Danika has 10+ years’ experience in Human Resource Management and holds an MA in Human Resource Management from the University of Westminster. She spent the past 8 years gaining international experience across professional services, financial services and digital media while based in London, UK. She holds chartered membership to the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) in the UK and is pursing CHRP designation. She currently works as an HR Business Partner with Telus. Danika is passionate about environmental issues, sustainability and community involvement. She became accustomed to commuting by walking, running and public transit in London and enjoys the many car-share options available in Vancouver. Danika relocated to Vancouver recently in order to pursue the many outdoor sports available here and in her spare time enjoys running, hiking, skiing and is looking forward to kayaking and paddle boarding over the summer.
Lauren Isaacson is a freelance market and user research consultant from Los Angeles, California. Before moving to Vancouver she worked as a researcher and brand strategist for various ad agencies, owned a car, and considered biking to be dangerous and transit to be slow. Now as a Vancouverite, she’s ditched the car, bought a car-share membership, and bikes and takes transit whenever she can. Lauren has been serving on the BEST board since 2011.
Caitlin’s current role is as the Policy Analyst in the Faculty of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Since 2007 she has worked in various capacities in public policy, including positions in parliamentary, audit, and educational environments. Caitlin specializes in policy development and implementation. She has a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Victoria and a master’s in public policy from SFU. Born on the Sunshine Coast, BC, she has lived in Victoria and Prince George, and now resides in Vancouver.
Todd is an interaction designer and co-founder of the technology consultancy Denim & Steel Interactive. Raised in rural Ontario, he grew up among a variety of travel methods, from cars to bikes to horse and buggy and off-road utility vehicles. He comes to BEST with a keen interest in the evolution of social systems, cities, and sustainability.
Ryan Sykes, CA, CPA, teaches tax and accounting at Victoria’s Camosun College and delivers a wide variety of workshops for Canada’s CPA program as an independent contractor. His decision to join the board of BEST was borne as much out of his fierce love for cycling as his desire to give back to the community from which he has taken so very much. Places Ryan enjoys riding his bike include to and from the ferry terminal in Victoria, up to the base of Grouse Mountain and the bar at the Marpole Curling Club.
Steve is a software developer and co-founder of Codegnostic, a custom development company. In a given week, Steve is likely to walk, ride, take transit, car-share and drive his own car to or from work and family activities; as a result he is very in tune with the issue around sustainable, multi-mode transportation in the city. Steve’s also an avid ultimate player. Steve has previously sat on the boards of ThinkCity and the VUL. He joined the BEST board to help further its mission and offerings at the intersections of technology and sustainability.
Emily spent several years working for Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance, where she acted as a full-time consultant to the Chicago Department of Transportation and directed city-wide public outreach and education programs to promote sustainable transportation. Emily currently works with the District of West Vancouver to develop public policies and execute programs that encourage sustainable behaviour, such as waste reduction and active transportation. Emily is an experienced bicycle mechanic and instructor who has coordinated education programs for women and under-served youth in Chicago. She is an avid cyclist and often a pedestrian.