Christopher Minnes is an experienced leader in planning, marketing, organizational development and fundraising for non-profit educational, cultural and environmental organizations throughout North America. He has helped twenty-five organizations achieve their annual fund, capital, endowment and planned giving goals. As director of development for TreePeople, he raised $15 million for inspiring youth and community programmes and a “sustainable” environmental education centre in Los Angeles. In April 2008, he co-founded the Outaouais Environmental Campus (Eco Echo) in Wakefield, Quebec. Christopher holds an M.B.A. in Business Administration and a Masters in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and is credentialed as a Certified Fundraising Executive.
Douglas Cardinal is one of the visionaries of a new world; a world where beauty, balance and harmony thrive, where client, architect, and stakeholder build together with a common vision.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, his architectural studies at The University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he achieved his architectural degree and found a life experience in human rights initiatives. Douglas then became a forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning. His architecture springs from his observation of Nature and its understanding that everything works seamlessly together.
In recognition of his work, Mr. Cardinal has received many national and international awards including: 19 Honorary Doctorates, Gold Medals of Architecture in Canada and Russia, and an award from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) for best sustainable village. He was also titled an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the most prestigious awards given to a Canadian, and he was awarded the declaration of being “World Master of Contemporary Architecture” by the International Association of Architects.