Board of Directors
Sue Birge, Board Chair
Sue Birge has been on the board of Greenpeace Canada since 2007, and took on the role of chair in June 2012. She has many years of experience working in non-profit organizations and government. Sue held senior staff positions with the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, and was a political advisor to NDP governments in Ontario and British Columbia.
Frans Blom, Board Member
Frans joins the Greenpeace Canada board this year with 35 years of experience in public accounting and finance, as well as a wealth of experience in non-profit boards and audit committees. As a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant, Frans held senior positions with major multi-national companies in Europe and North America. Now retired, he enjoys time with his family and working for a few very special NGOs, including recent fieldwork as a Financial Coordinator with Médecins sans Frontières in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other countries.
Glen Brown, Board Member
Glen Brown is a consultant specializing in planning, communications and policy. He has served as the senior manager at the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange and as interim executive director for the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Pride Toronto and Street Health. He has been a board member at AIDS Action Now, the Canadian AIDS Society, the 519 Community Centre and the Wellesley Institute. His hobbies include dinner parties, theatre and confronting neo-liberalism.
Meriko Kubota, Board Member
Meriko is a classically trained pianist who started her non-music career as an international internship coordinator for the Canadian International Development Agency. She is passionate about participatory community development and has worked at the Vancouver Foundation as manager of grants and community initiatives since 2008. In addition to serving on the board of Greenpeace Canada, she is also a board member of the B.C. organization, Options for Sexual Health. Her favourite hobby is pine needle weaving.
Brigid Rowan, Board Member
Brigid is a Montreal-based energy economist specializing in regulatory and environmental economics. She recently co-authored a widely publicized study, “Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL”. In her 20-year career, Brigid has worked with public interest, environmental and Indigenous groups, start-ups and governments throughout North America and internationally. Yoga, qi gong, running and cross-country skiing facilitate Brigid’s transition from economist to writer of creative non-fiction, her right brain’s vocation.
James Sullivan, Board Member
James works internationally as a consultant to organizations that create standards and certify products that are environmentally and socially responsible. He is passionate about creating markets that drive changes in how products are produced, processed and sold. He is a member of the board of the Sustainability Network working to build the capacities of smaller environmental organizations in Canada. James has lived in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and U.K., and enjoys photography.
Bev Thorpe, Board Member
Bev is co-director of Clean Production Action, a non-profit that is moving our global economy to a non-toxic chemicals future. She is a big believer in pragmatic solutions and her tenacity was born over her ten plus years working with Greenpeace’s international toxics campaign. Bev’s international work has included co-founding the UN’s Cleaner Production Programme to designing a zero waste programme for Bhutan. She can sometimes be found walking the wild shores of Conamara, Ireland.
Kimberly Yetman Dawson, Board Member
Kimberly joins the Greenpeace Canada board this year with 18 years of experience in marketing and communications, as well as 8 years of non-profit management. Most recently, as the Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network, she spearheaded the development of a provincial organization with eleven chapters and a number of community, private sector and government partners all striving to put an end to homelessness. Kimberly is committed to social justice, sustainable development and the environment.