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À propos de QUEST Canada

QUEST Canada is a national non-profit that supports communities in Canada on their pathway to net-zero. Since 2007, we’ve been facilitating connections, empowering community champions and influencing decision-makers to implement efficient and integrated energy systems that best meet community needs and maximize local opportunities. We develop tools and resources, convene stakeholders and rights holders and advise decision-makers — all with the goal of encouraging and enabling communities to contribute to Canada’s net-zero goals. 

Vision

Le Canada est un pays de communautés énergétiques intelligentes.

Mission

Accélérer l'adoption de systèmes énergétiques efficaces et intégrés à l'échelle communautaire au Canada en informant, en inspirant et en connectant les décideurs

Les caractéristiques de QUEST

Objectif: Nous sommes indépendants, non-partisans, et défendons l’intérêt public.
Credible: Nous produisons et partageons recherche et information.
Collaboratif: Respectful and inclusive of the QUEST Canada network.
Innovant: Nous sommes engagés dans un processus d’amélioration continue et nous accueillons nouvelles technologies et nouvelles approches.

Rapport d'impact 2021

Look at what we achieved together in 2021!

As a non-profit, we could not do this important work without the support of you — our network! If you are not already a part of the network cliquez ici to join.

THÉORIE DU CHANGEMENT

We are proud to present our first theory of change.

We undertook this rigorous planning and evaluation process to hold ourselves accountable to the change our organization can make in Canada — and to identify HOW we’re going to do that. 

EQUAL BY 30

OUR COMMITMENT 

Equal by 30 is a public commitment by both public and private sector organizations to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030. QUEST Canada’s commitments to being Equal by 30 are outlined in the following three goals:

Our Challenge to the Sector

GOAL – Equal Pay

Establish and internally identify, pay scales for all staff positions and levels.

QUEST Canada has established pay scales for all staff positions and levels and publishes salary ranges on all job postings.

GOAL – Equal Leadership

50% of leadership roles held by women.

QUEST Canada is not only led by a woman, but the Senior Management team is made up of 80% women as of April 2020.

GOAL – Equal Opportunities

Creation of policies to support flexible work hours, telecommuting, and working part-time.

QUEST Canada has adopted a cloud-based coordination and management approach that operates across Canada. We also encourage and support a flexible work environment.

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Omar Farag

Senior Lead, Projects

Basé à Calgary, Alberta

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Tonja Leach

Directeur exécutif

Basé à Ottawa, Ontario

“Ne manquez pas quelque chose qui pourrait être génial, car il pourrait également être difficile” ~ inconnu

 

(866) 494-2770, 706
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Eric Muller

Director, Engagement

Based in Guelph, Ontario

(866) 494-2770, 700

Bio

Omar has a B.Sc. in Petroleum and Energy Engineering and continued on to a Master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management (MSEM) at the University of Saskatchewan. Omar had the chance to work with Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan to help them with implementing renewable and energy efficiency projects. He believes that the way to a sustainable future is found by optimizing energy usage and utilizing energy resources to their best use. Omar hopes to make a positive impact by supporting communities across Canada on their quest to an energy secure future.

Bio

Tonja Leach became Executive Director of QUEST on July 20, 2018, having been with QUEST since its inception in 2007 in a number of roles of increasing responsibility. She has been instrumental in establishing QUEST’s extensive national network and ensuring that QUEST is known as the Canadian organization that accelerates the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers.

Ayant passé les 15 dernières années dans le secteur de l’énergie en aval, Tonja est hautement considéré comme un penseur stratégique et un homme de métier passionné par la recherche de solutions aux problèmes énergétiques complexes au niveau local. Dernièrement, en tant que directeur exécutif par intérim et auparavant directeur général, Opérations et services, Tonja a joué un rôle de premier plan dans les opérations de l’organisation en développant et en mettant en place l’infrastructure, les systèmes et les ressources humaines nécessaires au développement et à la croissance de QUEST. soutenir le marché des communautés énergétiques intelligentes.

Avant de rejoindre QUEST, Tonja travaillait pour l’Association canadienne du gaz dans le secteur des communications depuis 2003. Au cours de cette période, Tonja a servi de secrétariat à une coalition de 19 associations du secteur de l’énergie dénommée Energy Dialogue Group, qui se sont réunies pour encourager la création d’un cadre pour le Canada.

Bio

As Director, Engagement, Eric provides industry insights and direct support to QUEST’s Community Energy Planning Implementation Network and Distributed Energy working groups, and he engages policymakers on issues that are important to QUEST Subscribers in Ontario and across Canada.  Eric brings comprehensive expertise through over nine years in Ontario’s energy sector, in the areas of research & development, conservation, regulatory affairs, stakeholder relations, and communications across both the Independent Electricity System Operator and the former Ontario Power Authority. A passionate facilitator, he has conducted customized facilitated sessions with executives, senior managers, and staff on interdisciplinary topics such as customer service excellence, policy research priorities, risk management, and strategic planning.  Eric holds a bilingual Master of Public and International Affairs, specializing in energy and environmental policy, from Glendon College (York University), and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and International Studies from Queen’s University.

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Omar Farag

Senior Lead, Projects

Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

 

(866) 494-2770, 717

Bio

Omar has a B.Sc. in Petroleum and Energy Engineering and continued on to a Master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management (MSEM) at the University of Saskatchewan. Omar had the chance to work with Indigenous communities across Saskatchewan to help them with implementing renewable and energy efficiency projects. He believes that the way to a sustainable future is found by optimizing energy usage and utilizing energy resources to their best use. Omar hopes to make a positive impact by supporting communities across Canada on their quest to an energy secure future.

Tonja with her children
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Tonja Leach

Directeur exécutif

Basé à Ottawa, Ontario

“Ne manquez pas quelque chose qui pourrait être génial, car il pourrait également être difficile” ~ inconnu

 

(866) 494-2770, 706

Bio

Tonja Leach est devenue directrice exécutive de QUEST le 18 octobre 2019, après avoir été au service de QUEST depuis sa création en 2007 dans un certain nombre de rôles aux responsabilités croissantes. Elle a contribué à établir le vaste réseau national de QUEST et à faire en sorte que QUEST soit reconnue comme l'organisation canadienne qui accélère l'adoption de systèmes énergétiques efficaces et intégrés à l'échelle communautaire au Canada en informant, en inspirant et en connectant les décideurs.

Ayant passé les 15 dernières années dans le secteur de l’énergie en aval, Tonja est hautement considéré comme un penseur stratégique et un homme de métier passionné par la recherche de solutions aux problèmes énergétiques complexes au niveau local. Dernièrement, en tant que directeur exécutif par intérim et auparavant directeur général, Opérations et services, Tonja a joué un rôle de premier plan dans les opérations de l’organisation en développant et en mettant en place l’infrastructure, les systèmes et les ressources humaines nécessaires au développement et à la croissance de QUEST. soutenir le marché des communautés énergétiques intelligentes.

Avant de rejoindre QUEST, Tonja travaillait pour l’Association canadienne du gaz dans le secteur des communications depuis 2003. Au cours de cette période, Tonja a servi de secrétariat à une coalition de 19 associations du secteur de l’énergie dénommée Energy Dialogue Group, qui se sont réunies pour encourager la création d’un cadre pour le Canada.

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Eric Muller

Director, Stakeholder Relations

Based in Guelph, Ontario

(866) 494-2770, 700

Bio

En tant que responsable principal pour le centre du Canada (ON & QC), Eric fournit des informations sur l'industrie et apporte un soutien direct aux groupes de travail du réseau de mise en œuvre de la planification énergétique communautaire et de l'énergie distribuée de QUEST. Il informe les décideurs des questions importantes pour les abonnés de QUEST en Ontario et au Canada. Eric apporte une expertise complète au cours des neuf dernières années dans le secteur de l’énergie de l’Ontario, dans les domaines de la recherche et du développement, de la conservation, des affaires réglementaires, des relations avec les parties prenantes et des communications entre l’Organisme indépendant de gestion de l’électricité et l’ancienne Ontario Power Authority. Animateur passionné, il a dirigé des séances personnalisées avec des cadres supérieurs, des cadres supérieurs et du personnel sur des sujets interdisciplinaires tels que l’excellence du service à la clientèle, les priorités de recherche stratégique, la gestion des risques et la planification stratégique. Eric est titulaire d'une maîtrise bilingue en affaires publiques et internationales du Glendon College (université York), spécialisée en politique énergétique et environnementale, ainsi que d'un baccalauréat ès arts en études politiques et en études internationales de l'Université Queen's.

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Eddie Oldfield

Senior Lead, Projects

Basé à Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick

(866) 494-2770, 710
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Norma Panetta

Lead, Engagement and Business Development

Basé à Ottawa, Ontario

(866) 494-2770, 715
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HELDAGARDIS (HELDA) RENYAAN, M.ENV.SC., B.ENG.

Lead, Projects

Based in Bowmanville, Ontario

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” ~ Edmund Burke

(866) 494-2770, 711

Bio

Since 1998, Eddie Oldfield coordinated initiatives focused on local sustainability, GHG emissions reduction, clean energy and efficiency, transportation/fleets, climate adaptation and resilience planning. Eddie Chairs the QUEST NB-PEI Caucus, working to advance Smart Energy Communities, and is Senior Lead, Projects and Advisory Services, QUEST. In this role, he helps deliver regional and national projects and supports FCM Partners for Climate Protection members in Atlantic Canada. Eddie also co-chairs the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)’s Energy and Utilities working group and is a Charter member of the OGC Smart Cities working group. He led development of innovative web-based map services & distributed spatial data infrastructure, to support decision making including for a cross-border pandemic exercise in 2007. He is a board member of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network, and participated in the Resilient Communities Working Group of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Eddie holds a BA (2008), with Interdisciplinary Honours (Sociology, Political Science, Environment, Science & Technology) from St. Thomas University, and owns and operates Spatial Quest based in Fredericton NB.

Bio

All her life, Norma knew she was destined for great things and in 2015 her dream came into fruition. Since then she has been a strong advocate for sustainable, efficient and affordable renewable energy that will transform Canada and its communities into global leaders in the energy transition movement. As the Lead, Engagement and Business Development at QUEST Canada, her role includes building and forming relationships with Supporters, Sponsors, Partners and Funders; providing them with the necessary tools to reach their energy goals within their community, as well as opportunities to engage and connect with the QUEST Canada network.

Prior to joining QUEST Canada, Norma worked at the Canadian Renewable Energy Association as the Membership and Business Development Specialist as well as being the Member Program Specialist at the Canadian Wind Energy Association. Her previous experience also includes marketing, graphic design and communications for various companies in Toronto. Norma holds a diploma in graphic design from St. Lawrence College as well as certificates in web design, JavaScript and CSS.

Bio

Helda is an environmental enthusiast, holding a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from Indonesia, Master of Science from Taiwan and Master of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. Helda has extensive experience in diverse fields including environmental assessments in the mining industry and compliance audits in the geothermal industry in Indonesia. In addition, Helda is also an expert in sustainability and conducted research where she was successfully able to accomplish Phosphorus to evaporate into a vapour through the development of an enhanced energy-efficient method of extracting Phosphorus from Steel Slags during her Masters in Taiwan.

Eddie playing the keyboard
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Eddie Oldfield

Senior Lead, Projects

Basé à Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick

(866) 494-2770, 710

Bio

Since 1998, Eddie Oldfield coordinated initiatives focused on local sustainability, GHG emissions reduction, clean energy and efficiency, transportation/fleets, climate adaptation and resilience planning. Eddie Chairs the QUEST NB-PEI Caucus, working to advance Smart Energy Communities, and is Senior Lead, Projects and Advisory Services, QUEST. In this role, he helps deliver regional and national projects and supports FCM Partners for Climate Protection members in Atlantic Canada. Eddie also co-chairs the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)’s Energy and Utilities working group and is a Charter member of the OGC Smart Cities working group. He led development of innovative web-based map services & distributed spatial data infrastructure, to support decision making including for a cross-border pandemic exercise in 2007. He is a board member of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network, and participated in the Resilient Communities Working Group of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. Eddie holds a BA (2008), with Interdisciplinary Honours (Sociology, Political Science, Environment, Science & Technology) from St. Thomas University, and owns and operates Spatial Quest based in Fredericton NB.

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Norma Panetta

Lead, Engagement and Business Development

Basé à Ottawa, Ontario

(866) 494-2770, 715

Bio

All her life, Norma knew she was destined for great things and in 2015 her dream came into fruition. Since then she has been a strong advocate for sustainable, efficient and affordable renewable energy that will transform Canada and its communities into global leaders in the energy transition movement. As the Lead, Engagement and Business Development at QUEST Canada, her role includes building and forming relationships with Supporters, Sponsors, Partners and Funders; providing them with the necessary tools to reach their energy goals within their community, as well as opportunities to engage and connect with the QUEST Canada network.

Prior to joining QUEST Canada, Norma worked at the Canadian Renewable Energy Association as the Membership and Business Development Specialist as well as being the Member Program Specialist at the Canadian Wind Energy Association. Her previous experience also includes marketing, graphic design and communications for various companies in Toronto. Norma holds a diploma in graphic design from St. Lawrence College as well as certificates in web design, JavaScript and CSS.

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HELDAGARDIS (HELDA) RENYAAN, M.ENV.SC., B.ENG.

Lead, Projects

Based in Bowmanville, Ontario

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” ~ Edmund Burke

(866) 494-2770, 711

Bio

Helda is an environmental enthusiast, holding a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from Indonesia, Master of Science from Taiwan and Master of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. Helda has extensive experience in diverse fields including environmental assessments in the mining industry and compliance audits in the geothermal industry in Indonesia. In addition, Helda is also an expert in sustainability and conducted research where she was successfully able to accomplish Phosphorus to evaporate into a vapour through the development of an enhanced energy-efficient method of extracting Phosphorus from Steel Slags during her Masters in Taiwan.

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MELISSA SCHWEYER - MA

Chef principal, Communications

Based in Hamilton, Ontario

 

(866) 494-2770, 704
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ERIC TIMMINS - M.SC., B.SC.

Senior Lead, Projects

Basé à Calgary, Alberta

(866) 494-2770, 712
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ERICKA WICKS - MBA, CEM, EP

Managing Director

Based in Montréal, Québec

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

(866) 494-2770, 701

Bio

Melissa is a writer, communicator, and change-maker with eleven years of progressive work experience in the not-for-profit sector. Coupled with years of related volunteer experience, she’s had the fortunate privilege of funding, planning and advancing several projects and programs relating to international development, emergency response, migration, youth empowerment, local health care, affordable housing, and most recently, sustainability. 

As the Senior Lead of Communications, Melissa oversees the development, management, and delivery of QUEST Canada’s communications and marketing strategy. Her expertise includes communications, marketing, stakeholder relations, community engagement, and sustainability. 

Melissa holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and Women’s Studies from McMaster University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto. 

Bio

Eric is a sustainability and environmental professional with experience in planning and regulatory compliance in the energy sector, as well as with design and implementation of several renewable and energy efficiency projects throughout various sectors in Alberta. As Senior Lead, Community Resilience, Eric will be leading projects on community climate resilience and building resilient energy infrastructure in Alberta. Eric holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Calgary.

Bio

Ericka became Managing Director of QUEST in 2020 and prior to that was QUEST’s Director of Projects & Advisory Services. Ericka was successful in growing Projects & Advisory Services department revenues by 138% over 2 years while diversifying revenue sources, leading numerous organizational effectiveness initiatives, and creating and implementing a variety of tools and supports to ensure QUEST can achieve its vision of Canada as a nation of Smart Energy Communities. As Managing Director, Ericka oversees the alignment and strategic growth of all of QUEST’s operational areas to support the acceleration of Smart Energy Communities in Canada, and is responsible for financial, human resource, and performance management of the organization.

Prior to joining QUEST, Ericka held roles at various non-profits including Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Colchester Regional Development Association, and has also held roles in local and provincial governments. Ericka has extensive experience working with governments at all levels, and the private and non-profit sectors. Her areas of expertise include demand-side management, program and project management and delivery, non-profit organization management, and economic development. Ericka is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers, and a Certified Environmental Professional (EP) with ECO Canada. Ericka holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Environmental Science from Dalhousie University

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MELISSA SCHWEYER - MA

Chef principal, Communications

Based in Hamilton, Ontario

 

(866) 494-2770, 704

Bio

Melissa is a writer, communicator, and change-maker with eleven years of progressive work experience in the not-for-profit sector. Coupled with years of related volunteer experience, she’s had the fortunate privilege of funding, planning and advancing several projects and programs relating to international development, emergency response, migration, youth empowerment, local health care, affordable housing, and most recently, sustainability. 

As the Senior Lead of Communications, Melissa oversees the development, management, and delivery of QUEST Canada’s communications and marketing strategy. Her expertise includes communications, marketing, stakeholder relations, community engagement, and sustainability. 

Melissa holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and Women’s Studies from McMaster University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto. 

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ERIC TIMMINS - M.SC., B.SC.

Senior Lead, Projects

Basé à Calgary, Alberta

(866) 494-2770, 712

Bio

Eric is a sustainability and environmental professional with experience in planning and regulatory compliance in the energy sector, as well as with design and implementation of several renewable and energy efficiency projects throughout various sectors in Alberta. As Senior Lead, Community Resilience, Eric will be leading projects on community climate resilience and building resilient energy infrastructure in Alberta. Eric holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Calgary.

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ERICKA WICKS - MBA, CEM, EP

Managing Director

Based in Montréal, Québec

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

(866) 494-2770, 701

Bio

Ericka became Managing Director of QUEST in 2020 and prior to that was QUEST’s Director of Projects & Advisory Services. Ericka was successful in growing Projects & Advisory Services department revenues by 138% over 2 years while diversifying revenue sources, leading numerous organizational effectiveness initiatives, and creating and implementing a variety of tools and supports to ensure QUEST can achieve its vision of Canada as a nation of Smart Energy Communities. As Managing Director, Ericka oversees the alignment and strategic growth of all of QUEST’s operational areas to support the acceleration of Smart Energy Communities in Canada, and is responsible for financial, human resource, and performance management of the organization.

Prior to joining QUEST, Ericka held roles at various non-profits including Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Colchester Regional Development Association, and has also held roles in local and provincial governments. Ericka has extensive experience working with governments at all levels, and the private and non-profit sectors. Her areas of expertise include demand-side management, program and project management and delivery, non-profit organization management, and economic development. Ericka is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers, and a Certified Environmental Professional (EP) with ECO Canada. Ericka holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Environmental Science from Dalhousie University

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Conseil d'administration

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Dale Beugin

Member

Bio

Dale Beugin is the Vice President of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. An expert in environmental economics, policy and technical communications, he now leads the Institute’s work in developing rigorous analysis and practical climate policy advice for governments across the country. Dale was former Executive Director and Research Director of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, and has previously worked as an independent consultant. Notably, he worked with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy as policy advisor and has provided analysis and advice to governments and organizations across Canada and internationally. He holds a Masters Degree in resource and environmental management with a specialization in energy-economy modelling, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

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Ron Clark

Member

Bio

Ron Clark is a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP law firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Specializing in intersections amongst corporate, commercial, energy and municipal law, he has guided numerous clients through the historical and institutional development of the energy market in Ontario. His corporate and commercial practice includes advising corporations, financial institutions, municipalities and individuals on commercial agreements, asset and share purchase transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and secured lending transactions. The energy side of his practice involves guiding clients through transactions, as well as counselling stakeholder groups, retailers, distributors and generators on legislative and policy matters relating to electricity markets. Ron is deeply interested in the intersection of law and public policy, and enjoys meeting the unique challenges of the evolving energy market.

Ron has a background in public international law and previously served as a diplomat with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa and Brussels. He is listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in Energy: Power by The Legal 500 Canada and in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Energy (Electricity). He was also recommended by Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a top practitioner in Energy, Power (Transactional) (Canada), and is recognized by Who’s Who Legal: Government Contracts. He has served as an Instructor of the Professional Master of Laws program in Energy and Infrastructure Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Ron holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University, a LL.B. from Osgood Hall Law School and a LL.M. from New York University.

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Mike Cleland

Président du conseil

Bio

M. Cleland est un consultant privé possédant une vaste expérience en matière de politique énergétique et environnementale.

Mr. Cleland was Former President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), as well as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). Before joining CEA, he was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Energy Sector in the Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and prior to that, Director General of the Energy Policy Branch. From 1987 to 1990, he was Assistant Director, Resource Policy Division in the Department of Finance.

Before joining the federal government in 1987, Mr. Cleland worked in Nova Scotia where he was a principal in the firm of Cleland, Dunsmuir Consulting Ltd. At that time, he was also a lecturer in business/government relations at the school of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and academic editor of Plan Canada, the journal of the Canadian Institute of Planners. From 1982 to 1985, he was Associate Director of the Centre for Development Projects at Dalhousie University where he was responsible for various management training projects in Zimbabwe and the countries of the Commonwealth Caribbean. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, he occupied a number of positions at the Nova Scotia Departments of Development and Municipal Affairs.

M. Cleland est né à Quesnel, en Colombie-Britannique, et a étudié à l'Université de la Colombie-Britannique (BA en sciences politiques en 1972) et à Queens (MPL, planification urbaine et régionale de 1974).

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Dr. Karen Farbridge

Vice-président du conseil

Bio

Karen Farbridge is President & Urban Connector of Karen Farbridge & Associates where she works with business, governments and organizations to build healthy and prosperous communities.

She is well-connected in the community energy sector in Canada, and has over 25 years of experience leading community innovation. Karen has a diverse background managing complex multi-stakeholder environments to enable change. Her experience includes 17 years in municipal politics, 11 of which were as the mayor of Guelph, Ontario where she gained a reputation for sustainability leadership. She advises federal, provincial and municipal policy makers and industry leaders on building sustainable and resilient communities, with an emphasis on community energy.

Karen is a thoughtful change agent who effectively challenges status quo thinking to encourage new conversations and inspire innovation. In addition to QUEST, she currently serves as the Chair of the Board for Meridian Credit Union and motusbank as well as on the Board of Silence. She is also a member of the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) at York University where she is adjunct faculty, and a partner with the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP).

Karen is a respected speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks both locally and internationally on matters of current urban interest, including sustainability, engagement and community energy. She has a doctorate from the University of Guelph and a Chartered Directors designation from McMaster University.

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Marty Klyne

Member

Bio

Hon. Marty Klyne was sworn into the Senate of Canada on September 27, 2018. Prior to the Senate he served several organizations in the following capacities:  Publisher / CEO of Saskatchewan’s two major daily newspapers, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader-Post; President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation; EVP, MAACO Systems Canada; COO, Regina’s Economic Development Authority; CEO, Sasknative Economic Development Corporation; Managing Partner, Royal Trust Corporation of Canada (Regina); and, Account Manager, Mercantile Bank of Canada (Regina).

Marty currently serves on the FHQ Development Ltd. Board of Directors and has served on numerous other boards and councils including:  Vice-Chair of the SaskPower Board; Chairperson of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board; Economic Development Regina Board; Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Labour Market Council; Globe Theatre Regina Board; Regina Palliative Care Board; the Mackenzie Art Gallery Board; and, Ignite Adult Learning Corporation Foundation Board. He was also President of Grey Cup 2003, “Flat-Out in Saskatchewan.”

Over the years Marty has been the recipient of multiple awards and recognition including the University of Regina Alumni Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Business Hall of Fame Inductee – Junior Achievement, Southern Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Men of Influence – Saskatchewan Business Magazine, and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.

Hon. Marty Klyne graduated With Distinction from the University of Regina, B.Admin., Finance Major and has achieved a Pro.Dir™ designation from the Johnson-Shoyoma Graduate School of Public Policy and Brown Governance Inc.

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Karen Lockridge

Président du comité de gouvernance

Bio

Karen Lockridge is Director of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing at Canada Post Corporation (CPC) Pension Plan. Named one of Canada’s Clean 50 leaders in the field of sustainable capitalism in 2019, she is responsible for developing and implementing the CPC Pension Plan’s ESG investment strategy and risk management framework.

Prior to joining Canada Post, Karen was a member of Mercer’s global Responsible Investment team. There she developed “Investing in a Time of Climate Change – The Sequel” (2019) a research report, and co-authored “Building a Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure” (2016) and “Crossing the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Investing” (2017) during a 25-year long career with Mercer.

Karen has held a variety of leadership roles in defined benefit risk management, strategy execution, knowledge management, and operations. In addition to her time at Mercer, she spent 18 months as Director, Pension and Benefits at BMO Financial Group. Karen was also a member of the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results (2017/18).

Karen graduated from the University of Alberta with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics in 1990. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

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Morgan McDonald

Member

Bio

Morgan McDonald works on high performance buildings and process innovation with Ledcor Construction. He leads Ledcor Renew, which supports commercial and institutional building owners in understanding the financial and technical feasibility of high performance projects for both new construction and retrofit. He also heads up Ledcor Construction’s Innovation Lab. Morgan has a background in renewable energy, carbon finance, and sustainability education. In addition to QUEST, he also volunteers with Living Future Vancouver and the Canada Green Building Council. Morgan has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

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Jess Nieukerk

Member

Bio

Jess Nieukerk is Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate at AltaGas Canada Inc. (ACI). Prior to ACI, Mr. Nieukerk spent 10 years working in capital markets where he led investor relations for two multi-billion dollar companies, one of which was dual listed in Canada and the United States. He was a Director on the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), Alberta Chapter Board, for six years and served as both Treasurer and Chair. He also served on the CIRI National Board for two years from 2015 to 2016.

Mr. Nieukerk has almost 20 years of experience working in the energy industry in progressively senior roles in commercial management, corporate development, communications and investor relations.

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Dr.Shahrzad Rahbar

Chair, Audit & Finance Committee

Bio

Dr. Shahrzad Rahbar is President of the Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA). Dr. Rahbar brings 20 years of progressively senior experience from the gas industry.

Prior to joining IGUA, she served as Senior Vice-President with the Canadian Gas Association for over a decade, and has been an active contributor to the development of energy, technology and regulatory policy in Canada. Dr. Rahbar served on the Executive Committee of the International Gas Union and on the Board of Natural Gas Technology Centre as Vice-Chair. She is also founding director of QUEST and a director on Eastern Breeze, a community-based art initiative.

Dr. Shahrzad Rahbar has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the UK and two patents to her name.

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Geoff Wright

Member

Bio

Geoff Wright is the Vice President of Market Research at Brookfield Renewable where he contributes to global market and commercial strategies for renewable and distributed generation businesses at the utility scale. In this role, Geoff has been actively involved in underwriting multi-billion dollar transactions in numerous countries. Geoff is keenly interested in understanding how local energy systems need to evolve in the face of an increasingly carbon constrained world and finding cost-effective solutions to enable this transition.

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Associés Senior

QUEST Canada Senior Associates are independent practitioners committed to the success of the organization and collaborate to deliver QUEST Canada initiatives. Senior Associates have specialized knowledge and expertise, and contribute to the development of Smart Energy Communities by advancing innovative practices and projects, delivering support services, and participating in broader knowledge exchange and mentoring.

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Bruce Cameron

Senior Associate

Basé à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse

Bio

Bruce Cameron est le principal consultant et fondateur d'Envigour Policy Consulting Inc. Bruce est un chef de file de longue date dans l'élaboration de politiques énergétiques. De 1999 à 2016, il a travaillé pour le ministère de l'Énergie de la Nouvelle-Écosse (y compris son prédécesseur, la NS Petroleum Directorate), où il a dirigé l'élaboration de politiques, stratégies, plans, programmes et initiatives réglementaires. Avant sa retraite en 2016, il était directeur exécutif, Électricité, énergies renouvelables et efficacité. De 2014 à 2015, il a dirigé l'élaboration du plan d'électricité de la province, qui soulignait l'importance de la collecte et de la gestion de données sur l'énergie dans le cadre d'un programme d'innovation énergétique. De 2009 à 2016, il a été un chef de file de la collaboration énergétique régionale (porte d'entrée de l'Atlantique). Il a pris sa retraite de la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse en 2016 et a fondé Envigour Policy Consulting Inc.

Bruce travaille avec QUEST en tant que conseiller principal et consultant sur un certain nombre de projets, notamment l’élaboration de propositions et l’appui stratégique au caucus QUEST Nouvelle-Écosse.

Pour en savoir plus sur Envigour Policy Consulting Inc., visitez le site http://www.envigour.ca/

Rebecca Fiissel Schaefer

Rebecca Fiissel Schaefer

Senior Associate

Basé à Calgary, Alberta

Bio

Rebecca Fiissel Schaefer is a leader in the energy efficiency industry in Canada. With almost 20 years of experience, Rebecca has a depth of experience in leading teams to research, design and deliver on climate change policy and DSM plans from coast-to-coast.

For the first decade of her career, Rebecca worked within the public service to forward environmental initiatives and make a difference. She was instrumental in designing and launching some of the first ever residential energy efficiency programs in Saskatchewan and Alberta. More recently, Rebecca has been spearheading corporate strategic growth for industry leaders in the energy efficiency implementation space in Canada. During this time, Rebecca has gained perspective from outside of government and been honoured to support and advise government agencies and utilities across the country on their respective DSM plans and program portfolios.

In 2020, Rebecca founded RFS Energy Consulting to apply her experience and knowledge to push climate change policy, research and planning into action across Canada.

A mission driven, results-oriented professional passionate about energy efficiency, climate change policy and her kids. Rebecca believes that individuals can make a difference and hopeful to support in some small way through volunteer roles in her community – including Acting Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance (AEEA); Acting Chair for the Climate Change Innovation Fund Executive Advisory Committee for the City of Calgary; and Brownie Leader for Girl Guides of Canada.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography and Geology, as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration, and Public Management (MPA) from the University of Regina.

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Rob Kerr

Senior Associate

Based in Guelph, Ontario

(866) 494-2770, 707

Bio

Rob Kerr est actuellement un consultant indépendant basé à Guelph, en Ontario, qui fournit des services énergétiques communautaires. Rob a plus de 35 ans d'expérience dans de nombreux aspects du marché de l'énergie en transition, en mettant l'accent sur l'élaboration de politiques et la mise en œuvre de projets / programmes sur l'énergie et le changement climatique dans les espaces municipaux et communautaires.

L'expérience de travail de M. Kerr est un équilibre entre le secteur privé et le secteur public, ayant travaillé avec les villes de Guelph et de Mississauga, Honeywell, Hydro-Québec, Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. et Energy Advantage. Rob a occupé des postes de direction chez ICLEI - Gouvernements locaux pour le développement durable, offrant un soutien en matière de politiques et de programmes aux villes du monde entier engagées dans des activités d'atténuation du changement climatique et d'adaptation à leurs effets. Il a développé une expertise dans la gestion des relations intergouvernementales - de son travail de plaidoyer au niveau mondial (en commençant par la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le climat à Kyoto, au Japon, en 1997) - à des relations consultatives permanentes avec les gouvernements fédéral et provinciaux du Canada, ainsi qu'avec la Fédération. des municipalités canadiennes.

Rob travaille avec QUEST en tant qu'associé principal pour poursuivre le développement des communautés énergétiques intelligentes et la mise en œuvre de la planification énergétique communautaire grâce à un soutien politique.

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Richard Laszlo

Senior Associate

Basé à Toronto, en Ontario

Bio

À son grand étonnement, Richard travaille depuis près de 15 ans sur les politiques et technologies énergétiques et climatiques avec divers organismes publics, privés et à but non lucratif. Il a également animé et présenté des dizaines d'ateliers et d'événements à travers le Canada.

Richard fournit aux entreprises, aux services publics et aux administrations publiques son expertise en matière de politique, de stratégie et de communication en matière d'énergie et de carbone, au sein de son cabinet de conseil, Laszlo Energy Services.

En tant qu'associé principal chez QUEST, Richard préside le Consortium ontarien de la cogénération, le groupe de travail sur la cogénération de l'Alberta et le National District Energy Network, représentant des centaines de leaders de l'énergie issus de plus de 200 organisations engagées dans la mise en œuvre de politiques et de projets combinés de chauffage et d'électricité.

Le travail de recherche et de plaidoyer de Richard auprès de QUEST comprend des tuyaux et des fils résilients, un examen des actions des distributeurs d'énergie et des politiques gouvernementales en réponse à des phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes et de la mise en œuvre au Canada! une initiative visant à aider les communautés à mettre en œuvre leurs plans énergétiques communautaires.

Richard est le fier auteur du premier ouvrage d'introduction aux systèmes énergétiques de Pollution Probe au Canada et a contribué à l'élaboration de l'approbation de l'énergie renouvelable de l'Ontario en vertu de la Loi sur l'énergie verte et l'économie verte.

Pour en savoir plus sur Laszlo Energy Services, visitez www.laszloenergy.com

Andrea Lupascu

Andreea Lupascu

Senior Associate

Basé à Toronto, en Ontario

Bio

Andreea Lupascu is a Partner and Co-Founder of Sapling Financial Consultants Inc. Andreea is a finance and consulting professional with a specialization in financial modelling, forecasting and data analytics. Andreea’s work experience in the electricity space is focusing on developing Energy As A Service financial models, used to secure financing and analyze customer savings for microgrids projects across North America, evaluating electricity and gas pricing tariffs, DER programs, and regulatory requirements for various electricity markets in Canada and the US, as well as auditing and enhancing financial models developed by various energy developers and distributors in the public and private sector.

Sapling Financial Consultants Inc. is a consulting firm focusing on financial modelling and data analytics. In the electricity space, the goal of our practice and our philosophy is to come up with creative finance solutions that assist our clients to price projects sustainably while fully reflecting the capabilities of the technical solution and all the potential costs and risks and regulations related to the project, while also providing a solid financial picture that makes it appealing to an investor.

Andreea Lupascu holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Utrecht University, and a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from University of Toronto.

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Emma Norton

Senior Associate

Basé à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse

Bio

Motivated by the climate emergency, Emma has been working in Nova Scotia’s energy sector for nearly a decade, specifically in the areas of energy efficiency and deep energy retrofits. Emma has effectively intervened in provincial utility hearings to ensure increasing ambition of demand-side management programs. She ran the Climate Jobs Roundtable, a series of events that focused on job creation and transitioning the energy economy. As the Nova Scotia lead for the international project Smarter Energy Communities in Northern and Arctic Regions of Europe, Emma facilitated knowledge transfer between communities in Canada and Europe who were seeking to reduce their carbon footprint through smarter energy use. Currently, Emma is the Director of Communications and Atlantic Organizer for the Climate Emergency Unit, a project of the David Suzuki Institute. Emma is also one of the founders and co-directors of the ReCover Initiative, a deep energy retrofit solution that responds to the climate crisis at the speed and scale necessary to meet our greenhouse gas targets.

Emma has a certificate in Building Science and Net Zero Building Design from Yestermorrow Design/Building School in Vermont. In 2012, she graduated from the University of King’s College with the University Medal in Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS), and combined honours in ESS and International Development Studies. She holds her levels 1 and 2 in Co-Resolve, Deep Democracy Facilitation.

Daniel Savard

Daniel Savard

Senior Associate

Basé à Fredericton, Nouveau-Brunswick

(866) 494-2770,702

Bio

Integrated Planning has always been of interest to Daniel Savard. Energy efficiency and its integration in development projects are facilitated through integrated planning. Throughout his career, Daniel worked in research and development in planning with the Province of New Brunswick, and with his own firm Decodesign. He developed the balanced weighted IRM concept, the Sustainable Community Design (SCD) Approach, and he oversaw planning innovations and administration of the Community Planning Act, holding temporarily the positions of Senior Planner and Director of planning for the Province of New Brunswick.

Daniel holds a Master’s Degree of Urban Planning from McGill University, and an Master’s of Business Administration from UNB. He coordinated the implementation of the first SCD subdivision project in Canada at ‘Le Village en haut du Ruisseau’ (Dieppe NB), which received national and international awards and recognitions. His work with the SCD Approach was recognized in 2014 with an international Visionary Award. Daniel was one of the founding members of the Sustainable Communities Partnership in New Brunswick.

QUEST objectives and the SCD Approach fit very well together with mutual benefits for communities and sustainable developments. Daniel is proud to be a Senior Associate with QUEST.

To learn more about Decodesign: http://www.decodesignds.ca

 

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