Christine is the Coordinator for the Next Gen Initiative. She initially became involved with Next Gen being on the Next Gen Task Force in 2005-06 and led the Arts and Cultural consultations which engaged over 100 next gener's to talk about the current state of the arts and cultural scene in Edmonton.
Christine grew up in Edmonton and completed a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Alberta where she studied monkeys in Costa Rica and became interested in ecotourism and sustainable development. She then went on to complete a Masters degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. In her Masters degree she focused on sustainable tourism and community development in developing countries and did her research for her thesis in Samoa in the South Pacific.
Christine loves Edmonton for its arts and cultural scene. She was part of the Cultural Plan Steering Committee for the City of Edmonton's 2008 Cultural Plan, The Art of Living.In her spare time Christine is an avid snowboarder, enjoys traveling when she gets a chance to get away, camping in the mountains, the theatre, and attending as many music concerts and events as possible!
Brian is a Strategic Coordinator and City Planner with the City of Edmonton's Sustainable Development Department. Brian was born and raised in Timmins, ON and graduated from Northern College with a diploma in Architectural Technology. After College he continued his studies at the University of Toronto and received his BA specializing in urban, economic and social geography.
Brian's passions have always been architecture and urban planning and have led him to work for the City of Timmins as a Youth Planner and Building Plans Examiner, a Toronto based architecture firm as a draftsperson assisting in the design of homes for the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa-Gatineau region, and for the City of Edmonton as a Planning Technician and Central Area Planner.
You can find Brian running in the River Valley, reading the latest planning journal at the local cafe, snapping a few shots around town, or patiently awaiting his next flight home.
Carol is currently the Executive Director of the Alberta Students' Executive Council, a provincial advocacy group for 120,000 post-secondary students. Carol completed a BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa, and an MA in Communications from the University of Calgary. For the past six years, she's worked at the intersection of communications, technology and education.Carol is a born-again Edmontonian. After five year stints in Quebec and southern Alberta, Carol finally completed her ten-year migration from a farm near Pigeon Lake to Edmonton in 2008. She and her husband live in an art-, robot- and book-filled apartment in Boyle
Doug McLean is the Director of Account Management with Incite, an Edmonton marketing firm. He joined the company as a Marketing Manager in 2007 and now works with the Account Executive team on Incite's strategic client work.
Doug has previously worked in a variety of marketing roles in his career, primarily in the sports world. He was the Athletic Events Manager for University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics, the coordinator for the International Division at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and worked with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in Brussels, Belgium.
A St. Albert native, Doug completed a U of A Bachelor of Commerce degree (with Distinction) in 1998 and has completed courses in McGill's MBA program.An avid sports enthusiast, when not cheering for his beloved Oilers or Eskimos, he enjoys getting out with his rollerblades, playing football and basketball. He also throws in his two cents when providing colour commentary on U of A football and basketball broadcasts. He loves experimenting in the kitchen and traveling, which is also in his blood having visited various parts of Europe and North America.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science with a minor in Business from the University of Alberta, Ryan worked on a variety of projects with the City of Edmonton, such as the bid for EXPO 2017. Currently, he is an Account Executive with Incite.
Ryan is membership & student liaison on the Ad Club of Edmonton Board and president of a local Toastmasters International chapter. He is also on the committee planning Fashion with Compassion—the flagship fundraiser for Sorrentino’s Compassion House.
He was selected as a Top 20 Under 30 by Edmontonians Magazine, won Avenue Magazine Edmonton's Best Dressed Contest, had his closet featured in the Edmonton Journal, and has been a model for Schwarzkopf Professional.
Ryan once heard the saying, "We only see what we're prepared to see." He hopes he can help you prepare. Edmonton has much to offer.