In early 2005, with optimism that more could be done to protect Canadians from environmental threats, and frustration that the needs were great but the funds were scarce, three healthcare professionals (Drs. Alison Bested, Annette Lorenz, and Lynn Marshall) sought the advice of a highly experienced financier (Mr. Joe Janthur), who guided us through the process to incorporate a charitable foundation: the Environmental Health Institute of Canada (EHI-Canada). The Ontario Letters Patent as a charity were approved on February 24, 2006, and application was then made to the Canada Revenue Agency for tax-exempt status as a registered charity under paragraph 149(1)(f) of the Income Tax Act. We were notified by the Canada Revenue Agency on October 29, 2007 that this status as a Charitable Organization had been granted effective September 1, 2007, # 85886 5926 RR0001.
The Board was expanded over the years to include Mr. Charles Janthur, a businessman and teacher of business, marketing and international trade at University of Guelph, Ryerson University and Humber College (2008-present), and Ms. Eleanor Johnston, a long-standing supporter for patients (2015-present) and, as their time would permit, Ms. Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association (2008-2012), succeeded by Ms. Kathy Cooper, Senior Researcher and author at the Canadian Environmental Law Association (2012-2019), and lawyer and family court judge Ruthanne Bowker (2019-2020). The latest to join the EHI-Canada Board (2019-2020) has been Dr. Christine Oliver, an experienced Environmental and Occupational Health physician recently moved to Canada from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sadly, Mr. Joe Janthur died in 2017.
Our Information Technology (IT) Consultant was Mr. David Powell (2007-2019), who retired and was replaced by Web Designer and Consultant Mr. Robert Huff (2019-present).