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Staff and Board

Meet Dogwood Initiative's staff
Will
Will Horter
Executive Director



Matt
Matt Takach
Operations Director



Laura Benson
Laura Benson
Beyond Coal Campaign Director


Don Gordon
Don Gordon
Head of Revenue 



Celine
Celine Trojand
Organizing Director


Ian
Ian Birch
Bookkeeper


Maggie Gilbert (sm)
Maggie Gilbert
Development Associate

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Lyndsey Easton
Communications
Coordinator

Karl Hardin
Karl Hardin
Digital Strategist


Kai Nagata
Kai Nagata
Energy & Democracy Director

Arie Ross
Ariel Ross
Beyond Coal Organizer


Alisha Brown, Supporter Services Coordinator
Alisha Brown
Supporter Services Coordinator

Christina Smethurst, Communications Coordinator
Christina Smethurst
Communications Coordinator
Dave Mills, Provincial Organizer
Dave Mills
Provincial Organizer

Tracey Maynard, Provincial Organizer
Tracey Maynard
Provincial Organizer


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Jennie MilliganJennie Milligan - Board President

Jennie has been actively involved in the environmental movement in BC for over ten years.  While attending the University of British Columbia in the late 90s, she was president of the Student Environment Centre.  While attending the University of Victoria, she was on the executive of the Environmental Law Centre throughout her three-year law degree.  She also conducted research on a volunteer basis for The Land Conservancy.  Jennie has worked for the Environmental Youth Alliance and Sierra Legal Defence Fund, first in donor relations and then as a legal researcher.  She is currently a practicing lawyer in Vancouver.

frankarnoldFrank Arnold - Treasurer

Frank heads The Pinch Group, a Victoria-based investment advisory practice that focuses on socially and environmentally responsible investment solutions for both individuals and institutions. A graduate of the University of Victoria's School of Environmental Studies, Frank also studied mathematics prior to entering the investment profession. In addition to serving on the board of Dogwood Initiative, Frank currently serves on the board of Living Carbon Investments and the Land Trust Alliance of BC, on the fundraising and communications committee of Habitat Acquisition Trust, as an external advisor to the Sierra Club of BC Foundation, and on the external advisory board of UVic's School of Environmental Studies. Frank's passions in life are protecting biodiversity and promoting green philanthropy. When he's not enjoying his time with his two children, you may find Frank on the ski slopes (if so, make sure you ski behind him).

ShannonShannon McPhail - Director

Shannon is the Executive Director of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.  She grew up on a working ranch, spending much of her youth fishing and hunting in the Skeena mountains with her family. She has worked as a white-water rafting guide, a big game hunting guide, a welder and a nutritionist at a women’s health center after her education in the field of chemical technology. Shannon’s diverse background allows her to understand and relate to people within the watershed that have a variety of opinions and concerns. It is important to Shannon that all voices are heard when decisions are being made regarding the future of this unique place. Her commitment is so strong that she has spent the last 4 years working for the SWCC as a volunteer. Shannon is a mother of two, with her oldest at only 3 years of age. While motherhood certainly keeps her busy, it hasn’t slowed her down or prevented her from working to keep our Sacred Headwaters free of coalbed methane.

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Jess Dempsey - Director

Jess is a professor at the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria where she teaches classes in political ecology. She received her doctorate from the Department of Geography at UBC, focused on the rise of market-oriented environmental law and policy. As co-founder of the international network the CBD Alliance, Jess has participated in over a decade of major negotiations of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and worked with many NGOs and social movements (from the North and South) to develop analysis and positions on global biodiversity issues. Jess and her partner Ryan live with their three kids in Vancouver.

Rita Fromholt

Rita FromholtDirector

Rita is currently a Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Victoria where she works with staff, students and faculty to develop and achieve the university’s many goals related to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of the campus. She is a long time environmental and social activist, having worked and volunteered for many non-profit groups including the Rainforest Solutions Project, Ecotrust Canada, Pivot Legal Society, Better Environmentally Sound Transportation and the David Suzuki Foundation. Rita has also played key roles in many political campaigns for progressive candidates from different parties. She lives in Esquimalt with her husband and cat, Lord Byron.

 

ADVISORY ROUND TABLE

 

In addition to its Board of Directors, Dogwood Initiative works closely with an Advisory Round Table of experts in sustainable land reform issues.

These people are:

David Boyd - Environmental Lawyer, former Executive Director Sierra Legal

Anita Burke - Corporate Research Consultant

Jessica Clogg - Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law

Helga Knote - Labour and environmental activist

Anne Levesque - former Executive Director,CPAWS & East Kootenay Enviro Society

James MacKinnon - writer, former Senior Editor, Adbusters

Michael M'Gonigle - Eco-Research Chair, Environmental Law & Policy, University of Victoria, Founder, Greenpeace International

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