Our Team

Meet the Team

Myles Sergeant - Executive Director

Dr. Myles Sergeant is a family physician who has worked with vulnerable populations, including new immigrants and refugees, people experiencing homelessness and/or addictions, and the elderly, over the past 25 years.

Recognizing the intersection between environmental issues and health, he is dedicated to addressing climate change issues and has co- founded Partnerships for Environmental Action by Clinicians and Communities for Health care facilities (www.peachhealthontario.com), the charity Trees for Hamilton in 2012 (www.treesforhamilton.ca),  and the not-for-profit Shelter Health Network in 2005 (www.shelterhealthnetwork.ca).

Linda Varangu - Senior Advisor, Climate Change

Linda joined the Coalition in 2008 first as Partnership Director, and then as the founding Executive Director for another six years. As Executive Director, Linda led the Coalition from a voluntary network to a National incorporated not-for-profit membership-based organization which is now recognized as Canada’s primary thought leader on green health care and climate change resiliency. Under Linda’s leadership, important resources, toolkits, programs and pilots were created for health care facilities, earning the Coalition a strong and respected national voice. The Coalition has worked with numerous federal and provincial departments as well as various foundations, utilities, and private sector sponsors. In addition, under Linda’s leadership the Coalition explored the opportunities to develop social enterprises by piloting a Green Revolving Fund and an energy services consultancy through Health Care Energy Leaders Ontario (HELO). The HELO program continues to be offered, and is now available Canada-wide as HEL-C. The projects Linda has led for the Coalition have been recognized by national and international awards promoting energy efficiency in health care and action on climate change.

Linda has been empowering health care facilities to improve environmental stewardship since the 1980’s. Thankfully there has been much progress since then! Linda has led projects to reduce waste and use of toxic chemicals, provide healthy local foods, save energy and water and help facilities prepare and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Over the years Linda has contributed to a healthier planet by helping build coalitions, networks, social enterprises and not-for-profits with an environmental purpose.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Masters in Environmental Engineering.

In September Linda transitioned to a new position - Senior Advisor, Climate Change.

Linda can be reached at linda@greenhealthcare.ca

Kent Waddington - Communications Director

Kent Waddington, a freelance environmental coach and communicator, is a co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and is currently the Coalition’s Communications Director. An environmentalist since high school, Kent has spent much of the past fifteen years engaged in coaching members of the Canadian health services sector as they develop and adopt more environmentally responsible practices within their organisations.

For seven years he developed programme content and educational collateral for the Canadian government's Energy Innovators Initiative (NRCan) from within a health care framework as the Energy Efficiency Coordinator for the Canadian College of Health Services. Throughout that time, Kent created sector-specific initiatives related to environmental sustainability including National Health Care Energy Efficiency Awareness Week, Energy Perspectives, the sector's first energy management newspaper, A Resource Guide for Energy Efficiency Awareness Champions, the CCHSE/OEE National Energy Management Award, and coordinated and assisted in the design, deployment and analysis of the first national research study to assess energy efficiency practices and awareness levels in the Canadian health services sector.

He has also developed materials and written for the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and Natural Resources Canada's CBIP Programme. Kent continues to author newsletters, web content and develop environmental stewardship Initiative materials for one of Canada's largest Fortune 500 companies supporting health care sites across Canada. He has spoken on energy efficiency and the greening of health care at conferences across Canada and his writing and photography have appeared in local, national and foreign publications/websites including Healthcare Forum, Hospital News, Canadian Society of Nutrition Management News, Senor Care Canada, Canadian Property Management, Stride, Air Canada's Enroute magazine, and Substance (UK).

Kent is also a past research team associate with Royal Roads University's School of Environment and Sustainability and a founding Board member of the National Environmental Treasure, a people's trust fund devoted to the exclusive funding of Canadian environmental organizations.

Kent can be reached at kent@greenhealthcare.ca

Autumn Sypus - Project Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Autumn Sypus is a dedicated professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, in British Columbia Canada. She has been instrumental in advancing the mission of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, where she acts as the Project Coordinator. In this role, Autumn spearheads initiatives aimed at fostering sustainability, enhancing climate resilience, and achieving net-zero objectives within Canada's health services sector.

With a keen focus on innovation and collaboration, Autumn has excelled in developing and implementing numerous educational programs and resources tailored to champions in the green health care community. Her adept leadership and strategic vision have facilitated successful partnerships with like-minded non-profit organizations, hospitals, long-term care homes, businesses and governments.

Autumn can be reached at autumn@greenhealthcare.ca

Mikayla Robinson - Marketing Analyst

Mikayla recently graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor’s degree in Sensory Motor Systems and minors in Sustainability and Community Engagement. Throughout her studies, she assumed leadership roles in various experiential learning projects, promoting sustainability in the McMaster and Hamilton communities, focusing on food accessibility, environmental issues, and women's health.

When she isn't hiking on her weekends, she is deeply engaged in sustainability efforts with the Coalition. The Coalition perfectly aligns with her passion for the environment, sustainability, and health care. Mikayla's long-term goal is to work in rural health care as part of a sustainable solution to improve access to climate-resilient primary care.

Mikayla can be reached at mikayla@greenhealthcare.ca.

Imra Hudani - Research Assistant 

Imra is currently in her fourth year of the undergraduate program in Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. She is working towards pursuing a minor in Environmental Management, where she can learn more about ways through which environmental challenges have impacted different aspects of population health in Canada and globally.

Imra looks forward to contributing her research skills to projects at the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and learning more about ways in which we can collaboratively engage to work towards a more sustainable and health-promoting environment in Canada.

Imra can be reached at imra@greenhealthcare.ca.

Melody Li - Project Coordination Assistant

Melody has an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree in Environment and Toxicology from the University of Toronto with minors in Environmental Science and Physiology. She possesses diverse experience, including student leadership and outreach; virtual facilitation; lead research, generation, outreach, and engagement; front-line customer service; administration; as well as transcription and captioning.

Melody is deeply passionate about the environment, health care, as well as social justice, and has always wanted to work for a nonprofit and help make the world a better place by taking on interdisciplinary work that is meaningful, rewarding, and impactful. She looks forward to working with the Coalition team to learn more about green health care and environmentally sustainable, net-zero, and climate-resilient health systems and contributing to work that paves the way for a greener and healthier landscape in the Canadian health care sector.

Melody can be reached at melody@greenhealthcare.ca.

Sama Hameed - Communications Lead, Canadian Health Care Forests

Sama is a recent graduate from McMaster University with a degree in Life Sciences and a minor in Business. During her studies, she played a key role in organizing a community tree planting event to raise awareness about sustainability, contributing to the planting of 350 native trees for the McMaster Carbon Sink Forest. The project received awards, including the 2023 Hamilton Environmentalists of the Year.

Currently, Sama works in health care and pharmaceuticals, aiming to make the industry greener. Her contribution to the CCGHC involves coordinating a nationwide healthcare forest initiative, where she collaborates with organizations and healthcare facilities to implement tree plantings and establish pollinator gardens for a healthier, happier planet.

Sama can be reached at sama@greenhealthcare.ca

Helena Teng - Research Assistant

Helena is a recent graduate from McMaster University with Bachelor (Honours) of Health Sciences and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability. During her undergraduate experience, she had the opportunity to contribute to various experiential learning projects in the Hamilton and McMaster community in areas of procurement, cycling, and health care.

Helena is passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration and continuous learning to tackle the complex challenges of our world. She’s looking forward to completing her Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto.

Helena can be reached at: Helena@greenhealthcare.ca