NBS Team


Tima Bansal Executive Director

As the Executive Director for NBS, Tima sets NBS's organizational vision, serves as the principal investigator on our federal research grants and provides direction regarding strategic objectives.


Stephanie Bertels Director of Collaborative Processes

Stephanie oversees NBS's collaborative processes and leads the Embedding Sustainability Working Group.


Maya Fischhoff Knowledge Manager

As the Knowledge Manager for NBS, Maya develops and oversees NBS’s knowledge products (including systematic reviews, executive reports for business leaders, and applied guides and tools).


Sylvia Grewatsch Postdoctoral Fellow

Sylvia is part of the NBS innovation research team that explores and analyzes innovation processes at Canadian organizations. The aim of this project is to establish innovation processes for sustainability and for shared value creation.


Tara Hadler Project Manager, Collaborative Processes

Tara oversees website and tool development for partner projects including the Embedding Project and Make the Case for Business Sustainability. She is heavily involved in content development, such as guidebooks and workshops, and is committed to improving the user experience for the NBS community.


Ralph Hamann Academic Director, NBS South Africa

As Academic Director, Ralph facilitates discussions of the Leadership Council and ensures the academic integrity of publications for NBS South Africa.


Chelsea Hicks-Webster Team Coordinator

Chelsea coordinates the activities of NBS’s Anglophone office in London, Canada. She works closely with Executive Director, Tima Bansal, and NBS team members to ensure all staff have resources needed to make their own projects a success. Because she is familiar with most aspects of NBS operations, Chelsea is also well-positioned to help team members find meaningful collaboration opportunities both internally and externally.

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Nuraan Isaacs Coordinator, NBS South Africa

As NBS South Africa (NBS SA) Coordinator, Nuraan facilitates communication between NBS-SA and its global partners. She also co-ordinates all NBS-SA events, monitors the budget, assists with HR matters and provides administrative support.


Steven Lacey Financial Operations and Public Funding Coordinator

As the Financial Operations and Public Funding Coordinator, Steven provides accounting, quantitative analysis and administration to support operations.

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José Luis Opazo Academic Director, NBS Chile

As Academic Director for NBS Chile, José facilitates Leadership Council discussions and ensures the academic integrity of NBS Chile publications.


Jean-François Parenteau Manager, Montreal Office

Jean-François manages the daily activities of NBS’s Montreal Office, Réseau entreprise et développement durable (REDD). He develops and oversees French language knowledge and develops dissemination strategies for managers and researchers.


Garima Sharma Knowledge Project Manager

Garima manages NBS knowledge projects, such as "Collaborating with Competitors for Sustainability." She oversees selection of the research team, research design, creation of research-based tools for practitioners.


Marie-France Turcotte Director, Montreal Office

Marie-France Turcotte is the Director of NBS's Montreal office and oversees all its activities. She is also a professor at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), department of strategy, social and environmental responsibility.


Kate Whitfield Operations Coordinator

Kate joined the NBS team as Operations Coordinator in May 2013. Kate ensures the timely delivery of projects and the maintenance of operational efficiencies of the department. She provides research, grant-writing and administrative support to the team.