The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)
Julia has held senior leadership positions in the environmental sector for nearly 30 years, managing campaigns and organizations, defining strategy and policy, and inspiring public and private action to address air pollution and climate change. Julia leads TAF’s staff in advancing the organization’s solutions to climate and air pollution, and with support from TAF’s Investment Committee, oversees the fiscal integrity of TAF’s endowment. Julia is a recipient of the 2016 Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence for her environment and climate work and a member of the federal government’s Generation Energy Council.
Vice President, Market Engagement and Advocacy
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)
With 12 years of experience in sustainability and green building policy and programs, Akua has a strong background in energy benchmarking, market engagement, and program design. She led the work to develop a national framework for energy benchmarking in Canada and has been working with local, provincial, and federal governments since 2014 to advance energy benchmarking and retrofit initiatives. She has expertise in policy and market drivers related to benchmarking and retrofits, as well as implementation strategies. Akua led the outreach and development of CaGBC’s Investor Confidence Project financial advisory group, which brought together stakeholders from major financial institutions to advance recommendations on private sector retrofit financing. Over the course of her career, she has honed a deep understanding of tools to drive change including government regulation and policy, strategic use of market-based levers such as industry standards, and public engagement strategies such as behavioural economics.
Toronto & York Region Labour Council
John is the President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, representing 220,000 union members in Canada’s largest urban centre. A carpenter by trade, John is the Vice-Chair of United Way of Greater Toronto, and co-chair of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, focused on winning community benefits and equity hiring on major infrastructure projects. He recently authored the Greenprint for Greater Toronto, a plan for climate action in every sector of the economy.
Vice President, Policy
Toronto Region Board of Trade
Roselle brings well over a decade of experience across diverse sectors – most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister with the Government of Ontario where she provided executive leadership for policies, programs, legislation and regulations for politically contentious and complex issues. Roselle has a comprehensive understanding of municipal operations as a result of her tenure with the City of Toronto, and has worked internationally in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit - Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom, where she provided leadership for the development and delivery of national policies and programs, working in concert with citizens and stakeholders across the country.
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
A strategic thinker and innovative leader, Sandro holds over fifteen years of executive management experience. He held previous leadership roles with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services and Ontario Service Safety Alliance and was a sitting member of the Ministry of Labour’s Prevention Operations Forum. Sandro is currently the Chair of the Board of the Construction & Design Alliance of Ontario, and on the Board of Directors of Minerva Canada, which strives to embed health and safety curriculum into business and engineering programs across Canada.
Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON)
Richard has represented the residential construction industry in Ontario since 1991. He is a frequent speaker and popular source quoted by GTHA mainstream media on construction industry issues, and writer who has been published in the Toronto Sun, Daily Commercial News and ReNew Canada magazine.
Toronto Community Benefits Network
Rosemarie Powell is a passionate advocate for social, economic and environmental justice. She has led for over 20 years from the grassroots up, managing and developing several innovative and impactful community programs and services to support under-represented group’s access to the labour market. Her community engagement work in Jane Finch earned several awards for leadership and imagination. Rosemarie is currently the Executive Director of the Toronto Community Benefits Network (TCBN).
Research Chair, Sustainability
Tony is a professional engineer with 38 years of experience in engineering, facilities management and capital development and is the inaugural Research Chair, Sustainability at Mohawk College. He provides leading-edge research that will contribute to a low-carbon economy, while engaging students to develop a multi-disciplinary focus on finding real world solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. In his leadership capacity at Mohawk College, he was responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of Canada’s largest institutional, zero carbon building – The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation. He has a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on green buildings and policy and is a former adjunct faculty member at McMaster University.
Vice President, Energy, Environment & Advocacy
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Toronto)
He is responsible for managing and facilitating the development and delivery of educational contents, programs, and initiatives that promote energy efficiency, sustainability, and regulatory compliance to the membership. Bala is also actively involved in the association’s advocacy initiatives, working closely with all three levels of governments and industry stakeholders contributing to policies and programs impacting the commercial real estate industry. Bala is an industrial engineer and a Certified Energy Manager with over eighteen years of experience in the energy and manufacturing sectors. Prior to his current role Bala was with an energy consulting firm as their Senior Program Manager responsible for the design and delivery of CDM services to multiple local electricity distribution companies in Ontario, and prior to that he managed the BOMA Toronto’s multiple-award winning Conservation and Demand Management Program as its Director of Projects and Operations.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 353
Steven is a Principal Officer of IBEW Local 353, who is in charge of the daily operations of a membership of 11,000 active members and 2,500 retiree members within the local union. Steven is a Red Seal Endorsed 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician. Steven has also been an employee trustee for Local 353 since 2006. He is the chair of the Investment Committee and a member of the Governance committee within the board of trustee. He is also a fully trained and certified trustee and has vast knowledge of multi-employer health and pension plans.
Carpenters District Council of Ontario
Mr. Yorke, president and senior business representative of Carpenters Local 27 of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario, has over 25 years of experience in Ontario’s unionized construction industry. Local 27 represents 8,500 members of the Council’s 27,000 full membership. As president, he has extensive knowledge of collective bargaining and arbitration issues and is involved in numerous political, community and training initiatives. Mr. Yorke has a solid background in workplace health and safety issues, from both training and site representation perspectives.
Toronto Workforce Funder Collaborative
Surabhi Jain is a workforce development professional with over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating workforce development programs in the US. She has extensive experience in labour market research, program development, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, and fundraising.
Corey has more than two decades of experience leading social change organizations focused on engaging people to take action on critical environmental and social issues. He was previously the COO and Partner of global consulting firm, Realized Worth, a company focused on the design and implementation of corporate volunteering and giving programs. Managing the business development and operations, Corey worked with FORTUNE500 companies (including Apple, Deloitte, AT&T and SAP) around the world to engage their employees in critical and sustained community projects.
Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry
Vice President-Professional Services
As Vice President, Yogi oversees the development and delivery of professional services to support the rapidly growing network of the Canadian environment and sustainability workforce. He provides strategic insight and technical support for environment and sustainability programs and works closely with a diverse range of stakeholders including government, industry, indigenous groups and the environment & sustainability professionals. He leads ECO Canada’s indigenous partnerships and training initiatives.
Member, Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC)
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
Mae Shaban is a licensed Architect in Ontario and a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC) with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). In recent years, she has worked on several large-scale transformational initiatives within the Corporate Real Estate group of a large organization, including the development of enterprise-wide sustainability guidelines. Mae’s past project work experience has touched on a wide range of sectors, scales, and complexities influenced by a firm with strong Passive House principles aimed at building healthy environments.