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.


Geoff Taylor 


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. 



Theresa Fresco


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.


Maureen Cooper 

Maureen’s passion is in learning to live simply using minimal resources, looking at the role that policy and technology can play to reduce reliance on fossil fuels for energy, improve access to clean water, and reduce our waste stream. She is currently a Program Manager at Product Care Association, where she manages the daily operations and member management for BC's special waste small appliance recycling program.

As an Engineer and Researcher, she previously worked in energy, as well as industrial water systems and water quality testing. Maureen possesses an MASc in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University and a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Maureen joined CEP in 2013 and previously acted as Mentorship Coordinator 2013/2014 and Mentorship Director 2014/2015. She was also part of the Organizing Committee for Leading Change 2014. In her spare time, you can find her exploring BC’s great outdoors snowboarding, biking or hiking, or snuggling in with a good book on a rainy day.


Jonathan Kassian

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

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

Danniele studied Chemistry and Earth & Ocean Sciences at UBC and is pursuing a career in sustainability. She enjoys discussing  community sustainability efforts and circular economies. She is also the Secretary on the board of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) which this year afforded her the opportunity to travel to Ottawa and speak to a House of Commons Committee studying women in STEM fields. Danniele enjoys working with non-profit organizations and currently provides support to a handful of organizations in Vancouver.


She is very excited to be joining the CEP Vancouver board after spending last year as the CEP Coordinator and hopes to help support and grow CEP Vancouver during this next year of change. When not at work or in a board meeting, Danniele can often be found in a ballet class, playing video games, or sampling local beers.



Eveline Xia

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.



Karen Stroebel

Karen is passionate about working with others to improve our relationships with the environment and with each other. She 

grew up playing in the oceans of South Africa and the forests of Vancouver Island and still finds great joy in playing outside. 


Karen especially loves to explore and strengthen initiatives by bringing people together to identify and work toward shared goals.  She believes her life’s purpose is to facilitate a culture shift that encourages us to consider positive and negative consequences of how individuals, communities, and nations pursue happiness. As an Associate for The Natural Step Canada, Karen supports organizations to design sustainability visions, targets, and indicators and to develop employee engagement programs.  


Additionally, Karen specializes in empowering community members through experiential workshops, leadership clinics, symposia, and yoga. She has designed and delivered numerous sustainability leadership programs to engage youth, including Metro Vancouver Youth4Action, the DASH BC Healthy Living Youth Council, Clean Air Champion’s High School Climate Challenge, and Translink’s  TravelSmart Program.  


Karen holds a Master's of Science in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.  

www.karenstroebel.com 




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