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QUEST Team Update – March 2021


Mar 4, 2021

QUEST Welcomes Emily Cormier to the Team!

Join us in welcoming Emily Cormier, QUEST’s new Program Manager, Smart Energy Community Accelerator!

“QUEST is thrilled to have Emily join our team,” said Tonja Leach, QUEST, Executive Director. “Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team with her background working with both municipalities and a utility company and we look forward to working with Emily on the development and scaling up of our Smart Energy Community Accelerator program.”

Tonja Leach

Executive Director, QUEST

Emily will be managing all components of QUEST’s inaugural Smart Energy Community Accelerator Program, which will be entering into a pilot stage in New Brunswick later this year. This project will help several New Brunswick municipalities implement energy action plans to adopt clean technologies and integrate renewable energy to support continued growth and a green economy.

Emily is an energy management and sustainability professional with over 8 years of experience in the Canadian private, public and non-profit sector, predominantly in Northern Ontario. Prior to joining QUEST, she worked for the City of Sault Ste. Marie where she successfully developed the City’s Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. 

Emily has also worked on large commercial and industrial energy conservation and demand management projects in Northwestern Ontario for Synergy North. Additionally, she also led the development of the Wawa Municipal Energy Plan and 5-Year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan, for the Municipality of Wawa, which won the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) Community Project of the Year Award in 2017.

“Energy and sustainability planning are a key pillar in Canada’s low-carbon future, and I truly believe that a Smart Energy Community approach is critical to reaching community, energy and emission goals,” said Emily. “I joined QUEST to be part of the solution for helping communities bring their energy and emission plans to implementation.”

Emily Cormier

Program Manager, Smart Energy Community Accelerator

To learn more about the Smart Energy Community (SEC) Accelerator program, stay tuned to QUEST’s website and social media channels.


All the Best to Emma Norton in her New Role!

It is with mixed emotions, that we announce Emma Norton will be moving on from QUEST for an exciting new opportunity.

“It's bittersweet for me to announce that I'm leaving QUEST to take on an exciting new position at the David Suzuki Institute,” said Emma Norton. “QUEST has been a wonderful place to work. The whole team is hard-working, thoughtful, and motivated me to do my best every day. The same goes for the entire QUEST network - there is an inspiring community leading the smart energy community acceleration in Atlantic Canada and across the country.”

Emma Norton

Senior Lead, Projects and Stakeholder Relations

Emma joined QUEST in early 2020 as Senior Lead, Projects and Stakeholder Relations. During her time with QUEST, Emma led the scaling up and advancement of the ReCover initiative, coached numerous municipalities and communities on implementing their local energy and climate plans. She also facilitated two working groups, the Buildings Working Group and the Municipal Energy Learning Group located in Nova Scotia. 

From the whole QUEST team, we will greatly miss Emma and have no doubt that her ambition, expert facilitation, and formidable will to improve the world around her will serve her well in her new role. We are so very proud and excited for Emma and wish her all the best in her new role! 

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