The Chair requires someone with a passion and interest in the Green movement, but also someone with the technical skills to run meetings effectively. I meet both these criteria. I have extensive experience participating in structured governance bodies, particularly given my role in post-secondary education. I am familiar with Roberts Rules of Order and have experience facilitating challenging and conversations among groups of people who constructively disagree. I have served on the Provincial Council for one year. It is an effective and collegial governance body, and I believe I could serve it well in this new role.
I am a scientist and climate activist. My Ph.D is in conservation biology, and I understand that climate change is the single most dangerous issue of our time. I authored the 2017 book The Carbon Code: How You Can Become a Climate Change Hero, and have an extensive scientific publication record in conservation science. I spent much of my professional life in Newfoundland and Labrador, working on fisheries issues at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
I have extensive relevant professional experience that would make me an effective Chair. I work in administration at a large polytechnic university, and regularly chair committees of various sizes. I navigate complex networks of bylaws, rules, and regulations, and find ways to unite people behind a shared vision so that we can make real change.