Our Team


CPN’sboard members have a wide range of experience in the private and public sectors, with expertise drawn from many fields: law, education, housing, human sciences, computer software, scientific research, farming, manufacturing, and engineering. Their work experience includes environmental law, private business, project management, and the development and administration of co-operatives, non-profits and other large organizations.

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Leslie H. Macloed, President

Leslie H. Macleod is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Co-Director of the LL.M. Program in ADR. She is the founder of Leslie H. Macleod & Associates, a firm providing conflict resolution services. Leslie’s current practice includes teaching and training in ADR; facilitation, mediation, and fact-finding/investigation; and conflict resolution system design and evaluation. Leslie has more than thirty-five years of combined experience as a lawyer, as an executive in industry and government, and as a mediator and educator in conflict resolution. She was previously the Assistant Deputy Attorney General responsible for development of Mandatory Mediation in Ontario and for establishment of the Province’s Dispute Resolution Office. Leslie has received several awards for her work in the conflict resolution field including the 2005 Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution and the 2011 Osgoode Hall Law School Award for Professional LL.M. teaching.

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Tony Walker, BA, MA, BEd, Treasurer

Tony Walker is a retired Social Sciences teacher with thirty-two years experience overseas and with the Toronto District School Board. Held leadership positions at Junior High and High School levels and set up and administered innovative gifted programs at both levels in west end Toronto schools. Lived in Toronto housing co-op for a number of years and worked at the Board level in the Dachi Co-op.

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Richard Tyssen, BA, MES, Secretary

Rich Tyssen has more than 30 years experience in business development and project management in residential construction. He also has a decade of experience in public policy development, working in both the not-for-profit co-operative housing sector and for the Ontario Ministry of Health. More recently he has developed several microFIT solar projects and helped organize three solar buying groups. He has a BA in social sciences, and a Masters in Environmental Sciences. He helped found Go Green Together in Northumberland County and Sustainable Cobourg in Cobourg, Ontario. He is a member of the Cobourg Planning Advisory Committee. In 2010 he received the Environmental Award from the Town of Cobourg.

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Jürgen Hanson

Jürgen received an Agriculture Engineering degree in Germany in 1979 and went to the United States to further his agricultural engineering study at the University of Minnesota. He came to Canada in 1981 and ran a farm business for 15 years. Jürgen currently owns and manages a residential rental business. Two years ago he managed the installation of a rooftop solar system on his rental property in Port Hope. He also designed and built his own residential solar hot water heating system in Cobourg.

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William (Bill) E. Holmes

Bill is a third generation resident of Northumberland County and has lived in Cobourg his entire life. Having studied geology at the University of Toronto, he worked for 33 years in the nuclear industry, retiring from Westinghouse (now Cameco), in Port Hope, in 2002. Bill has volunteered for numerous sustainability and quality-of-life efforts in Northumberland: for example, he was a member of the Willow Beach Field Naturalists; a member on the Community Advisory Committee of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority; an agent/inspector for the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA); provided palliative care and bereavement counselling for Hospice Northumberland Lakeshore; served on the Town of Cobourg Advisory Committee for awards and recognition; and is an ongoing member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Cobourg.

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Bruce Bellaire

After retiring from full time work at the end of 2010, Bruce was able to devote his time to volunteer activities. As well as sitting on the CPN board, Bruce is on the board of Go Green Together and is a member of the Northumberland Food Policy Council. Bruce is also Chair of the Town of Cobourg’s Environmental Active Transportation Advisory Committee, helps manage Cycle Transitions, and is co-chair of Safe Community Northumberland’s On Road/Off Road sub-committee. Bruce is also an active member of Northumberland Blue Dot and Sustainable Cobourg’s Bicycle Action Committee. Between meetings, he occasionally finds time to ride his bike, paddle, curl, and cross-country ski.

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Rick Nonnekes

Rick is a retired teacher and administrator with thirty years experience in elementary, high school, special education and behaviour classes. He was a principal for fourteen years. Rick is a long term member of Sustainable Cobourg, serving as president for a number of years and is currently a member of its Bicycle Action Committee. He is a board member for Go Green Together and has served as president and secretary. Rick, along with several others, founded and continues to manage Cycle Transitions, a do-it-yourself bicycle repair shop. He is an avid canoeist, hiker, x-country skier and cyclist.

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Haig Baronikian, PhD, PMP, PEng

Haig is founder, President and Senior Consultant at eFuel Partners Inc. He has over 35 years of experience in the eLearning, eHealth, telecom and information technology fields. He has held leadership positions in corporate strategy, marketing, R&D, sales engineering, systems integration and software development with Bell Canada. For the past 15+ years, as a management consultant, project leader and training professional, he has led a range of eFuel consulting engagements. He has worked in the private, public, educational as well as charitable sectors. He has been a volunteer throughout his life and has served on various volunteer organization Boards such as, more recently, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Haig is the co-author of the textbook, Leadership in Project Management: Leading People and Projects to Success. Haig holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and is a Professional Engineer.

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Brigitte Robertson

Birgitte Robertson was the Executive Director of Momiji Health Care Society a community service health provider in southern Ontario with operational budget of 5 million dollars and responsible for 17 million dollars of assets. She has over 30 years of management experience in various institutions from a large national youth organization to supportive housing serving woman and children survivors of violence. Birgitte holds a degree in Social Work (Ryerson University). Birgitte has served as a director of a number of organizations such as mental health to supportive housing for people with disabilities. She has been sitting on various committees in the CELHIN as an advisor and the LTC advisory committee for the City of Toronto. She has been giving educational information sessions for OANHSS, ONPHA and health care providers.