Regional Champions

To advance the mission of energy efficiency, Efficiency Canada appreciates that local connections across Canada must be developed and nurtured. Regional Champions are volunteer leaders that facilitate these connections between sector members, local advocates, government officials, and more. Regional Champions connect monthly to share local knowledge on key concerns of our sector, celebrate wins and discuss ways to further support regional initiatives. Our combined efforts will develop a stronger network of energy efficiency advocates, from coast to coast to coast.

Our Regional Champions

Christine Gustafson

Sandra Moore

Alberta

Sandra's Bio

Sandra Moore is currently the Dean for the Faculty of Business, Environment and Technology at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. In this role, she and her team have recently launched new diploma programs in Energy Management, Machine Learning, and Environmental Protection. She is a 2015-2018 Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan where her research focuses on understanding the socioeconomic impacts of energy on rural regions. Sandra has over 20 years of experience in diverse senior leadership and consultancy roles in Canada and internationally. She has worked with municipalities, post-secondary institutions, non-profit organizations, and economic development associations focusing on economic development, energy, livelihoods, education, and leadership development.

Additionally, Sandra is a member of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Impact-Climate National Planning Committee on Awareness Raising for a Net-Zero Campus. Previously she was a board member with Energy Efficiency Alberta, an appointed member on the Power and Natural Gas Panel of the Alberta Utilities Consumer Advocate, and has volunteered on numerous community and non-profit organization boards and committees. 

Connect with Sandra by email at Sandra.moore@norquest.ca or on LinkedIn

Christine Gustafson

Christine Gustafson

British Columbia

Christine's Bio

Christine is driven to find ways to make energy efficiency Canada’s number one resource of the future and reduce greenhouse gases. She is the owner and principal consultant at Harbourgreene Consulting Inc. and project manager for the Home Performance Stakeholder Council. With 18 years of experience as an energy management consultant and utility professional she has worked with teams and subject matter experts to deliver potential studies, develop and manage energy efficiency standards and policy, facilitate the development of strategic plans, manage stakeholder advisory committees, and prepare and support regulatory applications. Christine’s experience also includes many technical projects including technology research and analysis, developing conservation programs, conducting energy audits and designing energy efficient systems for commercial buildings. When she’s not advocating for energy efficiency you can find her on the water or in the mountains.

Connect with Christine:

Email: christine@harbourgreene.ca

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/christinegustafsonpeng/

Amanda San Filippo

Amanda San Filippo

Manitoba

Amanda's Bio

Amanda San Filippo graduated with a degree in Administration des Affaires from the University de Saint-Boniface and completed a Master’s in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo where she focused on progressive economics and barriers to commercial building energy efficiency.

She has over 15 years of experience working on climate change, environmental and energy efficiency projects, including Manitoba Race to Reduce, Bike Winnipeg, and UNEP.  She is co-founder and COO of ioAirFlow, a SaaS Startup that uses data to identify how commercial buildings can improve their performance and energy efficiency.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, baking and indulging her rescue pets’ every whim, including her 35 year old Macaw, Frankie.

 

Nick Mercer

Chantal Daigle Verrier

New Brunswick

Chantal's Bio

Chantal is a professional engineer working in the energy efficiency sector. With experience in manufacturing, consulting engineering, project management, and with green building certification programs (LEED, Zero Carbon Buildings, ICP) – she has collaborated on projects with people throughout Canada and beyond while holding New Brunswick based positions. Chantal broadened her knowledge by obtaining a master’s degree in climate change from the University of Waterloo with graduate courses on climate change science, mitigation, adaptation, emissions accounting, climate data and more.

She works at NB Power, delivering the Energy Efficiency Programs (saveenergynb.ca) for the commercial sector, funded in part by the utility, the province, and the Low Carbon Economy Fund. Energy efficiency mitigates climate change by reducing emissions. It also saves money, and stimulates the economy. Email: cdaigleverrier@nbpower.com.

Find her on local trails and waterways during her spare time.

Edmundo Fausto

Edmundo Fausto

Newfoundland and Labrador

Edmundo's Bio

Edmundo Fausto is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of St. John’s, focusing on the City’s efforts to address energy use and climate change. With over 10 years of experience in environmental, energy, and climate change has worked with local, national, and international teams and experts to deliver energy and climate action. His experience includes policy, energy efficiency projects, climate change risk assessments, as well as the development of corporate and municipal plans for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Before joining the City of St. John’s, he worked at Wood PLC as a Climate Consultant, and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority as a project manager for the Ontario Climate Consortium.

Nick Mercer

William Gagnon

Co-chair – Northwest Territories

Will's Bio

BEng., Cornell Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ND, LFA

MSc Candidate Bioresource Engineering, McGill University 2022

William lives on Chief Drygeese Territory (Yellowknife, NT) where he witnesses the climate emergency on a daily basis: thawing permafrost, higher precipitations leading to buildings collapse, thinner ice shelf, erratic fish population, and more. A building engineer (Concordia University ’17), advocate and campaigner for climate (Cornell, ’19), he specializes in green buildings and decarbonization of the building sector (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, ’18). He likes working at the intersection of design, engineering, climate advocacy, sustainability and research. William is the Climate Change Strategic Lead for the Department of Infrastructure for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

He’s working for a net-zero carbon future, and sees 2030 as a goalpost for carbon-neutrality in the building sector. In 2019, William demonstrated that the complete decarbonization of the building sector in the Northwest Territories by 2030 would have a 9% return on investment from eliminated spending on heating oil; saving northerners $20M annually, and creating 87 direct jobs.

William’s research interests currently lie in climate mitigation, biochar, pyrogenic carbon capture and storage, hydrogen energy storage, green buildings, renewable energy production, decarbonization, decolonization and energy storage solutions for northern locations. 

Action feels better than anxiety; William spends most of his time working or volunteering around climate. In recent years, he spoke about climate, ecoanxiety, sustainability and decarbonization at conferences in Alaska, Seattle, China, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Montreal, Yellowknife, and Whitehorse. In 2018, he joined the Corporate Knights magazine #top30 Sustainability Leaders list. Often out of cell phone range, William swims, practices yoga and cross-country ski, and is often seen out on the Land boating, canoeing, or hiking the wonders of the Northwest Territories. Queer and originally from Montréal, you’ll find in his kitchen enough maple syrup to survive a pandemic. William is carbon-neutral.

william.gagnon@me.com

williamgagnon.ca

twitter.com/wgagnon

instagram.com/wgagnon

Nick Mercer

Kim Fry

Nova Scotia

Kim's Bio

Kim Fry is the Efficiency Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre. She has been working on environmental issues since she was a teenager in eastern Ontario in the late 80s/early 90s. Her grandparents passed on a deep love for nature that was nurtured by a local ecologist who roped her into studying bats and frogs in High School and led her to York University for the Bachelors and Masters programs in Environmental Studies. Kim spent over a decade as an activist and environmental educator/naturalist working for Ontario Parks, the Ontario Environment Network, Toronto Environmental Alliance and Greenpeace before returning to school for a Masters in Teaching and a career with the Toronto District School Board.  With a family move to Kjipuktuk, Kim decided to return to the world of environmental activism full time and to tackle the climate emergency head on.  When not championing energy efficiency and tackling climate change, you can find Kim hiking and cycling with her partner and 5 year old son or promoting her 19 year old daughter’s band.

Nick Mercer

Heather Shilton

Nunavut

Heather's Bio

Heather is the Director for Nunavut Nukkiksautiit Corporation, Nunavut’s first 100% Inuit-owned renewable energy developer, where she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a number of energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives across the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut.

Based locally in Iqaluit, NU, Heather has a strong professional background in the renewable energy industry, primarily in Ontario, New York State, and Nunavut. She has expertise in energy analysis, technical feasibility assessments, energy policy development, stakeholder engagement, and project management in the renewable energy industry throughout North America. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Environmental Studies, and History from Mount Allison University and a Master’s Degree in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a Certified Environmental Professional with a Specialization in Energy and currently serves as the Board Treasurer for the Arctic Renewables Society. She currently serves as an appointed member of the federal Sustainable Development Advisory Council and prioritizes Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) in her advocacy of a just
energy transition in Nunavut.

Nick Mercer

Jeff Floyd

Ontario

Jeff's Bio

A high school job in a grocery store in the late 80’s had me stocking an entire aisle dedicated to energy and environmental products.  CFL’s, laundry detergent, garbage bags, all sorts of daily parts of a thoughtful life.   That experience and an engaging time at Western in economics inspired my near 15 year run at building and running an EE tech company.  

My current role at London Hydro has provided refreshing ‘other side’ insight into the attitudes and opportunities there are to leverage multiple stakeholders for the EE industry to meet its potential.  Our recently spearheaded ‘Made in Ontario – Strategic Energy Management’ program is an indicator of how important and successful leveraging that potential is. 

The considerable history of the North American EE industry, its ebbs and flows, its peaks and troughs, are indicators of how critical cultural change is to a sustained outcome.  We’re in an exciting and important time to make that change permanent. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-floyd-572b506b/ 

Hammad Ahmad

Hammad Ahmed

Co-chair – Prince Edward Island

Hammad's Bio

Hammad Ahmed is the Energy Coordinator for the Capital City of Prince Edward Island, where he is responsible for the implementation of the Community Energy Plan. His undergraduate was done in Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering where he focused on sustainable energy and bioresources. A registered Engineer in Training (E.I.T) who works to reduce corporate energy demand and shift to renewable energy. He has supported the development of community-based energy projects designed to increase energy literacy and community involvement. A recent energy-related project he was involved in is the Better Home Energy Project where community-based energy retrofits and literacy were done with the help of partners to reduce the carbon footprint of households within a smaller community. Currently, Hammad is working on implementing a PACE funding program in Charlottetown with the help of PACE Atlantic and other partners. Hammad is a proven community and organization leader who has had success in developing strong programs, effective solutions and practicing team management. He is passionate about GHG reductions and has a focus on the electrification of the transportation industry.

Mathieu Côte

Mathieu Côte

Québec

Mathieu's Bio

An experienced manager with more than 10 years of experience, I am currently Training
Director at Econoler, a Canadian consulting firm that has specialized in international and Canadian energy efficiency (EE) consulting for 40 years.

I am in charge of developing business opportunities for EE training services both nationally and internationally. I lead the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) relations with prospective clients, partners and associates. I also supervise training operations which include marketing, planning and organizing all international training events, as well as
ensuring delivery and quality assurance. Since taking this position, CIET has significantly increased revenues, as well as expanded geographic coverage and training portfolios.

I strongly believe in the significant potential benefits of EE-related technical and behavioral training activities in terms of cost-effectiveness and contribution to climate change mitigation efforts. I am thus committed to helping people learn more about EE and adequately equip them to serve as agents of change through their daily actions. I hold an MBA in International Business, have been a certified Project Management Professional since 2012 and a Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP) since 2014.

Mathieu Côte

Shane Hunter

Saskatchewan

Shane's Bio

Shane Hunter, a proud Metis entrepreneur was born and raised in Birch Hills, Saskatchewan.  He spent his teen years and beyond living and working in the solar industry in Sonoma, California where his passion for renewables was born.   He began working with his parent’s solar company and became foreman of his own crew very early in his career.  He went on to build many PV systems, resulting in hundreds of kW of solar that included many ground mount systems in the hills of Sonoma County, wineries in the Napa Valley, generator back up systems, solar water pumping projects for winery irrigation, and wind turbine installation.

He returned to Saskatchewan to study, and worked to receive his Canadian Journeyman Electrician Red Seal, complete in 2011, and gained experience working throughout the province.

Shane is an owner and co-founder for Meridian Solar & Electric Inc., established in 2016.  Based out of Radville, Saskatchewan.  The move to Radville with his wife and 4 children was due to the fact that renewable energy concepts were scarce in the province, and the southern part of the province had particularly fantastic sun hours and opportunity for solar.  The move began the adventure into entrepreneurship, and  continued his passion in renewables.  This led to many new opportunities, and directed his focus toward energy efficiency.  He began his education in that field by completing his Energy Manager Professional course with CEIT, and gained his CEM Certified Energy Manager certificate.

 

When Shane isn’t working, designing, or consulting, he remains busy with his children; teaching them to fix vehicles and motors, building and heating a greenhouse in the garden, raising chickens, planting trees, and doing all kinds of weird and fun projects around his acreage.

Mathieu Côte

Michael Ross

Yukon

Michael's Bio

Dr. Michael Ross is the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Northern Energy Innovation at Yukon University. His applied research program is governed and directed by the CEOs and managers of the electric power utilities in the Yukon and Northwest Territories: ATCO Electric Yukon, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, and Yukon Energy Corporation, and with partnerships with northern communities and indigenous governments to help address their energy needs. The priority engineering research areas focus on integrating a high penetration of renewable generation in remote communities, diesel efficiencies, demand-side management, smart grids and microgrids.

Dr. Ross received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at McGill University, focusing on microgrid control and multi-objective optimization, and his Bachelor’s of Applied Science at the University of Toronto focusing on electric power systems. He was an author, contributor, and conveyor to the international CIGRÉ working groups on “Microgrids”, “Hybrid Systems for Off-grid Power Supply”, “Rural Electrification”, and “Distribution Customer Empowerment”, and is the Canadian representative for the Study Committee C6 on “Active Distribution Systems and Distributed Energy Resources”.

He is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers Yukon, a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of Alaska, a certified Project Management Professional, the OG in Northern Power Research, a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, a member of CIGRÉ Canada, and is a Level 1 electrician apprentice.

Our Alumni Champions

Mathieu Côte

Jesse Row

Alberta

Mathieu Côte

Ashley Abernethy

New Brunswick

Mathieu Côte

Nick Mercer

Newfoundland and Labrador

Mathieu Côte

Jesse Hitchcock

Nova Scotia

Mathieu Côte

Marianne Gregoire

Yukon

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