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.

Neil Richard


(Appointed 2020) Neil Richard is a Chartered Professional Accountant, currently working as Manager of Risk & Compliance for Ducks Unlimited Canada, a large conservation-focused not-for-profit organization. He has experience in finance, accounting, and risk management both in the not-for-profit and public sectors, as well as through board involvement with other not-for-profit organizations. He is an avid traveller, having worked abroad for several years of his professional career, and enjoys spending time outdoors through sport, camping, hiking, cycling, and skiing. He is excited to see more and more people in Winnipeg make healthy, eco-friendly, and sustainable changes that benefit themselves, the city, and the environment. .

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.

David Klein


(Appointed 2019) David’s past work experience has had him in various industries including agriculture, manufacturing, conservation, and most recently, the public service sector. This breadth of experiences has allowed him to develop a strong understanding of current sustainable business practices and to help drive businesses towards adopting more ecologically minded business models. David currently works with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and his role has him working closely with various stakeholders to ensure Canada’s aquatic ecosystems remain sustainable for generations to come. David holds a degree of Environmental Science (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and is a Master of Business Administration candidate from the Asper School of Business where his study concentrations are focused on Leadership and Organization as well as Finance. David enjoys spending time outside in his vegetable garden as well as camping, kayaking, canoeing and hiking  throughout Manitoba’s diverse natural landscapes and waterways.

Lawrence Bird


(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). He is a current member 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 Sputnik Architecture. 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.


Nicola Garrett


(Appointed 2020) Nicola is the Marketing Manager for MLT Aikins LLP, a large Western Canadian law firm. She’s experienced in marketing and digital strategy, sponsorship and events. She has worked with multiple industries including legal and finance, agriculture and retail. Nicola grew up on farms in rural Cornwall, England and then Manitoba and now considers herself a proud Winnipegger. She’s volunteered with the Queen Green Coaches program via The David Suzuki Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters Winnipeg. She enjoys urban gardening, exploring trails on foot or by bike and camping in Otentiks.

Jessie Klassen


(Appointed 2021) Jessie worked as a Commuter Options Coordinator with Green Action Centre from 2007 – 2016 and is excited to contribute to an organization she respects and believes in as a member of the Board. Jessie brings community engagement and project management experience working as a Sustainability Engagement and Projects Coordinator in the University of Manitoba’s Office of Sustainability. In her previous role as Advocacy and Community Engagement Coordinator with CNIB Foundation of Manitoba, Jessie worked to build and support a large base of committed volunteers and gained experience with innovative volunteer and donor recognition approaches. Jessie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Queen’s University, a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in leadership and community engagement from Royal Roads University, and a Certificate in Sustainable Building Design and Construction from Fleming College. In her free time, Jessie enjoys camping, hiking, and biking with her family, and reading a good book in the sunshine. 

Cindy Labaty


(Appointed 2018) 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.

Elona McGifford


(Appointed 2020) Elona is a lawyer with Taylor McCaffrey LLP working in both wills and estates law and in corporate and commercial law. She has extensive experience advising charities and not-for-profit organizations on corporate governance matters. Elona’s interest in environmental matters started with childhood canoe trips, hikes and skiing in Manitoba wilderness. Today Elona is a committed supporter of many environmental non-profit organizations in Manitoba with a particular interest in protecting Manitoba’s many ecological treasures.

Lynne Skromeda

Past 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, Lynne also spent 13 years in senior executive roles in the Canadian film and television industry. A passionate supporter of her community, she is also a volunteer board member of Imagine Canada, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Music Canada Live and Manitobans for the Arts as well as a number of advisory committees and councils including the Canadian Arts Summit, the Winnipeg Public Library Advisory Committee (City Centre), the Mayor of Winnipeg’s Advisory Committee on Heritage, Culture and Arts and the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council. She previously served on the boards of the West End Cultural Centre, On Screen Manitoba, the Plug In ICA and TEDxWinnipeg.