Judges

 

LAUREN CRICKMORE

Former Education Programs Coordinator, Earth Day Canada

Lauren Crickmore is the former Education Programs Coordinator at Earth Day Canada. In her work with the EcoKids and EcoMentors programs, she has developed educational materials, planned educational conferences, and trained hundreds of youth to be environmental leaders and peer facilitators. After completing her Honours BA in Environmental Policy at the University of Toronto, working at Earth Day Canada was the perfect way to put her lifelong passion for the environment into practice. 


KIERAN DOWLING

Team Lead, William Watson Lodge and Inclusion Accessibility, Alberta Environment and Parks, Kananaskis Region. 

Kieran Dowling is currently working with Alberta Parks as the team lead for William Watson Lodge and Inclusion Accessibility based in Kananaskis Region. He lives in Canmore, AB, where he enjoys the mountain culture and lifestyle. In his role, he supports Albertans of all abilities, cultures and ages to access and enjoy the outdoors. He oversees operations for a wilderness lodge, cabins, campground= and surrounding trails for disabled persons and seniors within Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.


SHAILYN DRUKIS

Co-founder, Global Youth Biodiversity Network

Shailyn Drukis is a Steering Committee member of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, a network that she helped to establish through the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity negotiations. Shailyn also has leadership roles within a variety of other organizations, including as a youth member of the Canadian Committee for IUCN Board of Directors.  Shailyn’s research interests focus in the Kluane region of the Southwest Yukon, looking at obstacles to better addressing cumulative effects assessment on wildlife, and exploring the possibilities of capturing baseline wildlife data from park visitors and local citizens.


AMY FARAHBAKHSH

Program Manager, Embark

As the Program Manager at Embark, Amy works with student leaders, providing development opportunities as they tackle hands-on sustainability projects at Simon Fraser University. Amy pursues food security-related initiatives in both work and volunteering, and values community and relationship building. Amy keeps a balanced life by making music, dancing, and cycling.


WINNIE HWO

Public Engagement Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation

Winnie Hwo joined David Suzuki Foundation’s Climate Change Team in 2010 after a long and stellar career in Journalism. She was the news and current affairs director for Fairchild Television and the recipient of the first Chinese language Jack Webster Award. Winnie is passionate about Canada’s multicultural policy and healthy environment. Her views on engaging new Canadians in Canada’s green movement can be found in the Philanthropist, an Ottawa-based immigration magazine - Public Engagement with Ethnic Canadians; the Corporate Knight Magazine, CBC Radio’s Stephen Quinn’s Show on Ethnic Enclave and the David Suzuki Foundation website. She is currently leading the Sustainable Diversity Network after the Report Launch on November 10, 2015 -- a culmination of five years of multicultural public engagement work at the David Suzuki Foundation. Winnie graduated from the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto, Ontario and has a BA degree in History from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Connect with her on LinkedIn.  


MEAGAN LUM

Account Manager, Fairware

Meagan is an Account Manager at Fairware Promotional Products, specializing in ethical and sustainable branded merchandise for brands that care. She is a passionate person who is constantly exploring and learning. Key areas of interest include sustainable development, global supply chains, photography for good, collaboration, and making a positive impact through personal and professional channels.


EMILIE NOVACZEK

Outreach & Communications, Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership

Emilie is a marine biogeographer, climate activist and PhD Candidate with the Marine Geomatics Research Lab of Memorial University. Her research aims to support conservation planning by exploring, explaining and mapping climate-driven changes in marine habitats. During her time with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC), Emilie developed and delivered climate justice programming to thousands of Canadian students through the Wings of Change climate education program. She also participated in UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP16, COP17) as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation.


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PETER ORMOND

Roving Energy Manager, Horizon Utilies & former Green Party Candidate

Green Party member Peter Ormond created the Green Being character, and loves working on sustainable community projects - regardless of the simplicity or complexity. He'll do whatever it takes. As an engineer and educator, he is an instructor at various colleges and is active as a guest speaker. He has also hosted web-based Green TV and the radio show "Green Sense" for several years. Each summer, Peter sharpens his pencil to create a play for Hamilton's Fringe Festival and reminds all who cross his path that "a vote is cast with every choice made."


JACKIE PEAT

Former Development and Communications Coordinator, CPAWS-BC

Lover of trees, advocate for equality, and believer in community—that is Jackie in a nutshell. Every aspect of her life is guided by a passion for environmental justice and a belief that a group of engaged citizens can have a profound impact on the world. She worked as the Development and Communications Coordinator for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, an environmental organization dedicated to ocean and wilderness conservation. Jackie completed her BA in Geography with a focus on environment and sustainability.  When she's not fighting for environmental justice, you can find her scaling mountains or riding waves. 


CHRIS REID

Executive Director, Shifting Growth

Chris is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Shifting Growth, a Vancouver-based registered Charity with a mission to transform vacant lots into temporary community gardens. Chris brings his decade of experience in the ecosystem restoration industry to focus on the logistics, stakeholder management, and project management at Shifting Growth. Attaining an Environmental Studies Degree & Diploma in Environmental Assessment from the University of Waterloo with a Certificate in Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto, Chris combines his education with years of field management experience to collect a holistic understanding of environmental issues and opportunities.


JOSH SILBERG

Science Communications Coordinator, Hakai Institute

Josh Silberg is the Science Communications Coordinator for the B.C.-based Hakai Institute. He has researched everything from humpback whales to whale sharks to rockfish. Now, he shares science stories through blogs, videos, and the occasional poem. 


ERICA STAHL

Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Erica is an environmental lawyer on contract with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). Erica holds a joint Juris Doctor/Masters of Environmental Studies from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental studies at York University. Erica has experience before the Ontario Municipal Board and the Environmental Review Tribunal, and has worked on files pertaining to nuclear power, water contamination, land use planning, and many more. While at Osgoode, Erica focused on Canadian environmental law and Aboriginal law, as well as the legal traditions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Erica has traveled to El Salvador to work for a civil liberties association and to northwestern British Columbia to develop legislation for the Nisga'a First Nation, the first modern treaty Nation in Canada.


TESICCA TRUONG

Co-founder, Vancouver Youth4Tap and Co-founder, Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference

Tesicca is a sustainability advocate and a community builder. She kick-started Vancouver Youth4Tap, a movement to promote tap over bottled water and co-founded the VSB Sustainability Conference. She has worked on the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, chaired Sustainable SFU’s Board and was named twice on the The Starfish Canada’s Top 25.


CRISTA VALENTINO

Chief Coalition Builder, CoalitionWILD; Co-Founder and CEO, Current, LLC

Crista has led the CoalitionWILD movement (www.coalitionwild.org) since 2012, engaging with the next generation of conservation leaders and using the platform as an inspirational hub and catalyst for further action. Through CoalitionWILD, Crista works with emerging change-makers across sectors to highlight and support grassroots actions to create a better future for our planet. Crista also owns a business, Current, LLC, that works as an idea accelerator to bring big visions to life. 


KATE WHALEN

Senior Manager, University Sustainability and Director, Sustainable Future Program

In her role as Senior Manager, University Sustainability, Kate collaborates and facilitates the strategic direction, communication, implementation, and management of various aspects of University sustainability, including providing the overall direction for the Sustainability Internship Program. Kate is also the Director of the Sustainable Future Program, where she directs the development and operation of the Program through building and fostering relationships and forming collaborations with staff, students, faculty and members of the broader Hamilton community. In her role, Kate encourages staff, faculty and students and community members to join in to help create a sustainable culture at McMaster and within the broader community. Kate has an Honors B.A. and M.A. from McMaster University and is currently a PhD candidate in McMaster’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences.