What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic


Governing Board

Vanessa Grant

Chairperson - Arctic Basecamp Foundation Board

Vanessa Grant practises business law in Toronto. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance for public and private corporations, including private equity and venture capital. She also provides ongoing general corporate and commercial legal advice to a number of clients.

She has worked with several national and international clients in various industries, with a particular focus on technology companies, life sciences companies, and REITs.

Bianca Nijhof

Board Member - Arctic Basecamp Foundation Board

Bianca Nijhof is Global Lead for Nature Growth at Anthesis, a pure play sustainability consultancy. She is educated as a landscape ecologist and has extensive experience working on nature, biodiversity, water, natural capital, climate adaptation, nature-based solutions, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and awareness raising and education. She worked across a variety of sectors and excels in integrated approaches working towards systems change, contributing to high value outcomes across sustainability, business transformation, capacity building, program management and stakeholder engagement.

Stephanie de Heer

Board Member - Arctic Basecamp Foundation Board

Mrs Stephanie de Heer is Vice President (VP) and a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 

Together with her team, Stephanie shapes WBCSD’s brand positioning whilst increasing and strengthening engagement and relevance with members, the broader business community and WBCSD’s diverse stakeholder audience.

Advisory Board

Rain Wilson

Rainn Wilson

American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer.

Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is well known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office, for which he has earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Wilson is a committed climate change advocate. He also founded the website and YouTube channel SoulPancake. As of February, 20 2019 the channel has over 3 million subscribers, and over 557 million video views.

SoulPancake has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Satellite Radio Show and Super Soul Sunday. The tagline of the brand is: “We make stuff that matters.” They were named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Video for 2015. More recently, SoulPancake was ranked #114 on the 2015 Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America List. In October 2016, it was purchased by Participant Media.

Julia Jackson

Julia Jackson

Second-generation proprietor of Jackson Family Wines & Founder of Grounded.

Julia Jackson, a second-generation proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, has dedicated her life to the environment on a global scale. Julia founded Grounded, a non-profit organization, to identify and accelerate the most impactful solutions to ensure a livable planet.

With a goal to address the global climate crisis, Julia launched Grounded in 2018, convening scientists, policymakers, world leaders, investors and front-line organizations at its inaugural summit to share transformative ideas and co-invest in innovative solutions. Now, guided by Julia’s leadership, Grounded is supporting and connecting the most substantive and data-driven solutions to help make a tangible difference in our planet’s trajectory within the 10 year IPCC timeline.

Julia spent a decade working within the family’s international business, focused on marketing, brand creation, and international sales, bringing this global perspective and expertise to her work in the environmental space. Through strategic partnership and outreach, she is leading a collaborative effort focused on immediate systemic change. Her track record of working on transformative issues has earned awards including North Bay Business Journal’s 2019 Top Women in Business, Culinary Institute of America Commencement Speakers 2019, Cambria: Seeds of Empowerment, honors from the Global Green organization, and several wine industry accolades. She is a graduate of Scripps College in California.

Andy Karsner

Andy Karsner

Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at X

Andy Karsner’s entrepreneurial leadership has been associated with both venture capital and private equity portfolios throughout the past decade. With responsibilities in guidance and holdings for some of the most successful technology startups, from solar energy to biotech, Karsner is currently a senior strategist at X, the moonshot factory, where he brings an entrepreneurial focus to economic competitiveness, global security and environmental sustainability. Prior to public service, Karsner held several global leadership positions, including founder and CEO of Enercorp, a windpower development firm and international agent of Vestas, involved in project development, management and financing of energy infrastructure as well as being director and senior development manager for Wartsila Power Development and other multinational energy and development firms.

Karsner is also executive chairman of Manifest Energy. He is a Precourt Energy Scholar, lecturer and Hoover Visiting Fellow at Stanford University. He is a recipient of the “President’s Award” from the United States Green Building Council and top honors from the United States Energy Association and the Alliance to Save Energy.

Charles Tatham

Writer and Producer

Charles ‘Chuck’ Tatham was born in Listowel, Ontario. He grew up in Guelph and moved to Los Angeles in 1991 with his brother Jamie to pursue a career in writing in the film and television industry after working in the advertising business for fifteen years in Toronto.

Chuck’s most notable role has been as a writer and co-executive producer for the comedy series Arrested Development from 2005-6. He was nominated for two Emmys in 2006 and he has also been nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards.

Chuck is married to Joanne Tatham and enjoys hockey and slow marathons.

Dorrit Moussaieff

Arctic Circle

Dorrit Moussaieff is the former First Lady of Iceland and has been active in the evolution of the Arctic Circle, the largest international platform on Arctic affairs. 

She has also been effectively involved in cultural and business cooperation as well as the long standing jewellery tradition of her family.