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 5 positions on the Board for Individual members who are also elected at the AGM.
Chair: John Fjeldsted, member-at-large
John is the former Executive Director of the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA), a position he held since July, 2007. He has a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of Manitoba. He also holds journeyman licences in both the Power Electrician and Construction Electrician fields. Previous to joining MEIA, John worked for over 35 years for Manitoba Hydro retiring from the position of Manager of Corporate Planning and Environment.
During his time with Manitoba Hydro, he worked as a journeyman power electrician, held various positions in corporate purchasing and human resources, and since 1995 in Environmental Management and Corporate Planning. Additionally, he was a member of the executive committee and co-chair of the task group for the Environmental Commitment and Responsibility Program of the Canadian Electricity Association. John was also a member of the technical committee on Environmental Auditing and Related Investigations for the Canadian Standards Association and as such participated on the joint committee responsible for Canadian input to ISO 19011, the Guideline for Quality and/or Environmental Management Systems Auditing.
Sean Petty: Sierra Club – Prairie Chapter
Sean Petty is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg, having completed a B.A. in English and History. A graduate of the Leadership Winnipeg program, Sean has also completed training in conflict resolution and mediation. In 2008, he was privileged to receive climate change training from former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. Sean has worked extensively in government. He has worked for the Manitoba government (Highways and Government Services), the federal government (Canadian Heritage), and as a political assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Hon. Dr. Rey D. Pagtakhan.
In 2000, he had the privilege of serving as the Canadian Liaison Officer to the Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister at the War-Affected Children Conference. Fluently bilingual (English, French), Sean has a long history of volunteering in the community. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Zoological Society of Manitoba, the Celebrate Canada Committee (Manitoba), the United Nations Association of Canada (Winnipeg branch), and the Sierra Club of Canada’s Winnipeg group. He has also sat on the Board of the Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba), acting as Manitoba Chair to the Liberal Party’s National Standing Committee on Policy Development. In 2006, he co-chaired the Winnipeg City Summit’s Youth Speakout event at the invitation of Winnipeg’s mayor.
Dan McInnis: Canada Green Building Council, Manitoba Chapter
A life-long proud Manitoban, Dan is the recently appointed Executive Director of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. Dan came to the Chapter after a 32 year career in the public sector. His most recent position was Assistant Deputy Minister with the Province of Manitoba. The position was responsible for climate change and environmental protection programming. Dan represented Manitoba’s interests at four United Nations climate change and sustainability negotiating meetings as well as oversaw the successful implementation of the Beyond Kyoto Climate Change Action Plan. Dan graduated from Red River College (Civil Technology) and the University of Manitoba (Civil Engineering).
Along with his professional accomplishments and public service record, Dan has been able to serve many volunteer organizations. Most notably Dan recently completed a term as the Chair of the Province of Manitoba Employees All-Charities program and was a Director member of the executive committee for The Climate Registry.
Dan is married to Heidi and has one son and two granddaughters. His pastimes include racquetball, some golf, CFL football and has just started yoga.
James Beddome: member-at-large
Justine Spearman, Manitoba Environmental Industries Association-Student Chapter
John Coombs, Ontario Environmental Network
Jamie Hilland, Green Action Centre
Alexander Wieb, Sustainability Office – University of Winnipeg
Nicola Dempsey, member-at-large
Natasha Klaponski, member-at-large