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Appointee Biographies

Lake Simcoe Science Committee


Anne Neary is a former Assistant Deputy Minister in the Environmental Science and Standards Division of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. She is the former Director of Applied Research and Development Branch of the Science and Information Resources Division of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Ms. Neary's community involvement includes being former Co-Chair of the Science Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the Research Coordination Committee, Director for Forest Genetics Ontario, and Director for the Invasive Species Research Institute. Ms. Neary holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario.


Paul Harpley is a retired manager, Toronto Zoo (31 years). Having travelled in conservation/design work internationally he brings perspectives, experience in planning/project management problem solving action, to science initiatives. As an academic Hons. BSc (University of Toronto) and M.A. and current doctoral research (York University). Paul has published widely on landscape ecology, local/international wildlife and planning, including in the Rouge River and Lake Simcoe watershed, where he lives. He has been involved with initiation of the Lake Simcoe Act, and other community conservation initiatives for many years, including the Federal Clean-Up Fund, and a past LSRCA board member (Provincial Appointee).


Dr. Gharabaghi's research has been primarily focused on watershed scale water quality models to improve the accuracy of calculations of these management tools for the protection of source waters from further degradation, and to develop effective strategies for improvement of the quality of impaired water bodies in Ontario. He has over ten years of experience in research and development of hydrologic modelling and non-point source pollution control in Canada and internationally. Dr. Gharabaghi is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph in the School of Engineering.


Dr. Lewis Molot, a professor with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, has been studying the biogeochemistry of lakes for twenty-five years. He has been involved in long-term studies of the effects of cottage development, acidification, climate change and ultraviolet radiation on lakes in the Dorset, Ontario area. Photochemical mechanisms that transfer organic carbon to lake sediments and inorganic carbon to the atmosphere from lakes are currently being examined in an effort to better understand the role of freshwater systems in regional carbon budgets. Prof. Molot is also chair of the Ontario EcoSchools program, a program for school boards centred on energy conservation and climate change.


Mr. William Napier, is President of W. A. NAPIER CONSULTING LTD. He has worked for both the private and public sector for the past four decades. He has held executive positions in the sustainability field for a number of companies operating globally. Mr. Napier hold a Master of Science degree (Laurentian), a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Waterloo). Mr. Napier is former Chair of the Kawartha Lakes Steward Association and resides in Trent Lakes ON.


is an Executive Director for Greenland Engineering & Technologies Group. He is a former principal and water resources team leader for Stantec Consulting Ltd. His community involvement includes serving as a member for The Lake Simcoe and South Georgian Bay Clean-up Fund's Public Advisory Committee.