Peter’s career of more than 23 years in the Government of Canada has included roles as a CIO, Director General of Corporate Services and Director General of Business Transformation. He has served in Aboriginal Affairs, Treasury Board, Citizenship & Immigration, Natural Sciences, and National Defence, and his work has included IM/IT strategic planning, socio-demographic research, policy development, management accountability, privacy, sustainable development, and business process re-engineering. He is the recipient of the Clerk of the Privy Council prize, the Federal Public Service’s highest award.
Peter now lives in Vancouver and dedicates much of his time to Project Somos.
Judy has been a passionate advocate for Project Somos since 2010 and joined the board in 2015. As a recent co-chair of The KidSafe Project, she has seen first-hand the positive power of providing vulnerable children with a safe, nurturing environment.
Judy is a Partner in Social Venture Partners Vancouver and founder of Blue Planet Links, an environmental education foundation. Her background includes a career in advertising and communications, an MBA and an international studies degree.
Nicole spent her professional career as a Project and Product Manager for Telus Communications in Marketing. In 2002, Nicole left the business world to focus on her family and support various charitable organizations through her volunteer efforts.
Over the last 10 years Nicole has been very involved in both local and international nonprofits. Her passion for helping others in evident in everything she does. Nicole, together with her husband Paul, became involved with Project Somos in the beginning of 2011 and she is very excited to be helping make the Project Somos dream a reality.
Greg is the Project Manager on the ground in Guatemala as well as being the co-founder and a director of Compassion Fruit Society. He arrived in February 2011 to break ground and oversee the construction with the local team. It is a plus that he is bilingual and has previous knowledge of construction.
His lifelong interest in creating harmonious, efficient, and beautiful spaces for living led Greg to run successful renovation businesses in Canada, specializing first in heritage homes and later in high-end bathrooms and kitchens. With his care for the environment and an ability to discover creative solutions to structural and design problems, he has been the driving force behind Project Somos’ unique and solid eco-sustainable construction.
Greg particularly enjoys building furniture and is looking forward to learning the art of making furniture from the locally grown bamboo. With the help of volunteers, he has transformed their empty house and centre of operations into a charming home and productive office.
Pierre Bourbonnais is a multilingual international business and NGO development consultant as well as Human Rights advocate with a wealth of practical experience in developing countries. He returned to Canada in 2016 from Venezuela, where he helped establish Fundacion Fides Caritas, a successful nonprofit organization working with impoverished families in rural areas, developing education, agriculture and micro-credit programs.
Melinda is a social change leader committed to equity and inclusion, having recently worked as Executive Director for a local child poverty initiative as well as for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She brings extensive knowledge in service delivery enhancement through her experience of building organizational effectiveness by creating socially inclusive structures. Melinda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Simon Fraser University where her graduate work focused on the importance of community inclusion for people experiencing homelessness and mental illness. Melinda strongly believes that collaboration, innovation and collective impact can make our communities better places to live – where all people thrive, not just some. She currently works part-time as the Interim Executive Director at Bridge for Health Co-Operative as well as at the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education as a Program Manager.