KWIC Board of Directors

KWIC Board of Directors, January 2017


  • Hermione Rivison - Chair
  • Paul Sobanski - Vice Chair
  • Natalie Gillis - Secretary
  • Ruth Schumaker - Treasurer


  • Wendy Hicks - Chair, Program Committee
  • Indra Noyes
  • Shaelyn Wabegijig


KWIC Director Biographies

Paul Sobanski is a retired professional engineer and project manager with thirty years of experience in the food industry, manufacturing and solar energy. He is interested in sustainable energy and sustainable development in general and has taken certificate courses in solar energy and wind power at Seneca College and is a graduate of the Sustainable Building Design and Construction program Fleming College. His interest in KWIC is driven by belief that indigenous North American nations and ignored and colonized cultures all over the world have much to teach us about how we can find a way to live sustainably on this small planet. He has lived in Peterborough for two and half years and in addition to KWIC he volunteers with B!KE and spends many hours trying to make an old home as close to net energy neutral as possible.

Hermione Rivison is a coach and celebrant who has a passion for creativity and celebration. Her background is a melting pot of thetare work coupled with social activism and theology. She is a storyteller and runs workshops that enable people to ‘wake up’ to issues around them. She has worked in Europe, India and Africa before coming to Peterborough twelve years ago. Her first involvement with KWIC was with the One World Dinner and she has returned to the board after a few years break.

Wendy HicksWendy Hicks, BA (Hons), LLB, MA, PhD (ABD)
Wendy is an artist-naturalist, educator, and activist. She uses photography and mixed media to inspire people to live more sustainably, in harmony with nature and one another. Wendy teaches environmental studies, political economy, and international development studies at Trent University, where she encourages students to think critically and creatively about environmental and social justice.  As a former lawyer and policy analyst with both the federal and Ontario governments, Wendy has a comprehensive understanding of international trade and investment agreements, and their implications for environmental and social issues. Wendy has a passion for understanding and explaining the complex interactions and connections between global politics, economics, and law, particularly as they affect environmental issues.

Ruth Schumaker is an early boomer born in Peterborough and raised in Norwood, before leaving for Queen’s University. She began working in accounting in Toronto with the holding company for Tip Top Tailors. She continued taking courses and working in a variety of accounting positions in the Hamilton area,  including 13 years at a Credit Union. Since she moved back to Peterborough in 2001 to be near family, she has continued as a self-employed bookkeeper. Ruth supports efforts of several organizations to eliminate violence against women and to provide a sustainable future for people in Peterborough and everywhere.

Natalie Gillis

Natalie Gillis is a franco-Ontarian high school science teacher and a graduate student at Trent University, where she is focusing on sexuality education. Before moving to Peterborough, she worked in youth leadership, conservation education and government communications. Natalie has lived in a variety of countries, mainly as a scuba instructor. She is passionate about science literacy and critical inquiry, gender equity and food security. She is an avid backcountry hiker and thinks more people should ride bikes.



Special Advisors:

Ian Attridge is a lawyer, Trent University instructor in environmental law, regular conference speaker, and author of numerous publications. He has leading expertise in the law and policy of stewardship, trails, land conservation techniques, and non-profit and charity governance. Across Canada and beyond, Ian has advised land trusts, non-profit organizations, landowners, and government agencies at all levels. Over the course of his 25 year career, he has led the protection of over 16,000 acres of private and public lands, the formation or constitutional update of more than 15 organizations, and the development of the legal framework for land securement and related tax incentives in Ontario. Ian previously spent six years providing legal and policy advice to both the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Environment in Ontario. Ian is also the founder and Lands Manager of the Kawartha Land Trust, a non-profit charity dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Kawartha bioregion.

Julie AndersonJulia Anderson is currently the Operations Manager for the Canadian Network for Maternal Newborn and Child Health where she manages all areas of the operational effectiveness.  Previous to Can-MNCH, Julia worked as the Director of Human Rights at Trent University, where she managed the Centre for Human Rights, educating the university community on matters of inclusion and resolving complex human rights policy issues and complaints. Julia currently serves on the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) Board of Directors where she works with staff and members to effectively promote sustainable, people-centered development in a peaceful and healthy environment. Julia holds an Honours degree in International Development from Trent University and is currently working part-time on a Master’s degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies from Trent University, focusing on official development assistance, human rights and Canadian foreign policy.


Former Board Chairs

James Wilkes (2016)

Phil Abbott (2014)

Jessica Galarza (2012)

Jeff Bowman (2010)

John Knight (2008)