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.