• Our People

    Our Board of Directors, full-time staff and volunteers are the backbone of FLAP Canada.

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Board of Directors

FLAP Canada is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets six times a year to ensure the effective management of FLAP Canada. No Board director receives remuneration in his or her role as a director. The Board is composed of six members who bring a variety of talents, experiences and expertise to the governance of FLAP Canada.

Please direct any Board inquiries to flap@flap.org.

Ben Coleman

Ben Coleman

Acting Chair

“As more and more people live in cities, it’s important that we appreciate nature right where we live and make our neighbourhoods safe for bird species. I volunteer with FLAP because I want to help secure the funding and support that our volunteers and staff need to save birds’ lives every day.”

Bob Alsip

Bob Alsip

Vice-Chair

“Over the past ten years, I’ve volunteered my business acumen with FLAP Canada to develop bird collision reduction solutions and devise market strategies for its BirdSafe® standards and building risk assessment services. Not only does Board service allow me to further table my business management skills, FLAP’s mandate supports my personal commitment to bird preservation.”

Elizabeth Liu

Elizabeth Liu

Acting Treasurer

“As a passionate sustainability advocate and a Torontonian who works amongst glass-covered office towers, I understand their impact on local bird populations. Through FLAP, I’m using my financial and strategic background to increase awareness of the impact of buildings on birds and the local ecosystem, especially as our cities grow.”

Kerrie Blaise

Kerrie Blaise

Director

“I have a fondness for birds – having once spent much time among double-crested cormorants as a field assistant – and I’m acutely aware of the destruction and harm caused by our built environment to migratory species. I’m also passionate about advancing their legal protection, whether by highlighting gaps in the law or through law reform and advocacy. I truly welcome this opportunity to combine my expertise as an environment lawyer and board member of FLAP Canada, to work towards protecting Canada’s incredible diversity of migratory birds.”

Sarah Gates

Sarah Gates

Director

“I began volunteering with FLAP Canada in 2005 as an on-the-ground FLAP bird rescuer after I first learned about the bird-window collision issue. Over the years, my love for birds and birding grew along with my advocacy for bird conservation. I use my passion for wildlife, experience working with government and not-for-profits to support the advancement of the cause.”

Lisa Horn

Lisa Horn

Director

“As an ecologist, I often assess the environmental impact of proposed developments. Less often do we stop to fully consider the immense impact of existing features which already cover the landscape. In working with FLAP, I use my experience working with diverse groups, my knowledge of bird biology, as well as my passion for bird conservation and science communication, to build partnerships and solutions to support FLAP’s vision of a bird-safe urban environment.”

Dr Daniel Klem Jr

Dr Daniel Klem Jr

Director

“For 44 years, as a scientist I have studied, written, and taught about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds. I am motivated by available and growing evidence that bird-building collisions are an important conservation, building industry, legal, and animal welfare issue for birds and people worldwide. I feel privileged and honored to serve on the Board of an organization that is a model world leader addressing the unintended and unwanted avian mortality resulting from bird-window collisions.”

Albert Koehl

Albert Koehl

Director

“Each migratory bird has an incredible story — one to be marvelled at and celebrated. And yet we allow these incredible stories to end with a violent crash against a building window and death on the cold pavement. In working on the FLAP board I hope to continue my previous work in leading two private prosecutions against corporate building owners — resulting in an important legal precedent to protect migratory birds — and in my current role as adjunct professor of Natural Resources Management at Osgoode Hall Law School.’

Board Application

  • Thank you for your interest in the FLAP Canada Board. We are always happy to welcome people wishing to help us prevent bird death caused by collisions with buildings. The Board usually convenes six times a year, meetings being two hours in length and located within downtown Toronto. Apart from Board meetings, directors also participate in working groups such as Communications & Advocacy and Finance & Fundraising. Let us know a little about yourself. We will contact shortly after your submission.
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Our Staff

A core team oversees the day-to-day management of FLAP Canada.

Michael Mesure

Executive Director

A co-founder of FLAP, Michael has over 30 years’ experience bringing attention to the bird collision issue. He has worked tirelessly with government – federal, provincial, municipal – to develop migratory bird protection policies, collaborated with manufacturers of bird-deterrent technologies, and produced FLAP’s BirdSafe®  Building Standards and its accompanying building auditing tool. He has also co-authored numerous reports, peer-reviewed articles, and research papers. Finally, he has taught numerous workshops to industry professionals, and addressed audiences on the issue and bird-safe solutions.

Susan Krajnc

Susan Krajnc

Program Director

On staff since 2005, her activities include fundraising and public policy development. She has a Bachelor of Political Science.

Paloma Plant

Paloma Plant

Program Coordinator

A co- founding member of FLAP, Paloma has been on staff since 2012. She is a wildlife rehabilitator. Her main activities include overseeing the building monitoring program, public outreach and volunteer coordination.

Our Volunteers

In addition to full-time staff, FLAP Canada is supported by a backbone of dedicated volunteers. In 2015, over 125 volunteers worked over 4,000 hours. That’s equivalent to 2.38 full-time employees working 35 hours per week for the entire year.

FLAP Canada Volunteers