Board and Team

Our Board

Isabel Gordon

Isabel Gordon

Treasurer

Isabel spent 27 years at the City of North Vancouver, 8 as Director of Finance. She is now the Director of Financial Services for the District of West Vancouver and has established an Asset Management accounting and funding system. She has also worked on getting Canadian accounting standards to recognize natural capital and as a fundable asset category.

Emanuel Machado

Emanuel Machado

Chair

Emanuel is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Gibsons. He worked with communities across Canada to promote renewable energy, net-zero buildings, water strategies, social plans and sustainability frameworks. He has been recognized with numerous awards including the Arbor Vitae Award from the Province of British Columbia and the Professional Award for Innovation in local government.

Natalia Moudrak

Natalia Moudrak

Director

Natalia is a Director, Climate Resiliency Leader at Aon’s Public Sector Partnership (PSP), which focuses on developing innovative solutions to help governments and other public institutions reduce volatility and increase the resiliency of their mission. The PSP is a global team of talented colleagues that have deep experience serving in government, insurance, reinsurance, and the capital markets.

Prior to joining Aon, Natalia worked as Director of Climate Resilience at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation where she led the development of programs, guidelines and standards for climate resilience and disaster risk reduction in Canada.

Mike Puddister

Mike Puddister

Director

Mike was Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Watershed Transformation at Credit Valley Conservation Authority. He’s a founding member of the Ontario Network on Ecosystem Services, and was a member of the Research Management Committee for the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for EcoHealth Ontario, and of the Steering Committee for the Central West Local Health Integration Network Healthy Communities Initiative.

Jay Ritchlin

Jay Ritchlin

VP/Secretary

Jay is Director-General for Western Canada at the David Suzuki Foundation. He has more than 15 years’ experience working on solutions to environmental challenges including open net-pen aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, marine fisheries, toxins and seafood. He holds a Biology degree from Kenyon College, Ohio.

Meet the Team

Roy Brooke

Roy Brooke

Executive Director

Roy has worked in Canada, Europe and Africa in urban sustainability, national politics, international development and humanitarian affairs. He served as Director of Sustainability for the City of Victoria from 2011 to 2013 and between 2003 and 2011 he worked for the United Nations.

Donna Chiarelli

Donna Chiarelli

Asset Management Advisor

Donna brings 15 years of experience building the capacity of local governments with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, including a strong focus on supporting innovation in asset management. Donna provides support for MNAI to participating municipalities for core asset management concepts.

Liese Coulter

Liese Coulter

Mitacs Accelerate Research Fellow

Liese’s work with MNAI is to help better understand professional norms and educational competencies to support natural asset practices. She was a Mitacs Science Policy Fellow with the B.C. government and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds. Liese holds a PhD from Griffith University and a MScCommunication from the Australian National University.

Stephan Jacob

Stephan Jacob

Design & Web Maintenance

Trained in Berlin and a CGD™ certified designer, Stephan brings polished, strategic design to MNAl’s publications - in print and online. Stephan is president of iD2 Communications Inc., a Victoria-based firm specializing in sustainable design solutions.

Karin Lengger

Karin Lengger

Financial Officer

Karin has over 20 years of experience using numbers and systems to build organizational resilience. She ensures MNAI’s financial processes and records are accurate, valuable and useful.

Michelle Molnar

Michelle Molnar

Technical Director

Michelle has 15+ years’ experience in Ecological Economics and inter-disciplinary research, focusing on conservation of natural capital using valuation, policy analysis, and public outreach. She has created and managed cross-functional teams, authored natural capital valuation reports, is past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, and served on the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council.

Kim Neale

Kim Neale

Projects and Operations Assistant

Kim is an Environmental Engineer of Anishinaabeg/Métis descent from the Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario with over 12 year‘s experience working with communities all over Canada. She has a focus on the inclusion of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and biocultural indicators into natural capital valuation systems, the development of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA’s) and mentorship of BIPOC LGBTQ2S+ youth to find careers in community climate action.

Emily Sharma

Emily Sharma

Communications & Outreach Advisor

Emily is a communications professional who supports environmental conservation initiatives by developing accessible and actionable content. She has experience in public relations and creative writing for tourism and non-profit organizations.

Sairah Tyler

Sairah Tyler

Operations Manager

Sairah is a community planner whose work addresses major socio-economic and environmental issues including water and watersheds, climate change impacts and adaptation, low impact development, urban forests and parks and open space systems. She helps deliver all aspects of MNAI’s municipal natural asset projects.

Amy Taylor

Amy Taylor

Technical Support

Amy Taylor is an environmental economist with extensive project and management experience. Amy is the Chief Operations Officer with Green Analytics that provides technical support to MNAI.

MNAI aims to make municipal natural asset management mainstream across Canada. Reach out to us today for more information.