Veronika is an engagement innovator and community builder, and is the Executive Director and Co-founder of CityHive, a youth-centred non-profit on a mission to transform the way young people are engaged in shaping their cities. A lifelong Vancouverite, she is passionate about creating more sustainable, resilient, just cities and amplifying the meaningful engagement of citizens, particularly youth, in addressing urban challenges. In addition to her role at CityHive, she gets to do this work as a Commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and on the Board of CityStudio Vancouver.
Veronika completed her BSc in Global Resource Systems at UBC, with a specialization in Urban Sustainability, Policy and Planning. Her experience includes working in sustainability education, sustainability engagement, environmental policy and participatory design. She was awarded as a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada in 2015, was a Social Innovation Fellow at RADIUS SFU and is a Dialogue Associate with the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Veronika is an outdoor and picnicking enthusiast and can often be found zipping around the city on her bike.