Rick Williams


Dr. Rick Williams has over 40 years’ experience in rural development in Canada and internationally. His areas of expertise include fisheries management policy, community economic development, strategic planning & process facilitation and evaluation research. He is currently Director of Research for the Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters. From 2009 to 2014 he served as Deputy Minister to the Premier for Policy and Priorities in the government of Nova Scotia . He has been President of PRAXIS Research and Consulting Inc. since 1997 and previously was a professor in social policy at Dalhousie University.

Jonathan Stewart


Jonathan has 30 years experience in the investment management business, primarily as an equity analyst and portfolio manager. He joined Canadian investment firm Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. (PH&N) in 1995 after spending seven years with a major Canadian investment counsellor as a portfolio manager and equity research analyst, covering primarily the Forest Products sector. At PH&N, Jonathan managed institutional client portfolios and was responsible for a number of the firm’s large investment funds. Amongst other roles, he also acted as liaison to Sky Investment Counsel, an affiliate firm specialising in international (EAFE and Emerging Market) equity investments, and authored a number of research papers on investment issues. He was also a member of the Aboriginal Services Team, developing and servicing relationships with First Nations in Canada, and has travelled extensively amongst these communities.

Jonathan was a Vice-President and shareholder of PH&N prior to its acquisition by the Royal Bank of Canada in 2008. He left the firm in 2011 to concentrate on personal interests.

Jonathan holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and is a past president of the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts. He resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Chuck Rumsey


Before serving as Ecotrust Canada’s President and CEO, Chuck spent 2 years as Vice President of External Affairs & Development, leading the organization’s government relations, partnership engagement, and fundraising efforts.  He also directed the development of Ecotrust Canada’s Forest Carbon Initiative. Over the last two decades, Chuck has served in leadership roles with The Nature Conservancy, Tides Canada, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. His expertise in land-use and strategic planning has also allowed for extensive work with NGO’s, industry, communities, and governments as a private consultant. Throughout his career Chuck has worked locally, nationally, and globally on projects that promote the connection between environmental sustainability and human well-being. This work includes helping to construct and negotiate the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements in British Columbia, designing forest carbon and impact investment strategies across Canada, and engaging communities on protected areas management across a wide breadth of geographies from the Northwest Territories to sub-Saharan Africa.

Alexandra Loeb


Alexandra Loeb joined Microsoft in 1988. Her positions included Program Manager, General Manager and Corporate Vice President for the Windows Tablet PC. She has more than 15 years experience in product and business development, technical strategic planning, budgets and product management. As well, Alexandra has held other positions in technical firms and has been an Angel Investor in Clean Energy startups.

For over twenty years, Alexandra has served in the non-profit sector, with a strong focus on environmental and climate issues. She served as Board Chair of both Conservation Northwest and Climate Solutions, and currently chairs the City of Rossland BC’s Sustainability Commission and Energy Taskforce. She has served on numerous other non-profit boards and committees.

Alexandra has a bachelor’s in Mathematics and Computing from Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia.  She was born and raised in the state of Georgia and currently resides in the small town of Rossland, BC, Canada.