About Us

Green Economy New Brunswick works with local businesses to accelerate New Brunswick’s transition to a low-carbon economy. We help organizations set, integrate, and achieve sustainability goals while maximizing the benefits of taking climate action.  

Green Economy New Brunswick was created in response to strong interest from local organizations to access guidance, recognition, and a peer network to support their sustainability journey. Adapted from the successful model of Green Economy Hubs in other communities across Canada, Green Economy New Brunswick was designed to meet the needs of the local business community within our province.

The New Brunswick Environmental Network and Green Economy Canada led the initial exploration to establish a local Green Economy Hub, and continue to support Green Economy New Brunswick’s growth and success.

Who We Are

Charles Thibodeau
Program Manager
Green Economy New Brunswick

Charles leads operations on the ground in New Brunswick. Originally from Shediac, NB, Charles worked with the New Brunswick Environmental Network and held many positions in the federal government such as serving as head of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations’ Working Party on Pollution and Energy, managing the Secretariat of the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy, and as Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency. Charles is a Mechanical Engineer, a Certified Permaculture Designer, a Community Food Mentor, and now lives in Cormier-Village on a 75-acre permaculture inspired homestead.

Esther Ibang
Communications and Events Coordinator
Green Economy New Brunswick

Native of Cameroon, where she was raised with a passion for sustainable living, Esther brings her joy and creativity to serve the development of the New Brunswick hub through communication and events management. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, concentration in international management at the University of Moncton. Her background includes roles in research, communications, marketing and the planning of events. When she’s not working you can find her reading, baking, exploring the outdoors or enjoying quality time with friends and family.

Melissa Gerrard
National Expansion Director
Green Economy Canada

Melissa supports the strategic direction and continued growth of Green Economy New Brunswick. She is experienced in advancing action on climate at all levels, with previous experience supporting stakeholder engagement for Waterloo Region’s climate change action plan, and working on the Partners for Climate Protection Program team at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Melissa holds a B.E.S. in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, and when offline you can find Melissa hiking up mountains or zooming down on skis.