British Columbia Representative

Aggie Black

Aggie Black


Agnes (Aggie) moved to Canada from the United States 18 years ago, and now makes her home in New Westminster, BC, as a grateful guest on the traditional territory of the Qayqayt and Halkomelem-speaking peoples. She lived in Nicaragua in the late 1980s and was inspired by health care professionals she met there to return to school to study nursing.


Aggie received a BA in Humanities from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC in 1982; a BSN from the University of Washington in 1996; and a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC in 2009.


Aggie has been an RN for 27 years, with clinical experience in public health, oncology and research. While completing her MPH, Aggie became intrigued by research, and looked for a role that would combine her love for nursing and her passion for research. For the past 12 years, she has worked as a research director for Providence Health Care, leading initiatives that support nurses and other clinicians to tackle their own practice-based research and knowledge translation projects, to improve patient care and the health care system. Becoming increasingly concerned about climate change, Aggie joined and now co-facilitates the Environmental Sustainability Team at Providence Health Care, encouraging planetary health projects that reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the health care organization.


Aggie has two young adult children, Annie and Ben, and she loves spending time with them and her husband, Tim, hiking, camping, gardening and cooking. She is active on climate change issues in her home and her community, and has been inspired by her work with CANE-BC on a variety of issues.