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Community Forests International is governed by a Board of Directors made up of 4 talented and generous volunteers. The board oversees finances, provides strategic oversight, and helps expand our network.
Jeff Schnurr believes that entrepreneurship and innovation can solve our planet’s biggest challenges. As a social entrepreneur who helps rural communities achieve economic prosperity through sustainable innovation, Jeff co-founded and acted as Executive Director of Community Forests International for 9 years. He is the co-founder and CEO of Jaza Energy, a solar energy start-up working to provide electricity to the 1.2 billion people currently living without it. Jeff was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2015 Special Citation for Social Entrepreneurship, one of Canada’s top ten volunteers by the CBC and Manulife, and one of Explore Magazine’s Top 30 under 30.
Kathleen Potter is a Senior Associate in Ernst & Young’s Valuation & Business Modelling practice in Atlantic Canada. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies (Finance & Economics) from the University of Western Ontario. She is a Certified Management Accountant and has completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators course of studies. Kathleen has over 20 years of experience working in senior finance roles in public and private companies. Kathleen performs business and intangible asset valuation, litigation support and corporate finance services.
Jenelle is motivated to build a sustainable, competitive and resilient Atlantic Canada and believes tech solutions enable and scale those solutions. Jenelle joins the Board of Directors with formal training in social innovation from the University of Waterloo and a specialization in design-thinking and a cross section of business strategy and tech. She is a Managing Partner of Code + Mortar, an interactive web and invention firm. In 2017, Jenelle won the National Emerging Leader in ICT award at a national event in Ottawa.
Karina is the Executive Director of the Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Karina has a degree in engineering from Western University and an MBA from York University. She worked in both manufacturing and marketing for Procter & Gamble before getting hooked on the start-up community. She worked for and as a consultant to six different start-up companies in Atlantic Canada before taking on the inaugural role of Executive Director for the PDC. Being a member of the Board allows Karina to continue to pursue these passions through the sustainable and inclusive innovation projects of the organization.