Board of Directors

Chairperson

Nick Poppell - [email protected]

A westend resident for the past decade Nick was born and raised in the lower mainland. After studying at both the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia he began a career in the entertainment industry, working in theatre, TV, film, VFX, and now video games, with strong skills associated to production and facilities. Nick started working with the Green Party of Vancouver three years ago, being voted onto the board of directors last year. He brought his skillset to the 2018 municipal campaign, helping coordinate the creation of the campaign office, 60+ campaign videos, and day to day strategy with key members of the campaign team. He is currently working to address areas of need in the party, identifying and recruiting new members through chairing the outreach committee, and helping shape protocols and procedures as a member of the governance committee.

Treasurer

John Whistler - [email protected]

John is a founding director of the party and has been the Treasurer - Financial Agent since 2004. He also serves as the Financial Agent for the Vancouver Centre Green Party EDA and is the Secretary of the Board for the Vancouver Pride Society. John is retired and has previously served on a number boards for a variety of non government organizations. John's focus at the GPV is governance, financial management and business processes.

Membership Coordinator

Charles Bateman - [email protected]

Charles lives in the Grandview neighbourhood, working in the Arts sector for Marion Scott Gallery. He possesses a BA in Anthropology from UBC, focusing in Museum and Curatorial studies. In the 2018 municipal campaign, he began volunteering for the party conducting door-drops to many, many homes in the city’s east end. The following year, Charles joined the board of the Vancouver East EDA and joined Bridget Burns’ campaign team as fundraising coordinator, serving in additional roles including communication, canvassing, and membership outreach. With a primary career focus on how cultural values are portrayed through an artistic lens, Charles is keen to help shape and maintain the party as reflected in the diversity of the city it serves.

Secretary

Tosh Turner - [email protected]

Tosh is a 25-year-old and a relatively new member of the local Green Party, born and raised in Vancouver. Currently, Tosh 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.

Directors at Large

Elaine Alpert MD, MPH - [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.

Harrison Johnston - [email protected]

Harrison is a student and climate activist. He was the BC Green candidate for North Vancouver-Seymour in the fall election. He was a lead organizer of the September 2019 Climate Strike which brought more than 100,000 people to the streets of Vancouver demanding climate action.

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 initiative, with skills 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.

Dr. Amita Kuttner - [email protected]

Amita is a trailblazing astrophysicist and is co-founder of moonlight institute, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a framework for an equitable and just future. They ran for Parliament in 2019 and served as the Critic for Science and Innovation for the Green Party of Canada from September 2018 to February 2020. They recently ran for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada.

Rasoul Narimani - [email protected]

Rasoul was born and raised in Dehno, Iran where he helped his father with farming until his early twenties when he pursued a Masters Degree in theoretical physics at the Isfahan University of Technology. He moved to Vancouver in 2007 to pursue a PhD at SFU with a focus on fuel cell membrane research. Rasoul is passionate about education, science, healthcare, urban farming and in general a ”Smart City” concept. As a Director with the Green Party of Vancouver he hopes to be able to impact change in order to positively affect our society.

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.

Priyan Samarakoone - [email protected]

Priyan was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and moved to Vancouver in 1996 when his family fled the civil war. He completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in biology at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and completed his studies in the UK graduating with an honours LLB from Nottingham Law School in 2008. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2013 and spent the last 6 years representing clients at all levels of court in BC as well as multiple tribunals, for a pro bono organization in Vancouver. He has developed his practice with a focus on all housing related matters and established, EQ Law, in 2019. He believes in the importance of giving back to his community. He has worked on two separate projects for the United Nationsa 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. He is currently on the Clicklaw editorial committee and he continue to provide pro bono assistance through local pro bono programs in BC.