Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Chair 
Sonia Dong
Henkaa, HR Operations Manager

Sonia has 11 years’ experience in the environmental sector in various leadership roles. Sonia is passionate about building long-term capacity in the environmental sector and is also a co-leader for Young Conservation Professionals, a development program based at the University of Guelph for emerging environmental leaders. She has also worked with Sustainability Network, EcoSpark (formerly Citizens’ Environment Watch) and Environmental Defence, and has been an advisor to the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. In addition to sitting on the board of Greenest City, she is also a director for the North York Seniors Centre.

Vice-Chair Stephanie Nixon PhD.

Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy

Stephanie has lived in Parkdale since 2004 with her partner and (along the way) their two children. Stephanie is a physiotherapist who has been an HIV and global health activist for 20 years. She completed her PhD in public health and ethics in Toronto, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. At the University of Toronto, Stephanie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the Director of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation.

Treasurer Peter Pearce

Senior Consultant, Monitor Deloitte

Passionate about helping organizations involved in the environmental and youth-at-risk sectors. Peter has served on the Board of the Greenest City for two years and brings with him a strong understanding of accounting and finance, particularly in the areas of: budgeting, funding and financial governance. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University, and has passed all three exams of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.

Secretary Kent Colbourne

Job Search Coach

A commitment to helping others has driven Kent over the past 12 years to volunteer his time at organizations such as Out of the Cold, West Neighbourhood House, and Greenest City. Kent brings a wealth of Human Resources knowledge and experience, with specific expertise in recruitment, benefits, health and safety, new employee orientation and training, and policy development. His strong collaboration and communication skills, along with his attention to detail, have benefited the Arts & Culture and Not-for-Profit sectors, along with the Financial Services industry.

Directors:

Abe Dyck

Acerness Group, President

Abe has over eighteen years of energy infrastructure experience, he is an investor and business management consultant whose activities span traditional and emerging energy sectors.  Throughout his career, he has accumulated extensive organizational and managerial experience developing and constructing energy pipelines, electrical utilities infrastructure, wind and solar farms and biofuel production facilities.  Abe is the Partner at Joneva Advisory, a President and Cofounder at Acerness Group, Board Director at Antilla Energy NV, Cofounder and Past Board Director at Methes Energies, and Board Director at Toronto Green Community.  Abe has a passion for entrepreneurship and the decentralization of energy production.

Kevin Wentzel

Pivotal Software, Associate Counsel

Kevin is a lawyer whose practice encompasses a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. He currently works as Associate Counsel for Pivotal Software, a software company that provides software and services for the development of custom applications for data and analytics, based on cloud computing technology. Kevin joined Pivotal in October 2013 through its acquisition of Xtreme Labs, where Kevin also served as Associate Counsel. Prior to moving in-house, Kevin completed his articles with a leading regional law firm. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University, a Juris Doctor degree from Queen’s University, and a Certificate in International Business Law from the Bader International Study Centre in the UK.

Laura Del Giudice

Senior Ecologist, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Laura has worked in the environmental sector for the past 16 years, with 15 of those years at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).  Much of the time at TRCA, Laura has been involved in ensuring that natural ecosystems are protected through the environmental planning and regulatory processes in the Greater Toronto Area.  More recently, Laura has been helping to coordinate strategic directions at TRCA and facilitating the integration of science and policy.  Laura has a Masters of Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from Trent University.

Dan P. Mackinnon

Manager Community Leadership at KPMG Canada

Dan’s work includes developing KPMGs sustainability policy and goals, managing national employee engagement programs, monitoring the firm’s environmental footprint, and working with KPMGs charitable partners.

Dan has previously worked for both the Victoria Community Foundation as a granting coordinator specializing in environmental grantmaking and at the University of Victoria as the sustainability coordinator.  Dan holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology from Queen’s University and is a certified CSR Practitioner.  He has also completed Leadership Victoria, a community leadership development program. Dan has been an active volunteer with the Policy Committee of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, a board member for Rocky Point Bird Observatory, and a participant and coach in KPMG’s Vital Impact Program.