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.
In early 2008, the Board was expanded to include Mr. Charles Janthur, a businessman and teacher of business, marketing and international trade at University of Guelph, Ryerson University and Humber College as an Alternate Director and Ms. Theresa McClenaghan, a lawyer and Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association. Because of other obligations, Theresa had to resign in August 2012, and was replaced by Ms. Kathy Cooper, Senior Researcher at the Canadian Environmental Law Association. In March, 2015, Mr. Charles Janthur was made a full Director, and Ms. Eleanor Johnston, a long-standing supporter for patients, joined the Board. Our Information Technology (IT) Consultant is Mr. David Powell.