Anna Ho, Paths for People
Anna Ho is an engineer, year-round cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. She is the co-founder and co-executive director of Paths for People, a local organization that advocates for safe walking and biking infrastructure. Paths for People created A City for Life Built Environment leadership forum, successfully advocated for the downtown minimum grid of bike lanes, and is creating Edmonton’s first Cyclovia. Through her advocacy work, Ho works towards educating, community building and creating cross sector collaboration to bring about environmental and social change for a healthier Edmonton.
Dustin Bajer, Co-Chair, Edmonton Food Council
Dustin Bajer is an educator, master gardener, beekeeper, ecologically inspired designer, and urban agriculture consultant. He's passionate about biophilic cities that integrate their built and natural environments in mutually beneficial ways.
As co-chair of the Edmonton Food Council, Bajer is working to advise the City on the implementation of its food and urban agriculture strategy (FRESH) and has been working with the City to expand Edmonton's first river valley food forest - an edible landscape that supports community and the environment.
Jane Alexander, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Edmonton
Bishop Jane Alexander holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies. She was consecrated as Bishop of Edmonton in 2008 and currently co-chairs EndPoverty Edmonton, the city’s anti-poverty initiative. Bishop Jane is a partner in the International Eco-bishops Initiative, which highlights the impact climate change is having on diverse communities around the world.
In 2015 they published “The World is our Host,” a call to action for the global Anglican Communion to address climate change as the most urgent moral issue of our day. Worldwide, the Anglican Church’s fifth mark of mission is: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
Jim Sandercock, Chair, Alternative Energy Technologies - NAIT
With a PhD in Microbiology and Cellbiotechnology from the University of Alberta, Jim Sandercock is the inaugural Chair of the Alternative Energy Technology program, a two year diploma in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Biorefining at NAIT. Prior to joining the program, he participated in renewable liquid fuel research as a scientist with the Alberta Government.
Sandercock also oversees applied research that answers practical problems in partnership with local industry.
Morgan Wedderspoon, Visual Artists
Local photographer and lead artist in the print studio at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, Leanne Olson has completed multiple community art projects with artists at the Bissell Centre in Edmonton. For the last few years, Olson has been exhibiting work with a water life theme. Her practice has centered on documenting impermanence and adaption to changing environmental conditions.
Originally from St. Catharines, Ontario, Morgan Wedderspoon is an Edmonton artist working in print media and found-object sculpture to reflect on the feeling of living in a time of global changes. Her ongoing creative research explores the intersection of ecology, poetry and speculative thought. She also teaches printmaking at the University of Alberta and the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP).
Brandy Burdeniuk, Green Buildings Champion
For over a decade Brandy has worked in the construction industry with leading companies, institutions & governments across the globe. Knowing that business can be done a better way, in 2006 she co-founded EcoAmmo, an Edmonton based project management firm incorporating pragmatic social, environmental & economic sustainability into construction projects. Brandy is now part of a company called View Dynamic Glass, working to excite people about living, working, and thriving in spaces that are occupant-focused in their design, while also highly efficient.
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Edmonton's Historian Laureate
Chris Chang-Yen Phillips is a storyteller and people weaver. He currently serves as Edmonton's Historian Laureate and the News Coordinator at CJSR 88.5 FM. Chris studied International Development Studies & Environment and Resource Studies at Trent University. He loves learning about science, nature, and history. And his favourite Star Trek series so far is Deep Space Nine.
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, Canada's only Indigenous-led climate justice social movement organization. She is also a Dene Indigenous rights advocate, activist, and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Northern Alberta, Canada, downstream of Alberta's Tar Sands. Eriel's work focuses on raising awareness about the importance of including Indigenous peoples in addressing the global climate crisis. Eriel is an active member of the UN Indigneous Forum on Climate Change, a board member with the UK Tar Sands Network, and Bioneers.
Dr. Joe Vipond, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Joe Vipond has worked as an emergency physician in Calgary for seventeen years. In 2012 he became one of the key organizers for the successful Alberta Coal Phase Out campaign, and the subsequent Canadian Coal Phase Out campaign. He currently sits on two boards, that of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and the Alberta Wilderness Association. More recently his interest has turned to citizen engagement and climate literacy.
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