Director Profile

Jane E. Pagel ICD.D

Board Value Proposition: 

C-level Leadership, Organizational Transformation and Turnaround

  • As Interim President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), rebuilt relations with the Federal Government, improved employee engagement and internal communications, and significantly reduced operating expenses.
  • While CEO, transformed the Ontario Clean Water Agency into a high-performing organization with a private-sector focus and energy, a streamlined and strengthened leadership team, a broadened range of services, increased revenues, and newly forged international partnerships.
  • Led the turnaround of Zenon Environmental Laboratories, which involved restructuring, cultural transformation, and improved quality and customer service, resulting in the sale of the company to Philip Services.

Government Relations

  • Improved relations with Federal Government resulted in an infusion of long overdue $325 million into the $1 billion clean technology foundation SDTC.

Good Governance Practice

  • As member of Maxxam Analytics’ Board, developed a sophisticated governance model based on publicly-traded best practices for a private lab company, resulting in Maxxam winning the Conference Board of Canada’s national award for governance in 2006 and its eventual sale to an institutional investor.

Industry Experience: 

  • Capital Goods
  • Construction & Equipment
  • Commercial & Professional Services
  • Environmental & Facilities Services
  • Government
  • Utilities
  • Electric Utilities
  • Water Utilities

Board Experience:

Corporate Boards:

Walker Industries 2017 to Present
Avalon Advanced Materials 2016 to Present
BluMetric Environmental Inc. 2014 to Present
Chair, Human Resources and Compensation Committee
Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee, 2014
Maxxam Analytics Inc. 2001 to 2008
Chair, Governance, Board Policy and Nominations Committee
Human Resources Committee

Additional Boards:

Canadian Mining Innovation Council 2015 to Present
Sustainable Development Technology Canada 2002 to Present
Chair, Project Review Committee
Investment Committee
Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) 2011 to 2014
Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee
Chair, Audit Committee
Markham Stouffville Hospital Corporation 2007 to 2010
Chair, Governance Committee
Audit Committee
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Ottawa Liaison Committee 2001 to 2009
Vice Chair
Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology 1996 to 2006
University of Toronto's Innovation Foundation 2001 to 2005
Chair, Governance Committee


Sustainable Development Technology Canada 2014 to 2015
Interim President and CEO
Ontario Clean Water Agency 2010 to 2014
President and Chief Executive Officer
Stantec 2009 to 2010
Principal, Government and Industry Relations
Jacques Whitford Ltd. (acquired by Stantec) 2000 to 2009
Senior Vice President, Government Sector
Johnston Smith International 1998 to 2000
Principal, Change Management
Philip Services Corp. 1996 to 1998
Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs
ZENON Environmental Inc. (acquired by Philip Services) 1993 to 1996
President, Zenon Environmental Laboratories
Ontario Hydro 1991 to 1993
Manager, Environmental Sciences Department
Government of Ontario 1975 to 1991
various scientist, management and executive roles


ICD.D, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2012
B.Sc., Dip. Bact., M.Sc., Microbiology, University of Toronto, 1974