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Honorary Directors

Honorary Patron:

Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.M., Ph.D

Honorary Chair:

Honourable Mike Harcourt

Executive Committee

Chair:

Beth Johnson

Chair Emeritus:

Ken Cameron

Secretary:

Michael Lee

CEO:

Jane McRae

Board of Directors

Dominica Babicki
Mayor Derek Corrigan
Rick Danyluk
Russ Froese
Nancy Knight
Gordon Price
Chris Ridley Thomas
Victoria Smith
Mark Stoiber
John Tylee

Biographies

HONORARY DIRECTORS

Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., O.M., Ph.D, Honorary Patron

Lloyd Axworthy is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg and a Senior Associate of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. He is a consultant on trade and international affairs with the law firm of Fraser Milner Casgrain. He is a board member of the MacArthur Foundation, Lester B. Pearson College, University of the Arctic, Canadian Landmines Foundation and the Conflict Analysis and Management Advisory Board at Royal Roads University. He is also serving as Chairman of the Human Security Centre for the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), and as a member of the Eminent Persons Group on Small Arms, Co-Chair of the State of the World Forum, Commission on Globalization, and Chairman of the Manitoba Task Force on Climate Change. Dr. Axworthy also seves as a UNICEF Canada special representative.

Since leaving public life in the fall of 2000, Dr. Axworthy has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and honours. Lloyd Axworthy's political career spanned 27 years, during six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and twenty-one in the Federal Parliament. He was first elected federally in 1979 as Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of Winnipeg, Fort Garry. Mr. Axworthy was re-elected in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1993 and 1997. He held several Cabinet positions, notably Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Transport, of Human Resources Development, of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of Foreign Affairs. His long-standing interest in urban affairs stems from his early career as Director of the Institute of Urban Studies of the University of Winnipeg.

Honourable Mike Harcourt, (Honorary Chair)

As former premier of British Columbia, Mayor of Vancouver and City Councillor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most livable, accessible and inclusive places in the world. His focus on conservation and sustainable development – and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities around the world – has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad.

After stepping down from politics, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was a Federally appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities and co-chaired the National Advisory Committee on the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum in Vancouver in 2006.

Mike Harcourt is Chair of University of British Columbia’s Regional Sustainability Council for sustainability initiatives, as well as Associate Director of the Centre for Sustainability Continuing Studies at U.B.C. In addition to acting as Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST) www.questcanada.org, he chairs the Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel. He is a member of City of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Team. He also was part of an advisory group that helped Whistler put together it’s Natural Step based on sustainable cities strategy. He is the lead faculty in United Way’s Public Policy Institute in 2011.

Harcourt’s exemplary career as Lawyer, Community Activist, and Politician has been honoured, with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service and the Canadian Urban Institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the U.B.C. Alumni Achievement Award of Distinction for contributionsto British Columbia, Canada and the global community in November 2008.

U.B.C. Law Deans Advisory Council - 2010. Honorary Fellowship – The College of Fellows-Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

In 1993 Al Gore applauded Premier Harcourt, for permanently preserving the jointly shared ecosystem of the Tatshenshini River and Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park in Northwest British Columbia.

He is the author of: A Measure of Defiance and co-author of Plan B: one Man’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph and co-author of City Making in Paradise.

Mike Harcourt is a Speaker and Advisor internationally on sustainable cities.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Beth Johnson, Chair

Beth Johnson served as Alderman in Delta between 1981 and 1987 and as Mayor of Delta between 1990 and 1999. While Mayor, Ms. Johnson served as Chair of both the GVRD's Transportation and Strategic Planning Committee and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Standing Committee on the Environment.

Ms. Johnson contributed to the creation of the Greater Vancouver Transit Authority, implementation of the GVRD's "Liveable Region Strategic Plan", and played a key role in the negotiations for a $500 million project to upgrade two of the GVRD's wastewater treatment plants. She served on the Canadian delegations to the Kyoto Conference on Global Climate Change and the Buenos Aires Conference on Global Climate Change; participated on the Municipalities Table of the federal process on climate change; contributed to the Partners for Climate Protection; and on Industry Canada's Sustainable Cities Initiative in Salvador, Brazil.

Since 1999, Ms. Johnson has been consulting with business and all levels of government about sustainability issues relating to the environment, transportation, and governance.

Ken Cameron, FCIP, Past Chair (Chair Emeritus)

Ken Cameron has 26 years of experience in senior planning and management positions in local government in the Greater Vancouver area, most recently as Manager of Policy and Planning with the Greater Vancouver Regional District. He played a key role in the adoption of the Livable Region Strategic Plan in 1996 with the formal support of the region’s 21 municipalities, an accomplishment that was recognized in 2002 by the UN Habitat program’s Dubai awards for outstanding contributions to the human environment.

The Greater Vancouver Regional District was a partner in CitiesPlus, the 100-year plan for Greater Vancouver that was Canada’s gold award winning entry in the World Gas Union’s international competition in sustainable urban systems design. Ken was the regional team leader for the project and a member of the team that traveled to Tokyo to present the winning entry in June 2003.

In September 2004, Ken made a career change to become Chief Executive Officer of the Homeowner Protection Office, a provincially owned corporation that licenses residential builders, oversees the operation of the privately provided home warranty insurance system and provides financial assistance to owners of homes subject to premature building envelope failure.

In addition to his role at the Homeowner Protection Office, Ken is the former Chair of the Advisory Council of Simon Fraser University’s Urban Studies Program and an Adjunct Professor of Urban Studies, Chair Emeritus of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities and past member of the Board of the Residential Construction Industry Training Organization. With former Premier Mike Harcourt and local writer Sean Rossiter, Ken is the author of a book titled “City-Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Vancouver,” which was published by Douglas and McIntyre in September 2007.

Michael Lee, Secretary

bio to come

Jane McRae, Chief Executive Officer

Jane McRae has been with the organization since the inception of the organization's Network in 2003, playing a key role in designing and implementing the program. Her current international development work with local governments and their key stakeholders is enhanced by a cross-sectoral career background. She has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education degree.

Jane has worked in the sustainable development field for over 16 years, starting with her role as an environmental educator for 10 years in the academic sector, a sustainability analyst with the energy industry for two years, and from 2000 - 2003, working on urban sustainability issues through her role as the citiesPLUS Project Manager. citiesPLUS was Canada's winning entry in the World Gas Conference's sustainable urban design competition that involved teams from eight countries. It was the success of this project that led to the launch of the Sustainable Cities International Network, now in its sixth year of operation.

In addition to managing the Sustainable Cities International Network, Jane has had extensive hands-on experience working on projects with African and Latin American cities, connecting talents that complement each other in order to make things happen. She has built a foundation of relationships that testify to her deep commitment to international collaboration for a more sustainable world.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dominica Babicki, Director

bio to come

Mayor Derek Corrigan, Director

Mayor Derek Corrigan has been a Burnaby resident since 1977. He was first elected to Burnaby City Council in 1987, serving as a Councillor for 15 years until his election as Mayor in 2002.

Mayor Corrigan has a law degree from the University of British Columbia, obtained after 3 years of undergraduate study in political science and philosophy. He was called to the B.C. Bar in 1978.

Over his lengthy political career, Mayor Derek Corrigan has served on many key committees at the local, regional and national levels. He also served as the Chair of B.C. Transit from 1994-97 assuming responsibility for all transit systems in B.C. Mayor Corrigan currently sits on the Mayor’s Council on Regional Transportation.

At present, Mayor Derek Corrigan is an ex-officio member of all Council Committees. As a long-time Director of Metro Vancouver (GVRD), he currently serves on 6 Committees (Chair, Regional Planning Committee; Member, Waste Management Committee; Member, Mayors Committee; Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Committee; Member, Port Cities Committee; Member, Policing Issues Committee).

Metro Vancouver has also appointed Mayor Corrigan as an Alternate Representative to the Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC). He is also an appointed Director of the Municipal Finance Authority.

Mayor Derek Corrigan has a very strong history of community involvement as a coach for Burnaby Metro Club and Burnaby Minor Lacrosse and a team parent for Burnaby Minor Hockey. He is very privileged to serve as the Honourary Chair for Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion and was the Honourary Chair for the Empty Bowls Campaign in 2005 and 2007. The Mayor is a member of the North Burnaby Lions and the Royal Canadian Legion. He is also an Honourary Member of the Edmonds Lions Club.

Mayor Derek Corrigan has been recognized as a recipient of the Canada 125 medal for Community Service. He has also received special recognition awards from the Siri Guru Ravidass Temple and the Arul Migu Thurkaderi Hindu Society B.C. for community service.

Mayor Corrigan continues his commitment to the International Mayors for Peace organization and received a special recognition award for his participation in the United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference.

Mr. Rick Danyluck, Director

Bio to come

Russ Froese, Director

Bio to come

Nancy Knight, Director

Nancy Knight is Associate Vice-President, Planning at the University of British Columbia, the second largest Canadian University which ranks amongst the top 35 global research universities.

As part of her role, Nancy is responsible for ensuring that the physical development of UBC’s campuses supports the University’s goals and commitments by combining excellence in urban design and function with environmental, social and economic sustainability and integrity in community relations, communications and public consultation. Nancy leads a team that plans and manages campus and land use planning, urban design, development and design review, building permits, operational sustainability, transportation planning and infrastructure, the public realm, and community services. All of the work requires balancing numerous values and forces including participation objectives, short and long term perspectives, academic and community needs, sustainability objectives and financial interests. In addition, Nancy’s office coordinates and provides leadership on a wide range of local government matters pertaining to the university and its campuses.

Prior to joining UBC, Nancy held a variety of positions in local government, consulting and post-secondary teaching and research. Highlights include being part of the team that developed the award-winning Livable Region Strategic Plan, and leading the development of sustainability initiatives related to green buildings, eco-efficiency, sustainable design and sustainable living to address demand for regional infrastructure services.

Nancy has a PhD in community and regional planning from The University of B.C. She volunteers on a number of non-profit Boards and is an adjunct professor at SFU.

Gordon Price, Director

Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University.

In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District and was appointed to the first board of the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999.

Mr. Price is also a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University. He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues - The Deceptive City, Local Politician's Guide to Urban Transportation - and has been published in numerous journals, including those of the American and Canadian Planning Associations. He is also a blogger for both his own site – www.pricetags.wordpress.ca.

In 2003, he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year - "Land Use and Transportation: The View from '56" - from the Canadian Institute of Planners. In 2007, he was the winner of the “Smartie” People Award from Smart Growth B.C. In 2009 he was made an honorary member of the Planning Institute of B.C.

He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences in many countries, writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also publishes an electronic magazine on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called "Price Tags" - www.pricetags.ca.

In 2009, he was appointed by the Mayor of Vancouver as a member of the “Greenest City Action Team.”

He sits on the Boards of the Sightline Institute and the International Centre for Sustainable Cities. He also a member of local districts for the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha.

Chris Ridley -Thomas, Treasurer

bio to come

Victoria Smith, Director

Victoria Smith is the Manager of the Aboriginal & Sustainable Communities sector in Customer Care at BC Hydro. Her group is focused on delivering value for communities in British Columbia through community energy planning, conservation programs and renewable energy innovation projects.

Prior to taking on this role, Victoria worked with the Whistler Sustainability team on Whistler2020 as part of her masters thesis research and through Sustainable Cities spent 6 months in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania working for the Mayor to help to build capacity in urban sustainability planning with local government. Most recently, Victoria has: participated on the Translink Sustainability Advisory Committee and the City of Vancouver - Greenest City 2020 Climate Leadership External Advisory Committee; presented at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources on integrated urban energy systems; taught at the UBC Summer Sustainability Institute and currently chairs QUEST BC.

Victoria has contributed to a number of organizations and boards including; UNICEF BC, SafeTeen, the Youth Millennium Project and the Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House community board. Victoria has over 15 years of public and private sector experience in the field of energy conservation and holds a Master’s of Environmental Education and Communication degree from Royal Roads University.

Marc Stoiber, Director

Marc Stoiber is VP Green Innovation at Maddock Douglas, a leading North American innovation agency. He has a wealth of experience building brands, and is passionate about innovation and sustainability.

For nearly 20 years he worked in advertising and design, building brands in every sector from packaged goods and beverage alcohol to pharma, financial services and tech. His strategic and leadership skills have helped two ad agencies rise from obscurity to market prominence. His creative craft, meanwhile, has been recognized by virtually every international industry award for advertising and design.

In 2005, Marc launched Change – a company committed to innovating and branding green products and services. Change was acquired in 2010 by Maddock Douglas.

Marc writes on green brand innovation for Huffington Post, Fast Company, GreenBiz and Sustainable Life Media. He also speaks on the subject from coast to coast, and has been featured at TED.

Marc started his career at Grey Advertising Hong Kong in 1988, then moved to BBDO Germany in 1991. The experience helped him understand the importance of visual communication and cultural insights in advertising.

Marc joined Palmer Jarvis Vancouver in 1995. He was on the team responsible for helping PJ become Canadian Agency Of The Year four years in a row – one of his campaigns was voted among the 100 best in Canadian history, and he consistently ranked as one of the top five copywriters in the country.

Marc became CD of PJ’s Toronto office in 1998. Within a year, he helped double billings and win two Cannes Lions.

Marc shifted gears in 2005, starting Change. Change helped create green brands for giants like Unilever and Molson, important regionals like TransLink and innovation leaders like Ballard and Xantrex. Change innovated a number of proprietary tools including the Change Packaging Toolkit, MapChange Sustainability Brand Map, and the Green Brand Brief.

In 2010, Change was acquired by Maddock Douglas, a leading innovation agency based in Chicago. At MD, Marc is working with global clients to create programs and brands that not only improve profitability, but embrace the principles of eco-efficiency and eco-innovation.

Marc is an accomplished public speaker and prolific writer on the subject of green brand innovation. He also teaches at UBC on the subject. He is also currently serving on the Communications Board of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

John Tylee, Director

John Tylee has over 30 years experience in public policy and economic development. He worked in a variety of executive positions in the Ontario Government, dealing local government finance, regional development, economic policy, and international strategic planning. He was also successful as a consultant to public and private sector clients for 15 years, working out of Wilmington DE and Sarasota FL on urban and economic development issues. He joined the staff of VEDC in April, 2008.

He holds a B.A. in economics and statistics from the University of Exeter, U.K., and an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto.

Ms. Jane McRae

Jane McRae is the Sustainable Cities Program Director. She has been with the organization since the inception of the PLUS Network, playing a key role in designing and implementing the program. Her current international development work with local governments and their key stakeholders is enhanced by a cross-sectoral career background.

Jane has worked in the sustainable development field for over 16 years, starting with her role as an environmental educator for 10 years in the academic sector, a sustainability analyst with the energy industry for two years, and from 2000 - 2003, working on urban sustainability issues through her role as the citiesPLUS Project Manager. citiesPLUS was Canada's winning entry in the World Gas Conference’s sustainable urban design competition that involved teams from eight countries. It was the success of this project that led to the launch of the Sustainable Cities: PLUS Network, now in its sixth year of operation.

In addition to managing the PLUS Network, Jane has had extensive hands-on experience working on projects with African and Latin American cities, connecting talents that complement each other in order to make things happen. She has built a foundation of relationships that testify to her deep commitment to international collaboration for a more sustainable world.