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.
Current Board Members (alpha order, first name)
Adam Young (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.
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, Director (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.
Bob Adamson, Treasurer (Manitoba)
Bob is the program director for Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba with responsibilities for life science partnership initiatives at the school, school division and provincial level. He is on the Secretariat for the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group Steering Committee and a member of Education for Sustainable Development Canada (ESD Canada). He is also on the Board of Directors for the Nutrients for Life Foundation and National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) International Committee.
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.
Haley Higdon (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!
Jason Armstrong (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.
Margaret McKeon (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.
Marie-Pierre Poirier (New Brunswick)
Marie-Pierre currently works with the New Brunswick Environmental Network, a communication network that links together over 90 non-profit environmental organizations in the province, where she coordinates programs on climate change adaptation and sustainability education. She values the importance of collaborations and networking to advance work on various environmental and sustainability issues.
Nadine Le Fort (Nova Scotia)
Nadine has focused her research on ways to foster teachers’ relationships with nature through personal deep ecology practices. Her past work with Cape Breton University and Mi’kmaq communities focused on developing culturally appropriate learning tools that integrate traditional ecological knowledge into everyday curriculum. She also spent five years on Vancouver Island, managing Sierra Club BC’s Education Program before moving back to the east coast. She is currently working Parks Canada in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, as outreach and education officer.
Remy Rodden (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.