EECOM is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In accordance with our by-laws, an election must be held to replace those Board members whose term expires in the current year; the incumbent members may stand for re-election. Participation on the Board of Directors is one of the ways to help shape EECOM’s contribution to environmental learning in Canada and to engage in meaningful dialogue with our colleagues across the country. Board members are expected to participate in teleconferences as required, to contribute to the work of EECOM committees, and to attend an annual Board retreat. To serve on the Board, a candidate must be a full EECOM member in good standing, and must be at least 18 years of age.
2017-18 Board of Directors
Bruce Ford, Chair (British Columbia)
Bruce is the Sustainability Education Coordinator for Metro Vancouver. He works collaboratively with many K-12 students, teachers and community partners to support and inspire increased engagement with place-based sustainability topics in schools, classrooms and communities. His works entails creation and delivery of K-12 teaching and learning resource materials and strategies via school programs, fieldtrips and teacher professional development and youth leadership development programs. In BC, Bruce has acted as Chair of Professional Development for BCTF’s Environmental Education Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA) since 2006.
Dr. Alan Warner, Vice-chair (Nova Scotia)
Alan is a professor in the Community Development and Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has designed, led and evaluated award-winning experiential environmental education programs for over thirty years, involving more than 60,000 children and youth. He also works on education efforts to support the development of sustainable food systems and policies and has authored and co-authored a wide range of books, book chapters and academic articles in environmental education and community development.
Barret Miller, Treasurer (Manitoba)
Barret has studied Psychology and Forestry, but more importantly grew up playing and learning in the bush around Pinawa, Manitoba. He’s a reformed summer camp brat who’s channeled his enthusiasm and love of nature into his work at FortWhyte Alive, an environmental education organization in southwest Winnipeg. As FortWhyte’s special Projects Interpreter, he plans and leads field programming, teacher professional development in outdoor learning and ESD, and has committed to nibbling every wild edible plant Manitoba has to offer.
Haley Higdon, Secretary (Ontario)
Haley has her Masters in Child Study and Education and is the Program Lead for Natural Curiosity, a resource for educators about Environmental Inquiry that was developed by the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (OISE/UofT). The resource supports educators in making the shift to Environmental Inquiry through a four-branch framework. Haley facilitates Inquiry Institutes to support educators with this four-branch approach to elicits students’ natural curiosity about the world. Haley is a passionate environmentalist who also has a blog where she provides suggestions and tips to help people go green!
Adam Young, Director (Saskatchewan)
Adam is a Master’s in Educational Foundations student at the University of Saskatchewan. Working with Sustainability Education Research Network (SEPN), his research interests include resources for teachers on sustainability, in particular eco-school certification programs. His previous comparative research was on Quebec-Swedish sustainability education, which still keeps him returning to both places as often as he can.
Jason Armstrong, Director (Ontario)
Jason is the Energy Literacy Network Coordinator at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and currently overseeing the Let’s Talk Energy initiative. Let’s Talk Energy is building the Canadian Energy Literacy Network. This is a community of practice open to professionals, organizations, and advocates who are doing substantial work to improve energy literacy in Canada.
Julie Lépine, Director (Ontario)
Julie graduated in Physical Geography with a specialization in Environmental Science from the University of Montreal. She has been working with Mining Matters for more than 2 years now as the Teacher Training and School Programs Bilingual coordinator. She shares her knowledge about geology, sustainable development, material science and works at raising awareness about consumption habits of non-renewable resources with educators and students across Canada. Her dynamic personality and passion for Earth Sciences shines through her workshops and presentations.
Margaret McKeon, Director (Newfoundland & Labrador)
Margaret has been the Outdoor Education Coordinator and Education for Sustainability Resource Teacher with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. She is now undertaking PhD studies at UBC where she is considering her role as a non-Aboriginal teacher helping to support Mi’kmaw cultural teaching in Western Newfoundland.
Remy Rodden, Director (Yukon)
Remy is the Manager of Environmental Education and Youth Programs for the Government of Yukon Territory. He leads and oversees popular wilderness-based experiential youth programs and supports environmental literacy in schools. He is first and foremost an environmental educator—a biologist, interpreter and teacher—who just happens to have a natural talent for singing and song-writing. As He is also a well-known “eco-singer” whose performances and recordings have garnered international attention. His song “What’s That Habitat?” from the album Think About the Planet is part of compilation celebrating the UN Earth Charter.
Elizabeth Boileau, Director (Alberta)
Elizabeth has worked extensively in environmental education in Quebec and Ontario and has taught early childhood education at Red River College in Manitoba. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a PhD at Lakehead University, where she is researching early childhood environmental education programs in Canada. Elizabeth is based out of Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Patrick Robertson, Director (British Columbia)
Patrick is a teacher educator and consultant working collaboratively with a wide range of partners and clients in BC and across Canada to engage communities, build capacity, influence policy, and develop partnerships, programs and resources for K-12 and post-secondary audiences. He teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and is a Fellow in the University Sustainability Initiative at UBC. Patrick is also a director of various local, provincial and national organizations focused on sustainability, climate, social justice, literacy and the environment.
Shannon Harding, Director (Nova Scotia)
Shannon studied both Education and Environmental and Resource Science at Trent University but credits her passion for the environment to outdoor exploration as a child, as well as some inspiring educators along the way. Shannon has previously worked in the field of Environmental Education as a classroom teacher, a college vice-principal and as the education manager of a natural science center. Currently, as Manager of educational programming at Clean Foundation, she spends her time designing, developing and evaluating strategies and programming to engage children and youth in environmental knowledge and issues.
Pascale Lea Ouellette, Director (New Brunswick)
Pascale graduated in Biology from the University of New Brunswick. She has been active in the environmental movement of NB for more than 6 years. She is the Education and Outreach Programs Coordinator at the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN). Pascale facilitates province-wide collaboration between youth, teachers, outdoor educators, ENGOs, and much more. She also has a passion for local food, plant identification and is fully bilingual.
Paul Elliot, Director (Ontario)
Paul is a professor in the School of Education at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where he is the Director of the M.Ed. in Educational Studies and also teaches B.Ed. students. He encourages collaborative learning, student-student discourse and a holistic approach to learning that breaks down traditional academic barriers. Paul works to promote environmental education in teacher education, has published on a diverse range of topics and is passionate about the need to convince people to adopt a biocentric world view.
Maureen Jack-LaCroix (British Columbia)
Maureen is an environmental educator, researcher, curriculum designer and PhD student of Environmental Education at S.F.U. Her Masters in Eco-Psychology and Indigenous Wisdom, and her facilitation of Macy’s deep ecology work, informs her ongoing work as founder of Be The Change Earth Alliance. Maureen is inspired by evolving consciousness, Gaia, and all things wild and beautiful.
Part-time Communications Coordinator – Duncan Whittick
Duncan has been supporting EECOM’s communications activities since 2015. He enjoys connecting the dots between organizations, looking for pathways to systemic change, and finding ways we can all work better, together. In addition to his role with EECOM, he is also the Executive Director for the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network and Coordinator for the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Initiative. He also is co-owner of Non-profit by Nature, a partnership which supports community engagement, capacity building and collaboration.