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About Us

Who We Are

Manitoba Eco-Network is a non-profit organization which promotes positive environmental action.  Our organization's mission is to facilitate environmental awareness and expand community connections.  We educate, we facilitate, we celebrate!

We are a member of the Canadian Environmental Network, based in Ottawa.  We serve as an umbrella for environmental non-governmental organizations across the province.  We welcome individual, ENGO, and associate members to our organization.

Staff

Our Core and Project staff members are dedicated and knowledgeable people combining years of experience in the environmental field.  See our staff directory to contact us directly.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors (also known as the Steering Committee) comprises volunteers nominated from Member Groups, and elected at our Annual General Meeting to 2-year terms.  There are 2 positions on the Board for Individual members who are also elected at the AGM.

Chair:  Kisti Thomas, Member at Large
Vice-Chair: John Fjeldsted, Manitoba Environmental Industries Association
Secretary-Treasurer:  Alec Stuart, Planners Network Manitoba
Alex Paterson, Western Canada Wilderness Committee
Dan McInnis, Canada Green Building Council, Manitoba Chapter
Kelly Whelan-Enns, Manitoba Wildlands
Curt Belton, Member at Large
Alana Lajoie-O'Malley, University of Winnipeg Campus Sustainability Office
Amanda Kinden, Green Action Centre
Sean Petty, Sierra Club - Prairie Chapter

Learn more about our board members.

What We Do

Connecting Manitobans and providing environmental information and education gives us many opportunities for programs, projects and activities.

Resource Centre - Alice Chambers Memorial Library

We operate a library of environmental resources in the form of books, reports, magazines, journals and DVDs/videos for free loan to the public, as well as a public registry of all development proposals in the Province of Manitoba.

Member Group Services

We provide networking and information services for 69 Member Groups, as well as meeting space and equipment for those groups without offices. We also hold events and workshops and an annual Member Forum to bring our groups together and share information to help them work more effectively.

Information and Referral Services

We connect government, media and the public with our environmental and social reform member organizations working on a wide variety of issues as well as experts in the community and beyond.

Projects

We undertake projects to educate and increase public awareness on sustainable alternatives and to provide services to the environmental community. 

Our projects:

Publications

We publish the Eco Journal quarterly, providing information about local environmental issues from a viewpoint not normally found in the mainstream media.  Some of our projects also publish resources.  Member Groups and Individual Members also receive a Monthly E-Bulletin with alerts for upcoming events and news from the environmental community.

Eco Volunteer Program

We help individuals transform their concern for the environment into meaningful action by connecting them with our Member Groups.

Environmental Awards

The Anne Lindsey Protecting Our Earth Awards are awarded each year to recognize significant contributions to the awareness and protection of Manitoba's environment.

Presentations

Upon request, we provide presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics to groups in the community.

Suggested Fees* for Manitoba Eco-Network Presentations

Member Groups of Manitoba Eco-Network:   No Charge (unless participants will be charged)
Schools, Non-Profit Groups, Community Events:   $40
Small Commercial Enterprises, Workshops, Conferences:  $75
Large Commercial Enterprises, Agencies, Institutions:   $150

*NOTE: Suggested fees help support the work of Manitoba Eco-Network
They may be adjusted to match your organization's budget.
A travel subsidy may be required for presentations outside of Winnipeg.
Based on a 1-1.5 hour presentation.

The EcoCentre

Manitoba Eco-Network is located in the EcoCentre on the third floor of Winnipeg's Mountain Equipment Co-op, one of Canada's greenest buildings.  Located at 303 Portage Avenue, the EcoCentre is also home to other environmental organizations.  Read more about the EcoCentre.

Our Funders

Manitoba Eco-Network is grateful for the financial and in-kind support of the community.
2012-2013 Funders:

Core Services
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
United Way Donor-Designated Gifts Program
The Winnipeg Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy group at Churchill High School
City of Winnipeg Employees
Province of Manitoba All-Charities Campaign
Mountain Equipment Co-op

 

Climate Change Connection
Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Conservation, Climate Change Action Fund
Assiniboine Credit Union
The Winnipeg Foundation
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Water Caucus
Manitoba Water Stewardship
World Wildlife Fund Canada

Organic Lawn Care
Government of Manitoba, Green Team
City of Winnipeg, Parks and Open Spaces Division, Greenspace

Manitoba Environmental Youth Network
Assiniboine Credit Union
The Winnipeg Foundation
Government of Canada, EcoAction
Youth Environmental Initiatives - various high schools

Eco Journal
Per Capita Grant - Brian Mayes, City Councillor for St. Vital

Alice Chambers Memorial Library
Winnipeg Foundation: Youth in Philanthropy group at Saint John’s Ravenscourt

Children’s Health and Environment Partnership
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Foundation
Klinic

M.E.N./T.R.E.E. Legacy Endowment Fund
The Winnipeg Foundation

Equally important are the many donations we receive throughout the year from our members and friends. All contributions, large and small, help to maintain the Manitoba Eco-Network and our services.

Our Operations

Procurement policy

All purchases made throughout our operations are guided by Manitoba Eco-Network's purchasing policy, which prioritizes local, organic, fair trade/CED, and environmental products.  Read the procurement policy

By-Laws

Our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers operate in accordance with Manitoba Eco-Network's by-laws.  Read the by-laws