Board of Directors

Ottawa, Ontario – Board Chair

For the last 19 years Alan has worked as a facilitator, planner, analyst and activist with a wide range conservation groups, Aboriginal organizations, companies and governments across Canada. His focus has been on sustainability strategies for the extractive sector which has involved projects throughout North America, Latin America and Europe.

In 2002, Alan formed the Materials Efficiency Research Group, in order to be able to focus on his interest and experience in bringing different sectors together to build joint solutions to social and environmental issues in the extractive industries. Since starting MERG, he has worked with a range of NGOs, Aboriginal communities, governments and companies.

In addition to serving as Chair of the Centre for Science in Public Participation, he is leading the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance’s Verification Working Group, is a member of the Mining Association of Canada’s Community of Interest Panel and is a member of NRCan’s National Mine Performance Review Committee. He is the past chair of the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada.


Oakland, California – Board Vice Chair

Anna Cederstav is Program Director with the Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA, the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense), a legal advocacy group that works via collaborative efforts in many nations to promote the ability of citizens to protect their health and environment through development and enforcement of environmental law. She is based with the International Program of Earthjustice in the United States, and works closely with non-profit environmental law groups in Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada. AIDA’s projects focus on addressing environmental problems that are international in cause or effect. Anna holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from Yale University. She has a varied background in environmental policy, chemistry, and engineering.


Reno, Nevada

Glenn C. Miller is a professor in the Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Director of the Graduate Program in Environmental Science and Health. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry at the University of California, Davis in 1977, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since joining the faculty at UNR in 1978, he has taught a variety of courses in environmental chemistry, toxicology and general environmental studies. His research interests have focused on the environmental fate of chemicals released into the environment. He has authored or co-authored over 70 publications.

Glenn is active in the Sierra Club and serves on the Board of Directors of Earthworks and the Tahoe/Baikal Institute.


Boulder, Colorado

Ann Maest is an aqueous geochemist with Buka Environmental in Boulder, Colorado, USA and Chief Scientist for E-Tech International. She has over 25 years of research and professional experience and specializes in the environmental effects of hardrock mining, baseline water quality, and geochemical testing methods. She has evaluated more than 150 Environmental Impact Statements for large-scale mines in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Africa and provides training to government agencies and communities on EIS evaluation, the environmental effects of mining, and best practices. After completing her PhD, Dr. Maest was a research geochemist in the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Research Program, where she conducted research on the geochemistry of surface water and groundwater systems. She has served on several National Academy of Sciences committees and a Board related to earth resources and was an invited speaker on technical challenges and solutions for the mining sector at the United Nations. Ann holds a PhD in geochemistry and water resources from Princeton University.


Bozeman, Montana

David Chambers is the president and founder of the Center for Science in Public Participation.

Dr. Chambers has 40 years of experience in mineral exploration and development – 15 years of technical and management experience in the mineral exploration industry, and for the past 25 years he has served as an advisor on the environmental effects of mining projects both nationally and internationally.  He has Professional Engineering Degree in Physics from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a registered professional geophysicist in California (# GP 972).  Dr. Chambers received his Ph.D. in Environmental Planning at Berkeley.  His recent research focuses on tailings dam failures, and the intersection of science and technology with public policy and natural resource management.