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Appointee Biographies

Species at Risk Conservation Trust (Species Conservation Action Agency)


Doug Varty is Managing Director for Douglas Varty Professional Corporation, and a retired as Partner for KPMG. Doug’s community involvement includes serving as a board member for Nature Conservancy of Canada and as Co-Chair for Couchiching Conservancy Advisory Council.


With a passion for protecting nature, an understanding of the challenges the natural world faces, and a spirit of ruthless optimism, Dolf DeJong has enjoyed an incredible career in the parks, conservation, wildlife protection and education field. Dolf began as Chief Executive Officer of your Toronto Zoo in September 2018, and his focus revolves around a commitment to raising the Zoo’s community connections to ensure we are working together to deliver on the new Strategic Plan to protect nature for future generations. Dolf has a Master of Environmental Studies from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Brock University.


Tom Hilditch is President and CEO of Colucent Environmental Inc. During his 40-year career as an ecologist, Tom has completed impact assessment, mitigation planning and ecological planning and design projects in Canada, China, Barbados, Venezuela, and Equatorial Guinea. Tom served on the Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee (SARPAC), COSSARO’s sister committee between 2008 and 2014 (Member 2008 to 2010, Chair 2010 to 2014). Tom has served as Chair of COSSARO since 2015. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resources Centre.


Sally Krigstin is a professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching focus on Wood as a material for energy, chemicals, material and societal benefit. She is an active board member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Southern Section and a public councilor on the board of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.


Paul Norris is the founding President of the Ontario Waterpower Association, a Not-for-Profit organization which represents the province's primary source of renewable energy. Prior to joining the OWA in 2001, Paul had a fifteen-year career with the (then) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources with roles in Land Management, Communications, Fisheries and Widlife Policy. Paul has a BSc from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Queen's University and is a Certified Association Executive. He currently volunteers with the Peterborough Regional Farmers' Network, Jamaican Self Help and with a local citizen's group working to resettle refugees from Malawi. He lives and works in rural Peterborough and has been a member of the Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee since its inception.