Genius Team

genius staff


Kevin Millsip, co-founder & director

Kevin Milsip

In 1998 Kevin co-founded Check Your Head an organization that has worked with over 40,000 young people to get involved in global justice issues. He served as the Executive Director of CYH until 2009. In 2004 he co-founded Get Your Vote On – a campaign that registered 20,000 new voters for the 2005 provincial election in BC. He served as a Vancouver School Board (VSB) Trustee, where he drafted one of Canada’s strongest policies protecting students from advertising in schools, worked to increase student involvement in the VSB’s processes, and helped develop sustainability related processes.

He worked for 6 years as the Vancouver School Board's first Sustainability Coordinator and moved to working full time with Next UP and the global youth education network in 2015. He lives and works in Vancouver on the shared lands of th xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Coast Salish peoples.

 

Kristie Starr, operations manager & fund development coordinator

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Kristie was born and raised in the desert of Southern Colorado, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. After graduating from Colorado College, she spent ten years on the east coast of the U.S., getting a graduate education in both history and social justice at Yale University.

Her experience in New Haven led her to become a union organizer with Unite Here International Union and to organize workers in hotels and casinos across Connecticut, California, Florida, Colorado, and, finally, Vancouver BC. She’s now happily settled in this city on the edge of the Pacific ocean, where she has worked as a coordinator for Pivot Legal Society’s Hope in Shadows calendar vendor program and as the campaigner for the Green Jobs for BC campaign. In her spare time you might find her knitting or bicycling around town, though not at the same time.

  


 

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Blair Redlin, treasurer

Blair Redlin

Blair Redlin is a trade union researcher, recently retired from the staff of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). From 1994 to 2001, Blair was a senior administrator in the B.C. public service. He served as Deputy Minister of Transportation and Highways; President of the B.C. Transportation Financing Authority; Deputy Minister of Employment and Investment and President of the Transportation Association of Canada. Blair is currently vice-chair of the Board of Oxfam Canada and a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

 

Eugene Kung, chair of the board

Eugene Kung

Eugene Kung practices social justice law in the areas of public utility regulation, human rights, civil litigation and administrative law as a staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law. He holds a JD (LLB) from Dalhousie University, a BA (Political Science) from UBC and was called to the BC bar in 2008. Eugene is a NextUp graduate (NUPBC5), and is also a director of Pivot Legal Society. He has worked extensively on environmental justice issues and sits on the steering committee of the CCPABC’s Climate Justice Project. In his spare time, Eugene is a mediocre musician, a so-so snowboarder and a horrible hockey player.

 

Katrina Pacey

Katrina Pacey

A month into law school, Katrina was looking for new ways to ground her education (which includes an MA in women’s studies) and contribute to real social change in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. She connected with John Richardson, established Pivot Legal’s sex work and human rights campaign and has been with Pivot ever since.

As Pivot’s litigation director, Katrina brings legal strategy to Pivot’s campaigns and connects Pivot with the broader legal community. Outside the office, Katrina spends her time hanging out with her partner and daughter. She also stays active by jogging regularly and dancing as often as possible.

 

Seth Klein, co-founder

Seth Klein

Seth was hired to open the CCPA’s BC Office in 1996. Under his direction it has become a prominent and widely respected source of public policy research and commentary. Seth’s research deals primarily with tax reform, welfare policy, poverty, inequality, and economic security. A social activist for over 30 years and a former teacher, Seth holds a BA in international relations, a BEd from the University of Toronto, and an MA in political science from Simon Fraser University. Seth is a co-founder of Next Up. He is the former co-chair of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, and an advisor to the Living Wage for Families campaign.

 

Lynda Gerty, secretary

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Lynda is an accomplished not-for-profit leader, certified executive coach and co-author of The Abundant Not-for-Profit. A skilled communicator, Lynda is excited to contribute her governance expertise and ability to engage and align talented people to the genius board. Currently the Public Engagement Manager at the David Suzuki Foundation, Lynda has a background in non-profit capacity building, community organizing, visual arts and electoral politics. On the weekends, you'll find her painting in her studio, working in her community garden, devouring novels, and spending time with the 12 children in her life.

Cori Longo

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Cori currently works for the Canadian Labour Congress as the Regional Representative in Alberta but her involvement with the labour movement started when she was a teenager. At the age of 19, Cori worked at her first unionized workplace becoming a member of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Through CUPW, Cori developed a strong union identity and held many positions within the Edmonton local. Through the Alberta Federation of Labour, she was the Young Worker Representative for a number of years. Her involvement with the labour movement guided Cori to her next career. While working part time at the post office, Cori completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Grant MacEwan University and became a member of the United Nurses of Alberta. During this time, she also studied abroad in Cuba at the Universidad De Holguin. After graduating, Cori was briefly employed as a Registered Nurse before transitioning to a full time position in the labour movement. Cori found her home and life-long passion as a union activist.