Our People

Cariad Garratt

Gillian Aubie Vines

Jenny Baker

Denni Clement

Tamsin Mills

Courtney Crichton

Kirsten Bradford 

Rodrigo Reimann

Ayla De Grandpre

Gala Muñoz-Carrier

Ally van Tassel 

Cariad Garratt (she/her) | Principal

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 (she/her) |  Principal

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.  

Pinna's Staff

Jenny Baker, PhD  (she/her)
Senior Associate - People and Operations 

Jenny is a public health practitioner with over 12 years of experience in community engagement, research and evaluation. Her background in health promotion and social marketing has led her to work with communities and organizations to address issues related to air pollution, active transportation, alcohol use, tuberculosis, physical activity, tobacco, and nutrition. She is a qualitative researcher with strong skills in quantitative research approaches. Jenny is able to strategize, plan and execute project plans and approaches, and demonstrates the ability to effectively meet deliverables on time and within budget.

Jenny has participated in the development, implementation and evaluation of quasi-experimental designs, community-based research and social marketing strategies. Jenny is an engaging facilitator able to work with diverse groups to share knowledge, exchange ideas and develop action plans. She has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders including youth, the public, First Nations, Inuit and officials from local, provincial and federal governments. Recently, Jenny led the development and implementation of responsible use of alcohol strategy with the Government of Nunavut, and, working with Health Canada, conducted pilot research to support a study aimed at updating a national survey to inform health impacts of change in air pollution.

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Denni Clement, B.A. (she/her)
Senior Associate - Indigenous Engagement

Denni Clement is from ʔAq'am, a Ktunaxa Nation community located in the Kootenay region of BC. She is a facilitator, planner, researcher, writer, community engagement, and sustainability specialist. Denni led the creation of ʔAq'am’s comprehensive community plan from 2009 to 2011, and has contributed to ongoing planning efforts since. Denni’s facilitation style is grounded in Ktunaxa teachings from ʔAq'am Elders and Knowledge Holders. She is able to understand diverse Indigenous protocols and has created safe, creative engaging spaces for Indigenous peoples for over 10 years. She has worked for the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy’s Climate Action Secretariat and the BC Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation supporting innovative engagement with Indigenous peoples on climate change. She is a contributing author for the BC chapter of the national assessment on climate change titled “Canada in a Changing Climate”. Denni holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Victoria and is a dancer performing regularly with Indigenous women’s groups in Victoria. 

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Tamsin Mills, M.Sc, RPP (she/her)
Senior Associate - Climate Risk and Resilience 

Tamsin is a Registered Professional Planner with over ten years of experience as a planner, project manager, facilitator and sustainability specialist with municipal and provincial levels of government, First Nations and the private sector. Her experience ranges from watershed-level sustainability planning with First Nations to urban development planning. Tamsin has developed an internationally recognized expertise in climate change adaptation and natural hazard risk management and communication.

Tamsin led the development of the first Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in Canada that follows the ICLEI framework – the City of Vancouver’s Adaptation Strategy http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/climate-change-adaptation-strategy.aspx. As project manager and author of the strategy, she has also been responsible for implementing the strategy and monitoring progress. Development and implementation of the Strategy relied on strong project management skills and relationships throughout the organization and with partners. Tamsin has a large, international network of adaptation colleagues, climate scientists, and adaptation subject matter experts.  

Tamsin’s experience includes development planning providing a valuable background in how cities are built and in structured decision-making, an important element of all planning initiatives.

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Courtney Crichton, MsC Marketing and Business Analysis (she/her)
Associate - Engagement 

Courtney is a research and project management professional with vast experience meaningfully engaging a variety of stakeholders and project partners, and over ten years of experience designing, implementing and managing quantitative and qualitative research projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Business Analysis from the University of Edinburgh and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria. Her passion for sustainability was ignited with a course on business sustainability in her undergrad and she has layered sustainability into her career ever since.

Courtney has a proven ability to collaborate respectfully and effectively with project partners, including municipal and provincial governments, local businesses, global firms, not-for-profits, and academia. She takes great care to ensure projects are produced to a high standard and are delivered on time. She is adept at survey design, with deep consideration to ensure accurate and unbiased results, and is highly skilled in conducting meaningful engagement with external stakeholders through individual outreach and organized events.

Prior to joining Pinna, Courtney worked as a research manager at the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC). In her eight years at VEC she worked on a variety of research projects focused on areas such as ESG; the circular economy; business GHG emissions; decarbonization; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for new immigrants; Indigenous economic prosperity; and traditional economic development. 

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Rodrigo Reimann, B.Sc., RPF (he/him)
Associate 

Rodrigo is a Registered Professional Forester with experience working in sustainable development and climate action. Rodrigo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, with a specialization in Forest Resources Management.

Rodrigo spent five years as a forestry consultant in British Columbia, where he engaged in various land and forest management projects. This experience has given him a profound understanding of sustainable forestry practices and their significant environmental impacts. Combining hands-on field knowledge with academic insights, Rodrigo adeptly navigates the complex world of ecological sustainability and climate resilience.

Rodrigo brings knowledge and expertise to his work at Pinna as it relates to climate action. His work involves developing strategic responses to support communities and organizations in effectively adapting to the impacts of climate change while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate its effects. Through his exceptional engagement and facilitation skills, Rodrigo fosters meaningful collaborations and drives successful outcomes in the realm of climate change planning. His expertise also includes developing comprehensive GHG emissions inventories and applying GIS analysis to provide insightful solutions. Rodrigo works with a wide range of stakeholders including, the public, First Nations, private industry and local and provincial governments. 

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Ayla De Grandpre, MA, PhD (candidate) (she/her) 

Sustainability Associate 

 

Ayla is a sustainability professional with a background in geography, sustainability, and community-engaged research. She has over 4 years’ experience leading and supporting research and community-orientated projects addressing areas such as climate adaptation, assessing research impact, rural resilience, sustainable food systems, environmental communication, and watershed stewardship and sustainability. Ayla holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Engaged Research from the University of British Columbia. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with qualitative and quantitative skills, which she has used to foster innovative, effective and locally-appropriate solutions to a broad range of complex sustainability issues. 

Ayla has worked with diverse communities, both locally, in British Columbia, and Internationally in Italy and Finland, and demonstrates cultural sensitivity and a strong ability to adapt her approach to local contexts. Her ability to distill complex ideas and concepts into accessible language is demonstrated in her publications, and has also established her as a science and environmental communication speaker. Ayla’s sharp organization, analytical, and critical thinking skills have contributed to the success of large projects aimed at building sustainability and resilience in communities with limited capacities. 

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Kirsten Bradford, MRM (she/her)
Sustainability Associate 

Kirsten Bradford is a researcher, facilitator, and interdisciplinary scientist driven by her passion to (re)connect communities to local stewardship and resource management decision making. Kirsten brings over a decade of sustainability research experience to her work at Pinna, and holds a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University. Kirsten’s strength lies in her ability to understand complex ecological processes, paired her ability to facilitate and guide community-led research projects with diverse collaborators. Kirsten has worked extensively on watershed science research with government, academia, First Nations, and non-profits, primarily concerning cumulative impacts to Pacific salmon. Kirsten has a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, dynamic social-ecological systems, exhibited through her work on gender in fisheries management systems and her recent collaborative masters work around Indigenous salmon stream caretaking and restoration. Kirsten is committed to ethical community engaged research, and was a fellow in the 2022-2023 SFU Community Engaged Research Initiative Fellowship program. When working with community, Kirsten leans into emergent spaces, and prioritizes transparency and trust. 

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Gala Muñoz-Carrier, BA, M.Sc Sustainability Science, Diploma in Applied Planning (they/them)
Sustainability Specialist 

Gala is a Sustainability Specialist with a background in urban planning, community engagement and climate action research. They hold a Diploma in Applied Planning, as well as a Master of Sustainability, and blend their community facilitation and analytical skills to support collective approaches on climate solutions. Their research on climate change messaging and education has broadened their understanding on the ways our worldviews and perspectives shape our willingness to engage on climate change issues and how to build bridges towards shared understanding.

Previously, Gala has held coordination and volunteer/training management roles in youth climate justice organizing and community resource direct action with the goal to help meet the needs of those historically marginalized/underserved, including IBPOC, immigrants and 2SLGBTQIA+ people. Having opportunities to learn and be accountable to diverse perspectives, has been paramount to shaping the way that they aim to engage with others and move work forward. Gala has also spent time as a Youth Advisory Board member for a Greater Vancouver organization that enables and empowers youth to become more actively involved in civic planning and decision making, especially as it relates to sustainability. Recently, Gala helped deliver a comprehensive community profile to a growing Okanagan Valley municipality to help inform their OCP update. With their varied skillset and vested interest in just and holistic approaches to planning projects, strategies and programs, Gala strives to empower community-led solutions and advance sustainability in all forms.

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Ally van Tassel, BKin (she/her)
Office Administrator

Ally serves as the Office Administrator at Pinna, where she supports the team with her expertise in graphic design. She brings a rich background in healthcare, having worked as both an Administrator and Kinesiologist. This foundation led Ally to entrepreneurship in the wellness sector and subsequently to The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization. At The Forum, Ally played a key role in developing a national gender equity certification for Canadian funders. 


Prior to joining Pinna, Ally managed volunteer coordination at The Sharing Farm, an organic non-profit farm in Richmond, BC, dedicated to combating local food insecurity. Her varied professional experiences have equipped her with a unique perspective and exceptional problem-solving skills. A strong advocate for holistic well-being, Ally understands the vital link between human and environmental health.


At Pinna, Ally ensures smooth operations and organization. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and dancing.


Pinna's Collaborators

Samantha Agtarap, P.Eng

Samantha has over ten years of experience working with clients to translate complex technical information into accessible communications material.  Her core strengths include the ability to synthesize large amounts of information while ensuring that key messages are conveyed clearly.   Samantha is a Professional Engineer with experience in energy options analysis and planning. She has worked on community energy planning and forecasting with First Nation and non-aboriginal communities, building energy consumption analysis and program development.   Samantha has a wide range of experience, primarily focusing on energy and the environment.  Through her work, she has gained valuable experience working with First Nations and remote communities.  In particular, her work on the Haida Gwaii Community Electricity Plan and BC Hydro’s Remote Community Electrification Program provided her with an understanding of the unique set of issues facing First Nations and remote communities throughout the province.

Dara Edmonds, B.A, LL.B

Dara is a skilled sustainability consultant who specializes in sustainability reporting and has extensive experience in report development, the application of reporting frameworks, and report assurance. Previously, Dara managed sustainability reporting at Teck Resources, Canada’s largest diversified mining company. Dara is currently an internal consultant at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), supporting sustainability reporting and strategic initiatives to embed sustainability in corporate culture. She supports other companies with reporting, performance and compliance, strategy development, and stakeholder engagement. She has provided report assurance to clients including Vancity and Diageo Inc., and reporting and advisory services for Goldcorp, lululemon, Metro Vancouver, McCain Foods, and Transport Canada.