Candace Vinke

Title: Director, Nature-based Innovations
Joined Verra: 2020
Languages spoken:English, Spanish (basic)

Candace is the Director of Nature-based Innovations. She is responsible for identifying and conceptualizing new standards, tools and programs in support of nature-based solutions (NBS).

Candace has an extensive and diverse background in environmental markets, sustainability, poverty and inequality. Prior to joining Verra, she was the Sustainable Development Director at Viresco Solutions, where she managed consulting contracts focused on natural climate solutions, led Viresco’s efforts to expand internationally and supported business operations. As the Sustainable Development Director, she also advised governments across Canada on their carbon policy and guided several multinational corporations in their emissions management strategies. Much of her work at Viresco was centered around carbon insetting, scope 3 reductions and agricultural supply chain sustainability.

Prior to her position at Viresco, Candace was the Manager of Agriculture and Social Projects at The Prasino Group. Here, she led a small team of sustainability professionals working on agricultural offset protocol development, greenhouse gas emission reduction quantification and environmental market policy development. Previously, Candace worked in the non-profit sector, first as a Business Development Facilitator at Momentum and later as a Research Fellow with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)/International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). At Momentum, she facilitated entrepreneurial programs for individuals living in poverty and at ICRAF/IISD, she helped create a geographic information system mapping the distribution of agroforestry tree species in the Amazon. As a graduate student, Candace had the opportunity to research sustainable development initiatives in the Caribbean as part of the Small Island Development States Unit of the Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Headquarters.

Candace holds a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Calgary. Her thesis examined social and environmental determinants of trachoma (an infectious eye disease) in Ethiopia. Candace is based in Calgary, Canada.

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