2019-2020 Board of Directors
Nevin Rosaasen, Director
Nevin is from a long line of green thumbs on both sides of his family and has dust and diesel (as well as carbon) in his veins. Nevin passionately describes himself as a 4 th generation food and fibre production engineer. Nevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan majoring in Agronomy with a minor in Agricultural Economics, and a Graduate degree in International Trade policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California. He has worked at the provincial,national and international level in various policy and agronomic capacities. He published an article with
the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in the field of Carbon Accounting and Life Cycle Analysis. Nevin currently works with Alberta Pulse Growers as the Policy and Program Specialist and continues to farm with his family in east-central Saskatchewan on a century farm.
Jason Switzer, Treasurer
Jason Switzer joined Pembina in April 2011, after nearly a decade in international development and corporate environmental management with positions including environmental excellence advisor at Cenovus Energy Inc. and senior greenhouse gas engineer at Shell Canada Oil Sands. His areas of expertise are in business-ENGO partnering, environmental labels, management systems and certification/assurance, carbon management, reporting and strategy, offset design and deal-making, consensus building process design and facilitation, and conflict sensitive resource development. In his previous role at the Pembina Institute, he co-led the national consulting team, through which he managed multi-stakeholder processes for clients including Shell, TOTAL, Suncor, the shale gas sector and its stakeholders, and the Canadian Hydropower Association.
Jason holds master’s degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and is a Harvard-trained environmental mediator, an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and a fellow at the World Commission on Dams. He sits on advisory committees for the National Museums of Science and Technology and the Canadian Standards Association. Widely-cited work includes the book Conserving the Peace: Resources Livelihoods and Security (IISD, 2002); conflict mitigation guidance tools for business and development practitioners; opportunities for renewable energy investment by the oil and gas sector; and links between environmental management systems, independent certification and performance improvement.
Karen Haugen-Kozyra, Vice Chair
Karen is President of Viresco Solutions Inc., a network of leading advisors making sustainability real for public and private clients in the agriculture, energy and food sectors across North America and globally. Viresco Solutions provides clients from across North America with support from strategy and policy development through to project implementation and Measuring, Reporting and Verification platforms.
Karen has over 20 years of experience in agricultural greenhouse gas measurement and modeling and climate change/environmental policy development. Her most significant contribution while at ARD and beyond involved her work at a national level, with federal provincial and territorial governments on the Canadian National Offset Quantification Team (NOQT).
Karen obtained a Biological Sciences Diploma from NAIT, BSc in Plant Sciences and MSc in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Alberta. Karen is also a registered Professional Agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrology.
Don McCabe, Chair
Don McCabe, a no-till corn, soybean and wheat farmer from Lambton County, serves as Director for Zone 6 representing the counties of Lambton and Middlesex. McCabe served as President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) for two years following his election at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Prior to serving as President, he held the position of Vice President from 2008-2014.
With a doctorate-level education in soil genesis and classification from the University of Guelph, and a chemistry degree from the University of Western Ontario, McCabe has become a leading advocate for environmental farm stewardship in the areas of air, water, biodiversity and climate change.
McCabe sits on the Thames Sydenham and Area Source Water Protection Committee. He is also a Vice Chair of the Bio-Industrial Innovation Centre and is proud to serve as Fire Chief to the Inwood Fire Department.
Tracy Scott, Secretary
Raised on a family farm near Camrose Alberta, Tracy’s field of professional expertise is in agronomy and ag business. He began his career as an agricultural field man for the County of Paintearth in east central Alberta prior to obtaining employment with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) in 1990. Tracy has functioned in many capacities during his tenure with DUC, including delivery of upland and wetland habitat conservation programs to rural landowners, wetland and upland project management, and as DUC Alberta’s Provincial Watershed Coordinator, working closely with Alberta’s WPACs.
In 2011, Tracy accepted the position of Provincial Head of Industry and Government Relations. In this capacity he manages DUC’s policy initiatives for the province, working closely with government and industry partners to incorporate the importance of wetlands and their associated upland habitats into watershed and land use planning initiatives. His primary files are the Land Use Framework and Provincial Wetland Policy.
As a result of DUC’s extensive experience in all elements of wetland mitigation and restoration, Tracy has been able to provide the GOA and other partners with advice on the “real world” considerations of policy development and implementation including agricultural sector engagement, municipal engagement, policy, education, landowner negotiations, project design, structure criteria, and input to mitigation, restoration and construction directives.