Heartwood supports the new growth of Canada's Green Movement

Heartwood is a political think-tank whose purpose is to support the success of Green politics in Canada.

As Greens find paths to success, Heartwood Institute is there to learn, train, and share the lessons of hard-won campaigns. Through skill-sharing, policy development and networking the institute helps solidify and grow the Green political movement.

Board of Directors

  • Dave Bagler

    Dave Bagler is a former President of the Green Party of Canada, a former Young Greens Council member and the 2011 and 2014 Green Party of Ontario candidate in Ottawa–Vanier.

  • Ken Melamed

    Ken was the Mayor of Whistler BC from 2005-2011 and was first elected to city council in 1996. He has been active with the GPC and the BC Green Party since 2012, including serving for 3 years as President of the GPC Federal Council.

  • Liz Lilly

    Liz joined the party after 25 years working for the BC Government in various different ministries, including Economic Development, Environment, Treasury Board Staff and Community, Sport and Cultural Development. She has a passion for good public policy and was the architect of the 2017 BC Greens Platform as well as being consulted on the federal platform in 2019. Liz has worn several hats for the provincial party over the years, including Interim Executive Director and Chief Economist.

  • Becky Smit

    Becky was the Executive Director of the Green Party of Ontario from 2009-2018. She went on to serve as Chief of Staff to GPO Leader Mike Schreiner following his election. She is currently the Green Party of Ontario Campaign Chair for the next provincial election.

  • Emily McMillan

    Emily has been involved in Canada’s environmental movement for her whole career. She led the Green Party of Canada as Executive Director from 2011-2019. She was the Atlantic Chapter Director of Sierra Club of Canada and currently serves as Deputy Executive Director at Nature Canada.

  • Janice Harvey

    Janice is a professor of Environment and Society at St. Thomas University, with research interests in green politics and environmentalism. She helped found the Green Party of New Brunswick in 2008 and served as the party’s first president. She has been active in winning campaigns in 2014, 2018 and 2020. Janice also served on Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Canada and has run as a candidate in both federal and provincial elections. She has spent decades doing award-winning work for Canadian environmental causes on staff at the Conservation Council of NB. She has served on several government advisory boards, including a 10-year stint on the Premier's Round Table on Environment and Economy (1992-2002). She has been in the media as a political panellist and columnist. She was one of the key consultants on the 2019 platform for the Green Party of Canada.

  • Ralph Benmergui

    Ralph is an award-winning TV and Radio producer and writer. In 2009, Ralph joined the Green Party of Canada as a strategic communications advisor. He has since worked as a strategic advisor at different political, environmental, media, business, and academic organizations and boards.

  • Scott Mullenix

    Scott was a founding member of the Heartwood Institute and led the Green Party of Canada’s record-breaking fundraising efforts in the lead up to the 2019 election. He is currently the GPC’s Deputy Director of Communications.