Lindsay Telfer has over two decades of experience establishing and managing nonprofit and charitable associations and social enterprise initiatives. She currently heads up a national initiative advancing freshwater health across Canada that doubles as a non-profit coaching service supporting a robust and well managed sector. She is also a social enterprise mentor at Georgian College working alongside the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, the Social Enterprise Network of Central Ontario and the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation.
Lindsay has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from York University and has experience working at the international, national and local levels. She has worked on a diversity of projects, including: as a member on the Canadian Delegation for the 1st meeting of the parties of the Kyoto Protocol; in multi-stakeholder public consultation for the Province of Alberta; leading community engagement initiatives for Western Universities’ sustainability strategy development; and most recently developing the Freshwater Alliance’s successful grassroots capacity building program, trainings, and public engagement coaching practice.
Lindsay was a founding board Member for a number of organizations and initiatives including: Energy Action (renamed PowerShift Network), Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Council, Freshwater Future Canada and the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. In addition, Lindsay has been senior executive for a number of non-profit initiatives including: Sierra Youth Coalition, Sierra Club Canada Prairie Chapter, Alberta Environmental Network, as well as the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and is an associate member for Sustainability Solutions Group – a leading-edge cooperative working on global sustainability projects.