About Us

GreenLearning creates free education programs about energy, climate change and green economy that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world. Our programs include both hands-on and critical thinking activities to equip teachers with the educational tools they need to help students understand complex environmental issues.

To build our programs, we combine input from national surveys and consultations with teachers and education professionals to inform our teacher writers. All of our lessons are piloted with teachers and school boards and revised based on their feedback before we make them available.

Our community is committed to engaging students and learners in environmental activities that allow them to explore the world around them, while developing skills to positively shape the future.

Read Our Philosophy


Create Change

Students identify and research issues that matter to them, and then create solutions. By building connections with experts and the community, they put their solutions into practice, and measure their resulting impact.

Inspire Educators

We have designed our materials to meet a broad range of curriculum expectations using an inquiry driven approach and an emphasis on leveraging technologies to meet learning outcomes.

Engage Youth

Our model focuses on building global competencies that are essential for youth to successfully navigate the evolving demands of life, work and learning in a world that is shrinking as the need for local actions grows.

Meet Our Team


GreenLearning’s talented staff are at the core, educators who are passionate about the environment and developing programs that challenge students and young learners.

Mary McGrath

Mary McGrath

Executive Director

Mary manages the day-to-day operations of GreenLearning, and has a passion for creating positive environmental change. She is a Co-Founder of Small Change Fund and has extensive experience working for sustainability organizations.

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Kristina Johnston

Kristina Johnston

Program Director

Kristina is a resourceful environmental education specialist with over 15 years of experience. In the past, she has created and implemented modular curriculums for primary, junior and secondary students in Canada.

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Jamila Kyari

Jamila Kyari

Communications Manager

Jamila manages the brand, content and voice of GreenLearning's digital assets while developing a variety of response-generating marketing communications material. She is multi-faceted with years of communications experience.

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Nazish Qureshi

Nazish Qureshi

Program Manager

Nazish is responsible for the development and delivery of GreenLearning’s innovative education programs. With an MSc. in Sustainable Energy Development and a BComm. in Energy Management, she has diverse professional experience in energy, environment, and sustainability.

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Sidney Howlett

Sidney Howlett

Engagement Manager

Sidney leads the growth and impact of GreenLearning’s programs across Canada. She is a former Ontario teacher with a diverse professional background and a keen interest in supporting the implementation of inquiry-based and sustainable education in Canadian classrooms.

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Andreana Salouk

Andreana Salouk

Program Coordinator

Andreana is responsible for program coordination and resource auditing for GreenLearning. With a BA in Environmental Studies, she has ample professional experience in program coordination and administration in the environmental non-profit sector.

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Stephen MacKinnon

Stephen MacKinnon

Consultant and Project Leader

Stephen has been GreenLearning’s e-learning consultant since 2006, working on various online education projects. He is a retired IT teacher.

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Dick Holland

Dick Holland

Researcher, Writer and Facilitator

Dick is GreenLearning’s lead teacher writer. He is involved in researching and developing modules, as well as running workshops and in-service training.

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Guangyu Liu

Guangyu Liu

Research and Science Specialist

Guangyu provides cutting edge scientific research and information for GreenLearning’s program development. He also works with Dow Canada’s Analytical Science group, studying microplastics in the environment.

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Board of Directors


GreenLearning’s board of directors is a group of diverse and experienced environmental consultants, experts and thought leaders, who are truly passionate about sustainability.

Jeff Reading

Jeff Reading

Chair

Jeff has a background in education, government leadership, not for profit management, clean tech commercialization, carbon management and climate change mitigation/adaptation. He is also President of Actions Matter, a sustainability focused social enterprise company.

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Patrick Robertson

Patrick Robertson

Treasurer

Patrick is a teacher, educational consultant and director of various community organizations focused on sustainability, social justice, literacy and the environment. He is an instructor and sustainability fellow at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education.

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Barb Macintosh

Barb Macintosh

Secretary

Barb has been a teacher for more than twenty-five years in the social sciences at various levels, including science, geography, economics and environmental studies. She is currently Director of Student Life at St. Clement’s School in Toronto, and is a strong advocate for student leadership, experiential learning and community partnerships.

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Peter Nishimura

Peter Nishimura

Director

Peter is a senior climate change policy advisor with expertise in climate change adaptation, capacity building, risk assessment, and stakeholder relations. He is a former high school teacher, and has experience in the environmental and education sectors in BC, the Maritime provinces, and Canada’s North.

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Jamie Callendar

Jamie Callendar

Director

Jamie Callendar is a professional environmental engineer with expertise in greenhouse gas project implementation, methane abatement technologies, energy efficiency economics, climate change policy, carbon finance and clean technology development.

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Susan Gesner

Susan Gesner

Director

Susan is the President of GAEL, an independent consulting firm specializing in environmental facilitation, consultation, and engagement. Both her work and her play involve spending as much time outdoors as possible, and being a positive influence on her clients, friends, family and the earth.

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Maureen Kolla

Maureen Kolla

Director

Maureen is Manager of Clean Power and Heat within the Clean Energy Division of Alberta Innovates. She works closely with industry, technology developers, government, and other stakeholders to advance clean energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify Alberta’s economy.

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J.P. Jepp

J.P. Jepp

Director

J.P. has experience leading climate and energy policy strategy in the petroleum, electricity sector and non-governmental sector, and was Senior Advisor to the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He is President of Nexus Climate and Energy Solutions- a consultancy focused on climate change and energy transitions.

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Tim Kitchen

Tim Kitchen

Director

Tim is an Assistant Principal in Calgary leading an exciting new Environmental, Outdoor and Renewable Education program that is working on a number of initiatives including a gas to electric car conversion project. Tim has a unique mix of experiences with a Masters in Educational Technology, combined with an Outdoor Education background that includes working for Outward Bound in Scotland.

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