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Manager of Water Programs, Environmental Defence
Claire is a fifth generation cottager from Innisfil, on Lake Simcoe. Watching the lake’s health deteriorate motivated her to start an environmental education program, delivered by canoe, in 2002. Since then she's been saving Lake Simcoe with other people inspired to make change as a member of the Board of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition and later as a Lady of the Lake.
She started coordinating Campaign Lake Simcoe at Environmental Defence in 2007, just before Ontario Premier McGuinty promised to introduce the Lake Simcoe Protection Act. Claire has been on the provincial stakeholder committees, guiding the development of, and now the implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan since 2008.
In the summer of 2011 she completed her Masters in Environmental Studies and Planning at York University, focusing on watershed management and the Lake Simcoe Protection Act.