Meet CEP Vancouver's Board
An ardent nature lover & visionary thinker, Cheryl holds two different roles at UBC Forestry: Outreach & Engagement Coordinator for UBC CALP, and Program Coordinator for the Master of Urban Forestry Leadership Program. She currently leads the Cool ‘Hood Champs program, which has quickly gained traction over 2 years and gradually reached across Canada. With 6 years of experience in environmental education, and work experience in 3 different countries, Cheryl is well-known among colleagues for her infectious energy, undying love for learning, and superb organizational skills. When not at work, she can be found singing her way up to BC mountains, cycling around Metro Vancouver’s lovely greenways, or bouldering at local gyms.
Cheryl NG -
Co-Director of Mentorship
Mariya works as an Economic Transformation Coordinator for the Vancouver Economic Commission. She is responsible for providing support to strategic programs and initiatives designed to advance the circular economy in Vancouver. Prior to her work with the VEC, she was a Sustainability Specialist with the British Columbia Institute of Technology, focusing on sustainability reporting, SDG engagement, and research. Her past volunteer experiences include strong advocacy for the inclusion of sustainability in business practices, including through her involvement with the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development. Raised in North Vancouver, Mariya is an avid outdoor lover, and has recently taking up several creative hobbies.
Mariya Chugay (she/her)
Co-Director of Mentorship
Alastair is the Waste Program Manager at QuadReal Property Group, where he is expanding the use of smart waste technology to reduce operational costs and increase waste diversion. Originally from England, since moving to Vancouver in 2017 he has been an attendee of many CEP events, and having been Treasurer for his local soccer team for several years he brought his financial and admin experience to the CEP Board in 2021. Away from work you will find him on the soccer pitch, tennis court or playing in the mountains around Vancouver!
Alastair MacCallum -
Director of Finance
Gillian Orris is a Sustainable Consultant, specializing in marketing, communications, event logistics, sponsorship, and promotions.
Gill’s background includes experience working in both the for profit and non-profit sectors, having worked for the Canuck Autism Network, Spinal Cord Injury BC, United Way of the Lower Mainland, Greenpeace, the Canadian Red Cross, Cirque du Soleil and Live Nation Entertainment. Since returning to school in 2020, to obtain an Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Business Leadership from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Gill has worked with the Vancouver Economic Commission, Vancity, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, OneEarth and the Share, Reuse, Repair Initiative to support both local and international sustainable and circular focussed projects.
Gill thrives when working with local businesses, government organizations, non-profits and social enterprises to help build tangible and achievable actions for climate solutions.
Gillian Orris -
Co-Director of Events
Originally from London, UK Rob has over fifteen years of experience managing, developing and delivering programs for federal and provincial governments. He has worked in the fields of immigration, public safety and business engagement in the UK, US and Canada. Now keenly focused on the impact and sustainability sector, Rob works to help build the resiliency and capacity required to address the issues faced by our communities today. He is the Founder of the BC Impact & Sustainability Collective, a network of professionals from business, nonprofit, social enterprise, government and more, working together to share resources and opportunities.
Rob Fisher -
Co-Director of Events
Brianna is a Senior Associate in the Sustainability and Climate Change Practice at PwC. Prior to joining PwC she previously worked at the Vancouver Economic Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Businesses Leadership from BCIT. In her spare time Brianna can be found hiking up mountains in the summer and skiing down mountains in the winter.
Brianna Bishop -
Eric is the Marketing & Communications Lead at Taking Root, a reforestation organization that enables smallholder farmers to grow trees and earn money from the carbon they remove from the atmosphere. Eric amplifies on-the-ground stories and engages in knowledge translation around Taking Root’s forest carbon methodologies. Previously, he helped build brands for major Canadian music festivals and worked with Montreal-based sustainability not-for-profits. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a dual focus in marketing & sustainability from Concordia Univeristy.
Eric Warner -
Felipe Camara has a background in Public Relations, and after working in environmental education campaigns, decided to shift his career into the sustainability path. He got a Sustainability Management post-graduation and a Master's degree in Environmental Science. His previous experience includes working with environmental education, and research. Besides the role at CEP, Felipe has worked as a journalist in Canada and current works in a school for adults with austism.
Felipe Camara -
Director of Website and Newsletter
Han is a B.Sc. graduate with combined Honours in Environmental Science and Sustainability from Dalhousie University. During his honors project, Han interned as a disease ecology assistant in Belize to study chytridiomycosis transmission and amphibian habitats. Recently, as a sustainability coordinator at Capilano Students’ Union, he launched some impactful climate action campaigns and guest speaking series. Currently, Han focuses on building skills in reporting and analytics for sustainable finance and businesses, which he believes can help drive impact on a larger scale across organizations. To that end, he recently obtained SASB FSA credential and Scope 3 from GHG Protocol to expand his sustainability toolkit.