Geoff Ross moved to Muskoka in 2010 after a career as a Professional Engineer developing water and air pollution control standards and programs with Environment Canada. He holds degrees in Engineering and Physiology and his work included control of coal-fired power plant emissions contributing to acid rain, smog, climate change and other major air issues.
Geoff represented Canada in technical work under the United Nations Commission for Europe and participated in negotiating the Ozone Annex to the Canada/United States Air Quality Accord. He is a past President and member of the Executive of the Skeleton Lake Cottager’s Organization, and devotes his spare time to carpentry, sailing, paddling, curling, XC skiing, singing and tennis. Geoff joined the Muskoka Watershed Council in 2012.
Thoughtful and driven in his work, Geoff agreed to answer a few questions for us and outline his interest in Muskoka Watershed Council:
Muskoka Watershed Council (MWC): How did you first hear about us?
: I saw advertisements for the Muskoka Summit on the Environment. Attendance at the Summit was really my introduction to MWC.
MWC: What made you want to volunteer with MWC?
: Again, at the Muskoka Summit on the Environment it quickly became obvious that this was a well-run organization doing some very good work. Having recently retired to Muskoka, where I had been vacationing for more than 30 years, I was very sensitive to the importance of protecting the unique natural qualities of Muskoka. After a career in environmental protection, I knew that MWC was well-positioned and doing the right things to accomplish that, and that it included an exceptional group of volunteers to work with.
MWC: What MWC projects are you involved in?
: My main focus thus far has been updating the Power Generation Position Paper and chairing the Policy & Research Committee. For the future, there are a number of good projects that I would like to devote more time to, including, for example, the potential impacts of climate change and development, as well as a program on reducing the amount of waste packaging that we must deal with in Muskoka.
We are very grateful for Geoff's extensive contribution to MWC’s recently released Power Generation Position Paper
and thank him for his time and energy given to that and other key Muskoka Watershed Council projects. MWC also congratulates Geoff and his wife on the recent arrival of their first grandchild, Felicity.