Staff

Kelsey Brasil

Kelsey Brasil

Project Manager, Career Hub

Kelsey's Bio

Kelsey Brasil is Project Manager at Efficiency Canada. Originally from Ontario, she fell in love with Halifax studying Sustainability and Planning at Dalhousie University, and has made a second home on the east coast. Prior to joining us, Kelsey managed Efficiency Nova Scotia’s community outreach program, Green Schools NS — connecting students to Energy efficiency behaviours they can adopt to protect our Earth. Energy efficiency quickly became a career focus once she saw the ways it empowers youth to take action, helps Canadians save money and afford their bills, and the solutions it brings to the climate crisis.

 

Kelsey is a passionate change maker with a love for meaningful connections and partnerships.Through her initiative Let’s Sprout, she designs programming to help folks reimagine the world and demand action towards social and environmental justice.

In her free time, you can find Kelsey in the woods camping, rock climbing, or playing guitar and singing her favourite tunes to the ocean. 

Erica Chan Glueck

Erica Chan Glueck

Operations Lead

Erica's Bio

Erica is the Operations Lead at Efficiency Canada. Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, she and her family migrated to Frankfurt, Germany before landing in Toronto, Canada. Erica holds an Honours B.A., with a specialization in Political Science, and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainability from the University of Toronto.

She has worked in strategy and operations, systems design, and project management across the public benefit sector. She is motivated to work with organizations that have a mission to create lasting, systemic change. Most recently and before joining Efficiency Canada, Erica was part of the founding team at the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative’s start-up social enterprise, Tapestry Community Capital. There, she structured, raised and managed $80 million of community-based impact investments and worked on capital projects for various non-profit and co-op organizations.

When not in the virtual office, she reads, runs, sings, and plays instruments (poorly).

Corey Diamond

Executive Director

Corey's Bio

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.

Corey 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.

Corey also spent 10 years helping to lead Summerhill, a national firm focused on engaging the public on energy efficiency behaviours. Holding various positions, including President/Chief Transformer, U.S. expansion lead and Executive Director of the non-for-profit arm, Corey worked with utilities, government agencies and the private sector to drive significant energy savings across Canada.

Corey volunteers his time on a number of boards and committees. An avid reader, record collector and musician, his greatest passion is hugging trees and travelling the world with his family.

James Gaede

Research Manager

James' Bio

For the past 10 years, James has conducted research on energy and environmental politics and public opinion in Canada through a variety of capacities, including two postdoctoral fellowships, research associate positions at York University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, and as an independent consultant. He has also been a member of two cross-Canadian energy-related research networks, prepared several successful research grant applications, and served as organizational and technical consultant at multiple academic associations.

James received is PhD in Political Science from Carleton University in 2014, where he specialized in comparative politics and international relations. His doctoral dissertation focused on the politics of visualizing the future for sustainable energy, looking specifically at controversy surrounding oil supply forecasts by the International Energy Agency in the early 2000s. Some of the topics James has written and published on since include carbon capture and storage, biofuel policy, energy efficiency, and energy storage.

Brendan Haley

Director of Policy Research

Brendan's Bio

Brendan has a proven record in energy policy entrepreneurship and analysis. While energy coordinator at Nova Scotia’s Ecology Action Centre, he was the principal catalyst behind the creation of Canada’s first energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Nova Scotia. He served on the Efficiency Nova Scotia/EfficiencyOne Board of Directors from 2012-2018. He developed and taught a course in energy efficiency policy, and contributed to an energy efficiency textbook.

Brendan has a PhD in Public Policy from Carleton University where his research used political economy and systems of innovation frameworks to understand the role of traditional natural resource sectors in Canada’s low-carbon transition. He was awarded a prestigious Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2016-2018. He also holds a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University and a BSc in Economics from Dalhousie University.

Brendan has provided strategic advice and written on energy and innovation policy for organizations such as the Smart Prosperity Institute, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Pembina Institute, Dalhousie University’s Eco-Efficiency Centre, and the Acadia Centre.

Kelsey Brasil

Abhilash Kantamneni

Research Associate

Abhi's Bio
Abhi has a decade of experience helping communities across US and Canada use clean and efficient energy to achieve local priorities including improving housing, increasing ‘good jobs’ and reducing poverty.
 
His community-based approach to clean energy, civic engagement and capacity building has earned him wide recognition including being named a ‘40 Under 40 Energy Leader’ by the Midwest Energy News and a Canada Storyteller Award by SSHRC-CRSH. In an earlier life, he optimized power system operations (B.E, Electrical Engineering), tracked transient objects in the night sky (MS Physics), developed AI algorithms for smart microgrids (MS Computer Science), and led a network of social impact organizations in Houghton (MI) into the finals of a national community energy-efficiency competition. Currently he is completing his PhD in Geography at the University of Guelph researching the governance of building #EnergyRetrofits in Canada.
 
Outside of work, Abhi enjoys making maps to help people in his (many) hometown(s) deepen their sense of belonging with the places they call home.

Kevin Lockhart

Research Manager

Kevin's Bio

Kevin’s interest in energy efficiency began while working as a carpenter and Advanced Housing Instructor at Algonquin College. His passion for improving our built environment and a desire to promote efficient building practices led Kevin to Carleton University where he completed his Master’s in Sustainable Energy Policy.

This combined practical and theoretical experience has helped Kevin deliver successful projects ranging from rural energy efficiency programming to national awareness campaigns advocating for greater efficiency in the electricity sector. More recently, Kevin’s strong public policy acumen and keen understanding of stakeholder interests has helped him support advocacy, communications, and public policy campaigns for several industry and trade associations in complex environments and regulated sectors.

Kevin is an active community member and volunteers his time supporting youth cycling programs. Kevin’s favourite pastimes are hiking and canoeing with his family throughout Ontario.

Tseli

Tseli Moshabesha 

Project Manager, Our Human Energy

Tseli's Bio

For the past 5 years, Tseli Moshabesha has worked with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity on strategic partnerships with companies looking to reduce their environmental impact. Her role involved coordinating and managing relationships with executives and organizations at regional and global levels, as well as conducting research on biodiversity and cross-cutting issues like climate change, agriculture, wildlife, gender and productive sectors. 

In the past she has worked with NGOs like the Aga Khan Foundation, other UN agencies like the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Development Programme, and inter-governmental organizations like the Southern African Development Community. 

As a self-described hyper-social extrovert, she is passionate about community-building, advocacy and activism. She currently chairs the Black Alumni Council at Concordia University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Tseli

Allison Mostowich

Director of Engagement

Allison's Bio

Allison Mostowich is an experienced engagement and outreach professional in the areas of energy efficiency, conventional resources, regulatory environments and small business startups. She has led collaborative, supportive teams and managed programs at the Energy Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Energy Regulator, Energy Efficiency Alberta and Emissions Reduction Alberta. 

Throughout her career, Allison has endeavoured to make the systems she works in more approachable and understandable to all the stakeholders that are part of it, so that they can fully participate. Her experience working with multiple levels of government, multiple leadership levels in organizations and businesses throughout the province has built Allison’s strong focus on inclusive and practical decision-making and implementation. 

Allison holds a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Science in Behavioral Science from the London School of Economics. Allison has a strong interest in ESG and ESG reporting to enable better, sustainable decisions for companies.

Allison proudly supports Inside Education as a Director, an environmental education focused non-profit supporting teachers and students through experiential learning. She is a keen hiker, camper, and backcountry camper who is working through her fear of grizzly bear encounters. She loves travel and horseback riding, and spends as much time with family as possible.

Kelsey Brasil

Alyssa Nippard

Research Associate

Alyssa's Bio

Alyssa is a Research Associate at Efficiency Canada and is passionate about sustainability. Prior to her academic and professional pursuits, Alyssa was on a path of self-driven research aimed at implementing solutions to lessen her environmental impact. Now, as a member of our Policy Team, she employs this same curiosity in examining energy efficiency efforts across provinces.

Prior to joining Efficiency Canada, Alyssa worked in commercial and industrial energy management where she supported clients through climate action planning, emissions quantification and energy conservation goals.

Energy efficiency became a key interest while attending the University of Regina where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and developed an interdisciplinary perspective on current ecological issues.

 
Outside of work you might find Alyssa trying a new baking recipe (with varying degrees of success), volunteering for the local cat rescue, or on a trip somewhere meandering through a market.

Kirstin Pulles

Community Engagement Manager

Kirstin's Bio

Kirstin began her organizing career at the age of 18 when she traveled the United States for three months, living out of a van and advocating for North Korean human rights.

Since then, she has completed a bachelor’s degree in Global and International Studies at Carleton University, focusing in Global Development and Economics. During her studies, Kirstin completed four research projects on subjects at the nexus of economic growth, policy and sustainability.

With the World University Service of Canada she undertook a mapping project of gender lens investors, identifying entrepreneurial leaders. The following year, as lead researcher, she analysed and compared two free public transit advocacy campaigns in Canada. Through the Canada-India Centre for Excellence, Kirstin designed a gender-based program evaluation for an international women’s accelerator program. She also led a volunteer team to explore the Fairtrade market. 

Outside of work, Kirstin can usually be found on a bus somewhere! As a founding member of Free Transit Ottawa, she has spent four years building support for concrete policy changes at the municipal level. As the leader of the Transit Week Challenge, Kirstin got Ottawa’s city councillors on the bus with her for a week. 

She is also an avid rock climber, concert-goer, world-traveler, coffee-drinker and outdoor enthusiast.

Ive Velikova

Communications Manager

Ive's Bio

Ive Velikova is the Communications Manager at Efficiency Canada. She graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour. After years of studying the human brain, Ive dove into science communication. She shares science everywhere, from summer camps to bars to festivals across Toronto.

In addition to working as a freelance science communicator, Ive also holds a Masters in Science Communication from Laurentian University. Her research looks at SciComm training opportunities for Canadian graduate students.

Ive an enthusiastic storyteller seeking to build trust and excitement for science. Through her “Science Sucks” podcast, she invites guests to discuss the ups and downs of scientific research and how it impacts our lives. As an enthusiastic public speaker, Ive has spoken at the Ontario Science Centre, Story Collider, Spark After Dark, and Science Is A Drag.

When she’s not gushing about science, you can find her hiking and spotting birds in parks across Northern Ontario. 

Gillian Wesley

Director of Communications

Gillian's Bio

Gillian has more than a decade of experience using strategic communications to drive real-world change. She has worked with coalition groups, partners, and stakeholders, and led dynamic, highly collaborative teams to develop local, provincial and national communications products and campaigns that have secured a range of environmental protections, from more and stronger MPAs to more ambitious GHG emissions reductions targets.

During her tenure as strategic communications manager at the Ecology Action Centre, she contributed to Canada’s largest survey of environmental supporters in collaboration with 12 of the country’s most prominent environmental groups.

Gillian is passionate about helping train the next generation of science communicators. She has provided mentorship and professional development opportunities to students from universities and professional programs at various stages of their learning journey.

Gillian volunteers her time advocating for permanent, accessible, dignified and safe housing for persons experiencing homelessness. She is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys traveling with her family and experiencing different food, culture, and languages. Elle etudie le français et voudrais des opportunités pour l’améliorer.

Interns

Claire Morley

Tife Bode

Communications Intern

Tife's Bio

Tife is the Communications Intern at Efficiency Canada. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Media Production and Design at Carleton University, her interest lies in design, social media, and other forms of digital communication.

Her undergraduate studies focuses on producing informative digital content in many forms, be that through graphic design, social media management or web development. Through the program, Tife has worked on projects alongside the National Arts Centre and the Canadian Museum of Nature focused on rediscovering exhibits and artworks in new ways to garner interest.

Tife is passionate about design, online storytelling, and is eager to develop new perspectives or hone new skills. An enthusiast of all things creative, she frequently experiments with photography and video production, as well as digital art and calligraphy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching video essays.

Micaila Abboud

Annabelle Linders

Policy Intern

Annabelle's Bio

Annabelle is the Assistant Policy Research Analyst intern at Efficiency Canada, helping to develop the 2022 Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University, specializing in communication and technology policy.

Before joining Efficiency Canada, Annabelle worked at Carleton University as a Digital Content Assistant, as well as at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency with their Information Management division. She has also been involved as a volunteer with various youth organizations and loves helping to engage students with politics.

In her free time, Annabelle is usually playing soccer with friends, doodling, or baking.

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