Christianne Wilhelmson

Executive Director

Christianne WilhelmsonChristianne (she/her) has been GSA’s Executive Director since 2010 after spending 6 years as the organization’s Clean Air and Water Program Coordinator. She is an Ontario transplant who came to BC in 1995 to pursue a MSc in ecology at UBC and, like so many, stayed on after graduation. Past experience includes time as a lab technician and freelance science writer. Christianne leads Georgia Strait Alliance’s government and media relations efforts, along with supporting GSA’s strategic campaigns and programs. She has a deep passion for social change and connecting with people across sectors to build a better future for our communities. Christianne sits on the Advisory Board of the Salish Sea Institute, is a Founding Board Director and President of The Elbow Theatre Society and was the Canadian Co-Chair for the 2022 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. She was a 2018 nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award – Metro Vancouver (Environmental Sustainability) and a 2019 nominee for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards (Social Change).  She is a past Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (including 2 years as President), Canadian Women Voters Congress, and the Conservation Voters of BC. In her time off, she enjoys yoga, cooking/baking, kayaking, gardening, reading and sailing with her husband. She is an aunt to 7 amazing kids and godmother to 3 more. Christianne lives on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) people.