Board of Directors
Sucheta Rajagopal, Chair
Sucheta Rajagopal has been involved in Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for over 10 years, advising retail and institutional clients on how to integrate environmental, social and governance concerns into their investment portfolios.
An investment advisor and portfolio manager, Sucheta manages one of the largest exclusively SRI books of business in Canada. Offering a variety of educational activities such as lunch ‘n learns, she helps clients improve both their financial literacy and knowledge of SRI, encouraging them to champion SRI within their own circles.
As an advocate for SRI, Sucheta is a blogger for SRI Monitor, SocialFinance.ca and has discussed investing on BNN, CBC Newsworld and IE:TV as well as in various print media including More, Macleans, the Toronto Star and the Bullfrog Buzz.
Sucheta has an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and is qualified as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). She is also a graduate of the Canadian Securities Institute’s Professional Financial Planning Program, a Certified Investment Manager (CIM), and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). She is a past President of the Board of the Social Investment Organization, and has served on the Boards of East End Community Health Centre, Straight Goods and New Experiences for Refugee Women.
A long time supporter of the Planet in Focus film festival, Sucheta has fond memories of pancake breakfasts in the courtyard of Innis College.
Keir Brownstone, Vice Chair
Keir Brownstone is the General Manager of GLOBE Inc. a subsidiary or Social Housing Services Corporation. GLOBE has a mandate as a social enterprise to act as a catalyst in transforming primarily the social housing sector into a green sustainable culture through the development and delivery of technical, training and education services. Prior to joining GLOBE Keir was the Green Plan Manager for Toronto Community Housing (TCHC). He was responsible for coordination and implementation of an ambitious program that included energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and diversion, education and training, procurement policies and green spaces renewal.
Before joining TCHC, Keir was the General Manager of Green Saver, a leader in residential and small business energy efficiency in the Greater Toronto Region helping to develop programs such as Energuide for Houses, Home Rewards, Home Rewards for Affordable Housing and Go Low Flow.
Keir has an extensive background in private business and marketing as the Managing Director of Robin Kay Clothing Company, at one time one of Canada’s leading environmental retailers, and Marketing Director for OXFAM Canada. Keir has consulted with the City of London in the U.K. on residential energy efficiency and has been an active participant in the creation of the City of Toronto’s ‘Greening Greater Toronto’ initiative, the Toronto Smog Summit and the Toronto Energy Efficiency Education Action Committee. Most recently Keir was an invited speaker at the Eco Districts conference in Portland Oregon, Eco City conference in Montreal Canada, World Sustainable Building Conference in Melbourne Australia, the Zukunft Haus Convention in Berlin Germany and the Green Build Conference in Boston U.S.A..
Keir on Eco issues:
My issue is climate change with a specific focus on energy.
PIF ties together the arts and the issue of the environment in a unique way that brings a greater scope to the issues and the reach of the audience.
When I worked at Toronto Community Housing I was working on a recycling program as part of my duties as Green Plan Manager. We had a tool kit of posters, flyers etc. There was a man in his 80′s at one building who decided the posters were too complicated. He printed out some very simple posters every week. One would have something that you could recycle, for instance a cardboard egg carton, and another with one you could not. The one you could had a circle around it and the one you could not had a circle with a line through the product. Simple to understand and crossed all languages and learning issues. Brilliant! He was my hero.
Stuart Toye, Treasurer
Stuart Toye is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator with Kalex Valuations Inc. in Toronto. His work focuses on the valuation of privately-held business interests and providing financial litigation support. Stuart joined the PIF Board in 2010.
Mr. Toye was born in Scotland and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario where he graduated of Brock University. In the early 1990′s, Stuart spent two summers planting thousands of trees in northern British Columbia and Alberta and wonders how they are doing today. In his spare time, Stuart enjoys playing sports and spending time outdoors, specifically enjoying Ontario’s provincial parks and camping/canoeing in Killarney and Algonquin.
Joe Castrilli, Secretary
Joseph F. Castrilli is recognized as one of the most experienced environmental lawyers in Canada: by the Law Society of Upper Canada, where he is certified as a specialist in environmental law; and by Lexpert, where he is identified year after year as an environmental lawyer repeatedly recommended by his peers.
He has represented or advised international bodies, government, the private sector, First Nations, non-government organizations, community groups, and individuals with environmental concerns. He has argued cases, settled disputes, solved problems, and advanced the development of environmental law.
Andrew Nisker made his first environmental documentary Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home over a five-year period. Released in 2007, Garbage! has been seen by over two million people internationally and has been translated into six languages. Nisker produced his second environmental documentary, Chemerical. Chemerical explores the life cycle of everyday household cleaners and hygiene products to prove that, thanks to our clean obsession, we are drowning in a sea of toxicity. Nisker is continuing to produce documentaries and is in post production on a touching film about the haunting effects of Agent Orange called Orange Witness.
Nisker regularly participates in panels and has been a part of programs at DOC Canada, NWA Green Expo for WalMart Home Office, Northwestern University and has also been a regular jury member for Earth Day Canada’s Home Town Heroes.
As an educator, Nisker has held environmental and filmmaking workshops in Canada, Italy and the United States in collaboration with various film festivals and school boards and is currently teaching part time at the OCAD University in downtown Toronto.
When at home he spends the majority of his time playing shinny and catch, cooking and skiing with his son Sebastian.
Joan Prowse is co-founder of the independent Toronto based production company CineFocus Canada (http://cinefocus.com). As a producer, director, writer and editor, she creates television documentaries, interactive projects, and video shorts that tell compelling Canadian stories to a global audience.
Through CineFocus she has created numerous projects with environmental themes including Greenpeace: A Canadian Discovery for the Discovery Channel, Green Jobs (screened at Planet in Focus in 2003) and Arbor Alma, which she produced and her partner, John Bessai directed, for Bravo!Fact.
Her most recent documentary series, GreenHeroes is a cross-platform project that launched at www.greenheroes.tv and airs on TVO. In 2010 it was nominated for two awards at the Banff World Television Festival and featured at Planet in Focus. Joan is a graduate of Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program and is an alumnus of the Interactive Project Lab at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre.
Joan on Eco issues:
Eco-Issue – Apathy – my goal is to inspire people, from all walks of life, to become actively involved in protecting our planet.
PiF creates a fantastic forum for sharing stories about heroic acts and environmental concern. The annual festival, monthly salon verte, school programmes are just three examples. As a board member I’m proud to assist in ways that I can and as a filmmaker I’m honoured to have our videos and documentaries shown at the festival (beginning in 2003)
I’ve been inspired by so many, its hard to pick just one. Having made 45 profiles of heroes over the past three years, Ric O’Barry and Leilani Munter stand out because they are re-inventing their own industries. Ric as a former dolphin trainer turned dolphin protector and Leilani as a race-car driver who is greening Nascar from the inside track. Oh - and Sarah Harmer – she rocks the walk!
Born Free which touched me as a young girl and an Inconvenient Truth which woke me (and many many people) up in a big way!
Caroline Underwood is a Senior Producer with the CBC’s Science and Natural History Unit and is the Series Producer of One Ocean. The unit’s flagship programme, “The Nature of Things with David Suzuki”, is an award winning series that is seen in many countries around the world and will be celebrating its 50th season in the fall of 2010.
Caroline Underwood has also produced, directed and written more than twenty-five of her own award-winning documentaries for “The Nature of Things” and independent production companies. The focus of her work has been the natural world and she has travelled to many remote locations, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, to reveal the beauty, complexity and the threats facing some of the planet’s last great wildernesses and their inhabitants. She has had countless extraordinary wildlife experiences: from standing among half a million caribou, to camping on the tundra where wolves walked past her tent, to unexpected encounters with a grizzly bears in the remote rainforests of British Columbia, and even with the microscopic creatures that we share our bodies with for her popular documentary “Up Close and Personal: The Ecology of David Suzuki”.
No stranger to debate, she has explored many contentious subjects over the years – the use of animals in medical research, wolf management and climate change. She is a founding member and past president of the international organization Filmmakers for Conservation.
Caroline Underwood and her team were one of the first to take HD cameras to the Arctic to document the impact of climate change on wildlife on the ice and underwater for the Gemini Award winner, “Lord’s of the Arctic”, (an international co-production). Some of her recent programmes are: “Suzuki Diaries: Coastal Canada”, “Walking with Ghosts”, and the three-part series “Antarctic Mission”.
Anne Wordsworth has worked extensively in the fields of environment and health. In association with the Canadian Environmental Law Association and as an environmental consultant, she has written major law and policy reports on chemicals, environmental health, toxics use reduction, water issues, indoor air pollutants and international comparisons of laws. She has also been the Executive Assistant and a Senior Policy Advisor for two Ontario Ministers of Environment and Energy. Her media and communications experience includes production and research for three CBC national television shows: Market Place, Man Alive and The Health Show. Her most recent production is a public education video called “Lead-Stick Beware”, which won the US-based Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ “Kiss Lead Goobdbye” contest. She is currently doing her Masters in Environmental Studies at York University.