Program Speakers

Nik Schruder, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Nik Schruder serves as Director of Energy Efficiency for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). With over 12 years of experience working in the energy conservation sector, Nik has had the opportunity to develop, manage and evaluate hundreds of local and provincial/statewide energy efficiency programs across Canada and the United states beginning his career as an Energy Consultant with Navigant Consulting and ... Read More

Calvin Lechelt, Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC)

Calvin Lechelt is a Project Coordinator with Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and leads the Non-profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) program that funds energy audits and energy management plans for non-profits and volunteer organizations. Calvin is passionate about sustainability and strives to make a positive difference in fighting climate change. Calvin holds an Alternative Energy Technology diploma and ... Read More

David Conn, Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance (Moderator)

David Conn is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of the University of Calgary and has extensive sales, marketing and business development experience in a diverse range of industries. David joined ATCO’s Gas Distribution Division in November 2011 and is currently Manager, Energy Management Services, leading ATCO’s team providing energy efficiency services. David’s team also supports a variety of ATCO’s innovation initiatives ... Read More

Jim Goldmann, Jr., Aenergy Capital (Moderator)

Jim Goldmann, Jr. currently is general counsel of Aenergy Capital Inc, a Calgary-based green merchant bank.  He is a trusted industry advisor on energy efficiency and finance and a former Big 4 accountant and litigator.  He specializes in the design and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects including, but not limited, effective energy benchmark program design and implementation, project ... Read More

David Dodge, Energy Efficiency Alberta (Moderator)

David Dodge is a producer with Green Energy Futures where he has created over 150 documentaries on Canada’s most inspiring clean energy leaders, projects, and policies. He has dedicated the past decade to researching climate change, energy, and renewable energy topics for radio, newspapers, and magazines. Prior to Green Energy Futures, David worked at the Canada Parks and Wilderness Society and Destination Conservation. ... Read More

Monica Curtis, Energy Efficiency Alberta

Monica Curtis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Energy Efficiency Alberta in April 2017. Under her leadership, the new agency has already implemented five hugely popular residential, commercial, non-profit and institutional programs, showing that Albertans are embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy. In May 2018 the agency introduced Custom Energy Solutions, new programming to help improve performance for ... Read More

Kurt Borth, University of Alberta

Kurt Borth is an innovative energy efficiency researcher with years of experience looking at household energy use behaviour and the built environment. His research has involved novel outreach and engagement tools as well as looking into motivations and barriers behind household behaviour, energy efficiency, and transportation. Kurt’s research has focused on Location Efficiency and how where we choose to live affects ... Read More

Justin Smith, Energy Efficiency Alberta

Justin Smith currently serves as Director of Policy & Outreach at Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new Crown agency dedicated to helping Alberta capture its energy efficiency opportunity. In this role, Justin is responsible for overseeing the organization’s policy and regulatory functions, as well as industry engagement. Justin also serves as a Fellow with Alberta’s Energy Futures Lab, an initiative recently named one of ... Read More

Jeanie Chin, ATCO

Jeanie Chin is a Project Manager in ATCO’s Electricity Global Business Unit. She has over 12 years of engineering and project management experience in the electric utility industry. Over the last two years, Jeanie has been leading initiatives that focused on energy efficiency such as electric vehicle charging, renewable energy, and distributed generation. Jeanie holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of ... Read More

Bert Hunter, Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank (“Green Bank”) formed in 2011 is the first full-scale state-level Green Bank in the US.  As CIO, Mr. Bert Hunter leads a team of 8 clean energy finance professionals that develop new and innovative financing programs together with other Green Bank staff. In the past four years, the Green Bank team has deployed more than $1 billion in public and private investment in energy efficiency and ... Read More

Dick Ebersohn, The City of Calgary

Dick Ebersohn is The City of Calgary’s Climate Change and Environment Manager. His work on climate change includes the development and implementation of a climate program for Calgary. The program provides strategic oversight and direction for climate change policy, planning and programming. Dick also played leadership roles in imagineCalgary, the MDP/CTP and waste diversion policies and programs in Calgary. In the past 23 ... Read More

Eric MacNaughton, The City of Calgary

Eric MacNaughton is the Transportation Coordinator for The City of Calgary’s Climate Program. Eric is leading development of an Electric Vehicle Strategy for Calgary, including collaboration with regional partners across southern Alberta to develop a fast charging network. His current duties also include coordinating input from across The City’s Transportation Department on actions to increase resiliency to ... Read More

Jeff Young, Natural Resources Canada

Jeff Young is a senior industry officer with Natural Resources Canada and is responsible for supporting industrial energy efficiency projects in Western Canada.

Matt Zipchen, Efficiency Capital

Matt Zipchen is the President of Efficiency Capital (EC) ( EC invests in energy efficiency upgrades in buildings and is only paid back when savings are generated. EC was originally incubated by the The Atmospheric Fund (TAF), an arms-length agency of the City of Toronto that demonstrates and invests in solutions that reduce carbon emissions and air pollution. EC’s investment program has been ... Read More

Amy Roesler, CLEAResult

Amy Roesler is a senior business leader who has spent most of her career delivering value-driven demand side management programming to benefit industrial, institutional and large commercial customers in Western Canada. As a lifetime-Albertan with over 20 years spent in leading transformational projects and programs, Amy is thrilled to be part of the opportunity for industry to reap the production, cost reduction, and job ... Read More

Doug Lewin, CLEAResult

Doug Lewin leads and executes CLEAResult’s regulatory affairs and market development strategy throughout North America. He has a long career advocating for energy efficiency policy, along with clean energy technologies, smart grid, distributed generation, demand response, efficiency finance, measurement and verification, air quality, and market development. Prior to joining CLEAResult, Doug was Executive Director of ... Read More

Philippe Dunsky, Dunsky Energy Consulting

Philippe Dunsky has dedicated the past quarter century helping his clients build a sustainable energy future. He has had the honour of leading a first-rate team of professionals, and the privilege of supporting forward-looking governments, utilities, businesses and non-profits throughout North America. Philippe’s experience spans the full array of demand-side energy resources: from building efficiency to demand response, ... Read More

Murat Basarir, CoPower

Murat Basarir is the Business Development Manager at CoPower, Canada’s leading green investing platform for projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy through issuing green bonds. His primary responsibility is to source and partner with cleantech firms to provide debt financing for projects that reduce carbon emissions while generating strong financial returns. Prior to CoPower he has been involved in a ... Read More

Mike Mellross, City of Edmonton

Mike Mellross is the Energy Transition Program Manager at the City of Edmonton. His team is responsible for the implementation of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy, a long-term plan with over 150 actions across seven opportunities, designed to advance Edmonton on a low-carbon path. Mike has over 20 years experience in both private and public organizations, working exclusively in the realm of ... Read More

D.M. Stoneman, ICF on behalf of EEA

D.M. Stoneman, MREM, CEM, is dedicated to building long-term sustainable and renewable energy policies. His professional and academic backgrounds outline his commitment to the province’s energy future. At ICF, D.M. is Program Manager, leading the new Business, Non-Profit, and Institutional in coordination with Energy Efficiency Alberta and the Alberta Climate Change Office. The program has been well received by ... Read More

Stephen MacDonald, EfficiencyOne

Stephen MacDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of EfficiencyOne, the not-for-profit operator of Canada’s first electricity efficiency utility, Efficiency Nova Scotia. Under Steve’s leadership, EfficiencyOne continues its track record of meeting its energy savings targets under budget, with a focus on continuous improvement, innovation, and customer satisfaction. Nova Scotia’s results and innovative model has been cited ... Read More

Gary Holden, Pulse Energy

Gary Holden is CEO of Pulse Energy, an energy retail company in New Zealand. He was part of the energy reforms in New Zealand in the mid-1990s and has been instrumental in forming policy and establishing innovative business practices over the course of deregulating the retail energy markets. Gary was CEO of Enmax Corp, President of AltaGas, Executive Chairman of Ensource Energy, and CEO of TransAlta New Zealand. He has ... Read More

Anne Arquit Niederberger, Enervee

Anne Arquit Niederberger is Vice President Market Development at Enervee, where she is responsible for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, government agencies and retail market actors around the globe to drive innovation and expand markets for energy efficient consumer products. She began her career as a scientist, working with some of the leading figures in paleoclimatology and contributing to various ... Read More

John Rilett, ENMAX

John Rilett is the Director of Enhanced Energy Services and Renewables at ENMAX Energy Corporation. In this role, John and his team are responsible for ENMAX’s behind the meter retail products that include solar photovoltaic systems, combined heat and power options, energy storage, and additional energy management services. Currently the ENMAX portfolio includes over 750 distributed solar PV systems active in Alberta and ... Read More

Colin Murray, ICF

Colin Murray, P.Eng., CEM, CMVP, CDSM, is a seasoned energy efficiency program implementer, and a passionate management consultant with ICF. Colin has developed innovative and results focused programs with utilities, trade allies, and small and large industrial organizations – making energy efficiency a business priority. Colin has launched 8 energy efficiency programs across Canada in New Brunswick, Ontario, and ... Read More

Terry Young, IESO

Terry Young is Vice President of Policy, Engagement and Innovation. He is responsible for developing and aligning IESO policy to reflect the broader objectives of the organization and Ontario’s electricity sector, including the need to foster innovation. Mr. Young’s responsibilities include stakeholder and community engagement, communications, regulatory affairs, Indigenous relations, conservation, and other programs ... Read More

Andrew Evans, ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd.

Andrew Evans is an Engineer in the Research & Innovation group with ATCO’s Pipelines & Liquids Global Business unit. Since joining ATCO in 2013, Andrew has held several engineering roles in various areas, giving him insight into customer needs and challenges. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University.

Karen Maoz, Navigant

Karen Maoz, P.E., has been an energy efficiency professional for over 15 years. An Associate Director in Navigant’s Energy Practice, hse specializes in energy analysis, project management, program implementation and evaluation, and quantitative/qualitative research. Other activities include research on the next generation of energy efficiency programs, cost-effectiveness analysis/assessment on measure, program, and ... Read More

Benjamin Grunfeld, Navigant

Benjamin Grunfeld is a Managing Director in the Global Energy Practice at Navigant and the Canadian Power and Utilities Sector Lead. He is a trusted advisor to senior leaders across the energy sector value chain in Canada, including electricity and natural gas utilities, independent power companies, manufacturers, regulators, end-users, and governments. He has considerable consulting project experience in the areas of ... Read More

Stu Slote, Navigant

Stu Slote has more than 30 years of experience in the energy efficiency industry. Areas of expertise include design of, implementation support for, and evaluation of utility demand side programs, including potential studies and measure characterization; and building energy codes development, adoption, implementation and assessment. He assists utility and energy efficiency program administrators across the full spectrum of ... Read More

Janna Janzen, Community Power

Janna Janzen has a background in gamified residential demand side management and big data based urban environmental response system design and spent 6 years managing a green tech start-up. Investing time in smart city network development taught Janna the power of addressing needs at the community level and strengthened her passion to improve how people and communities relate to their natural environment. As Manager of ... Read More

Areef Abraham, Community Power

Areef Abraham is a natural community collaborator who loves to help clients move from ideas to on-the-ground action. As a mechanical engineer he has dedicated the past 25 years to working in the energy efficiency sectors in Canada, US and UK. His passion for community and energy efficiency lead him to launch Community Power in 2008. Prior to this business adventure, Areef was a senior executive with Power Smart Inc. where ... Read More

Helen Corbett, All One Sky

Helen Corbett is a leader in environmental communications, with 17 years experience in designing marketing and communications programs for energy efficiency and demand-side management programs. Helen was Director of Communications and Outreach at Climate Change Central (C3) for 14 years and oversaw communications for the $63 million Alberta energy efficiency incentive programs. She is now the Executive Director of All One ... Read More

Ersilia Serafini, Summerhill

Since becoming President in 2009, Ersilia Serafini has led Summerhill through a period of change and transformation into a leading energy efficiency and demand response program implementation company. Under her direction, Summerhill expanded its reach across Canada and the U.S., and continues to deliver some of the most impactful, results-oriented programs that help its clients achieve measureable reductions in energy ... Read More

Pamela Goertzen, Summerhill

Pamela Goertzen has been developing and managing energy efficiency and social change programs in Alberta for the past 15 years. She recently joined Summerhill as the Senior Director of Marketing and Stakeholder Relations and has been directly involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential Retail Products Program. Pamela developed her energy efficiency and demand ... Read More

Jeff Reading, ATCO Innovation Team

Jeff Reading is part of ATCOs Innovation Team; whose role is to provide strategic leadership and direction to ATCOs internal and external efforts to engage the new energy world. Jeff has more than 35 years’ experience in the environmental field. He has worked in environmental and outdoor education with the North York Board of Education, Calgary Board of Education, and provincially through the Alberta Teachers’ ... Read More

David Weatherall, Energy Savings Trust

David Weatherall is the Head of Policy at the Energy Saving Trust (EST), the UK’s principal organisation promoting sustainable energy to citizens. He has led work on building energy efficiency in UK and the rest of Europe over many years. As well working with EST he has for the past two years, been a knowledge exchange fellow with Oxford University working on legal issues around building energy efficiency. David ... Read More