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Pembina Institute director chosen as Vancouver’s new sustainability leader

October 18th, 2010 · 17 Comments

This just out.

The City of Vancouver today announced the selection of Amanda Pitre-Hayes as its new Director of Sustainability.
With 18 years of experience in leadership roles at the Pembina Institute, Vancity, Citizens Bank of Canada and the Body Shop Canada, Ms. Pitre-Hayes brings to the City innovative environmental and business practices that address the root causes of climate change. In addition, her experience with businesses such as Accenture will help guide the City’s green business and long-term sustainability objectives.
As Director of Climate Change Consulting with the Pembina Institute, Ms. Pitre-Hayes worked with large organizations such as Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Business Development Bank of Canada to become greener by measuring and managing carbon dioxide emissions.
At Vancity, Ms. Pitre-Hayes managed the organization’s climate change strategy, led its successful effort to be the first carbon neutral financial institution in North America, and developed the first carbon offset grant program in Canada.
Ms. Pitre-Hayes’ environmental expertise is complemented by solid business acumen. At Accenture, she managed multi-million dollar projects for major North American government, energy, telecom and financial services organizations. At Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, she helped social entrepreneurs grow profitable businesses that employed at-risk youth. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with a focus on sustainability.
The Director of Sustainability works with staff on Council initiatives that help the City realize its Greenest City Action Team targets and its goal of becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020.
Ms. Pitre-Hayes was selected by a panel of seven City staff including directors and managers, the Deputy City Manager and a representative from Human Resources. Over 100 applications were received for the position.
Having recently completed Ironman Canada, Amanda is looking forward to the relatively short cycle commute to City Hall from her home in Vancouver’s eastside. She begins work with the City on November 1.

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