Our senior staff members have demonstrated the country’s longest commitment to the environment: Four have been with us for more than 30 years, and four others joined us 12-25 years ago. In addition to being unusually tenacious, staff members have drawn an unusual number of honours. Four members are listed in various editions of Who’s Who (Probe International’s Patricia Adams, Environment Probe’s Elizabeth Brubaker, and Energy Probe’s Norman Rubin and Lawrence Solomon).
Patricia Adams, President, EPRF, and Executive Director, Probe International
Patricia Adams is an economist. Her books include In the Name of Progress: The Underside of Foreign Aid (Doubleday 1985, 1991) and Odious Debts: Loose Lending, Corruption and the Third World’s Environmental Legacy (Earthscan 1991), a seminal text on the issue of Third World debt. Patricia also edited the English language translation of Yangtze! Yangtze!, the critique by Chinese experts of the Three Gorges dam that inspired the democracy movement when it was first published in 1989, led to the postponement of the dam, and was subsequently banned by Chinese authorities. She has written editorial page articles for major daily newspapers and has appeared on many radio and TV news programs in Canada and abroad.
Before joining EPRF in 1980, Patricia worked on a variety of development projects for the International Development Research Centre and Acres International. She taught economics in Jamaica, advised the World Council of Churches’ energy program, and Chaired the Nairobi-based Environment Liaison Centre, a coalition of 300 environmental and citizens’ groups from around the world. She is a co-founder of the International Rivers Network and the World Rainforest Movement.
Elizabeth Brubaker, Executive Director, Environment Probe
Elizabeth Brubaker, who joined EPRF in 1987, specializes in the use of property rights and market mechanisms to protect the environment. Her books include Property Rights in the Defence of Nature (Earthscan 1995), Liquid Assets: Privatizing and Regulating Canada’s Water Utilities (University of Toronto 2002), and Greener Pastures: Decentralizing the Regulation of Agricultural Pollution (University of Toronto Press 2007). She has contributed chapters to 14 other books published in five countries.
Elizabeth has produced studies of the private financing and delivery of water and wastewater services for the Walkerton Inquiry, the Government of Ontario Panel on the Role of Government, and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. She has participated in a dozen environmental assessments and regulatory hearings. Between 2008 and 2011, she was a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.
Frank Cianflone, Accountant / Office Manager, EPRF
Frank Cianflone has managed EPRF’s office and its books for more than 20 years. He holds a BA in Commerce from the University of Toronto.
Mu Lan, Editor (Chinese), Three Gorges Probe
Mu Lan is a Chinese scholar of environmental and population migration issues, has taught in Chinese and Canadian universities, done field work and primary research in the Three Gorges area, and studied in the U.S. and the U.K. Currently, Mu Lan is working with Probe International as a translator, researcher, writer, and Chief Editor of the internet newsletter, Three Gorges Probe (Chinese language edition).
Lisa Peryman, Editor, EPRF
Lisa Peryman is a communications specialist who hails from New Zealand, where she worked for environmental groups. She has studied journalism, publishing and politics. Lisa has written and edited for daily newspapers and trade magazines, as well as creative copywriting for broadcast. Lisa handles many aspects of communications for EPRF, including editing and writing online content (websites and e-newsletters).
Slawek Pycek, Information Systems, EPRF
Slawek Pycek has overseen EPRF’s computer systems and operations for more than 20 years.
Norm Rubin, Director, Nuclear Research, Energy Probe
Norm Rubin helped found EPRF in 1979 and has been working as a consultant with Energy Probe for more than 20 years. One of Canada’s leading critics of the nuclear industry, Norm has appeared at many hearings and court proceedings as an expert witness. He is a member of the Ontario Energy Board’s Working Group on Electricity Demand-Side Management and Demand Reduction, the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation Business Stakeholder Advisory Group, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Non-Governmental Organization Regulatory Advisory Committee. Norm is a highly sought-after public speaker, with more than 500 public speaking engagements under his belt, and makes frequent appearances on radio and television shows.
Lawrence Solomon, Managing Director, EPRF, and Executive Director, Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute
Lawrence Solomon, a co-founder of EPRF, is one of Canada’s leading environmentalists. An advisor to President Carter’s Task Force on the Global Environment (the Global 2000 Report) in the late 1970’s, he has since been at the forefront of movements to reform foreign aid, stop nuclear power expansion, save the world’s forests, restructure the electricity sector, convert free roads to toll roads, and counter global warming alarmism.
Lawrence is author or co-author of seven books, including The Conserver Solution (Doubleday 1978), Energy Shock (Doubleday 1980), In the Name of Progress (Doubleday 1985, 1991), Breaking Up Ontario Hydro’s Monopoly (Energy Probe 1982), Power at What Cost (Doubleday 1984), Toronto Sprawls (University of Toronto Press 2007) and, most recently, The Deniers (Richard Vigilante Books 2008, 2010). He is a columnist with the National Post and has been a columnist for the Globe and Mail, a syndicated columnist, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine.