About Us

The Alberta Emerald Foundation recognizes and celebrates environmental achievements and stewardship in Alberta, establishing an example of excellence for all to follow.

We are Alberta’s environmental good-news storytellers. We connect our province’s environmental leaders and provide a voice to share their positive examples to inspire others. 

We are committed to providing year-round programming that engages, informs, and emboldens environmental stewardship in our province. What began as the Emerald Awards in 1992, our flagship program, has evolved into a 12-month conversation. 

We have expanded our capacity and programming into a robust communications strategy that showcases our province’s environmental achievements, and funding opportunities that educate and empower Alberta’s next generation. This progression allows for a larger positive environmental impact that benefits individuals and communities all across our province.

We do this through the generous support of our sponsors who are dedicated to creating a bright future for our province and our planet.


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To recognize and celebrate environmental excellence.



Alberta Emerald Foundation inspires environmental excellence and improvement.



  • Promoting environmental leadership.
  • Communicating and collaborating with others.
  • Ensuring the integrity and credibility of the Foundation.
  • Engaging the next generation.


Who We Are

The Alberta Emerald Foundation operates almost exclusively through the contributions of time and talent of committed volunteers. From board and committee members, to those who judge over 100 Emerald Award nominations each year, the importance of this group cannot be overlooked.

Executive Committee:

Mark Brostrom
Director, City Environmental Strategies, Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development, Economic & Environmental Sustainability

Lee Funke
Consultant, Torque Communications

Andy Etmanski, Principal
Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd

Alex Simpson, CA
Tourmaline Oil Corp.

Communications & Outreach Committee Chair:
Lee Funke
Consultant, Torque Communications

Resource Development Committee Chair

Governance Committee Chair:
Maegan Lukian
Environmental Coordinator, Infrastructure, District Operations, Edmonton Public Schools


Alyssa Belanger, Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre Association

Mortimer Capriles, Director of Sustainability and Innovation, Goodwill Industries of Alberta

Dick Ebersohn, Manager, Climate Change & Environment, Environmental & Safety Management, City of Calgary

Lee Foote, Professor, University of Alberta, and Director of the U of A Botanic Garden, U of A

JoAnn Jamieson, Partner, McLennan Ross LLP







Peter Koning, Director, Sustainable Development Integration, ConocoPhillips Canada

Kari McDonald, Chief Operating Officer, YellowBike Solutions Inc.

Robert Stokes, RPF, Executive Director, Community Engagement Branch, Strategy Division, Alberta Environment and Parks

Katherine Rogers, Energy Extension Coordinator, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Alberta

Theresa Wynnyk, Company of Women on the Screen Inc.






Executive Director:
Carmen Boyko

Communications & Outreach Manager:
Gregory Caswell



The Alberta Emerald Foundation is a registered charity.

CRA Charity Number #13380 0771 RR0001

Volunteering with the Alberta Emerald Foundation

The Alberta Emerald Foundation is volunteer driven. We thank those who generously share their time, talent and expertise. Volunteers are involved with the Board of Directors, committees, special events and as ambassadors.



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Alberta Emerald Foundation

Contact us at 780.616.1556 or executivedirector@emeraldfoundation.ca.