Staff & Board

Our Staff

Almaz Beyin, Machine Operator, Lead

Anouk Bertner, Executive Director

Belkis Navas, Lead Instructor, Sewing for Jobs

Carolina Nino, Machine Operator

Chelsea Hillier, Program Manager

Humaira Rahim, Machine Operator

Pamela Castanho, Logistics Coordinator

Sothea Chhay, Production Manager


Our Board


EcoEquitable Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors:

President: Heather George
Heather is a consultant for Avenai, an IT services and business consulting company. She has valuable work experience in IT strategy, delivery and transformation for both government and not-for-profit sectors.  She has previously worked in Finance at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and in Communications at Sustainable Prosperity, a local green economy think-tank. She graduated with distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Business & Sustainability. Heather is extremely interested in the interdependencies and opportunities between business, society, and the environment. She is an indoor cycling instructor and enjoys hiking and playing volleyball.


Treasurer: Allyson Chisnall
Allyson is MediaStyle’s CFO and COO and wields the spreadsheets on all our projects. She is a Certified Financial Planner and leads MediaStyle’s operations. Allyson has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carleton University. She has worked for top Chartered Accounting firms on three continents including KPMG in New Zealand and Logan Katz in Ottawa. In 2005, Allyson started her own firm providing accounting and tax advice to businesses and individuals in the Ottawa region, including MediaStyle. Allyson is a native Ottawan and world traveller. As a runner and triathlete, she raises money for a number of national and international charities.

Director: Robin Wisener


Secretary: Charlene Elgee
Charlene, a native of New Brunswick and a long-time Ottawa resident, is a retired federal government librarian with many years experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She takes great pride in more than two decades of providing information to public servants enabling them to do their jobs better, first as a reference librarian and then as a library manager. Having raised four children in Orleans, she has also been an active community member in leadership roles in Girls Guides, in school councils with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and with the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library.  She is currently on the board of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society and has, since retirement, worked as a contractor in management in four federal libraries.  A lifelong interest in sewing brought her to EcoEquitable and its enthusiastic, vibrant, interesting people – volunteers, staff, drop-in sewists, students and teachers – have kept her here.

Ex-Officio/Director: Anouk Bertner
Anouk has worked in social enterprises, non-profits, and sustainability for the past 10 years.  She loves to tackle complex problems with system thinking to tease out new win-win solutions.  She has worked at EcoEquitable intermediately as the Director of Business Operations and Interim ED for the last three years.  Anouk has an MBA and a degree in Physiology.  She enjoys well run public transit systems and hates red tape.

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