Our Board includes influential environmental leaders from across Canada, representing industry, academia and government.
Meet the Leadership Team
Board of Directors
Kevin Nilsen rejoined ECO Canada in September 2016 to commence the role of President & CEO of the organization. Kevin started his career in leadership as an officer in the Norwegian Army before moving to Canada in 2000. After graduating from University of Calgary, Kevin worked 7 years for ECO Canada, most recently as Director of Professional Services.
During his absence from ECO Canada, Kevin managed large global offshore oil and gas projects for Aker owned companies. The experience in the energy sector gave him great exposure to clients and stakeholders in Europe, Asia, and USA. During this time, he was first based in Norway and subsequently in Houston, TX. As a key highlight, Kevin led the development of a cutting edge Riser Gas Handling tool that ensures a safer and more environment friendly drilling process.
At ECO Canada, Kevin was responsible for the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education (CCEE). He was also instrumental in the launch of regional networking events across the country, the growth of EP certification, and academic partnerships.
Throughout his career, Kevin has always had an unprecedented commitment to clients. In his role as CEO, Kevin’s key focus is to ensure that ECO Canada’s products and services align well with industry, government, and academic stakeholders.
Ben is an experienced accountant (CPA, CMA) and management professional with more than 15 years experience in leading and managing not-for-profit organizations. Ben brings a diverse skill set which allows him a unique understanding of an organization’s operational, technical and financial needs coupled with the ability to interpret and communicate these realities to the key stakeholders…creating a culture of collaboration.
Ben has worked at some of the leading not-for-profit organizations, including one the largest and most successful residential camps in Canada, one of the largest churches in Canada, as well as one of the largest international relief and development organizations in Canada. Through these experiences Ben has had the opportunity to lead teams of 5 to 125 people while managing multi-million dollar budgets, and providing technology innovation and automation.
Ben oversees the finance, administration, information technology and human resources groups within ECO Canada. Ben continually seeks to use these areas to effectively and efficiently support the projects and programs that contribute to making ECO Canada a trusted partner across the environmental sector.
Angie is an accomplished marketing expert with ten years of experience in building client acquisition and engagement strategies. With a background in accounting and digital marketing, Angie’s approach to building business growth strategy is a blend of traditional fundamentals and data-driven practice to ensure performance is measurable and meaningful.
Angie has worked with various organizations from small businesses to Fortune 500 and 1000 organizations across North America to develop digital advertising, user experience, lead management, content development and branding campaigns that align to user behaviour indicators. She has led the creation and release of several user behaviour research papers and webinars including The Evolution of Google’s Search Results Pages, Local Mobile Consumer Behaviour, Lead Management Best Practices and The Online Display Advertising Ecosystem.
Angie oversees the marketing and customer engagement groups with the objective of increasing awareness and value for ECO’s customers in terms of resources and programs that support their environmental career objectives.
Yogi oversees the development and delivery of professional services to support the rapidly growing network of the Canadian environment and sustainability workforce. He provides strategic insight and technical support for environment and sustainability programs, and works closely with a diverse range of stakeholders including government, industry and the environment & sustainability professionals.
During his more than two decades of career in Environment and Sustainability, he was worked in numerous countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Yogi holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and supports a number of Canadian and international academic institutions, standard-setting organizations, and industry associations in various professional capacities.
Joanne O’Connell is an accomplished marketing research professional with a track record of proven experience. A second-generation native Calgarian, her Alberta-based career has given her a deep understanding of the hearts and minds of Albertans. Return clients speak to her flexible and resourceful practice and her ability to assimilate detail while always staying on point with study objectives.
While she is primarily a practitioner, Joanne is a life-long learner, enjoys teaching other learners and is continually on the lookout for ad hoc teaching and mentoring opportunities.
The CMRP certification held by Joanne signifies her competence in all aspects of marketing research, both quantitative and qualitative. Her career path has brought her closest to work with policy-making and communications clients. Joanne has personally directed many hundreds of research projects, and moderated more than 400 focus groups.
Our leadership team and in-house experts have spoken at numerous events and organizations across Canada. From employability best practices to technical training and the latest research on the green economy, we can share valuable insights to help make your event a success! Talk to us about presenting at your next event.