Cariad has fifteen years of experience providing strategic planning, project management, facilitation and analysis to assist clients in achieving their sustainability goals. Her experience encompasses community-scale and corporate-scale energy and climate change strategic planning, air quality management planning, water and wastewater planning and policy development, and sustainability indicator definition and reporting.

Her strength lies helping clients navigate the path from a long-term vision to a set of strategies, objectives and specific policies that will assist in achieving that vision.  Having worked with over 30 local governments, she also has a strong understanding of the operational, policy and planning context for local governments and draws on this to develop strategies and action plans suitable for achieving her clients’ goals.

Cariad has been project manager, facilitator and writer for several corporate energy and climate strategies for local governments, including: Peace River Regional District and four member municipalities, Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, City of Chilliwack, and Fraser Valley Regional District. She also managed the inventory data collection for the Carbon Neutral Kootenays project – a project that completed over 35 local government inventories.

Prior to forming Pinna Sustainability Inc., Cariad was a key member of The Sheltair Group (and after acquisition, with Stantec Consulting’s sustainable solutions team) where she led numerous energy and climate action planning projects.


Gillian Aubie Vines

Gillian is a social geographer and planner holding a Masters degree in Cities, Space and Society from the London School of Economics, and has worked in Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico on issues of sustainability, social justice, behavior change, climate adaptation, and inclusion in the urban environment.  Gillian has significant research and project experience with government, non-governmental organizations, and academia.

Gillian has been involved in many projects that bridge science with planning and public awareness including climate change and adaptation plans, strategic sustainability plans, ‘State of the Environment’ reports, and sustainability needs assessment and implementation plans. Currently, a main component of her work involves designing and facilitating public and stakeholder consultation processes that engage communities in discussions around sustainable development. She is a registered member of the International Institute for Public Participation (IAP2), and is known for her innovative and creative approach to gaining access to hard to reach audiences, bringing energy to engagement events, and facilitating engagement on technical issues

Before founding Pinna, Gillian worked locally with Stantec Consulting Ltd and The Sheltair Group, and abroad with LEAD International in London, UK. In addition to her consulting career, Gillian is a faculty member with the Geography Department at Langara College.