2019 Mentors

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Arthur Orsini

Arthur Orsini has worked with children, teenagers, communities and workplaces on active transportation projects since 1995. His focus has been to explore creative strategies that engage those already walking, cycling, taking transit or carpooling in support of enticing more of their peers and colleagues to do the same. Arthur has worked across Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the USA. In 2014 he joined Vancouver Coastal Health and is now Healthy Transportation Lead.


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Chris Thoreau

Chris is the Coordinator Bauta Initiative at Farm Folk City Folk. Chris founded the Vancouver Food Pedalers Cooperative, which grows microgreens and wheatgrass and delivers them by bicycle. Chris has been engaged in small-scale and urban food production since 2001 as a farmer, educator, community organizer, and advocate. He operated a certified organic farm for six years and trained with Washington State's Organic Seed Alliance. Chris received his BSc. (Hons) Agrocecology from the University of British Columbia. He also helped found the Vancouver Urban Farming Society while bringing urban farming to the forefront of the City's agenda. When he isn't obsessing over seeds, soil, and harvests, Chris spends time with his son doing everything from soccer to skating, running to wall climbing, and reading to wrestling!


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Elyse CurleY

Elyse is a community engagement professional who has worked for nine years in the conservation, outdoor recreation and the ‘connecting people to nature’ movement. With a background in Environmental Science, she worked at Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter managing youth and terrestrial conservation programs across the province, and most recently worked at Mountain Equipment Co-op on their Community Investment team where she collaborated with partners, helped fund projects, and ran a program all about breaking down barriers to get more young people outside called MEC Outdoor Nation. Now at BC Parks, she is a Community Liaison Officer where she works on community engagement initiatives in the Sea to Sky, Sunshine Coast, and Lower Mainland provincial parks. Her favourite days are outside.


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Emilia Belliveau

Emilia Belliveau has been organizing within the climate justice movement since 2013. She began campaigning for fossil fuel divestment during her undergrad, and has since been involved in regional and national PowerShifts, Indigenous-led grassroots resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline, electoral reform campaigning, and was a youth delegate to the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Paris. Emilia is a project specialist at the David Suzuki Foundation, currently working on the federal election, and is organizing with 350Vancouver and Our Time on a Green New Deal for Canada. Emilia has a masters in political ecology from UVic, where her research focused on intersectional climate justice, anti-capitalism and collective action politics in the fossil fuel divestment movement. She also holds a special place in her heart for painting protest art.


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Kshamta Hunter

As a Manager of Sustainability Student Engagement with the UBC Sustainability Initiative, Kshamta Hunter manages several engagement programs and provides advising to support UBC’s sustainability leadership and development goals. After completing a B.Ed. and teaching for a few year, she pursued and finished her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Pedagogy. Her Master’s work focused on investigating students’ perspectives and attitude shift as a result of engaging in a sustainability-oriented course. With over eight years of experience in sustainability leadership and engagement, Kshamta is currently pursuing PhD in education, investigating social innovation for sustainability.


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Lana Gonoratsky

Lana has been involved in the energy industry for over 10 years. She is an experienced project manager and business development professional and has worked on a diverse set of projects, including environmental risk assessments, oil and gas reclamation, residential solar and utilities technology development. Today, she leads the BC Sustainable Energy Association and supports the growth and adaptation of distributed energy resources. Lana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary and an MBA from the University of Victoria, with a specialization in Sustainable Business through Copenhagen Business School. She is passionate about sustainable development, renewable energy and environmental conservation.


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Laure Dupuy

Laure is the founder of Rethink2gether, an environmental and social impact consulting firm based in Vancouver, BC. She works with companies, governments and non-profit organizations to measure, report and improve their environmental performance, from multi-stakeholder consultations to music festivals, public canteens, to urban agriculture projects. Laure is the Team Leader at Be Fresh Local Market by SPUD and former Community Outreach Officer at Zero Waste Canada, coaching and strategizing to improve energy and waste management. With more than five years of experience working for 21 Solutions, a European environmental consulting agency, she helps people to build an equitable, resilient, local, and low-carbon economy. Laure is passionate about innovation, food sustainability and the circular and regenerative economy.


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Maija Gailis

Maija is a Masters student in the Resource and Environmental Management program at Simon Fraser University, in the Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments Lab. She also studied Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph. She will be completing her Master’s studies in August 2019. Maija’s thesis is estimating carbon stocks and accumulation rates in the salt marsh (coined ‘blue carbon’) found at Boundary Bay, Delta, B.C. This research will provide a greater understanding of how these ecosystems contribute to enhanced carbon storage, and help mitigate climate change. This project led to a collaboration with West Coast Environmental Law to better understand the policy dimensions of the application of blue carbon into coastal planning and managing coastal ecosystems for their ecosystem services.  She is now working at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.


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Melanie is the Cool It! Program Manager at the BC Sustainable Energy Association, a registered charity supporting the transition to a low-carbon future in BC and Beyond. Melanie has a Master of International Development and background in non-profits and educational organisations working on social and environmental sustainability projects. Melanie has worked on diverse programs from conservation in Vietnam, corporate social responsibility, to supporting fledgling social enterprises and youth projects across the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Melanie’s strengths lie in community development and sustainability project design and management; practical and innovative education; and building cross-cultural, cross-sector partnerships.


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Peter McCartney

Peter McCartney is the Climate Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee. Peter mobilizes communities against destructive fossil fuel export projects and builds political will for a just transition to a post-carbon economy. Peter's background is in journalism and political science, which helps him as a media spokesperson, policy analyst and content creator. He is currently focused on stopping the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and tanker project, banning fracking in British Columbia and rallying support for a green new deal ahead of the federal election in the fall.