Meet CEP Vancouver's Board
Jessica Iida is a Sustainability Program Manager at lululemon, responsible for developing and implementing strategy and programming related to circular economy for packaging and product. Before joining lululemon in 2016, she consulted with small and medium enterprises to develop, implement, and communicate their sustainability strategies. Passionate about connecting with other sustainability professionals, Jessica is excited to be a part of the CEP team and an incredible sustainability community here in Vancouver. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and is currently completing her Master of Business Administration at the University of British Columbia.
Jen is an Associate in the Sustainability Business Solutions practice out of the PwC Vancouver office. She is part of a variety of projects focusing on fund management and reporting for the public sector. She has a diverse international background in fisheries research, environmental non-profits, and international education management. She holds her BSc in Marine Conservation and Ecology from the University of Victoria, and is passionate about minimizing consumer waste and environmental impact. When she's not in the office, she's likely travelling or exploring new parts of the city. A new board member with CEP, she looks forward to creating opportunities for professionals to follow their passions and develop in the industry.
Vice President & Membership Director
Amanda recently completed her Masters of Environment and Business with the University of Waterloo where she gained a comprehensive understanding of sustainability trends and practices for business. She completed a capstone project with a local client to create an evaluation framework for consumer-facing circular economy innovations using a systems lens. She is currently working at Student Energy, a global non-profit organization empowering youth to become change agents in the sustainable energy transition. Her role there includes coordinating the Greenpreneurs Program, which is a green business accelerator for youth-led start-ups in developing and emerging economies. Prior to starting her Masters, Amanda graduated with a Bachelor’s of Environment and Resource Sustainability and has held a variety of positions in both Ontario and BC primarily in the non-profit and public sectors. Amanda loves exploring the outdoors and checking out new local restaurants.
Kenzie’s passion for sustainability started from a very young age after travelling the world and seeing the impacts of climate change, pollution and social inequalities first hand. She completed her MBA in Sustainability from the University of Alberta, where she worked for the UofA Sustainability Council helping to improve sustainable academics and operations on campus. She also holds a BSc. in Environmental Science from UBC. Kenzie currently is a Business Analyst at RecycleSmart, the Canadian leader for waste, recycling and sustainability initiatives in Canada. She combines her passion for sustainability with her business skills to help companies reduce their GHG emissions, divert more waste from the landfill, meet sustainability goals and save money. In her free time Kenzie can be found going for bike rides in Stanley park, hiking on the weekend or traveling the world!
Laura Heintzman is currently Aritzia’s Environmental Impact Manager, where she has supported the strategic development of the company’s sustainability program, across the company’s supply chain, product and own operations. She has previously worked at various environmental organizations globally, including the United Nations Environment Program headquarters in Nairobi, CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) in London, UK and Sierra Club Canada. Laura has a Master’s in Environmental Technology, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy from Imperial College London. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, where she studied Environmental Science and Psychology, and completed a field course on the water conflict in the Middle East in Israel and international development in Geneva. Coming from Bermuda, Laura grew a love for nature and the outdoors, so you can often find her hiking, biking, picnicking or heading out on an adventure.
Director at Large
Harnav is an energy engineer working for First Light Energy Solutions Ltd. She has a strong passion for solving problems, troubleshooting issues, and striving for solutions for sustainability and energy conservation. She has also worked on energy and environment projects in the oil and gas industry for 2 years which fueled her quest towards a cleaner environment. She completed her masters of chemical engineering specializing in clean energy from UBC in 2019. Over the past few years, she has worked on projects related to energy auditing, identifying energy conservation measures for industries to reduce the impact of climate change, benchmarking studies, six sigma projects and also developed strategies to minimize hydrocarbon emissions. In her spare time, she loves hiking, biking, and crossfit.
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Shelagh holds a B.Sc. in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the University of Alberta. Initially, she worked in downstream ecological restoration then moved into upstream oil and gas remediation. After moving to Vancouver, she took a graduate certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership from BCIT where she completed two capstone research projects helping local businesses in the green energy and recycling sectors. Volunteer work has been a core of her life for many years and she has donated her time to a number of environmental organizations including Green Peace, CPAWS, Grouse Mountain Center for Endangered Wildlife, and the David Suzuki Foundation. Shelagh has over 12 years of experience in events and currently works at one of Canada’s founding BCorps - Left Coast Naturals and Hippie Snacks. She is passionate about healthy, sustainable food and has focused her research at Left Coast on food waste, sustainable packaging, and getting to Net-Zero. In her spare time, you will find her weight training, out on her road bike, or in the mountains adventuring.
Director of Events
Eric recently completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Concordia University with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in Sustainability Studies. While in Montreal, he created a sustainability policy for his business school, developed a tool library for Concordia University’s Centre for Creative Reuse, and participated on various other boards for sustainable organizations. As a passionate music lover, Eric also worked in brand & fan experience for Evenko, building Montreal festival brands such as Osheaga, Heavy Montreal, îleSoniq, and more. He recently returned to Vancouver and is now seeking out his next chapter. In the meantime, you can find him building bikes, camping in the woods, playing a game of chess, or immersing himself in a good book.
Brianna is a Sustainable Business, Economic Development Coordinator at the Vancouver Economic Commission. She is responsible for providing support to strategic programs and initiatives designed to increase economic resilience while lowering the environmental impact in the local business community. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Businesses Leadership from BCIT. She had the opportunity to present her BCIT capstone project at the Ecocity World Conference in 2019. In her spare time Brianna can be found hiking up mountains, skiing down mountains and on the tennis court