Board of Directors
Phil Goodwin joined the Wildlands League Board of Directors in 2012 after a dozen years on the Don Watershed Regeneration Council, both as a member and Chair. In 2016 he assumed the role of chair of the board of directors. He also founded the East Don Parkland Partners, a local stewardship group working on restoration projects on the Don. Phil graduated from Huron College, University of Western Ontario. He has worked in advertising and marketing for over 30 years, including great Canadian companies like MacLaren Advertising, KTel, Wardair and Transcontinental Media. He is currently Director of Media Sales at NABS, The National Advertising Benevolent Society. NABS is a charity that helps people in the communications industry.
James grew up in Ottawa, but has worked and traveled in southern Africa. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies in 2005 from Duke University, North Carolina. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Nipissing University in North Bay.
Eli is a true native of the social age. As a blogger in the earliest days of the medium, Eli’s approach was innovative enough to land him in Marketing Magazine’s Ones to Watch in 2006. Today, Eli offers distinctive thought leadership in the world of social media and social technology as the Chief Marketing Officer of Engagement Labs, a Canadian public AdTech company.
In 2009, Eli founded the social media communications agency Entrinsic, building a roster of clients that included Google, RBC, Travelocity, Cineplex and the Museum of Modern Art. After 5 years of growth, he sold the business to Engagement Labs, where his expertise in corporate strategy, digital media and analytics is indispensable.
Eli loves the outdoors and has a special appreciation for the many lakes in Ontario. Eli joined the Wildlands League Board of Directors in 2015.
Cassie joined the Wildlands League Board of Directors in 2015. She is a strategist and campaigner, and she brings a decade of experience working in environmental advocacy, from grassroots organizing with the Wellington Water Watchers, to community management with Ecojustice and supporting international campaigns with Greenpeace. She holds a Masters of Science from the University of Guelph.
Mark Neves joined the Wildlands League Board of Directors in 2016. He is an accountant and project manager, and he brings almost a decade of experience working with other non-profits in areas like revenue diversification, market development and stakeholder management. Mark has worked his entire career in the Marketing and Communications industry for one of the biggest agency holding companies in the world, Interpublic Group of Companies, and now at the industry’s charity, the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS). After his last portaging trip to Algonquin, and finding out how much more has to be done to both protect Algonquin Park as well as many other natural areas of Ontario, he wanted to get involved with the charitable organization on the leading edge of protecting public lands and resources in Ontario, Wildlands League.
Sue joined the Wildlands League Board of Directors in 2014. She has been in senior program management roles in the non-profit sector for over 12 years, bringing extensive experience in program development, fundraising, and community engagement from her roles at Tides Canada Initiatives, Not Far From The Tree, and Evergreen. Sue has developed many years of experience developing high impact environmental programs, building new partnerships and supporting high functioning staff teams. She holds a B.Sc. in Zoology and a post-grad diploma in Ecosystem Restoration.