Staff & Board
Executive Director: Anouk Bertner
Program Manager: Chelsea Hillier
Program Coordinator Assistant: Jane Fysh
Program Instructor: Belkis Navas
Production Manager: Justina McCaffrey
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.
Director: Robin Whitford
After leaving a stressful job a few years ago, Robin was on the hunt for a new direction in her life. She had always felt a calling to the creative world, but had not yet tapped into her potential. Luckily she found EcoEquitable and was able to take part in the Sewing for Jobs program. Following this 6 month program Robin was empowered to start her own sewing business and that is when Sew Crazy was born. She specializes in custom machine embroidery services and she loves to help clients create unique embroidered gifts. Robin also has an ever growing line of hilarious embroidered flour sack towels.
Robin lives in Orleans with her husband, 2 awesome kids and 2 furbabies.
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: Thierry Kasende
Thierry Kasende is the founder and creative director at PRIDE AND EGO, a men’s lifestyle brand. After having spent 10 years in the retail fashion industry, attending fashion courses at Richard Robinson, and studying business, he quit his job to move to Cape Town South Africa. Partnering with a local studio, he designed and produced PRIDE AND EGO’s first capsule collection. Today his company is based in Ottawa, producing made to measure men’s suiting, and offering various styling services. Having immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa is close to his heart. This lead him to volunteer with CACHA, Canada Africa Community Health Alliance, and to seek out opportunities helping people who are new to Canada find a sense of community. In his spare time Thierry loves spending time with his son, enjoys playing basketball, and meditates regularly.
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.