Supporting positive change in our communities and environments. Our team is located in offices across the country in Vancouver, Toronto, and Yellowknife.
Joanna Kerr 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. Joanna has dedicated her career to advancing social justice and women’s rights, a healthy environment, and strong civil society. Prior to joining Tides Canada in 2019, Joanna served for five years as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, part of a global network working to stop climate change, protect biodiversity, and advance Indigenous rights.
Joanna was the first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International, a global federation based in South Africa working in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice. She also led the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, transforming it into one of the most significant global conveners and advocates for women’s rights, for which she was awarded a leadership prize from the Sigrid Rausing Trust. Joanna has held senior positions with Oxfam Canada and the North-South Institute, and currently serves and Board Chair for The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Canada’s global fund for women.
Elissa Beckett is a professional fundraiser and businesswoman whose diverse experience has helped hone her core expertise: acting as an entrepreneur in all she does. It is this unique approach to fundraising that Elissa has brought to her role since joining Tides Canada in July 2014. Previously, she led the fundraising teams for WWF-Canada and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also the co-founder of Canada’s first Benefit Corporation, FlipGive, a web-based, grassroots fundraising tool that connects people who care to innovative new ways to raise funds.
Elissa holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and applies her business acumen and fundraising experience in her position on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter). As a thought leader on innovative trends in the nonprofit sector, Elissa developed and teaches “Entrepreneurial Fundraising” at Ryerson University.
Anne Marie Johnston
Anne Marie Johnston joined Tides Canada in August 2014 and leads organizational operations, including oversight of finance, information systems, human resources, impact assessment, and communications and marketing. She brings extensive strategic and operational experience to the position.
Before joining Tides Canada, Anne Marie served as Managing Director, Development and Alumni Engagement Services at the University of British Columbia, one of Canada’s leading universities and the first in Canada to undertake a $1.5-billion fundraising campaign. Known for her leadership in operational and cultural transformation, Anne Marie’s career has taken her across the country, spearheading large-scale operational projects for Vancity Savings and Credit Union and Royal Bank of Canada.
Anne Marie holds a BA in Applied Geography from Ryerson University and an MBA from Queen’s University. She enjoys spending her free time sharing the love of the outdoors with her family.
Killulark Arngna’naaq is the Northern Program Specialist based in Tides Canada’s Yellowknife office. She is originally from Qamani’tuaq, Nunavut but grew up in Yellowknife and parts of Ontario. She works with both the shared platform as well as the strategic programs team; prior to joining Tides Canada Laura worked in the Affordable Housing sector.
Killulark holds a BBA from Trent University, an MMPA from the University of Toronto, is a member of the fourth cohort of the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship, and is a CPA, CA. She volunteers with several nonprofits organizations, applying her formal training to several causes, primarily arts and/or Indigenous based. In her spare time Killulark enjoys the outdoors, beading, eating, and badly playing music.
Bruce Berghmans is a Project Specialist at Tides Canada and provides support to initiatives on the Shared Platform.
Bruce has worked in the nonprofit and research sector including for the International Growth Centre and Amnesty International. Prior to joining Tides Canada, she managed a large portfolio of grantees and worked on impact and donor reporting. She holds a BA in International Relations and a Masters in International Politics and East Asia from Warwick University, UK.
In her spare time, Bruce enjoys hiking, watching soccer, and spends (too much) time attempting to solve crossword puzzles.
In working with Tides Canada, Leanne Burton plays a leadership role in developing customized philanthropic solutions for individual philanthropists, private foundations, and corporations. Accessing a unique suite of tools that includes donor advised funds, impact investment options, and a shared platform for charitable projects, Tides Canada builds bridges among sectors, and helps to steer philanthropy into innovative work that can address tough social and environmental challenges.
As the Sr. Specialist, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning at Tides Canada, Piyali is leading organizational impact evaluation and embedding evaluative thinking into all aspects of program and project work within the organization.
Piyali has worked in the nonprofit sector both at the local and international level with organizations such as Doctors without Borders, Ontario Council for International Cooperation, and is a co-founder of Fair Trade Toronto.
Piyali is trained in iterative problem-solving methods through Humber College’s Post-Graduate program in International Development, and Undergraduate Studies in Engineering at the University of Toronto.
She enjoys both watching and participating in a variety of sports, engaging in urban adventures, and spending time with her dog.
Wendy Cooper supports a diversity of individuals, organizations and collaborations to implement solutions to their philanthropic goals. She works with partners to achieve collective goals to gain a deeper understanding of geographies and issues, develop strategies to reflect interests and values, and implement grantmaking activities grounded in reciprocal relationships with communities and organizations.
She has been an active member of the charitable and philanthropic community for more than 15 years, working for a government agency and charitable organizations at a national and community scale, as well as a consultant and a volunteer. Her work has spanned many topics during this time including freshwater health, land and water stewardship, reduction of harmful toxics, and Indigenous youth leadership.
Wendy lives in rural Ontario with her family where they love to explore local forests, rivers and lakes.
Natalie Cushing joined the Tides Canada team in August 2013 and provides operational and administrative support to initiatives on the shared platform based in Western Canada. In addition, she works with interdepartmental teams on system improvement and communication projects. She has been part of the nonprofit sector for over a decade in volunteer, employee, contractor, and board member roles. Throughout her career, Natalie has focused on the value of governance, administration, and planning in shaping nonprofits that effectively and efficiently realize their missions. More recently, she has begun integrating reconciliation as a core value in her work.
Prior to joining Tides Canada, Natalie led business development and grant management at a nonprofit promoting residential energy efficiency. She currently serves on the boards of the Stanley Park Ecological Society and Hives for Humanity.
Stephen Ellis is the Program Lead, Northern Canada, at Tides Canada. Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Stephen works with Northern communities and partners to empower northerners, build capacity, and advance solutions to integrated social, cultural, environmental, and economic challenges in the North.
After completing a Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Stephen and his wife Tracey commenced life together and started a family in Lutsel K’e, a Dene community on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. During this time he worked primarily with indigenous communities, but also with governments and industry, to tackle tough land and resource challenges.
Stephen is a member of the Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board for the Diavik Diamond Mine and a Director for the Dechinta Institute for Research and Learning. He previously chaired the Akaitcho Screening Board and was a long-standing Director of the Denesoline Corporation and a member of the NWT Protected Areas Strategy Steering Committee. He enjoys being outside in all seasons and spending time with his three boys.
Justin is the Salesforce Administrator/Developer and Data Analyst at Tides Canada. He manages the Salesforce environment and helps maintain all the apps and integrations associated with Salesforce. He also helps ensure the quality of data and creates policies to keep the data clean at Tides Canada.
Prior to working at Tides Canada, Justin worked as a Salesforce Administrator at Tripwire, Inc. and most recently as an IT Analyst and Tennis Professional for the Richmond Country Club. He holds a BBA in Operations and Technology Management from the University of Portland, where he focused his studies in Database Management and Project Management.
Justin has spent most of his life playing competitive tennis and has played at the NCAA Division I and professional levels. He continues to compete locally and coaches others to improve their tennis game.
Kim Hardy works with funders and grantees to find strategic philanthropic “uncommon solutions for the common good” with special focus on Canada’s West Coast and Northern geographies. She has worked extensively with First Nations, development corporations and rural communities on community-based economic development projects in BC and the Yukon. Kim completed her MBA in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University after studying psychology at the University of Victoria and completing the Community Economic Development certificate at Simon Fraser University. She has been an active member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, participating on the BC/Yukon Council and is currently contributing to Genuine Progress Pacific as a Board Member.
Alison leads Communications for Tides Canada, including a wide range of marketing, development, external and internal communications, public relations, and media activities. Working directly with the President and CEO, she provides Board and senior leadership communications support. As steward of Tides Canada’s brand, she works with partners across our diverse tools, services, issues, and geographies to deliver communications and marketing strategies and plans.
She has an MA in Media and Communications from the University of London, England and a BA in English Literature from the University of Victoria, BC. Prior to joining Tides Canada in 2011, Alison developed creative communications and marketing for multiple private and nonprofit sector organizations including the Nova Scotia Nature Trust and the Vancouver Food Bank.
Todd Jaques collaborates with projects and partners to build uncommon solutions for the common good, including growing and cultivating the Tides Canada project community, building impact investing partnerships, and innovating the shared platform model. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Todd was the Director of Operations and Agriculture Partnerships at the Ontario Association of Food Banks, where he was responsible for creating new programs to increase food banks’ participation in sustainable food systems.
Danielle joined Tides Canada in January 2017 and provides operational support to initiatives on the shared platform. Before joining Tides Canada, she worked at a policy firm where she managed business operations and executed public consultations on a range of issues. In 2013, she completed a Coady International Institute Fellowship in Zambia, where she assisted with a national consultation on enshrining women’s rights in the constitution. While in Zambia, she saw the challenges small charities face, and this sparked her interest in new approaches to helping organizations achieve their missions more effectively.
Though based in Toronto, Danielle was raised in British Columbia, and she shows her BC roots through her love of the outdoors and yoga. She is a Canada World Youth alumni and remains active with the organization as a former Board member and current member of the President’s Advisory Council.
Based in Toronto, Melissa Leite joined Tides Canada in September 2011. As a member of the Development team, she manages and executes Tides Canada’s donor advised fund, planned giving, and direct giving programs.
Prior to joining Tides Canada, Melissa worked in retail banking at TD Canada Trust. Melissa holds an honours degree in Public Policy and Administration from York University and a post-graduate certificate in Public Policy and Administration from Humber College. Melissa is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto Chapter.
Chris Little joined Tides Canada in October 2015 and provides operational and strategic leadership for the finance department, including oversight of the accounting, financial, reporting and budgeting processes and organizational risk management strategy.
Before joining Tides Canada, Chris served as Project Manager for a large finance system implementation at Vancity Savings and Credit Union. Chris is also a co-founder of the charitable project Reconciliation Canada and held numerous roles there including Director, Operations and Partnerships and Director, New Way Forward Development.
Chris is a CPA, CA and is on the Board of Directors of Raincity Housing. She holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto and enjoys spending her free time on the North Shore mountains with her family and two dogs.
Trevor Loke joined Tides Canada in May 2017 and compliments the national Development team as the lead team member in Western Canada. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Trevor worked as an independent development consultant and advisor with clients across North America, helping them grow their organizations through lean practices and strategic partnerships.
Trevor co-founded the crowdfunding start-up Weeve in 2011, serving as Chief Operating Officer before selling the company in 2013. Concurrently, he served as a Vancouver Park Board Commissioner from 2011 to 2014. Trevor was named a BC Business Magazine 2014 Top 30 under 30 and a Maclean’s Magazine 2014 “future leader” of Canada for his work.
When not working, he spends his time playing ice hockey, hiking, cycling, camping, skiing, reading, playing video and board games, volunteering, travelling, and enjoying life in beautiful Vancouver.
Danae is the Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis at Tides Canada. Since 2010 she has worked in many Finance roles on the Finance team. She now manages the Shared Platform Finance Specialist team and is also responsible for monitoring and reporting on the financial health of the overall organization. As a trusted internal advisor, her passion is spreading financial literacy throughout Tides Canada and beyond.
Danae has been working in government, education, and not-for profit for 15 years, providing financial and administrative support. She has a Bachelor of Technology in Accounting from BCIT and is in the final stages of her studies to earn her CPA designation.
Emily is a Business Analyst for Tides Canada. She is currently managing a project to improve Tides Canada’s revenue and tax receipting processes for the Finance department, and also provides analytics support to other departments on an ad hoc basis.
Prior to working at Tides Canada, Emily worked on social issues at Social Capital Partners and Best Buddies Canada. She has also worked to advanced clean energy solutions at Stem Inc. and Grasshopper Solar. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics, and is currently studying Business Analysis & Systems Design at BCIT.
Outside of work and school, she likes to do anything active. Her favourite past-times are are tricking (martial arts), snowboarding, and hiking.
Flannery is responsible for the financial management of Shared Platform projects, providing oversight of financial reporting and analysis. She partners with Shared Platform support staff to manage risk, refine internal processes, and develop training opportunities for project staff.
A transplant from San Francisco (ancestral home of the Ohlone people), Flannery worked as a financial analyst at Arabella Advisors prior to joining Tides Canada. She has extensive accounting and finance experience in the charitable sector and holds a degree in women and gender studies from San Francisco State University. Flannery is currently pursuing her CPA designation.
Outside of her professional interests, Flannery enjoys spending time in BC’s beautiful backcountry.
Norah collaborates with teams across the organization on a range of communications and marketing projects related to grantmaking, development, public and media relations, and the shared platform. As Senior Specialist, Communications and Marketing, she is responsible for connecting our community, marketing our tools and offerings, and sharing the Tides Canada story across multiple communications platforms.
Norah’s communications experience spans roles in the private sector, government, and nonprofits. Prior to joining Tides Canada in 2017, she worked with the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), a nonprofit organization focused on helping institutional investors who have an interest in responsible (ESG) investment.
Norah has a MA in Global Media and Transnational Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA in Communications Studies from York University. In her spare time you can find her exploring the BC mountains, planning her next travel adventure, and enjoying good food with good friends.
Julie Price leads a strategic grantmaking program called the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture & Community Fund. This fund is a collaboration between 10 organizations and its purpose is to support local projects that increase access to healthy food, improve community health, and drive community economic development.
Julie was born and raised in Manitoba, where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture followed by a Masters in Natural Resource Management. Prior to joining Tides Canada, she worked in large-scale animal agriculture and then spent a decade with Heifer Canada, working with communities in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Manitoba to improve local food systems and reduce hunger and poverty. As an active member of her community, Julie has supported and facilitated the development of local organizations including the Farmers’ Markets Association of Manitoba, Harvest Moon Local Food initiative, Fort Whyte Farms, and Manitoba Farm Mentorship. She is a founding board member of Food Matters Manitoba, a provincial food security organization.
Julie has a strong belief in the wisdom of communities. Her development philosophy is to listen, learn, and adapt to local needs.
Sheena Robert joined Tides Canada in 2018 as a member of the Development team, working to build and strengthen new and existing partnerships with funders across the country.
Prior to joining Tides Canada, Sheena has enjoyed a successful career in the philanthropic sector, focusing on strategic partnerships and fundraising in higher education and community led-development projects, with a special interest in food security and social enterprise.
Sheena holds concurrent Honours BA degrees in Psychology & Cultural Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Based in Toronto, Allie Roberts is the Senior Project Coordinator for Tides Canada’s shared platform. She provides day-to-day support to the project specialists and all projects on the shared platform, manages proposals and report submissions, and maintains project data.
Prior to joining Tides Canada, Allie provided research and program support for a number of Toronto-based nonprofits, including Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, EcoSpark, and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Allie has a Masters of Environmental Studies degree from Queen’s University and a BA in Environmental Studies (emphasis on environmental policy and law) from Trent University.
In a volunteer capacity, Allie co-coordinates the Trinity Bellwoods Adopt-A-Tree program and is a monthly contributor to a blog that focuses on positive environmental stories. In her spare time, she enjoys watching birds, baseball, and cover bands.
Jennifer Schine is the Pacific Community Lead at Tides Canada. Based in Victoria, BC, Jennifer works with communities, organizations, and First Nations in Canada’s Pacific region to help find grantmaking opportunities and cross-community networks. In addition, she works to strengthen partnerships with businesses, governmental agencies, and other key decision-makers in the province.
Throughout her career, Jennifer has focused on community-led initiatives and interdisciplinary projects. She is Principal of the consulting firm, Pacific Research and Communications, and also produces radio for CBC.
Jennifer serves as the Arts, Culture, and Ethnography Advisor for the Sfaira Foundation, and was previously a Director of the Salmon Coast Field Station. She holds a MA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Victoria. Jenni is grateful to learn from the many knowledge holders in the traditional territories where she works and plays.
Bridgitte works with the Strategic Programs team by providing grantmaking support – be it at the identification, proposal, evaluation, or reporting stage.
Prior to joining Tides Canada, Bridgitte worked across the public sector, including in international trade with the BC government and global educational exchange with the University of British Columbia. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, where she focused her research on environmental conflicts and grassroots social movements. Bridgitte has previously led various community engagement organizations and she currently sits on the Board of Directors for a small nonprofit dedicated to youth leadership.
Bridgitte finds her energy through her belief that ‘global-citizenship’ must start locally. Born and raised on the West Coast, Bridgitte enjoys travel, being at the beach, and photography. She also enjoys practicing her Spanish skills…slowly, but surely!
Based in Vancouver, Martin supports the financial health of projects on the shared platform. He liaises with project specialists, coordinators, directors and funders to provide financial and accounting support. Martin has 9+ years of experience in financial and accounting roles, with a focus on partnering with operations to provide financial support. This includes budgeting, forecasting, management reporting, financial management and financial analysis. He has a Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Martin volunteers regularly at Quest Food Exchange and was formerly a Big Brother with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. Outside of work, Martin enjoys learning and chanting kirtan, being in nature and travelling.
Ivan Thompson is Senior Advisor with a primary focus on Canada’s Pacific wild salmon watersheds. Ivan returned to Tides Canada in 2017 after working for a decade as Program Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Wild Salmon Ecosystem Initiative. In his role at Tides Canada, he continues to work with the Moore Foundation and a range of philanthropic, academic, community, and NGO partners to sustain and extend improvements to wild salmon management frameworks and watershed governance mechanisms. This includes an emphasis on the protection of high quality freshwater habitat, improvements in the selectivity of fisheries, and innovations in salmon aquaculture.
In the early 2000s, Ivan headed up the Northern Rivers Initiative at the Sage Centre (now the Tides Canada Shared Platform) and, as ForestEthics’ Community and Economic Advisor, worked with the Rainforest Solutions Project to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. Previously he had an extensive professional career in education and counselling with Outward Bound schools, alternative programs and adult education settings, culminating in the role of Dean of Education at Northwest Community College in northern British Columbia.
Ivan holds a BA in Psychology from McMaster University, a BEd in Experiential Education from Queens University, an MEd in Counselling from University of Victoria, and a post-graduate certification in Applied Economics from the University of London.
Shayla Walker is a Senior Program Associate on the Strategic Programs team. She is based in Vancouver where she supports the implementation of the Pacific Program, which includes project management, grant administration, financial and contract management, event coordination and programmatic planning, and evaluation and reporting. Prior to her current role at Tides Canada, Shayla worked as Donations and Programs Administrator on our Client Services (now Development) team. She has been part of the nonprofit sector for over a decade in volunteer, employee, and board member roles.
Shayla holds a BA in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. She enjoys being outdoors any time of the year and can often be found running or walking the Seawall, listening to one her many favourite podcasts.
Elena has been part of the Tides Canada team since 2014 and has been leading the Information Systems team since 2015. She leads the ongoing development and implementation of secure and cost-effective technical solutions for the organization. Elena has several years of experience in the IT industry and has worked in diverse industries such as education, social services, insurance, real estate, and the nonprofit sector. Elena graduated from Information Technology Management in 2008 and attended Simon Fraser University, where she was trained as a business analyst. She also holds several industry certifications, including her recently acquired Project Management Certification (PMP).
Elena has been an active volunteer for more than 20 years and is passionate about the environment. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and travelling.
Brenda Cinkant is a Finance Coordinator supporting the TCI Shared Platform team.
She is based in Kelowna, BC the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) peoples.
Brenda is a seasoned administration professional with several years’ experience working in finance and accounting.
She enjoys reading, camping, cooking, and spending time with her very tight-knit family and close friends.
Lizzie joined Tides Canada in July 2019 as the Director of the Shared Platform and is based in the Vancouver office. She works with multiple departments to oversee the coordination of resources and the delivery of supports to projects on the Shared Platform.
Lizzie has worked in the nonprofit sector in Canada and the UK for over ten years in a variety of roles, including consulting with a diverse range of charities in their human resources and operations. Prior to joining Tides Canada, Lizzie was the operational leader for SOGI 1 2 3, a collaborative education initiative that has been adopted by all school boards in BC.
Lizzie is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources in BC and a Certified Associate in Project Management. Outside of work, she enjoys her volunteer roles with Girl Guides of Canada and Big Sisters of BC & Lower Mainland, and is excited to explore more of Canada.
Lori Tagoona joined the Tides Canada Foundation team as Senior Associate for Inuit Nunangat. Based in Iqaluit, NU her role focuses on building meaningful relationships and partnering with Inuit communities, leaders and organizations to enable community-driven solutions. She is an alumni of Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Canada World Youth and studied at the University of Winnipeg and Athabasca University. Lori was most recently Senior Advisor in the Nunavut Regional Office of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.
Lori loves connecting with people who are passionate about creating positive change in the north. She believes that long term and sustainable solutions must revolve around the resurgence of Indigenous ways of being and knowing.
Lori is also a member of the Hinaani Design team, an Inuit owned company which designs clothing and accessories that reflect Inuit culture and Arctic landscapes.