Mr. Gordon Lambert is the Suncor sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice. Since joining Suncor in 1997, he served in many roles including Executive Advisor Sustainability and Innovation. He is a frequent speaker on energy, the environment and innovation and recently was a speaker in Innovation and Collaboration at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin China. This past year, Mr. Lambert sat on Alberta’s Climate Change Advisory Panel.
My goal in life is to have fun while changing the world for the better. I do this day in and day out by leading an innovative team of professionals that have worked with 150+ organizations over the past two years alone, including 32 of Canada’s top 100 firms. These efforts have significantly lowered the environmental impact (GHGs, toxics, waste) of Canadian business (Delphi’s clients represent 30% of Canada’s GDP). I also devote significant personal time advancing sustainability. I am currently Chair of the Board of Clean Air Champions (www.cleanairchampions.ca) and a co-founder and past Chair of The Climate Reality Project Canada which has engaged > 450,000 people to reduce GHG emissions. I founded Leading Change Canada (www.leadingchangecanada.com), bringing together over 1500 young leaders from across Canada to educate, engage and empower them to catalyze sustainability initiatives in their communities. I also regularly make presentations to CEOs (through TEC Canada), Executives and students/young professionals across Canada on issue of sustainability and climate change. I am also active locally, coaching children and assisting charities that enhance the social well-being of our communities.
As Director of Sustainability Learning Programs at The Natural Step Canada, Tamara is responsible for all aspects of the Sustainability Learning Programs, including planning and delivery of in-person courses, eLearning products, custom conference and workshop design for clients and partners, and the Sustainability Literacy project. Tamara has lead and/or participated in the design and facilitation of the IMPACT! Sustainability Leadership Conference (for The Co-operators), the Blue Dot Dialogue (for the David Suzuki Foundation), the CEGN 2015 Annual Conference, and various components of TNS Canada’s Accelerate conferences. She leads the work to develop an internationally relevant Sustainability Literacy Assessment as well as work to support Universities and Colleges improve their sustainability performance. Tamara is also a lead curriculum designer and co-facilitator for the MBA Sustainability Leadership Bootcamps, the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Trainings, and many other custom courses for clients and partners. Tamara has taught around the world, including in Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, China, and on the Peace Boat’s 74th global voyage.
Chantale has pioneered CN’s EcoConnexions program, which has found innovative ways to embed sustainability into CN’s corporate culture, starting day 1: Personal water bottles for new employees with an environmental message! Some of the savings have been big enough to fill a box car: An alliance with B.C. Hydro and led by CN’s Rick McFadyen resulted in a 20% reduction in energy use in CN’s largest yard in B.C. with $182,000 annual energy savings. A similar partnership with Manitoba Hydro reduced GhG by 3,000 tonnes. With great executive support, CN and Chantale have built an “EcoFund”, reinvesting savings into capital projects to increase energy efficiencies.
Elliot is a Project Manager with Golder Associates’ office in Calgary, working in their Global IT department. He works on projects of all sizes, from large infrastructure projects, to smaller localized projects. As part of the Global team, he gets to work in groups and with people from around the globe. While Elliot’s background is in business, he has enjoyed learning about and being involved in IT. Before joining Golder four years ago, Elliot completed his MBA at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. His MBA specialized in Global Energy Management and Sustainable Development. Sustainability has become his passion and led him to be part of Leading Change for the past six years; in 2010 he attended as a delegate, and in 2012 and 2014 was part of the Organizing Committee as the Delegate Coordinator and GLOBE Liaison, respectively. Now he is part of the Leading Change Advisory Committee and on the CEP Calgary Board. Elliot is an avid ultimate Frisbee player and went to the Canadian National Championships for this first time in 2015. In the winter he spends as much time skiing in the mountains as possible.
Kate O’Neill has fond memories of time spent exploring and learning from the Rocky Mountains close to Calgary where she was raised. She loves travelling and spent time living and studying in Sweden while working towards her Masters of Science degree in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability. Kate has worked for Water Resources at The City of Calgary since 2005 in various capacities including community engagement, public policy, and climate change vulnerability, and most recently as Senior Business Strategist. Through these roles she has gained knowledge of the issues surround water resource management and has designed and executed specialized programs to target those challenges. Kate believes that water issues, and their solutions provide the perfect example of how a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach is necessary for change to happen.
Sarah Jane Wolch is a Strategic Information Manager with Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions, which provides integrated facilities management services to a multi-sector customer-base. Sarah Jane oversees the governance, continuous improvement, performance and contract management aspects of the Hydro One account. Prior to this role, Sarah Jane worked on the Business Development team at Brookfield GIS, and contributed to successful business pursuits such as the PWGSC and Hydro One contracts. 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 on the Advisory Committee of Leading Change Canada: Emerging Environmental Leaders Forum held in conjunction with the GLOBE Conference. As well, she is on the Sustainability Ground-Breakers Advisory Panel for GLOBE. She is the past Vice President of Connecting Environmental Professionals, an organized focused on the development of professionals with an environmental focus in the GTA. 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.