EH Board of Directors

Environment Hamilton has a 9-member Board of Directors voted in by the membership at our Annual General Meeting.   Board members meet monthly and are actively involved in organizational operations, fundraising, and strategic planning.   
2020-21 Board of Directors

Co-Chair Ryan McGreal
Co-Chair Kerry Bear
Secretary Ron Ballentine
Treasurer Nina Tran
Director Emily Power
Director Andy Coltman
Director Amy Angelo
Director Dr. Leanne Grieves
Director Christine Yachouh

2021 Call for Nominations to the Board
Some of our dedicated board members have reached the end of their terms this year, so there is an opportunity for new board members to join.   We are reaching out to our membership to make you aware that there are two board positions open this year.   The deadline to apply is July 1st, 2021. Details regarding board member duties, eligibility, and the application process are provided below. 

Quick Access to key documents:
CLICK HERE to access the Board of Directors Background Information Package
CLICK HERE to access the on-line version of the Board of Directors Application Form
CLICK HERE to access a downloadable PDF version of the Board of Directors Application Form

More Details - Board Duties, Eligibility & Application Process

Board member responsibilities:

  • Support the vision/mission for Environment Hamilton and ensure it is implemented.
  • Monitor the organization’s finances and approve annual budgets with financial targets.
  • Ensure Environment Hamilton’s legal responsibilities are met.
  • Serve as an advocate of the organization.

 Time commitment:

  • Attend board meetings (held once per month, usually 2 hours long).
  • Serve on at least 1 standing committee.
  • On average, board members contribute 4-10 hours per month towards the organization.
  • EH’s Board is comprised of nine volunteer members.  Board members are elected for 2-year terms, in this case 2021-2023. Board members are allowed to serve up to 3 consecutive 2-year terms and then must stand down. The minimum commitment is 2 years and renewal is optional.
  • Please note: We understand if unexpected life pressures arise and can of course accommodate someone if they need to step down midway through their board term.


  • Anyone 18 and older, who is a Hamilton resident and a member of Environment Hamilton is welcome to apply to join the Board. 
  • Not yet a member? Membership is free and open to anyone who shares the following vision: “I agree that Hamilton should be a carbon-neutral community with secure local food sources, sustainable transportation and healthy, clean air, water and land. I will do what I can to help Environment Hamilton achieve this vision.” CLICK HERE to join Environment Hamilton. 

 Application process:

  • Use the links listed above in 'Quick Access to Key Documents' to access the short Board Application Form (both a PDF version and a Google on-line form version) and the Board of Directors Background Information Package.
  • Read over the Board of Directors Background Information Package (outlining background on Environment Hamilton as an organization; description of board member duties and responsibilities; description of board committees; listing of key Environment Hamilton annual events; and short biographical descriptions of current board members).
  • Fill out the application form and either submit the completed Google form on-line or email the completed PDF version to [email protected]
  • Applications are due by July 1st, 2021 at 5pm.
  • All applicants will be contacted by the Board Nominations Committee to confirm receipt. 

How does the application, nominations, and elections process work? 

  • Two current board members are seeking re-election for another term: Ron Ballentine and Ryan McGreal. Two other members have reached the end of their terms and will be stepping down:  Emily Power and Kerry Bear.  As a result, there are two vacant positions to fill.
  • The Board Nominations Committee organizes the recruitment, nominations, and elections process. This committee is made up of current board members who are not up for re-election this year (for another term) and outgoing board members.
  • This committee reviews all of the applications and selects the required number of individuals to nominate and recommend for election to the membership ahead of the AGM  (the Board Nominations Committee's 'endorsed slate').
  • The Board Nominations Committee considers the following when deciding who to endorse: Would this person meet the minimum requirements for joining the board? Would this person bring professional skills to the board that we are lacking? Would this person bring different knowledge and experiences to the board that we are lacking? Does this person have a history of organizing around environmental justice or social justice issues in the community? What links does this person have to other activist groups, organizations, and the Hamilton community at large that could be beneficial to Environment Hamilton? Would this person be able to fulfill board member responsibilities and serve as a positive advocate of the organization in the city?
  • As part of the application process, each applicant is asked to provide a short bio. The bios of all applicants will be compiled into a list and circulated to the full membership ahead of the AGM for members to review.
  • Save the date: The 2021 AGM will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7:00-8:30pm. All candidates who apply for a board position will have the opportunity to provide a short speech (1 minute in length) to the membership at the AGM. Please make every effort to attend.
  • Voting will take place at the AGM through an online form.
  • The results of the election will be shared via e-blast with the full membership the following day (July 21).
Please note:
  • We encourage applications from people with a range of skills and experiences. We wish to emphasize that personal involvement in the community is valued above academic credentials or professional experience. We are looking for Board members who have a history of organizing and activism around social justice issues and have strong connections with people in their neighbourhood and the city as a whole.
  • We believe the Board will be most effective in its efforts to support Environment Hamilton in advocating for environmental justice in our city if the composition of the Board reflects the diversity of the Hamilton community. We encourage applications from low-income people, women, queer and trans people, Indigenous and other racialized people, and people with disabilities.