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.
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.
Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Natalie Irwin is Director of Stakeholder Engagement at Efficiency Canada. Prior to joining us, Natalie managed the successful trade-ally program for EfficiencyOne, the franchise holder that operates Efficiency Nova Scotia for the province. As a Professional Business Relationship Manager®, her role encompasses stakeholder engagement with North American energy efficiency organizations, partners, and associations.
Natalie is also active volunteer and in 2019 was awarded the national Chapter Volunteer Leadership Award from the Atlantic Chapter, Canada Green Building Council and in 2016 received the Best Super-Connector Award by Halifax Partnership for her work with their Connector Program.
Natalie is currently completing an MA, Sustainable Energy Policy part-time at Carleton University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Acadia University.
Lynsey Grosfield is the Communications and Media Lead at Efficiency Canada. A Canadian Merit (Loran) Scholar, she graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a degree in Anthropology and Social Studies of Science, and is currently completing her dissertation for a Master’s in Science Communication and Public Engagement at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Previously, she worked at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia, the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada.
An avid gardener, orchardist, and landscaper, Lynsey has built two edible forest gardens and written for magazines such as Horticulture, American Gardener, Modern Farmer, Acres USA, Hobby Farms, and others. Don’t hike with her unless you want to know the Latin names of all your local trees.
She has one very good dog, and two very bad cats.
Senior Research Associate
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.
Efficient Buildings Lead
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.
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.
Digital Communications Specialist
Ive Velikova is the Communications Intern 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 is currently wrapping up her Masters Candidate in Science Communication at 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.
Maiss Al-Obadi is a Policy Intern at Efficiency Canada, working on the Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard and Policy Database.
Maiss graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering this past Summer. She has almost two years of Co-op engineering experience in the energy field.
Previously, Maiss worked at Public Services & Procurement Canada, Hydro Ottawa, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada in the National Capital Region.
She has a passion for sustainability which drives her to explore and share low waste-products and ways of living on social media. She also enjoys cooking various types of cuisine, and travelling around the world!
Mohamed is currently pursuing his Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Policy at Carleton University.
Prior to that, Mohamed led the production of the Kuwait Energy Outlook (KEO). A high visibility project, as the first ever economy-wide outlook of energy consumption and production in Kuwait.
Mohamed holds a Masters in Project Management and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He is an Engineer In Training licensed in Ontario and a LEED Green Associate.
Outside of work, Mohamed enjoys playing soccer and going hiking.