About Us

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Who we are

The Clean Water Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to engaging individuals in actions that preserve, protect and improve our water.

Board of Directors



What we do

We work in partnership with public, private and charitable interests to create policies and programs that encourage water friendly behaviors.

We focus on issues where individual action is both the cause and solution to our water challenges. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Water Efficiency;
  • Non-point sources of pollution (for example, pesticides, automotive chemicals); and,
  • Emerging chemicals in water (for example, pharmaceuticals and personal care products)

A strong environmental advocate, the Clean Water Foundation embraces a non-adversarial approach and works with all interested parties to define common interests and forge collaborate efforts.

Clean Water Foundation activities include:

  • Research to support policy and program development;
  • Production of information products and communications campaigns;
  • Design and delivery of public outreach programs; and,
  • Development of market-oriented engagement campaigns and projects.


Board of Directors

Sean Morley, Chair

Sean Morley is a partner in the Business Law section of Fasken Martineau’s Toronto office. Sean is engaged in a broad corporate/commercial practice focusing primarily on mergers, acquisitions, equity financings, competition matters and public-private partnerships. Sean is also a member of the firm's new strategic counsel practice group.

Sean has assisted clients in structuring, negotiating and completing acquisition transactions involving public and private companies, including assisting with clearing transactions through the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Sean joined the firm in August 2001 and was formerly Executive Assistant and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation, bringing a detailed knowledge of government, the policy development process and public policy.

During nearly four years in government, Sean held a variety of senior policy positions, including Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Education and Training, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Sean provided strategic and policy advice to the Ministers advising them on the content and implementation of government initiatives and legislation in the above ministries.


Dr. Gail Krantzberg, Director and Science Advisor

Dr. Krantzberg is Professor with the Engineering and Public Policy Programs in the School of Engineering Practise and Technology at McMaster University offering Canada's first Master's Degree in Engineering and Public Policy. Gail completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in environmental science and freshwaters. She worked for the Ontario Ministry of Environment from 1988 to 2001, as Coordinator of Great Lakes Programs, and Senior Policy Advisor on Great Lakes. In her tenure there she was intensely engaged in binational Great Lakes science and policy venues. She is a past president of the International Association of Great Lakes Research sits on the Board of Directors for several Great Lakes and Policy related nonprofit organizations Dr. Krantzberg was the Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission from 2001 to 2005. In 2007 she was appointed as an adjunct faculty member of the United Nations University Institute for Water and Environmental Health and participated in the twinning of the Laurentian and African Great Lakes (principally Lake Victoria). She has authored 6 books and more than 190 scientific and policy articles on issues pertaining to ecosystem quality and sustainability and is a frequent speaker to media and the public. Her research interests include investigating Great Lakes governance capacity and methods to better integrate science and engineering in policy formulation and decision making. She is an avid photography and gardener when not at work.


Mark Fisher, Director

Mark Fisher was appointed President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region by the Council’s board in 2014. Established in 2013, the Council is a bi-national nonprofit that brings decision-makers from business, government, academia and the nonprofit sector together to deepen the United States – Canada relationship in the region, and to find new ways of harnessing the region’s economic strengths and assets and protecting the environment for future generations.

Prior to his appointment, he was a foreign policy advisor in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat of the Privy Council Office where he focused on advancing Canada’s relationship with the United States and Mexico, as well as countries in the Asia-Pacific, in the areas of trade, security, energy and the environment.

He is a seasoned professional with extensive knowledge of the public policy making process, board governance, strategic business planning, corporate communications, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and issues management.

Mark also has extensive experience providing advice to key decision-makers and influencers, including the Prime Minister of Canada, provincial premiers and ministers, parliamentarians, and c-level executives from the private and not-profit sectors.

Among his many accomplishments, he is the recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence, and is the creator of the Great Lakes Economic Forum and the Current magazine.

In addition to his role with the Council, Mark is an elected school board trustee with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

He was also recently appointed to the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and sits on the boards of the Clean Water Foundation, a charity dedicated to preserving and protecting Canada’s water, and Easter Seals Ontario, a charity that helps youth with physical disabilities achieve greater independence.

He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Claire and three children – Andrew, Caroline and Fiona.


Laurie Simmonds, Director

Laurie Simmonds, President and CEO Green Living Enterprises, has extensive publishing experience, having previously worked on Toronto Life, Fashion, Essential Toronto and Canadian Art, among others. She was responsible for rebranding Green Living magazine and the rapid growth of Green Living Enterprises (GLE), which led to an online presence, the successful launch of the Green Living Show, corporate consulting, marketing and custom publishing, all focused on the green-economy sector. She is part of a select group of Canadians who completed The Climate Project training program lead by Nobel Laureate Al Gore. Laurie is a co-officer on the board of Key Publishers Company Ltd. and is a member of the advisory board for Foundations Market.



Christopher Hilkene, President

Christopher Hilkene has overall responsibility for development, delivery and evaluation for all Clean Water Foundation activities. He brings to the organization strengths in policy and program develop and has been contributor to Canadian freshwater policy for more than a decade. Chris’ policy contributions include: authoring the Annexes for the 2002 Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting Management of the Great Lakes Ecosystem Basin; serving as the principal consultant to the federal government on the development of bulk water transfer policy; and acting as the co-lead in the creation of the Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation.

In addition to his work at the Clean Water Foundation, Chris is a member of the National Rountable on the Environment and the Economy and he teaches a course on water policy at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.


James Alden, Director of Program Development

James plays a lead role in the development of new ideas and programs for the Clean Water Foundation. He has a wealth of background in clean technology, energy efficiency and business sustainability. James was an owner of Summerhill, a Canadian leader in developing and implementing large scale energy efficiency programs for utilities and designing innovative social marketing campaigns for retailers. He has been responsible for developing and bringing to market some of the most innovative social marketing campaigns in Canada, Including Mow Down Pollution, Keep Cool and Flick Off.

Over the last 4 years, James has created and owned 2 companies including Transformative Technologies and Faraday Lighting. Previous to his work in energy efficiency, James worked for 11 years in the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles. He has written extensively in the past for publications such as IE Money Magazine and Investment Executive on Socially Responsible Investing and Biotechnology. James currently holds senior advisory roles with Behr and Associates and EQ Intelligence.


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Contact: The Clean Water Foundation
80 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 10, Toronto, ON CANADA • M4V 1N3
phone 416. 677. 0449