CEP Vancouver's Current Board of Directors:

Maureen Cooper - Secretary

Maureen’s passion is in learning to live simply using minimal resources, with a specific interest in the field of waste management. She currently works as Collection Specialist at Multi-Material BC, a non-profit stewardship program for the recycling of printed paper and packaging. Her previous work in product stewardship was as Program Manager for ElectroRecycle, BC's small appliance recycling program. Maureen possesses an MASc in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University and a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She joined CEP in 2013 as Mentorship Coordinator (2013/2014) and Mentorship Director (2014/2015), and was also a member of the Organizing Committee for Leading Change 2014. In her spare time, you can find her enjoying BC’s outdoors, enjoying the view of the city from the mountains.

Andrea De Paoli - Leading Change Director

Andrea De Paoli is passionate about contributing to collaborative solutions to solve the world’s complex problems regarding sustainability. She recently completed her MSc in Social Responsibility and Sustainability from Aston Business School in the UK, one of Europe’s top business schools. Her dissertation focused on the topic of government policy to support the development of a circular economy in the fashion and textile sector.

Andrea is currently working as Government Affairs Coordinator at Teck, Canada’s largest diversified mining company with a globally renowned reputation in sustainability. In this role, she undertakes monitoring and research on government-related issues in Canada and Chile. Prior to working at Teck, Andrea worked in the not-for-profit sector and in academia. She has also lived and worked in Mexico and Peru and is fluent in Spanish.

Andrea is a member of the organizing committee and Director of Logistics for Leading Change Canada's Emerging Environmental Leader's Forum 2016, which is organized in conjunction with GLOBE. The forum is geared toward young environmental and sustainability professionals interested in catalyzing action and influencing positive change.

Theresa Fresco - Membership Director

Armed with a diversified set of skills and driven by a passion for collaborative solutions, the theme of bridging divides and siloes encompasses Theresa's approach to sustainability. Theresa has global experience in community engagement, facilitation, project design and management and event planning and delivery. Her research interests led her to the Angat River Basin in the Philippines were she focused her Master's work on water governance in partnership with the Planning and Development Office in the Province of Bulacan.
This experience paved the way to the current position at the Fraser Basin Council where she continues to explore approaches to water governance throughout BC and works with governments, communities, First Nations, industry, academia, and stewardship organizations to formulate and advance solutions towards sustainable watersheds.

Jennifer Johnson - Events Director

 Jennifer is passionate about combating climate change through educating, engaging, and involving community members in the sustainability movement. This has led her to become involved in many organizations in various capacities including: Embark Sustainability, Eco Committee, Globe 2012, the Congress for New Urbanism, the Green Chamber of Commerce, amongst others. Her business degree with a Marketing concentration and a Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate, has set her foundation for creating triple bottom line solutions.

Currently, Jennifer is the Service Coordinator for Workplace Resource Vancouver, where she is responsible for providing outstanding customer service to clients for warranties, project coordination, and sales support.

Jennifer also has over four years of marketing and promotions experience, particularly, but not exclusively, in the area of health and fitness. Additionally, she is an experienced event planner, community outreach liaison, and team leader. Overall, Jennifer is committed to creating a sustainable future as she grows and develops her skills in our global village.

Jonathan Kassian - President

Jonathan is a Project Manager for the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, where he manages research into large-scale human resources issues like skills shortages and labour market forecasts. He has previously worked as Economist & Research Manager for the Vancouver Economic Development Commission, where he developed strategies to enhance prosperity and sustainability in Vancouver, and as the Coordinator of GreenJobs BC, a collaboration between unions and environmental groups to build a strong sustainable economy in BC. 

He has held positions as Economist and Executive Assistant to the Chief Economist in the Office of Economic Policy, Ontario Ministry of Finance, and as a Climate Change Policy Advisor for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. He has a B.A. (International Relations) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and a Master’s degree in European Affairs from Lund University in Sweden.

Jonathan spends his time with people - connecting, laughing, cooking, organizing, adventuring. He's a firm believer that BC's people are its greatest asset, and is continually inspired by the potential for positive change in Vancouver and BC.

Alida Kusch - Mentorship Director & Treasurer


Alida is an Associate and Waste Management Specialist at Dillon Consulting Limited and has been working in the waste management industry since 2005. She has a MA in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University, a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University and a Dipl. T. in Chemical Engineering from Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology. The combination of her degrees provides her with a strong foundation in both technical and soft skills. Her diverse set of skills and experiences include community outreach and public consultation programs, solid waste management planning, program development, and recycling/reduction strategies for public and private sector clients. 

In addition to work, Alida is active in the local community. She is currently serving as a member of the Board for the Solid Waste Association of North America’s Pacific Chapter.  Alida has been a CEP member since 2012 and has volunteered as a mentor in CEP’s Mentorship program for two years.  Alida is passionate about people working together, through inspired action, to create and focus on processes that can enable change and create movement within the local community.  She aims to leverage her strengths and diverse experiences to create momentum for CEP members to achieve outcomes and create solutions for community needs.

Danniele Livengood - Communications Director

Danniele is the Manager of Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science & Technology (WWEST) at Simon Fraser University, which is the program name for the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon). Her work is to engage students, industry, and the community to increase the awareness and participation of women and other under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Danniele also serves as Secretary for the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) where she also gets to advocate for diversity in STEM fields.

Danniele holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Earth & Ocean Sciences from UBC, having particular interest in sustainable innovations which support a circular economy. When not at work or in a board meeting, she can often be found in a dance class, playing video games, or sampling local beers.

Eveline Xia - Volunteers Director


Eveline is an environmental scientist by training and sustainability professional by trade. Her work has predominantly involved establishing and running zero waste and extended producer responsibility programs across Canada.

In addition to her career in sustainability, Eveline devotes herself to fighting for causes that are important to her, such as transit, housing and the environment.  She volunteers her time and expertise with the David Suzuki Foundation, where she served as Zero Waste Coordinator for the Blue Dot speaking tour and works as Project Manager with the Queen of Green Coaches. On transit, 
she carried out extensive outreach work in the Lower Mainland's 2015 transit referendum in a media-facing role. Most recently, Eveline founded a citizen-led initiative to press for housing affordability in the Lower Mainland. An avid outdoor enthusiast and biker, Eveline can be found taking friends on wild mushrooms hunts in the fall.  She has lived all over the world including Germany, France and the USA, speaks three languages.

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