SPEAKERS + SCHEDULE
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2012 SPEAKERS AND SCHEDULE
Speakers at the Green Jobs Forum will appear in 8 green sector rooms. The green sector rooms are designed to give you the opportunity to learn about the various careers available in the environmental industry. Speakers in each room will inspire you to pursue a career in their sector and provide practical information about their field including challenges, opportunities, educational requirements, and more.
Download a PDF of the schedule and map here.
The green sector rooms are as follows:
Agri-Food & Forestry (Room 203C): If you have considered a job that will take you out of the city, check out the professionals in the Agri-Food & Forestry room. You will have the opportunity to meet farmers and foresters.
Business & Finance (Room 202C): Come and learn about corporate social responsibility, environmental auditing, socially responsible investing, environmental marketing and other eco-friendly professions in this green sector room.
Energy (Room 205D): Learn about jobs in the solar, wind and biomass energy sector. Some of the professionals in this room will include solar panel and wind turbine installers, project managers and policy advisors.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Room 205A): Thinking of starting your own eco-friendly business? Get inspired by talking to people who have started their own eco-friendly business. Our speakers range from restaurant owners to fashion designers who have combined their talents with their passion for the environment.
Environmental Protection & Conservation (Room 204): Considering a profession in conservation and protection? This room will give you a chance to meet professionals such as air quality specialists, meteorologists, zoologists and environmental consultants.
Green Building & Energy Auditing (Room 205B): This room will cover professions such as energy auditor, LEED certification inspector and architect.
Health & Education (Room 202D): In this room you will get a chance to learn about the management, clinical and advocacy sides of environmental health. You will also learn about the various professions in environmental education.
Urban Planning & Transportation (Room 203D): Learn what it takes to build a city in this room. You will get a chance to meet professionals such as city planners, public transit managers and landscape architects.
Owner, Kolapore Springs
Room 203CTopic: Sustainable Fish Farming and Distribution
Associate Analyst, Sustainalytics
Sustainability Research and Responsible Investing
Room 203ATopic: How Sustainability Research and Responsible Investment Drive the Greening of IndustryJennifer is an associate analyst for Sustainalytics, a global leader in sustainability research and analysis. She is the global team leader for the consumer staples peer groups. Jennifer also manages the intern program in the Toronto office. Before joining Sustainalytics, Jennifer did academic research. She also worked at Teck Cominco in Vancouver, BC, where she helped to develop the company’s carbon strategy. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in resource and environmental management from Dalhousie University.
Senior Advisor, The Green Economy, Economic Development, City of Toronto
Room 205DTopic: Local Energy Solutions and Local Job Creation
Vice President of Citizenship and Government Affairs, Xerox
Room 205ATopic: Enabling Tomorrow Today: “We’re More than the Money We Make.” Emechete is responsible for advancing all aspects of Xerox Canada’s environmental sustainability agenda, customer experience strategy and corporate philanthropy. He is also a member of Xerox Corporation’s Global Government Affairs team. He joined Xerox Canada in 2007 following a 12-year career in the federal public sector, where he held several senior positions. Emechete is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with an honours degree in international relations from McMaster University and an MBA from Queen’s University.
Technical Director, ICF International
Room 204 Topic: Careers in Air Quality: Environmental Auditing
Michael leads ICF’s Management Systems and Environmental Health and Safety audit practice. He has been a certified auditor for 17 years and has organized audit teams for as many as 50 sites at a time. His work in air quality includes stack testing, air emissions inventories and modelling, and helping organizations with greenhouse gas and climate change issues. He is a member of ongoing national (Canadian Standards Association) and international committees on environmental management, energy management, auditing and more.
Owner, Breathe Architects
Room 205BTopic: Green Building Architecture
David Suzuki Foundation
Room 203BTopic: The Nature Effect: How Sustainability Creates a Healthier, Happier WorkplaceFaisal’s work at the David Suzuki Foundation focuses on the protection of Canada’s cherished wild spaces and endangered species. He has been at the forefront of some of Canada’s iconic environmental battles, including successful efforts to permanently protect British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. A professor in the University of Toronto’s forestry department, his work is regularly published in books and journals on ecology, conservation biology and environmental policy.
CEO, Miovision Technologies Inc.
Topic: Eco-Innovations in Traffic Management
Real Food for Real Kids
Room 203CTopic: Setting the Table for an Exciting and Satisfying Career in the Food & Agriculture SectorDavid Farnell is the CEO and Founding Dad of Real Food for Real Kids. With his partner and wife, Lulu Cohen-Farnell, David operates a pioneering food service company that serves over 150 childcare centres and a growing number of elementary schools in the GTA and surrounding area.David and Lulu’s labour of love has changed the face of childcare and elementary school catering in Canada. Rather than rely on processed foods (par for the course before Real Food for Real Kids came onto the scene) their team of over 60 intrepid staff focuses on buying from local farmers and ethical producers and cooking fresh from scratch every day. As of September 2012, Real Food for Real Kids is serving healthy, all-natural lunches and snacks to over 8,000 kids daily.
Professional Services ECO Canada
Room 203ATopic: Environmental Professional Certification: Define Your Environmental Expertise In her current role, Megan plans a national series of Environmental Professional Events and develops programs for the growing community of certified environmental professionals (EPs). She is passionate about spreading awareness of environmental careers and bringing recognition to this dynamic sector. Megan holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Calgary. She majored in marketing and supplemented her business studies with a minor in environmental geography.
Chief Financial Officer,
Room 205DTopic: Careers in Thermal, Wind, Hydro and Solar Energy
Owner, Fashion Designer,
Label Clothing Inc.
Room 205ATopic: Eco-Fashion Design
Water Management Advisor, WWF Canada
Room 204Topic: A River Runs Through It: Experiences in Conservation at WWF-CanadaMathieu’s focus at WWF-Canada is the protection and restoration of environmental flows and, ultimately, of river health across Canada. He has been involved in a number of water management planning initiatives and has experience working on a number of water management and conservation challenges. Mathieu holds an MA from the University of Saskatchewan and a certificate in watershed management from the University of British Columbia.
Corporate Representative, National Management, Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Room 205BTopic: Design to InspireMark excels in forging strategic relationships and unique partnerships. He is a savvy spokesperson who enjoys sharing his passion and substantive expertise in sustainable housing and community design. Mark is one of 250 Canadians personally trained by Al Gore to present the live version of An Inconvenient Truth as part of the Climate Project Canada Initiative. Before joining CMHC, Mark was a building science professor at Seneca College. He also served 10 years as president of SDC Consultants.
Director of Education, Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative
Room 203BTopic: Environmental EducationKirsten Vanstone is the Director of Education at TREC Education, a charitable organization created to run the educational programs developed by the TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative. She has over 20 years experience in science education and communication. With a BSc and a master’s degree in science communication, Kirsten has worked as a teacher, as a museum educator, in educational publishing, and as a communications consultant in energy management.
Senior Environmental Planner,
Smart Commute, City of Toronto
Room 203DTopic: Careers in Sustainable Transportation Marco Iacampo brings 10 years of project management in various roles at the City of Toronto to foster the growth of a low carbon City. Marco provides expertise in the areas of policy and program development, with specialization in strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change within urban environments. As the project- lead for Smart Commute Toronto, an award-winning program that supports businesses and commuters alike to embrace sustainable transportation options, Marco leads a dynamic team who works with 120,000 downtown commuters on practical solutions to curbing traffic congestion, reducing costs and improving air quality.Marco is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business (York University) and an accredited LEED Associate.
Chief Executive Officer,
Rowe Farm Meats Limited
Room 203CTopic: Career Opportunities Within an Evolving Food System
Jamie graduated in 1992 from McMaster University with a Honours Bachelor of Commerce. After leaving McMaster, Jamie joined the residential and commercial energy conservation team at Ontario Hydro. In 1994, Jamie began his 14 year career with Loblaw Companies where he managed progressive business focussing on financial planning, procurement and merchandising. During the last 8 years at Loblaws, Jamie was responsible for the development of their Natural and Organic food businesses which included the expansion of a 350 store health food chain. In 2007, Jamie joined the Rowe Farms team as Chief Executive Officer and has been instrumental in establishing a reliable food system to support their growing wholesale and retail businesses. Today, Rowe Farms is one of Canada’s most trusted and recognized purveyors of Conscientiously Farmed products.
Director, Business Development
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Room 203ATopic: Science Bearing Fruit: Bringing Innovation to Market
Lana Culley joined Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in June 2012 as the Director of Business Development. Lana comes to Vineland from the National Research Council where she took on a number of roles including business development, marketing and communications. Most recently she held the position of Strategy & Outreach Manager at the NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon.Lana completed her B.Sc. in Science and Business (biochemistry) at the University of Waterloo, and subsequently spent time both in the laboratory and in public and private business offices.Lana has significant experience negotiating collaborative research initiatives, managing intellectual property portfolios and developing licenses with commercial partners. She has also played a key role in developing the strategic relationships necessary to create successful long-term programs. Lana has expertise in evaluating research projects and integrating them with business activities to maximise the value of R&D investments.
Climate Change Policy Analyst,
Room 205DTopic: Policy Analysis in the Alternative Energy sector
CEO, Green Beauty
Room 205ATopic: Top 10 lessons from a modern eco entrepreneurDonna is the founder and CEO of Green Beauty, a company that redefines the spa, hair, and beauty shopping experience with handpicked brands and a fresh focus on the consumer experience. Donna has been a fashion insider for more than 10 years. She has appeared on the Marilyn Denis Show numerous times and has been featured in InStyle, The Globe and Mail, Best Health, NOW Magazine, More Magazine, and many other publications and beauty blogs.
Managing Director, Centre for Biodiversity, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Room 204Topic: Ecology, Life and the Art of Communicating Science Dave is responsible for engaging the public about the discovery and conservation of biodiversity at the ROM and at associated affiliations. Dave obtained a master’s in science (ecology) from Trent University and has instructed courses in community ecology, conservation biology, and environmental resource management. He was previously the curator of conservation and environment at the Toronto Zoo, and the staff biologist and curator of wolves at Halliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve.
Facility Manager, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Earthrangers
Room 205BTopic: Facility Management: Sustainable BuildingsBrett is an applied technologist with a background in mechanical engineering, building science and automation. He is currently the facility manager and lead integrator of the most progressively sustainable building in North America. Brett is a professor of Energy Ecology and Green Building Science at Seneca College’s Centre for the Built Environment. He is currently collaborating on projects with Auto Desk Research and Development, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, and Ryerson University.
Interim Executive Director, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Room 203BTopic: Environmental Health AdvocacyFarrah campaigns to ban environmental toxins and to promote renewable energy, green healthcare, and organic food at the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). CAPE represents over 5,000 doctors and concerned citizens from across the country who aim to protect human health by preserving our ecosystems, and Farrah is most definitely doing her part to contribute to a sustainable future.
Director of Operations and Planning,
Plug n Drive Ontario
Room 203DTopic: Urban Planning with a Focus on Sustainability and Electric Vehicles
Program Development Manager, Ontario Forestry Association
Room 203CTopic: Seeing the Forest for the CareersJessica Kaknevicius is the Program Development Manager at the Ontario Forestry Association. She works in partnership development, fundraising, event planning, communications and program development. She has spent over 10 years in schooling and working within the forestry sector, from field to office work. She is an advocate of the value of Canada’s forest resources and promotes this through education programs and outreach. She holds a Masters of Forest Conservation and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Conservation.
TD Environment Manager
Room 203ATopic: Greening the Financial Sector: TD’s JourneyOussama oversees the strategic development of the employee engagement portfolio at TD, which is critical to increasing the understanding of environmental risks and opportunities within the enterprise. He helped develop an employee engagement tool that allows TD employees to measure and track their environmental actions at home, at work and in the community. Oussama’s background in life sciences and environmental studies gives him the environmental awareness and foundations instrumental to forming effective green teams.
TREC Services Co-ordinator
Room 205DTopic: Developing and Marketing Renewable Energy Co-opsJames develops and manages TREC’s capacity-building program, which includes templates, tools and training to help community groups build local renewable energy co-ops and power projects. He also coordinates the development and implementation of services for groups who need intensive help to develop a co-op. Before joining TREC, James worked in community-based land-use monitoring on the Oak Ridges Moraine and was a director on the board of Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG).
Member Relations Coordinator, Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative
Topic: Developing and Marketing Renewable Energy Co-ops
Julie develops marketing and communications for the sale of SolarShare Community Bonds. She is passionate about the community power model and enjoys helping Ontarians participate in the democratization of energy. Before joining TREC, Julie spent six years working in education and business in Toronto and Montreal; Seoul, Korea; and, most recently, Stung Treng, Cambodia, where she lived in a solar-powered field office on the Mekong river with the Cambodian Rural Development Team, setting up community-based sustainable development projects.
Co-founder, Eco Duo
Room 205ATopic: Full-time green, part-time entrepreneurElena is a green professional who works at the Earth Rangers Centre for Sustainable Technology, runs her own non-profit, Eco Duo, and founded Eco Chase, a sustainability-focused scavenger hunt in Toronto. She is also on an executive coaching committee for aspiring entrepreneurs at the Rotman School of Management. Elena looks at environmental issues through the lens of business. Other projects include co-founding the Sustainability Committee at Bullfrog Power and launching the food program for Toronto Green Community.
Vice President, Chem Info Services
Room 204Topic: Greenhouse Gas Inventory QuantificationWith over 20 years of industry and consulting experience, Bill is a leader in greenhouse gas verification in Canada. He specializes in work involving greenhouse gas management studies within the energy field. He develops accurate environmental release inventories and evaluates the technical studies of the effectiveness, costs, and related impacts of pollution and greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. Bill holds a chemical engineering degree and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
Manager, Sustainable Development, MINTO
Room 205BTopic: Engineering Green BuildingsWells’s interest in sustainability grew out of his experiences with the solar car team at Queen’s University, where he studied mechanical engineering. After graduation his focus shifted to green buildings, and he became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2002. He now oversees the LEED certification process for all of Minto’s new residential and commercial construction projects. Wells helped form the Toronto chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and currently serves on its board of directors.
Corporate Knights magazine
Room 203BTopic: Green Transitions and the Role of JournalismTyler is an outspoken advocate for developing a green economy in Canada. He is the editor-in-chief of Corporate Knights, a magazine dedicated to corporate sustainability and the concept of clean capitalism. He is also a columnist for the Toronto Star and the author of Mad Like Tesla: Underdog Inventors and Their Relentless Pursuit of Clean Energy (ECW Press). As an adjunct professor in York University’s faculty of environmental studies, he is assisting in the creation of a new sustainable energy lab.
Room 203DTopic: Designing and Building Electric and Hybrid Batteries
Past President, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
Room 203CTopic: Landscape Architecture: The True Green ProfessionGlenn is an award-winning landscape architect with 31 years of professional experience and special skills in environmental and resource planning. He has directed or assisted numerous multi-disciplinary teams and is very active in presentations to municipal councils, public meetings, municipal negotiations and special interest groups. Glenn applies low-maintenance principles to counteract the rapidly escalating costs of recurring landscape maintenance in open space systems. Recently, he was involved in pedestrian/cycling studies and the implementation of numerous institutional projects.
Green Living Enterprises
Room 203ATopic: Environmental MarketingLaurie Simmonds is president and CEO of Green Living and is one of Canada’s leading environmental marketing, communications and events experts. Laurie has successfully expanded the scope of Green Living’s business offerings to include corporate consulting, marketing, custom publishing and online content development, and she produces major environmental events such as The Green Living Show, Scotiabank’s EcoLiving Awards and the Green Toronto Awards. She is responsible for rebranding and publishing Green Living magazine, launching The Home Depot’s Eco Options magazine, developing Scotiabank’s EcoLiving website and publishing EcoLiving magazine. Laurie is part of a select group of Canadians who completed The Climate Project training program led by Nobel Laureate Al Gore. She is also a member of the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. In 2010, Laurie received the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award from the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).
Director, Strategic Issues, Toronto Hydro Corporation
Room 205DTopic: Careers in the Wind Energy Sector
Owner, Southbrook Vineyards
Room 205ATopic: Value Added Agriculture: The Greenest JobsA passionate entrepreneur and a connoisseur of food and fine wine, Bill, together with his partner Marilyn, evolved Bill’s family business from a cattle farm to an award-winning winery. In 2005, Bill and Marilyn purchased a 74-acre vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Bill and Marilyn’s pursuit of LEED, biodynamic, and organic certifications for both the vineyard and the winery clearly demonstrates leadership in, and commitment to, a healthy environment, quality winemaking, and outstanding customer experience.
Former Chief Energy Conservation Officer, Ontario Power Autority
Room 204Topic: Employment Opportunities in Energy ConservationPeter is an experienced and well regarded leader in energy conservation/efficiency and has been a respected environmentalist for over 40 years. He has held senior executive positions with a government agency, non-profit advocacy organizations, and two highly successful private start-up companies. He is currently president of the Energy Services Association of Canada, volunteer Cleantech Advisor at MaRS Discovery District, and an Adjunct Professor in York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies where he teaches energy/conservation policy courses.
Vice President, Sales, Greyter Systems and Former host of “World’s Greenest Homes”
Room 205BTopic: Green Building Contracting A former sports broadcaster, TV host, and builder, John Bell is now an advocate of sustainable building. John is focused on water conservation and recently formed a company, Greyter Systems, which has purchased the assets and world-wide licensing rights to Brac Systems, one of the pioneers in the greywater recycling field. As vice president of sales, Bell will head Greyter’s North American sales force and work to make Greyter a global leader in greywater recycling.
Energy and Environment Manager
Room 203BTopic: Green Jobs in Health CareEdward has been leading University Health Network’s many environment programs since 1999 and has helped UHN become a leader in greening health care. Both UHN and Edward’s leadership in this field have been recognized by several awards, including from the Ontario Hospital Association, Natural Resources Canada, Practice Greenhealth, and the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment.
Energy Steward, UHN
Topic: Green Jobs in Health Care
Lisa was bitten by the green bug in high school when David Suzuki spoke at an Environmental Youth Alliance conference she attended. Later, as project coordinator for the Greening Initiative at St. Michael’s Hospital, Lisa worked with staff on waste reduction, energy conservation, sustainable transportation and environmental awareness. She found so many people wanted to do the right thing but sometimes weren’t sure how—so she showed them.
Horticulturist & Garden Expert, Best Selling Author, Radio and Television Personality
Room 203DTopic: Become a Plant Juggernaut. The future of gardening, trees and horticultural communicationsCanada’s best-known gardener connects with over one million Canadians each week. His personable way of conveying topical information—online, in print, on TV, and more—has captivated audiences and continues to garner him fans across the country. Mark is a spokesperson for, and horticultural consultant to, Home Hardware. He is also the founding chair of Trees For Life, the Urban Tree Canopy Coalition. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to doubling the tree canopy in urban spaces across Canada.
CEO, Trees Ontario
Room 203CTopic: Forest Conservation and Management Rob is a registered professional forester (RPF) who has managed his own forestry consultancy business since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1982. Rob has provided forestry services to landowners, developed forest management plans on Crown and private land, conducted wood supply and feasibility studies, and led forest audits. He is currently the president of the Ontario Forestry Association and is leading Trees Ontario to sustain and generate new revenues and partnerships to support its re-greening mandate.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance BMO Financial Group
Room 203ATopic: Environmental Sustainability Roles in the Banking SectorJim is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of a sustainable enterprise-wide Environmental Management System (EMS), to reduce the direct impact of BMO Financial Group’s footprint on the environment, raise sustainability awareness within the organization and contribute to productivity savings at the enterprise level. He also contributes subject matter expertise in developing, implementing and supporting the company’s sustainable procurement practices. Jim is a certified general accountant who holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Toronto.
Executive Director, Zooshare
Room 205DTopic: Working in the Biogas Industry – Now and in the FutureDaniel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University with a focus on Finance and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He spent the first 5 years of his career as an Energy and Utilities Analyst with a few different firms, focusing on credit quality and overall sustainability, before following his passions around renewable energy and sustainable waste management with the creation of ReGenerate Biogas Inc. ReGenerate was created in order to pursue a solution to the energy, environmental and economic crises we are facing, through the development of locally-owned biogas plants.
Director of Environmental Programs,
Room 205ATopic: Creating Your Own Green CareerIn her current role at HP, Frances works closely with HP’s many partners—including industry associations, NGOs and governments—to drive sustainability practices within the company and across Canada and to promote high standards in recycling and environmental education. She currently chairs the Saskatchewan Waste Electronic Equipment Program (SWEEP) board. She holds a degree in environmental science and a graduate diploma in occupational health and safety, and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
Advisor, Conservation Science, WWF Canada
Room 204Topic: Conservation Science with the World Wildlife Fund: A Day in the Life of a Landscape Ecologist for WWF-Canada.James applies his background in ecology and conservation biology (McGill University) and environmental impact assessment and statistics (Concordia University) to provide landscape analysis and mapping support for WWF-Canada’s freshwater, arctic and renewable energy programs. He has identified high conservation forest values as part of the Forest Stewardship Council certification process for responsibly managed forests; developed a new approach to conservation planning in the rapidly changing arctic environment; and developed a forthcoming analysis of river health in Canada.
Technical Leader, Sustainable Buildings, STANTEC
Room 205BTopic: What is the Role of a LEED Facilitator?Sheila joined Stantec where she was the practice director for the Sustainable Buildings team. She has been involved with sustainable building projects for almost twenty years and worked on many of the pilot projects that helped to define the principles of sustainable design that were eventually incorporated into current green building certification tools. Sheila helped to develop the LEED program in Canada contributing to the development of LEED New Construction and LEED Commercial Interiors. She has also worked on projects that have been certified under Go Green, Go Green Plus, BOMA BESt, and Green Globes. Sheila has presented at conferences for numerous organizations including International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Facility Fusion, International Interior Design Exposition (IIDEX), and the CaGBC Summit.
Program & Communications Manager, Planeterra
Room 203BTopic: Sustainable Careers in the Travel and Tourism Industry
Adrienne manages the Asia program at Planeterra, a Canadian-based, grassroots NGO that leverages the travel and tourism industry to raise funds and empower local people to develop their communities. Adrienne works with project coordinators and Planeterra Ambassadors to identify local, community-based development partners in areas where Planeterra’s industry partners serve. Adrienne’s talk will describe sustainable careers in the travel and tourism industry, job descriptions, qualifications, and the backgrounds and experiences companies are looking for.
Chief Executive Officer,
Room 203DTopic: Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Engineering Matt is CEO and co-founder of CrossChasm, the company that created FleetCarma and MyCarma. He has been involved in the design of over 15 hybrid and electric vehicles, ranging from cars to lunar rovers and now works actively with fleets and individuals looking to pick the best green vehicle for them. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, is a Julie Payette-NSERC award recipient, was named to Waterloo Region’s Top 40 under 40, and sits on the board of Electric Mobility Canada. He’s also a very bad rock climber.
Executive Chef/Proprietor Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Room 203CTopic: Culinary Arts with a Focus on Locally Grown and Sustainable Ingredients
Social Investment Organization (SIO)
Room 203ATopic: Socially Responsible Investing (SRI): The Future of InvestmentEugene is the executive director of Canada’s national association for socially responsible investment. Eugene leads and manages the association in all of its mandates, which include industry and public education, SRI industry research, public policy, and membership networking and training. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Canadian Ethical Money Guide, updated through five editions between 1988 and 1998. He continues to be a frequent commentator, speaker and writer on socially responsible investment.
Business Development Manager, Sun Edison
Room 205DTopic: Participating in Today’s Solar Value Chain
Investeco Capital and Author
Room 205ATopic: Essential Steps to Starting Your Own Green EnterpriseAndrew is a co-founder of Investeco, the first Canadian investment company exclusively focused on investing in environmental sectors. Andrew is also the chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Advisory Panel for the Province of Ontario. He sits on the board of directors of Tides Canada and on the steering committee of Sustainable Prosperity. Andrew is the author of The New Entrepreneurs (House of Anansi Press) and was a co-founder and publisher of Shift magazine.
Program Coordinator, Canadian Water Network
Room 204Topic: Planting the Seeds of Your Green CareerShannon has always been passionately committed to environmental protection. She recently completed her Ph.D. in geology at the University of Toronto, where she researched the nature of past glacial environments. While attaining her Ph.D., she became interested in sustainability and “green living” and acquired certifications in carbon finance and green economics. As a program coordinator at the Canadian Water Network, she supports the overall development and management of the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium and the Secure Source Water Consortium research projects.
Vice President, Property Management, YMCA
Room 205BTopic: Sustainable Building Property Management
Alex is responsible for the physical plant and construction of 385 existing YMCA locations as well as the design and construction of new developments across the GTA. He also leads the YMCA’s push to become “sustainably green.” Prior to joining the YMCA, Alex worked as a consulting engineer in Toronto, designing and overseeing building renovations, energy retrofits, and assessments. Alex shares YMCA’s visions to help contribute to the healthiest home for children, teens and young adults.
President and Co-founder, Cine Focus Canada
Room 203BTopic: GreenHeroes – Saving the planet one story at a timeJoan is a documentary filmmaker with two decades’ experience as a writer, producer, director and video editor. She co-founded the Toronto-based independent production company CineFocus Canada in 1991 to make thought-provoking, insightful television shows and documentaries. She has created more than 20 hours of prime-time arts, biography and social issue documentaries and more than 50 commissioned videos for government, health, environment, and labour organizations and for not-for-profit groups. Joan is a graduate of Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program.
Writer, Activist and Daughter of Greenpeace Co-founder Bob Hunter
Room 203DTopic: Leveraging Mass-media to Save the World: Writing, Film and Social MediaEmily Hunter is a second-generation environmental activist, daughter of Greenpeace co-founder, Robert Hunter. Over the past eight years, she has campaigned on global environmental issues, while attempting to ignite youth in a new kind of eco-revolution. She uses media as her tools for change. She hosted TV shows on MTV Canada’s IMPACT and author of the book The Next Eco-Warriors. No stranger to action, she has battled on the high seas of Antarctica to save whales with Sea Shepherd, coordinated a national day of action on climate change for 350.org, and joined protests in the Borneo rainforest trying to end deforestation.
Digital Media Specialist, rGenta
Room 203DTopic: Leveraging Mass-media to Save the World: Writing, Film and Social Media
Since the cultivation of Web 2.0, marketing strategies across the globe have been forced to undergo substantial transformation to incorporate the concept of digital communities. rGenta was founded in 2009 as a response to this powerful movement. As the Digital Community Specialist for rGenta, Breanne works to progress the goals of both for and non-profit organizations in a professional setting. She has assisted in building thriving online communities in the hundreds of thousands, while simultaneously inspiring action through these communities. She currently acts as lead on the Community Management team for director, writer and activist Rob Stewart as well as for his films, Revolution and Sharkwater, and his social good organization, United Conservationists.
Founder of Organic Meadow and President of the Organic Federation of Canada
Room 203CTopic: Organic Agriculture and FoodTed Zettel grew up on a mixed farm in the southern part of the province of Ontario. For 29 years, he and his wife Christine made a living milking cows and raised six children, who are the 5th generation of Zettels on this piece of land. In 1983, already deeply involved in farm politics, Ted became a pioneer in the emerging practice of organic farming. He quickly rose to prominence as a leader in this field and traveled extensively, lecturing and teaching and organizing groups of farmers. In 1989 he became the first president of Ontar-Bio Organic Farmers Cooperative, a small grain cooperative which has grown into the largest organic coop in Canada, and the leading national brand of dairy products, Organic Meadow.Mr. Zettel’s leadership in this very successful model for cooperative enterprise has made him a popular speaker at national and international conferences. His experience in the areas of coop governance and organization are widely valued.In 1997 Ted was contracted by the University of Guelph to direct an international conference involving 13 nations in Southern Africa. He is the co-editor of a book that summarizes the presentations at this historic event ; “Ecological solutions for Smallholders in Southern Africa” Ted and Christine retired from active dairy farming in 2006 so that Ted could pursue a full-time career consulting in the areas of agricultural policy, regulation of the organic food industry, and cooperative development. He currently holds several national posts; President of the Organic Federation of Canada, Chair of the national Standards Interpretation Committee. He has held many positions within Organic Meadow Cooperative, including leading the management team up to February of 2012.
Mr. Zettel’s passion is for bringing people together to pool their resources and solve problems. He has recently attended an Asian Cooperative Conference in Cebu, Philippines, where he was invited to deliver a presentation on the topic “Farmers and Agricultural Cooperatives – Responding to Climate Change.”
Owner, Donnelly Law
Room 203ATopic: Environmental Law David is one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers and advocates for smart growth. He has represented public interest groups and ratepayers in some of Ontario’s key environmental battles and advised national and provincial governments on law and planning reform. He goes to court regularly to protect green space and Aboriginal cultural heritage and to prosecute environmental offences. Prior to practicing law, David was a planner and the executive director of Environmental Defence Canada from 1988–1996.
Commercial Manager, NextEnergy
Room 205DTopic: Careers in the Geothermal Energy Sector
Entrepreneurship in the Energy Matrix
Sustainability Consultant & Policy Advisor, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
Room 205ATopic: Enterpreneurship in the Energy MatrtixAnia is driven, diligent, capable, creative and productive. She believes the energy sector’s value and supply chains need entrepreneurs who can “think local and sustainable” as they develop their businesses and products. She is an advocate of community power who sees community power projects as the first step in building local connections and business supply chains. Ania serves as a member of the policy committee at OSEA, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.
Community Power Services Group
Topic: Enterpreneurship in the Energy Matrtix
Harry is President of an established renewable energy co-operative and onthe Board of Directors of the Ontario Co-operative Association (ON-Coop).Harry is an expert in co-operative community development. He has been aPartner in a major Ontario engineering and planning firm; a researchdirector at the Conference Board of Canada and part of the senior managementin the Ontario government. Harry launched the Community Power Services Groupat OSEA. Over the past three years he has project managed over 25 communitypower projects either in the feasibility, planning or development phasesincluding the Community Power Training Collaborative. Harry is a soughtafter expert for provincial and national sustainable energy conferences andis the developer behind a number of accessible community power developmenttools. Currently he is on the ON-Coop Legislation and Regulation Committeewhich works with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the regulatorfor co-operatives.
Vice President, Church & Trought Inc.
Room 204Topic: Environmental Consulting: An Opportunity, Not a JobLou is a professional geoscientist with more than 39 years of environmental consulting experience. He is registered as a Certified Environmental Assessor of Sites with the Canadian Environmental Auditing Association (CEA) and also serves as a director and vice chair of the Canadian Environmental Certification Approval Board (CECAB). Lou has appeared as an expert witness before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). He has prepared and presented technical programs, courses and seminars for private sector clients, universities and colleges.
Principle of Clear Sphere
Room 205BTopic: Energy Auditing and Rating John built his first R-2000 home almost three decades ago and has been educating and challenging builders to raise the bar on building performance ever since. He is a leading rater and consultant for R-2000, ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide, and LEED for Homes programs. John also co-designed ENERGY STAR for New Homes workshops for builders and city building official advisors in Ontario. He regularly delivers seminars on air-tightness, better building practices, and green sales and marketing.
Room 203BTopic: A Career That Connects Health and the Environment
Shirley Zabol ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Having degrees and work experience in both Nursing and Clinical Psychology, she brings a unique understanding of traditional medicine to her practice. It is very important to build a rapport with her patients so they feel comfortable with her. She takes into consideration all of their health concerns – mental and physical because as a Naturopathic Doctor, she is concerned with the whole of each individual patient. It is important to her to get to the root of the problem so she can give each patient the natural tools to empower them to health.
Blue Green Canada
Room 203DTopic: Building Alliances, Building the Green EconomyIn his ten plus years in the environmental field, Keith has worked as a consultant to large corporations, in the public service at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, and for non-profits in a variety of capacities. With a B.Sc in environmental sciences and a Masters in environmental studies, Keith is a blend of natural and social scientist with expertise on the issues at play and the political context in which change must be won. Since 2010, Keith has worked for Blue Green Canada, an alliance between environmental organizations and labour unions, where he is currently the program manager, responsible for managing the campaign in support of green jobs and a greener economy.