President, Broughton Consulting Group
Brenda has a passion for the protection of Howe Sound. She is a former five term Mayor of Lions Bay, having served most recently from 2008-2014.
Brenda is a proven senior executive officer, collaborator, strategic planner, and successful negotiator across party lines and different interests. As a skilled and seasoned executive and political leader, she is known for resourceful budget management and effectiveness in working through critical issues and creating meaningful outcomes. She is committed to the principles of sustainability.
She brings a wealth of business leadership experience, including as COO of a national firm and as Associate Executive Director of the Employee Assistance Group for Family Services of Greater Vancouver, growing the group from serving one to approximately 200 local, regional, and national organizations.
Brenda holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. In this capacity, Brenda enjoys serving on international professional Boards and chair of tens of international and local collaboration forums fostering dialogue a meaningful exchange of perspectives. She presents across North America and is a highly engaging and effective speaker and team builder.
Provincial Organizer, Dogwood Initiative
In her teens, Cheryl learned to water ski in the glassy waters behind Gambier Island. Those were the days when the road to Whistler was a treacherous track and there was a garbage dump where Whistler Village now stands.
The majesty of the B.C. Coast is not lost on long-time locals, and as such Cheryl is now a full time Provincial Organizer with Dogwood, helping to put decision-making power back in the hands of the people who live here. Cheryl has been a passionate supporter of My Sea to Sky since its inception, and is alarmed by the current government's campaign to brainwash the public into thinking that LNG is in any way a "clean" source of energy, and that the Woodfibre LNG project is in the best interest of locals.
Cheryl has attended SFU, BCIT and UBC, with a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality from BCIT and a BSc in Food and Resource Economics (formerly Agricultural Economics) from UBC.
Cheryl is concerned about the danger of LNG tankers Howe Sound, about the massive climate effects of increased fracking in northeast B.C., and about the dishonesty of a government so closely tied to the oil and gas industry, both financially and structurally. She is super pleased to be serving on the board of My Sea to Sky, with the side benefit of being able to spend more time in the beautiful Squamish Valley where she spent so much of her youth.
Co-Founder of My Sea To Sky
Melyssa believes in people powered change and the ingenuity of the human race, and gets fired up when communities take part in building the future they want. She co-founded My Sea to Sky after moving to Squamish and connecting with dozens of activated and informed residents who were building a movement without even knowing it.
Melyssa has worked in the nonprofit environmental sector for over 10 years in education, conservation, and advocacy.
She holds a B.A. in Social Science and Communications and a B.Sc. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia. She can be found outside with her collie and 1 year old looking for migrating salmon or herds of elk along the Squamish River.
Climate Campaigner, Wilderness Committee
Peter grew up west of Calgary, nestled between the majestic Rocky Mountains and the towering headquarters of Canada's oil industry. Wilderness hikes, camping trips and days spent snowboarding inspired a lifelong love of the natural world.
An innate sense of justice and a drive to speak truth to power led him to pursue journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. There he found the story of the century. It's a story that couldn't be harder to tell: an invisible gas building up in the atmosphere that threatens life on Earth as we know it.
Peter took it upon himself to learn everything he could about climate change and find ways to tell this story so the public would understand and take action. During a brief stint working overseas after graduation, he felt called back to Canada.
He needed to do everything he could to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel exports that imperils the planet and the people who call it home. Now he's thrilled to be working with British Columbians to put a stop to these projects.
In his free time, he can be found in his garden, on a mountain, or enjoying one of Vancouver's lovely craft beers.
Brand Strategy & Project Management, Independent Consultant
Chantal supports select mission-driven leaders and organizations with brand strategy and project management. She brings over a decade of expertise working with game-changers including 1% for the Planet, Artists for Conservation, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Earthcycle Packaging, Feeding Change Foods Canada, Junxion Strategy, LifePilot, Renewal Funds, Royal Roads University, Thomas Group and Thrangu Rinpoche’s School for Himalayan Children. She started her career in the corporate world at CIBC Wood Gundy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Travel Underwriters.
In the community, she has been a director of several charity boards, coached individuals and teams worldwide on running, climbing, and adventure campaigns for charity, co-led several international charity climbs and expeditions, and co-produced and co-directed two films: the award-winning adventure documenatries Colours of Edziza (2015) and Beyond the Gates of Phu (2012), which have been official selections and finalists in several international film festivals.
As a learner for life, Chantal is a student of holistic nutrition, eastern philosophy and indigenous leadership.
Some of Chantal’s specifically relevant expertise include:
- Start-up, growth stage and non-profit brand strategy and brand implementation work
- Project management (5,000 hrs. across campaigns, events, brand and website launches)
- International and community stakeholder and partner relations