Advisory Committee

The Great Lakes Blue Accounting program is guided by a bi-national advisory committee composed of experts and leaders from industry, government, academia, and the NGO community.

Jon Allan, Director, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes

Jon Allan comes to the Office of the Great Lakes with a strong background in fisheries and wildlife and in the aquatic sciences. With nearly three decades of experience in environmental and energy policy, he has taught courses in biology, ecology, environmental impact assessment and marine biology and island ecology at Michigan State University and other institutions. His research on wetlands, stream ecology, impact assessment and water policy has been published in journals in Canada and the U.S. Time and again, organizations and individuals have called on Director Allan to participate in and lead environmental planning in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Prior to joining the State of Michigan, he served in a number of executive management positions in the private sector.

He has served as advisor to the Great Lakes Compact negotiations, co-chaired Michigan’s Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council and the Water Resources Advisory Council that was tasked with formulating the state’s implementation of the Great Lakes Compact, was appointed to the Michigan Climate Action Council and to the Midwest Governors’ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Advisory Group, served on the Environmental Advisory Council for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and as co-chair of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on State Parks and Recreation. He also chaired the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Quality Committee and the Global Climate Change Committee at Edison Electric Institute.

He currently serves as Chair of the Great Lakes Commission and is an advisor to numerous other regional organizations including the Great Ships Initiative, the Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessment Center, the Great Lakes Executive Committee, Michigan Sea Grant, and is on the Executive Committee for the Council of Great Lakes Governors and the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers.

 Joel Brammeier, President and CEO, Alliance for the Great Lakes

Joel Brammeier is president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a regional organization for policy reform and personal stewardship. The Alliance for the Great Lakes is committed to the idea that water is our region’s most precious natural asset. Joel manages a staff of 24 professionals and works with more than 15,000 volunteers dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water, educating citizens and youth, and building a sustainable future for the Great Lakes. He has assisted in the development of strategies, laws and regulations to prevent invasive species in several Great Lakes states and published a first-of-its-kind report describing options for permanent separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River. He advises the state governors on the long-term protection of the Great Lakes water supply and is a member of the governance board of the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition. Prior to his work at the Alliance, he worked for the American Medical Association. He received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment and his bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University.

 Kathryn Buckner, President, Council of Great Lakes Industries

Kathryn A. Buckner is the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries. She is an experienced environmental attorney who helps clients navigate complex regulatory environments and understand and manage environmental risks and opportunities. As the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, she develops and implements strategies for engaging industry in Great Lakes policy and in pursuing regional sustainable development. In addition to serving as President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, Kathryn practices environmental law as the owner and President of Buckner Law Group in Birmingham, Michigan. Kathryn earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior with highest honors from the University of Illinois College of Business Administration; a J.D. cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law; a MBA with highest honors from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; and a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Davis is senior advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. In that capacity he provides counsel to the EPA Administrator on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. His job includes coordinating Great Lakes policy and funding initiatives valued at more than $1 billion since FY10 with more than a dozen federal agencies and with state, municipal, tribal, business and civic stakeholders. He also served as a lead negotiator on the U.S. negotiating team for the 2012 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

For more than two decades, Mr. Davis has worked to develop and implement water quality and quantity policy. Starting as a volunteer, he served as a litigating attorney and law teacher at the University of Michigan Law School before serving for 11 years as president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Under his leadership, the organization won the American Bar Association’s Distinguished Award in Environmental Law & Policy, the first time for a public interest organization in the honor’s history. He earned his law degree, including certification in environmental and energy law, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and a B.A. from Boston University in International Relations. He is the author of Confluence (BookSurge 2009).

Mr. Davis lives across the street from Lake Michigan with his wife, Katelyn, and two children.

 Kent Herrick, Executive Director, Herrick Foundation

Mr. Herrick is Executive Director of the Herrick Foundation and former Chairman of Tecumseh Products Company.  An active advisor and investor in Energy, Agriculture, and Advanced Manufacturing industries, Mr. Herrick serves as Vice-Chairman of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Trustee in the Michigan chapter of The Nature Conservancy, as well as several university Advisory Councils.  Mr. Herrick is a graduate of University of Notre Dame and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

 Dick Hibma, Chair, Conservation Ontario

Dick Hibma is a life-long resident of the shores of Georgian Bay, a resident of Owen Sound.

A 3 term municipal councillor in Owen Sound from 1994 to 2003. A Director of the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority since 1995 and has served as Chair of its’ Board of Directors since January of 1998. A member of Conservation Ontario, serving as Chair of its’ Board of Directors since April of 2006. Has served on the Public Interest Advisory Group (PIAG) attached to the International Joint Commission’s International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS), and subsequently on the Adaptive Management Working Group tasked by the IJC to develop recommendations regarding an Adaptive Management approach to monitoring, managing, and coping with changing Great Lakes water levels.

Current Director with the Cornerstone Standards Council – a non-profit agency which has developed a standards certification and audit program for siting and operation of aggregates operations (similar to Forest Stewardship Certification)

Retired from a 23 year career in the nuclear generation industry at Bruce Power (and its’ predecessors), with experience in Planning, Scheduling, Program Coordination, Union Leadership, and Labour Contract Negotiations.

Certified in Management (Honours) by the Canadian Institute of Management

Bob Lambe, Executive Secretary, Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Bob Lambe is currently the Executive Secretary for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC), a binational organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The GLFC was established by the 1955 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries between Canada and the United States.  The Commission’s primary functions include: coordination of fisheries management among eight U.S. Great Lakes states, Ontario, U.S. Tribal, Canadian and U.S. federal agencies; development and coordination of research in support of Great Lakes fisheries; and formulation and implementation of a program to control invasive sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes.

Prior to joining GLFC in 2013, Bob was the first Executive Director of the Canada-Ontario Invasive Species Centre (ISC) based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a position he held between January 2012 and June 2013.  Prior to his work at the ISC, Bob was the Regional Director General (RDG) for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Central and Arctic Region, based in Sarnia, Ontario.  He held the RDG position from June 2004 until his retirement from the Public Service of Canada in September 2011.

Throughout the last ten years, Bob has been quite engaged in a myriad of natural resource management issues within Canada and in particular, within Ontario and the Great Lakes region.  Bob has been particularly invested in invasive species issues, first as RDG and more recently in the two positions he has held since leaving the Public Service.  Bob has also served on the Board of Directors for the North American Invasive Species Network and remains as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CIASN).

Bob holds a masters degree in business (MBA) and a degree in electronics engineering technology.

Dave McLean, Business IT Director, Dow Chemical

David McLean is Business IT Director for Performance Plastics at Dow Chemical.  In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the needed information technology is in place to support the business globally.

During his 30 years with Dow, McLean has held numerous roles and worked on many important enterprise projects.  Some of his past roles have included: Director of Enterprise Architecture, Lead eBusiness Architect, Dow Services Business Director of IT & Strategy, Global SAP Technical Project Manager and Dow Application Design Leader.

He has experience in the architecture, design, development, delivery, operation and marketing of Information Technology solutions.  He also has expertise in business strategy, business development, major contract negotiation, program design and implementation and in leading large global organizations and initiatives.

McLean has significant experience working internationally with business partners in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.  Has worked extensively with Dow Joint Ventures in countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, China, Thailand and the US.

He holds degrees in computer science from the University of Calgary (Canada) and city planning from the University of Waterloo (Canada), and has completed executive education at the University of Michigan.

Sam Passmore, Environment Program Director, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Sam Passmore is Program Director of the Environment program of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, based in Flint, Michigan.  Sam supervises the Foundation’s staff active on environmental grantmaking and oversees the team’s efforts in program development, grantmaking, and evaluation.  Through its Environment program, the Foundation supports work on Transforming Development Finance, Addressing the Freshwater Challenge, Advancing Climate Change Solutions, and Special Initiatives.

Sam shares responsibility for the Foundation’s freshwater grant portfolio with emphasis on the binational Great Lakes basin and portions of the southeastern United States.  Sam also is the lead staff person for the domestic aspects of the Foundation’s climate change grantmaking.

Prior to joining the Mott Foundation in November 2001, Sam was the land use program director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League for nine years.  He has worked for a number of other environmental organizations in a staff or consulting capacity, including: Save The Bay; Environment Liaison Centre International; Trust for Public Land; Humane Society of the United States; and Environmental Protection Agency, Region III.

Sam has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

 Jen Read, Director, University of Michigan Water Center

Jen Read has over 15 years’ experience developing and implementing restoration-related programs in the bi-national Great Lakes region. She has held positions at the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor (GLIER), and as Assistant Director and Research Coordinator of Michigan Sea Grant. With Sea Grant, she served as Principal Investigator for several multi-sector ecosystem restoration projects in the Huron-Erie Corridor. From 2008-14 Read served as Executive Director of the bi-national Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), a regional node of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System.

 John D. Rogner, Coordinator, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, US Fish and Wildlife Service

 In February 2013 John Rogner accepted a position with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as Coordinator of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  From 2009 – 2013 John served under an appointment by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Prior to that he served as Field Supervisor of the Chicago Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a position he held since 1997.  He directed all of the Service’s programs in endangered species conservation, environmental contaminants, conservation planning assistance, habitat restoration, and environmental education in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area.  During this time he also served as Chair of Chicago Wilderness, a coalition of over 240 organizations dedicated toward conserving the biodiversity of the Chicago region.  John began his career with the Chicago District of the US Army Corps of Engineers, where he held various positions implementing the regulatory program under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, eventually becoming Chief of the Regulatory Branch.

Mr. Rogner has undergraduate and graduate degrees in biological sciences from Northern Illinois University.

David Ullrich, Executive Director, Great Lakes and St Lawrence Cities Initiative

David Ullrich is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. His responsibilities include working with over 100 U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the protection and restoration of the resource. The Initiative leads many efforts to accelerate the work to become a more sustainable region by integrating the environmental, economic, and social activities to improve the quality of life and well being of its people.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Ullrich served for thirty years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six states of the upper Midwest. He worked in many capacities over the years, including Acting Regional Administrator, Deputy Regional Administrator, Waste Management Division Director, Deputy Regional Counsel, Air Enforcement Chief, and Water Enforcement Attorney. He was a founding member and chair of the Midwest Natural Resources Group. He currently serves as Chair of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board for the International Joint Commission, Chair of the Great Lakes Advisory Board, and in 2006 and 2012 was appointed by the President to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission where he serves as Vice Chair. In 1986, he completed a six month executive exchange assignment with the German Interior Ministry. U.S. EPA recognized Mr. Ullrich for a number of his accomplishments during his public service career

Mr. Ullrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 with a degree in English and received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973, with an emphasis in environmental law. He is a runner and outdoor sportsman. He was married for 39 years to the late Polly Ullrich, an art critic, curator, teacher, and ceramic artist, and their son Eric is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a major in environmental science and sustainability.