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Who we are: Volunteer Board of Directors

To contact the board, please email board (at)

David Steele

David Steele is a molecular biologist retired in 2013 from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has also held faculty positions at Cornell and Queen’s Universities.

Dr. Steele has been Earthsave Canada’s President since 2009. He is a frequent public speaker and a regular contributor to Earthsave Canada's publications. He is also an occasional contributor to various other publications.

Vice President
Robert Sugimoto

Robert Sugimoto works as a Director of Operations with a major fortune 500 Corporation with responsibilities that span across Canada. His background includes 20+ years in the corporate environment in the telecommunications, manufacturing, strategic management and print industries. Rob’s responsibilities include Operations, Finance, HR Management, Marketing and Reprographics. Rob is not only our treasurer and office liaise, but also our front ‘runner’ in the Scotiabank charity challenge!

Lesley Fox

Lesley Fox has been involved in the non-profit sector for over a decade. She is a certified Humane Education Specialist through the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (NAHEE), and graduated with honours from the British Columbia Institute for Humane Education (BCIT) in both Public Relations and Marketing Communications.

Her recent achievements include lobbying various municipalities to adopt anti-trapping bylaws and working with the BC Ministry of Education to have animal issues included in school curriculum. She is currently the Executive Director for The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.

Peter Quin-Conroy

Peter has been a volunteer since 2010, our Secretary since early 2014 and has been responsible for the admin and day-to-day running of Earthsave since August, 2014.  

Peter is also responsible for keeping our VegDirectory updated online, in print and our handy mobile apps.

Outside of his Earthsave volunteering commitments, Peter works full time for The Vancouver Out On Screen Film and Video Society as Finance and Operations Manager as well as working for a variety of arts festivals around Vancouver.

Kyle Smith

An active parent to two young children, Kyle and his wife (a vegan chef) believe that their plant-powered lifestyle is important role modelling, instilling their family with the values of compassion, as well as environmental and social responsibility.  

As a vegan parent Kyle feels able to empower his children to choose healthy plant-based whole foods, while building a healthier and happier world for all beings. In volunteering for Earthsave, Kyle hopes to set a lifelong example, sharing the importance and ethical consequences of our food choices with his family, friends, and community. 

Kyle has many years’ experience working for a small local community based business. Kyle also volunteers within his co-op housing community and for his children's local school and district.

IT director
Volker Seidel

Our IT director works for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver as an IT Assistant Manager for Operations and Service. He previously worked for Kodak Canada, Dell Ireland and IBM USA and has a wide experience as Project and Team Manager. His roles with Earthsave Canada have included Vice  President and Director of Memberships.

He recently graduated as a Master of Arts in Environment and Management from the Royal Roads University in Victoria and was honoured with the Royal Roads University Founders' Award for having best exemplified the qualities of leadership, sustainability and personal development amongst his graduating cohort. 

Volker is active in the animal rights scene, committed to walk the talk.

Why not become a volunteer or join the board of Earthsave Canada?

Would you like to get more involved and make use of your passion, skills and available time? Check out some of the many ways you can help us carry out our mission.

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to Earthsave's mission while also gaining new experiences and meeting like-minded people. To volunteer please email a little about yourself to  

If you are interested in joining the board of directors and have the time and talent to help run our organization, please email your resume and a bio to

Earthsave Canada embraces equality and diversity.  We welcome participation from all communities.


EARTHSAVE CANADA ~ Save the earth one bite at a time

Earthsave Canada is a Vancouver-based charity, helping people choose foods that benefit our health, the environment, and the lives of animals.

MAILING ADDRESS: Earthsave Canada PO Box 2213 STN Terminal Vancouver, BC V6B 3W2 | | 604-731-5885 

Charitable # 12995 4707 RR0001

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