Board and Staff

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.

The Alberta Emerald Foundation acknowledges and honours that we operate on Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8 territories, of which we have been beneficiaries since their signing. We extend our hands in peace and friendship to all Indigenous peoples who have made these places their homes since time immemorial.

We are grateful for the journey we are on as treaty people, with the responsibility and opportunity to carry forward and renew the spirit and intent of those agreements. To learn, to grow, to celebrate this journey of discovery, and to share our stories as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers flow.

We call forward the spirit of tatawaw which in nehiyawewin means “Welcome, there is room” to guide us as we do our part to make Alberta a more welcoming and sustainable place to live for all.


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

Past-Chair/Resource Development Committee Co-Chair:
Andy Etmanski, President
ETCON Environmental Services Ltd.

Rebecca Grant
Finance Advisor, Shell


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

Resource Development Committee Co-Chair
Kari McDonald

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


Alyssa Belanger, Watershed Coordinator – Lesser Slave Watershed Council

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

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:
Gregory Caswell

Communications & Outreach Manager:
Emma Crandell

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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