Dale is the Executive Director for the Community Energy Association (CEA). Dale has extensive experience in delivering local government education and support on climate action, energy efficiency, and district and renewable energy. Dale’s CEA experience includes being Co-Director of Community Energy Planning: Getting To Implementation in Canada, and directing numerous projects including the BC Hydro funded Community Energy & Emissions Planning (CEEP) QuickStart program which has delivered over 40 Community Energy Plans, the award-winning Carbon Neutral Kootenays project which has delivered over 20 Corporate Carbon Neutral Action Plans, as well as district energy prefeasibility studies, renewable energy scans, energy efficiency retrofit campaigns, and guides on energy sustainability topics. Prior to joining CEA, Dale was a Senior Manager in the consulting practice of Deloitte for 10 years.
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Richard Laszlo is the Director of Research & Strategic Initiatives for QUEST. In his role, Richard is working to promote Smart Energy Communities thinking, planning and project development across Canada.
Prior to joining QUEST, Richard researched and authored Pollution Probe’s Primer on Energy Systems in Canada, and worked on a variety of energy-related files with Ontario’s Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of the Environment, where he contributed to the development of the Renewable Energy Approval under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act.
Richard has an undergraduate degree in engineering physics from Queen’s University and a master’s degree from York’s environmental studies program.
Sarah is the Manager of Research & Strategic Initiatives at QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow. She is responsible for managing applied research projects focused on advancing Smart Energy Communities thinking in Canadian communities. Her work to date has focused on community energy planning, energy distribution planning and energy delivery system resilience.
Prior to joining QUEST Sarah worked as a Research Fellow Assistant at the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University where she was engaged in energy policy research. Prior to that she worked to advance electric vehicles and their supporting infrastructure in Ontario. She has a Post Baccalaureate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University (2014) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University (2010). Sarah is a Candidate Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.
As Executive Director of QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Brent Gilmour is responsible for the overall coordination of QUEST’s research, engagement, and advocacy activities to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada. Brent also oversees QUEST’s eight provincial and regional Caucuses, and the Smart Energy Leaders’ Dialogue.
Brent was involved with the initial launch of QUEST in 2007 in his previous role with the Canadian Urban Institute’s (CUI) in the capacity of Vice President, Urban Solutions. Prior to joining the CUI, Brent was the Strategic Coordinator responsible for the establishment of the University of Toronto’s Sustainability Office (USO) and was an independent research consultant specializing in community energy innovation.
Brent is a registered professional planner with 10 years of specialized knowledge in the areas of integrated community energy, transportation and land-use planning, downtown revitalization, and, public infrastructure investment. He is a passionate champion for sustainable development and is active in many issues that are advancing Canada’s productivity and urban advantage. He is a supporter of competitive, resilient and integrated energy planned communities and competitive fiscal policy.
Along with his work at QUEST, Brent has remained active in the industry and with community engagement. Brent is an instructor with York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and has served on several boards, including EcoSpark (formerly Citizens’ Environment Watch). Brent holds a Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and is an alumnus of Massey College.
Stephanie Cairns has worked with Canada’s leading NGOs and think tanks in the fields of sustainable development, energy and climate change for thirty years. She works with Sustainable Prosperity (SP), a national green economy research and policy institute, and serves of the Boards of several national environmental organizations.
Stephanie started SP’s Carbon Pricing program in 2008, and now direct the Communities program, focusing on how to align municipal taxes, fees, and charges to support sustainable cities. She founded Wrangellia Consulting in 1999, and counts among her projects serving as expert advisor to the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy on six major reports on ecological fiscal reform and climate change. Stephanie was among the first staff of the Pembina Institute, founding the green economics program at the Pembina Institute in 1994. She worked as a policy advisor on Parliament Hill and in the Prime Minister’s Office in the mid-1990s.
Stephanie volunteers on the Boards of the Pembina Institute, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area; on the Round Table on the Environment of the Capital Regional District (Victoria, B.C.); and is past Treasurer of Training Resources for the Environmental Community, and a past National President and Trustee Emeritus of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. She has an M.Sc. from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental economics at Lund University, Sweden, and a B.A. in environmental studies, political science, and economics from the University of Toronto.
Jean-Pierre Finet est un conseiller sénior chez QUEST. À ce titre, Jean-Pierre travaille à promouvoir l’initiative La planification énergétique communautaire : de la planification à la mise en œuvre auprès des communautés canadiennes de langue française.
Avant de collaborer avec QUEST, Jean-Pierre a dirigé le Fonds en efficacité énergétique, était Directeur des services aux membres de Power-Smart inc. à Vancouver, et a mené plusieurs projets en tant que consultant pour divers distributeurs d’énergie, agences gouvernementales, associations industrielles, ainsi que des groupes environnementaux et de consommateurs au Canada et sur la scène internationale.
Jean-Pierre détient un baccalauréat en Sciences politiques et un diplôme en Communications et relations publiques.
Jean-Pierre Finet is the senior advisor for QUEST. In this role, Jean-Pierre is working to promote the Getting to Implementation initiative with French-speaking Canadian communities.
Prior to his collaboration with QUEST, Jean-Pierre has directed the Energy Efficiency Fund, was Director of Member Services for Power-Smart inc. in Vancouver, and conducted several projects as a consultant for utilities, government agencies, industry associations, environmental and consumer groups in Canada and internationally.
Jean-Pierre has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Diploma in Communications and Public Relations.
As the Director of Communications and Engagement for QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, Tonja is responsible for government relations, communications, coordination of national and regional efforts, and financial management. Ms. Leach has been with QUEST since January of 2009, having been seconded from the Canadian Gas Association for whom she worked for in communications since 2003. During that time Tonja acted as the secretariat for a coalition of 19 energy industry associations known as the Energy Dialogue Group, who came together to encourage the establishment of a national energy framework for Canada.
Peter is the Chief Technology Officer for the Community Energy Association, starting work in October 2008. Peter’s CEA experience includes being a Research Advisor for Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada, delivering over 25 Community Energy Plans, 7 Corporate Carbon Neutral Action Plans, as well as district energy prefeasibility studies, renewable energy scans, energy efficiency retrofit campaigns, and guides on energy sustainability topics. Peter also leads on providing ongoing support to a network of over 40 BC local governments with implementing energy efficiency actions & policies in their communities. Prior to joining CEA, Peter worked for several years in the UK’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green building field, in the non-profit, private, and government sectors. Peter has an MSc in Renewable Energy (with Distinction).
Patricia (Pat) is the Head of Planning and Director of Education at the Community Energy Association. Pat is a planning professional, with over 20 years of experience in regional, urban and environmental planning, with an emphasis on sustainable development. Pat’s CEA experience includes co-authoring the policy report for Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada, providing expert advice for local governments considering policy measures to advance energy sustainability, managing CEA’s online Certificate in Community Energy Management program, and working on guides on energy sustainability topics. Prior to joining CEA, Pat worked in planning for the City of Coquitlam, City of Pitt Meadows, Metro Vancouver, and the City of Saskatoon. Pat received a BA in Land Use and Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and an MSc in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy from the University of Wales.
Patricia (Trish) is the Community Relations Manager and Carbon Neutral Specialist with the Community Energy Association. Trish’s CEA experience includes being a Research Advisor for Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada, delivering numerous Corporate Carbon Neutral Action Plans, helping communities proceed with the necessary steps towards corporate carbon neutrality, and also delivering energy efficiency retrofit campaigns. Prior to joining CEA, Trish was the planner for the City of Nelson for 13 years. Trish has also worked with the electrical utility FortisBC to assist with a major residential energy efficiency retrofit campaign, and has been Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Slocan.
As the Manager of Communications and National Affairs at QUEST, Cheryl provides strong coordination and management delivery of QUEST’s communications and national affairs activities across the country. Cheryl provides communications support for Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada initiative through writing, editing, development of web content, design, and publishing.
Prior to joining QUEST Cheryl has worked in the non-profit sector as the Energy Coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia. She also worked as a Regulatory and Strategic Policy Analyst for the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and was a Political Assistant to two Energy Minister’s in the Government of Nova Scotia. Cheryl holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Saint Thomas University.
Eric draws on valuable experience in the energy and communications fields from the non-profit, private, and government sectors. He has been involved at the front lines, working with residential, business, government, and rural energy consumers, including designing outreach strategies for campaigns such as the 2010 Ontario Power Pledge. He has also worked on energy-related policy, research, and communications as an independent consultant with PaperBag Consulting as well as with organizations such as the Design Centre for Sustainability at UBC and the City of Toronto.
Eric has a Masters of Arts in Education & Society from McGill University and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy & Practice from the University of Toronto.
Mark is President of the consulting company From Here to There, and former Vice President – now Associate — of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.
While studying the Solidarity movement in Poland in mid-1989, Mark experienced a variety of tumultuous events that signalled the end of communism in Eastern Europe. He stayed on to work in successively senior positions over the next four years. These include the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in the country’s new Ministry of Privatization, and the Mission Coordinator for the creation of the United Nations Development Program’s first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe.
Upon returning to Canada to attend graduate school, Mark co-founded Waterloo Region’s Opportunities 2000 project (1997-2000), an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction. He served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) in 2001. From 2002 to 2011, he was Vice President of the Tamarack Institute and the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada, now a fifty-city plus national network of urban collaboratives to reduce poverty.
In 2012, Mark founded Here to There Consulting to work directly with organizations and communities tackle complex issues such as neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly active in the areas of social innovation, collective impact, multi-stakeholder processes and developmental evaluation.
Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) with his wife Leann and their children Isaiah and Zoë.