Growing up off-the-grid in the remote wilderness of Kaministiquia, Ontario, Diane Adams was raised to respect the land, water and especially the trees—her family’s key energy source. She considers herself one of the few millennials to experience first-hand a transition from land-based living, to modern comforts, to today’s high-tech lifestyle and beyond.
Currently, Diane is completing a Master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Public Health. Her community-based research engages First Nations and their agencies to discover new approaches to emergency water communication. One participating community lost their drinking water supply after a 2016 oil spill in a nearby river. Diane holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Health Sciences from the First Nations University of Canada and is a certified Public Health Inspector.
Diane spent four years with CBC Saskatchewan, where she covered cross-cultural stories, First Nations economic development and health policy. In 2015, she was appointed the Dallas W. Smythe Chair in the Public Interest at the University of Regina, where she taught environment and health reporting. She has been interviewed by CTV’s Canada AM, CBC’s Power and Politics, as well as in the Globe and Mail. Currently, she operates a small consulting business in Saskatoon.
Graham Anderson is an entrepreneur with a passion for solutions that conserve resources, improve livelihoods and support healthy communities.
Graham currently works with Ecotrust Canada as a Financial Strategist, where he brings seven years’ hands-on experience developing, launching, and expanding social enterprises to his work with communities. In this role, Graham supports the development of businesses that are locally owned and community-driven, with a special focus on projects that support Indigenous communities to reduce the use of oil and diesel in heating local homes and buildings.
Graham is a Co-founder of Shift Delivery, an innovative business that uses cargo tricycles for goods distribution, and he serves on the board of East End Food Co-op in Vancouver as President and Marketing Committee Chair.
As an engaged citizen, Graham has served as a member of the City of Vancouver’s Active Transport Policy Council, attended the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen as a Canadian Youth Delegate and developed a range of advocacy campaigns targeting democratic reform, regional transit improvements and climate action.
Graham studied Economics, Dialogue and Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University. In his spare time, Graham loves playing ukulele, going on bike trips, and singing karaoke.
After completing an Honours Business Administration undergraduate degree and a Master's in Public Policy, James joined the Government of Canada through the Advanced Policy Analyst Program, a rotational leadership development and training program. After competing this program, James worked at the Department of Finance Canada on issues related to the World Bank and multilateral development finance. James now works as a Senior Analyst at Global Affairs Canada, where he is closely involved in the delivery of Canada's pledge to provide $2.65 billion to support climate action in developing countries. James is also an active volunteer as a member of the Board of Directors of Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, the largest non-profit landlord in Ottawa.
Lindsay Colley is a sustainability professional and CPA, CA with a keen interest in impact measurement. She is currently a Director in the Thought Leadership group at the Canadian Public Accountability Board, an independent oversight organization created to protect the integrity of financial reporting in Canada. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto in 2006, her Chartered Accountancy (CPA, CA) designation in 2007, and her Certificate of Environmental Management from the University of Toronto in 2010. Prior to CPAB, Lindsay worked at Tim Hortons Inc. as Manager, Sustainability, and at Ernst & Young LLP, in both the Climate Change and Sustainability Services advisory practice and the Assurance practice. She is passionate about improving the lives of Canadians and in addition to her professional pursuits is Vice-Chair for the Toronto Public Library Board, teaches corporate social responsibility to university business students, and is a member of the Social Issues Committee of the Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Territory. Lindsay lives in Toronto with her husband Matt, and her three boys, Lucas, Nathan and Noah.
Bruno is a lawyer who has been called to the Bars of Quebec, Ontario and New York. He currently works as a legal assistant for H. Exc. Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the International Court of Justice. As such, he engages with a wide array of legal issues raised by disputing states, such as the application of international human rights instruments, the delimitation of maritime boundaries and the granting of diplomatic protection. Prior to this position, Bruno served as a judicial law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell at the Supreme Court of Canada. He acquired an extensive familiarity in the field of Canadian public law through this experience, including matters of constitutional law. Bruno also had the opportunity to share his passion for the law as a lecturer for the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal.
As a recipient of The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship, Bruno completed a Master’s degree in International Law at the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Juris Doctor (JD), a civil law degree (LL.L), and a bachelor’s degree in International Development and Globalization (BSocSc) from the University of Ottawa. Throughout his studies, Bruno has been very active in the service of his community. His academic achievements, coupled with his community engagement, have been highlighted by several awards of excellence.
Ahmed brings experience in the areas of energy technology, policy, strategy and economics. He currently works as an Analyst at Dunsky Energy Consulting, a policy and strategy consulting firm based in Montreal. At Dunsky, he has been involved in various projects for utilities, governments and non-profits, with a focus on the design, modelling and evaluation of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs and policies. Working directly with key policy and decision makers from various jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S., his daily work involves identifying strategies to achieve their respective long-term energy goals.
Through earlier work and academic experiences in Canada, Europe and the Middle East, Ahmed was exposed to energy markets, policy design, utility business models, carbon markets and other areas of the energy sector. He also participated in Masdar’s international Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program in 2015. Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University and is currently finalizing his Master’s degree in energy science at ETH Zurich. Ahmed’s work is motivated by his deep interest in sustainable energy and his belief in the importance of the pull-push dynamic between technology and policy during the energy transition.
David Lawless is an environmental scientist, policy-maker and social innovator. He holds a Master of Science from the University of Oxford where he studied international environmental policy as a William Lyon Mackenzie King Fellow and an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Scholar. David recently completed an innovation fellowship at the MaRS Discovery District, during which he led a research project on the scientific integrity of the Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change and designed a cleantech device that empowers citizens to be smarter energy consumers. David currently serves as a policy analyst in the Government of Canada through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders programme.
Prior to this role, David represented Canada at United Nations summits on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development through his tenure as a Global Changemaker with the British Council. He has also worked with Parks Canada at four national parks across the country as a scientist, policy advisor and filmmaker. David was previously a WISE Global Fellow with the Qatar Foundation in the Middle East and a visiting Research Associate at Brasenose College, Oxford. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of Guelph.
Sushma Narisetty is a professional engineer with over 11 years of experience in the energy industry working at various companies such as Toronto Hydro, Kinectrics (formerly Ontario Hydro Research Division) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Sushma currently works as a Project Execution Supervisor at Toronto Hydro managing the design and construction of multi-million-dollar capital projects to rebuild Toronto’s electricity system. Prior to this role, she worked as the Smart Grid and Electric Vehicles lead at Toronto Hydro to integrate innovative solutions that modernized the distribution system. Sushma is passionate about the energy industry and the far-reaching impact it has on Canadians.
Sushma is a recipient of the Governor General’s Bronze Medal and a recipient of the Adel S. Sedra Gold Medal from the University of Toronto. She has a Master’s degree in Electric Power Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Kelly O’Neil is passionate about sustainable business and technology. She strives to bridge the gap between the technical and the strategic, drawing on a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Kelly’s focus on bridging technology and business has been honed through roles at both corporate and entrepreneurial organizations. She began her career as an associate in the Toronto office of Boston Consulting Group, working with industrial goods and financial services clients. After completing her MBA, she became a fellow at Greentown Labs, a cleantech hardware incubator in Somerville, Massachusetts, developing programs to connect entrepreneurs with corporate and manufacturing resources. A proud Canadian, Kelly returned to Toronto in 2014 to work at TD Canada Trust, where she is now a senior manager in the Branch Channel Strategy group, following roles in payments innovation, investment products and Prairie region support. She is also currently a fellow in the Energy and Environment cluster of Studio Y, a systems change leadership program at MaRS.
Kelly grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and Hamilton, Ontario. She lives in Toronto.
Madwa-Nika Phanord-Cadet is a Master of Public Policy candidate at Georgetown University. Her thesis dealt with the economic scope of the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Business Administration from the Université de Sherbrooke, and now works at the World Bank as a legal analyst in the Development Economics Vice Presidency, within which she analyzes the regulatory framework, the quality of judicial proceedings and the level of protection of minority investors in 190 countries. Having always considered citizen engagement as one of the most effective vectors of social change, Madwa-Nika has also held various leadership roles in youth politics in Quebec, including leading a provincial convention involving more than 400 youth around the theme of social mobility.
In recognition of her leadership and involvement, Madwa-Nika has been a recipient of a Canada Millennium Scholarship, of the 2013 Young Haitian Chamber of Commerce's Coup de Coeur Award and of the 2014 Harry Jerome Leadership Award from the Canadian Black Business and Professional Association. She was also a Quebec Black History Month laureate in 2015 and was awarded the Pablo Eisenberg Public Interest Fellowship at Georgetown University in 2016. Madwa-Nika speaks French, English, Spanish and Haitian.
Katherine Pineault holds a Master’s degree in Economics from ESG UQAM and also studies adult pedagogy at the graduate level at UQAM.
She has previously worked as a research assistant for the Canada Research Chair in Regional Impacts of Globalization. She is a lecturer at the applied economics department of HEC Montréal.
As an economist at Ouranos since 2016, she focuses on economic analyses related to climate change, more specifically in the estimation of economic impacts as well as in assessing the profitability of adaptation measures. Her work is split between economic analysis, scientific presentations and meetings with the actors of her fields of study.
Her areas of interest include environmental economics and economics of climate change, pedagogy and science popularisation. She enjoys spending her leisure time reading and taking part in outdoor activities.
Of mixed Anishinaabe and European descent, Graeme Reed is on a professional and personal journey of self-identification and reconciliation. In his day job as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Assembly of First Nations, he advocates for the inclusion of First Nations in the federal, provincial and territorial climate change and energy policy dialogue. In this role, he has had the opportunity to present to the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME), participate in the First Minister’s Meeting negotiating the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, and represent the AFN on the Multi-Interest Advisory Committee. While at home, Graeme spends his time thinking about innovative ways to involve Indigenous youth in grassroots and national climate action and strategies to advocate for people, like him, living with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohn’s Disease. Perhaps most importantly, Graeme strives to approach every new experience with the humility of a lifelong learner, the openness of a lifelong listener and the realization that we are stronger together.
Kay She is currently an articling student at the law firm Bennett Jones LLP. Kay works with a variety of energy clients on transactional, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Kay will be called to the Alberta Bar in July 2017. Prior to law, Kay spent four years working at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers as a policy and government relations advisor, with a focus on Canada-U.S. energy issues.
Kay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Master of Public Policy, and a Juris Doctor degree – all from the University of Calgary. She completed an internship at the D.C. think tank, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and an exchange semester at the University of Amsterdam.
In the community, Kay serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Professionals in Energy – Calgary Chapter. She enjoys snowboarding and teaching barre fitness classes. She also volunteers with the Calgary Stampede on initiatives to welcome newcomers to the city. Kay was born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, and is grateful to have a breadth of international experiences shaping her views.
Alexandria Shrake comes from a STEM background, having graduated in 2012 with a BSc in science with a major in geophysics from the University of Calgary. Alex has demonstrated her passion for critical reasoning by starting an educational society that focuses on data driven social media about energy and emissions called ENERGYminute (www.energyminute.ca). Alex has worked with students and the public to cultivate a passion for STEM for five years through the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG). Alexandria has also led a team of young professionals in a national online communications committee to ensure that scholarships, mentorship and learning opportunities are equal across the country through the CSEG.
In Alex’s career at Chevron Canada Resources, she develops oil, natural gas and water resources on a team and practices operating in sensitive environments.
Alex can be found in Banff National park trail running year-round, in coffee shops in downtown Calgary socializing and working on her passion project ENERGYminute.
Apoorv is the founder and CEO of a Carbon Capture & Utilization technology start-up, Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT), that is commercializing a process to convert CO2 emissions into performance-enhancing fillers for concrete, plastics, pharmaceuticals and batteries. CUT is a semi-finalist in the Carbon X-Prize, was a ERA Grand Challenge Semi-finalist and has received support from various provincial and federal entities in Canada.
Apoorv Sinha is also the Research Manager for zEroCor Technologies, a Calgary-based oilfield service and technology development firm. As Research Manager, Apoorv manages over 15 active projects for zEroCor Technologies in collaboration with over 10 universities. Apoorv is a member of the Energy Futures Lab, a 2016 Leading Change delegate, a Clean50 Emerging Leader 2016, and serves on the ACTia (Alberta Cleantech Industrial Alliance) Board of Directors.
Apoorv Sinha has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering (2010). In 2010, Apoorv co-founded TOHL, a humanitarian logistics start-up with headquarters in Atlanta, that has conducted water infrastructure projects in Chile, Kenya and is expanding operations in Nigeria. TOHL has been featured on BBC, Forbes Magazine, Calgary Herald and on the Daily Planet on Discovery Channel.
Nicole’s interest and experience in energy, international relations and diplomacy has helped her find fulfillment in her current position as a Community Relations Advisor at MEG Energy. Nicole contributes to the success of the company’s operations by enhancing MEG’s relationships with Indigenous communities while leading front-line project consultation, which in Alberta is delegated by the Crown to oil sands companies. Nicole manages diverse and often sensitive discussions and finds ways to create and implement mutually agreeable solutions related to social and environmental issues, as well as assisting Indigenous communities and their businesses to participate in the economic development generated by MEG’s activities. Nicole is also an active volunteer, organizing activities to educate co-workers on Indigenous issues and is currently a Manager on the Operations Team for Young Women in Energy (YWE), a not-for-profit that aims to address the recognized need to increase female presence, development and leadership in the energy industry.
Nicole completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Alberta. Following her degree, Nicole worked in Washington D.C. at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars. Nicole also completed a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, where her final capstone project examined the intricacies of economics, energy and the environment. While completing her Masters, Nicole worked full-time at the In Situ Oil Sands Alliance (IOSA), a government relations firm representing small to mid-size Alberta-based oil producers.