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

  • Liz Lilly - Chair

    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.

  • Jo-Ann Roberts - Vice-Chair

    Jo-Ann is the former Interim Leader and Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada. An award-winning journalist and CBC radio host for over two decades. She is a trusted interviewer and advisor on crisis management and media training. She is the host of the People, Politics and Planet podcast. Her Board and volunteer work have been related to the environment, youth, housing, health, education and literacy.

  • Dave Bagler - President

    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.

  • Scott Mullenix - Secretary

    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 was the GPC’s Deputy Director of Communications during the 2020 Leadership Contest. Scott has been the Director of Communications at Nature Canada since December 2020.

  • 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.