The One Earth team has long-standing and varied experience in sustainability issues, from local to global levels and across research, policy and practice. Their backgrounds are described below.
Emmanuel Prinet, Policy Director
Emmanuel Prinet is Policy Director of the One Earth Initiative and Principal of Eco Stepping Stones Consulting. With One Earth, Emmanuel is the official nongovernmental organization (NGO) representative on the Canadian delegation for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (2010-2011). Being both a Canadian and French citizen, and having grown up in Vancouver, Emmanuel decided to reconnect with family roots and pursue a dream of working in Europe by moving to France shortly after completion of his Master’s degree. He joined Association 4D “Debates on the Do’s and Don’ts of Sustainable Development”; a Paris-based NGO, as the coordinator of the national Jo’burg 2002 Coalition, a French NGO platform that was created to work towards the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002. The coalition brought together more than 120 NGOs working on sustainability issues, and Emmanuel was responsible for the group’s political representation with the French Government as well as European and International NGO networks, of facilitating group work and of organizing the logistics for participation in the Summit itself. He attended all the Johannesburg World Summit’s regional and international preparatory conferences (PrepComs) on behalf of the coalition. After the WSSD, Emmanuel was asked to take on and develop 4D’s European and international work on sustainability, and his activities included representing 4D as a member organization in the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), in the corporate social responsibility network OECD Watch and in the Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED). He has developed working relationships with various international organizations such as UNEP, the OECD, and the European Commission. Emmanuel also has tremendous experience working with the United Nations, and has attended the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development every year since 2000. There, he participated actively in the NGO’s Sustainable Development Issues Network, and published a number of articles in the daily NGO newsletter Taking Issue. He has also been actively involved in the UN’s 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (“Marrakech Process”). He has attended the regional sustainable consumption and production meeting in Ostend, Belgium (November 2004), and has taken an active part in drafting the NGO statement. Since 2004, he has co-produced a number of short documentaries as part of a video series called “Sustainability Productions”, which highlight the good social and ecological practices of various cities and their efforts to work towards sustainability. Emmanuel holds a BA (Hon.) in French literature and a Master of Science (Planning) from the University of British Columbia. His area of expertise is on understanding the concept of sustainability, ecological economics, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and the Ecological Footprint. Emmanuel is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys rock-climbing and telemark skiing. He is perfectly bilingual in French and English, and can also speak Swedish, Spanish and Russian.
Dagmar Timmer, Manager – Strategic Initiatives
Dagmar Timmer is Manager (Strategic Initiatives) of One Earth and an Associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Principal of Resourceful Solutions Consulting, based in Vancouver. She is a co-founder of the One Earth Initiative. Dagmar holds an MA in Political Science from Simon Fraser University and a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University. She is an Associate with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development, where she co-teaches their semester-long leadership course. In 2007, she and her sister Vanessa became the co-hosts of The Sustainable Region, an award-winning television show in Canada. From 2003-2005, Dagmar was Program Associate and Political Scientist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF, www.asb.cgiar.org) in Nairobi, Kenya. Her program facilitated a network of rainforest-agriculture margin research sites in the Amazon of Brazil and Perú, the Congo Basin forest of Cameroon, the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, the northern mountains of Thailand, and the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Dagmar is a co-author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), contributing to the tropical forest margins assessment. Prior to joining ICRAF, Dagmar worked from 1999-2003 as a member of the Forest Conservation Programme team at IUCN – The World Conservation Union in Switzerland. Dagmar’s work on sustainability issues has spanned from local to national to international levels – from grassroots awareness-raising campaigns in her home city of Vancouver to advocacy in international policy fora such as the UN Forum on Forests and the Convention on Biological Diversity. In 1996, Dagmar was International Coordinator for Youth for Habitat 2, spearheading preparatory work and also participating in the main conference in Istanbul. She also organized the inaugural dialogue amongst NGOs and the World Trade Organization staff on sustainable development concerns in 1998. She helped co-found three environmental organizations, all of which are still active today including the Environmental Youth Alliance. She has worked, lived and traveled in over 30 countries. She speaks fluent English, French and Dutch and is proficient in Spanish.
Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director
Vanessa Timmer is co-founder and Executive Director of the One Earth Initiative. She weaves together sustainability with systems thinking, and believes that envisioning sustainable futures is a powerful draw for social change. Vanessa is also an Associate with the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on innovation and global public goods. She is asked to speak on social change, leadership, systems thinking and sustainability, and teaches courses on these topics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University, Metro Vancouver and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Vanessa completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2010 at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning working alongside Bill Rees to explore inter-regional sustainability and decision-making. Timmer holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from UBC, a M.Sc. from Oxford University and a Queen’s University Bachelor of Arts Honours in Sociology. From 2002 until 2003, Vanessa was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School as part of the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability. She is a member of the Network on Science and Technology for Sustainability, the Great Transition Initiative, Earth System Governance Project and co-leads the systems thinking working group for the Smart Civil Society Organizations (Smart CSOs) initiative. She writes on sustainability, social change and leadership, livable cities, shifting consumption and production patterns, global public goods and commons, local initiatives combining poverty reduction with biodiversity conservation, and the role of international civil society actors in environmental politics and global governance processes. Vanessa previously worked for Sustainable Cities International in launching the Sustainable Cities International Network and for the regional government, Metro Vancouver, in shaping the regional sustainability principles and framework and developing its public engagement programs. With her sister, Dagmar, she co-hosts the regional television show, The Sustainable Region, produced by Metro Vancouver Media. Vanessa sits on the Board of the Judith Marcuse Projects and advises the establishment of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, and on the Board of the Projecting Change Film Festival. Vanessa sings, plays cello, and enjoys running and hiking in the natural beauty of her city. She is fluent in English and Dutch, and proficient in French
Emily Gorham, We Canada
Emily Gorham is an Associate of One Earth and the Project Manager for We Canada (funded by Service Canada), a Canada-wide civil society initiative that gave Canadians a voice at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. She is passionate about sustainable development issues and a firm believer of the power of education and dialogue to affect change. Thinking globally and acting locally have always been important to Emily, and since the age of thirteen she has pursued her passion for social justice through volunteering for international NGOs. Emily recently realized her lifelong dream of travelling around the world by visiting 18 countries over the course of 16 months. In India, Emily volunteered at the Parikrma Humanity Foundation, teaching English and Social Studies to underprivileged children. There, she created a Leadership Club to encourage social responsibility and motivate her students. Emily has studied language and culture in both Denmark and China, and is proficient in Mandarin. In Vancouver, Emily has worked for non-profits in public legal education and immigrant services. Emily holds an interdisciplinary BA from Wesleyan University in Political Science, Economics, History, and Philosophy, along with a Certificate in International Relations. At university, Emily was a member of the Environmental Organizers Network, a student group that initiated a campus-wide composting system. Emily values bringing adaptability and an eagerness to learn to all of her endeavors.
Ami Muranetz, Rethinking the Good Life
Ami Muranetz is an Associate of One Earth, and Project Officer for “Rethinking the Good Life” (funded by Service Canada), a project that identifies and acts on the high impact areas for accelerating breakthroughs in sustainable consumption and production. With her extensive experiences as a connector and facilitator, she is passionate about building diverse networks to engage the public in discussions around community, social and environmental responsibility. In previous positions, she has coordinated events for Living Futures 2011, Open Space and most recently, the BED Talks speaker series. Through that event, she raised money for Cops for Cancer, and in her current role as Mrs. B.C. 2012, Ami volunteers her time for numerous charity events around the city. She aims to use this opportunity to integrate whole systems thinking into educational projects for students, encouraging them to help envision and develop sustainable cities. With her life long interests in sustainability, design and education, she brings these skills together in local workshops, installations, and while studying in university also founded a website designed to empower individuals in accessing local resources in Vancouver. In addition to her work at One Earth, she also volunteers for Cascadia and the Metro Van Emerging Green Builders, and enjoys running, and exploring Vancouver’s natural beauty. She holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Design from the University of British Columbia, and a diploma in Visual Arts from Camosun College in Victoria BC. Ami is an avid world traveler, and is fluent in English and Mandarin.
William Rees, Director
William (Bill) Rees is Director of the One Earth Initiative and recipient of the 2012 Blue Planet Prize. He is Professor Emeritus of the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and past Director of UBC’s Centre for Human Settlements. He is a leading thinker on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and is best known in this field for his invention of ‘Ecological Footprint analysis’, a quantitative tool that estimates humanity’s ecological impact on the ecosphere in terms of appropriated ecosystem (land and water) area. This research reveals the fundamental incompatibility between continued material economic growth and ecological security, and has helped to reopen debate on human carrying capacity as a consideration in sustainable development. The book Our Ecological Footprint was published in 1996 and has been translated into eight languages. He taught at UBC since 1969 and was awarded the Trudeau Foundation Fellows Prizes in May 2007 in recognition of outstanding achievement and innovative approaches that advance “knowledge of crucial societal issues across borders and disciplines.” He was elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada in 2006. His teaching, research and public engagement emphasize the policy and planning implications of global environmental trends and the necessary ecological conditions for sustainable socioeconomic development. Much of his work is in the realm of ecological economics and human ecology. He is a founding member and a recent past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. In 1997, UBC awarded William Rees a Senior Killam Research Prize in acknowledgement of his research achievements.
Bill Rees is currently a co-investigator in the ‘Global Integrity Project’, oriented toward determining the necessary ecological conditions for biodiversity preservation. Another of his current research project examines high-income urbanized countries’ consumption of imported commodities and the ecological and social impacts of their resultant “ecological footprints” on distant export regions. He has been invited to lecture on his work across Canada and around the world. He has extensive local and international experience on these issues and is widely published. In 2000, the Vancouver Sun newspaper recognized him as one of British Columbia’s top “public intellectuals.” A video about Bill Rees describing the Ecological Footprint approach and what it means in terms of societal choices ahead is available from One Earth / Sustainability Productions (more information about the video here).
Tobi Reyes, Director
Tobi Reyes’ interest in the environment and love for nature began early during his childhood in the Philippines, influenced by the family business which involved fruit and fish farming. This interest has only increased with conservation and sustaianbility; having now become life goals as part of the founding of the One Earth Initiative. Concurrently, Tobi is the Chair of Port Capital Group, a private equity investment firm primarily investing in commercial real estate located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Prior to Tobi’s involvement in real estate and the sustainability movement, he had been working in the information technology sector since graduating from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (B.A. Psychology/History). Between 1998 and 2000, Tobi co-founded two Philippine-based, technology firms which Merrill Lynch mentioned as among the top private companies in their space. He was a B.C. Young Artist recipient in 1990 and is a Director of Venterra Equity Partners (a real estate services company), PEX Inc. (a social networking web site), and the Lifeline Society (a charitable organization working with the B.C. Cancer Foundation and benefiting persons afflicted with Leukemia). He currently resides full-time in Vancouver, Canada. Tobi is an avid tourist, speaks fluent English and Tagalog, is proficient in French, and has studied Mandarin, German and Italian.
Alastair Moore, Director
Alastair Moore is Director of the One Earth Initiative. He is the Community Energy Manager at the City of Richmond. He holds a masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He blogs at One Earth’s site, eco-strata.com, a guide for greening existing multi-family dwellings. Alastair is co-founder of GreenWorks Building Supplies, Canada’s first green building supply store. Alastair has conducted research and worked in the environmental planning and urban sustainability fields for more 15 years. Research has focused on policies and tools that help bridge the gap between theory and practice in the promotion of sustainable development. A particular interest involves developing integrated models in support of environmental assessment and policy making. Recent research conducted at the University of Manchester in the UK focused on material flow and ecological footprint analyses, urban metabolism studies, business benchmarking, and modeling based on system dynamics. Alastair Moore’s action research has focused on a series of demonstration projects aimed at improving the environmental quality, economic prosperity, and institutional mechanisms in cities in Canada, Central Europe, and China.
Nicole is a Senior Associate with One Earth and Managing Director of Adaptive Edge, a firm specializing in futures thinking, strategy and innovation. As a futurist and facilitator, she is passionate about helping leaders create “better futures.” Her focus is on catalyzing positive “disruptive innovations” — i.e. fundamentally new models, mindsets and metrics for what’s possible and needed in the world. Recent projects include everything from the future of healthcare and biosciences, to manufacturing and consumption patterns, to climate change and water, to India and Dubai’s long-term resiliency. With over 15 years of experience, Nicole learned her unique tradecraft at Global Business Network (GBN) in San Francisco, a pioneering think-tank in the field. She is also a steward with The World Café, a powerful and popular dialogue process that taps into the collective intelligence of groups. An early blogger and social entrepreneur, Nicole is a contributor to Worldchanging, an award-winning blog and book devoted to creating a more sustainable future. Previous careers include: political speechwriter, pollster and market researcher, high-tech venture capitalist in Singapore in the mid 1990s. Nicole earned two degrees at the University of British Columbia; her graduate work focused on technology policy. After six years living in Paris, France, Nicole moved back to San Francisco, CA in 2008. Canadian by citizenship, she is from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jennie Moore is Director, Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Previously, she was Strategic Initiatives Division Manager for the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) where she played a key role in advancing a range of sustainability initiatives in Vancouver. Jennie is a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Accredited Professional. She has a Masters of Arts from SCARP and is now undertaking a PhD focusing on the concept of One Planet Cities.
One Earth’s Advisory Council was established in 2010 to support the One Earth team in scoping out and implementing its program of work. Full biographies of our Advisors can be found here.
1. David Boyd: Environmental lawyer, professor, writer, and activist; research team for the Sustainable Prosperity Initiative; co-author, Sustainability within a Generation
2. Dianne Dillon-Ridgley: Environmentalist and human rights activist; international speaker on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Population, Gender and Justice issues
3. Mark Holland: Principal, HB Lanarc planning and design firm; extensive public sector experience (City of Vancouver’s first Manager of Sustainability).
4. Michael Kuhndt: Head of UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production
5. Erica Priggen: Executive Producer, FreeRange Studios; producer of The Story of Stuff and 350.org
6. William E. Rees, Chair: One Earth Founding Fellow; Professor, UBC; inventor of the ecological footprint
7. Bruce Schearer: Partner and Chairman, Apollo Philanthropy Partners; civic leader, former non-profit executive and expert in international development and philanthropy
8. Juliet Schor: Professor, Boston College; author of books including Born to Buy and The Overspent American
9. Peter Victor: Professor, York University; 40 years on environmental issues as an academic, public servant and consultant; economist and author of Managing without growth: smaller by design, not disaster
Dwayne Appleby, Strategic Initiatives
Dwayne is an Associate of One Earth and Funding Director for We Canada, a Canada-wide civil society initiative advocating for Canadian leadership at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Dwayne holds a BA (hons) in International Studies and a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University, and has studied Humanities at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Growing up in the British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, Dwayne developed a deep appreciation for nature and the importance of living in balance with our environment. His passion for citizen engagement led him to co-found a not-for-profit organisation in Langley, BC, that encouraged youth involvement in the political process, and has hosted numerous youth-oriented all-candidates forums during federal, provincial, and municipal elections. Dwayne has held several research assistantships, including with Service Canada’s Aboriginal Affairs Unit BC / YT, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development, and School for International Studies. He is currently flirting with a return to academy to pursue an MA in Development Studies.
Drew De Panicis, Rethinking the Good Life
Drew De Panicis is a passionate activist, communicator, educator and a true believer in the power of communities and grass roots social change. He holds a BA in Environmental Anthropology and International Development as well as a Diploma in Marketing and Communications. Using a variety of skills from his diverse background, he has dedicated the last 4 years of his life and his career pursuit towards social justice and environmental activism. Drew has worked directly with NGOs and non-profits both locally and internationally including the McGill Office of Sustainability, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Kasenda Community Reforestation Project in Uganda. His passion for international development studies, environmental research, culture and mountaineering has brought him all over East and Southern Africa in 2010 and he has since returned to Canada in search of more projects and higher education. In addition to his work as the Public Engagement Director of the We Canada Initiative, Drew also sits on the International Program Steering Committee for the Canadian Environmental Network on behalf of One Earth and is looking forward to contributing to the ‘Rethinking the Good Life’ Project. Drew’s appreciation and love of the natural world typically lands him in the mountains in his spare time where he stays busy exploring all that BC has to offer.
Aleksandra Nasteska, Communications
Aleksandra is a social entrepreneur and communications professional with a focus on campaigns. Her experience ranges from public speaking to facilitation and community engagement,television and documentary production, online identity development, marketing strategy and business administration. She was born and raised in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, where she first became outspoken in the women’s rights movement at 14 years old, participating in UN-organized public panels on the status of women and girls in Macedonia and the Balkan Region. Her dynamic personality earned her a position as a correspondent and assistant producer for youth culture shows for the national television network in Macedonia, beginning her career in media and communications. In the lead up to the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development, Aleksandra co-founded We Canada, a nation-wide campaign for Canadian leadership at the conference. Her other notable engagements include: founder and co-producer of Vancouver Heartbeat, a multimedia program that explored the local culture with focus on social and environmental change; events coordinator for the 2011 and 2012 Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival in 2010 and 2011; member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Youth Steering Committee for the International Children and Youth Conference Tunza 2011; media coordinator for the International Conference on the Degrowth in the Americas 2012 and headline speaker on the Canada-wide tour Dialogues and Action for Earth Summit 2012, where alongside other key We Canada advocates she spoke to 8,000 people in 23 universities and over 30 elementary and high schools.
Dan Burns, Strategic Initiatives
Dan Burns is a management professional with over 23 years of solid experience who has garnered a reputation as a visionary with entrepreneurial drive in new and expanding fields. He is currently Manager, Curriculum and Academic Planning, Faculty of the Environment, Simon Fraser University, as well as being an Associate of One Earth and Ambassador at David Suzuki Foundation. He holds extensive experience in building and engaging diverse work teams including developing strong partnerships and professional relationships both internally and externally. Dan has a strong proven track record in capturing revenues and support ($3.5+ million) for organizations within a broad range of fields including science, education, and human services.
Joyce Shen, Rethinking the Good Life
Joyce Shen is an Associate with One Earth as well as the Education and Training Coordinator for Cascadia Green Building Council (since July 2010). She received a Master of Science in Forestry from UBC and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from HEU. During school she held various research and advocacy positions, including researching best practices from government and business sectors to help design an institutional adaptation plan for the UBC Integrated Climate Action Framework. She also assisted in sustainability performance tracking and campus GHG reporting. Most recently, she worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the AMS Student Society and co-chaired the NOW! UBC Conference. When not at work, Joyce can be found collecting recipes, traveling and exploring beautiful British Columbia by foot, bike or skis.
Alexis Morgan, Rethinking the Good Life
Alexis Morgan is an Associate with One Earth and also runs his own consulting enterprise focusing on conservation strategy, performance evaluation and ecological economics. He has been engaged in the field of conservation biology for over a decade having worked in from local to global. Beginning with work in urban watersheds in Toronto with Citizen’s Environment Watch, Alexis went on to over eight years working for WWF, during which time he helped to develop their global project management approach, the Living Planet Report, and work on projects that improved the sustainability of business practices. More recently, Alexis has created his own social enterprise and has worked with organizations such as the World Bank, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing Network, and the Pembina Institute. He is also assisting with a global effort to develop a water stewardship standard with the Alliance for Water Stewardship. His interdisciplinary expertise straddles conservation science, ecological indicators, systems theory, sustainability strategy and operations, and ecological economics. He is also a lecturer at Simon Fraser University’s City Program in green economics. Alexis graduated with the gold medal from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, and followed this with an MSc focusing on urban watersheds and climate change at the University of Toronto. Alexis also holds a sustainability-focused MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, rated as the top sustainability business school in the world by the Aspen Institute. Alexis sits on the board of the White Ribbon Campaign, an international movement founded in Canada working to end men’s violence against women. While originally from Ontario, Alexis now resides in Vancouver enjoying the mountains, the oceans, and the very big trees. He is fluent in English, French and still trying to get there in Spanish.
Georgia Campbell, Strategic Initiatives
Georgia is a local Vancouverite passionate about the environment and social justice. She has a BA in Geography from UBC, where she focused her studies on the social and environmental impacts of modern agriculture. Georgia’s passion for food security has taken her worldwide in pursuit of sustainable agriculture knowledge and skills. She is a permaculturist, seed-saving educator, and outdoor enthusiast. Along with being an Associate with One Earth Initiative, Georgia was also the Champion Coordinator for We Canada, and a local Kayak Instructor and Guide. She has also worked and volunteered with numerous environmental and social organizations including the Environmental Youth Alliance and Greenpeace. When not working, volunteering, or sharing her passion for local food, she is often traveling, kayaking the gulf islands, or cycling around Vancouver.
Helen Beynon, Strategic Initiatives
Helen Beynon is an Associate at One Earth and works with Evergreen. She has a BSc in Communications from Simon Fraser University and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Born and raised in Vancouver, Helen developed a deep appreciation for our natural environment, and is dedicated to working for environmental and social sustainability both in Canada and internationally. She has worked in conservation and environmental education for the World Wide Fund for Nature in Paraguay, and coordinated a Youth Conservation program in Micronesia through the Canadian International Development Agency IYIP. When not working to create positive change, Helen can be found painting, rock climbing and playing in the West Coast mountains. She is fluent in French and Spanish, and is currently contemplating Portuguese .
Jorge Amigo, Communications
Jorge is an energetic communicator who is passionate about people and stories. A native of Mexico City, Jorge moved to Vancouver in 2007 to complete a BA in International Relations at the University of British Columbia. He became an Associate with One Earth in 2009, where he developed a tremendous interest for sustainability and systemic change. Wishing to gain a deeper understanding of environmental policy, Jorge then studied an MA in Political Science at UBC, focusing on climate change negotiations and renewable energy policies. He is currently employed as the Distribution Coordinator for Good Company Communications (Hello Cool World), and he also works for the Projecting Change film festival. He speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian, and is a constant participant in Vancouver’s arts and culture scene.
Marie-Pierre Daigle, Strategic Initiatives / We Canada
Marie-Pierre Daigle is the National Co-Director of We Canada, an initiative that aims to bring awareness to and engage the public on policies related to sustainable development for the Earth Summit 2012 and to bring these policies to the attention of the Canadian government. Marie-Pierre also worked for the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) and the Sierra Youth Coalition’s Sustainable High Schools Project, where she had the opportunity to see youth leaders steer their school’s on the path of sustainability. She seeks to create opportunities for youth to share their opinions at the sustainability realm for them to directly influence policies that will change their future. Marie-Pierre also advocates for Francophones’ rights as well as bilingualism, a reflection of her province of origin, New Brunswick. One of her passions being languages, she also speaks Spanish fluently and can usually share a few Russian words. She holds an Honours Degree in International Studies and Modern Languages with a Minor in Russian from the University of Ottawa.
Current volunteers: Betsy Agar, Lisa Hemingway, Winnie Yip, Chris Karu, Nichole Borgal, Yaheli Klein, Kyle Rosetta, Sharlene Shaikh, the We Canada Initiative team.
Past volunteers and associates: Chanel Ly, Michael Cody, Sara Elder, Jesse Grubb, Vanessa Brown, Siavash Khasha, Heather Keate, Noel Allison, Carlo Valle, Doris Tang, Rebeka Ryvola, Susan Dean, Karly Pinch, Sheila Smith, Laura Slater, Alex Paterson, Meghan Woods, Danette Moulé, Carolyn Webb, Henny Coates, Ruth Legg, Kim Slater.