Our Vision

Achieve an environmentally sustainable Ottawa by mobilizing talent.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop and manage a network of advisors to provide pro bono advice, research capacity, and/or other assistance to support community action on environmental sustainability.

Our Goals

To help the environment

Our first goal is to 'Enhance the quality and effectiveness of environmental sustainability projects undertaken by not-for-profit organizations in Ottawa'

To help broker relationships

Our second goal is to 'Link expertise and knowledge with client needs in a credible and timely fashion'

To foster a sustainable City

Our third goal is to 'Facilitate community learning and action aimed at fostering a sustainable Ottawa'

Our Team

Board of Directors

Josh Hendry

Josh Hendry is the Chair of of Ottawa Eco-Talent Network and a sustainability consultant with over 15 years of experience in product and corporate sustainability strategy development and program implementation.

John Karau

John Karau is the Secretary Treasurer of Ottawa Eco-Talent Network. John is a biologist by training who has worked for conservation authorities, the United Nations, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Lisa Meyer

Lisa Meyer is a member of Ottawa Eco-Talent Network’s Board of Directors and a faculty member in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Carleton University.

Mary Hegan

Mary Hegan is a member of the Board of Directors and is social worker by training whose work has been focused on community development.

Paul McCann

Paul McCann is a member of Ottawa Eco-Talent Network’s Board of Directors and also acts as an advisor. Paul has over 30 years of experience working for the City of Ottawa in various departments and branches.

Melanie Abdelnour

Melanie Abdelnour is a member of Ottawa Eco-Talent Network’s Board of Directors. Melanie has over 10 years experience as a teacher and is the Director of the environmental Non-Profit Organization, Deep Blue Cleanup.

Staff

Samara Bhimji

Samara Bhimji is the Program Manager at Ottawa Eco-Talent Network. Samara holds an Msc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelors in International Development from the University of Ottawa.

Cora Sinclair

Cora Sinclair is the Program Coordinator at Ottawa Eco-Talent Network. Cora completed her Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph.

Who is Samara?

To hear more about Ottawa Eco-Talent Network from our former Executive Director, check out this video.

Please note that the address mentioned in the video is not up to date.