CEP Vancouver's Board of Directors
The CEP Vancouver Board consists of eight volunteer Directors who serve for a two-year term. Director positions are filled by election during our annual general meeting each year in May.
Justine Townsend - President
Justine is passionate about the intersection of environmental sustainability and social justice. Currently working as a community engagement and consultation consultant she is excited about creating participatory processes that engage citizens in environmental decision-making processes.
After studying political ecology/geography in grad school and pursuing geography and environmental studies in her undergraduate studies, Justine is enjoying the challenges of working in the environmental field.
Joining the CEP Board in 2012, Justine enjoys meeting CEP members at events and expanding her network of sustainability professionals. Justine is a lover of the west coast and prefers tromping in the woods over being in the office.
Samantha Eyre – Vice President
Samantha is a sustainability professional with a background of working with corporate clients and government on CSR, stakeholder engagement, environmental management systems and greenhouse gas emissions. She has worked as a consultant with a number of industries including mining, oil and gas, finance, retail and NGOs. In December 2012 Samantha moved to Vancouver and joined CEP in early 2013.
Samantha holds an undergraduate degree in Geography (and another in Greek and Roman Civilization!) and completed the MSc Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, specialising in Global Environmental Change and Policy, in 2010.
Her interests are varied but she has a strong interest in community engagement, in particular building collaborative and communicative communities. She is also interested in food policy, water management and environmental law. When she is not pondering these topics she is probably baking cupcakes, doing yoga or reading a good book.
Manon Gartside - Treasurer
Manon is an environmental educator and facilitates climate change workshops for the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) where she teaches climate science and climate change solutions. She has also been the Scientifique en Résidenceat l'École Anne Hébert where she taught a wide variety of sciences and subjects through environmental projects. Manon completed a B.Sc in Geology and an M.Sc in Isotope Geochemistry from l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) specializing in Arctic heavy metal pollution. Before moving to Vancouver, she worked as an environmental analyst for an environmental lab in California.
Manon recently received a certificate in Permaculture Design through the UBC Farm and the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC. Manon is involved in the TransitionTown movement, Village Vancouver, permaculture work parties and community gardens.
She has been a CEP member since 2006 and is a past CEP Administrative Coordinator. Manon enjoys backpacking, collecting rocks and fossils, films, music, dancing and engaging in environmental policy
Nourhan Al Kurdi - Secretary
Nourhan is passionate about sustainable development and planning, she believes that building sustainable communities requires a three pillar focus, environment, social and economy. She works with grassroots organizations supporting a goal to build and encourage sustainability in the world and particularly Vancouver.
Her background includes a cluster of professional experiences and education including architecture, management, planning, social development and public-private partnerships. More recently she has been concentrating on issues relating to sustainability, green building and sustainable cities. In December 2012, she started writing a series of essays under the heading of "Moustadam" (Sustainable). These essays, which appear on CSBE website (www.csbe.org/moustadam), address the subject of sustainability and extend knowledge of sustainability.
Nourhan has a bachelor degree in Architecture and a Masters in Business Management, MBA, and most recently she acquired a certificate in Sustainability Management from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and a LEED Green Associate from the USGBC. She joined CEP in 2011.
Devon Thompson - Volunteer Director
Devon Thompson works as a Commercial Account Manager with RBC where she supports entrepreneurs passionate about sustainability. She is focused on building relationships with her clients and helping them grow their businesses through lending and deposit structuring.
Devon has completed her Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Management and Accounting from the University of British Columbia where she was on the Executive Committee for Net Impact.
Devon is responsible for supporting CEP’s volunteer coordinators. Our volunteers are amazing people and we thank them for their dedication as we work to educate, engage, and employ our membership. Devon loves scuba diving, traveling, snowboarding and trying new things!
Erik Blair - Website and Communications Director
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.
Amy Greenwood - Mentorship Director
Amy is passionate building the capacity of people to take action to improve both environment health and community wellbeing. Amy works as a program coordinator at the Fraser Basin Council within the Watersheds and Water Resources team. Amy has extensive experience with community engagement, sustainability indicators reporting, climate change adaptation and watershed sustainability planning.
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. Prior to moving to Canada, Amy worked as a Community Engagement Officer with the Department of Environment and Conservation in Sydney, Australia.
New to the CEP Board in 2013, Amy is overseeing the CEP Mentorship program and is looking forward to engaging with mentors and mentees in the coming months. Amy loves being outdoors with her family and when not at work in downtown Vancouver, can be found exploring nature with her two young children, hiking in the North Shore Mountains, kayaking or cycle touring along the Pacific coast.
Kimberley Armour - Social Media Director
Kimberley is a Community Development Project Manager and has worked with First Nations, non-profits, businesses and governments at the local, regional, and international level. Currently Environmental Coordinator with the District of Squamish, Kimberley is currently leading and supporting various environmental stewardship, regulatory and policy based projects.
Kimberley holds an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Environmental Education and Communication with a research focus on integrated community sustainability planning, engagement and implementation.
Kimberley thrives in creative collaborative environments that inspire action and reconnection to the natural world. Kimberley is a critical thinker who is keenly interested in projects that apply systems theory, experiential and place based educational theories, natural capital, carbon market development, community based social marketing, and conservation psychology.
When not nerding out, Kimberley loves to socialize, ski, swim, and take in the natural beauty of the world.