Expertise: Campaign strategy, Electoral campaigns, Issue campaigns, Organizing
Lois runs her own independent environmental and clean energy policy and facilitation consulting firm in Toronto, providing strategic advice to a range of clients on how best to contribute to developing sound public policy with respect to environmental protection in Canada. Her primary clients include companies engaged in the province’s green energy sector and environmental groups across Canada.
Lois has volunteered politically for candidates who inspire her, including working for Elizabeth May, on her campaign to win the first ever Green Party seat in federal Parliament.
A long-time environmental activist and environmental policy expert, Lois most recently worked as Senior Policy Advisor to three Ministers of the Environment in Ontario since 2003 before establishing her own consulting practice. While there, she provided advice on a number of the province’s new pieces of environmental legislation, including, among others, the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Green Energy Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, and the Far North Act.
Before government, Lois was the Executive Director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, (TEA), for ten years. There she helped Toronto City Council adopt its progressive Smog Action Plan, ban the use of cosmetic pesticides, its Climate Change Action plan and its waste diversion plan, as well as amendments to its sewer use by-law and building permit process. At TEA Lois also successfully developed the campaign that saw provincial political parties’ commit to phase-out coal-fired electricity in Ontario. During that period, Lois also served as the first Executive Director of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
Prior to moving to Toronto, Lois served as Executive Director of the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, working on major public policy issues including acid rain and trans-boundary air pollution, the clean-up of Halifax harbour, energy policy (including a new coal-fired electricity station in Cape Breton) and opposing garbage incineration projects.
Lois’ first job in the environmental movement was at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick in 1981 where she was employed as a summer student. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Thomas University in Fredericton, NB.