Laura loves the challenge of bringing passionate people together for a purpose. A native Calgarian, Laura has lived and studied in both Vancouver and Beijing, where she completed the Natural Resources Conservation degree in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, and had the chance to study at the Beijing Forestry University. The drive to understand the complex relationship between culture and the natural environment has led her to get involved with initiatives to improve the way Canadians interact with the environment during cultural events and celebrations. When not finishing course work for an Event Management Certificate, planning to make this upcoming Leading Change Forum the best one to date or starting the first event production company in Calgary that focuses on a “triple bottom line”, Laura can usually be found enjoying Calgary’s performing arts scene and hunting for the finest mushroom pizza in town.
Andrea De Paoli is passionate about contributing to collaborative solutions to solve the world’s complex problems regarding sustainability. She is an MSc Candidate in Social Responsibility and Sustainability from Aston Business School in the UK, one of Europe’s top business schools. She recently completed her dissertation on the topic of government policy to support the development of a circular economy in the fashion and textile sector. Andrea is currently working as Government Affairs Coordinator at Teck, Canada’s largest diversified mining company with a globally renowned reputation in sustainability. In this role, she undertakes government monitoring and research on issues, legislation, and regulations of relevance to Teck. She also prepares internal and external communication materials such as presentations, briefing notes and weekly news updates for senior management. Andrea aims to enhance Teck’s reputation amongst government so that Teck is seen as a thought leader in many areas, including sustainability. Prior to working at Teck, Andrea worked in the not for profit sector and in academia. Andrea has a BA in International Relations and a Minor in Spanish from the University of Calgary. She has lived and worked in Latin America and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. Andrea attended Leading Change in 2014 and is thrilled to be contributing to Leading Change 2016.
Ari is this year’s Sponsorship Director. He has previous sponsorship experience with Rethink Sustainability, but even more importantly my heart is in it! Born in Toronto, Ari studied environment and economics in Montreal at McGill University and is now working in Vancouver at EnerNOC where he helps create Energy Intelligence Software.
Maya is a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Sustainability & Climate Change practice. After 5 years working in Calgary’s energy, environmental, and engineering industries, she now specializes in risk management and sustainability strategy, and is particularly interested in risk and liability related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Before moving to Calgary in 2010, Maya lived in the US and Sweden, and then studied in the UK for 6 years. Drawing on experience from many local sustainability conferences and events, she looks forward to delivering an action-packed and empowering program for the 2016 Leading Change Forum.
Nicole is determined to inspire those around her to tread a little lighter on the planet; leading projects that generate interest and awareness on sustainability issues and inspire environmental stewardship. She is experienced in corporate communications and digital marketing for corporations and nonprofits in the environment and technology sectors. By day, she is the Marketing Program Manager for Cisco’s Toronto Innovation Centre. She also moonlights as a Homegrown National Park Ranger with the David Suzuki Foundation, sits on the board of the CityPlace Residents Association, and runs capacity-building events with GreenPeopleTO.
Warren is a Project Manager at the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) in Edmonton, where he works with a variety of stakeholders to develop strategies to improve air quality in Alberta. Prior to CASA, Warren worked in the energy sector, federal government and environmental non-profit sector. A (somewhat) recent graduate from the University of Calgary, Warren has been involved with numerous youth initiatives addressing sustainability and community development. You can probably count on Warren to join you for a post-forum beer.