Coordinating Committee

Sheridan Graham, CMO, Coordinating Committee Chair 

Sheridan Graham is the Director, Corporate Projects & Services with the County of Peterborough. She began her municipal career with the County in 1997, moving on to the City of Kawartha Lakes as Manager of Purchasing and Accounts Payable in 2003 and returned to the County of Peterborough in 2007. Sheridan has a CMO designation from AMCTO and has her Master Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. In her position at the County, Sheridan is responsible for all County facilities, IT, legal and insurance, risk management, County forests, sustainability, corporate communications & projects as well as Lang Pioneer Village Museum.

Sheridan is also the Procurement Director for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) a project of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and a member of the core team for the project since its inception. Sheridan recently completed her green belt in Lean Six Sigma and is leading the County implementation. She is the County representative and Chair of Sustainable Peterborough.

Meredith Carter, Coordinating Committee Vice-Chair

Meredith Carter is currently the Manager of the Watershed Management Program at Otonabee Conservation which includes the Drinking Water Source Protection Program, Flood Forecasting and Warning, Watershed Health Monitoring, environmental stewardship and education. Meredith has 20 years of experience in natural resource management, is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and has attended Trent University, Fleming College, and Loyalist College.

Michael Papadacos

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Brigid Ayotte 

Brigid Ayotte is the Economic & Community Development Co-ordinator with the Township of Cavan Monaghan. Prior to working with the Township she spent many years at the Peterborough Economic Development Corporation. She endeavours to balance the economic, environmental and social needs and wants of a small rural community with a strong agricultural base.

Dawn Berry-Merriam 

Dawn Berry MerriamDawn Berry Merriam has over 35 years experience in municipal, provincial and community planning. Her expertise is gleaned from her work with the Peterborough Social Planning Council that has been augmented by her positions as a Social Planner with the City of Peterborough as well as the Associate Executive Director of the local District Health Council and management positions with VON and with St. Joseph’s At Fleming ( a long-term care facility).

This experience ensured that Dawn understands the dynamics of organizations and the evolving face of the infrastructure of health/ social services and community change. She continues to work for environmental improvements that include the social and physical needs of the Peterborough region. Dawn’s farming background has helped her understand and advocate for strong rural communities.

Asaf Zohar

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Stephen Hill 

stephen hill photoStephen Hill is an associate professor within the Environmental & Resource Studies program at Trent University. Stephen was born and raised in Ontario, Canada but spent nearly a decade studying and working in Alberta before beginning his academic career at Trent in 2003. Stephen’s education and professional background span the fields of engineering, biology, environmental policy and corporate strategy.

He is an active researcher in the areas of energy and climate policy, community sustainability and the relationship between science, technology and environmental policy, holding grants from SSHRC, Carbon Management Canada, and the Canadian Water Network. He was awarded Trent’s Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and the CMHC Award for Excellence in Education in 2012. Stephen also serves as a member of the Sustainable Peterborough coordinating committee, Chair of the Climate Change Working Group, Chair of the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy, and is a board member for the Trent Community Research Centre.

Trish O’Connor 

photo of Trish o'ConnorTrish oversaw sustainability at Fleming, including campus sustainability, sustainability curriculum (AASHE Centre for Sustainability across the Curriculum), planning, reporting, community partnerships and program development. Prior to Fleming, Trish worked for the Ontario government, in environmental and municipal planning, environmental assessment, training and organizational development. Trish’s 17 years of academic leadership experience includes strategic planning, organizational development, continuous improvement, academic operations and teaching. At Fleming, Trish has led the development of two multi-year sustainability plans and three STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) reports, with Fleming recently achieving a STARS Gold. Trish was involved in the development of a Regional Centre of Expertise in Sustainability Education for the Kawartha region, a designation awarded by the United Nations University.  Trish holds a Master of Adult Education with a focus community development and sustainability in higher education, a Bachelor of Education, a joint Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and economics, and a Lean Black Belt certification.

 Brianna Salmon 

brianna salmon photoBrianna Salmon is the executive director of GreenUP, a vital and leading environmental non-profit organization operating in Peterborough region. Brianna has a Masters in Sustainability Studies from Trent University, and has been leading the development and implementation of innovative community-based programming at GreenUP for more than seven years. As a member of the Sustainable Peterborough Coordinating Committee, she brings a thoughtful and grounded perspective, informed by her work at the local level.


Linda Slavin 

Linda Slavin has worked in education, business, international and community development, and as a facilitator and activist in a variety of local organizations for 44 years. She has worked consistently on integrating economic (COIN), anti-poverty (Peterborough Coalition for Social Justice, Social Planning Council, Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Committee), gender & diversity, ( E. Fry & Peterborough Anti-Racism and Women’s Events Committees), international (Trent INSTRUCT Project –Mexico/Ecuador, ON Council on International Development, 1st Election Monitoring – South Africa, KWIC Program Director), and environmental issues (‘Our Common Future & Our Common Future Too” Conferences, Peterborough Mayor’s Committee on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Peterborough Report, Peterborough GreenUp, Food Accessibility Committee, Community Gardens, Kawartha’s Locally Grown Project, Nourish Peterborough and Sustainable Trent). This latter group morphed into “Sustainable Peterborough” and produced the regional “Sustainability Plan” in 2012. Linda co-chaired and remains a member of the Coordinating Committee, and the Food and Farming Working Group. She also works for education and action on climate change and sustainability with For Our Grandchildren (Peterborough). Linda has been part of an interim steering committee applying for the UNESCO designation of Peterborough and the Kawarthas as a Regional Centre for Expertise in Sustainability Education.

Larry Stinson 

Larry Stinson is the Director of Operations for Peterborough Public Health (formally Peterborough County-City Health Unit). He started his public health career as a Health Promoter in 1991 and has tackled a variety of direct program delivery and management roles. He is the past President for the Ontario Public Health Association and Health Promotion Ontario and has represented his colleagues on numerous provincial steering and advisory committees. Larry’s formal education includes a B.Sc. in Physical and Health Education from York University and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University.

Jeannette Thompson 

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Andrea Connell

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John Tourangeau

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