We are a team of education professionals with expertise in facilitation, project management, program and leadership development. 

 

We specialize in facilitating partnerships with the business community to enhance and customize the programs we deliver. We show youth how to integrate the expertise of these partners in the design and implementation of their environmental conservation projects that have comprehensive and measurable results.


We are committed to project-based learning where students take the lead and are actively supported by the school community and community partners.
— The Elements Society Team

Staff


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Marnie Olson

Marnie is an instructional strategist specializing in capacity building for the social sciences.

Marnie has facilitated professional development training for more than 15,000 teachers in BC, Alberta and Ontario since 1984. She is the author of numerous teachers' guides on a series of urban environmental issues, including sustainability, climate change and energy conservation, and also managed the corporate education program for the Greater Vancouver Regional District of 21 municipalities and 11 school districts for a decade.

Her background includes a BES in Climatology and Glaciology from the University of Waterloo and a BEd from Queens.  Marnie's work in sustainability has been recognized by UBC Faculty of Education, BC Teachers Provincial Specialists Associations and school districts across Canada. In addition, as the coordinator of the school twinning project internationally for Climate Change Education for Canada and China, she contributed to federal capacity building initiatives with training, programs and resources.

Since 2007, Marnie's work with Elements to mentor and empower youth, has helped individuals share their voice and their passion, and develop collaborative skills to design and implement innovative solutions to real-world problems for the greater good of our communities.


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LAURA BAMSEY

Laura is a leader in sustainability and environmental education for youth and adults. Laura has over 10 years experience in non-profit management, community based program development and facilitation associated with youth programming.

She co-directed the Elements Society for over 5 years and worked with over 12 districts across AB and BC to support sustainability action in schools.  She has also developed and facilitated a variety of youth-focused workshops on energy and water conservation, zero-waste, food sovereignty and much more.  She is passionate about supporting youth to be empowered to take action in their communities and has done this through her work with outdoor education schools, the Katimavik Program, our Destination Conservation Program and Metro Vancouver's Youth4Action Program.

Since 2006, Laura has enjoyed her work with Elements supporting school districts to reach their sustainability goals by empowering youth to take action and lead behaviour change in their schools and communities.


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Diane Kiss

Diane is an environmental educator who is passionate about connecting youth to nature and empowering them to be stewards and leaders in their communities. Since graduating with a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Victoria, Diane has worked with numerous non-profit organizations by coordinating and delivering outdoor education programming. Since 2015, Diane has contributed to Elements with programming and workshop facilitation, including as a Project Coordinator for a multi-year Zero Waste initiative in Vancouver schools and as a facilitator for Elements Catch the Wave program in Calgary and Fort McMurray.


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Solange Maher

Solange Maher brings her background in business, with a specialization in project management and integration to the Elements team and program participants.

She has expertise in building relationships among multi-stakeholder groups to strengthen and develop the collective capacity of communities.  

Her passion for youth-led advancement in environmental education began with Elements as a parent volunteer.  She brings this together with her affinity for engaging youth leaders.  Solange is invigorated by the collaborative energy that encompasses the Elements team.


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Amy Merritt

Amy is excited about her work with the Elements team to develop strategies to further foster sustainable communities.  She is a passionate environmentalist, and has in-depth experience in environmental reclamation and remediation through her work with a national energy service provider. 

Her degree in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, coupled with experience working in the school district, helps Elements in creating environmental awareness and behavioural change in school communities.

Amy’s passion for educating and engaging young minds fits naturally with her hands on approach to igniting awareness for environmental conservation and empowering individuals to become committed environmental stewards.


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Stephanie Aleksiuk

Stephanie Aleksiuk is an environmental educator with Green Calgary, bringing hands-on educational programming to schools and community groups. Her specializations include waste, water, energy, and most recently Citizen Science. 

She recognizes the challenge of bringing difficult environmental topics into the classroom and is interested in exploring ways to do so that will support students as well as inspire them to be strong environmental stewards. 

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction from the University of Calgary. Stephanie is honoured to bring authentic inquiry and project-based learning to students through the DC program. She is continually inspired and in awe of the enthusiasm and can-do attitude of DC students who lead initiatives to increase sustainability in their schools.


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Heather Hansler

Heather Hansler is an experienced biologist and environmental educator with a deep passion for conservation, the environment, and exploring the outdoors.

Graduating from the University of Waterloo with a BSc in Honours Biology specializing in Environment and Ecology, Heather has since pursued careers that embody her love for the natural world. From working as a field technician assessing and repairing damaged habitats and adventuring deep in the Acadian forest to monitor the endangered American eel, to coordinating Environmental Education based youth leadership programs, Heather's diverse professional experience, unique leadership skills, and educational background are what she brings to Elements Society.

Heather believes that at its best, environmental education is about cultivating a set of environmental attitudes, values, and critical thinking skills, giving Canadians of all ages and interests the skills they need to tackle both predictable and unpredictable environmental challenges with confidence and creativity.


Robert Toth

Robert Toth is a brand and marketing strategist who partners with social enterprises and not-for-profit groups to create a customer-centric approach to grow their stakeholder relations.

After spending over a decade in the communication field, Robert has helped corporations in agriculture, homebuilding, education, and in the insurance fields differentiate their message and tell an authentic story. Robert knows how to build effective teams and source the expertise to create cost effective programs that achieve results. 

With a passion in the creative arts and a Certificate in Reputation Management, Robert is pleased to bring his design skills to the environmental conservation field and empower youth to develop their awareness in conservancy and grow their leadership skills.


Board of Directors


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Sharka Stuyt

Sharka has played a leading role in guiding and inspiring hundreds of individuals and companies to successfully realize their personal and professional desires and plans. Sharka's expertise lies in assisting business executives in taking their management capabilities and organizational results to the next level.

For the past 10 years, Sharka, has contributed as a Leadership and Change Management professor in the School of Business at Capilano University. She taught the Global Stewardship program, is involved in leadership development work in South America, as well as leading field trips to China and Vietnam. She has also taught in the MBA program at Simon Fraser University. Sharka has taken a leadership role in initiating corporate social responsibility in British Columbia, and is a founder of the BC Technology Venture Partners.

In 1999, Sharka was selected as one of the Top 40 individuals in British Columbia by Business in Vancouver magazine, and in 2000 was selected one of the 20 most Influential businesswomen in British Columbia.

Sharka joined the Elements Society in 2012. She holds a BBA in marketing and communication and an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University; is a Certified Executive Coach (Royal Roads University); and has a Facilitator designation from Corporate Coach University in Texas.


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Ben Hartshorn

Ben is a creative thinker with a longstanding passion for renewable energy and clean transport. As a person who likes a challenge, he has combined his love of arts and science into numerous self-taught learning endeavours. Driven by understanding, improving and encouraging education, Ben is known for his creative experiments.

An early triumph for Ben was building his own mode of transportation that met all his communing needs powered 100% by the sun. Putting his money where his mouth is, Ben now drives an electric vehicle and is the founder of Charge Alberta, a website and initiative to help facilitate the adoption of the electric vehicle through improved infrastructure.

Ben’s formal education and work history are also diverse. A graduate of the University of Northern BC with a degree in Computer Science, Ben brings work experience in both the public and private sectors, including project management and the development of an online e-learning platform. Ben also takes part in volunteer work aligned with sustainability and education.

As someone with an immense passion, driven to have a net positive impact. Ben currently applies his diverse skill set towards renewable energy, zero emission transportation and education.


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Dr. Ovo Adagha

Dr. Ovo Adagha is a seasoned energy and environmental systems specialist with over 10 years of academic experience, public sector work, non-profit leadership and corporate practice at the international level. Through his work-related and academic activities, he has investigated and published extensively on sustainable energy and climate change. His research work has been used in various USA, Canada, Caribbean, Asia, Africa and EU energy policy planning and implementation.

He is currently a Principal Consultant with Bethel Systems where he leads energy efficiency and environmental conservation research and evaluation projects. Ovo also volunteers in non-profit organizations, hoping to inspire members of the public to share his passion for a more sustainable future for the world. He serves on the board of The Elements Society – where he provides strategic leadership to promote the conservation of natural resources through community education and stakeholder engagement.

He holds a Doctorate degree in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary, Canada and a Masters degree in Renewable Energy Futures from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.


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April Shaw is a community engagement specialist for an environmental consultancy. April has 17 years experience working in the energy utility industry and has worked with BC municipalities on community energy and emission planning and is currently leading on indigenous relations and engagement on major infrastructure projects. April also spent time working in Africa with Sustainability Cities International where she focused on local economic development by facilitating relationships and negotiations between local governments, local community groups, and stakeholders to address municipal solid waste, urban planning and economic development issues. April led capacity building initiatives in the areas of business and financial management, strategic marketing, and technical training for local entrepreneurs and marginalized youth. April is experienced in implementing growth through innovation and change management business solutions and partnerships.

April is passionate about environmental sustainability, leadership and purpose driven community and cultural initiatives. April strives to empower youth to be the leaders of sustainability today and for our future.