Serge Scrafield was appointed Chair of the Clean Environment Commission in September 2016.
Mr. Scrafield retired from the Manitoba Government in 2014 after 38 years of service. For 22 of these years Mr. Scrafield served as an Assistant Deputy Minister for the former departments of Environment and Conservation and Water Stewardship. Early in his career he worked in land planning with the former departments of Municipal Affairs and Rural Development.
Duncan Geisler completed his Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Manitoba in 1978 and returned to Ashern, his birth place, to practice law. The primary focus of his practice is real estate, wills and estates and agri-business. Since 1996, Mr. Geisler has participated in numerous farmer/creditor mediations while being appointed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to the Farm Debt Review Board. He also served as a producer representative on several other federal farm and agriculture related appeal committees.
Mr. Geisler owns and operates a grain, forage and cattle farm. He is an avid outdoorsman and private pilot.
Ian Gillies worked at Cargill Limited from 1984 to 2013 in several capacities including AVP of Human Resources, Integration Manager for a major acquisition, Director of Operations for the Calgary Inland Grain Terminal and as Manager of Corporate Affairs. He also served as a Senior Management Consultant at KPMG and worked for the Government of Canada as a Policy Advisor to the Federal Economic Development Coordinator in Manitoba. Ian has volunteered with several non-profits. He served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Administration and the Investment Committees of the United Way of Winnipeg. Mr. Gillies serves as Board chair for Macdonald Youth Services and volunteers in the Winnipeg 1 English as a Second Language program. Ian is a graduate of the Master of Natural Resource Management program at the University of Manitoba and also served as an Assistant professor at the Natural Resource Institute. Ian was born and raised in Winnipeg.
Neil Harden is a retired Professional Engineer with many years experience in the water resources field. He worked for more than 20 years as a Hydraulic Engineer and Hydrologist with Manitoba Water Resources Branch, including during the 1997 flood. He also worked for Ducks Unlimited doing wetland conservation across Canada. Neil served for over 12 years on the Municipal Board of Manitoba. He has a BSc in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree, both from the University of Manitoba.
Terry Johnson graduated from Red River College as an electrical technologist and worked for Manitoba Hydro for over 13 years. Terry and his wife then moved back to the family farm in the Elkhorn area and farmed for over 23 years. After selling most of their farm they moved to Virden, where they now live. Mr. Johnson then worked for the Virden Credit Union for over five years while being was semi-retired. During this time he served as councilor for the RM of Archie and as Reeve and later, for the town of Virden as councilor and Deputy Mayor. Terry has had the rare privilege of serving on a number of municipal, provincial and federal boards and local community organizations. Spare time is spent travelling and part time farming.
Dr. Glennis Lewis has a multidisciplinary academic background with two degrees in law (LL.B., LL.M.) and three degrees in science (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.). She has had a diverse career as an environmental consultant, researcher, federal civil servant and lawyer. Her work has focused on the development of environmental law and policy at national and international levels. She also has considerable experience with environmental impact assessment hearings. Dr. Lewis lives in Brandon where she continues to pursue her interests in environmental law, biodiversity conservation and natral history.
Aurelie Mogan is an economist with 25 years experience in social and economic analysis and a strong interest in community development and the environment. She has worked on agriculture issues and rural policy for the government of Canada, and has been involved in establishing research and project partnerships between all levels of government, and multiple sectors of the economy and society. Previous work experience includes community and small business development and women’s issues. Ms. Mogan is currently self employed. She has served on the boards and committees of a number of community organizations, sports associations, and journals.
Reg Nepinak is a member of Pine Creek First Nation (PCFN). Reg continues to work with Aboriginal families and youth, mentoring them in traditional living and values. He has worked as a program manager and guidance counselor for PCFN after a decade of working in Calgary in Aboriginal Child and Family Services. For 20 years prior to that, he specialized in explosives, radioactive tools and directional drilling in the oil industry.
John Neufeld has practised law in Steinbach since 1974. His area of focus is real estate. He is a past President and Vice-President of the Law Society of Manitoba and has served on numerous and various committees. Mr. Neufeld was appointed a life bencher in 1997 and a Queen’s Counsel in 1996. He is a frequent lecturer at the Law Society, the Manitoba Bar Association, public education events and at the University of Manitoba Law School. Mr. Neufeld has also been a director of the Manitoba Law Foundation.
Mr. Neufeld’s interests include photography and exploring daunting mosquito infested bogs in search of native orchids and other wild flowers.
Tim Sopuck was born and raised in Manitoba, earned a BSc (Hons.) in Zoology at the University of Manitoba and has worked for over three decades in habitat conservation and related fields. Mr. Sopuck is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, where he has worked for over two decades. Prior to that he worked at Fort Whyte Alive (Director of Development) and Ducks Unlimited (Bio-Technician). Mr. Sopuck currently serves on the Boards of the Assiniboine River Basin Initiative, Canadian Land Trust Alliance, Prairie Habitat Joint Venture and North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Canada). Tim also has direct experience with the trapping industry, as well as a remote commercial fishery, having lived for 18 months in a Cree-and-Metis community in northern Manitoba.
Laurie Streich began her career as a reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press. She joined the Manitoba government in 1981 and has served as Manager and Chief Editor for the State of Environment reporting program, Director of the Pollution Prevention Branch and Chair of the grant review committee for the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund and the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s (CCME) Pollution Prevention Awards Program. She was a member of the City of Winnipeg’s advisory group to improve waste management and recycling services. Laurie retired from the government in 2015 and is currently manager of Frogbox Winnipeg, an environmentally-conscious company that supplies reusable moving boxes. She is a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Leadership Council.
Cathy Johnson is the Commission Secretary. Reporting to the Chairperson, the Commission Secretary is responsible for the overall operation of the Commission. Ms. Johnson served as Secretary since 2005 and has over 30 years of government service. Ms. Johnson has a variety of experience with local, provincial, national and international conservation programs at the field and administrative level.
Cheyenne Halcrow is the Administrative Assistant to the Commission. Cheyenne provides administrative support to the Clean Environment Commission and is usually the first point of contact for our clients.