PATRICK ROBERTSON, BA, BEd, MA

Patrick Robertson headshotDeeply immersed in the world of education for close to 20 years, Patrick is a teacher educator and consultant working collaboratively with a wide range of partners in BC and Canada. An accomplished facilitator and speaker, he builds partnerships, works to influence curriculum and other policy, and has broad and sustained experience in project management with a variety of local, provincial and national clients and partners. Patrick also teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, is a Fellow in the University Sustainability Initiative at UBC, and is a director of various community organizations focused on sustainability, social justice, literacy and the environment.

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COLIN MAYER, BSc, BEd, MA

AJK_3875Passionate about nature, education and their interconnected worlds, Colin’s work focuses on integrating environmental and experiential education concepts within science-related programs and curricula. Colin completed his BEd at SFU in 2011 through the pilot SEEDs module and his MA in Science Education at UBC in 2016. An associate since 2011, Colin brings strong research, development and facilitation skills to our firm, and has been lead associate on various projects including: Science World’s Education Assets Audit, Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Education Compendium, Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s Inquiry into Evolution, Dalhousie University’s Ocean Schools project, and secondary-level audience engagement for the FortisBC Awareness and Engagement Project. He also works as a secondary science teacher at a public school in Vancouver.

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Dr. CARLOS ORMOND, BA, MEd, PhD

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Carlos has been working in the fields of education, science and social science for over fifteen years. With theoretical backgrounds and field experience in Anthropology, Ecology and Curriculum Development, the focus of Carlos’ research and teaching has led him to work in both K-12 schools and with post-secondary institutions. Besides acting as the Executive Director of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, an organization that offers transformative education inspired by Haida Gwaii, he also teaches in the teacher education program in the Faculty of Education, and has taught undergraduate programming in the Faculty of the Environment, at Simon Fraser University.  Dr. Ormond joined the Syncollab team in 2011, and provides a range of connections to post-secondary and teacher education, as well as a wealth of experience in research, program development and evaluation to our firm’s work.

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HEIDI LESSMAN, BSc, BEd, Med.(c)

Heidi headshotHeidi became a teacher to find ways to inspire and connect learners to the environment. She completed her degree in Geography and Natural Resource Management at the University of Northern BC and started her career working with BC Parks and Water Resources. She was introduced to teaching experiential, environmental and outdoor education in New Zealand and the Yukon Territory. These experiences as a teacher solidified Heidi’s commitment to education beyond the classroom. She has since worked with a variety of BC schools and experiential education programs in the private and public sector as a teacher, facilitator and curriculum designer. Heidi is currently completing her Masters of Education for Sustainability at UBC.

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JOHAN STROMAN, BA, BEd, MA

Johan mugshotJohan has been involved in sustainability and environmental education for over fifteen years as a certified secondary level teacher and an educational consultant. He has worked extensively in climate change education with GreenLearning, and brings proven experience in resource development, project management, web communications and collaboration with regional governments, among other talents, to our collaborative. Since 2010, Johan has contributed to our development projects as a designer/developer for BC Hydro and other core clients.

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Jennifer McCaffrey, BSc, MA

jennifer-mccaffrey-headshotFor over ten years, Jennie has been an educator focused on experiential, place-based learning outside of the classroom. Working on curriculum-linked programming through both design and delivery, Jennie has collaborated with schools, youth initiatives, non-profit organizations, and industry groups that aim to change behaviours and empower participants to protect the environment. Jennie has led experiential environmental programming for youth at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, serves as a Director for the BIG Little Science Centre, chairs the Lower Mainland Museum Educator’s group and teaches M.Ed. candidates as a sessional instructor at UBC.

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Kevin Millsip

kevin-millsip-headshotKevin is the co-founder of Next UP, a national leadership training program for young people committed to social and environmental justice. Next UP runs training programs in 7 cities across Canada and has trained over 750 young leaders over the last 10 years. He was the Vancouver School Board’s first Sustainability Coordinator where he worked on programs and policy. He has served as a School Board Trustee in Vancouver, as the Board Chair of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC-Office, a Broadbent Fellow, and on the boards of The Centre for Civic Governance, The BC Civil Liberties Association and Theatre for Living. He is also an advisor with the Small Change Fund and Upstream.

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SELINA METCALFE, BA, BEd, MEd

Selina is a certified teacher at the secondary level in the Surrey School District. She is the current president of the Environmental Educators’ Provincial Specialist Association, and has broad experience in K-12 and teacher education educational contexts. Sustainability, environmental learning and literature-based education are long-standing passions. Selina has been a strong contributor to numerous curriculum projects and professional development. She has also played an advisory role on numerous development projects for clients, including BC Hydro and Metro Vancouver.

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TIM STRAKA, BA, MSc

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Tim co-creates transformative learning experiences with students of all ages. Committed to environmental and civic education, he has taught at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels across North America, in Central Europe, in the Arctic, and Antarctica. Tim has also worked with various levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and charitable foundations, and for several Canadian Parliamentarians. Tim’s interests range from education policy and practice, to environmental design, and youth empowerment. Tim earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Lesley University, and undergraduate degrees in Outdoor and Experiential Education (Queen’s University) and Politics (Bishop’s University). Joining the firm in 2013, Tim has contributed to various inquiry and development projects as an advisor, and been a key mentor in the Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox youth leadership program.

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BRENT MANSFIELD, BEd, MSc (c)

Brent Mansfield headshotBrent has a diverse range of experience in a variety of food and garden projects, both in schools and broader community. He has trained as an elementary school teacher and worked in the Vancouver School Board for three years. He was the Garden Program Coordinator at the Grandview/¿uuqinak’uuh Elementary School Garden for four years during which time he developed a school-wide food and gardening program, and he works closely with the Think&EatGreen@School Project in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC where his main responsibilities are professional development and researching school food policy. He is completing his MSc in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems and is also currently the co-chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council. Brent joined the firm in 2013 and has contributed to resource development projects related to food systems for Metro Vancouver, and has been a key mentor in the Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox youth leadership program.

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Keely Langford

keely-langford2Keely has worked in informal education for over 14 years communicating science in school-based settings and to the general public through workshops, assemblies, public shows, and underwater (diving) and on IMAX screens. These experiences have given Keely a unique insight in how to connect people to scientific, cultural and natural resources as a certified interpreter. Keely has extensive experience in developing and delivering programming, training and certifying front-line staff as an Interpretive Trainer through the National Association of Interpretation, and more recently, in interpretive planning. Keely can found be found working in various parks in the Lower Mainland, or out on the water engaging in environmental fieldwork.

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DAVID SAMIS, BA, Post Bach.

David has worked in educational publishing as an editor, copywriter and book designer for over a decade. He launched Ripple Effect Press in 2001, and has published 14 literary trade books featuring many award-winning Canadian authors. From 2001 to 2008, he published nine editions of the Wordscapes Youth Writing Journal for BC high schools. Since 2010, David has published the Voices Visible BC Student Writing Journal in collaboration with the BC Teacher’s Federation, and produced educational and cultural projects with clients such as Simon Fraser University, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, American Educational Research Association, Premier Agendas, BC Working Group on Sustainability Education, and Parks Canada.

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