Don't just take our word for it. In our ongoing search for the latest and greatest eco products, we've brought on board a panel of people we consider to be experts. Shop with confidence knowing that our products have been vetted by selected journalists from the likes of Conde Naste, Bon Appetit and Babyvibe.ca, plus retail specialists, teachers and moms - of one, two and three. Whether they write about trends or live them, they all bring different perspectives and experiences that make spotting unique and useful products second nature.
Lynne Boardman, Director, Harvey McKinnon Associates
Lynne Boardman is Managing Director of Harvey McKinnon Associates, a Vancouver- and Toronto- based fundraising consultancy which helps raise money for many of Canada's leading charities. Lynne works closely with Ecojustice, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Canadian Cancer Society. Lynne has worked in the nonprofit community for close to 20 years and has a special interest in 'green' and healthy products. This is even more important now that she is the mom of 1.25 children! www.harveymckinnon.com
Penni Brink, Mom & Volunteer
Penni Brink lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia having moved here from London, England six years ago. She is a former commercial director and workshop facilitator, and now a full-time mother and avid community volunteer. Penni lives with her husband, seven year old son and a large black dog of unknown origins. She is committed to sensible solutions that help reduce the pressure on our planet's resources and that help keep the next generation healthy.
Kelly Richter, Director, Northwest Properties
Kelly Richter is Director of Marketing at Northwest Properties, one of the most accomplished shopping centre development and management organizations on Canada’s west coast. Kelly has over 17 years experience in commercial real estate marketing and operations, and worked for Cadillac Fairview (Pacific Centre, Waterfront Properties) and Bentall prior to joining Northwest. Kelly earned the Certified Marketing Director designation from the International Council of Shopping Centres. She has a keen eye for retail, loves her husband and juggles her work with looking after her two gorgeous little girls. www.northwestproperties.ca
Lisa Foeste, Publisher & Editor, Vibe Family Publications
Lisa is a freelance writer and publisher and co-owner of Vibe Family Publications, a series of websites and e-newsletters targeting families in Canada, including baybvibe.ca, a free twice-weekly e-newsletter delivering pint-sized news and reviews on innovative products and services, expert tips and family friendly events for new and expecting parents. Lisa is a mom to two beautiful girls, a loveable yellow Lab, and a wife to her prince charming. She is passionate about holistic living and always loves to come across a good eco-find. www.babyvibe.ca
Richard Ford, Chef & Owner, Food Fusions
Richard Ford is the Executive Chef and Owner of Vancouver-based Food Fusions Catering. Originally from Ilfracombe, England, Richard spent 18 years working London’s catering scene, serving up culinary delights to some of Europe’s top bankers, chief justices, celebs (Shirley Bassey) and even royalty (the Duke and Duchess of Kent). After just a few years in Vancouver, Richard has established Food Fusions as one of the city’s leading corporate caterers – and one of the greenest. He lives in the heart of Vancouver with his wife and son. www.foodfusions.biz
Annie Hill, Mom & Volunteer
Annie is a lifetime resident of Vancouver’s North Shore and an avid fan of the great outdoors. She left her studies and career in health and fitness education (working at UBC and the University of Texas) to focus on raising her and her husband’s three children full time. Today, she volunteers much of her free time at the school and in the community where she shares her passion for an active, healthy and green lifestyle. Annie is currently founding an Eco-Council at her children’s school to help promote sustainability. Her motto: one body, one planet - treat them well.
Paula Stevens, Teacher
Paula Stevens is a teacher with more than 15 years experience at the elementary school level. She currently heads the recycling and lunchtime monitoring programs at her Vancouver school and has exceptional first hand experience with the management of school lunch waste on a daily basis. An ultra-talented gardener, Paula and her husband have two children.
Kasey Wilson, Food & Travel Writer
Kasey Wilson is an award winning food and travel writer, and broadcaster. Kasey is food editor of Wine Access magazine and editor of Best Places Vancouver. Her articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appetit and Gastronomica. She is the author of nine non-fiction books and a member of both the Society of American Travel Writers and the Association of Food Journalists. Her prime drive time radio show, The Best of Food & Wine can be heard weekly on Vancouver's AM 650.