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Board Of Directors

Meet our national Board of Directors. We are always seeking new and enthusiastic change agents. See current posting here.

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.


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 (on leave)

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 a Program Coordinator with the North Superior Workforce Planning Board in Thunder Bay, focussing on workforce development for newcomers and recent graduates.  Previously, she was the Project Supervisor at EcoSuperior, coordinating programs focused on waste reduction, litter prevention and community sustainability. She is active in local environmental initiatives, currently serving as Vice-Chair of the City of Thunder Bay’s Earthcare Advisory Committee and formerly as Vice-Chair and Environmental Representative of the Clean, Green and Beautiful Committee of Thunder Bay. Shannon is an instructor in the Environmental Technician and Civil Engineering Technology programs at Confederation College, teaching courses in waste management and environmental legislation.

caitlin cassie

Appointed in 2020.

Caitlin is a creative problem solver and collaborative project hacker, currently working as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, where she is focused on transit policy. She has worked in diverse sectors both inside and outside government, including transportation, policy and process innovation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and education and capacity building. Caitlin is keen to have intentional conversations about, and to support work that acknowledges, the intersections between racial justice, food justice, and ecological justice. Caitlin has worked for several years in the community sector in Toronto, most recently in her capacity as a Board Director with NUTMEG Soccer, a grassroots organization that provides free soccer and educational programming for children and youth. She is a proud west coaster currently living in Toronto.

nirmala naidoo

Appointed in 2020.

Nirmala is a veteran award-winning television anchor, journalist and communications expert. She has worked for CTV’s W5, NBC London, Christian Science Monitor Television (London), Visnews London, Middle East Broadcasting (London) and was the evening news anchor for Global Calgary and CBC Calgary. She is an outspoken advocate and keynote speaker for human rights issues, fighting for the rights of minorities, immigrants, victims of bullying, and those who are marginalized or powerless. Nirmala is also a champion of environmental sustainability and worked as a senior manager for the Alberta Climate Change Office and Executive Director for Green Calgary. Nirmala is currently the CRTC Commissioner for Alberta and NWT. She is also a former Keynote Speaker for Enbridge’s Famous Five, made Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 list twice, is named one of the 150 Women Who Shaped Alberta, and was on the cover of TIME Magazine.