Directors of Green Action Centre are elected by members at an Annual General Meeting held in June. Directors serve 2-year terms on the board. Meetings are held monthly. The responsibilities of board members are set out in Green Action Centre’s bylaws. Participation on the board of a non-profit organization can be a rewarding volunteer experience. If you are a member of Green Action Centre and are interested in learning more, please contact us.
(Appointed 2012) William Dowie has been an environmental management consultant since 1993. He is an apolitical appointment as a citizen member of the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee and is Past Chair for the City of Winnipeg Museums Board. He is a board member with the Friends of Gardens Manitoba. As a self-employed entrepreneur, William is a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. Working with homeowners, industry and government, William concentrates on helping people become environmentally responsible using pollution prevention tools. This helps save both money and resources, and moves people towards sustainability at work, rest, and play. He completed his BA in Applied Economics at the U of M and continues to pursue graduate level work within the Faculties of Engineering, Architecture, and Environment. He holds a business certificate in Non-profit Management, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management, and is a LEED Accredited Professional specializing in Operations and Maintenance. He is a Master Gardener and holds a Certificate in Permaculture, where he practices ecological design principles at work and home. A self-declared naturalist, his family property has five certifications in naturalization and biodiversity, and has been featured on local garden tours and CBC radio.
(Appointed 2011) Denis joined Green Action Centre’s board because its mission and programs aligned with his interests in sustainability, reducing car usage and combatting affluenza. A non-driver all of his life, Denis is now rewired and an avid volunteer, having coached soccer and basketball, has advocated for French Immersion schools, participated in church and school advisory councils, facilitated planning and organizational workshops for numerous NGOs and also serves on the Board of Directors of Save Our Seine and Trees Winnipeg. For many years, Denis taught a course in natural resource and environmental economics and sustainability at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba. He has spent much of his career working for InterGroup Consultants, assessing and finding ways to mitigate or enhance the socio-economic effects of infrastructure and resource development projects. His favourite activity is biking through the parks and trails of South St. Vital including the magical Bois-des-Esprit, the largest natural area area along the Seine River in Winnipeg.
(Appointed 2013) Sarah joined Green Action Centre’s board due to an interest in environmental sustainability and the individual efforts and impact that one can make on the environment. She also has a love for the outdoors and enjoys camping, golfing and travelling. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.) degree in 2011 from the Asper School of Business and was chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Committees for the Winnipeg PricewaterhouseCoopers office for 2 years. She is an advocate of alternate transportation, healthy living, and composting. Sarah is in the process of obtaining her Chartered Accountant designation and hopes to contribute her financial knowledge and experience to further the amazing efforts being made by Green Action Centre to promote sustainability and environmental awareness
(Appointed 2016) Whitney Crooks brings much experience raising environmental awareness and promoting environmental action in communities to Green Action Centre’s Board. After serving as Outreach Coordinator with the University of Manitoba’s Office of Sustainability, Whitney took up her current position as Sustainability Coordinator for Red River College. She spent eight years volunteering and working in Toronto’s environmental community supporting community-based action as Chair of the Toronto Green Community and Community Animator with the innovative Live Green Toronto Community Animation Program. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she moved to Toronto in 2006 to earn her Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. Now back in her hometown, she is enjoying re-acquainting herself with the active environmental community here. In her spare time, she likes to explore the outdoors with her nearly 3-year-old daughter, gardening and knitting. Whitney is thrilled to be able to apply the skills and experience she has gained though her education and involvement with the environmental community to serving Green Action Centre.
(Appointed 2015) After thirty years of post-secondary teaching, Peter Denton brings a breadth of academic and practical experience to his role as Director. He has published five books, including Technology and Sustainability (2014) and Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World (2012). Founder and principal consultant (at greenethics.ca, inc.), he blogs at http://peterdenton.ca and can be followed on Twitter @green_ethics.
He was elected one of two Regional Representatives for Major Groups and Stakeholders in North America to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in December 2013. He is a Regional Lead Author in UNEP’s next planetary survey (GEO 6) and a member of the North American Working Group on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC). He is also involved in UNEP’s Ten Year Framework of Programs for Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).
Peter is Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada and is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. He has been a Research Associate at the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies (both at the University of Manitoba) since 2007. He holds five degrees, including a Ph.D. in Religion and the Social Sciences (McMaster).
(Appointed 2013) James Magnus-Johnston is the Director of the Centre for Ecological and Economic Resilience (CEER) at Canadian Mennonite University, where he also teaches ecological economics and social entrepreneurship. He is a co-owner of Fools & Horses and serves on the boards of Assiniboine Credit Union and Transition Winnipeg. James has worked in the financial industry, in policy positions with Canadian lawmakers, and in the communications industry as an editor. He is interested in advancing the transition to a non-growing “steady state” economy through low-impact living, debt and carbon reduction strategies, and social entrepreneurship. He has an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
(Appointed 2014) Glen Manning is a principal and certified Green Roof Professional with HTFC Planning & Design (formerly Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram). His landscape architectural career has spanned nearly 25 years and has included a number of projects which align with Green Action Centre’s sustainable living focus, including naturalization, accessibility, rainwater harvesting, urban arboriculture, winter cities, green roofs, and active transportation planning. He is a cycle commuter and trail enthusiast, advocating for improved AT facilities in the Capital Region as a professional and volunteer. Glen was one of the founders of the grassroots Floodway Recreational Trails Coalition, and has served on the Manitoba Recreational Trails Association as a board member then interpretive committee member since April 2005. He is also a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).
(Appointed 2016) Lynne Skromeda believes in spending time in nature and being good to our planet. She believes strongly in active transportation and can be found walking, running, biking, cross-country skiing or kayaking across Winnipeg and in her travels. In her professional life, she is the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival where she oversees both the 4-day summer festival and its year-round initiatives. A graduate of the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, with specialization in Marketing and Small Business Management, Lynne also spent 13 years in senior business roles in the film and television industry. A passionate supporter of her community, she is a volunteer board member of Manitobans for the Arts and Festivals and Major Events (FAME) Canada and sits on the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Creative Leadership Council. She has previously served on the boards of the West End Cultural Centre, On Screen Manitoba, the Plug In ICA, and TEDxWinnipeg as well as the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council.
(Appointed 2014) Peter is a lawyer in the tax group at Taylor McCaffrey LLP where a significant portion of his practice is helping non-profit organizations and registered charities with their tax and compliance issues. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he lives here with his wife and two children. Volunteering is important to his family – he has been co-chair of the Parent Advisory Council at his children’s school for the past few years. He is committed to active transportation – his family all commute to work and school by transit, by foot and by bicycle. He is pleased to see the progress that Winnipeg has made in this area over the past few years and looks forward to supporting the continuing work.
(Appointed 2016) Rick Wishart brings an exceptional amount of relevant experience to our Board, from his 32 years of service for a large, highly successful conservation NGO – Ducks Unlimited (DU), much of it in an executive capacity – and from his involvement with many local and national sustainability organizations. Rick is an expert in environmental education having served as the director of DU’s environmental education programs, including the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. With several advanced degrees in environmental studies, he has taught students at all levels, worked with both formal and informal educators and is familiar with the school curriculum requirements in Manitoba. He’s been an active member of many NGO working groups, steering committees and Boards, including serving as Chair of the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group. He has experience in the following areas that align with the goals and needs of Green Action Centre: environmental education program development, goal setting and evaluation; promoting sustainability policies; membership development and customer service; fundraising at the individual and corporate sponsor level; public presentations; budget development and review; staff goal setting and performance appraisal.