Editorial Board

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If you are interested in joining A\J as an editorial board member, research advisor, or contributing editor, please contact andrew @ alternativesjournal.ca.

View: editorial board \ research advisors \ contributing editors

If you are interested in joining A\J as an editorial board member, research advisor, or contributing editor, please contact andrew @ alternativesjournal.ca.

Editorial Board Members

A\J’s editorial board helps design each issue of the magazine by reviewing and recommending articles and pointing out topics that have been missed through the submission process.

Katherine J. Barrett
Katherine J. Barrett holds an MSc in Microbiology, and a PhD in Botany and Ethics, both from the University of British Columbia. She is the founder and chief for Understorey Magazine and an editor with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and Demeter Press. Katherine has published numerous scholarly articles, essays, columns and short stories. She lives in a small town in Nova Scotia. 

David Brooks
David Brooks, who was educated in geology and economics, is the Director of Water Soft Path Research at the POLIS Project for Ecological Governance and an Associate at International Institute for Sustainable Development. He was a founding director of Canada’s Office of Energy Conservation, director of the Ottawa Office of Energy Probe and an associate director with the International Development Research Centre. His main research interests lie in the linkages between environmental protection and the use of minerals, energy and water. His books include Zero Energy Growth for Canada (1981), Water: Local-Level Management (2002), and Making the Most of the Water We Have: The Soft Path Approach to Water Management (2009).

Taarini Chopra
Taarini Chopra is the Publications Coordinator at Seeds of Diversity Canada and Researcher at the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). Taarini was the associate editor at A\J for three years. She has worked on organic farms in Ontario, was the co-chair of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable, and worked with the Global Food Politics Group at the University of Waterloo, where she also completed graduate research on global food policy and the politics of GM crops and foods.

Kyrke Gaudreau
Kyrke Gaudreau is the Sustainability Manager at the University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Gaudreau completed his PhD in social and ecological sustainability at the University of Waterloo where his research focused on the sustainability assessment of energy systems. He has consulted on various strategic and environmental assessments of energy systems in Canada, and has researched and written about energy systems sustainability in several different countries. In his free time, Kyrke fixes bikes and is slowly learning the ins and outs of gardening. Kyrke has been an avid book reviewer for Alternatives Journal for four years, and is the author of the bestselling radio play, “Mending our Fuelish Ways,” which was podcasted for Alternatives (check out, if you dare, New Energy 36: 1). Kyrke is from Montreal.

Robert Gibson – Chair
Robert Gibson is a professor of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. His research and applied work focuses on integrating sustainability considerations in land-use decision making in urban growth management, corporate greening initiatives, special-area governance, and environmental assessments at the project and strategic levels. He has been co-editor, editor or editorial board chair of Alternatives Journal since 1984.

Andil Gosine
Andil Gosine is an associate professor of arts at York University. His area of interest is in collaborative works about race, gender, sexuality, nature and nationalism. His research contributions are primarily in environmental justice, transnational sexualities and anti-racist cultural studies. Gosine’s recently published works include Environmental Justice and Racism in Canada: An Introduction (2008), essays in the collection Sex, Power and Taboo: The Caribbean and Beyond (2009), Sexuality, Social Exclusion and Human Rights (2009),Queer Youth Cultures (2008) and Queer Online (2007).

Darcy Higgins
Darcy Higgins is a Partner in Building Roots and is the founder of Food Forward Toronto’s key advocate and connector of good food work. Over the last several years he has engaged Toronto’s public, City officials and business community, delivering dozens of events, projects and policy development which have raised the profile and development of urban agriculture, social entrepreneurship and good food access across the City. He built a strong network of City food leaders, and is regularly called on to speak with media, and advise community groups and business groups on food projects. He more recently has championed a City-wide focus on the development of food infrastructure in Toronto’s housing developments, facilitating policy development and projects among builders, planners, councillors and the public. Darcy’s past work involved a focus in campus and community sustainability, municipal policy and environmental activism. He enjoys exploring built and natural environments, meditation and bringing people together to create change.

Susan Holtz
Susan Holtz, a long time senior policy analyst with the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, studies sustainable development and emergent issues, such as the pharmaceutical contamination of water. She also works on related issues as a mediator, facilitator and editor. Holtz was the founding vice chair of both the Canadian and Nova Scotia Round Tables on the Environment and the Economy. She was also instrumental in setting up the Canadian Environmental Network and has served on advisory bodies, including the Auditor General of Canada’s Panel of Senior Advisors, and the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development’s External Advisory Panel.

Greg Michalenko
Greg Michalenko, is an assistant professor emeritus in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. He grew up in Saskatchewan and studied there before spending time at the University of Zurich in Switzerland investigating the chemistry and architecture of mushroom cell walls. Michalenko has worked with Aboriginal communities, enjoys bicycling, picking mushrooms, foreign languages, cooking and some modest gardening. 

Robert Paehlke
Robert Paehlke is a professor emeritus at Trent University where he taught environmental policy and politics for 35 years. About 40 years ago, he envisioned a magazine that was both scientifically sound and journalistically interesting, and Alternatives was born. “Bob P,” as we call him, sits on the magazine’s editorial board and he contributes articles and blog posts as often as we can trick him into it.

He is the author of Environmentalism and the Future of Progressive Politics (1989), Democracy’s Dilemma: Environment, Social Equity and the Global Economy (2004), Some Like It Cold: The Politics of Climate Change in Canada (2008) and Hegemony and Global Citizenship (2014).  

Robert Page
Robert Page is the TransAlta Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy. He is a former chair of Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and chairs the management committee for the International Standards Organization 14000 series. Prior to spending 10 years as TransAlta Corporation’s vice-president of sustainable development, he was involved in consulting, academic teaching and research, including as the dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. Page is a member of the board of directors for ENMAX Corp. and for the Banff-Calgary chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

Wayne Roberts
Wayne Roberts is a Canadian food policy analyst and writer, widely respected for his role as the manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council from 2000-2010. As a leading member of the City of Toronto’s Environmental Task Force, he helped develop the city’s environmental plan; later, as a staff leader for the Food and Hunger Action Plan, he helped write the pioneering Toronto Food Charter. He writes a regular column for Toronto’s NOW Magazine, a publication that named him one of Toronto’s leading visionaries. In 2008, he received the Canadian Eco-Hero Award presented by Planet in Focus. Roberts earned a PhD in social and economic history, and has written seven books, including Get A Life! (1996), Real Food For A Change (1999) and The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food (2008). He is a regular contributor to Alternatives Journal.

Nicola Ross
Nicola Ross was the executive editor of Alternatives Journal from 2006-2011. The author of three books, Caledon (1999), Healing the Landscape (2001) and Dufferin County (2003), Ross has been published in The WalrusThe Globe and MailCalgary HeraldHamilton SpectatorHarrowsmith Country LifePoint Carbon and others. She writes a regular column on local food for In the Hills magazine and is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for an article on ecological footprint. She was the environmentalist of the year in her hometown in 2006, is a retired triathlete, and spends her holidays aboard her much loved bicycle.

Ray Tomalty
Ray Tomalty is principal of Smart Cities Research, a Montréal consulting firm that specializes in issues related to urban sustainability. He is also an adjunct professor at the School of Urban Planning at McGill University.

Chris Wood
Chris Wood is an author, speaker and journalist. He first wrote about the environment in the 1970s, winning awards for his coverage of nuclear power and agrochemicals. His most recent book, Dry Spring: The Coming Water Crisis of North America (2008), details how climate change is redistributing water across the map and around the calendar. Wood, his wife and their two bull terriers live in Ladysmith, Vancouver Island.

Research Advisors:

David Waltner-Toews, University of Guelph
Michael Bloomfield, Harmony Foundation
Mark Butler, Ecology Action Centre
Michael M’Gonigle, POLIS Project
Steven Peck, Peck & Associates
Ralph Torrie, Torrie Smith Associates

 Contributing Editors:

Contributing editors support A\J by writing, suggesting authors, keeping their ear to the ground for important stories, and providing peer review for feature articles.

Juli Abouchar, Don Alexander, Deborah Barndt, Fikret Berkes, Angela Bischoff, Stephen Bocking, Daryn Caister, John Cartwright, Jennifer Clapp, Kathleen Cooper, Guy Dauncey, Kate Davies, Ross Dobson, John Ferguson, Pierre Filion, William Glenn, Anežka Gočová, Ella Haley, Maura Hanrahan, Janice Harvey, Melody Hessing, Eric Higgs, Stephen Hill, Stuart Hill, Ryan Kennedy, Karen Laine, Heather MacAndrew, Mike Marcolongo, David McDonald, Robert McNair, Mark Meisner, Kent Peacock, Mary Pickering, Anicka Quin, William Rees, Andrew Reeves, Henry Regier, John Robinson, Ian Rowlands, Cate Sandilands, Gary Schneider, John Sinclair, Lindsay Staples, Jean-Guy Vaillancourt, Debora VanNijnatten, David Ward, Mark Winfield, Susan Wismer