Through Vision2030, Sustainability Network is collaborating with the environmental community to define where the ENGO community needs and wants to be in the next 10 years and what capacity challenges and gaps need to be addressed to get us there.

Planning for 2030

Sustainability Network is collaborating with the environmental community and leading Vision2030, a sector capacity building initiative. Together we are defining community needs and capacity gaps and developing the programs that will help the ENGO sector rise the the challenges of the next decade.

The pandemic has been a fundamental shock to society but it’s also an opportunity to rethink our systems and consider a societal reset and that includes the nonprofit sector. Despite a lack of clarity and maybe even because of it, now is the time for reflection and consideration of the kind of future we want to build and to determine the factors that will speed and guide the recovery.

Our goal is to provide the time and space for ENGO leaders and funders to grapple with what the recovery means for Canada and in particular what critical role ENGO capacity building will play in helping these organizations move through the crisis and this decade. All this to empower the Sustainability Network to support the ENGO community so that it flourishes and reaches its potential.

In June 2022, we convened 47 ENGO leaders to grapple with five key capacity building priorities and inspire Vision2030 programs that will help them thrive in the years ahead.

Participants in the process to date have been the c-suite of Canada’s largest ENGOs as well as executive directors and senior staff of youth-led and medium sized staffed organizations as well as ENGO BIPOC leaders.


Suzanne Karajaberlian, Managing Director Environmental Defence & Chair Sustainability Network
Paul Bubelis, Executive Director, Sustainability Network (host)
Anastasia Lintner, Deputy Executive Director CELA & Former Chair, Sustainability Network
John Lounds, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Bruce Lourie, President & CEO, Ivey Foundation


Anna-Liza Badaloo, Vision2030 Associate, Sustainability Network
Lynn Ferguson, Principal, Social Impact Advisors (retreat facilitator)
Steve S.J. Lee, Principal, Steve S.J. Lee Consulting (post retreat analysis)


Aaron Myran
, Executive Director, Future Majority
Adil Darvesh, Communications Manager, CPAWS Yukon
Allyson Brady
, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Environmental Society (Away on sabbatical until January 2024)
Ama Deawuo, Executive Director, SeedChange
Anjali Helferty, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
Beatrice Ekoko, Communications Manager, Faith and the Common Good
Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director, Bay Area Restoration Council
Chris Rider, National Director for Conservation, CPAWS
Christy Ferguson, Greenpeace
Chris Pinkerton, Executive Director, CPAWS-Yukon
Christopher Pullen, National Director Sustainability Solutions, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Danah Duke, Executive Director, Miistakis Institute
Dawn Carr, Director Strategic Conservation, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Eli Enns, Co-Founder & President, IISAAK OLAM Foundation
Elliot Fox, Indigenous Conservation Consultant, Miistakis Institute
Emily McMillan, Executive Director, Nature Canada
Gideon Forman, Climate Change and Transportation Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director, Sierra Club of Canada Foundation
Hannah Askew, Executive Director, Sierra Club BC
Helen Watts, Executive Director, Student Energy
Ian Klesmer, Director Strategy and Grants, The Atmospheric Fund
Jason Unger, Executive Director Environmental Law Centre
Jasveen Brar, Executive Director, Youth Climate Lab
Jessica Clogg, Executive Director & Senior Counsel, West Coast Environmental Law
Justina Ray, President & Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
Karen Ross, Executive Director, Farmers for Climate Solutions
Kat Cadungog, Executive Director, Foundation for Environmental Stewardship
Kecia Kerr, Executive Director, CPAWS Northern Alberta
Logan McIntosh, Director of Campaigns and Organizing,  Stand.earth
Lois Lindsay, Chief Program Officer, Evergreen
Maggy Burns, Executive Director, Ecology Action Centre
Mara Shaw, Executive Director, National Farmers Union
Megan Leslie, President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund Canada
Montana Burgess, Executive Director, Neighbours United
Naolo Charles, Co-Founder, Canadian Coalition for Environmental and Climate Justice
Natalie Odd, Executive Director, Alberta Environmental Network
Paulette Fox, Elder Loge, Conservation Through Reconciliation
Ron Thiessen, Executive Director, CPAWS Manitoba
Sandra Schwartz, Executive Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Sarah Palmer, Government Relations & Policy Strategist, Yellowstone to Yukon
Sarah Van Exan, Executive Director, GreenPAC
Silke Nebel, VP Science & Conservation, Birds Canada
Simon Dyer, Deputy Executive Director, Pembina Institute
Stephanie Merrill, CEO, Nature Trust of New Brunswick
Steven Nitah, Managing Director, Indigenous Relations, Nature for Justice
Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director & Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence

VISION2030 Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Advisory Group

Okechukwu Ezibe, Manager of Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
Simone Mutabazi, Community Cycling Activation Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
Miranda Baksh, Engagement Senior Coordinator, Environmental Defence
Nicolisa Blatchford, former Conservation Organizer at Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y)
Vanessa Lee, Park Interpretation Specialist, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks

We were energized by the recommendations, suggestions and discussions that took place June 2022 at Kingbridge and are in the midst of developing programs around four resulting sector priorities:

We are preparing five invited proposals and hope to be launching resulting multi-year capacity building programs by late 2023.

We are excited by the opportunity to bring together Canada’s most respected environmental NGO leaders and funders so that together we can inject a significant capacity building pulse of activity into Canada’s environmental nonprofit community.


We want to thank the 14 planning phase (2021-2022) sponsors:
Ivey Foundation, Wilburforce Foundation, Consecon Foundation, North Family Foundation,  Trottier Family Foundation, The Gosling Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, Vancity, ECHO Foundation, Sitka Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Alberta EcoTrust Foundation