Board of Directors

EcoSuperior is an incorporated environmental not-for-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

We occasionally have some vacancies on our Board! If you are interested in our organization and would like to participate, please contact our office for more information.

President

President

Dr. Tony Gillies
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Engineering, Lakehead University

Tony completed his academic education in New Zealand as a structural engineer with a special interest in earthquake engineering. Where else would an earthquake engineer resettle but on some of the oldest, most stable rock on the planet, the Canadian Shield surrounding Thunder Bay? His career has been devoted to education as a structural engineer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Lakehead University. One of his research interests has been in healthy, sustainable and energy-efficient housing. It has been a pleasure to serve on the Board of EcoSuperior and to be associated with such a vibrant and enthusiastic staff team.

Vice President

Vice President

Lee Sieswerda
Manager Environmental Health, Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Secretary

Secretary

Alyson MacKay
Manager, Ingenuity, Lakehead University

Alyson MacKay is the Manager of Ingenuity, Lakehead University's business incubator. Aly was born and raised in Thunder Bay, and although she left for 11 years, she was drawn back home 6 years ago. She is passionate about spending time with friends and family, travel, sandwiches and her yoga practice. Aly is also very passionate about the environment and giving back to the community. It began with volunteering and when the opportunity came to be a board member with Ecosuperior it was a perfect fit, she believes in the organization and loves how active and involved they are. Aly hopes to contribute to creating sustainable and positive change. 

Treasurer

Treasurer

Tim Matthews
Henderson Family Law

Tim is a family law lawyer who lives and practices in Thunder Bay, and also acts as the Treasurer for the EcoSuperior Board of Directors. Tim enjoys being able to contribute to an organization made up of so many passionate staff and board members. "The work that Eco-Superior does continues to build and grow over time.”

 

Members

Bryan Heppler

Bryan Heppler
Retired; Union Gas

Living in Northwestern Ontario his whole life, Bryan completed his formal education at Lakehead University, and retired after a 40-year career in the natural gas industry. Since the inception of the organization back in 1995, he found it truly rewarding to see so many positive environmental changes in our community, especially initiated by EcoSuperior.  Over the years, Bryan found that EcoSuperior’s dedication towards people and the planet has established educational initiatives and implemented programs to make our City healthier and greener for future generations. Bryan is proud to have served EcoSuperior and express optimism for the future of the organization and the benefits it will inevitably bring to our community.  

Pat Johansen

Pat Johansen
Retired; Lakehead Public School Board

To Pat, the environment and education have always been important to her, especially since she became a Board member of Ecosuperior. Pat believes that promoting EcoSuperior's many programs, volunteering, and giving back to her community is vital to building a healthy future for people and the planet. 

Sara Chow

Sara Chow
Health Promotion & Communications Planner; Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Sara was born and raised in Thunder Bay, and moved back home to live near the shores of Lake Superior after completing her education in Southern Ontario and Saskatchewan. As the health promotion and communications planner at our regional hospital, Sara's goal is to help improve our community's health through innovative, evidence-based strategies that make health the 'easy choice'. Sara enjoys being active with running, cycling, walking, and many other sports, but especially loves playing outside with her family.  She joined EcoSuperior because of the passion EcoSuperior's team has for empowering earth-friendly living and their potential for creating meaningful change in our lives.

Roopa Rakshit

Roopa Rakshit
Project Manager; Applied Research, Confederation College

Roopa Rakshit is a Project Manager, Applied Research, Negahneewin Research Centre, Confederation College. She along with members of the Applied Research team initiates and completes late-stage industry-academic applied research projects. Project activities could potentially include prototype testing and demonstration with a focus on advanced manufacturing, forestry, and renewable energy.


Roopa relocated to Thunder Bay in 2015. She earned her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Natural Resources Management, Lakehead University in 2019.

She brings to EcoSuperior a multitude of professional experience. Roopa has worked with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) and has responded to community-based grassroots developmental issues.

Roopa has deep roots in the community through her volunteer work with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City of Thunder Bay, and Environment North. She is passionate about celebrating diversity and brings cultures and communities together through her show, Global Vibes on Shaw TV, Channel 10. She coordinates the One City, Many Voices monthly column in the Chronicle Journal for the Thunder Bay Anti-Racism and Respect Advisory Committee and Diversity Thunder Bay. In 2020, she received the eighth annual Respect Award.

Jamie Kirychuk

Jamie Kirychuk
Planner; City of Thunder Bay

Jamie is a City Planner for the City of Thunder Bay where he participates in creating new city-wide planning initiatives and manages complex development proposals that shape both the City’s environment and landscape. Jamie recently moved back to Thunder Bay after spending the past decade living in Calgary, Alberta. He is passionate about spending time outdoors and taking part in the City’s growing local food and artisan networks. Being a new member of the board at Eco-Superior, he looks forward to learning from the vast amount of knowledge held with other board members and staff, while sharing his experience and skill-set to help the organization flourish.   

Ashleigh Marchl

Ashleigh Marchl
Environmental Superintendent; Resolute Forest Products

Ashleigh moved to Thunder Bay in 2008 from Southern Ontario to embrace the amazing outdoor lifestyle Thunder Bay has to offer. She has over 15 years of experience working in the environmental field, in which she is still employed. When she's not at the office, you can find her playing outside - canoeing, camping, hiking, reading a book under a tree, or picking up litter. Ashleigh loves being part of EcoSuperior because her personal values line up with the organization, and she is truly inspired by its mission of being for people and the planet!

Christy Radbourne

Christy Radbourne
Principal; Lakehead Public Schools

Christy Radbourne, MEd, OCT, is currently an elementary Principal with Lakehead Public Schools in Thunder Bay.  She has served on other community Boards including Lakehead University's Centre for Place and Sustainability and Environment North.  Christy has co-authored several academic and professional journal articles, is a regular keynote speaker in the Community and Province and works as a community advocate in environmental and Indigenous education.  Christy has a deep interest and commitment to researching, pursuing, and engaging in the development of a healthy and ecologically sustainable Thunder Bay.  This interest and commitment drive her passion for working with EcoSuperior, its staff and fellow Board members