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Appointee Biographies

Lake Simcoe Science Committee


Born in March of 1947 Marvin Geist took his first dip at the Innisfil family cottage on Lake Simcoe at just three months of age. That was the beginning of his lifelong love of Lake Simcoe. In the 1970s, as a young Lawyer he was president of the Belle Cedar Ratepayers Association representing the concerns of residents along the Lake Simcoe Shoreline. He was a member of the Innisfil Panning Board which gave him experience and insight into procedures involving severances, land designations, development. rezoning and environment matters. He is presently the President and member of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation. Throughout his career, he has continued working to help protect and conserve the land and water of the Lake Simcoe watershed.


Dr. Bahram Gharabaghi is a Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His research has primarily been 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 more than twenty years of experience in research and development in hydrologic modelling and pollution control in Canada and internationally. Dr. Gharabaghi has co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is currently leading several research projects in partnership with various industry partners, Municipalities, Conservation Authorities, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.


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.