Who We Are

Get to know the team behind OneEarth Living

Who We Are

Get to know the team behind OneEarth Living

The OneEarth Living team has long-standing and varied experience in sustainability issues, from local to global levels and across research, policy and practice.

Our capacity to produce quality work and engage in action-oriented partnership builds on our individual careers and that of the organizations we work with.

SPOTLIGHT

LISA MASTNY

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
| Communications Strategist

Wordsmith and researcher passionate about finding and sharing sustainable solutions for everyday living. 

LISA MASTNY

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
| Communications Strategist

Wordsmith and researcher passionate about finding and sharing sustainable solutions for everyday living. 

What is one key to advancing Sustainable Living?

Recognizing that what truly makes us happy isn’t necessarily all the “stuff” we have, but the experiences, the people, and the natural beauty that we share our lives with.

Senior researcher, writer, editor; communications support to nonprofit and international organizations, e.g., UN Environment, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), REN21, Generation 180, Food & Water Watch; previously, Sr. Editor & Director of Publications, New Dream; almost 20 years at Worldwatch Institute including Sr. Editor on monthly magazines & State of the World reports.

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Here I am at work on my trusty laptop.

Out on a run in Western New York appreciating biodiversity.

BLAKE ROBINSON

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
| Sustainable Cities Expert

Leader on city projects, futures and circular solutions in Africa and globally. 

BLAKE ROBINSON

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
| Sustainable Cities Expert

Leader on city projects, futures and circular solutions in Africa and globally. 

What is one key to advancing Sustainable Living?

Providing infrastructure that makes sustainable choices convenient and affordable is essential – especially in rapidly urbanising parts of the world.

Works on sustainable cities with a particular interest in how to shift societal aspirations and behaviours through effective communications and supportive infrastructure; Researcher with Hot or Cool Institute; Lead on African Urban Futures with the University of Utrecht; Previously worked with municipalities at ICLEI and at Circle Economy; Master’s degree in sustainable development; Bachelor’s degree in business and marketing.

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Here I am at the UN Stockholm +50 conference.

Me enjoying street art on a tour of Athens.

EDNA CATUMBELA

PROJECT MANAGER
| Information Designer

Biophilic designer with a passion for leveraging visual and graphic design in service of sustainability awareness.  

EDNA CATUMBELA

PROJECT MANAGER
| Information Designer

Biophilic designer with a passion for leveraging visual and graphic design in service of sustainability awareness.  

What is one key to advancing Sustainable Living?

Creating spaces that heal and promote cultural diversity is key to sustainable living – especially for people and places that are not represented in typical sustainable future scenarios.

Biophilic designer and sustainability researcher; Exploring the human-nature relationships within the built environment; Passionate about leveraging visual and graphic design to make information more digestible and accessible; Experience curating educational content for global environmental sustainability awareness; M.S. (Building Science), B.Sc. (Architecture), Certificate (Global Business).

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Here I am at my workstation.

Me about to sing my heart out at karaoke.

Meet the team

 

Dr. Vanessa Timmer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Co-Founder

Social change expert passionate about positive, compelling visions of life in sustainable futures.

 

Dagmar Timmer

MANAGING DIRECTOR – STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Co-Founder

25+ years of sustainability expertise, building from her early career working on forest conservation across the tropics.

 

Edna Catumbela

PROJECT MANAGER | Information Designer

Biophilic designer with a passion for leveraging visual and graphic design in service of sustainability awareness.

 

Cora Hallsworth

SENIOR ASSOCIATE | Cities Sustainability Strategist

Urban planner with a collaborative spirit and 20+years’ experience in data and metrics.

 

Lisa Mastny

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Communications Strategist

Wordsmith and researcher passionate about finding and sharing sustainable solutions for everyday living.

 

Blake Robinson

SENIOR ASSOCIATE | Sustainable Cities Expert

Leader on city projects, futures and circular solutions in Africa and globally.

 

Lindsey Boyle

SENIOR ASSOCIATE | Brand Strategist

Human insights researcher and circular strategist, with clients including Google and Whole Foods.

 

Emmanuel Prinet

SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Co-Founder 

Sustainable consumption and production expert and former UN delegate for Canada.

 

Nicole-Anne Boyer

SENIOR ASSOCIATE | Future-Visioning Designer & Facilitator

“Top 10 female futurist” leading projects in areas from healthcare to transportation.

 

Dr. Jennie Moore

SENIOR ASSOCIATE | Cities & Footprint Sustainability Expert 

Leading urban ecologist working with cities globally to radically reduce ecological footprints.

 

Lauren Thu

ASSOCIATE | Futures Designer

Interdisciplinary designer awarded a DESIS Radical Sustainability Award. 

 

Fergus Kinnaird

ASSOCIATE | Environmental Economist & Climate Campaigner

Policy and technical analyst with expertise in grassroots climate action programs.

 

Kate O’Connor

ASSOCIATE | Fair Earth Living Researcher 

Environmental activist and former political candidate dedicated to engaging youth in climate action.

 

Max Serpa

ASSOCIATE | Data Analyst & Project Manager

Project management guru skilled in group facilitation and data organization.

 

Erica Priggen Wright

CREATIVE DIRECTOR | Social & Environmental Media

Dynamic creative director with a fresh approach to sustainability messaging, including for The Story of Stuff movies.

 

Claude Galette 

SLE RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR | Sustainable Lifestyles & Education Cohort

Brings together brain science and global affairs to support transitions to sustainable lifestyles.

 

Flocia Akeyo

SLE RESEARCH CONTRIBUTOR | Sustainable Lifestyles & Education Cohort

Environmental scholar passionate about urban and regional planning.

 

Gilles Giusta

BOOKKEEPING | Account Management

Trusted accountant and bookkeeper to charities and nonprofits for 20+ years.

 

Lynda Gerty 

ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTANT | Strategic Approach

Skilled coach, advisor and guide to global social and environmental leaders.

 

Harvey McKinnon

ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTANT | Non-profit  Management

Leading North American fundraising expert and best-selling author.

 

Raquel Rodrigues

PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR | Newsletter and Database Coordinator

Political scientist with business administration expertise and intercultural savvy.

 

Majid Khoury 

MOTIVATIONS | Advertising and Brand Strategist

Market research expert with 30+ years’ experience across sectors who brings insights to our work together.

 

Kim St-Pierre

LIFE TRANSITIONS | Sustainability Scholar 

Sustainability scholar interested in exploring the relationship between people and the environment to advance sustainable living.

 

Erin Kennedy Tsunoda

RETHINKING REDUCE           | Eco-social Researcher

Leading eco-social researcher focused on capturing the ‘how’ of sustainable urban development, including how to transform to sustainable lifestyles that create pathways to living well for all within our planetary boundaries.

 

Zach Horsman 

WEBSITE | Web Developer

Web developer focused on building, hosting & optimizing custom online platforms tailored to the specific needs of individual clients.

Meet the board 

 

Dr. William E. (Bill) Rees

DIRECTOR | Co-Founder

Inventor of the ‘ecological footprint’ and award-winning ecological economist.

 

Tobi Reyes

DIRECTOR | Co-Founder

Developer of the world’s tallest hybrid timber structure and passionate about biodiversity.

 

Esther Speck

DIRECTOR | Corporate Social Responsibility Expert

Leader in driving positive corporate change internally at companies including Lululemon and MEC.

 

Joji Kumagi

DIRECTOR | Economic Development 

Ecologist and accountant leading municipal community and economic development.

 

Dr. Alastair Moore

DIRECTOR | Planning & Urban Sustainability

Energy expert and planner who started Canada’s first green building supply store.

 

Dan Burns

DIRECTOR | Interdisciplinary Programs and Philanthropy

Management professional with a track record in capturing revenues for organizations.

Gratitude

We are grateful to the people we have worked with for their contributions towards what OneEarth has become today.

Associates and team members have included the following (alphabetical by first name): Ami Muranetz, Alice Henry, Alicia Tallack, Aleksandra Nasteska, Dwayne Appleby, Emily Gorham, Georgia Campbell, Helen Beynon (2009-2013), Jorge Amigo, Joyce Shen, Lindsey Ridgeway, Justin Ritchie, Marie-Pierre Daigle (2011-2013), Nanaki Vij,  Michael Raab, Rosemary Cooper (Senior Associate), Severn Cullis-Suzuki (Senior Associate), Theodora Geach and Victoria Wee.

With thanks to Erica Priggen Wright, Adrian Rojas Elliot, Clive Goodinson, Keiko Lee-Hem, Junxion Strategy and Lisa Hemingway (iilo Creative Alliance inc.) for creative, graphic design and branding support over the years.

We are also grateful to our past advisors: David Boyd, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Mark Holland, Michael Kuhndt, Bruce Schearer and Peter Victor. We are grateful for Jason Mogus and Raagini Appadurai for their collaboration and strategic advice.

Over the years, our volunteers have included (alphabetical by first name): Alex Paterson, Andrew Chen, Betsy Agar, Carlo Valle, Carolyn Webb, Chanel Ly, Dana Logalbo-Baij, Danette Moulé, Dennis (Dong) Pang, Doris Tang, Heather Keate, Henny Coates, Jesse Grubb, Jessica Brodeur, Karly Pinch, Kim Slater, Kyle Rosetta, Laura Slater, Lisa Hemingway,  Matt Ruen, Meghan Woods, Michael Cody, Nichole Borgal, Noel Allison, Özgün Gündüz, Rebeka Ryvola, Ruth Legg, Sara Elder, Sharlene Shaikh, Sheila Smith, Siavash Khasha, Susan Dean, Susie Poulsen, Thomas Moore, Ting Pan, Vanessa Brown, Weilin (Lina) Li, Winnie Yip and Yaheli Klein.

Our volunteers included all those involved in:

  • The Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Cohort (2021-2022), a network of young leaders from around the world co-hosted by OneEarth as part of the One Planet Network. Together, they amplified sustainable living initiatives globally and ran a week-long conference.

  • The WECANada initiative (2010-2013), when more than 90 volunteers from across Canada worked – some full-time – to bring the voices of Canadians to Rio for the UN Earth Summit.