Board of Directors

Board of Directors Executive

Chairperson

Priyan Samarakoone - [email protected]

Priyan was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to Vancouver in 1996 when his family left during the civil war. He completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and completed his post graduate in the UK with an honours LLB from Nottingham Law School in 2008. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2013 and spent his first 6 years representing clients at all levels of court in BC, including multiple tribunals, for Access Pro Bono BC. He has developed his practice with a focus on all housing related matters and established, EQ Law, in 2019. He has worked on two separate projects for the United Nations (a Child Nutrition Surveillance project in conflict affected zones of northern Sri Lanka, in 2004, for the UN World Food Program, and a baseline Access to Justice study, in 2009, for the UN Development Program). In 2018 he helped create and launch a pro bono family mediation program in Vancouver to tackle family law issues in British Columbia and he continues to provide pro bono assistance to Vancouverites and British Columbians in need.

Treasurer

Steve Kisby - [email protected]

Steve brings a wealth of experience in organizational and fundraising success from all levels of the Green Party. At other levels, he's the past vice president of the Green Party of Canada Fund. With connections in the greener transportation, greener energy, and electoral reform activist community, Steve is a quick leaner, with expertise in administration, promotion, and governance. Professionally, Steve owns and runs a small media release company, and by trade is an Information Technology professional. Provincially he resides in the Vancouver-Kensington riding and federally he's in Vancouver-Kingsway.

Membership Coordinator

Elaine Alpert - [email protected]

Elaine has served on the Green Party of Vancouver Board of Directors since 2015 and is focused on expanding party's membership, promoting active member engagement and participation, and strengthening our financial foundation through both one-time and monthly donations. Elaine has spent her career as a public health-focused academic physician and medical school administrator, focusing on education, training, clinical care, and policy development in violence prevention (primarily domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking). Although retired from clinical practice, she still teaches at UBC and consults both within Canada and globally. Elaine is married, with two grown children, a third child who is no longer with us, and three amazing grand-children. She is a classical choral singer and has a basic conversational facility in Spanish. Elaine has lived in Vancouver since 2009 and became a Canadian citizen in March 2019.

Executive Member At-Large

Meeru Dhalwala - [email protected]

Meeru is a chef and co-owner of Vijs restaurant and My Bambiri baby foods. Her focus is on food, agriculture, seafoods, animal husbandry in terms of environmental sustainability and climate justice. She is on the board of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Meeru uses her businesses as a platform to practice and promote community action for climate chaos prevention. She works with FoodStash Foundation and Quest Food exchange on issues of food waste and making healthy organic foods accessible to disadvantaged/low-income families. As a small business owner, a sustainable economy is closely linked to a sustainable environment if there is to be big, meaningful progress.

 

Board of Directors at-Large

Farrukh Chishtie (he/him/his) - [email protected] 

Farrukh is an atmospheric, climate and earth observation scientist with over 20 years of research experience in climate science and policy, climate adaptation and mitigation. He holds three Masters degrees and two PhDs in Applied Mathematics and Education with specialization in environment and sustainability. Along with grassroots advocacy on issues of climate change and environmental degradation across the globe, Farrukh aims for holistic understanding and meaningful action. He has been a member of the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) validation project by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in collaboration with NASA. He now is a climate expert with the University of British Columbia Sustainability Hub where he raises awareness on climate change across departments. He holds visiting scientist and faculty positions at ECCC, the European Council for Nuclear Research, the University of Toronto, and the University of Western Ontario. Farrukh is the Green Party of Canada's Shadow Cabinet co-critic and holds the Environment and Climate Change, Emergency Preparedness, Natural Resources and International Development portfolios. He is also a policy committee member for the BC Greens.

Kevin Reynolds - [email protected]

Kevin has lived in the lower mainland all his life and is a resident of Kitsilano. An Olympic medallist in skating and former world-level competitor, he studied international relations at the University of British Columbia and holds a professional certificate in clean power from Imperial College London. Kevin has experience with public relations having done numerous interviews across various media forms over the course of his athletic career, and he has done promotional work for the Japan Foundation, the Embassy of Japan in Vancouver, and Tourism Vancouver. With a strong interest in policy and strategy, he hopes to add meaningful input into the evolution of the party’s policy and outreach initiatives.

Tosh Turner - [email protected]

Tosh was born and raised in Vancouver. Currently, and is working in the real estate industry while he completes his undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University. Having served on non-profit boards as well as various student governance positions during his academic career, Tosh is excited to be collaborating with such an experienced and engaged board of directors. Tosh’s focus at the GPV is on learning from and supporting existing board members, particularly with respect to young member engagement, governance, and finance matters.