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.

Lynne Skromeda

President

(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.

Rick Wishart

Vice President

(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.

Sarah NeufeldSarah Neufeld

Treasurer

(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

Whitney Crooks

Secretary

(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.

 

Lawrence Bird

Director

(Appointed 2018) Lawrence Bird has served for a number of years in various capacities at Sustainable Building Manitoba (formerly the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council) and has been a LEED®Green Associate since 2012. He is a current member of SBM’s Board of Directors, and serves of the City of Winnipeg’s Urban Design Advisory Committee. He is especially interested in green urbanism, and brings a planner’s as well as an architect’s perspective to his work (he is licensed in both professions). As an urban designer he has contributed to two of Winnipeg’s first Transit Oriented Developments, both of which integrate community development, bus rapid transit, active transportation and geothermal district heating. He works at pico ARCHITECTURE (formerly Ager Little Architects). Lawrence writes frequently for Canadian Architect, has taught at McGill University, the University of Manitoba, Kanazawa International Design Institute (Japan), and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also has a visual arts practice; it frequently focuses on satellite imagery of landscape and urban space, projected in public places.

 

Morrissa Boerchers

Director

(Appointed 2017) Morrissa grew up on a farm 270 km northwest of Winnipeg and has always been passionate about environmental sustainability and deliberative democracy. After graduating in 2016 with a Masters of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba, Morrissa has been employed as a researcher at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. Additionally, she has worked as an independent contractor reviewing Environmental Assessments (EA) and writing reports for environmental and not-for-profit groups in the city. Morrissa’s research background is on next generation EA, public participation, Indigenous capacity for resource management, and adult learning. She has co-authored six peer-reviewed journal articles on these and related themes. She is an avid knitter and crafter and has recently taken up weaving. Morrissa is excited work with Green Action Centre to promote sustainability and environmentalism in Winnipeg.

 

Denton picPeter Denton

Director

(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).

Cindy Labaty

Director

Cindy has been employed in various human resource positions for over twenty years. After graduating with a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba, Cindy spent 7 years working and living in the Northwest Territories.  She enjoyed many canoeing, camping and hiking adventures in Canada’s beautiful north, most notably paddling the Nahanni River.  Since her return to Winnipeg, she has worked as the Manager of Human Resources for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division for the past 16 years. During her time at the School Division she also held the position of Community Led Emissions Reduction Coordinator. A provincial pilot project whose mission was to empower and enable community members to make small sustainable behavioral changes to reduce GHG’s on a permanent basis. Cindy is an avid cyclist and is thrilled to contribute her experience and knowledge of human resources to the Green Action Centre.

Glen-Manning-95x95Glen Manning

Director

(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).

Pepper Pritty

Director

(Appointed 2017) (Niskiskwew Askaw KaneKanet—Goose Woman Who Sometimes Leads) Pepper Pritty is a Master’s prepared, Registered Nurse, Traditional Knowledge Keeper and Scientist with expertise in environmental health and Indigenous Community Health. She is a Provincial Public Health Practice Consultant for the Manitoba government and the National Director of Education for the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (2016-18). Her clinical experience includes a broad portfolio in primary care, emergency and mental health with the last several years of her career dedicated to Public Health and advancing public policy.

Before deciding to complete a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Pepper spent three years as an undergrad intern and two years at a master’s level in the Faculty of Agriculture in the department of Soil Science. This experience solidified her belief that environmental protection must be directed at mitigation efforts and strategic prevention of ecological harms in addition to environmental recovery. It also inspired her to advocate that this work be shared by the health sector to prevent the negative health outcomes associated with environmental degradation.

Over the past eight years, she has been doing environmental land investigations and her interdisciplinary, graduate studies research has focused on First Nation water, housing, food security and food sovereignty disparities. Recently she began to incorporate videography and photo voice methodology into her projects that allow for greater reach of environmental awareness to the public. She is working towards a PhD in Indigenous Health and is committed to promoting reconciliation through reclaiming Indigenous culture, which includes environmental advocacy, and land-based traditional knowledge. She is excited to join the Green Action Centre team to have and be a source of support to a larger collective that share her values and goals for an ecologically sustainable society.

Peter WardPeter Ward

Director

(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.

Nora Wood

Director

Nora currently works for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg and has recently created and chaired the divisional Sustainable Development Committee there. This committee works to promote sustainable development from an integrative or “whole school” approach, and a significant opportunity to create lasting change. She’ll soon be moving to a new role at the Seven Oaks School Division. She also serves a broader role as Chair of the Manitoba Association of School Business Officials Sustainable Development Committee, which brings together School Divisions throughout Manitoba to collaborate and share information and ideas about how to engage and encourage sustainable development within the communities that they serve. She has also co-authored the position paper Cost Benefit Analysis of Externality Factors for Battery-Electric Transit Buses with Dr. Robert Parsons as part of Sustainability Economics course project (published Nov 2017). She is a CPA, CGA with a background in cost benefit analysis and is also currently enrolled as a student in the Masters of Business and Administration Program at the Asper School of Business with a study concentration in Sustainability.