Robb Barnes is the Executive Director of the Capacity Building Institute (CBI). He has been involved in non-profit governance for over 20 years and has spent over a decade working closely on climate and environmental issues.
Before joining CBI, Robb spent eight years - including four as executive director - at Ecology Ottawa, a city-focused environmental advocacy organization. Prior to this, Robb worked with Sierra Club Canada and Climate Action Network Canada. He has worked in the private sector as a management consultant and in the public sector as a federal employee. He volunteers for boards and political organizations that advance climate leadership and evidence-based policy.
Robb is passionate about the environment, animal welfare, cities, politics, good food and great music. Robb holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs, where he focused on the intersection of ecological economics and urban design.
Operations Manager, Eco-Internships
Hannah Rockburn is the shared Operations Manager for the Capacity Building Institute (CBI) and Eco-Internships (EI). She recently joined our network in 2020 after graduating from Carleton University with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science and Physical Geography.
While in school, Hannah was the president of the Carleton University Geography and Environmental Studies Student Association (CUGESA) and served as a student ambassador for the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Since her internship, Hannah has taken on various leadership roles, such as being an Intern Mentor in 2021 and helping to further develop the Intern Support & Training Programs for 2022. She strongly believes in the importance of networking and collaborating with others and that we all can make a difference if we all work together to help each other out.
Hannah also has experience in using digital mapping software to help enhance an organization's storytelling through geo-visualizations and is working on creating a shared mapping service platform for small-shop ENGOs.
President & CEO, Sustainable Capacity Foundation
Kristina Inrig is the President & CEO of the Sustainable Capacity Foundation. Her most recent role was as Executive Director of Sustainable Eastern Ontario where she developed the Sustainable Capacity fund and the capacity-building work that has led to many social enterprises and capacity-building supports that have changed the landscape of the sustainability sector in Eastern Ontario.
She is also the Chair of the Inrig Family Foundation and has served in several volunteer roles with the Laidlaw Foundation, Environmental Funders Canada, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the Ottawa Community Foundation, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Kristina holds a Master’s in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University.
Eco Executive Director Lead
Jessica Legere is our cornerstone at Eco Executive Director. Since joining Eco-ED she has helped grow the capacity of multiple ENGOs throughout their pilot and continues to support Eco Executive Director and other organizations.
She has an educational background in Environmental Studies and Geography and has worked within the local non-profit environmental sector ever since. Jessica has a strong passion for environmental management and sustainable development. In her spare time you’ll find her doing the things she loves most such as scuba diving, gardening, and baking sourdough.
Eco Executive Director & BIPOC Fellowship Co-Lead
Nasha Choudhury is the Eco Executive Director for both Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City and Biosphere Eco-Cities Canada. She is also a co-leader of the BIPOC fellowship program through Sustainable Eastern Ontario.
Her educational background is in International Development and Globalization and she’s spent the last several years working in the local non-profit sector. She has been passionate for a long time about working with people directly to improve sustainability and other quality of life at a grassroots, community level. There is so much potential in the community and she wants to help bring that potential to life. Nasha also loves painting, yoga, biking, going to the movies, going on picnics, going travelling, and spending time with my family, friends and in nature!
Sarah Halcro is our main Bookkeeper and Administration Assistant at Greenbooks. She also operates Halcro Homemade, where she produces a variety of candles and other products.