Nicole is founder and executive director of Canopy (www.canopyplanet.org), a North American not-for-profit that works with the forest industry’s largest customers to protect the world’s forests, species and climate. Best known for greening the Harry Potter book series internationally, Canopy has transformed the purchasing practices of 700 of the world’s largest brands, catalyzed two of the world’s largest conservation initiatives and mentored similar initiatives in 13 countries.
Originally from Australia, Nicole is a former elite competitive rower and a trained physiotherapist. However, her passion for environmental conservation and social change led her career down a different path, beginning with her work as an advocate for social and environmental justice on the Burmese border and in Nepal in the mid 1990s.
Nicole is an Ashoka Fellow (canada.ashoka.org) and winner of numerous awards including the Canadian Environment Award Gold Medal. She is an advisor and board member of several environmental and social justice organizations around the world.