Communications and engagement

Alaya Boisvert

Alaya Boisvert, Public Engagement Manager

Expertise: Government relations, environmental rights, facilitation, policy development, community engagement
Credentials: M.Sc. in strategic leadership towards sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology; BA in international development studies from McGill University
Passion: Bounding along beaches and forest trails with her spirited daughter

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Tracey Friesen, Director of Communications and Public Engagement

Expertise: Social impact media, documentary film
Credentials: Former executive producer of the National Film Board’s Vancouver studio; author of Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change; MA and MBA from Simon Fraser University
Passion: Mountain film festivals, travel literature and long weekend getaways in nature

Paula Hill, Public Engagement Specialist

Expertise: Sixteen years of experience as a social justice writer, advocate and researcher
Credentials: Cayuga nation, wolf clan of the Hodinohsó:ni’ (Haudenosaunee) of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory; working towards a master’s degree; BA (Hons) in public administration and governance; two years of in-house law clerk training
Passion: Loves dogs, especially the bully breeds such as pit bulls and bulldogs

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Winnie Hwo, Senior Public Engagement Specialist

Expertise: Sustainable Diversity Network, bringing new Canadians and Indigenous communities together; Richmond’s Butterflyway Rangers project
Credentials: Former news and current affairs director for Fairchild Television, and reporter for the Vancouver Sun and CBC Vancouver; won the first Chinese language Jack Webster Award
Passion: Bringing people together, including as a matchmaker

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Jode Roberts, Senior Strategist and Team Lead, Pollinator Projects

Expertise: Community building, marketing, media relations, urban beekeeping, visual arts
Credentials: Developed the award-winning Homegrown National Park Project and Got Milkweed campaign; volunteer with The Laneway Project, LEAF, Friends of Christie Pits and Not Far From the Tree
Passion: Leading community art projects, from musical bike parades and pop-up comedy shows to scale solar systems in city parks

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Nikki Sanchez, David Suzuki’s Queen of Green

Expertise: Indigenous governance, media creation, environmental education, social justice
Credentials: Indigenous (Maya/Pipil) academic and community organizer, researcher and associate producer for VICE series RISE; PhD student in environmental studies and Indigenous governance at the University of Victoria; wilderness guide and program director for Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Passion: Reviving Indigenous knowledge systems, wilderness adventure therapy and connecting youth to the natural world