Sierra Club Canada Foundation is a democratic organization. Board members are elected by our members at our Annual General Meeting.
Dave I’Anson (Treasurer) is an accountant with over 15 years of senior level treasury experience. While working for a major retail pharmacy, he became involved with Post-Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association. He served for six years as Treasurer of the PCPSA, a NFP funded and governed by the health products industries, responsible for managing the safe destruction of unused and expired medications and over-the-counter drugs. Since renamed the Health Products Stewardship Association, this environmentally friendly program started in BC and was the first of its kind in Canada. Dave was actively involved in its adoption and spread to other provinces. He enjoys hiking with his dog, riding his motorcycle, gardening and home renovating. He and his wife have two teenagers who are active in the local cadet corps.
Nick Bakish (Québec Representative) is a Financial Advisor currently living and working in Montreal and its surrounding areas. Nick graduated from McGill University’s Economics and Finance program with joint honours. Throughout his twelve year career, Nick has consistently been one of Investors Group’s top Consultants. He has built his reputation on understanding clients. Nick was approached by one of his clients who had a strong involvement at Sierra Club and was immediately intrigued. Since that time two years ago, Nick has been an advocate and supporter and now Board Member of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Before his official involvement in the cause, Nick was also president of Country Solar, a company in the field of solar panels and sustainable energy. Nick is passionate about raising an awareness of environmental issues that affect us individually and on a global scale.
Emily Boucher (Ontario Representative) brings to the board an environmental consulting background in soil and groundwater investigations for the purpose of environmental site and risk assessment. She has worked in both Ontario and Alberta on remediating and monitoring projects across multiple sectors including commercial, industrial and energy-development sites. Originally from Ontario’s Green Belt region, she developed a strong foundation in environmental issues during her time at Trent University, and later refined this through a research master’s project on ocean acidification at the University of Toronto. Working in Alberta provided Emily with a lens into the issues involved in environmental conservation and enforcement in Canada. She continues to take strong personal and professional interest in environmental standards and their enforcement.
Stu Campana is an environmental consultant, specializing in community-led solutions to climate change problems. He is currently the Carbon 613 Program Coordinator at EnviroCentre, where he helps businesses reduce their carbon footprint. With a M.Sc. in Environment and Resource Management from Amsterdam’s Vrije University, Stu has led water, energy and waste management projects both internationally and across Canada. His writing on environmental issues can be found in Alternatives Journal and he has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Halton Environmental Network. Originally from Halifax, Stu lives in Ottawa with his wife and a spectacularly petulant cat.
Jake Cole credits his becoming an environmentalist to Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring. He graduated in engineering and has had a longtime personal, professional and political interest in protecting our environment and connecting that to public health issues. His wide-ranging experience includes managing multi-million dollar contracts in environmental protection and renewable energy product commercialization, serving as Canada's representative for renewable energy research and development projects under the International Energy Agency, managing Canada's R-2000 Program to build more energy efficient and healthy homes, introducing health promotion as a priority for a major federal department, directing the Canadian Coast Guard's environmental program, and creating an interdepartmental workplace health and wellness network. Jake ran as a Green Party candidate in two federal elections, becoming one of the Party's top ten vote getters, while also serving for two years as its health critic. He co-chaired the national non-profit organization, Prevention Cancer Now, creating and delivering its cancer prevention public presentation. A key focus of Jake’s is to demonstrate how environmentally responsible sustainable development affects our personal health, the health of our community and the planet.
Colin Jeffrey (Atlantic Representative) is passionate about protecting Atlantic Canada's unique ecosystems. After completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at Dalhousie University in 2012, Colin became involved with river restoration projects on Prince Edward Island. Now, as Director of the Trout River Environmental Committee, Colin is involved in improving land use management and increasing public understanding of the environment. Since 2013, and currently as Chair of the PEI Chapter, Colin has worked with Save Our Seas and Shores to raise awareness of threats to the unique Gulf of Saint Lawrence ecosystem. In 2014 Colin helped start the Sierra Club of Canada’s Blue Whale campaign, creating fundraising events and media articles to raise further awareness of Gulf issues.
Leo Lee graduated with majors in engineering and economics from the California Institute of Technology, where he first became aware of the Sierra Club. He loves problem-solving; he is an analytic and a driver by temperament with a broad background in corporate/real estate financing, inbound marketing, fundraising and as a self-employed entrepreneur Throughout his career, he has served on several boards, both business and non-profit, including Rotary Victoria, Victoria Chinese Commerce Association, Victoria Chinatown Community Health Foundation and the Cordova Bay Association and has occupied senior management positions. He comes with 40-plus years of varied experience in financial services, enterprise governance, strategic planning, financial administration and organisational management. He understands the importance of relationship building and networking in all areas of work. In the 1990s, he became a community economic developer, advising some First Nations as an independent contractor and was primarily in charge of the non-profit economic development organizations for the In-SHUCK-ch/N’Quatqua – part of the southern Stl'atl'imx (or Lower Lillooets), an Interior Salish group, in his native BC. Until recently, he and his wife Trisha shared their home with rescued ex-racing Greyhounds, five in all. Leo now lives in Ottawa.
Graham May (British Columbia Representative) hails from the coastal B.C. rainforest, where his interest in environmental issues was established during a childhood of cold, wet hikes. He has founded multiple environmental education initiatives, including an eco-pledge program that engaged more than 15,000 international youth, and bike-powered workshop tours across Canada and Turkey, and a circumpolar forum for Arctic education, culture, and policy initiatives. Graham studies law in Victoria. He loves to sing, sail, and swing dance, though usually not all at the same time.
Chris Paci (Secretary) has an interdisciplinary doctorate from the Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba, with a research focus on lake sturgeon co-management in northern Manitoba. Chris has researched and published over twenty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on issues related to environmental history, lake sturgeon, climate change, contaminants, orphaned and abandoned mines, watersheds, and traditional environmental knowledge. Furthermore, he brings a strong commitment to include Indigenous knowledge in his environmental work and champions the implementation of the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Chris brings to the Board experience as Secretary for Friends of Gatineau Park, where he continues to serve, and previously as Vice President for Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife. He is an avid cross-country skier, cyclist, and runner and he can often be found doing one of these in Gatineau Park near his home.
Nicole Renaud (Prairies Representative) has been engaged with Sierra Club in various capacities since 2011 and is excited to continue her contributions as the Prairies rep. Her professional background in northern socioeconomic development and climate change management and policy is complemented by her years of board experience across Canada, including a Watershed Planning and Advisory Council for Central Alberta, World University Service of Canada (Newfoundland), and Sierra Club Canada. She has worked on climate change projects with small-scale harvesters in Peru and Malawi as part of her Master's and PhD in Geography, and is especially passionate about water security, Indigenous food sovereignty, and decolonization. Nicole has worked for both government and non-governmental organizations, and loves opportunities to partake in multi-sector stakeholder engagement whether it's strategic planning, building relationships, or coordinating knowledge exchanges with regional stakeholders.
Peter Smith (Vice President) has extensive experience in the energy and electricity sector, most notably in positions where he had responsibility for negotiating and managing multi-million dollar energy supply contracts and oversaw the financial operation of gas-fired, wind and hydraulic generating facilities. Recently retired, he has been active locally in environmental issues. He has given talks on climate change to the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, the Professional Engineers groups, Green Drinks as well as open, public workshops to service clubs and churches. He has responded to climate deniers in the media and generally talked about the issue at every opportunity, sometimes to hostile audiences. He has about 20 years of board experience in other organizations, including the St Clair Child and Youth Services (Children’s Mental Health), Sarnia Community Girls’ Home and Lambton County Science Fair. He chaired the Children’s Mental Health Advocacy Committee of Sarnia-Lambton that successfully advocated for increased funding from the province. He recently joined Adopt a Scientist, an organization that puts retired scientists and engineers into the classroom to demonstrate science. He joined the Sierra Club to help make a difference.
Bianca Salive (Sierra Youth Coalition Representative) a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Environment and Business program, is currently working for Manulife Financial. During her time at the University, she participated in a variety of different programs and extracurricular activities. Most recently, she had the opportunity to attend the UNFCCC’s COP21 in Paris as an accredited student delegate. Bianca notes this as her proudest accomplishment to date. Bianca is a dedicated and enthusiastic advocate, with an innate passion for connecting people with the natural environment surrounding them. Outside of her professional and academic life, Bianca enjoys hiking, kayaking, travelling, and spending time with her dog Stitch. She is also an avid foodie, who loves experimenting with new and local ingredients. In the future, Bianca is looking to pursue a degree in international law, specializing in human rights, and continue working to defend the rights of those being displaced by the effects of climate change.
David Snider (President) is a strong believer in ecological wisdom, respect for diversity and sustainability. His education, B.Sc. Honours Physical Geography, and LL.B., both from McGill University, has provided him with a broad-based understanding of environmental issues. In 2013, David retired from the Canada Revenue Agency after 30 years of service. While at the Agency, he was the founding chair of the OECD Sub-group on Tax Crimes and Money Laundering from 2003 to 2006. He co-chaired the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Underground Economy Working Group from 2008 to 2013. He also led an OECD Task Group from 2010 to 2012 that surveyed over 30 countries and produced the report: Reducing Opportunities for Tax Non-compliance in the Underground Economy. David is a life member of the Canadian Kennel Club, a lure coursing judge, and a director on the board of Cantley 1889, Cantley’s historical society.
Bo Wang-Frape is a financial specialist with a wide range of experience encompassing public practice, several corporate organizations, an established not for profit entity, and a large government agency. Bo earned her MBA at Laurentian University, and holds a CPA, CGA designation. Although Bo's primary expertise is in financial management, she has a particular interest in change management, specifically in the area of systems design and implementation through upgrading and streamlining information technology systems. Bo has been actively involved in a variety of volunteer activities over the years, and strongly supports a wide range of social justice and environmental protection causes. In addition to her recent participation with the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, she is currently a board member, and treasurer, for a regional heath support organization.