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CEP Vancouver Mentorship Program

CEP Vancouver's Mentorship Program matches new and experienced sustainability professionals.​ It is a six-month collaborative and cooperative opportunity to share skills, knowledge, build capacity and provide career advice specifically for sustainability-oriented professionals. While not a job matching program or paid internship, CEP's Mentorship Program provides a valuable opportunity to connect learn from other sustainability professionals and expand your network.

Interested in broadening your sustainability network in Vancouver? Need career-related guidance from seasoned sustainability professionals? The CEP Mentorship Program may be the right fit for you.

2023 Program Applications Now Open

Please click the button below to submit an application and register your interest for our 2023 program.

2023 Mentorship Program Timeline:

  • January/February 2023: Program Kick-Off Event

  • February - June 2023: Mentorship program runs with meetings scheduled at least once per month (self-directed)

  • June 2023: End of Program Event

2023 Mentorship Program Cost:

The cost to participate is $75 CAD. Payment will be collected after your application is accepted.

Applications are now closed

Please note: Completing an application does not guarantee a place in the program. Although we aim to accept as many people as possible each year, we are limited by the number of mentors available. 

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2023 Program Mentors

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Chadd Bauman

Co-Founder at Circular Harvest

Area of Expertise: Agriculture

Chad has experience in all aspects of running a business, with a passion for product design & innovation, market research and finding opportunities for collaborate between industries.

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Veronika Bylicki

Co-founder at CityHive

Area of Expertise: Engagement & Education

Veronika is passionate about creating more sustainable, resilient, just cities and amplifying the meaningful engagement of citizens, particularly youth, in addressing urban challenges.

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Sara-Katherine Coxon

Climate One

Area of Expertise: Natural Resources/Conservation, Strategic Engagement & Communications

Sara-Katherine has spent the last decade engaging diverse audiences in climate change as a content producer, communications manager, and strategy lead.

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Robert Fisher

Scale Collaborative

Area of Expertise: Government Consulting & Non Profit

Rob is the Founder of the BC Impact and Sustainability Collective and also volunteers his time to mentor for CEP Vancouver, Spring Activator, Futurpreneur and CityHive.

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Ian Hanington

David Suzuki Foundation

Area of Expertise: Non Profit & Climate Change

Ian is Senior Editor and Writer at the David Suzuki Foundation and is

co-author with David Suzuki of Just Cool It! and Everything Under the Sun.

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Doran Hoge
University of Fraser Valley

Area of Expertise: Climate Adaptation/Mitigation, CSR, Policy & Planning

Doran has over 10 years of experience designing and implementing environmental and strategic programming for businesses and non-profits.

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Michelle Laurie
Michelle Laurie Consulting

Area of Expertise: Health & the Environment, Sustainable Development, Poverty & Environment

For more than twenty years Michelle Laurie has worked with leading agencies around the world to achieve their sustainability goals.

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Klaryssa Lawrie

Dillon Consulting Ltd.

Area of Expertise: Circular Economy, Zero Waste & Waste Diversion

Klaryssa Lawrie is a waste management specialist with over eight years of broad technical experience. She is currently an associate with Dillon Consulting Limited in Richmond, BC.

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Nelson Lee, P.Eng.
Green Sky Sustainability Inc

Area of Expertise: Climate Adaptation/Mitigation & Management Systems

Nelson has advised corporations and governments on strategies for improving their sustainability for over 30 years in a variety of industry sectors across the globe.

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Lina Londono


Area of Expertise: Circular Economy, Zero Waste, Textiles & Alternative Circular Business Models

Lina is the Director of Sustainability & Solutions at Debrand Services. Lina works closely with brands to develop value recovery strategies tailored to their sustainability goals.

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Brenda Martens, B.Sc.
TRUE Advisor

Area of Expertise: Green Buildings, Infrastructure, Circular Economy & Zero Waste

Brenda has worked on commercial, residential, industrial and institutional projects throughout the province, including the design and construction of many signature green projects.

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Alastair MacCallum
QuadReal Property Group

Area of Expertise: Circular Economy & Zero Waste

Alastair is Waste Program Manager at QuadReal Property Group, where he is  expanding the use of smart waste technology to increase waste diversion across the portfolio.

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Michelle Reid
B-Lab US & Canada

Area of Expertise: Impact Assessment

Michelle supports the growth and nurturing of the B Corp movement for B Lab US/Canada, which is supported by the Business Development Bank of Canada.

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Connie Norton
Lush North America

Area of Expertise: Corporate Social Responsibility

Connie (she/her) focuses on climate impact in the Regeneration & Sustainability team at Lush. Regeneration and ethics are core to Lush’s identity, products and operations.

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Daniel Schneider
Horizon Environmental Inc.

Area of Expertise: Engineering, Mining Closure & Natural Resources/Conservation

Daniel's career focus for 16 years has been on planning and implementing mine closure projects in Western Canada and Western Australia.

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Alan Shapiro
Shapiro & Company

Area of Expertise: Water, Cleantech & Sustainable Businesss

Alan is a water and sustainability consultant. His work is focused on addressing complex water challenges, advancing clean technology solutions, and supporting sustainable businesses.

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Sabrina Guzman Skotnitsky
Youth Consultant & Researcher

Area of Expertise: Climate Adaptation, Policy & Planning

Sabrina Guzman Skotnitsky (she/her) is a climate justice advocate, artist, and researcher residing on the ancestral and unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

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Laura Swaffield

Area of Expertise: GHG Accounting & CSR

Laura’s role at MEC focuses on ways to measure and reduce the environmental impact of the company across waste and climate issues.

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Sydney Wanchulak
NorLand Ltd.

Area of Expertise: CSR, Impact Assessment & Change Management

Working as a sustainability professional, Sydney has developed skills in strategy planning, ESG materiality assessments, B Corp certification, and creating sustainable organizational practices.

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Lisa Westerhoff
Integral Group

Area of Expertise: Green Buildings, Infrastructure, Policy & Climate Adaptation/Mitigation

With over 10 years of industry experience, Lisa brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability, and resilience planning to a range of public and private clients.


Nishadi Liyanage, MSust


Area of Expertise: Human Rights, Non-Financial Risk Management, Policy & Planning

Nishadi has over 12 years experience in corporate sustainability and non-financial risk management in Sri Lanka, Australia and Canada. This includes sustainability strategy development, ESG reporting and measuring impact in leisure, apparel, and mining and metals industries.

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Nicky Arthur

Lush North America

Area of Expertise: Energy Management

Working as the Energy Management and Sustainability Specialist at Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Nicky works within the North American Regeneration & Sustainability Team also collaborating on Global initiatives relating to the Lush Climate and Nature plan. 


Anuja Sawant

Independent Sustainability Consultant

Area of Expertise: Corporate Social Responsibility

Anuja is a sustainability consultant based in Vancouver with happy clients in 5 countries since 2014. Her expertise includes business development, research and writing, education, capacity building and coaching.

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Brianna Brown

Co-Founder, Decade Impact

Area of Expertise: CSR & Impact Assessment


Lana Gonoratsky

Senior Program Manager, ESG, Generac Power Systems

Area of Expertise: Clean Tech & Energy Transition


Katrina Shum

Head of Sustainability, North America, LUSH

Area of Expertise: Corporate Social Responsibility


Elyse Henderson

Program Manager, LCE, BC Hydro

Area of Expertise: Green Buildings, Infrastructure, Research & Utilities


Laura Heintzman

Impact Reporting & Integration Senior Manager, Aritzia

Area of Expertise: CSR, Circular Economy, Zero Waste, ESG Reporting & Disclosure


Nisha Agrawal

Director, Sustainability, QuadReal Property Group

Area of Expertise: Real Estate


Hilary Kilgour

Director, Female Funders

Area of Expertise: CSR & Impact Investing


Miguel Santos

Sustainability Innovation & Public Affairs Specialist , Save On Foods

Area of Expertise: CSR, Circular Economy, Zero Waste & Circular/Regenerative Product Design


Carly Weston

Senior Environmental Advisor, Pembina - Vancouver Wharves

Area of Expertise: Water & CSR


Daanvir Dhir

Senior Director, Engineering & Sustainability, Pela

Area of Expertise: Engineering, Circular Economy, Zero Waste

The Mentorship Program would not be possible without the kind contributions of our amazing mentors. If you or someone you know is a sustainability professional looking for a rewarding way to share your knowledge with others, please consider joining the program as a mentor. Throughout the course of the program, mentors have the opportunity to interact with bright emerging individuals, as well as other seasoned professionals.

If you would like to register your interest in becoming a mentor please reach out to us at to learn more.

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The program was highly beneficial for both of us: the mentee was able to get practical advice and support pertaining to day-to-day, insights into career advancement, and broader career issues; the opportunity to gain early-career guidance was extremely valued, while the mentor learned a great deal about early-career motivations and aspirations; the opportunity to share learnings from their career to empower an early-career professional was extremely rewarding.

The program was well-structured with realistic objectives and corresponding timelines. The two-way dialogue allowed me to share my experience and expertise with my mentor, who valued my input during our regular meetings. We discussed various topics, including our experience in Canada as immigrants, opportunities for career growth, continuing education options, and dealing with conflict.

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