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Board & Staff

Staff

LydaLyda Salatian
Executive Director and Lower Mainland Green Team Program Manager

Lyda has always been interested in how to encourage responsible environmental action. She believes inviting people into nature, engaging them in meaningful fun hands-on action is a great educational tool. She has worked and volunteered at non-profit environmental organizations for the last 15 years. Her background is in organizing, fundraising and outreach.  Most recently she founded the Lower Mainland Green Team engaging over 1900 eco-volunteers through social media in the protection of the environment since February 2011. It is through this work that Lyda won the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2014 and was presented with the Frank Sanford Award for Community Service from Nature Vancouver in 2013.

 

AmandaAmanda Evans                                                                                                                                             Greater Victoria Green Team Program Manager

Amanda has always been passionate about the environment; at age 10 she started a recycling program and during high school became the President of the Environment Club. During University, she co-founded the Ecological Restoration Volunteer Network, a student run club that connects students to local ecological restoration work parties.  Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, as well as a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems. Through her work with the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team she developed a restoration plan for a new park in View Royal and more recently has coordinated volunteers in Portage Park in View Royal. Since August 2014, Amanda has been successfully running the GVGT and through this work she has been awarded the Vancity Social Innovation Award in February 2016 and the Volunteer Victoria Volunteer Engagement Award in July 2016.

 

Board of Directors

 

Jeff_1_300x300Jeff Garrad, CPA, CGA                                                                                                                               Treasurer

As CFO at Tides Canada, Jeff provides strategic leadership on Finance and Human Resources. He draws on over 20 years as a Certified General Accountant operating in complex executive roles for a diverse set of organizations.

Jeff has worked with First Nations groups on Olympic, tourism, and economic development initiatives. Prior to that, he was CFO of the BC Olympic Secretariat, the BC Government agency responsible for overseeing the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and was the VP Finance and Administration for the Pacific National Exhibition. He is a past board member of the BC Youth In Agriculture Fund, and past board member and chair of the Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies Society.

Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Jeff volunteers for local sport and youth groups, in addition Jeff has chaired the Discipline Panel for the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia for the last eight years. Jeff is excited to be supporting of Green Teams Canada’s practical programs that provide tangible improvements to local parks and ecosystems while providing real opportunities for community members to get involved.

 

 

yproenzaprofilepicYuliana Bui                                                                                                                                                   Director

Yuliana has 10 years experience in the mineral exploration industry, with experience working in remote areas of northern BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Nunavut. She holds a B.Sc. in Earth & Planetary Sciences from McGill University and an M. Eng. degree from Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

She has a passion for alternative and sustainable technologies and is enthusiastic to be engaging youth and like-minded community members by getting our hands dirty and working together to protect and improve our natural environment.

 

 

 

Jeremy 300x300Jeremy Douglas                                                                                                                                     Director

Jeremy is a professional fundraiser, partnership builder and advocate for sustainability. He currently heads the leadership giving team at the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF). Before DSF, Jeremy lived in London, UK, raising funds for organizations including BBC Media Action, Tomorrow’s People and Action for Children. He even spent a year teaching English on an isolated atoll in the Marshall Islands. Jeremy has a MA in cultural studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.

 

 

Kent photoKent MacWilliam                                                                                                                             Director

Kent has over 10 years experience as a geoscientist, doing remote field work throughout North America and Africa, and wants to share the opportunity of working outdoors with others. Kent’s scientific and industry experience ranges from managing field crews to research to community relations. Kent holds an MSc. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from McGill University, as well as a Business Administration certificate from U.Vic. Most recently Kent has been canvassing communities in Victoria and Vancouver with the Ancient Forest Alliance, a conservation-focused non-profit. His adventurous spirit led to a 44 day bicycle ride from Canada to Mexico in the Fall of 2015. He is excited to help inspire stewardship of nature in communities with Green Teams of Canada.

 

 

Tiffany 300x300Tiffany Alexander                                                                                                                                   Director

Tiffany has over 15 years experience in the software industry implementing and selling supply chain and commerce solutions globally. She has worked with primarily large enterprise companies in various industries including retail, high technology, consumer goods, and distribution. Tiffany works at SAP, and has an engineering degree from the University of Michigan.

Tiffany has been a volunteer and active member of the Lower Mainland Green Team since the summer of 2011. She is passionate about the environment and sustainability, and enjoys getting outside to restore and protect our natural resources for future generations.