GPC Fund Board

The GPC Fund is a not-for-profit corporation which, pursuant to the Canada Elections Act, is the Chief Agent of the Green Party of Canada. As Chief Agent, the GPC Fund is responsible for administering the finances of the party, which includes incurring and paying all expenses. As a consequence, the GPC Fund is the employer of staff,  lessor of premises and the provider of IT and other supporting services to the Party. In 2021 the GPC Fund entered into a Collective Agreement with C.O.P.E. The Fund enters into compensation agreements with paid party functionaries, particularly the Leader. The voting members of the GPC Fund are the voting members of the Federal Council. As a corporation, the GPC Fund has a board of directors and officers. The officers and paid managers are responsible for the day to day operations that support the Party. The governing documents of the GPC Fund are the Canada Not-for-profit Act and its regulations; the Certificate of Continuance; and the GPC Fund bylaws.

To contact the GPC Fund: fund@greenparty.ca

Members of the Fund board:

  • Directors
    • Corrina Serda (Co-President) (Leave of absence)
    • John Willson (Co-President)
    • Evelyn Tanaka (Acting Co-President)
    • Tom Bryant
    • David Merner
    • Kate Minson
    • Arnab Tagore
    • Blair Robertson
  • Officers
    • Corrina Serda (Co-President) (Leave of absence)
    • John Willson (Co-President)
    • Evelyn Tanaka (Acting Co-President)
    • Evelyn Tanaka (Vice President) (Leave of absence)
    • Emerald Gibson (Vice President)
    • Miranda Woodland (Vice President)
    • Tom Bryant (Acting Treasurer)
    • Carrie McLaren (Fund Representative to Council)
    • Kate Storey (Secretary)

 

Biographies:

Tom Bryant (he/him) is a veteran board director, having served in various table officer roles, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.  He’s an entrepreneur and an academic -- a “pracademic.”  Born in The Pas, raised in Aklavik and Fort Smith, Tom has lived and worked in various parts of Canada and the USA.  His usual academic role has been as a senior faculty member in Entrepreneurship and Strategy.  His intellectual frame runs from Environment through Technology to Society, with a strong dose of Ethics. A certified Master Gardener, he recently helped start a new community garden in Ottawa South. Tom was elected as a Director in July 2021.

Emerald "Ezzie" Gibson (he/him) A community-minded environment protective person. Supporting grassroots organizations helping to preserve the environment, history, and the future? Serving as the Financial Agent of the “New Brunswick Southwest Greens” EDA’s and Provincial Secretary of Green Party of New Brunswick.Vice-President Green Party Fund. Founding member and Chair of the Canadian Positive People Network also served as hands-on treasurer of this national not-for-profit that was funded by PHAC, Treasurer of Realize also a national non-profit. Currently residing in New Brunswick for the past 32 years. Lived with HIV for 37 years and have been involved with many HIV/AIDS organizations over the years, internationally, regionally, and provincially including the Past Canadian Co-Chair and Atlantic Regional Board Member of the Global Network of Person Living with HIV/AIDS North America (GNP+NA). I am looking forward to putting my time and energy over the next few years working with the Green Party Fund in a very active and positive way.

David Merner (he/him) joined the Green Party because of its core values and smart solutions to the climate emergency. His first job in law was with Willie Littlechild, a lawyer and Ermineskin Cree Nation leader in David’s native Alberta. As Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Office at BC’s Ministry of Attorney General, David led transformational change projects, including the protection of transgender British Columbians from discrimination. He ran as the Green candidate in Esquimalt- Saanich-Sooke in 2019 and as a leadership candidate in the 2020 GPC leadership election. David’s work on the Fund board focuses on the GPC: (1) surviving financially; (2) transforming our toxic culture; and (3) becoming an effective party. Elected as a Director and board Secretary in February 2021, David was re-elected in July 2021.

Carrie McLaren (she/her) is a volunteer for the Green Party, since 2006 continuously in various roles; EDA CEO, financial agent for 3 EDAs, GPC Fund board member, official agent, training, and a candidate as well as other similar activities at the provincial and municipal level. She was part of the Green team that successfully elected two Greens, to the City of Burnaby Council and School Board in 2018. With a Business Degree and advanced diploma in accounting, she works in the non-profit housing property management field,  and reports to numerous boards dealing with budgets, auditors, financial statements and monthly accounting. As a volunteer she has Board governance experience and knows how to work for the interest of members as a whole. Currently serving as a director and treasurer for her own housing co-op - she successfully updated administrative policies and guided it through an end of government mortgage refinancing agreement. Also served as a Board Director for a local non-profit housing society for 6 years.

Kate Minson (she/her) is a social impact professional with a passion for building social lisence and creating more resilient communities through corporate citizenship. As Manager of Community Investment at HSBC Canada she drives the bank’s corporate philanthropy, employee engagement and ESG reporting. She also serves as a key resource for the DEI team by leveraging community partnerships to drive forward DEI goals. She has formerly held roles in Indigenous affairs and community engagement in the resources and energy utility sectors. She has a Master of Management from Sauder School of Business and is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability. She is HSBC’s representative on Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Community Engagement Council and serves on their DEI working group to explore inclusion and belonging in corporate community engagement. She is a Director on the Green Party of Canada Fund Board, the non-profit operational arm of the Green Party of Canada. Kate grew up in Santiago, Chile and is fluent in Spanish. She has practiced Kundalini yoga for more than 7 years, loves to foster cats and is completing a wine tasting certification. She lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada; also known as the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She regularly spends her time at her family home outside of Sechelt, BC; also known as the unceded territory of the shíshálh Nation. As a settler on this land, she recognizes the past history of colonization and its impacts on Indigenous communities to this day.

Blair Robertson (he/him) grew up just outside of Welland ON, where he worked on the family farm and helped his father with his Forestry Consulting business that was run out of the family home. Blair has been volunteering for the Greens since 2019 when he interned with the Young Greens on Vancouver Island to be apart of the 2019 federal campaign in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke. Blair graduated from McMaster University in 2020 with an honours Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in accounting and minoring in the Political Sciences. Blair currently practices as a junior staff accountant for a public accounting firm in Oakville and continues to work for and support the Greens.

Corrina Serda (she/her) is 25-year-old Chicana and European-Canadian heritage member of the Policy Development Process Committee, the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Committee, and other volunteer-led, member-driven groups within the Green Party of Canada. She is particularly interested in ethical governance, empowering the grassroots, and encouraging more youth and Indigenous involvement in the Party. She works in the communications field, with a focus on communicating complex concepts to diverse audiences. Corrina was appointed to serve a two-year term as Vice President of the board in June 2021, and elected as a Director in July 2021, she has agreed to be a Co-President along with John Willson starting in August 2021.

Arnab Tagore (he/him) is a first generation Canadian with a passion for sustainable growth and development. He has a decade of strategic and leadership experience across multiple industries including financial services. His professional work focused on building analytics teams and infrastructure enabling organizations to gain deep insights regarding their performance. He brings his professional knowledge to volunteerism including environmentalism, campaigns, wellness and providing mentorship to new Canadians. He joined the Green Party as his beliefs deeply resonate with the core values of the party.

Evelyn Tanaka (she/her) is a second-generation Canadian and a member of the Chinese-diaspora from Thailand and Malaysia. Evelyn has worked for an Alberta union and in Alberta’s renewable energy sector, putting her project management experience to work. She is the current Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Alberta, ran in the 2019 federal election in the riding of Calgary Shepard, and is our candidate again in the coming election. Evelyn is particularly interested in support for candidates and collaboration among Electoral District Associations, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and raising the profile of marginalized voices within the Greens. Evelyn agreed to fill a vacancy on the Fund board in June 2021 and was elected as a Director in July 2021. 

John Willson (he/him) is one of the leaders of Members for Growth and Renewal, a movement within the Green Party of Canada that promotes values-led governance and operational effectiveness. His focus on empowering members, EDAs and staff led to him co-founding the Transparency Project and the blueocean eco-volunteer association. John’s professional management consulting work has included work on organizational change and values-based management and governance. John is bilingual and an active volunteer within the LGBTQ+ community. He agreed to serve a two-year term as Vice President in June 2021, then as Co-President in August, and was elected as a Director in July 2021.