Jim Andrais is the City of Edmonton’s Program Manager for Environmental Policy. He is a CMA with more than 30 years of varied experience in municipal government – twelve years as the City’s audit manager, nine years as an advisor to Mayor Bill Smith and the past ten years developing environmental policies and programs. He is currently leading the development of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Plan – a community plan that’s designed to reduce Edmonton’s GHG emissions, reduce Edmonton’s dependency on fossil fuels and ensure Edmonton‘s energy systems are resilient to the forces of climate change.
The Getting to Implementation Advisory Committee is made up of leading experts in the utility, real estate, government, academic and consulting sectors that possess a wide range of expertise in areas related to community energy planning. The Advisory Committee will provide comments and feedback throughout the project to help the project team to deliver outputs that will have a meaningful impact in communities across Canada.
Ms. Brown is a Senior Advisor at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Her portfolio includes Energy, Land Use Planning and Environmental Issues. Prior to this, she was the source water protection Project Manager for the Ausable Bayfield – Maitland Valley Source Protection Region, was the Executive Director of the Ontario Rural Council, the Administrator of Seniors Services for Huron County and an advisor for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Devin Causley has worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities since 2003 where he is responsible for managing and developing programs on climate change, energy and sustainable community planning, including the Partners for Climate Protection program. Devin holds a Master of Applied Environmental Studies in Local Economic Development and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Planning from the University of Waterloo. He is a registered professional planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and trained facilitator. Devin is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and regularly publishes articles on climate change and sustainable planning. In his time away from work Devin is an avid traveller that includes back country canoe camping and traveling more than 35 countries.
Mr. Church has a long history of energy related employment. It ranges from the nuclear submarines of Rolls Royce and power plants of Ontario Hydro through to an energy efficiency consultancy in Ottawa to the Team Leader for Communities in the Built Environment & Renewable Energy Technology (BERET) group of Natural Resources Canada. In this last position where he has been for over 16 years he is managing a research program that develops tools, guidelines and best practices that relate the many aspects of energy consumption to the urban form. He promotes community planning, energy mapping and district energy and works to develop awareness at the municipal level as regards municipal energy and sustainability. In particular, he assists in the promotion of long-term energy plans within Canadian communities. He works closely with associations such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, QUEST and the private sector utilities and industries. He assists in the conceptual evaluation and development of engineering and business aspects of a variety of district energy projects across Canada. His latest area of work is in spearheading an initiative to bring widescale district energy in line with community energy and the development of Canadian communities.
Since being awarded Royal Roads’ first Canada Research Chair in 2004, Ann Dale has received national and international recognition for her research in the field of sustainable community development. Her research on governance, innovation and community vitality is designed to provide useful knowledge to Canadian decision-makers. Dale is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, and was the founding research associate in residence, Council of Canadian Academies, 2010-2011. She is also a board member of the World Fisheries Trust and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences and chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research. Before pursuing her academic career, Dale was an executive for many years in the federal government, and was one of the two civil servants behind the creation of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in 1988.
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As Director of the Eco-Ouest project for Western Canada’s four Francophone Economic Development Organizations (FEDO), Dany Robidoux works with businesses, community organizations and all three levels of government to develop action plans aimed at generating profits in a sustainable way. Since 2008, Dany has played a key role in the implementation of cogeneration, composting and biomass heating projects that reflect the expertise he has developed within the CDEM (Economic Development Council of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities) team in what has now become a core area of focus for the organisation. For the latest Éco-Ouest project, Dany is sharing CDEM’s expertise and green economy skills with some 50 municipalities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia with the aim of building widespread commitment to sustainable development. The Éco‑Ouest initiative is funded by Western Economic Diversification.
Since spring 2014, Dany and his team have been traveling across Western Canada, recruiting municipalities with a potential interest in joining the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The program’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by municipalities and encourage the rolling out of new green technologies to mitigate the impact of climate change. Some 30 Manitoba communities are currently taking part in the PCP program with a great deal of success.
Dany is also a Climate Leader with the Climate Reality Project Canada. He was personally trained by former US President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public about the science and impacts of climate change as well as solutions to address the climate crisis. Hailing from Manitoba, Dany has a B.A. and a B.Comm (honours) from the University of Manitoba.
Ed Seaward joined Union Gas in 1986. As Manager, Market Opportunity Development, Ed’s responsibilities are to create opportunities for Union Gas with “non traditional technologies”. In this role he helped to create the joint Union Gas – Enbridge Gas Distribution application to the OEB for Renewable Natural Gas. Ed is currently the Vice-Chair of the Corporate Partners Committee for the Smart Grid Forum and serves on the CGA/NRCan Smart Energy Network Demonstration Task Force, as well as on the Canadian Biogas Association’s Board of Directors as Secretary. He also represents Union Gas at the Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST) and was a member of the Steering Committee for the “Renewable Natural Gas Technology Roadmap for Canada” and of the Advisory Group for Pollution Probe’s “Primer on Energy Systems in Canada”.
Leanne works closely with the Foundation’s partners, applicants and funded organizations to support innovative, progressive new solutions to land use issues. She is inspired by the many dedicated, creative people working together to contribute to healthier ecosystems and more resilient communities across BC. Leanne has over 15 years experience in community development, sustainable land use planning and community grants. She is a Registered Professional Planner and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and has a Masters Degree in Planning from the University of BC (SCARP). Leanne enjoys life’s adventures with her two young daughters, and loves travelling, skiing and exploring BC’s mountains and coast.
Richard H. White has established a small planning consultancy after a long and productive public sector career. He is active serving a number of clients primarily on the North Shore in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors.
Previously, he served the City of North Vancouver in a variety of positions including City Planner, Director, Community Development, and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. He has been responsible for many successful initiatives in his time with the City including several major land development projects and the City’s 100 Year Sustainability Vision. Mr. White has been involved in regional planning initiatives throughout his career including chairing the Greater Vancouver Regional District’s Technical Advisory Committee in the 1995-1997 period leading to the creation of the Livable Region Strategic Plan, and serving on a variety of Committees and Task Forces which have helped develop the Region’s current Growth Strategy, the Lower Mainland Regional Parks Plan, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority and Translink. He chaired the 2005 GVRD Industrial Land Supply Task Group, and participated on the Region’s Transportation Targets Working Group developing targets and standards for Green House Gas Emissions reductions.