Gillian is a social geographer and planner holding a Masters degree in Cities, Space and Society from the London School of Economics, and has worked in Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico on issues of sustainability, social justice, behavior change, climate adaptation, and inclusion in the urban environment. Gillian has significant research and project experience with government, First Nations, non-governmental organizations, and academia.
Gillian has been involved in many projects that bridge science with planning and public awareness including climate change and adaptation plans, strategic sustainability and implementation plans, project implementation. Gillian adds value by designing and facilitating stakeholder consultation processes that engage communities in discussions around sustainable development. She is a registered member of the International Institute for Public Participation (IAP2), and is known for her innovative and creative approach to gaining access to hard to reach audiences, bringing energy to engagement events, and facilitating engagement on technical issues.
Currently, a main component of her work involves working with the Coastal First Nations to support their progress towards fossil free energy security. In this role, she has supported nations to develop clean energy projects, become more energy efficient, improve local training and leadership opportunities.
Before founding Pinna, Gillian worked locally with Stantec Consulting Ltd and The Sheltair Group, and abroad with LEAD International in London, UK. In addition to her consulting career, Gillian is a faculty member with the Geography Department at Langara College.