Ecojustice Blog – Special Update Posted on April 20, 2017 (updated: April 28, 2017)

Behind the scenes at the Ecojustice AGM

Sarah DotyStaff
Staff and board members seated at tables clap enthusiastically at the Ecojustice AGM.
Photo by Sarah Doty

Envisioning Ecojustice’s future

Every April, Ecojustice staff and our Board of Directors meet for our annual general meeting on British Columbia’s Bowen Island. It’s a time for everyone at our organization to get together, get inspired, and get excited for the year ahead.  This year was particularly special because it was when we unveiled our 2017-20 strategic plan — something you can expect to hear more about in the coming months!

Ecojustice AGM April 2017

The annual general meeting is always a little bittersweet. We get to welcome new board members to the Ecojustice family — this year they are David Rosenberg, Richard Secord, and Hugo Séguin — but it also means we have to say farewell (for now) to departing members. Retiring from our board this year are Deborah Curran, Murray McCaig, and Stuart Rush. Thank you for generously volunteering your time and sharing your expertise with us for so many years!

While we spent most of the day talking about Ecojustice’s plans for the future, executive director Devon Page sat down with board member Trip Van Noppen for a fireside chat after dinner.  Trip is the president of Earthjustice, our sister organization in the United States.  You can trace the relationship between our two organizations all the way back to Ecojustice’s origins in the wake of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Today, Earthjustice’s groundbreaking litigation continues to inspire Ecojustice’s work using the law to defend nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all.

Devon and Trip’s conversation focused on making sense of the new political reality in the United States and how groups like Earthjustice are grappling with the Trump administration. And now, we’re bringing you into the room with us. Click below to listen:

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