The Planet in Focus Foundation supports the charitable activities of Planet in Focus: International Environmental Film & Video Festival. The festival and its programs are the sole agent of the Foundation. The Foundation’s charitable registration number is 83189 2955 RR0001.
Foundation Board of Directors
Alex Miller – Chair
Alex Miller is founder and President of ESRI Canada Limited, a privately held Canadian owned company specializing in the design and implementation of geographic information systems. Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton with a Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering. Mr. Miller has over 35 years experience in surveying, mapping, engineering, information systems design and management consulting. He is past Chair of the Geomatics Industry Association of Canada, Co-Chair of the GeoConnections Policy Advisory Committee, Chair of the Geomatics Canada Advisory Committee and a member of the Federal Department of Natural Resources Minister’s National Advisory Board on Earth Sciences.
Wayne Dawson – Treasurer
Wayne Dawson is a leader with over 30 years of business executive experience. He has been at the forefront of identifying and integrating societal trends such as sustainable development into business/industry plans & actions, through cause marketing and other creative strategies. Wayne’s experience includes Vice-President of the Cement Association of Canada responsible for Ontario issues, Director of Operations and Maintenance Manager for the Welland Ship Canal, and Project Manager of the Welland Canal Traffic Control Improvement Program.
Wayne has an Honours B.Sc. degree from Queen’s University in Mathematics and Physics. He had significant technical experience in discreet simulation modeling and operations research before entering into management in 1980. Wayne currently sits on the Board of Sustainable Buildings Canada and provides senior advice to the Revitalization Institute at Seneca College. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Centre of Pavement and Transportation Technology at the University of Waterloo and participated in several committees providing leadership in the construction industry.
Hon. David Crombie, OC
Hon. David Crombie was elected to Toronto’s city council in 1970, and became Mayor of Toronto in 1972. Crombie was enormously popular as mayor, being re-elected in 1974 and 1976 with large majorities. He was described as the city’s “tiny, perfect mayor”. He left City Hall in 1978 to move to federal politics. Federally, he served with distinction for a decade, holding several important cabinet posts.
His concern for the natural and built environment is reflected in his roles as a commissioner with the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront and as founding chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. He is the President of David Crombie and Associates, the Chair of Toronto Lands Corporation, and Chair of Ontario Place. He is the immediate past President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute and Chair of the Advisory Council of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. In addition to his role as a former mayor of the City of Toronto and he was a Privy Councillor. Mr. Crombie was the first Chancellor of Ryerson University and is the recipient of honorary doctorates of law from the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. Mr. Crombie is an Officer of the Order of Canada.