2014 Organizing Committee
In her role as a Research Analyst and a member of the policy team at the Delphi group, Rachel conducts research on a variety of topics and issues related to the environment, sustainability, climate change and corporate social responsibility. Rachel is also a contributing author to Delphi’s bimonthly Climate Change Policy and Sustainability Updates. Rachel has supported strategic policy and planning in the federal government on files related to clean energy, resource development and environmental protection. She developed her interest in sustainability from hands on experience in her municipality; one of the first on the Island of Montréal to implement a comprehensive waste management program. During her Master’s at Carleton University, Rachel was the managing editor of ISEMA: Perspectives on Innovation, Science & Environment, a student-organized, annually published academic journal showcasing some of the best and brightest young minds studying sustainability at Carleton’s School of Public Policy & Administration. She was also the co-organizer of “Return to Rio – Progressing Toward Sustainability?”, a symposium bringing together practitioners from the academic community, government, industry and the third sector to explore the theory, governance, and practice underpinning the three pillars of sustainability that were cemented in Agenda 21. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Concordia University and Master of Arts in Sustainable Energy Policy from Carleton University.
Elliot Weinstein, GLOBE Liaison
Project Coordinator, Golder Associates
Elliot is a Project Coordinator with Golder Associates’ office in Calgary, working in their Global IT department. Elliot works on major infrastructure projects, coordinates between Golder’s IT department and technical groups, as well as acting as the Project Manager for some small to medium sized IT projects. Although Elliot’s background is in business, he has enjoyed learning about and being involved in IT.
Before joining Golder Elliot completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, focusing on Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development (GEMS). During his 2nd year of the MBA program, Elliot was part of the planning committee for the annual Haskayne MBA 24 Hour Case Competition in the role of Co-Chair: Schools and Venues. Since then Elliot was on the organizing committee for Leading Change 2012 as the Participant Director, as well as the CEP Career Workshop in Calgary this past June.
This year Elliot is taking on the role of GLOBE Liaison. Elliot’s responsibility is to coordinate and communicate Leading Change 2014’s interests to GLOBE, and ensure that the Leading Change Participants have as much access to GLOBE 2014 as possible. As well, Elliot is developing a possible session at GLOBE 2014 that would be put on by Leading Change 2014.
In his spare time, Elliot snowboards and plays ultimate Frisbee. Not at the same time.
Gwen Cottle, Director, Future Leader and Participant Engagement
MEB Candidate, University of Waterloo
Kaitlin Boyd, Director, Logistics
Graduate Student/Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University
Kaitlin’s first experience with Leading Change was in 2012 as a lucky participant and she is thrilled to be back re-creating the forum for a whole new group of emerging leaders. As Logistics Director, she is ensuring the event will minimize waste, offer tasty local food and beverages, and showcase the talent Vancouver has to offer.
As you may have guessed, Kaitlin is passionate about sustainability. She’s worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for Thompson Rivers University, where she conducted the university greenhouse gas reporting and organized all of the campus environmental events. Kaitlin is currently a member of the BC Sustainable Energy Association Kamloops Chapter and enjoys volunteering in her newly adopted community through the Rotaract Club of Burnaby.
Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Political Science, and Management from Thompson Rivers University. She has just recently began her journey towards a Master’s in Energy Policy at SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management.
Maureen Cooper, Sustainability and Sponsorship Liaison
Unit Cell Engineer, AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp.
Maureen Cooper currently works in the fuel cell industry at the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) – a joint venture between Daimler, Ford and Nissan to commercialize fuel cell vehicles. Her technical focus is in testing and analysis of the unit cell components that form the fuel cell.
Maureen’s interest is in discovering the role that policy and technology can play in reducing reliance on fossil fuels for energy and transportation, and improving access to clean water. Her earlier career was in industrial water treatment within oil and gas downstream refining, as well as government research in drinking water quality.
Maureen is also the Mentorship Program Coordinator for Connecting Environmental Professionals Vancouver. Through this role she enjoys engaging with thoughtful and informed Environmental Professionals either starting off in their careers or already established in their roles. She is thrilled to be involved in that same opportunity through Leading Change 2014.
Maureen holds an MASc in Environmental Applied Science and Management from Ryerson University and a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She is an EIT member of APEGBC, and an EPt with the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB).
When she isn’t working, Maureen enjoys volunteering in her community, and exploring Vancouver’s great outdoors snowboarding, biking or hiking.
Sarah Jane Wolch, Director, Marketing, Brand and Media Management
Marketing and Proposal Coordinator, Brookfield Johnson Controls
Sarah Jane Wolch works on the Marketing and Business Development team at Brookfield Johnson Controls. Working with a company that embeds environmental stewardship into its operations, Sarah Jane is able to help grow the real estate industry in a sustainable manner; supporting existing clients on achieving their environmental goals, and providing guidance to new clients on how to reduce the environmental footprint of their real estate portfolio. Sarah Jane is also the Vice President of Operations for Connecting Environmental Professionals Toronto Chapter. CEP Toronto is one the supporting organizations of Leading Change Canada. As the Director of Marketing, Brand and Media Management for the Emerging Environmental Leaders Forum, Sarah Jane looks forward to connecting with the next generation of leaders through all forms of media and bringing together delegates from across the country to connect on something they are passionate about.
Sarah Jane holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and post graduate certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment from Niagara College. With her extensive knowledge on the environmental impacts of our industries, Sarah Jane continues to focus her career on balancing economic growth with best environmental practices.
When she isn’t busy working, she is drinking good coffee and laughing at funny pictures of dogs, at the same time.
Jillian is the Groundwater Monitoring Specialist with the BC Ministry of Environment where she manages and optimizes the operation of over 180 stations within the provincial observation well network.
Over the past 8 years, she has been engaged in a diverse range of water resource challenges in both the private and public sector. She started her career working for an environmental consulting firm, focusing on upstream and downstream oil and gas projects which included remediation and monitoring of contaminated sites, collecting surface and groundwater data for use in environmental impact assessments, and collecting water and gas samples from private water wells for baseline monitoring information. Jillian then moved into the public sector, working for the BC Ministry of Environment educating private water well owners of their responsibilities for groundwater protection; ensuring water users, industry and local governments were compliant with the provincial groundwater protection legislation and mitigating water rights disputes.
Jillian recognizes the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to environmental challenges and as a Professional Agrologist with the BC Institute of Agrologists, she values the diversity of membership within the organization as it contributes to increased professional development through relationship building with other disciplines.
After completing a diploma in Environmental Protection Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Jillian went on to achieve a degree in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University.
2014 Advisory Committee
Michael is responsible for overseeing the growth and strategic direction of The Delphi Group, including all aspects of business and financial management, marketing, communications and partnership development. Michael provides strategic advice and insight to clients and project teams across Delphi’s key services areas – strategic management, climate change, corporate sustainability, market intelligence and environmental policy and program design.
Michael joined The Delphi Group as a Director and then VP Environment and Technology where he helped government and companies develop policy and strategic options that supported the growth of Canada’s emerging environment and clean tech industry. He was also Managing Editor of Environmental Business Canada, a unique and innovative environmental business newsletter providing strategic market intelligence on all aspects of Canada’s environment industry.
Prior to joining Delphi, Michael owned and operated a successful environmental engineering consulting firm, which focused on developing and implementing corporate pollution prevention strategies. He has over 20 years of experience in the environment industry, along with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from Queens University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from McMaster University.
Michael is actively involved in the community coaching hockey and actively educating youth through SHAD Valley International (www.shad.ca) and regular presentations to university and high school students across the country on issues such as climate change, clean energy and sustainable development. Michael is the founder of the Emerging Leaders Forum (www.leadingchangecanada.com) and founding President of The Climate Reality Project – Canada (www.climatereality.ca), a not-for-profit group devoted to raising awareness in Canada about climate change. Michael is also on the Advisory Committee Member for Algonquin College’s Green Business management Program and a former Board member of the Ottawa Chapter of Connecting Environmental Professionals (www.cepcanada.org).
Michael enjoys running, playing hockey and golf, and experiencing what the world has to offer with his wife and two boys.
Melissa has influenced change leadership in the Green Economy for 15 years. She founded Sapis Insight to focus on providing the following services to organizations and individuals:
i) facilitation, training, and stakeholder engagement; and,
ii) executive, career, and leadership coaching.
Melissa’s strengths include her innate ability to maintain a synergistic balance between big-picture vision and tangible action and results. Melissa is known for asking powerful questions and for perceptive listening, to achieve clarity and purpose. Melissa is particularly interested in influencing real and meaningful change towards a desired and sustainable future, and enabling individuals and organizations to activate their full potential as leaders.
Melissa’s 15-years of experience in the sustainability field, has taken her from Board Rooms in the oil sands to non-electrified communities in rural Argentina, and everything in between. Melissa is well-recognized in her field, and was honoured by Eco-Canada as one of 10 environmental leaders in Canada.
Melissa has a passion for travel, and has worked and played in over 40 countries, and in every Canadian province and territory.
Elizabeth works in the Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Assurance team at Nexen Energy. Previously she was a Senior Manager with ECO Canada. In this role she was focused on building the community of certified Environmental Professionals in Canada through events, publications, mentorship program, and increasing the profile of the profession. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business in the Masters of Business Administration program specializing in Global Energy Management and Sustainability with a focus in accounting and environmental reporting.
Amy Mireault, Priority Issues Coordinator, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Amy has background in sustainability and corporate environmental policy. She currently works as an Issues Coordinator for the Alberta Government’s Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and as a side project works with local organizations, helping them understand and refine their sustainability goals and integrate those goals into their operations. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and an MSc in leadership for sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and participated in Canada World Youth (Russia/PEI), Hollyhock’s Environmental Leadership program and the UBC Summer Institute in Sustainability. She currently leads the Calgary Chapter of Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP), and loves supporting initiatives with the goal of creating human and social capital in her community.
Leor Rotchild is a social entrepreneur and sustainability consultant. He is a founder of an events management company called DIG (Do It Green), which specializes in creating zero-waste events. Leor has worked as a Corporate Responsibility Advisor to some of Canada’s largest energy companies and was a founding member of the World Petroleum Council Youth Committee, which provides opportunities for students and junior energy employees to engage senior oil and gas leaders from around the world. Prior to his time in the energy industry, Leor worked in the international development sector focused on water and education. Leor is as an active member of his community. He is one of the key organizers of the TEDxYYC events in Calgary and serves on the Board of Directors for the Calgary Folk Music Festival and Connecting Environmental Professionals (Calgary Chapter). In 2012, Leor was recognized as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and a Compelling Calgarian by the Calgary Herald.
Allyson is a consultant with Deloitte’s Sustainability & Climate Change team. Allyson offers a diverse background in stakeholder engagement and facilitation for corporate and non-profit groups. Her versatility combined with education focused on sustainability in small and medium size enterprises provides her with a solid understanding of emerging environmental and related social issues. When she isn’t working she can be found volunteering as a mentor to young socially conscious entrepreneurs with the Co-operators Impact program or working on the advisory board of this year’s Young Emerging Leaders Conference (student stream of GLOBE 2014). She also likes to hide away in the mountains on a snowy powder day!
Allyson Clark, Consultant, Sustainability, Deloitte
Allyson is a consultant with Deloitte’s Sustainability & Climate Change team. Allyson offers a diverse background in stakeholder engagement and facilitation for corporate and non-profit groups. Her versatility combined with education focused on sustainability in small and medium size enterprises provides her with a solid understanding of emerging environmental and related social issues.
When she isn’t working she can be found volunteering as a mentor to young socially conscious entrepreneurs with the Co-operators Impact program or working on the advisory board of this year’s Young Emerging Leaders Conference (student stream of GLOBE 2014). She also likes to hide away in the mountains on a snowy powder day!
David is a sustainability consulting professional with over 5 years of experience in the sustainability field. His interest is in assisting organizations of all sizes to leverage sustainability to reduce environmental impacts, advance business objectives, strengthen internal capacity, and build sustainability literacy.
Currently David works with The Delphi Group, a strategic consultancy specializing in climate change and corporate sustainability. As a consultant, David supports and manages a wide range of client projects. He brings an interdisciplinary environmental background and both technical and strategic insights to client projects. David works across sectors, including the energy sector, commercial real estate, higher education, clean tech, transportation, food services, and retail. His primary focus areas include corporate sustainability strategy development, carbon and energy management, sustainability data analysis, benchmarking, CSR reporting, stakeholder engagement, and environmental policy research and analysis.
David is a dedicated, passionate, and practical sustainability advocate interested in all aspects of public policy and civic life that supports the wide-scale transformation toward a clean energy and sustainable society. He is also a management team member of Connecting Environmental Professionals Toronto.
Ellen Francis is an Ottawa-based consultant focusing on interactions between health, energy development, community planning, and biodiversity. Ellen has spent over a decade working professionally on environmental, health, and Aboriginal initiatives for the Pembina Institute and for the federal government (Parks Canada, Health Canada and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada). She has worked on sustainable design projects throughout Canada as well as in South and Central America.