Leadership Team


Christopher Hilkene
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Hilkene is an environment and sustainable development professional who has provided public policy and communications advice to public, private and not-for-profit sector clients for almost 20 years. He is the president of the Clean Water Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to engaging individuals in actions that preserve, protect and improve our water. He also teaches courses on water policy and sustainable development at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. In 2014, Chris was appointed to the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission and serves as the Canadian Lead on emerging issues. In 2007, Chris became the youngest person ever appointed to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRT). He served as Chair of the NRTEE’s Water Programme for 5 of the 6 years he was a member.  During his public service career, Chris worked in the federal and Ontario governments in numerous political and departmental functions, including: Special Assistant to the federal Minister of the Environment; and, Communications Advisor in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. He is a Governor of Ryerson University, an Advisory Board Member of Green Living Enterprises and the George and Helen Vari Foundation. He is also a member of the Vimy Foundation’s Vimy 2017 Campaign Cabinet.

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.


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.

Stephanie Thorson
Director, Human Health
Stephanie Thorson has over 25 years’ experience in the environment and sustainable energy sectors, at private, public and not-for-profit organizations. She is a recognized leader in organizational resource development, strategic planning, research, communications, and project delivery. Stephanie joined Pollution Probe in 2017 to direct the Human Health program, and build synergies between health protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. She is able to draw on a range of relevant experiences, including the development and delivery of several renewable energy initiatives in Ontario including Go Solar, PowerHouse, and the development and sale of renewable natural gas. She applies her strategic analysis to guiding organizational direction, program design, event creation, and a range of rewarding collaborative initiatives.