President & CEO
Ross was appointed President of Tides Canada in 2007. He provides overall strategic direction for Tides Canada and identifies opportunities to bring philanthropy, civil society, business, and government together in pursuit of positive social change. He has worked with Tides since 2002, leading projects and building relationships with the non-profit community and consortiums of donors and international philanthropic foundations.
Ross was a principal architect of the Great Bear Rainforest project – one of the most significant conservation programs in North American history. He has worked extensively on diverse social policy matters including housing, urban social change, and aboriginal issues. With nearly 30 years in the not-for-profit, public, and private sectors, Ross has extensive experience managing organizations and coalitions to achieve success in complex circumstances.
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
Sarah provides strategic and business development leadership for Tides Canada, with specific accountability for strategic planning and programs, project development and oversight, communications and human resources. She joined Tides Canada in April 2009 as a Vice President and was promoted to Senior Vice President in December 2012.
Sarah joined Tides Canada from Teck Resources, Canada’s largest diversified mining company, where she led the company’s corporate affairs activities. Before joining Teck, Sarah spent eight years with Weyerhaeuser, a leading forest products company, where she was Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and Vice President of Transactions in the company’s acquisitions and divestitures group.
Sarah recently completed her final term on the board of TransLink, the transportation authority for the Vancouver region. She is a current trustee of the Jack Webster Foundation and a past board member for the Coast Mental Health Foundation. She has also served on the board of Iisaak Forest Resources, a First Nations-led forest-services company based in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia.
Vice President, Philanthropy
Alexandra builds on Tides Canada’s history of facilitating strategic philanthropy by leading a development team that is dedicated to furthering Tides Canada’s mission. A senior leader in the not-for-profit sector with extensive experience in arts and culture, Alexandra was the Executive Director of Toronto’s Gardiner Museum for more than a decade. Here she oversaw a transformational expansion of the Museum, spearheaded a successful capital campaign and secured new annual operating funding.
Alexandra is currently on the Advisory Council of the Arts Management MBA Program at The Schulich School of Business, and the Founding Advisory Committee of the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. In 2007 Alexandra was recognized as one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff provides strategic leadership for Finance and Information Technology for Tides Canada. He draws on his 20 years as a Certified General Accountant operating in complex executive roles for a diverse set of business, government, First Nations, and not-for-profit organizations.
Before joining Tides in August 2011, Jeff worked with First Nations groups on Olympic, Tourism, and Economic Development initiatives. Prior to that, he was CFO of the BC Olympic Secretariat, the BC Government agency responsible for overseeing the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and was the VP Finance and Administration for the Pacific National Exhibition. Jeff chairs the discipline panel for the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia. He is a past board member of the BC Youth In Agriculture Fund, and past board member and chair of the Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies Society.
Director, Tides Canada Initiatives
Margaret joined Tides Canada in May 2010 to provide oversight for the operations of Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI), home to over 40 of the country’s leading environmental and social justice projects. With 25 years experience in diverse business and community settings, she brings legal, process and fiscal discipline to TCI plus expertise in family philanthropy and charity law. Having created her own business, Margaret also has hands-on experience in the day-to-day challenges of running an early-stage entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Margaret was Director of Inclusion for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. There she managed innovative social sustainability programs including establishing a carpentry training program for at-risk inner-city residents who built ski racks, wheelchair ramps and other wooden items for the 2010 Games.
Director, Strategic Grantmaking
Dave joined Tides Canada in June 2010, where he leads a team that brings strategic content knowledge together with funding strategies and multisector solutions. Before moving to Vancouver, he oversaw conservation grantmaking in Alaska and parts of western Canada for the Wilburforce Foundation. Prior to joining Wilburforce, he was a professor at the University of Washington from 1996-2007, where he played founding or leadership roles in two award-winning applied environmental programs.
A marine biologist by training, he has explored rocky shores and other ecosystems from Antarctica to Alaska and beyond. He has been a Fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. To Tides Canada he brings direct experience in arctic, urban, terrestrial and marine projects; a perspective that blends conservation science, policy, and communications; and experience bringing diverse parties and perspectives together to advance creative solutions to complex problems.