Mentor Descriptions

Andrew Humphries

Andrew Humphries has been teaching about sustainability for more than 25 years. He has a teaching background in Science, Social Studies, Global Sustainability and Field Studies. His Master’s Thesis was on Education for Sustainability. He developed and taught a Global Sustainability course for the Vancouver School Board. He especially enjoys taking students into the natural world, and has led more than 1000 field study days. He is currently a Vice Principal at Point Grey Secondary School.

Ashley Bangsund

Ashley Bangsund

Ashley Bangsund works as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Vancouver School District, where she is involved in the development and implementation of the VSB’s Environmental Sustainability Plan. She supports teachers and students in bringing their sustainability initiatives forward, and works with other VSB staff to improve the sustainability of the District’s operations. Before joining the VSB, Ashley worked for the Parks Department in Surrey where she coordinated nature programs, events and outreach materials. Before that, her work experience ranges all over the place from dog grooming to stage managing! Ashley has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education and Communications from Royal Roads University, and during her studies, researched how humour can affect how young people engage with climate change.

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Dakota Bear

Dakota Bear is a Saskatoon-born, Vancouver-based Indigenous hip-hop artist and activist. His melodic rhymes carry stories of Indigenous peoples across Canada leaving listeners enlightened, inspired and instant fans of his music and message. His performances range from audiences of 30,000 (Global Climate Strike with Greta Thunberg, Downtown Vancouver, October 2019) to inspirational performances for youth in remote communities in Northern Canada. His work with Idle No More, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited Peoples and the Global Climate Strike movement has intertwined his music with international social justice movements and connected him with fans across the country. 

He’s shared stages with legendary greats like Bone Thugs n Harmony, Redman & Methodman, TechN9ne and more. His music has been shared by Noisey, Exclaim!, Hip Hop Canada, Digital Drum and numerous grassroots-news outlets while his online videos have collectively amassed more than 1 million views.


David Tindall

David Tindall is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches and conducts research on social aspects of environmental issues, including climate change. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in Sociology, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Victoria. His Ph.D. research focused on conflicts over old growth forests in B.C., and in his MA thesis he studied aspects of the salmon fishery in B.C. At UBC, he has been a Sustainability Teaching Fellow, and is currently the Chair of the Environment and Society Minor. He is a Climate Leader with Climate Reality Canada, and in this role, gives talks to the public about climate change issues. At UBC he has been involved with a group of students and faculty encouraging the university to declare a climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuels.

Dina Sadeghi

Dina is a Youth4Action junior leader who got her start by participating in the Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox in 2015 during high school. Since then, Dina joined as a junior facilitator in 2017 supporting MVST through course work and mentoring. Dina is a fourth year Bachelor of Environment student at Simon Fraser University, focusing on Geographic Information Science, and Environmental Management. She  is fascinated by global systems and is passionate about educating students and challenging them to become global citizens with a vision for a sustainable future.

George Radner

George Radner

George Radner is the Executive Director at Be The Change Earth Alliance, a Vancouver-based charity that delivers environmental and social justice education in BC high schools. He also co-leads a climate action workshop program at the UBC Climate Hub. George is 24 and has been passionate about climate justice from a young age. He believes deeply in the power of young people to ignite the shift required to address global issues such as the climate crises and create a more just, sustainable and connected world. George was born in Washington D.C., ancestral territory of the Anacostans, and grew up in Toronto, traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat people. George has lived in Vancouver on unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples since 2014. His favourite activities include bird watching, biking, and meditation.

Grace Nosek

Grace is Founder and Student Director of the UBC Climate Hub. She is a PhD Candidate in Law at UBC studying how to use the law to protect climate change science from manufactured doubt. She is a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar and a Killam doctoral scholar, and a past Canada-U.S. Fulbright recipient. She holds a B.A. from Rice University, a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M from the University of British Columbia. Grace has written and published three novels in a hopeful climate fantasy series, the Ava of the Gaia trilogy. She also created and hosts Planet Potluck, a podcast exploring stories of hope, joy, and community in the climate movement. She’s never met a dance party she didn’t want to join.

Jacob Reis

Jacob is a Youth4Action junior leader on the Y4A team since 2017. He participated in Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox in 2016 and started volunteering throughout 2017, later that year he joined as a junior facilitator supporting MVST through coursework and mentoring. Jacobs love for travel, art, plants, animals, our oceans, and our environment has led him to become a second year Bachelor of Environmental Arts student at Simon Fraser University. He hopes to join the future teachers program once he completes his major to become an elementary educator. Jacob is excited to connect with, assist, and learn from like minded youth who have a passion for sustainability and the environment.

Laura Bamsey

Laura Bamsey

Laura is an educator and learner who is passionate about sustainability, climate action, zero-waste and place-based learning. She has over 10 years of experience in non-profit management, community-based program development and facilitation. Laura supports youth and teachers to reach their sustainability goals by empowering them to take action and lead change initiatives in their schools and communities. She does this through her work with Metro Vancouver’s Youth4Action Program, The BCSEA’s Cool it! Program and Wild BC.

Ron Macdonald

Ron Macdonald

Ron Macdonald is an environmental engineer and works as the Manager of Energy and Sustainability at the Vancouver School Board.  In the energy portfolio he works with several VSB departments to scope and implement projects that reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, and improve the lighting and heating systems at schools.  In the green portfolio he guides a small team that supports schools with a range of school-level and district-level initiatives – including gardens, waste management, grant programs, and educator support.

Ron is a professional engineer – he started his career in the oil and gas industry in Alberta, and then moved to BC and works in the environmental field.  He has worked for the BC Ministry of the Environment, MetroVancouver, a global engineering company, and a small consulting practice. Interspersed with this he has taken a year off to travel (twice) and returned to university for graduate studies in environmental engineering.