Executives

Incoming President – Michelle Molnar:

Michelle Molnar is an Environmental Economist and Policy Analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation. She leads the Lower Mainland Natural Capital Project, which focuses on the conservation of natural capital using various tools of ecological economics, policy analysis, and public outreach. She also teaches Introduction to Ecological Economics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology through the Sustainable Business Leadership Program. Michelle has an M.A. in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.


Incoming VP Programs – Jérôme Dupras

Jérôme Dupras is an assistant professor at the Département des sciences naturelles of the Université du Québec en Outaouais and a researcher at the Institut des Sciences de la Forêt tempérée. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography and a BA in Biochemistry from the Université de Montréal, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biology at McGill University. His research focuses on the economic valuation of ecosystem services (ES), the analysis of the relationship between the structure of ecosystems and their ES production and the consideration of ES valuation in decision-making processes regarding land use planning and management. He is also very involved with environmental NGOs: in 2012 he founded the Green Belt Movement, a coalition of environmental organizations that advocates for the creation of a green infrastructure in the Montreal region, and he is a member of the scientific circle of the David Suzuki Foundation since 2011. He is also known as a founding member of the musical group the Cowboys Fringants and chairs the foundation of the group dedicated to the protection of the environment.


VP Research and Education – Brett Dolter:

Brett Dolter is a university lecturer, researcher, and musician.  He possesses a Master of Arts degree in Economics from UVic, a Master of Arts degree in Resource Management & Environmental Studies from UBC, a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in the Environment and Economic Development from the University of Regina, and is currently pursuing PhD studies in Ecological Economics at York University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Victor.  Brett’s PhD research is focused on the economic modelling of climate and energy policy, with a particular focus on electricity policy in his home province of Saskatchewan.  He was also the program coordinator for the 2013 CANSEE conference at York University in Toronto.


Incoming VP Communications – Katie Kish:

kkishKatie Kish is a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Environment and Resource Studies. She is the Faculty of Environment’s Teaching and Learning Associate and a Research Fellow for the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience. Her background is in systems thinking and complexity science which she applies to her current research on exploring radical and disruptive political economies. She teaches courses in Big History, systems thinking, and ecological political economies.


Incoming Secretary-Treasurer – Linda Gagné

0 (1)Dr. Lynda Gagné, CPA (CGA) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria. Prior to joining the School, she taught accounting and economics at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and Columbia College. She also worked as an accountant in the non-profit sector for several years, and for the Yukon Government. She teaches public sector financial management, and economic evaluation with a focus on health and environmental applications. Her current research interests include cost-benefit analysis of environmental investments, environmental epidemiology, and small scale sustainable agriculture and food security.


Past President – Andreas Link:

Andreas Link is employed as a Senior Economist with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources. Also with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources, he has worked in the Deputy Minister’s Office as a Senior Policy Advisor as well for the Species at Risk Branch as a Species at Risk Economist. Prior to this he has worked as an economist in a planning consulting firm, in a transportation planning department as well as the finance industry. His undergraduate degree was in economics at both Wilfred Laurier University and York University. He has studied planning and ecological economics at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.


Past Secretary-Treasurer – Michael Barkusky:

Michael Barkusky holds a BA (Honours) in Economics (University of Cape Town, 1977), an MBA with a focus on accounting, finance and information systems (University of British Columbia, 1982) and the CGA designation (since 1985). He has worked as an employee and as an entrepreneur, and in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, international trade and wholesaling, support of professional legal services and delivery of accounting services to clients, and most recently, in carbon finance and First Nations community economic development, primarily in Vancouver. He has taught accounting at a community college, made numerous presentations to a wide variety of audiences and was lead author on a paper presented at the 2005 CANSEE conference subsequently published in a peer-reviewed journal. He maintains memberships in the Association of Professional Economists of BC as well as in the BC and national CGA Associations, and serves on the boards of two other non-profit organizations, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC chapter, and False Creek Watershed Society. In 2008-09 he studied Ecological Economics more formally, undertaking a Master’s level course offered by distance learning at the University of Nebraska. He has attended all CANSEE conferences held since 2003, served on the CANSEE Executive since 2006, represented CANSEE at the 2008 ISEE conference in Nairobi, and helped organize the 2009 CANSEE conference in Vancouver.

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