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.
Amy Greenwood - President
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 – Vice President
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 Taylor - Treasurer
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
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
Theresa Fresco - Membership Outreach 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.
Nourhan Al Kurdi - Communications and Social Media Director
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.
Maureen Cooper - Mentorship Director
Maureen joins the CEP board as the Mentorship Program Director, after volunteering as the Mentorship Coordinator for the 2013/2014 program. As an Engineer and Researcher, she has worked in the energy sector, most recently in renewables, as well as with 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. Her passion is learning ways in which to live simply using minimal resources, looking at the role that policy and technology can play in reducing reliance on fossil fuels for energy, improving access to clean water, and reducing our waste stream.
Having worked across Canada in scientific testing and analysis over the past 10 years, Maureen has called Vancouver home since 2012. She enjoys volunteering her skills in organization and facilitation to endeavours like 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. Maureen became a CEP member in 2013.
Jonathan Kassian - Volunteer 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.