Our Team


Kai Chan

Kai Chan is a professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Kai is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. He was a coordinating author of the IPBES Global Assessment and the UNEP Making Peace with Nature report, co-leading the sections on pathways and solutions.


Claire Armstrong

Claire loves anything to do with the ocean, which is why she is currently pursuing a Masters of Marine Management at Dalhousie University focusing on the inclusion of local communities and Indigenous peoples in coastal resource management.


Hanaa Punja

Hanaa has a BA in Biology from UBC. She is interested in how business systems and processes can be altered through transformative change to mitigate environmental impact and work towards a circular economy.

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Meg Sheline

Meg's interests are in politics, law, and government. She is pursing an MA in Environmental Resource Policy at George Washington University with a focus on the intersection of environmental law and policy, primarily at the US federal level.


Colton Stevens

Colton loves spending time outdoors, and he is pursuing a master’s degree at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC to learn about the connections between outdoor recreation and sustainable behaviour.


Brooke is pursuing an MA in Geography at the University of Toronto. She is interested in community-based research, exploring how justice and equity may be fostered alongside urban sustainability transitions, and the transition to a regenerative economy.

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Paige Olmsted

Paige is a Senior Research Associate at the Smart Prosperity Institute. She has a multi-disciplinary background in biology, environmental policy, and public administration through her work and research at Columbia University's Earth Institute, UNEP, and the Copenhagen Business School. Paige holds a PhD from the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

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Seth holds a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology degree from the University of Waterloo and is an entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience working with innovation and technology oriented companies. Seth brings value in all aspects of business and all stages of development and growth.

Seth Brouwers


Gail Hochachka

Gail Hochachka is a postdoctoral fellow at UBC, currently studying urban climate action from a transdisciplinary perspective. She has extensive work and academic experience on integrating the human dimensions of climate change response as part of broader, deeper transformations to sustainability.


Harold Eyster is a Gund Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Vermont where he harnesses  interdisciplinary methods to understand relationships among birds, people, and trees in cities. Harold holds a PhD from the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

Harold Eyster