Kyle Empringham

Kyle is a civic engagement specialist with a masters degree from Simon Fraser University's School of Resource and Environmental Management. He is a team lead with Thoughtexchange Kyle hopes to bring guidance and mentorship to The Starfish Canada as it grows and develops into a common source for youth engagement for Canadians. The Starfish Canada is a volunteer run organization working together to celebrate and amplify the Canadian youth conservation movement. In his spare time, Kyle likes to swim, run and cycle (although has yet to attempt a triathlon).


Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips brings a diverse know-how from public, private and social sectors; working on projects involving education, the arts, civic engagement, community development, public policy, service design, mixed-methods research, strategic planning & communications. He has tackled issues like health care, housing, sustainability, food systems, transportation, social innovation, deliberative democracy, and more. As a graduate student at UBC, he studies focus on public education about environmental issues — exploring questions and ideas at the intersections of critical pedagogy, the environmental humanities, art, culture and media studies. The purpose of his thesis is to investigate the use of socially engaged art as a method of inquiry and mode of critical public pedagogy about climate change. Andrew enjoys music, art, politics, philosophy, podcasts, cooking, a good read, and all things outdoors.

Oliver Lane

Oliver is the Executive Director at SPEC, the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, an urban sustainability non-profit based in Vancouver. His role includes organizational leadership and management of programming, finances, fund development, outreach and SPEC’s most valued resource, people. Before joining SPEC, he worked for organizations in Argentina and Canada in the areas of environmental education, sustainability planning, capacity building for sustainability, and micro-finance. He earned a master's degree in sustainability planning from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons) in business economics. Oliver enjoys playing music, cycling, running and tennis and is very grateful for the opportunities he and his family have to connect with nature in Vancouver and BC.


Hilary Miller

Hilary is a Client Advisor at Climate Smart, a Vancouver-based social enterprise.  In her role, Hilary trains businesses to manage and reduce their carbon footprints and manages a portfolio of clients ranging from seaports to ice-cream shops. Prior to joining Climate Smart, Hilary was the Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality Manager at Saam Smit Towage. While at SST Canada, Hilary helped the company attain ISO 9001 & 14001 certification, and implemented a comprehensive health, safety, and environmental program. Hilary is also a trained ‘Lean Sensei Greenbelt,’ and is adept at helping businesses reduce waste and create operational efficiency. Hilary has a BA in Political Science from SFU, and a Master’s Degree in Maritime Management from Memorial University.