Board of Directors

Nour Alideeb

Nour Alideeb is the Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, representing over 300,000 students across the province.  She is a student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, completing a major in Economics and a double minor in Biology and Women and Gender Studies. She has also served two terms at the University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union as the Vice-President University Affairs & Academics, then as President. 

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Simon Collins

For twenty years Simon has worked in non-profits and in the public sector to build activism and capacity. Half of that time was spent as a social worker. He currently works as a researcher for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Simon has previously sat on the advisory boards of the CCPA-Ontario and Columbia Institute (Ontario). Of special interest is the preservation of public services and how the public sector can contribute to meeting the challenges of climate change and improving the environment.

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John Doherty (President)

John lives in the Roncesvalles area of Toronto. He is the chair of the Parkdale Village BIA and the treasurer of the Parkdale Arts and Cultural Community Board. He is a former chair of the Greenpeace Canada Board and served on the Oxfam Ontario Board. John served as a school trustee in Toronto for 9 years. He has been a donor and supporter of TEA for years.

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Michal Hay (Secretary)

Michal was 2017 Campaign Director for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP Leadership Campaign. She is Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Broadbent Institute and a founding board member of The Urban Worker Project. She was one of Chatelaine's Top Women in Canada of 2017. For six years she served as Chief of Staff to Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton, where she worked on a wide range of policy issues and city-wide campaigns.  From 2008 to 2011 she worked at the Toronto Environmental Alliance. 

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Kofi Hope

Kofi Hope is a Rhodes Scholar, Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, community activist and youth advocate. He has over 10 years of experience in managing community based programs. In 2005 he founded the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, a group which advocated for real solutions to the issue of gun violence. This advocacy work included a presentation for then Prime Minister Paul Martin and led to him being named one of the Top Ten People to Watch in Toronto in 2006 by the Toronto Star.

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Emmay Mah (Treasurer)

Emmay Mah has worked in the third sector for over a decade, developing and managing programs in child rights and protection, HIV/AIDS and Indigenous health. She has had the privilege of working with communities in East, West and Southern Africa, and Northern Ontario. Emmay is a co-founder of the People's Climate Movement Canada, and is the Project Director for Enviromentum, a project of Tides Canada. She is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive climate movement, and a more equitable and sustainable society.

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Joyce McLean

Joyce McLean is an environment and energy policy and communications specialist. She has worked for organizations and individuals as diverse as the Ontario Minister of the Environment, Toronto Hydro, and Greenpeace International, as well as run her own consulting company.  She has also participated on a variety of boards including the IJC’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board, the Canadian Wind Energy Association, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Green$aver.  

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Anne Sabourin

Anne Sabourin is an associate at Donnelly Law. She advises community groups, green developers, farmers and First Nations on issues in environmental, cultural heritage, municipal and land use planning law. While in law school, Anne volunteered with several environmental NGOs and was a member of the City of Toronto’s 3Rs Working Group.  With her work taking her all over Ontario’s Greenbelt and beyond, she looks forward to supporting TEA’s work creating a greener and fairer Toronto.

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Edward Xie

Edward Xie is a family and emergency physician at busy academic hospitals. He continues to work with medical organizations and global health groups to improve health equity and social justice from the local to international level. Edward teaches at the University of Toronto and has earned an MSc in health policy, involving research on climate change communications. He has lived in Toronto on and off over the past decade and enjoys exploring all of its neighbourhoods by bicycle and public transit.

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