SVP, Communications & Engagement, Flight Centre (Canada)
As SVP, Communications & Engagement for Flight Centre’s Canadian operations, Allison Wallace oversees all aspects of the company’s internal and external communications strategy including media relations, issues and crisis management, corporate social responsibility and brand integrity. She is also Operations leader for the area looking after Recruitment, HR and Leadership Development.
Allison’s Charitable Board experience includes a 9 year stint with the Make-A-Wish Foundation from 2004-2013. She sat on the National Board of Directors (2008-2010), and was a Director on the Board for Make-A-Wish BC/Yukon (2004 – 2013), which included a two-year term as President of the BC/Yukon Chapter. She was also a member of the Board of Skal International Travel & Tourism Association’s Vancouver Chapter from 2007-2009 and currently sits on the Sandals Foundation Canadian Advisory Board.
Allison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and is a published author and photographer. Prior to her position with Flight Centre, she was an independent Communications consultant specializing in Public and Investor Relations.
Maria was born in Guatemala and immigrated as a refugee to Canada when she was 5 years old. Her gratitude for her sponsors, are what inspired her to pay it forward and give back to the country where she came from. She is moved by the possibilities of grassroots community development brought her to Project Somos originally in 2009. She came on to the Board of Directors the next year and although, due to family circumstances, she had to step off the board for a while, she has always remained connected both as a donor and volunteer. Maria currently works as a Community School Coordinator in the city of Burnaby, where she also taught for 10 years before that. Her passion for community education motivated her to further her learning in education by doing graduate studies in the areas of curriculum development in today’s classroom. As a mother of two boys, Maria has always strived to lead by example and share the joy of giving time, love and support to others around us. She hopes to continue to share in that joy with her family and friends for many years to come.
Maria visited Project Somos in 2011 when we had just begun construction.
Amir Peter O’Loughlin
Amir Peter O’Loughlin is a psychotherapist and musician living in Vancouver BC. He has been a leading voice in interfaith harmony, having founded the Universal Gospel Choir as well as hosting countless music and spiritual events which celebrate the one essence found and expressed in all cultures and their and arts and spiritual paths. Amir has recorded two albums of his musical settings of Sufi poetry, and continues to perform and compose. He is one of the newer members of the Project Somos Board, and is very excited about being part of such an inspired and beautiful endeavour.
Greg is the Co-Founder and Executive Director on the ground in Guatemala as well as being 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.
David LePage is the Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada, Executive Director of Social Impact Real Estate, a partner in the Social Enterprise Institute, and Principal with Accelerating Social Impact. David is Founding Member and Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; Chair of the Board of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) and serves on several non-profit and social purpose business boards.
David provides direct support and strategic advice to blended value businesses, social enterprises and social finance developments. He is involved in multiple public policy initiatives and research projects to support the social enterprise ecosystem across Canada. He has worked and volunteered in the social enterprise and non-profit sector for nearly five decades.
David has visited Project Somos seven times since 2011.
Sadhu is responsible for the overall management of the City of Vancouver where he has served as the City Manager since March 2016. He supports Council in making Vancouver an even more vibrant and sustainable community and oversees the over one billion dollar annual budget with over 7,000 employees.
Prior to serving in this role, Sadhu served for seven years as the deputy city manager, where he helped to oversee the development and implementation of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan, which builds off of Vancouver’s successes in building a green city.
Sadhu is a founder and was co-chair (2009-2015) of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), a network of over 120 municipal staff focused on greening their cities, representing over 50 million urban dwellers in North America. Sadhu is a co- author of The Guide to Greening Cities.
Prior to moving to Vancouver, Sadhu served as Chicago Mayor, Richard M. Daley’s chief environmental officer where he was responsible for the oversight of City of Chicago environmental initiatives. Sadhu served Mayor Daley in the development and implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Under Mayor Daley’s leadership, Sadhu was involved in the design and implementation of the City’s environmental programs, including EVs, green buildings, green roofs, rainwater management, waste management among others.
Sadhu has visited Project Somos twice.