Leadership Team

Christopher Hilkene
Chief Executive Officer
Chris has been an environment and sustainable development professional for over 20 years and joined the Pollution Probe team in August 2018. Chris has worked in government, consulting, academic and not-for-profit settings and has had an association with Pollution Probe for much of his career. Known more generally for his public policy and communications experience, he is recognized as a leader in freshwater policy and Great Lakes issues. A Canadian appointee to Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission (IJC), Chris has served as the Canadian Lead on emerging issues for the last 4 years. In 2007, Chris was appointed to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, where he served as Chair of the Water Programme. He is an active volunteer and has served on boards and advisory bodies for numerous organizations including Ryerson University, Pollution Probe, WaterAid Canada, Carleton University’s Global Water Institute, the City of Toronto’s Task Force to Bring Back the Don, Green Living Enterprises, the Vimy Foundation and the George and Helen Vari Foundation.

Steve McCauley
Senior Director, Policy
Prior to joining Pollution Probe, Steve served as Director General, Energy and Transportation with Environment Canada.  He is a leading expert in the environmental field, having spent more than twenty years with the federal government managing the development and implementation of policies and programs in numerous areas, including climate change, air pollution, and the advancement of renewable energy and clean technologies. He has led the development of national renewable energy and clean technology strategies and initiatives in partnership with provincial governments, the environmental community, industry and international partners, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations. Steve has also led federal and international regulatory actions on greenhouse gas emissions, air contaminant emissions and chemicals management in the transportation, energy and other industrial sectors.

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Richard Carlson
Director, Energy Exchange and Energy Policy
Richard Carlson joined Pollution Probe in 2017 as director of energy policy and Energy Exchange. Richard brings extensive energy policy and energy literacy experience, most recently at the Mowat Centre, at the University of Toronto. A recognized expert on energy policy and engagement, Richard has presented at numerous industry events and is frequently called on to provide media commentary. In addition to his Canadian work, he has worked professionally and academically on energy development and policy Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and East Asia. Richard also sits on the board of Transition énergétique Québec, the Quebec government’s energy transition agency.

Melissa De Young
Director, Human Health
Melissa is responsible for leading Pollution Probe’s health-related programming and has more than 10 years of experience in the environmental sector. Since joining Pollution Probe in 2010, she has led a number of projects related to children’s health, chemicals management, transportation and water. She was responsible for authoring Pollution Probe’s Primer on Toxic Substances, which serves as an introduction to toxic substances and their impacts on human health and the environment, and the Great Lakes Fact Sheets, intended to build understanding on vital issues that impact the health of the Great Lakes and surrounding communities. She also represents Pollution Probe on the Annex 3 Chemicals of Mutual Concern Executive Sub-Committee for the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Melissa is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree from York University and an Honours Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto.