Directors

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Cameron Cope

Cameron's life mission is to create harmony between humans and nature by enabling people to reduce their environmental footprint, while improving their quality of life. This, combined with a passion - bordering on obsession - for sustainable urban environments and community motivated him to start OurSquamish in the spring of 2019 with his wife Constance. His past occupations include carpenter, forest fire fighter, permaculturist, and kayak guide. He now works as a homebuilder, with a special interest in design and energy efficiency. Some other passions? Adventures of any kind, chainsaws, and sitting down at a cafe for a croissant and espresso. Cameron grew up on Saltspring Island and moved to Squamish in 2011 where he now resides with his young family who enjoy spending time together in nature.

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Gord McGee

Gord grew up in Vancouver and happily landed in Squamish in 2017 to be closer to the trailhead and to a small growing community where there is opportunity to help shape its future. He has a masters in Resource and Environmental Management and has worked remotely for over a decade as a planner for four First Nations on BC's Central Coast and for the Provincial Government working on the Sacred Headwaters and Great Bear Rainforest Agreements. Gord spends much of his day desk jockeying and finds joy and better posture hanging out in Squamish's amazing outdoors and with it's growing community.

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Constance Cope

Constance grew up on a mixed farm on Vancouver Island, and has been adventuring in Squamish since 2010. In 2018 she settled here, where she spends as much time as possible in the forests or gardens. She works with Squamish CAN specializing in sustainable food systems and supporting people in growing their own food. She loves nature but realizes that humans need a place to live too, and so sees sustainable dense urban towns and cities (with lots of urban agriculture and green space) as a way to preserve nature as opposed to suburban sprawl. She finds inspiration from all over the world and loves how adding a little fun and good design draws people together and brings a place to life.

 

Favorite quote: "If you want to change the world, throw a better party than the people destroying it"

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Marc-André Gagnon

Marc-André is passionate about design and enjoys studying the minute details of projects and applying them in his own work. For Marc the design of the public realm is crucial for creating an inviting space for its users so that they feel safe, comfortable, and enjoy their urban stroll experience in a convenient and functional way. After completing a Degree in Urban Planning in Montréal, Marc-André moved to Squamish where he set up home with his wife and their two sons.  He practices landscape design and installation while enjoying all the outdoor activities that Squamish has to offer. 

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Charlotte Whitney

Charlotte grew up aboard a sailboat travelling the world with winters spent in the Sea to Sky Corridor. She now resides here full time where she loves being closer to the mountains, ocean, and community she holds dear. Her professional background is in climate change adaptation, fisheries biology, and conservation planning, and personally finds joy in growing food, bike commuting, and our amazing public spaces available just out the back door. She has worked for and with First Nations in the BC interior, south coast, and Central Coast for the past decade, and is thrilled to be able to contribute to Squamish’s vibrant and inspiring community.  

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Leanna Favaro

Leanna grew up in Guelph, Ontario (​​Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory) and has been living in Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh territory) since 2012. As a first generation Canadian settler, she is continually learning and deepening her understanding of the lands she is so grateful to live and work upon. 

Leanna received her Bachelor of Arts at UBC in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice studies in 2017. Pursuing her passion for sustainable and equitable cities, Leanna recently graduated with a Post-Degree Diploma from Langara College in Applied Planning. She is thrilled to work on public space programming that builds and fosters inclusive communities and sustainable design.