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Keith Brooks

Programs Director, Environmental Defence

Keith was born in the ‘burbs just outside Toronto, but his passion for the environment was born in a canoe on the rivers and lakes of Northern Ontario.

Once canoeing and nature had become a passion, it didn’t take long for Keith to see that the wild places and animals he’d grown so fond of were under threat, and what began as a passion then became a cause.

Keith’s concern for the environment drove him to pursue a Bachelors of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He then worked for a number of years in the environmental consulting field before enrolling at York University to pursue a Masters of Environmental Studies.

Keith’s first hand experience as an environmental scientist left him disheartened, and showed him that a lack of sound science is not at fault for the deepening environmental crisis. Our challenge is not in knowing what must be done, but in doing it. This led Keith to focus his efforts on understanding and developing strategies to overcome the barriers that keep us from doing what science tells us we must.