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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 loves anything to do with the ocean. 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.

Claire Armstrong


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

Hanaa Punja

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Meg is interested in the intersection of law and policy with sustainability. She is pursuing a masters in environmental resource policy at The George Washington University

Meg Sheline


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 behavior.

Colton Stevens


Brooke Sutherland

Brooke is passionate about advancing climate justice, fostering more sustainable relationships with nature, and the transition to a regenerative economy. Brooke is pursuing an MA in Geography from the University of Toronto.


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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 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.

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.

Harold Eyster (PhD) 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 Eyster

Rachelle Gould

Gail Hochachka

Paige Olmsted

Rachelle Gould is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work involves social science, the humanities, and ecology. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont. Her research explores the relationship between people and ecosystems and focuses on: (1) environmental values, including Cultural Ecosystem Services and relational values; (2) lifelong and life-wide environmental learning; and (3) how equity, inclusion, and justice permeate environmental issues.

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