Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker
Åsa Karlsson Björkmarker is a consultant in sustainable urban planning with all levels of government. She is Chair of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Europe, a global network of cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future. She is also the Swedish government’s appointed investigator regarding housing allowance and maintenance support.
In her previous role as Deputy Mayor of Växjö, the “Greenest City in Europe,” Åsa was very active across Europe and globally in empowering local governments to act as key enablers for a more sustainable future. Åsa is running for representation in the European parliament in the European elections in May of this year
Day 1: Climate and Economy
Glen Hodgson, International Economist and Consultant
Glen Hodgson has 36 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade analysis and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics.
Glen’s career has spanned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., the Canadian Department of Finance, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Conference Board of Canada, where he was Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for twelve years. He recently joined the C.D. Howe Institute as a Senior Fellow, and International Financial Consulting Ltd. as a Senior Associate. He is a member of the Ecofiscal Commission; a Fellow with the Public Policy Forum; and is represented by Speakers Spotlight.
Glen has travelled the world and Canada as an economic policy analyst, public speaker, financial negotiator, and advisor to governments, businesses and international organizations.
Topics of expertise and interest include: Canadian, U.S. and global economic performance; globalization and trade; disruption; international finance; managing catastrophic risk; the emerging low-carbon economy; fiscal and tax policy; and the business economics of sports. His most recent assignments were: the legislative review of EDC; and a briefing series on green finance.
Glen has co-authored two books and written over 375 reports, briefings and articles, with regular commentary in the Globe and Mail. He has delivered many presentations to audiences of all types and sizes, and done numerous media interviews via print, TV, radio and social media.
He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and McGill University; is marred to economist Christina Caron, with two adult sons; and is an active volunteer in kids’ sports and other areas.
Tony Cupido, Research Chair, Sustainability, Mohawk College
Tony is a professional engineer with 37 years experience in engineering, facilities management and capital development. He has considerable institutional experience, particularly with McMaster University and Mohawk College where he has commenced his new role as Research Chair, Sustainability. He is providing leading-edge research that will contribute to a low-carbon economy, while engaging students to develop a multi-disciplinary focus on finding real world solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.
In his leadership capacity at Mohawk College, he was responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of the first Net-Zero institutional project in Ontario – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation.
He has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on green buildings and policy and is a former adjunct faculty member at McMaster University. He is a lead author on three peer-reviewed journal research papers related to green buildings.
Wesley Gee, Director of Sustainability, The Works Design
Combining academic expertise with extensive professional experience, Wesley leads The Works’ sustainability practice. He provides guidance in stakeholder engagement, materiality and performance measurement, as well as CSR/sustainability communications and reporting. Wesley contributed to the development of the GRI Guidelines and has served on sector working groups with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He is a judge for CPA Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards and on the faculty of The Conference Board of Canada’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Institute. He also lectures for the CSR Certificate and MScSM programs at the University of Toronto. Before joining The Works, Wesley was a sustainability consultant at Stantec and CSR advisor at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. He holds a Master’s in Sustainable Business from the University of Leeds.
Kim Gutt, Executive Director, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington
Kim Gutt is a Corporate Social Responsibility expert and has supported Sustainable Hamilton Burlington as a Researcher and Program Manager before taking on the role of Executive Director in 2018. Her background includes an Honours B.A. in International Development (University of Guelph) and Masters of Environment and Business (University of Waterloo). Kim’s career has spanned the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has had the pleasure of working on initiatives related to global supply-chain transparency, regulatory compliance, and green marketing. She has also helped develop two environmental start-ups. At Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, Kim leads a team of staff and volunteers who are dedicated to supporting sustainable change in our communities through the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors.
Peter Hargreave, President, Policy Integrity
Peter has over 14 years of experience in providing strategic advice in the development, implementation and oversight of public policy. Before establishing Policy Integrity Inc. in 2017, Peter spent six years with the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) as the CEO and Director of Policy and Strategy where he helped lead the sector in developing policy related to the circular economy including specific policy papers on extended producer responsibility, disposal bans and disposal levies.
Peter has also recently helped oversee major research projects on a provincial disposal ban on food and organic waste, understanding the economic opportunities related to recycling, moving the Blue Box to full producer responsibility, and ensuring proper landfill management and planning as Ontario moves to a circular economy.
Drew Hauser, Director, HONS. VIS. ARTS., B.ARCH., OAA, MRAIC, AIA, CAHP
Drew is passionate about shaping environments that put our clients’ objectives at the forefront. He has been instrumental in creating one-of-a-kind designs, with a specific focus on integrating sustainable design concepts within the context of historically-sensitive facilities. With more than 20 years of experience, Drew has developed an exceptionally diverse range of skills, leading projects in sectors including education, healthcare, municipal, laboratory design and residential. He consistently demonstrates an ability to develop complex programmes and ground-breaking designs.
With a Canadian Association of Heritage Professional Designation, Drew works with the owners and stewards of historic sites to ensure unique features are preserved and protected, weighing design decisions against the measures of livability and sustainability. Award-winning transformational community projects include Dundas Museum & Archives, 541 Eatery & Exchange and The Cotton Factory.
Mark Kardos, Senior Sustainability Consultant, UL Environment & Sustainability
Mark Kardos is based in Canada and has 10 years of project and program management experience. As a Senior Sustainability Consultant, he oversees a range of projects designed to assist customers in meeting their sustainability and circularity objectives. He has also been a core team member in the development and execution of UL’s 2799 Zero Waste to Landfill program since joining UL in 2012. Before joining UL Environment, Mark was a consultant at Terrachoice, with a focus in environmental marketing. Mark’s areas of expertise include: greenwashing, circular economy, eco-labeling, sustainable product design, and lean six sigma. Mark graduated with a BA from Carleton University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Harvard University.
Atif Kubursi, Emeritus Professor of Economics, McMaster University
Atif Kubursi is Emeritus Professor of Economics at McMaster University, Canada. He taught economics at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, was visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Fellow of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy at Harvard University, Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and served as the Acting Executive Secretary, and Undersecretary General of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. In 1981 he worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization as senior Development Officer and was consultant to the Organization throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He consulted regularly with the UNFAO, UNCTAD, UNILO, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP and many other international organizations and governments. He authored 12 books including The Economic Consequences of the Camp David Accords (Institute of Palestine Studies in Arabic and English) and Oil, Industrialization & Development in Arab Gulf States (Routledge), Food and Water Security in the Arab World (World Bank in Arabic and English), Co-operation & Development in the Energy Sector (Croom – Helm with T. Naylor), Input – Output Analyses of Fiscal Policy in Ontario(Ontario Economic Council), The Economies of the Arabian Gulf (Routledge) and over 250 papers in academic and professional journals and technical reports.
He holds a Ph.D and M Sc. degrees in Economics from Purdue University, USA. B.A in Economics from the American University of Beirut. He completed three years towards a law degree at the Faculty of Law, Lebanese University 1961-1964. In 1972 he formed Econometric Research Ltd. and has served as its president since then. He sits on a number of community and academic boards including Global Carbon Footprint Foundation, Trans Arab Research Centre (TARI), Wellwood, Raising a Village, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, and Development Economics.
Mike MacKay, Manager Director, Despray Environmental
Mike Mackay is a world-leading aerosol recycling expert. Mike resides in Fergus, Ontario and is currently the Co-owner and Managing Director of Despray Environmental aerosol recycling technology, based in the Netherlands. His entrepreneurial background spans over 30 years with over 10 startups including award-winning companies which still enjoy national and international recognition for technical and environmental advancements. His passion for the last 20 years has been in developing aerosol recycling technology and bringing it to world markets.
Mike is the developer of the world’s most advanced aerosol recycling technology “Despray”. The environmental impact of the contents and gases released to atmosphere from 15 billion discarded spray cans per year equates to a major oil spill every year. Mike’s life’s ambition is to bring recognition to this issue on behalf of the world’s political and environmental leaders and to inspire policy changes in order to eliminate this ground-poisoning and greenhouse gas-emitting waste stream.
Steven Martin, Founder & CEO, Pond Tech
Steven is past Director of the Jeffrey Skoll MBA Program offered through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to gifted young engineers, and was a former Director of the Professional Development Centre in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He also held the position of Director of the Centre for Advanced Microelectronics and was the founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Engineering Technologies at George Brown College.
Steven holds an H.B.Sc. in Chemical Physics and a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Toronto.
Kerry Meikle, Environmental Coordinator, Walker Industries
Kerry Meikle is an Environmental Coordinator at Walker Industries Holdings Limited. Kerry is responsible for supporting the company’s waste transfer and disposal businesses with regulatory compliance, permitting, training and auditing. She is also responsible for sustainability and climate change action programs across the company.
Kerry holds a Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Biology from Western University and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College.
Melissa Mirowski, Sustainability Specialist, IKEA Canada
Melissa joined IKEA Canada as Sustainability Specialist in May 2017. She has had the pleasure of leading change towards sustainability in some unique settings; from renewable energy cooperatives to major attractions, post-secondary and government sectors. The most rewarding aspect of her journey has been developing relationships with team members, communities, and institutions and working together to mobilize change. Currently as part of the IKEA team, Melissa is exploring the world of circularity, helping to address environmental and customer needs through smart, commercial solutions.
Brian Paré, Business Analyst – Procurement, Walker Emulsions
Brian Paré is a Procurement Business Analyst at Walker Emulsions Limited and is responsible for enhancing efficiencies in the areas of procurement and supply chain. He is an active member of Walker’s E.A.R.T.H. 1st team (green team) and sits on the board of directors of Sustainable Hamilton Burlington. Brian is a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) with an MBA from Athabasca University.
David Photiadis, Director, The Delphi Group
David is a Director at the Delphi Group specializing in corporate sustainability, strategy development and climate change. David oversees Delphi’s sustainability management practice area where he helps clients design and implement sustainability strategies and programs. David also co-lead’s Delphi’s Toronto office and is responsible for developing client relations, sales, project implementation, and internal management.
David has an interdisciplinary knowledge base and applies a combination of strategic insight and technical analysis to develop tailored solutions to a wide range of client projects, including sustainability strategy and program development, greenhouse gas quantification and mitigation, and sustainability communication, reporting and engagement. David works across sectors with experience in commercial real estate, retail, agriculture, forestry, finance and insurance, transportation, and energy.
David holds an MA in Geography at the University of Toronto, which with a concentration in business and sustainability. He has an H.B.A from the University of Toronto in Environmental Resource Management.
Paul Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Paul Smith is a Senior Policy Advisor working on agri-environmental policy at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Paul works on issues such as soil health, land stewardship, the Environmental Farm Plan, biodiversity, and water quality. Since 2015, he has devoted much time to development of “New Horizons: Ontario’s Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy” in collaboration with farm groups, researchers and other partners. During his years working with the province, he also worked for the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Heritage Trust. He holds degrees from the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo, Faculty of Environmental Studies. His many presentations and publications include papers in international journals including Environmental Management, Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Conservation, Biological Conservation and the Canadian Field Naturalist.
Day 2: Energy and Community
Yuill Herbert, Director, Sustainability Solutions Group
Yuill Herbert has been working in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation for nearly twenty years. Yuill has worked on more than 40 community plans across Canada and has leading expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban planning, and systems modelling that incorporate energy, GHG emissions and co-benefits. Yuill has developed corporate and community energy plans with evidence-based targets and has modelling experience with district energy systems, transportation systems and land-use planning. He has served as project lead on almost one hundred projects, including high profile projects as City of Toronto’s TransformTO, City of Ottawa’s Energy Transition and City of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Plan Update. Yuill is an active participant in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change processes and has led model development for the International Energy Agency. Yuill is on the Board of the Community Research Connections at Royal Roads University and was a fellow of Project Drawdown, an ambitious initiative to model 100 global solutions to climate change.
Julia Langer, CEO, The Atmospheric Fund
Julia has held senior leadership positions in the environmental sector for nearly 30 years, managing campaigns and organizations, defining strategy and policy, and inspiring public and private action to address air pollution and climate change. As the Chief Executive Officer of The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) Julia advances solutions to climate and air pollution, and with support from TAF’s Investment Committee, oversees the fiscal integrity of TAF’s endowment. Julia is a recipient of the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence for her environment and climate work and a member of the federal government’s Generation Energy Council. She is a year-round cyclist, avid gardener and wilderness canoeist.
Betsy Agar, Senior Analyst, Buildings and Urban Solutions, Pembina Institute
Betsy Agar is senior analyst in the Buildings and Urban Solutions Program at the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading clean energy think tank. She designs policy and programs for the retrofit of our B.C.’s residential building stock.
Prior to joining the Institute, Betsy was a founding member of Renewable Cities at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, where she collaborated with colleagues from around the world to expose barriers to implementation for communities fully powered by renewable energy. Betsy is a LEED Green Associate, a building science engineer (PEO), and holds a Master of Applied Science from McMaster University.
Bringing her building science expertise together with her love of old cities, Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to help practitioners, policy makers, and communities capitalize on energy-efficiency returns, make the urban “ecosystem” sustainable, and anchor a community’s sense of place.
When Betsy’s not working or volunteering, she is at home or travelling with her husband and teenagers — although her favourite place in the world is the South Magnetawan River, north of Parry Sound, Ontario. She has also developed an eclectic set of skills, such as producing podcasts, knitting, choral singing, and most recently swimming.
Dr. Jim Cotton, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University
Dr. James Cotton is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University and the Associate Director of the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies. He is a leading researcher in energy harvesting in the emerging fields of thermal energy recovery, micro thermal networks, storage and electrohydrodynamics. His research focuses on developing, modeling and experimentally validating technologies to advance efficient thermal management solutions and integrated community energy and harvesting systems. Dr. Cotton has liaised with a wide variety of communities and industry partners to establish community energy plans, to identify problems facing industry, and to develop technology road maps to address these challenges. He is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the award-winning Burlington Community Energy Plan and has advised Burlington Hydro along with other Ontario energy solution providers on emerging technologies and utilization strategies. The research with these groups led Cotton to the formation of an Energy Research Cooperative with five industry partners and a group of 14 Local Distribution Companies representing their parent cities, with the aim of meeting their communities’ GHG reduction targets. Our partnership resulted in a preliminary study of the City of Burlington to determine potential pathways to a low carbon city and the formation of the multi-million dollar Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting System (ICE-Harvest) research initiative.
Troy Hare, P.Eng., M.Sc., President & CEO, Hamilton Utilities Corporation & HCE Technologies
Troy is the President & CEO of Hamilton Utilities Corporation and HCE. First joining the organization in 2014, Troy was tasked with starting a telecommunications business as the President of HCE Telecom. Troy moved to his current role in 2018 where he is using his 25 years of experience in both the telecommunication and LDC sectors to drive growth across both the energy and telecom units of the company. Prior to joining HCE, Troy has held numerous roles including VP of Sales at Rogers Business Solutions, President of Blink Communications, General Manager of Oakville Hydro Communication and a number of other roles within Oakville Hydro.
A professional engineer by trade, Troy’s goal is to drive growth and value by innovating towards emerging market trends while maintaining a customer-centric approach.
Troy is a registered professional engineer in Ontario with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University. In addition, Troy holds a Master of Science Degree, specializing in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado. He also has certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT, Sloan School of Management and attended the Queen’s School of Business Executive Program.
Randy LeClair, Manager, Capital Markets, City of Toronto Green Bond
Randy LeClair has been working in institutional money management for over 30 years. Most of his career he has managed or advised on Canadian fixed income portfolios for mutual funds, an insurance company, and two Ontario municipalities. He has won several awards while managing mutual funds as well as being a commentator on the Business News Network (BNN).
Randy has worked in municipal finance for 10 years with the last three years at the City of Toronto and was recently promoted to Manager, Capital Markets. He currently sits on four legacy pension funds and was the project lead for the City’s transition to the prudent Investor standard – the first of its kind for a municipality in Ontario. He is also involved in the City’s borrowing program and recently completed their first “green” bond offering which was the largest for a municipality in Canada.
Randy has his Chartered Financial Analyst designation along with a Bachelor of Arts (ACS – Finance) and a Bachelor of Education degrees.
Melissa Menzies, Senior Associate, Sustainable Finance Solutions, Sustainalytics
Melissa is responsible for managing the inside sales process of corporate ESG services in the Sustainable Finance Solutions (SFS) team, focusing on the European and Americas markets. Melissa assists issuers and underwriters in bringing green, social and sustainability bonds to the market by facilitating the sales process, while also offering her research experience to develop ESG ratings for issuers in customized products and for ESG-linked loans. She brings expertise in corporate sustainability research from her previous role as a research analyst at Sustainalytics, where she also worked in Amsterdam and Timisoara.
Prior to her work at Sustainalytics, she worked in various roles in professional services, health care, and education. She is trained under the National Coaching Certification Program as a ringette coach, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo.
Jeff Ranson, Regional Director – Greater Toronto Area, Canada Green Building Council
Jeff is the GTA Regional Director for the Canada Green Building Council, leading market transformation in southern Ontario through advocacy, education and community building. His leadership roles in the green building industry include serving as a sustainability expert on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, founding Executive Director and current advisory board member of the Toronto 2030 District, and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. As lead facilitator for Enbridge’s “Savings By Design” energy conservation program he delivered sustainable design workshops for over 100 development projects across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private and public sector organizations in Canada and internationally with a focus on market transformation for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.
Jeff holds an Honors in Business Administration from the Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCADU where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.
Chris Shilton, Energy Project Manager, CityHousing Hamilton
Chris Shilton is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED® Accredited Professional, driven by solving problems through a combination of experience, research, collaboration, and an open mind for alternative approach.
Chris’ experience began with 10 years in the land development industry, where he managed and contributed to multidisciplinary project teams. During this time, his roles in design, contract administration, and project management have developed his diverse skill set, and exposed him to the many different aspects and stakeholders of land development projects. His adaptive learning ability allows him to draw from these experiences and apply them to demonstrate creative and comprehensive problem solving skills.
In 2010, Chris shifted his focus from land development towards the renewable energy and energy conservation industry to deliver sustainable projects that generate triple bottom line dividends. For over eight years, Chris has successfully fulfilled project management and technical engineering roles serving private, public, and aboriginal clients on hundreds of renewable energy and energy conservation projects.
Since joining CityHousing Hamilton in April 2017, Chris has implemented over 50 energy retrofits which are already significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs at CityHousing Hamilton’s properties. These projects, along with many more underway and planned in the future, are a crucial part of CityHousing Hamilton’s strategy to revitalize its portfolio and improve its financial, social, and environmental sustainability.
Day 3: Transportation and Health
Dr. Matthew Adams, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga
Dr. Matthew Adams is an Assistant Professor in Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Matthew obtained his PhD from McMaster University in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, he also holds a HBECs degree and MES degree from Lakehead University.
Dr. Adams’ research background is in environmental analysis. His research examines human exposure to environmental pollutants. His research group focuses on urban air pollution and relies on real-time and passive observations, analytical work, spatial statistics and computational modelling.
Rebecca Bassett-Gunter, Associate Professor, York University
Rebecca Bassett-Gunter is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University. She completed her PhD in the area of Health and Exercise Psychology at McMaster University. Her research program seeks to understand physical activity promotion, with a focus on the development of strategies that target psychosocial predictors of behaviour. She is particularly interested in physical activity promotion among children and youth. Rebecca lives in Ancaster with her husband Justin and son Benjamin.
Kate Berry, Program Director – Ontario Active School Travel, Green Communities Canada
Kate works with school boards, municipalities, public health and other civic organizations to promote active school travel and implement School Travel Planning in Ontario. Kate is a civil engineer and previously worked for Sustrans, a leading UK sustainable transport charity, where she managed the design and construction of active transportation infrastructure. Kate has also worked in Ontario as School Traffic Plan Coordinator for the Upper Grand District School Board, working with schools to improve traffic safety, reduce vehicle congestion, and increase student active travel.
Chelsea Cox, General Manager, Hamilton Bike Share
Chelsea Cox is the General Manager of Hamilton Bike Share, the not-for-profit operator of SoBi Hamilton. After moving to Hamilton in 2004 to attend McMaster University, she fell in love with Hamilton and got involved in several grassroots initiatives. Chelsea worked with Community CarShare before helping to launch the city’s bike share system in 2014. She co-designed and implemented Canada’s first bike share equity program, the Everyone Rides Initiative, which removes barriers to cycling for marginalized communities. Chelsea is a proud resident of the Landsdale neighborhood and a board member of Cycle Hamilton.
Dr. Mark Ferguson, Senior Research Associate, McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics
Mark is Senior Research Associate with the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics and Industry Professor in McMaster’s Department of Civil Engineering. He has acted as Project Manager of the Institute’s major five year project on electric mobility that has run from 2014 to 2019. Since 2009, Mark has played an integral role in the development of the Institute’s portfolio of research projects and reports and in the mentoring of student researchers who have participated in these projects.
Marty Gray, Manager of Public Policy, Uber
Marty is Uber’s Manager of Public Policy in Ontario. Since 2016 he has worked with governments and cities across Australia, New Zealand and Canada on reforms to the vehicle for hire sector.
Prior to joining Uber, Marty worked in various public policy roles for the New South Wales Government focusing on Transport, Planning and Infrastructure. He holds a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Arts and Graduate Certificate in Urban Planning.
Jason Hammond, President, Wroute Inc.
Jason Hammond is the President of Wroute Inc., providing Ontarians with all-electric passenger services that fill in the gaps of existing networks. Seeking to reinforce legacy service providers where they need it most, the goal of the Wroute team is to empower people to choose being a passenger more often. Jason is motivated by the urgency of the climate crisis, inspired by all the co-benefits that sustainable transportation delivers across other sectors, and informed by over a decade in leadership of mobility innovation projects.
Brian Hollingworth, Director of Transportation Planning and Parking, City of Hamilton
Brian Hollingworth is Director of Transportation Planning and Parking for the City of Hamilton. He is a Transportation Planner and Engineer with 24 years’ experience in integrated multi-modal planning. Brian has managed or directed a wide range of projects including numerous Transportation Master Plans and multi-modal studies. In his previous role in the private sector he acted as a consultant to the City of Hamilton on a wide range of projects including the 2007 TMP, Cannon Street Cycle Track, the Rapid Ready Plan, the 2010 HSR Operational Review and numerous traffic and parking studies. He is now leading a new Division which is responsible for a number of key City initiatives, including the management of the Hamilton Municipal Parking System, the delivery of the new Transportation Master Plan, the ongoing work on the City’s Sustainable Mobility Program and TDM initiatives, the Cycling Plan, Truck Route Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plans, as well as the traffic and transportation reviews of development applications and operationalizing the Complete Livable Better Streets Policy for the City.
Andrea Lendak, Associate – Transportation Engineering, IBI Group
Andrea Lendak, P.Eng., is a consultant with IBI Group, leading the firm’s Travel Demand Management practice. She has been delivering new mobility projects for over 17 years, from the launch of London UK’s central Congestion Charging Scheme to helping Metrolinx deliver its new integrated network operations centre. She brings a high level of contagious energy to projects to get work done on time and within budget. Andrea’s work focuses on innovative tools and techniques to encourage sustainable travel choices.
Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner, Halton Region Health Department
Dr. Hamidah Meghani was appointed Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health, Halton Region in 2014. Prior to joining the Region, Dr. Meghani served as Associate Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton. She received her Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed her training in Public Health & Preventive Medicine as well as Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Meghani is a Fellow with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and a certified Family Physician. She earned her Masters of Public Health in Reproductive and Family Health from Columbia University, and a Masters in Management specializing in Health Leadership at McGill University.
Dr. Meghani has a keen interest in community health, both at a local level and internationally. She has completed a number of related research projects, including a project with the New York City Department of Health promoting stair use in office buildings and a study for Toronto Public Health on factors contributing to the low uptake of the HPV vaccine in Toronto. She was awarded a CIHR grant for HIV vaccine acceptability in African Caribbean women in Toronto, a C.P. Shah Award from the University of Toronto and was the recipient of a Women’s International Health Scholarship from McMaster University in 2006 for a three-month international health elective in Kenya.
Dr. Meghani received an award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2016. In addition to her duties as Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health with Halton Region, Dr. Meghani holds an Assistant Professor (Part-Time) position with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University where she teaches in the Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact division.
Dr. Fran Scott, Acting Director, McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments
Fran Scott MD FRCPC MSc is a public health physician who has worked in Hamilton, Niagara and Toronto. She is an Associate Professor (part-time) at McMaster and Acting Director at the Institute for Healthier Environments. She was recently the Director for the new Master of Public Health Program, is a member of Clean Air Hamilton and co-chairs the McMaster Community Poverty Initiative.
Chris Schafer, Senior Director of Strategic Development, Lime
Chris is the Senior Director of Strategic Development in Canada with Lime. In his role, Chris focuses on government, media, and stakeholder relations. Before joining Lime, Chris was Uber Canada’s Senior Public Policy Manager. Prior to working for two tech unicorns, Chris was an associate with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, practicing regulatory law where he was also a registered lobbyist for tech clients such as Amazon, in addition to having served as an executive director of a legal foundation, and legal commentator for a TV news channel, and published author at a Canadian think tank. Chris has an Honours B.A. in political science from Wilfrid Laurier University, an M.A. in political science from the University of Western Ontario, and an L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Twitter: @chrisschafer
Dr. Myles Sergeant, Director of Medically Complex Care Unit, Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Myles Sergeant is a family physician who works in addiction treatment and in geriatrics as the Medical Director of the Medically Complex Care unit at Hamilton Health Sciences. He is the Founding Medical Director of the Shelter Health Network of Hamilton and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sergeant is the president of Trees for Hamilton, a charitable organization which plants trees with the goal of improving human and environmental health. This work includes plantings at health care facilities including the Hamilton General Hospital.
Jason Thorne, General Manager Planning and Economic Development, City of Hamilton
Jason Thorne is a professional planner who leads the Planning and Economic Development Department at the City of Hamilton, Canada. He oversees a team of 800 staff working across multiple portfolios including planning, building, development engineering, transportation planning, parking, arts, culture and economic development.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Jason has been working in planning and community development his entire career. As a Manager with the Ontario Growth Secretariat, Jason was one of the key architects of the Province of Ontario’s Places To Grow initiative. As Director of Policy and Planning for Metrolinx, Jason was one of the lead authors of the Big Move, the regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Jason also worked as a planning consultant for communities across Canada and in Africa and Latin America as a Partner and Principal with the Toronto-based planning, architecture and design firm planningAlliance.
Jason has also worked for a wide range of non-governmental organizations including the Bay Area Restoration Council, Bruce Trail Association and Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment.
Jason is a passionate advocate of community-based planning, sustainable and inclusive development, and the creation of complete, vibrant cities. Most importantly, he is a proud Hamiltonian who is excited to be back working in his hometown.
Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation Services, City of Burlington
As Director of Transportation Services for the City of Burlington, Vito is responsible for all activities related to Transportation Planning, Parking operation and enforcement, the School Crossing guard program as well the operation and maintenance of all traffic signals, signs and markings. Vito has over 30 years of experience in the traffic operation and transportation planning field having worked for all three (provincial, regional and municipal levels of government).
Vito holds a Transportation Engineering diploma from Mohawk College and is a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.
Kate Whitfield, Senior Associate Engineer/Planner, Alta Planning + Design
Kate Whitfield, P.Eng., MCIP, RPP is a Senior Associate Engineer/Planner with Alta Planning + Design. Kate leads the Canadian operations from Alta’s Ottawa office. Kate has worked from coast to coast on multi-modal transportation projects from the functional planning stage through detailed design and construction with a particular emphasis on implementation. She brings to projects a perspective of walking and cycling as part of everyday life and key elements for great city building.
Day 4: Bay Area Climate Change Youth Summit
Stephanie McLarty, CEO, REfficient
Stephanie McLarty is an award-winning entrepreneur and champion of corporate sustainable practices. She is Founder & CEO of REfficient, which provides a reuse and recycling marketplace and services in the Telecom and Audio/Video sectors. REfficient has been a Certified B Corp since 2012, meaning the company is for profit and for good, and was named five times to the “Best for the World” list for the company’s positive environmental impact. Stephanie has represented Canada internationally for reuse and recycling standards since 2008 and was recognized in 2014 with the inaugural Young Leader Award through Standards Council of Canada for her contributions representing Canada. She is currently Past-President of Wildlife Preservation Canada, President of the McMaster Alumni Association and on the McMaster Board of Governors. Stephanie has a degree in Arts & Science from McMaster University and a MA from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Kim Barrett, Associate Director, Science & Partnerships, Conservation Halton
Kim Barrett is Associate Director, Science & Partnerships at Conservation Halton, where she has worked for the past 15 years. She is a member of the leadership team of the Halton Climate Collective and sits on the Bay Area Climate Change Council. An ecologist by training, Kim completed her M.Sc. at the University of Guelph, where she studied the ecology and demography of Wood Turtles in Algonquin Park. She has worked extensively on species at risk and planning ecology. Kim is a member of the management committee of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, Halton Region’s Natural Heritage Advisory Committee and the provincial Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee.
Alanna Bodo, McMaster University
Second year PhD candidate at McMaster University studying the effects of climate change on water dynamics at the land-atmosphere boundary. Having always had a passion for the outdoors, Alanna finds climate change research both relevant and fascinating. In the past Alanna has worked in both government and private industry, being fortunate to experience the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to climate change. All roads seemed to point in the direction of academia where she hopes to continue contributing to both research and higher education.
Ian Borsuk, Climate Campaign Coordinator, Environment Hamilton
Ian Borsuk is Environment Hamilton’s Climate Campaign Coordinator – working on pushing the City of Hamilton to act on climate change. He has spent his entire adult life in the realm of environmental, economic social justice activism and has worked on campaigns of all kinds.
Ryan Caldwell, Business Development Specialist, Mitacs
Ryan Caldwell is a member of the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) and the point of contact for all things Mitacs for the city of Hamilton. Ryan works with faculty members, graduate students, college students, and companies to navigate the many funding solutions Mitacs offers. His role at McMaster University and Mohawk College is to help promote opportunities for collaboration and assist applicants with grant proposals, while also helping companies and not-for-profits find the academic experts they need to tackle challenging and important research questions.
Stuart Dutfield, Program Manager, City of Toronto
Stewart is currently a Program Manager within City of Toronto’s Environment & Energy Division. Stewart is part of a team responsible for delivering the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and broader efforts to scale residential energy retrofitting in support of #TransformTO. He was previously a Project Lead for Resilience where he led Toronto’s application to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. Stewart also previously served as a Health Policy Specialist at Toronto Public Health where he worked on the development of TPH’s cross-cutting climate change and health strategy. Before joining the City, Stewart was a Program and Communications Manager with Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). In that role he played a key role in the development of the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC), a partnership of universities, the public, private and NGO sectors whose projects and programs are focused on addressing climate resilience. Stewart holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, and a Bachelors in Environment Design, with a focus on architecture from the University of Manitoba
Cynthia Graham, Manager of Landscape Architectural Services in Public Work, City of Hamilton
Cynthia Graham is the Manager of Landscape Architectural Services in Public Works with the City of Hamilton. The group she oversees is responsible for the construction and redevelopment of parks and open spaces across Hamilton. She has a Masters in Landscape Architecture, and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Guelph. The best part of her job is seeing people use and enjoy the landscapes she and her team creates for the residents of Hamilton. Because landscape architects are experts in modifications to the landscape, her profession is at the forefront of climate change adaptation capabilities.
Vikram Hardatt, Transportation Planner, IBI Group
Vikram Hardatt is a Transportation Planner at IBI Group, specializing in Transportation Demand Management (TDM), transportation planning, and public and stakeholder engagement. Vikram develops TDM policies and strategies for transportation master plans, post-secondary institutions, and workplace and residential TDM programs. Vikram is a Program Manager for Smart Commute Hamilton, where he works with 27 organizations with 120,000 commuters to encourage active and sustainable transportation. Vikram implements a variety of innovative behaviour change and community-based social marketing strategies to reduce reliance on single-occupancy vehicles
Dave Heidebrecht, Manager, Office of Community Engagement, McMaster
Dave Heidebrecht is the manager for the Office of Community Engagement at McMaster University. He supports community-campus partnerships, coordinates a network of interdisciplinary colleagues, and leads the implementation of McMaster’s community engagement strategic plan. Dave is also the founding chair of Cycle Hamilton, a non-profit organization formed in 2015.
Joanna Osawe, Chair, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE)
Joanna Osawe is the Chair, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE), a group which encourages and supports women to enter this dynamic field. WiRE is inclusive and educates on all renewable and emerging energy technologies with chapters in St. John’s, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Windsor, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Vancouver and Kamloops. WiRE is expanding internationally with its first WiRE International Launch in Istanbul, Turkey with the Canadian Embassy. WiRE regularly organizes educational field trips (open to All), monthly networking meetings, an awards recognition program, student mentoring and bursaries, communications and engagement initiatives. Joanna also works at DMC Power as the Global Business Development Manager – Major Projects at DMC Power Inc.
Joanna attended Western University studying Languages, Graduating with an Honours BA, Joanna has used her language skills on a focused, 15+ year management career at leading renewable and energy sector companies in Canada and the United States. By carrying complex projects through many stages she has seen firsthand the vital role renewable energy and emerging technologies serve in moving the Canadian, American and Global energy mix forward.
Amy Schnurr, Executive Director, Burlington Green
Amy has dedicated the past 30+ years of her life to environmental education, protection and justice beginning with her post-secondary education in Environmental Science and Indigenous Studies. She dipped into the world of local advocacy successfully championing a grassroots campaign to rescue at risk urban greenspace in Burlington which led her to co-found BurlingtonGreen, where she has proudly served as the Executive Director for the past 11 years. The award-winning not-for-profit environmental organization applies a ‘triple A’ approach of Awareness, Advocacy and Action to advance their mission to protect the environment and mitigate climate change to create a healthier, more environmentally responsible Burlington.
Sally Simpson, Career and Student Success Coach, Mohawk College
Sally Simpson has a problem to solve. Not enough people are working in their dream jobs.
Sally holds a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, a post-graduate certificate in Career Development from Conestoga College and is currently working on her Masters in Social Justice and Community Engagement.
Prior to attending school, Sally was an event marketer for 14 years, followed by an ESL teacher in China. Working in event management was her first exposure to the benefits of training and mentoring individuals, grounded with a passion for Career Coaching.
Sally’s event management career involved extensive travel throughout 28 countries, working with Fortune 500 companies.
Employment in China solidified Sally’s commitment to teaching and helping individuals prepare for their careers. Through these diverse roles, not only did she continue to learn and develop, but she also identified a sustainable vision of a unique offering for her community; a combination of career coaching, education and marketing.
This unique personal brand stems from Sally’s belief that when people find employment that is more than just a pay cheque, not only do their lives become more meaningful, but through this transformation they become powerful beyond measure. Sally’s life goal is to do the work she loves: helping people succeed academically, so they can identify and prepare for their dream jobs and in doing so, impact their own communities in a positive and sustainable way.
No stranger to juggling multiple commitments, in addition to hitting the books, today Sally is thrilled to be a Career and Student Success Coach at Mohawk College. She is a part of a team that helps students obtain an outstanding education that includes a career action plan which is then promoted through the student’s unique strategic marketing campaign. Armed with these essentials, the dream of ‘loving your job’ becomes an achievable plan.
Matt Thompson, Community Financial Worker – Financial Empowerment Project, Social Planning & Research Council of Hamilton
Matt Thompson is a Hamilton resident and member of the Beasley neighbourhood. He has been active with the Beasley Residential Heat Project since 2013, and hopes to gain a better understanding of extreme summer heat and indoor residential temperatures.
Claudine Vidallo, Director of Research, EcoCanada
Claudine Vidallo is a strategic planner, business analyst and program manager and in the last decade has initiated, lead, executed and evaluated multi-stakeholder, and multi-phased projects. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a Business Management background. In the last 20 years, Claudine has applied her competencies in various industries in the Philippines and Canada including food and beverage manufacturing, energy, post-secondary and training institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently Director of Research at Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO Canada), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 to help nurture Canada’s growing environmental workforce.
Claudine’s other full-time job is being a mother of five boys including twin stepsons. She was also very active in sports and fitness in her past life and has a 1st degree blackbelt in Taekwondo.