Me and my granddaughter, 7th generation of the George Gibsons family

I am a Canadian-Brazilian whose skill set and perspectives have been enriched by opportunities to live, study and work in both countries.  I have over 20 years’ combined experience working with federal agencies, and in developing collaborative partnerships with local, regional and provincial governments as well as the corporate and non-profit sectors. I am creative, proactive and results-oriented.

Born in Toronto, I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, a city with stunning natural beauty but also highly impacted by environmental and socio-economic problems as a result of poor governance.  My passion for achieving sustainability led me to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences. This was followed by a career in the Brazilian federal government, where I worked in the National Foundation for Indigenous People (FUNAI) and the Brazilian Environmental Protection Agency (IBAMA).

In both positions, I liaised with municipal and state governments, non-profit organizations and corporations to develop win-win partnerships. These partnerships secured engagement, financial, and logistical support for community economic development, as well as, operational and educational programs for a newly created national park. I helped develop the park’s Emergency Management Plan, a plan that required multi-stakeholder input. With many of the stakeholders having interests and views in conflict with the park’s goals, the job required diplomatic negotiating skills.

When I returned to Canada I received my M. Sc., Natural Resources Management, from the University of British Columbia. From 2002 to 2006 I managed conservation and educational programs in Stanley Park, a collaborative partnership between the Vancouver Parks Board and the Stanley Park Ecology Society. I liaised with local government, academia, and the profit and non-profit sectors to create innovative mechanisms that ensured financial support and long-term sustainability for the programs.

In 2006, I spearheaded the creation of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver. I’m proud to say the entire Metro region fully relies on the programs and services of this successful organization for controlling and managing invasive species.

From 2008 to 2013, I became the Program Manager for two inter-governmental programs (BIEAP-FREMP) that coordinated the complex governance system in Burrard Inlet and in the Fraser River Estuary. The long-term programs were a partnership among the Port of Vancouver and federal, provincial, and regional governments (Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, Metro Vancouver Regional District). To ensure the continued sustainability of Burrard Inlet and the Estuary, partners used a consensus-based approach to planning and decision-making. My management responsibilities also required collaboration with key stakeholders such as local governments, First Nations, stewardship organizations, and major landowners.

From 2014 to 2016 I worked on the Sunshine Coast as Office Manager of Salish Soils Inc., a waste management facility that processes our green and food waste, turning it into a rich soil.

Recently, I obtained a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Simon Fraser University to expand my skills, given the role of human resources management plays in the new knowledge-based economy, and in the greening of our economy.

Since 2012, I have called Gibsons home. My partner Robert and I are very happy to be here, close to family.