Ellen Schwartzel

Ellen Schwartzel

Deputy Commissioner ,
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Ellen is currently the Deputy Environmental Commissioner. She has advised commissioners on a broad suite of policy areas, including climate change, urban air quality, sand and gravel extraction, water taking, environmental assessment and municipal wastewater management. One of her current priorities is to help Ontarians use their citizen engagement toolkit under the Environmental Bill of Rights. Prior to joining the ECO, Ellen spent several years in advocacy for environmental organizations and research support for Ontario’s Environment Minister. Her academic background is in botany, and she shares a small Toronto garden with her husband, two kids and an ever-changing scramble of native plants, birds and bugs.