Meet CEP Vancouver's Board
Oliver is a Vancouverite with a love for all things related to sustainability. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, and is always looking for ways to integrate environmental protection with community, as well as enduring economic development. His passion for sustainability derives from a term of intensive outdoor education in high school, as well as a term studying at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Oliver also has experience as a Community Ambassador with FortisBC, representing the company at community events across the province, and educating customers about rebate programs, energy conservation, and natural gas safety. In his free time, you can find Oliver brewery hopping in Mount Pleasant, taking a Mobi bike around the sea wall, or catching up on the latest Canucks news.
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
Karim graduated from King’s College London with a BSc (Honours) in Business Management, and from the University of Toronto with a master in Sustainability Management. During his master, he completed a thesis analyzing the impact of climate change on permafrost thawing rate along the Alaska Highway. With a passion for the outdoors and more specifically for skiing, he recently relocated to British Columbia. He now works at Arc’teryx in the commercial department with a view to joining the sustainability team ‘as soon as’ an opportunity will arise. He’s also a part-time ski instructor at Mount Seymour during the ski season. Karim’s passion for the environment developed throughout his childhood in the region of Nice in the South of France.
Ella is an Analyst with NatureBank, where she primarily works on greenhouse gas reduction projects, data analysis and life cycle assessments. Prior to moving to Vancouver in 2017, she completed her MSc in Industrial Ecology from TU Delft in the Netherlands, during which she worked on several sustainability and circular economy projects. She wrote her thesis on certifications in the consumer electronics industry, electronics supply chain traceability and the relationship with the small-scale mining sector. She also holds a BSc in Environmental Geosciences. In her spare time, Ella loves exploring BC and spending time in the mountains, hiking or skiing.
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 recently 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 works for RecycleSmart, the Canadian leader for waste, recycling and sustainability initiatives in Canada. She is a data coordinator where 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!
Jessica Iida is a Sustainability Operations lead at lululemon, responsible for developing and implementing strategy and programming related to circular economy of packaging and product. Since joining in 2016, she has implemented large-scale cross-functional initiatives to build up lululemon's product end of life program and approach to packaging sustainability. Before joining lululemon, Jessica consulted with small and medium enterprises to develop, implement and communicate their sustainability strategies. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria, where she focused her studies on sustainable business and environment, and completed a study abroad term in Casablanca Morocco. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys travelling, dancing, and exploring Vancouver's foodie scene.
Director at Large
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
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Harnav is an energy engineer working for SysEne consulting inc. 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 specialising 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 impact of climate change, benchmarking studies, six sigma projects and also developed strategies to minimize hydrocarbon emissions. In her spare time, she loves hiking and sketching.