Thursday, April 05, 2007

Task Force Member Moves up in the World

What's the reward for a job well done? Another job of course! Chris Hilkene has been a member of the Task Force to Bring Back the Don for the past three years and has ably assisted us on numerous policy issues. According to this press release, he has now been appointed to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. From what I can gather this body is some sort of quasi-government think tank on sustainability issues. It is sponsored by Environment Canada. Here is an excerpt from the news release:

"Christopher Hilkene is the President of the Clean Water Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to engaging individuals in actions that preserve, protect and improve our water. He specializes in surface water management issues and has made significant contributions to water policy in Canada. ... In addition to his work at the Clean Water Foundation, Mr. Hilkene teaches at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies on the Great Lakes and environmental policy. ... He has served on the Boards of Directors of number of organizations including the George and Helen Vari Foundation, the Riversides Foundation, the Niagara River Restoration Council and the City of Toronto's Task Force to Bring Back the Don. Mr. Hilkene holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from York University."

No word on whether he intends to continue with Bring Back the Don, although the Task Force is currently in a lull because the new council only just renewed our mandate. We also need to recruit new members because we've lost quite a few members in the past three years. More on that when I have some details.

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