Annette is passionate about sustainability and has been since she was little and growing up on the northeast shores of Lake Superior, in Wawa, Ontario. She began her education in environmental science, wanting to better understand the planet in order to help “save it”. She quickly learned that we knew quite a bit about the planet already and that it was our organizations that needed to change. After completing an MBA in sustainability and strategy, it became apparent that for organizations to change people need to change first. The use of focusing as a catalyst for personal and professional growth is Annette’s current area of interest.
Annette has been focusing for 4 and a half years and became a Certified Focusing Professional in 2015. Working with the Toronto based Focusing on Borden community, led by Jan Winhall, Annette developed body cards to record the felt sense. She currently offers a six week course with Nicole Mitchell that use the body cards as a way of documenting the felt sense of the various ego states a person discovers in themselves, in order to facilitate unpacking an issue and moving it forward. In the future, Annette plans to develop one and two day retreats that cover this materials, as well as build on this work to include inter-personal dynamics, team building and corporate strategy, with the long-term goal of running intensive retreats.
Annette’s professional career has been focused on advancing and disseminating cutting edge sustainability research and practice. Currently, Annette is the Communications Director at Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. She is also a marketing and development consultant with Learning for a Sustainable Future, an organization focused on integrating sustainability concepts into the education system. Prior to joining the Commission, Annette served as coordinator at York University’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability for seven years. She also served as a board member for Centres d’Accueil Héritage for seven years, including acting as its chair for one year.
Annette has a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, where she specialized in sustainability, strategy and non-profit management. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo, specializing in environmental science and business, with minors in both economics and biology.
In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, singing, cycling, rock climbing and cooking.