Staff

Dr. Peter Robinson — (604) 732-4228 ×1284
Chief Executive Officer

Peter RobinsonPeter believes that organizations with a social mission play a vital role in Canadian society, and over his career has sought to work in fields that consistently contribute back to their communities.

He began his career working as a park ranger in wilderness areas throughout British Columbia, where he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada. After his park career, he worked at BC Housing, a provincial crown corporation, eventually becoming its CEO. Prior to his appointment as CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, he was the CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Peter has a long history of humanitarian work, including monitoring prison conditions with the International Red Cross in Rwanda in 1998, and leading a team for seven years that monitored detained asylum seekers in British Columbia. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor of Royal Roads University in Victoria, and with the Board of Governors of the Canadian Red Cross Society. More recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Imagine Canada, an organization that supports charities across the country.

Peter holds a Doctor of Social Sciences, a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, as well as diplomas in Community Economic Development and Fish & Wildlife Management.

An outdoors enthusiast, he spends as much time as he can in the Coast Mountains, or kayaking among the Gulf Islands.

Cecilia Reyes — (604) 732-4228 ×1218
Planning & Operations Manager

Brenda Tombs — (604) 732-4228 ×1277
Executive Coordinator

Andrea Seale — (604) 732-4228 ×1276
Deputy CEO

AndreaSeale2010.JPGAndrea is dedicated to engaging Canadians in a deeper understanding of environmental issues and inspiring them to create a sustainable future. Andrea joined the Foundation in 2010, following of decade of consulting with Blueprint Fundraising and Communications where she worked with leading nonprofit organizations to build loyal communities of supporters and communicate campaigns with flair. Andrea has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications from McGill University and a Diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University. She has taught nonprofit management, communications and donor development to hundreds of organizations.As a volunteer, she has served on the board of Vancity Community Foundation, Modo (a pioneering car sharing co-operative) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Development & Strategic Partnerships

Jeremy Douglas — (604) 732-4228 ×1232
Associate Director, Leadership Giving

Laura Milne — (604) 732-4228
Development Officer, Foundations

Laurel Giguere — (604) 732-4228 ×1229
Tour Fundraising Specialist

Lorena Harrison — (604) 732-4228 ×1272
Development Coordinator

Todd Beernink — (604) 732-4228 ×1289
Community Giving

Sarah Blay — (604) 732-4228 ×1221
Community Giving

Nina Legac — (604) 732-4228 ×1256
Development Manager, Community Giving

Kathrin Majic — (416) 348-9885 ×1583
Manager, Leadership Giving, Ontario Region

Akua Schatz 604-732-4228 ×1270
Associate Director, Community Giving

Derek Schlereth — (604) 732-4228 ×1216
Senior Development Coordinator

Chris Yakimov — (604) 732-4228 ×1214
Online Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator

Lori Johnston — (416) 348-9885 ×1584
Development Officer, Foundations, Ontario Region

Humeyra Karsli — (519) 871-4932 ×1459
Development Officer, Leadership Giving, Quebec Region

Anniclaude Weiss — (519) 871-4932 ×1452
Development Coordinator, Quebec Region

Lyse George — (519) 871-4932 ×1459
Major Gifts Consultant, Quebec Region


Michiah Prull — (604) 732-4228
Director, Communications and Public Engagement

michiah2.jpgMichiah is deeply committed to authentic engagement with Canadians from all walks of life to inspire understanding, commitment and action on the most pressing environmental and social issues we face. A community organizer at heart, Michiah believes in the power of working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to create lasting solutions that empower ordinary Canadians to create a more sustainable future. Previously, Michiah worked as a Regional Field Director for the Obama 2012 campaign in Florida and oversaw voter engagement in one of the most contested areas of the country. Before joining the campaign, he worked as a member of the Public Engagement team at the David Suzuki Foundation and volunteered for several Vancouver nonprofits, including as the President of the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation. Michiah also served on the 2008 Obama campaign following several years of leading international development projects on four continents.

Communications and Public Engagement

Tovah Paglaro — (604) 732-4228 ×1264
Project Lead, 2014 National Tour

Sophika Kostyniuk — (604) 732-4228 ×1286
National Organizing Manager

Alaya Boisvert — (604) 732-4228 ×1263
Project Lead, Right to a Healthy Environment

Alvin Singh — (604) 732-4228 ×1223
Manager, Communications

Ian Hanington — (604) 732-4228 ×1238
Senior Editor

Gail Mainster — (604) 732-4228 ×1240
Communications Specialist

Panos Grames — (604) 732-4228 ×1244
Communications Specialist

Jodi Stark — (604) 732-4228 ×1230
Communications Specialist, Healthy Oceans

Nina Winham — (604) 732-4228 ×1226
Manager, Public Engagement

Rachelle Delaney — (604) 732-4228 ×1231
Project Lead: Connecting Youth with Nature

Lindsay Coulter — (604) 732-4228 ×1220
Public Engagement Specialist

Winnie Hwo — (604) 732-4228 ×1255
Public Engagement Specialist

Harpreet Johal — (604) 732-4228 ×1283
Public Engagement Specialist

Jennifer Rodriguez — (604) 732-4228 ×1274
Public Information and Volunteer Coordinator

Kim Vickers — (604) 732-4228 ×1243
Public Information and Volunteer Coordinator

Janice Williams — (604) 732-4228 ×1237
Archives Coordinator

Sarah Hall — (604) 732-4228 ×1212
Manager, Digital Strategy

Beth Breisnes — (604) 732-4228 ×1261
Salesforce Administrator

Ian Knauer — (604) 732-4228 ×1278
Web Strategy Coordinator

Nadege Vince — (604) 732-4228 ×1279
Digital Strategy Coordinator

Jill Morton — (604) 732-4228 ×1227
Coordinator


Quebec and Atlantic Canada

Karel Mayrand — (514) 871-4932 ×1451
Directeur Général pour le Québec

Karel MayrandKarel Mayrand is Director General for Quebec and Atlantic Canada with the David Suzuki Foundation, and chair of Al Gore's Climate Reality Project in Canada. He is the author of Une Voix pour la Terre (Boréal, 2012). Before joining the Foundation, Karel advised several UN agencies, as well as Quebec's former Premier, Pierre Marc Johnson, on globalization and sustainability issues, for over a decade. In 2002, he co-founded Unisféra International Centre, a sustainability think-tank where he created Planetair, a leading Canadian provider of carbon offsets and climate solutions. Karel is author of the Manifesto for a sustainable Quebec (2007) and co-author of Governing Global Desertification, published in 2006 by Ashgate Aldershot (London). He is an Action Canada Fellow (2005) and was a finalist in 2008 for the Arista Prize as Social Entrepreneur of the Year in Quebec. He is a board member of the Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal, of Quebec's Environmental Law Centre and of the Fondation Cowboys Fringants.

Manon Dubois Crôteau — (514) 871-4932 poste: 1453 — Cell: (514) 679-0821
Directrice des communications — 
Québec

Nadine Légaré — (514) 871-4932 poste: 1455
Spécialiste des communications — Québec

Andree-Lise Therrien (514) 871-4932 post: 1458
Spécialiste des communications — Québec

Raïssa Épale — (514) 871-4932 poste: 1464
Spécialiste de l'engagement du public — Québec

Jean-Patrick Toussaint — (514) 871-4932 poste: 1454
Chef projets scientifiques — Québec

Yves Mehe — (514) 871-4932 poste: 1457
Coordonnateur aux opérations — Québec

Daphne Ferguson — (514) 871-4932 poste: 1465
Project Manager, Days of Nature

Anna Binta Diallo — (514) 871-4932 poste: 1462
Digital Strategy and Web Coordinator


Science and Policy

Mara Kerry — (604) 732-4228 ×1236
Director, Science and Policy

Mara KerryMara leads the national science and policy team, which guides national conservation and sustainable development initiatives while advising and supporting the regional teams. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mara was the Director of Conservation at Nature Canada, where she established an international program to advance conservation of migratory birds in the Americas. She also worked with Environment Canada's Environmental Adaptation Research Group on climate change and extreme weather events and with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation on the development of protocols to eliminate or reduce the use of persistent organic pollutants. Mara obtained a B.Sc. in International Development Studies and a graduate degree in Forest Ecology from the University of Toronto. She is passionate about the interface between conservation and development.

Ian Bruce — (604) 732-4228 ×1275
Manager, Science and Policy

Niki West — (604) 732-4228 ×1292
Energy Policy Analyst

Ryan Kadowaki — (604) 732-4228 ×1257
Senior Program Coordinator

Michelle Molnar — (604) 732-4228 ×1259
Environmental Economist

Scott Wallace — (604) 732-4228 ×1242
Senior Research Scientist

John Werring — (604) 732-4228 ×1245
Senior Science and Policy Advisor

Jeffery Young — (604) 732-4228 ×1225
Senior Science and Policy Advisor

Lisa Gue — (613) 914-0747
Researcher and Analyst

Finance and Technology

Vic Johnston — (604) 732-4228 ×1262
Director, Finance & Technology

(5) Vic JohnstonVic brings the senior level of experience in finance, technology and partnership management that we envisioned when we first defined this new role. Most recently he was the VP, Business Administration with the Vancouver Convention Centre. Prior to that, he was Director, Operations and Finance, with Information Technology Services at UBC. Vic's strategic technology leadership in this role supported UBC through numerous operations and technology renewal programs. Vic also spent seven years with BC Gas as the Manager, Financial Performance Accounting, in the 1990s, so he knows what it means to roll up his sleeves to do the accounting and financial reporting that supports effective organizational decisions.

Calvin Jang — (604) 732-4228 ×1253
Project Manager, Strategic IT

Barry Brady — (604) 732-4228 ×1266
Administration Coordinator

Kim Lai — (604) 732-4228 ×1258
Accounting Coordinator, Payroll/Benefits

Cecilia Wong — (604) 732-4228 ×1249
Accounting Coordinator, Accounts

Ian Arbuckle — (604) 732-4228 ×1273
Financial Analyst, Reporting/Budgeting

Janice Allardyce — (604) 732-4228 ×1280
Controller


Western Canada

Jay Ritchlin — (604) 732-4228 ×1234
Director General, Western Canada

Jay RitchlinJay leads the Western Canada team in its efforts to achieve sustainable practices in the western provinces. He has a biology degree from Kenyon College in the U.S. and over 15 years' experience working on solutions to environmental challenges. Before becoming Director, Jay led the Foundation's aquaculture and offshore oil and gas campaigns and shared responsibilities on marine fisheries and sustainable seafood campaigns. Prior to that, Jay worked on pulp, paper and toxics issues in Canada and the U.S. and spent four years working in commercial fisheries. He has also worked in the U.S.Congress on foreign policy and military issues and spent several years working with Greenpeace in the U.S. and Canada.

Bill Wareham — (on leave)
Science Manager

Francis Brady — (604) 732-4228 ×1241
Program Coordinator

Theresa Beer — (604) 732-4228 ×1239
Communications Specialist

Karianne Blank — (604) 732-4228 ×1247
Online Communications Specialist

Kyle Empringham — (604) 732-4228 ×1233
Public Engagement Specialist

Ontario and Northern Canada

Dr. Faisal Moola. PhD — (416) 348-9885 ×1571
Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada

Faisal MoolaFaisal is an adjunct professor in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry, and regularly has his work published in books and journals on ecology, conservation biology and environmental policy. For the past decade he has led a team of Foundation scientists, analysts and campaigners focused on the protection of Canada's wild spaces and wildlife such as grizzly bears and caribou. Faisal has been at the forefront of some of Canada's most iconic environmental battles, including successful efforts to permanently protect B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest, the protection of endangered wildlife under law, and the establishment of Canada's first urban National Park, on the edge of Toronto. After several years on the West Coast, Faisal has returned to the Greater Toronto Area, where he spends as much time as possible rambling across the remaining fields, farms and forests with his children.

Jode Roberts — (416) 348-9885 ×1573
Communications Specialist

Aryne Sheppard — (416) 348-9885 ×1574
Senior Public Engagement Specialist

Amy Hu — (416) 348-9885 ×1572
Operations Manager, Ontario and Northern Canada

Rachel Plotkin — (416) 348-9885 × 1582
Ontario Science Projects Manager

Catherine Owsik — (416) 348-9885 ×1581
Digital Strategy Coordinator


Catherine Gordon — (604) 732-4228
Director, Human Resources

Catherine GordonCatherine leads initiatives to ensure that the David Suzuki Foundation has the people and roles it needs to achieve its goals. Our employees are highly motivated, talented and professional individuals who deserve the organization's support to thrive here. Catherine works to articulate that support through a talent-management strategy that is aligned with our long-term direction. Originally from Northern Ireland, Catherine moved to London, U.K., after graduation and to Vancouver in 2005. Catherine has worked in an HR capacity in numerous sectors and organizations throughout her career, which have included law firms, charity, technology and a regulatory body before joining the David Suzuki Foundation. She continues to pursue further education and currently has the CHRP designation and a Strategic HR Practices certificate from Cornell University.