Chair of the Board

Tom PedersenDr. Thomas Pedersen – Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria and Chair, Canadian Climate Forum (2014-present)

Dr. Thomas Pedersen served as Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions from September 2009 to November 2015. His previous positions included Dean of Science (2003-2009) and Director of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria (2002-2003), and Associate Dean, Research, for the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia (2000-mid 2002). Pedersen holds a degree in geology from UBC and a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is an internationally recognized authority in the field of paleoceangraphy, and has longstanding interests in climate change issues and the application of government policy to climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Board of Directors

Ann McMillanAnn McMillan – Ottawa, Ontario

Ann McMillan is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Ottawa Chapter and has recently started editing the ArcticSIGnal, the newsletter for CMOS Arctic Special Interest Group. Recently, she co-edited a book entitled Air Quality Management: A Canadian Perspective. Ann spent 16 years at Ontario Hydro where she retained a strong personal interest in Air Quality and was Chair of the Ontario Section of the Air Pollution Control Association. She subsequently joined AES as the Chief of Air Quality Modelling.  As Director of Science Assessment and Policy Integration for the Meteorological Service of Canada she promoted integration of science results in a manner that would be accessible to policy makers.  She supervised their interaction with the IPCC as well as Chaired the five National Resource Departments’ Committee on Climate Change.  She subsequently became Director of Policy and International Affairs at Environment Canada. She has also been on special assignment at Fisheries and Oceans Canada where she laid groundwork for an Arctic Strategy.


Dan WeaverToronto, Ontario

Dan Weaver is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, focusing on physics education. He also researches climate change and the Arctic atmosphere. During his Ph.D. he collected data using a high-resolution spectrometer at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), near Eureka, Nunavut (80°N). As an educator, Dan has taught in classrooms, created educational programs for NGOs, and given regular public talks. He is also an Ontario-certified teacher. Dan is also an advocate for science funding and evidence-based public policy decision-making. He has been a board member at Evidence for Democracy since 2013.



Paul DufourOttawa, Ontario

Paul Dufour was educated in science policy and history of science and technology at McGill, Concordia and Université de Montréal. He is a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy and Principal of PaulicyWorks, a science and technology policy consulting firm based in Gatineau, Quebec. Paul has over 35 years of experience working directly with science policy agencies, ministries, media and politicians of all stripes. In addition to publishing and speaking extensively in science policy academic circles, he has been writing regularly for science and public policy magazines for over three decades, including Research Money, Science and Public Policy, Science and Diplomacy, The Hill Times, Embassy News, and iPolitics. Paul is a board member with the Science Policy Exchange based in Montréal. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board and Investment Committees of Grand Challenges Canada for global health issues.


John Mills

John Mills is the former Vice-President of Pelmorex Media Inc. (The Weather Network) and was formerly the Regional Director General, Environment Canada, Ontario.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University and meteorologist certification. He has served on a number of boards, including the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Environmental Program at York University and the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Research. John was appointed to the Mackenzie Health Board of Directors in 2004 and was Chair of the Board in 2015. He is currently a Director of the Canadian Climate Forum and member of York Region’s Water Conservation Advisory Committee.  He has also served on the Mackenzie Health Foundation Board of Directors since 2011.