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Provincial Executive

The Green Party of Ontario is governed by an elected executive board called the Provincial Executive (PE). The PE is responsible for the governance of the Green Party of Ontario and sets the strategic goals, annual plan and budget for the party.

Leader
Mike Schreiner

Mike Schreiner is the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the MPP for Guelph, the first ever Green MPP elected to the Ontario Legislature. Mike was elected leader of the Green Party of Ontario on November 14, 2009. Under Mike’s leadership, the GPO has experienced substantial growth in its voters, fundraising, staff, volunteers and media exposure, reaching its highest support levels in the 2018 election.

Meet Mike

Deputy Leader
Bonnie North

In addition to the honour of serving as GPO Deputy Leader, Bonnie was privileged to represent the GPO in two provincial elections, increasing votes each time, and in 2018, placing amongst the GPO candidates’ eight highest vote percentage earners.

Bonnie was also the #MikeAtTheMic campaign Chair, is Barrie-Innisfil’s CA President, and served on the Shadow Cabinet, Communications, AGM (Guelph and Barrie), and ED Hiring committees. Bonnie is also running for city council, to translate her local, community activism into administrative service to Barrie’s residents.

Deputy Leader
Abhijeet Manay

Abhijeet works as an Academic Executive Officer at iREAM, a Mississauga-based non-profit and also sits on it’s Board of Directors. He has completed his Hons. Bachelor of Science at McMaster University and his Masters in Education at the University of Toronto.

Abhijeet Manay was elected Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario in September, 2018. Abhijeet was inspired to become run for the position of Deputy Leader after his experience as an MPP-Candidate in the 2018 Provincial Election. In 2018, he canvassed relentlessly in his own riding, and volunteered any free-time he got in Guelph to help elect Mike, the first ever Green MPP. That momentous election taught him that when ideas, people & hard work are combined, it can change history!

Learn more: https://www.abhijeetmanay.com/

President
Ard Van Leeuwen

Ard joined the Green Party in 2006. He became involved in his local riding, Dufferin-Caledon, where he participated in 2 provincial campaigns and ran as the federal candidate in 2008 and 2011. Ard later served as GPC Finance Critic and as VP English in the GPC’s Federal Council. He has served as GPO President since May, 2017.

In his work life Ard has held various positions in the Information Technology sector including senior management positions in Europe and Asia-Pacific. He has also been an entrepreneur and business owner. Along with his partners he founded 2 consulting companies providing specialty software services to the North American marketplace.

Ard holds an MBA from York University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Now retired, he lives in Toronto with his wife and 15-year-old daughter.

Chief Financial Officer
Mike Bumby

Michael Bumby has helped with the management of the GPO’s finances since 2012 and has served as its CFO since 2013. He has an extensive background in international finance, particularly in the life sciences industry, having served as the CFO of four publicly traded multinational corporations based in Toronto and has worked in various finance positions in the US and Europe in the pharmaceutical industry.

Having lived and worked abroad with his family for many years, Michael hopes to bring a global perspective to the GPO. He believes that innovative, ethical, and collaborative politicians can and should play a leading role in ensuring the long-term health of both our economy and the environment, and that these two objectives can be complementary. He looks forward to supporting the Green Party’s efforts to promote the implementation of sustainable economic and environmental policies. Michael holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Secretary
Lydia West

Lydia Ilona West (née Nyilasi) was raised in Hamilton Ontario and in rural Hungary. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ryerson University in 2011 and moved to Ottawa in 2013. She is trained in technical writing and court transcription, and is also an aspiring visual artist.

Lydia has been an active volunteer and member of the Green Party of Ontario since 2014 and a member of the Provincial Executive since 2015. She served her first two-year term as one of the two Eastern Regional Representatives, and then transitioned into the role of secretary.

Regional Representatives

Northern Region

Casey Lalonde

Casey is a life-long resident of Sudbury Ontario and a two-time green party candidate in Northern Ontario. She first ran in 2014 for the Sudbury riding and most recently for the Timiskaming-Cochrane riding in 2018. Casey works full time as a Bail Supervisor with the Elizabeth Fry Society and is completing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Casey is an advocate for better mental health services, especially in the North where access to services is limited. She also wants to see changes made to our criminal justice system so that mental illness and addictions are no longer criminalized.

Casey wants to bring more green engagement to the North. Casey’s goal as Female Northern Representative is to help make voters more aware of the effects of climate change in the north and grow the party’s support base in Northern Ontario.

Vacant

Horseshoe Region

Norbert D’Costa

Born and raised in India, Norbert D’Costa went to work in Saudi Arabia after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Mysore. He immigrated to Canada in 1991, and has been a resident of Brampton, Ontario, ever since.

While at university in Mysore, Norbert was a member of the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) and president of his college unit during his final year. With AICUF, he attended several social work camps in the slums and villages in the area.

Norbert lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 16 years. While working in Saudi Arabia, he spent vacations with his young family visiting countries in Europe. Since then, Norbert has visited other areas in the Caribbean, Australia, China, and of course, Canada. Whether in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Australasia or here in Canada, Norbert has an appreciation for people and the richness of their diverse lands, architecture and cultures.

In Canada, Norbert started a new career in Information Technology. Starting off as an analyst at a helpdesk, he progressed to hands-on IT Support and on to management of several IT Teams. He retired in 2015, but pursues his interest in IT as a hobby. He has written an app for Android and is now working on one for iPhones.

Norbert recalls his early days laying on the terrace of his house in Mysore looking through clear night skies at the stars, something he cannot do now due to air and light pollution. Norbert joined the Green Party because he knows they are the only party with the policy and vision to confront the climate crisis on a local scale, and also to work with other governments all around the world to bring about sustainable and mutually-beneficial change.

Pauline Thornham

Pauline has lived in Brampton since 1980, where she was a GPO candidate in the last three provincial elections. Having retired from the PDSB, she continues as a supply teacher. During her whole teaching career, Pauline was her school’s teachersʼ union representative.

Pauline joined the Green Party of Ontario in 2010. She is the GPO shadow cabinet Women’s Issues Critic, and is the female Horseshoe Region representative on the GPO Provincial Executive. She obtained a Certificate in Environmental Conservation from the University of Guelph in January, 2011.

Central Region

Stefan Wiesen

Stefan’s family immigrated from Germany in 1993. Here, he became entrepreneur: Manufacturing consumer goods, then an Orangeville-based solar company under the auspices of the former Ontario FIT Program and finally his Guelph-based marketing agency shared with two partners. Like Stefan, his company is very “open and inclusive” oriented, being a B-Corp (enshrined respect for the environment, employees, community) with an ESOP (employee stock ownership). He was treasurer of the Orangeville BIA, chairman of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and is currently treasurer of the Career Education Council of Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin. His daughter Laura Campbell is well known as Green Candidate during the 2018 Provincial election and owner of a restaurant in Orangeville, which Stefan’s wife founded. Laura has two young children that are Stefan’s motivation to run for MP in 2019. He wants to put all efforts of the rest of his life to save their planet. His younger daughter Anna owns an artist collaborative business in Toronto. In his youth, Stefan was editor-in-chief of Germany’s largest political student newspaper and leader with the CDU, the party of Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel. In his early professional years, he worked in Germany, France and Michigan after an education in banking and business administration. His spare time is dedicated to tinkering with his vintage car and bikes. He confirms that these machines are fully recycled and saved from a landfill.

Jesseca Perry

Jesseca Perry hails from the Town of Beeton, Ontario, a small town in southern Simcoe County. She currently lives in Barrie, ON with her husband, their young children, and their energetic dog. She has spent the last seven years working in the civil litigation industry as a Legal Secretary. Jesseca is keen on living in a rural area and is passionate about the need to protect the natural resources and heritage that surround her community.

Jesseca hopes being a member of the Green Party will allow her to assist in developing policies that will focus awareness on the need to create sustainable lifestyles and ultimately a better future for her family, community and the planet.

Southwestern Region

Anees Munshi

Anees is an engineer, a tech-entrepreneur and the founder-CEO of a telecom company, IPFINITY Inc. IPFINITY provides telecom services to some of the best-known companies in Canada and the US. Previously, Anees was the co-founder and chief executive of Datawire (datawire.com) which was sold to First Data, one of the world’s largest payment processors.

As an engineer, Anees has expertise in telecom, big data, cloud and distributed infrastructure and IP (cyber) security. He has been involved in startups in consumer electronics, data communication, telecom and rapidly scalable computing infrastructures. Anees has board experience in the private, public and non-profit spheres.

Anees and his wife, Rabia Khan, have been residents of Rockwood for about eight years. Rabia Khan is the Lead Physician at the East Wellington Family Health Team.
Together they are involved in several community projects, here are a few:

* University of Guelph’s Multi-faith Resource Team.
* The Guelph Bridging Group – a multi-faith group that advocates for peace and understanding between people of various faiths in Guelph.
* The Rockwood Farmers’ Market – this is a non-profit initiative to create multigenerational community engagement around local food, sustainable farming and local entertainment.
* IFRA (a non-profit cooperative that provides funeral relief within the Muslim community in Guelph-Wellington).
* PeaceRiders.org, a charity that supports world peace.

Anees is an avid cyclist who can be found riding the country roads of Wellington county year round.

Vacant

Toronto Region

Aleks Kubilius

Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Aleks moved to Toronto in 2011 and is a Canadian Permanent Resident. Aleks is a motivated Business Development Manager with a over a decade of demonstrated history of working in the engineering and construction field. Aleks graduated with a bachelor in Geoinformatics and Surveying from the University of South Australia in 2009. Alekshas contributed various presentations on the technical concepts of surveying. Further to this, Alekshas also completed a certificate in Business Communications at Harvard Extension School and gained the Credential of Readiness with Harvard Business School.

At work, Aleks develops business strategies, constructs effective proposals, and strengthens stakeholder satisfaction. Aleks’ clients include Government agencies that entrust the company as qualified experts to audit the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects. He thoroughly enjoys consulting in the spatial sciences field where rapidly-advancing technologies take the industry to new heights every day.

Victoria Jewt

I was born in Canada, and grew up in Scarborough with my parents and younger brother. We grew up near the Rouge Watershed, which is where I currently reside, along with my husband of 5 years. I attended the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus, where I graduated with an H.BSc in the Life Sciences program with a double major in Neuroscience and Health Studies, and a minor in Psychology.

Three years ago, I began working part-time for environmental organizations, including The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Environmental Defence, and The Wilderness Committee, where I have and currently hold outreach and team lead positions.

In addition, I volunteer my free time with the People’s Climate Movement, where I have assisted in organizing the People’s Climate March in 2014, the Jobs, Justice, Climate March and the COP21 Toronto March in 2015. I also volunteer with the Bathurst-Finch and Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change, where I have formed community groups such as the Bathurst-Finch Social Action Group and the Branson Community Action Group. In Malvern, I am part of 42 Voices which is a resident group promoting civic engagement, and a Food Security Table, where we work on food security initiatives within the community, and oversee two community gardens within Malvern.

Eastern Region

Nira Dookeran

Hello, my name is Nira Dookeran. I currently live in Ottawa, where I have recently retired from a 31-year career in teaching – in public, private, and government sectors.

I am a member in good standing of the Green Party of Canada and the Green Party of Ontario.

I ran as a Green candidate in the 2015 general election in the federal riding of Ottawa-Vanier. I ran again in the spring, 2017 by-election after the sad passing of Liberal MP, Maurice Belanger.

I am currently the CEO of the Ottawa South Greens EDA and the CFO of the Ottawa South Greens Constituency Association. I am also managing the high profile Ottawa Centre campaign of Green candidate, Angela Keller-Herzog. Our worthy opponents included constitutional lawyer, Emilie Taman and federal Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, Catherine McKenna.

Steve Ward

Steve Ward is a lifelong Kingston-area resident. He was the first member of his extended family to go to university and attended Queen’s University where he completed three degrees: Bachelor of Arts Honours, Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education. Steve worked a variety of minimum wage part-time jobs throughout university in order to fund his education. Steve’s connection to Queen’s continues today through his role as an Online Instructor with the Faculty of Education – Continuing Teacher Education.

As a secondary school educator for the past twenty-four years, Steve has served in the following school roles in Kingston and surrounding areas: Teacher, Department Head, Vice-Principal, Summer School Principal, and District Vice-Principal of Special Education. He greatly enjoys his current role as Vice-Principal at a local high school.

Steve has long been an advocate for issues championed by Greens and has been a member of both the Green Party of Ontario and the Green Party of Canada since 2017. He previously served as President of the Kingston and The Islands GPO CA and as Campaign Manager for the provincial campaign to elect then Deputy GPO Leader Robert Kiley in Kingston and The Islands in 2018. Currently, Steve volunteers on the GPC Kingston and The Islands EDA as Communications Chair and recently concluded his duties as Communications Coordinator for the 2019 Federal GPC candidate in Kingston and The Islands.

With this extensive background experience, and an active presence on social media (Twitter @stevewardpoli & FB @SteveWard), Steve is well-versed in the key issues facing Ontario and is excited to serve as Eastern Region Representative on the GPO Provincial Executive.

Young Greens Representatives

Hannah Conover-Arthurs

Hannah Conover-Arthurs is a Toronto based chef and urban farmer. Growing up with a passion for alternative medicine and organics, Hannah got involved with food at a very young age. Cooking lead to an interest in organic agriculture and urban farming. She currently farms at Fresh City Farms a local organic food company operating out of Downsview Park.

Hannah believes in the connection between our food, health, soil, and environment. She is an activist defending the environment, women’s rights, and democracy. She has been helping the Green Party for the past 2 years, volunteering on multiple campaigns across the country. Hannah is running as the Green Party candidate for the Davenport riding in the 2019 federal election. She hopes to advocate for sustainability, corporate accountability, and prosperity of future generations.

Brett Porter

Brett is currently studying Professional Communications with a minor in Politics and Governance at Ryerson University. He is a contributor to the Young Greens Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Brett has also volunteered for several election campaigns, including Guelph and Peterborough in Ontario, Wolseley in Manitoba and Nanaimo Ladysmith in British Columbia. He helped represent the Young Greens first model parliament showing, and has continued to advocate for green issues among youth circles.

He is part of Ryerson’s debate club, and currently works as a freelance writer. Brett has published articles on carbon pricing, environmental public policy, renewable energy markets and sustainable investing.