Our Team

We’re a team of energetic and passionate people, on a mission to build the next generation of environmental leaders.

President

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Tovah began her career in the film industry; both in her hometown of Miami at the Miami Jewish Film Festival and at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. In 2009 Tovah joined the Earth Rangers team, taking on the role of Development Director in 2012 and Vice President, External Relations in 2017. During her tenure at Earth Rangers, Tovah has developed countless partnerships with the private sector and all levels of governments. Perhaps most importantly, she has played an integral role in Earth Rangers’ strategic planning and growth into the largest youth conservation group in the world.   In 2017, Tovah was named by the Province of Ontario as a “trailblazing woman who is transforming our province” and for “leading and shaping the future”.

“The passion, optimism and resourcefulness of children never ceases to amaze me. When confronted with the myriad challenges our planet is facing, their response is not to despair, it’s to take action and find solutions. Recent reports on both species declines and climate change indicate the need for swift and decisive action by all segments of society, and that includes youth. I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead this incredible organization and represent our over 200,000 members as they fight for the future of our planet”.

Leadership Team

Tovah Barocas, President

Bill Litshauer, Vice President, Programs

Jennifer Adams, Director of Development

Melanie Checkeris, Education Program Director

Stephen Persinov, Director of Finance and Administration

Board of Directors

Robert Schad
Chairman Emeritus

Elizabeth Schad, Chair
Corporate Director

Louise Clements
EVP, Consumer Marketing, Paysafe

Stephanie Coyles
Corporate Director & Senior Advisor

Chantelle Cseh
Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Jason Furlano
Vice President, Sales, MiQ

Jessy Hayem
Director, Relationship Investing at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Peter Kendall
Executive Director, The Schad Foundation

Steve Levy
Chief Operating Officer, Ipsos Canada

David Palmer
Vice President, Advancement, University of Toronto

Erin Sperling
Doctoral Candidate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto

James (Jason) Stewart
President, Youssef-Warren Foundation

Regan Watts
Head: Innovation, Citizenship, and Government Affairs, IBM Canada Ltd.

Advisors

Mary Desjardins
AVP Corporate Citizenship & Sponsorship, Manulife

Christopher Hakes
Program Director, Globe Series

Erin Satterthwaite
Senior Director, Communications and Community Investment, Vale

Dean Hughes
Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni, Seneca College

Dr. Justina Ray
President & Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada

Dr. Bridget Stutchbury
Professor, York University

Lorne Johnson
Advisor, The Ivey Foundation & The Schad Foundation

Earth Rangers’ governance guidelines and policies are available upon request.