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 joined ECO Canada in 2016 tasked with connecting Canadian environmental practitioners and employers to career development and HR resources. In her role, Angie oversees all aspects of ECO’s marketing, experience design, brand communications and product development, as well as various program delivery activities. Her team is responsible for ensuring ECO’s programs and services hit every touch point with the environmental workforce.
Prior to joining ECO Canada, Angie worked as a marketing consultant in the ad agency world, specializing in business-to-business growth strategies. Throughout Angie’s 12+ years of marketing experience, she has honed a unique skillset that combines digital practice with traditional sales and marketing functions tailored to complex business models. This background has allowed Angie to build a results-driven team, who have increase program awareness and participation by 98%.
Angie resides in Calgary, Alberta with her husband where she enjoys disc golfing and spending time with family in the mountains.
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 has 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.
Claudine Vidallo is a strategic planner, business analyst and program manager and in the last decade has initiated, lead, executed and evaluated multi-stakeholder, and multi-phased projects. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Business Management background. In the last 20 years, Claudine has applied her competencies in various industries in the Philippines and Canada including food and beverage manufacturing, energy, post-secondary and training institutions, and not-for-profit organizations.
Claudine’s other full-time job is being a mother of five boys including twin stepsons. She was also very active in sports and fitness in her past life and has a 1st degree blackbelt in Taekwondo.
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.