Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides leadership and sets E4D’s strategic direction.

Wendy Palen

Board Chair

Wendy Palen (PhD, University of Washington) is an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Palen's research focuses on freshwater conservation issues. She is a co-founder of the Earth to Ocean Research Group at Simon Fraser University and Assistant Director of the Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellows program in applied conservation.

Susan Pinkus

Board Member

Susan Pinkus (M.Sc, University of British Columbia) became BC Hydro's Senior Environmental Coordinator of Wildlife in 2014. Prior to joining this role, Ms. Pinkus was a Senior Scientist at Ecojusice Canada. She is a long-standing conservation biology consultant and environmental policy expert with extensive knowledge of environmental law. With a passion for the outdoors, much of Ms. Pinkus' life has been spent studying and working in, and protecting, British Columbia's wilderness.

Shannon Stunden Bower

Board Member

Shannon Stunden Bower (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a social scientist at the University of Alberta with a background in social and environmental justice work. She has published extensively as an historian, a geographer, and a public policy analyst. From 2012-2014, Dr. Stunden Bower was the Research Director at Parkland Institute, a public policy research network affiliated with University of Alberta's Faculty of Arts. She was also postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. She gained government expertise in a variety of ways including as a member of the task force appointed to enquire into Manitoba’s 2011 flood. Her first book, Wet Prairie: People, Land, and Water in Agricultural Manitoba (UBC Press, 2011), was awarded the Clio Prize in the Prairie Provinces by the Canadian Historical Association, the K.D. Srivastava Award by UBC Press, and the Manitoba Day Award by the Association for Manitoba Archives. She also has significant experience as a teacher, public speaker, and media spokesperson.

Dan Weaver

Board Member

Dan Weaver (PhD Candidate, University of Toronto) is studying climate change, ozone depletion, and the Arctic atmosphere. He collects his research data at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL). As an educator, Mr. Weaver has taught in classrooms, contributed to textbooks, and created educational programs for organizations such as Science Rendezvous. He gives regular public talks to connect University research with the public and is an Ontario College of Teachers certified teacher.

Carol Linnitt

Carol Linnitt is a professional journalist and a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought program. Her research focuses on human skepticism, misinformation and cultural misanthropy in the Anthropocene. Carol is the Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada, an independent, non-profit news site dedicated to Canadian energy and environment issues. As a public interest journalist, Carol does regular speaking events on science advocacy, independent media and environmental politics in Canada.