Staff


Our senior staff has demonstrated the country's longest commitment to the environment: Four have been with us since we were founded 30 years ago, and three others first joined us more than 10 years ago. In addition to being unusually tenacious, our staff has 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, Energy Probe's Norman Rubin, and Urban Renaissance Institute's Lawrence Solomon).


Patricia Adams, President and Executive Director, Probe International

Patricia Adams is an economist by training. She has written extensively on foreign aid, odious debts, and multinational banking and trade practices and their environmental effects. Her book, Odious Debts: Loose Lending, Corruption and the Third World's Environmental Legacy, is a seminal text on the issue of Third World debt. She is currently one of the leaders in the movement to stop the Three Gorges dam project in China. Among Probe International's contributions is an Internet newsletter, Three Gorges Probe, which is published in Chinese and English.

Lawrence Solomon, Managing Director, Energy Probe and Urban Renaissance Institute

Lawrence Solomon, a co-founder of the Energy Probe Research Foundation, is an authority on urban issues, resource use, and regulation. His book, The Conserver Solution (Doubleday 1978) became the manual for incorporating environmental factors into economic life. In addition to being managing director of Energy Probe Research Foundation he is the executive director of its Urban Renaissance Institute division, where he focuses on urban sprawl.

Mr. Solomon is currently a columnist with the National Post. He has been a columnist for the Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, a syndicated columnist, and the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine.

Elizabeth Brubaker, Executive Director, Environment Probe

Elizabeth Brubaker specializes in the use of property rights and market mechanisms to protect the environment. Her book, Property Rights in the Defence of Nature, champions the regime of property rights and responsibilities developed under the English common law. Ms. Brubaker has also worked extensively on the establishment of property rights in fisheries. She has contributed chapters on the subject to three books and has addressed conferences in Canada, France and Australia.

Ms. Brubaker's most recent book is Liquid Assets, Privatizing and Regulating Canada's Water Utilities. Her work on the environmental and economic benefits of privatization has appeared in journals, magazines and newspapers in three countries, and she has addressed numerous conferences on the subject.

Norm Rubin, Director, Nuclear Research, Energy Probe

Norm Rubin is a highly sought-after public speaker and has more than 500 public speaking engagements under his belt. He has been working as a consultant with EPRF for more than 20 years, working as a researcher in the nuclear field, and is now one of Canada's leading critics of the nuclear industry. He has appeared at many hearings and court proceedings as an expert witness and has written extensively on the nuclear industry. Mr. Rubin has also made a number of appearances on radio and television shows.

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 Three Gorges Probe (Chinese language edition).

Annetta Turner, Secretary Treasurer

Annetta Turner has been with the Energy Probe Research Foundation since its inception.

As a National Vice-President of the Consumers Association of Canada she served on the Minister's Committee on Franchising and the Liquor Advisory Council – both with the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations, and the Social Responsibility in Advertising Committee of the Canadian Advertising Advisory Board. Previously she was Director of Nutrition Services, Associated Milk Foundations of Canada, and Nutritionist and later President of the Board of the Visiting Homemakers Association.

She received a BA from the University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in Community Nutrition from the Canadian Dietetic Association.

Frank Cianflone, Accountant / Office Manager

Lisa Peryman, Editor

Lisa Peryman has worked with Greenpeace Australia and the Australia Wilderness Society. She studied journalism in New Zealand and book and magazine publishing in Canada. Her background includes reporting and editing for daily newspapers and trade magazines, as well as creative copywriting for broadcast. Lisa is continuing her studies in Canada and currently works with Probe International as the editor of Odious Debts Online.

Slawek Pycek, Information Systems

Vyacheslav Magmedov, Researcher

Dr. Vyacheslav G. Magmedov, a hydrogeologist, is working with Environment Probe to promote the use of constructed wetlands to treat contaminated water. Magmedov is a world-renowned authority on constructed wetlands. Since his groundbreaking 1986 thesis, "Water Quality Transformation in an Artificially Created Biogeocenosis," he has authored more than 40 articles, papers, and manuals devoted to the subject.

Magmedov has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, and lecturer in Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Canada. He has addressed a variety of environmental issues, including nature conservation, groundwater pollution, sampling and monitoring, remediation, and solid waste management.