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 is originally from Los Angeles and loves living in Vancouver and not having to own a car. She has a Masters degree in business, a background in advertising and market research, and works as a market researcher and analyst for a national heavy industrial supply distributor. She is one of the proud and obstinate few in her office who refuse to commute by private vehicle and her family back home thinks she’s nuts.
Caitlin is a policy analyst currently working at the College of Pharmacists of BC. She has a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Victoria and a master’s in public policy from Simon Fraser University (SFU). Since 2007 she has worked in various capacities in public policy, including positions in parliamentary, audit, and educational environments. Caitlin was most recently a Financial Policy Analyst at SFU where she developed institutional solutions in the areas of finance and risk management. Caitlin believes in the power of smart public spaces to improve health, build community, and support good living. Born on the Sunshine Coast, BC, she has lived in Victoria and Prince George, and now resides in Vancouver. In her free time Caitlin loves swimming, and exploring BC.
Todd Sieling is a software designer and co-founder of Denim & Steel, an interactive design and engineering studio. Driven by life as a bicycle commuter, an interest in the dynamics of urban life, and the urgent need for societies to reconfigure themselves to more sustainable models, Todd joined BEST to further its mission and service offerings.
Steve is a software developer and co-founder of Pencilneck Software, a custom development company. In a given week, Steve is likely to walk, ride, take transit, care-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.