Board Of Directors

Meet our national Board of Directors.

TRACY HUCUL

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.

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.

Kevin Dunbar

Appointed in 2021.

Kevin has over 15 years of experience in the humanitarian, international development, and business sectors.  He has led and empowered teams in over 20 countries to establish and grow large scale humanitarian responses and development programs in complex contexts. His expertise includes supporting organizations and communities to navigate the emerging opportunities and risks of digital transformation and the global digital economy. Kevin has worked for a range of organizations, including CARE, Save the Children, the SecDev Foundation, and is currently the Vice President, Programs for Canadian Feed the Children.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria, and a Masters in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University.

ami gagne

Appointed in 2021.

Ami (she/her/elle) is a passionate storyteller and climate activist currently based on the unceded Algonquin territories (Ottawa, ON). She has worked with notable organizations such as United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Apathy is Boring, and The Climate Reality Project. She holds a strong belief that stories and creativity are among the most powerful tools to (un)learn perspectives, (re)connect with people and create transformative change. Ami is passionate about creating spaces and amplifying the voices of QTBIPOC youths in her community, centring conversations on climate justice, decolonizing and reconceptualizing creativity within academia and localizing food systems.

Tom du

Appointed in 2021.

Tom currently heads Scotiabank’s Climate Change team and is responsible for advancing the bank’s climate commitments. He also serves as a Climate Fellow at MIT, a cleantech advisor at CSI, a member of a few investment committees, and a Board Advisor and Director for various social enterprises. He is passionate about sustainable finance and energy – with over 14 years of consulting and finance experience in the for-profit, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Tom has worked overseas in Germany and Denmark, exploring the intersection between community finance and sustainable energy.  He holds multiple certifications from the PMI, CECAB, RIA, and CSI; a post-graduate sustainability diploma; and three degrees including a MBA, a Master’s degree in sustainable energy systems, and a corporate finance degree.

Michael Jacobs

Appointed in 2021.

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer Cambium Indigenous Professional Services (CIPS) Inc. An Anishnaabe from Curve Lake First Nation. Michael’s specialty is management consulting and community engagement for First Nation communities and projects. Michael has worked on First Nation projects in energy, health, economic development, infrastructure development, governance, housing and environmental stewardship. Michael is a confident project manager and works seamlessly with First Nation leadership, staff and community members. Michael is proud to be the Co-Chair for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.​

Melanie Reixach-Wong

Appointed in 2021.

Melanie Reixach-Wong (she/her) is a photographer, designer, strategy and business consultant, and anti-racism researcher and activist. In her work as a consultant, Melanie supports social enterprises and public and private sector clients with their challenges including digital strategy and process optimization. She is an avid volunteer in the community and started her own NPO called MRW Photos, in which 100% of profits were donated to BIPOC-based organizations in the Greater Toronto Area. She also supports and advises the organizations Monumental Projects and Mixed in the Six with their marketing and strategy activities.