• 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. FLAP Canada’s Board of Directors, which 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 Susan Krajnc at 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.”

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.’

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.”

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.”

Our Staff

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

  • Michael Mesure

    Co-Founder, Executive Director

  • Susan Krajnc

    Program Manager

  • Paloma Plant

    Founding Member, Program Coordinator

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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

FLAP.org is Under Construction

We're revamping the site but we're not 100% there yet...

Our team at FLAP Canada is in the process of renovating the FLAP.org website. During this time you're free to browse the site but you might find there is some content missing. Rest assured, we're working to get the final website up and running as quickly as we can! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

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