Staff

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.

Brendan Haley

Policy Director

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.

Natalie Irwin

Director of Stakeholder Engagement

Natalie's Bio

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

Communications Lead

Lynsey's Bio

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.

James Gaede

Senior Research Associate

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.

Kevin Lockhart

Efficient Buildings Lead

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.

Kirstin Pulles

Community Organizer

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

Digital Communications Specialist

Ive's Bio

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. 

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.

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. from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Political Science. Additionally, she is completing graduate studies in Sustainability at the University of Toronto.

She has worked in strategy and operations, systems design, and project management across the public benefit sector. She is motivated by social purpose organizations with 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 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).

Micaila Abboud

Micaila Abboud

Policy Intern

Micaila's Bio

Micaila is the Assistant Policy Research Analyst intern at Efficiency Canada. She is from a rural community in Nova Scotia and is currently attending Memorial University of Newfoundland for her Master’s in Marine Spatial Planning and Management. She graduated from Memorial with a Diploma of Technology in Marine Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Technology with a concentration in Engineering and Applied Sciences. Micaila’s educational background focuses on environmental legislation, geospatial analysis, and applied science technology. Micaila has experience working with many non-profit organizations in Atlantic Canada and is an active volunteer with the Nova Scotia Environmental Network.

Micaila is passionate about environmental policies, sustainable development, marine conservation, and clean/renewable technologies. Through her work experiences and education, she has established a strong sense of devotion for creating equal and affordable access to reliable energy. She believes in the positive social and environmental outcomes of having a green economy.

Surfing all year round is a favorite pass time of hers, and when the surf is flat, she likes to go beachcombing. She enjoys diving, snorkelling and going on coastal hikes. Micaila has travelled to several countries in the southern hemisphere and loves to dedicate her time volunteering with marine conservation organizations overseas.

Claire Morley

Claire Morley

Community Engagement Intern

Claire's Bio

Claire is the Community Engagement Intern at Efficiency Canada and is attending the University of Waterloo. Her studies in the Environment and Business undergraduate program focuses on the intersection between business strategy and sustainability. Claire has had co-op placements and internships working for multiple economic development agencies, the federal government, and small businesses. 

Claire is passionate about economic development, building relationships, developing her perspective on important topics, and advocating for sustainable solutions. She is a lover of locally grown produce and enjoys gardening with her family members and baking sweet treats! She spends her summers hiking and camping around Nova Scotia and is looking forward to summer outdoor activities.

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