VETAC - Regreening Advisory Panel








VETAC, City Council’s Advisory Panel on Regreening, was established in 1973. Their mandate is to work towards the recovery of self-sustaining, indigenous terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in Greater Sudbury through the City's Regreening Program. VETAC also provides the community with opportunities to participate in this initiative by improving the environment at home, in neighbourhoods, and on public lands.

Primary Objectives

  • To develop and implement plans that facilitate the ecological recovery of Greater Sudbury's industrially damaged landscape;
  • To provide advice, information and expertise to the City's regreening operations that include grassing, tree and shrub planting and other techniques to increase biodiversity and create self-sustaining ecosystems;
  • To increase community involvement in the ecosystem recovery initiative by informing, educating and providing the public with various opportunities for participation;
  • To encourage and foster ecologically sound practices in all forms of human activity within the City of Greater Sudbury; and
  • To foster the continuing participation of the scientific community in the ecosystem recovery efforts.


  • Each year VETAC hosts the Ugliest Schoolyard Contest in Greater Sudbury to help schools create greener and healthier schoolyards.
  • VETAC was instrumental in the creation of a book entitled “Healing the Landscape – Celebrating Sudbury’s Reclamation Story” which highlights the restoration of Sudbury’s landscape as an environmental success story. This bilingual book is available for purchase at Tom Davies Square Citizen Service Centre. 


Membership includes volunteer technical experts from government, academia, industry and the community. Members are not appointed by Council but are selected by the Panel on the basis of their interest and qualifications.

The current membership will be reinstated annually, unless: the member wishes to resign by indication to the Chair; or by virtue of continuous and consecutive absences at meetings with the number of acceptable absences to be determined by the Panel, at which time the Panel will seek interested members.


  • Peter Beckett (Chair), Laurentian University
  • John Negusanti (Co-Vice Chair)
  • Sarah Woods, Conservation Sudbury (Co-Vice Chair)
  • Ben van Drunen, Hollandia Land & Environmental Solutions
  • Bill Lautenbach
  • Carl Jorgensen, Conservation Sudbury
  • Cheryl Recollet, Wahnapitae First Nation
  • Enzo Floreani, Sudbury Master Gardeners
  • Franco Mariotti
  • Graeme Spiers, Laurentian University
  • Jim Found
  • Jim Ilnitski
  • Katie Benkovich, Sudbury INO, a Glencore Company
  • Marc Hébert, Collège Boréal
  • Mike Peters
  • Quentin Smith, Vale
  • Serena Maki, Blue Heron Environmental
  • Stephen Monet, Manager of Environmental Planning, City of Greater Sudbury
  • Tim Lehman, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Tina McCaffrey, Supervisor Regreening Program, City of Greater Sudbury
  • Tony Fasciano
  • Vanessa Felix, KGHM
  • Wayne Hugli, Sudbury Horticultural Society

Time Commitment

VETAC will meet monthly, with sub-committee meetings scheduled as required.