Join our Board of Directors!

As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of Green Venture. We are always looking for devoted members with a passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship, and community engagement to provide strategic and operational direction for the organization. A Director must be 18 years of age or older.

Candidates with the following qualifications and skills are encouraged to apply: 

  • Commitment to environmental stewardship and climate action 
  • Understanding of municipal government (specifically the City of Hamilton) and government agencies 
  • Experience providing high level strategic direction while managing fiscal responsibility 

We are especially looking for members with experience with non-profit governance, fundraising, marketing and communications, legal, and human resources.

Please review the Board Member Description below and click the link to complete an application form:

GV Board Member Description 2022_2023

Board of Directors

Christine Hobson (Chair)

Administration, Hanscomb Limited

Born and raised in Hamilton, Christine takes great pride in the community and city as a whole.  While having solid foundation as a seasoned bookkeeper, she is also an experienced administrator with a wide array of experience from a variety of professional settings.  Being extremely passionate about the environment, and with a staunch commitment to animal rights, Christine is delighted to serve as Chair of the Board.

Catherine Oppedisano (Secretary)

Director of Innovation, Collective Arts Brewing

Catherine is the Director of Innovation at Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton Ontario. After earning a BA.Hons in Psychology at Queen’s University, she found herself captivated by the community and entrepreneurial spirit that surrounds craft beer and has spent the last 9 years building brands in this space. Catherine is an experienced cross-functional project manager that has led teams in Marketing, Sales and Innovation to bring creative ideas to life. Catherine is striving to better understand the human impact on our environment and how to translate what she learns into sustainable everyday choices. In her spare time you’ll find her in the garden, walking the dog, building things or simply staring at plants.

Duke Trifunovic (Director)

Financial Advisor, Manulife Securities

Duke is a Mohawk College Graduate in Business Financial Services and he received the Business School Dean’s Award. He completed extensive wealth management and investment courses in the financial services industry. He furthers his education by working on completing industry specific designations and taking online courses in business accounting, investment management, marketing, and financial planning at world recognized North American Universities. He was a professional soccer player, is now a soccer referee, and sponsors local sports teams. He is actively involved in the community.

Paul Harrison (Director)

McMaster University

Paul Harrison was born in Northampton, UK, and developed his interest in chemistry from a chemistry set that evolved quickly into an entire lab in the family home.  He attended Oundle School in Northamptonshire, and spent a “gap year” working for ICI in Runcorn, Cheshire on catalysis before going up to Oxford.  After 3 years of study and punting on the Cherwell, he conducted his Part II fourth year research project with Professor (now Sir) Jack Baldwin, where he developed a synthesis of L-a-aminoadipic acid, an unusual amino acid which is involved in penicillin biosynthesis.  He moved to Alberta, Canada for his Ph.D., in which he worked on polyene antifungal antibiotics in the group of Prof. John Vederas.  After post-doctoral work on terpene biosynthesis at Brown in Providence, USA, Paul started his academic post at McMaster.  His research work has been at the interface of chemistry and biology, and includes the development of biomimetic chemical models of natural product biosynthesis, the cellular assembly of natural products such as acyl-tetramic acids and b-lactones, and understanding the mechanisms by which antibiotics exert their biological effects.

Steve Borsellino (Director)

Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Borsellino Consulting Inc.

Born and raised in Hamilton. Steve obtained a degree in International Development from the University of Guelph and then an accounting designation (CPA, CMA). He has volunteer experience on the boards of Rygiel Supports for Community Living, Catholic Family Services and Neighbour to Neighbour, as well as other volunteer positions with the Hamilton Community Foundation, Dundas Turtle Watch, and the Hamilton Committee for Natural Burials. Steve’s LIT practice in downtown Hamilton works with individuals experiencing financial difficulties by administering Consumer Proposals on their behalf.

Samantha Dilorio (Director)

Samantha has a graduate degree from the University of Toronto in Sustainability Management. She deeply cares about the planet and strongly believes we all have a responsibility to take care of it. Samantha is happy to be part of Green Venture and participate in making her hometown of Hamilton a more climate resilient and sustainable city for all.

Sharron Hughes (Treasurer)

Sharron is a Manager of Accounting and Assurance at Pettinelli Mastroluisi LLP in Hamilton, Ontario, working with small owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She obtained her Certified General Accounting (CGA) designation in 2003 and became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) 2014. Sharron is deeply interested in how we can take better care of our environment.