Board Of Directors

Our national board of directors meets quarterly to approve policies, budgets, and plans, and monitor progress
It is comprised of an equal mix of member organization representatives and “at large” non-members.
Board members are elected by GCC members at an Annual General Meeting each June.

Chris BirchalL

Appointed in 2012

Chris Birchall joined City Green Solutions in Victoria, BC in 2007, where he now works as a Program Coordinator on a variety of energy efficiency initiatives and partnerships. Chris has a Bachelor of Education, a Master’s in Environmental Design, and a certificate of Sustainable Building.

Kevin Behan

Appointed in 2014.

Kevin is Deputy Director of the Clean Air Partnership in Toronto, which fosters sustainable cities by conducting evidence-based state of the art research, and presenting results in accessible, practical form. He has a varied academic background in science, business, information technology, spatial analysis and GIS. His research interests include climate change, active transportation, and effective communication.

Kalen Taylor

Appointed in 2016.

Kalen is currently acting General Manager for Manitoba Green Retrofit Inc., based in Winnipeg, MB, a social enterprise that provides energy retrofits, renovations, and bed bug remediation. Previously, as Director of Projects for Aki Energy Inc, Kalen worked with First Nations across Manitoba to install over $18 million in community-owned renewable energy, and coordinated training for over 70 community installers.



Appointed in 2012.

David is Transportation Demand Management Program Supervisor at Halifax Regional Municipality, with responsibility for sustainable transportation initiatives. Previously, David was a manager at Transport Canada in Ottawa, where he led sustainable transportation funding programs and knowledge-building initiatives. David has a background in politics and environmental studies.


Appointed in 2016.

Tracy is Executive Director at Green Action Centre, a Green Communities Canada member based in Winnipeg, MB, where she works with a dedicated team of 12 to promote sustainable living. Previously she managed Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre, and was a program manager with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Tracy has worked with many communities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Nunavut.

Britt McKee

Appointed in 2017.

In 2018, Britt McKee became Executive Director of Ecosource, a Green Communities Canada member organization based in Mississauga. Previously at Ecosource she supported community gardens and urban agriculture in Peel Region. Britt’s background in environmental studies focuses on the social and environmental determinants of adolescent health. As a certified teacher, she has worked with diverse youth to promote environmental citizenship. She also has a background in community-based participatory research, and in managing multi-stakeholder planning initiatives.

DUKe trifunovik

Appointed in 2018.

Duke is an investment and financial planner with an academic background in business financial services. Currently, his adaptation of Responsible Investing enables clients to be educated in the environmental, social, and corporate governance practices of Canadian and global companies. Duke is Treasurer of GCC member organization Green Venture, Hamilton.

Brianna Salmon

Appointed in 2019.

Brianna is Executive Director of GreenUP. They joined GreenUP in 2008, and over the past 10 years has worked across departments in a variety of exciting roles. Brianna has a Masters in Sustainability Studies from Trent University, and a second graduate degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University’s School of Public Administration. In 2016, Brianna was recognized as one of Peterborough’s “Top 4 Under 40,” and in 2017, received Trent University’s Young Leader Award for work supporting a more healthy, sustainable, and active community. Brianna is honoured to be leading GreenUP, and to be furthering the work of this vital organization.

Lisa Kohler

Appointed in 2019.

Experienced Executive Director of the Halton Environmental Network with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. A Climate Realty Leader and community engager discussing climate challenges, mitigation and adaptation strategies. Ms. Kohler serves on Community Energy Taskforce for the Town of Oakville, Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable, Halton District School Board’s Environmental Management Team, iMatter Canada National Board of Directors, the Halton Region’s Natural Heritage Advisory Committee. She is the orchestrator of the Halton Climate Collective a dedicated team driving local climate change. She oversees successful programs including Halton Green Screens, OakvilleReady, and Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Chapter.

Shannon Costigan

Appointed in 2019.

Shannon is the Project Supervisor at EcoSuperior, Thunder Bay, ON. With EcoSuperior since 2013, she has coordinated programming focused on waste reduction and litter prevention, establishing innovative community programs including the Your Butt Goes Here cigarette recycling program, Stash the Trash public clean up events, and the Last Straw Thunder Bay campaign. Shannon is also responsible for the financial oversight of all EcoSuperior’s programs and activities. She is active in community environmental initiatives, currently serving as Vice-Chair of the City of Thunder Bay’s Earthcare Advisory Committee and as Vice-Chair and Environmental Representative of the Clean, Green and Beautiful Committee. Shannon holds a B.Sc.H. in Environmental Toxicology and an M.Sc. in Integrated Biology, and is a session instructor in the Environmental Technician and Civil Engineering Technology programs at Confederation College, teaching courses in waste management and environmental legislation.