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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Robert Fishlock, President

Robert is an environmental lawyer who lives in Port Hope. Robert has over 27 years experience with a major national law firm and recently became Senior Legal Counsel to the Port Hope Area Initiative, which is charged with the over $1 Billion clean-up of historic low level radioactive waste located in the vicinity of the municipality pursuant to a federal-municipal agreement. He is also a member of the board of directors of Ontario Nature and Chair of the Port Hope municipal Environmental Advisory Committee.

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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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Leslie H. Macloed

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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Ross Pigeau, BA, MA, PhD

Prior to his retirement in 2010, Dr Ross Pigeau headed a research institute for the Dept of National Defence in Toronto. Besides being responsible for the day-to-day operations of a major research facility with a yearly operating budget of $30 million, Dr Pigeau lead his organization through an intensive 5 year strategic initiative that redefined the organization’s mission and vision, substantially altering both the type of Science & Technology (S&T) conducted and the manner in which scientist interacted. Dr Pigeau brings strategic thinking skills to CPN as well as an appreciation for the value of long term planning.

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Gigi Ludorf-Weaver

Gudrun Ludorf-Weaver settled in Cobourg in 2005 after a fulfilling career in education in Toronto. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Sociology from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education early in her career. in that career she was a writer, a workshop leader, and an editor, as well as classroom teacher and later, administrator. As a resident in Toronto she helped to create a community organization called “Urban Harvest” that worked to build a safe community and develop a festival connecting youth to artist mentors. Here in Cobourg that commitment to community building continued and expanded.Taking actions to promote Green energy initiatives lead her to like-minded people who presented the original idea of creating ‘Community Power Northumberland’. In addition she helped develop the NGO, ‘Sustainable Cobourg’ and is currently its president. She has also given talks and seminars on ‘Sustainability 101’ to the Town of Cobourg at the request of its Planning and Sustainability Advisory committee, as well as for The Ontario Association for Committees of Adjustment. She was honoured to receive the Town of Cobourg’s Civic Award. She is a firm believer that the environment and its health should be a primary concern for all that inhabit it, and that as stewards of this country and planet we need to support measures that protect it.

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Carol McCann, B. Math, MASc (2011-2015)

Carol McCann retired in 2009 as a senior defence scientist with the Dept of National Defence (DND). Employed for her whole career at Defence R&D Canada in Toronto, she conducted and managed research in the human sciences. This entailed leadership of scientific teams spanning a range of disciplines, extensive interaction with Canadian Forces members, DND itself and other federal Departments. Over her career, she also represented aspects of the Canadian defence research program in international fora, including NATO. More recently, she has worked with Duegood, a social marketing firm in Toronto, as well as volunteering with Culturelink, a mentoring service for new Canadians. Ms McCann brings organizational, leadership and communication skills to NCPC.

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Garth Holloway, BA, B.Ed, Treasurer (2011-2017)

Recently retired from Toronto District School Board, Garth was a social science high school teacher for over thirty years. Many years of leadership experience which included the management of curriculum teams of over twenty teachers. Years of experience with co-operatives which included the set up of daycare and student housing co-operatives. Has lived in Cobourg for six years, currently on the Board and acting as Treasurer of the Northumberland Players, a local, successful amateur theatre group.

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Judy Smith-Torie (2016-2017)

Judy is a versatile and highly motivated project manager with a broad range of experience in the development and implementation of policy on energy and environmental issues. She is a public participation expert at federal and local levels and has formal education in environmental studies and graduate studies in natural resource manage­ment. Judy was the Coordinator (2009-2013) and co-founder of the not-for–profit Go Green Together Northumberland in Cobourg ON, established to implement energy and water efficiency and climate change moderating strategies in Northumberland County. She is also a partner and co-founder of Torrie Smith Associates Inc. an environmental consulting firm.

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Neil Hamilton (2011-2017)

Neil Hamilton is a Mechanical Engineer with 30+ years of manufacturing experience in positions ranging from Project Engineer to Plant Manager responsible for staffing levels up to 135 and budget levels to $16 million. He is a recent graduate from Durham College as a Renewable Energy Technician. He is an Energy Advisor for Go Green Together. He is the owner /operator of “Innovative Energy Services Inc.”, a company that helps individuals and organizations save energy.

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