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Michael Pontinen

Mike is the current chair of the CHF BC Climate Emergency Task Force, a past president of the board and current resident board advisor of Ford Road Housing Co-op in Pitt Meadows. 

Growing up in the rural interior of BC developed a strong respect for conservation and the environment.  Respect for all living things and sustainability are core values.  A renewable energy future just makes sense, much more sense than perpetuating subsidized monopolies and institutionalized income inequality.  Mike has worked for Vancity Credit Union for the last ten years in analyst and consultant roles supporting lines of business from the back office.  He volunteered with the BC Sustainable Energy Association for 3.5 years and was a Green Team Champion within Vancity for over five years. Mike holds a master’s degree in the management of co-operatives and credit unions and wrote his capstone research paper on how BC housing co-operatives could help fulfill the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

Michael will be a panelist for the morning plenary and a facilitator for Working together: Climate emergency in our co-ops at the Spring Education Conference on April 24, 2021.