Amy is committed to building the capacity of people – both young and not-so-young – to take action to improve environmental health and enhance community wellbeing. As Mentorship Director in 2013/14 Amy built on the exceptional foundation established by her predecessors to deliver the 9th annual Mentorship program with 19 mentors and 21 mentees. This was an incredibly rewarding experience for Amy as she was able to witness first-hand the value of the mentoring relationships and networks that were established during the 6-month program.
Amy has extensive experience with community engagement, sustainability indicators reporting, climate change adaptation and watershed planning. Amy is the Assistant Manager for the Watersheds and Water Resources Program at the Fraser Basin Council. Originally from New Zealand, Amy has a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Canterbury.
Amy is looking forward to the year ahead as President of CEP-Vancouver!
Erik Blair – VP
Erik comes to CEP with a varied background in digital communications, program design and project management, audio engineering, film production and, most recently, climate change planning.
With a desire to learn how to effectively communicate important messages to global audiences, Erik completed a two year diploma in digital audio engineering at the Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound in 2003. Armed with some experience and the tools to communicate, Erik went back to school in 2005 to complete a degree in Human and Physical Geography, where he began to understand the importance of the global energy balance and climate system, and the value of practicing ecological responsibility on a daily basis.
With a passion to find ways to live sustainably within global limits, Erik graduated with a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia in 2012. He currently works at Metro Vancouver (GVRD) doing climate policy analysis, energy and GHG reductions program design, and project management. If you don’t catch him behind a desk, you’ll probably find Erik behind a camera, on the top of a mountain, in a tent, or on two wheels! Erik lives in historic Strathcona with his superhero wife Claire.
Geoff has been working in and around the environmental side of business for over a decade. With an undergraduate degree in winemaking and over a decade’s worth of harvests in Canada and internationally, Geoff became involved in organic and biodynamic grapegrowing and winemaking, which prompted his successful pursuit of a MBA that focused on marketing and sustainability in business. Since then, Geoff has worked for a non-profit in the renewable energy industry in Ontario, as well as in economic development with several First Nations in British Columbia.
Back in the wine industry, Geoff maintains an active interest in triple-bottom line issues affecting businesses and is constantly seeking new opportunities to learn about and be involved in developing environmental and social awareness.
Manon Gartside - Secretary
Maureen Cooper - Mentorship Director
Jonathan Kassian is the Coordinator of GreenJobs BC, a collaboration between labour and environmental groups to build a strong sustainable economy in B.C. 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 led research on the green economy, creative industries, and economic sectors.
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, adventuring, reflecting. 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.