members who provide an external, critical perspective on all matters related to the Canadian chemistry industry. The panel meets twice a year, allowing for continuous dialogue between CIAC, its members, and these key thought-leaders and opinion-shapers.

Through the panel’s advice and input, CIAC can better understand Canadians’ expectations of the chemistry industry. The panel also performs an important, challenging function—alerting CIAC to emerging issues, encouraging it to focus its efforts in particular areas, or to rethink its policy and advocacy positions.

Advisory Panel Members

Nadine Blaney

Nadine Blaney is the Executive Director of the Fort Air Partnership, an organization responsible for monitoring ambient air quality in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and surrounding region. Blaney has experience in promoting relationships in a diverse multi-stakeholder environment—which includes working with industry, government, and the public—as well as making air quality data accessible to communities. On a provincial level, she represents the Fort Air Partnership on the Alberta Airsheds Council, which provides leadership in support of healthy air quality for Albertans and the environment.  Blaney also has experience in managing cumulative environmental effects in northern Alberta through her work with the Alberta Government.

Nadine Gudz

Nadine Gudz is Director of Sustainability Strategy at InterfaceFLOR in Toronto – a well-known carpeting manufacturer and supplier that has made important strides towards sustainability.

Richard Janda

Richard Janda is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University and an Associate Member of McGill’s School of Environment. He is also a member of the McGill Research Group on the Ecology of Collapse.

Jane Lister

Jane Lister is the Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of the Centre for Transportation Studies at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Lister holds an MBA and PhD, and has more than 20 years of experience in the sustainability field, including six years as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she helped companies across North America to design, implement, and audit Corporate Social Responsibility strategies and programs.

Pat McLean

Pat McLean has been active in community affairs in her hometown of Elmira, Ont. for many years, focusing on issues related to the environment, sustainability, agriculture, and local planning. McLean also serves on Elmira’s municipal council.

Ron Ormson

Ron Ormson is Director of Environmental Engineering for the City of Waterloo. As a licensed professional geoscientist, Ormson has worked on a wide range of projects, including brownfield redevelopments. He is a national advisor and peer reviewer for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on contaminated site and waste-management issues.

Alex von Knobloch

Alex von Knobloch is a project engineer at PowerCor Manufacturing. Alex has a background in environmental ecology, sustainable development, and renewable energy systems. He was a member of the Bluewater Community Advisory Panel in Sarnia, Ont., and participated in a Responsible Care® re-verification of a Sarnia-based company.

Jacob Westfall

Bio to be added.

Christopher Hilkene

Chris Hilkene is the Chief Executive of Pollution Probe, Canada’s oldest environmental organization. He has been an environment and sustainable development professional for over 25 years and joined has worked in government, consulting, academic and not-for-profit settings. Chris served as a Canadian appointee to Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission from 2014 to 2020 and was the Canadian lead on emerging issues for the last four years. In 2007, Chris was appointed to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, where he served as Chair of the Water Programme until 2013. He is an active volunteer and has served on boards and advisory bodies for numerous organizations including Carleton University’s Global Water Institute, Green Living Enterprises, Pollution Probe and WaterAid Canada.

Beverly Osazuwa

Beverly Osazuwa is a supporter of community-led policy development and industry initiatives that are sustainable, anti-oppressive, and anti-colonial. Beverly holds a Master of Arts in Political and Legal Thought from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University with a minor in Political Science and African Studies. She has committed her academic pursuits to study the effects of modernization and development on African and Indigenous people and in the intersections of class, race, and gender that inform environmental impacts for marginalized communities. Beverly also worked as the Environmental Policy Coordinator for CIAC and assisted in developing innovative programs for Responsible Care. As she concludes her studies, Beverly hopes to centralize the experience of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) to spur change in the Canadian political and legal systems, as well as within industry practice.

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