Chair and Chief Executive Officer of NRStor Inc
Ex-officio, non-voting member of all committees
Annette Verschuren is chair and chief executive officer of NRStor Inc. The company develops and manages energy storage projects.
Prior to this, Ms. Verschuren was president of The Home Depot Canada. She oversaw the growth of the company’s Canadian operations from 19 to 179 stores from 1996-2011, increased revenue from $600 million to $6 billion.
Ms Verschuren sits on the corporate boards of Liberty Mutual, CNRL, Air Canada and Saputo and also serves on the board of the CAMH Foundation, and Chairs the MaRS Discovery District Board and SDTC Board. Ms Verschuren is the Chancellor of Cape Breton University.
Ms. Verschuren wrote the book Bet On Me, about succeeding in business and in life. She champions volunteerism and was named to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the retail industry and corporate social responsibility. Annette Verschuren was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame on June 19 this year.
President and CEO of The Cogent Group
Audit Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee
Judith Athaide has served as President and CEO of The Cogent Group since 1999. She has developed her skills and expertise over a 30-year career in capital intensive industries in a variety of senior technical, project and operational roles. In the role of Vice-President, Bow Engineering and Project Execution for EnCana Leasehold Limited, Judith had the opportunity to collaborate with talented architects, engineers, designers and trades in the design and construction of Calgary’s Bow Building. A memorable accomplishment was the on-track project schedule and budget without a lost time accident. Judith was Edmonton Power’s (now EPCOR and Capital Power) senior leader in Calgary. As Alberta advanced regulatory reforms towards a competitive market, she was appointed Vice-Chair of the Industry’s market technical committee. Judith developed the vision, defined the strategy and managed the execution and implementation of Edmonton Power’s energy trading business and was responsible for the profit & loss of the trading and marketing business. Early in her career Judith was a reservoir/operations engineer at Imperial Oil which included moving to the Norman Wells and Cold Lake operations. As the Senior Business Development Engineer at Alberta Energy Company Pipeline, Judith was a member of the South American oil pipelines team and the Northern Alberta bitumen pipelines team and led the development of the first pipeline to bypass the Nova gas system. Judith was born in Pakistan and educated in India and Canada. Upon immigrating to Canada, Judith and her siblings, were the first immigrants and visible minorities in their small city school. She learnt to adapt to new circumstances, cultures and climate. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at the University of Manitoba majoring in Human Resources and Labour Relations and a MBA in Finance at the University of Alberta. After a year as an adjunct professor in finance, marketing and organizational behavior courses at the University of Brandon, Judith returned to the University of Alberta to complete a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering while being an adjunct professor in the School of Business. More recently, Judith has been an adjunct professor with both the University of Calgary and the University of Mount Royal Business faculties. Judith was the editor the bi-weekly industry publication Watts-Up and a frequent contributor to the Independent Power Producer’s Society of Alberta’s (IPPSA) newsletter. Judith has been a speaker at the Energy Storage Conference in San Diego and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Miami. She has had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the graduation gala for the University of Alberta’s MBA class. Judith continues to be a supporter of life-long learning completing numerous professional training programs and in 2006 earned the ICD Designation. She is an examiner for the ICD’s mock boardroom examinations and the Chair (2016/2017) of the Calgary ICD Chapter. Judith has been named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in the Accenture Director Category.
President and CEO, Akawe Technologies
Governance and Nominating Committee
Leanne M. Bellegarde is from Treaty 4 territory but grew up in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and calls Saskatoon home. She is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation. Leanne has been the Director of Aboriginal Strategy at PotashCorp since 2010. This important corporate initiative fosters mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations and Métis people for economic prosperity with an emphasis on employment and business opportunities directly and through PotashCorp’s local supply chain. Leanne is excited to broaden her horizons at PotashCorp where she has been asked to expand her role to be the Director, Diversity and Inclusion. She completed her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1993 after completing her articles in the Saskatoon offices of MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman. Leanne has accumulated variety of experience over her career. She worked at the U of S Edwards School of Business leading Aboriginal Initiatives before joining PotashCorp. She has also been engaged with the settlement of Treaty land entitlement, worked for SaskTel, been a solicitor with the City of Saskatoon, advised the FSIN, had her own law practice, and worked with SIGA. Leanne is the recipient of an Athena Award, recognizing her professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. In the same regard she has been recognized by the FSIN’s Circle of Honour award for women’s leadership. She received a United Way W.A. Milne volunteer of the year award in 2013 and is also the recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Last fall, Leanne was recognized by the University of Saskatchewan with an Alumni Achievement Award for Aboriginal Partnerships. Leanne has a beautiful teenage daughter, Ciella, and her mom, Irene, lives with them.
Governance and Nominating Committee (Chair)
As the founder of Evergreen, Geoff Cape has been its CEO since 1990. Evergreen has grown to include over 150 staff and offices in Toronto and Vancouver with a collection of programs focused on action and sustainable cities. With a focus on strategy, campaign building and cross sector collaboration, Geoff is a team player who enjoys new ideas and working on complex problem solving exercises that involve sustainability and the revitalization of urban landscapes. Across Canada, Evergreen has enabled over 7,100 action projects. The largest is Evergreen Brick Works—a unique collection of 16 buildings on a 41 acre campus with exhibit space, community programming, conference facilities, offices, demonstration facilities and a spectacular park setting. More recent projects include work in Hamilton, lane way housing projects, and a strategy to help revitalize the ravines of Toronto. Geoff is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and a regular participant at the World Economic Forum, Davos, and a member of the Selection Committee for the WEF Technology Pioneers Awards. Geoff is also founding Chair of the Sustainability Network and has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, an Ashoka Fellow, winner of the Peter F. Drucker Award, and the Governor General’s Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2007, Geoff was awarded Canadian Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation. In 2010, Geoff was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. Geoff lives in Toronto with his wife, Valerie, and three boys, Toma, Ben and Sebastien, and cycles to work every day—even in blinding Canadian snowstorms.
Chairman, Nauticol Energy
Project Review Committee
Leo de Bever served as the inaugural CEO of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), one of Canada’s largest institutional investment managers from 2008 until his retirement in 2014. He started his career at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa in 1975, and has served financial institutions in Canada, the U.S, Japan and Australia, including nearly ten years as senior vice-president at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He has acted as advisor to the Norwegian Pension Plan, and Dutch pension fund APG. He is a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute. Leo grew up in the Netherlands. He received a B.A. in economics from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently working on commercialization of more sustainable technology with a number of small companies, notably as Chairman of Nauticol Energy.
Head of Female Funders
Human Resources Committee
Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader who believes diversity drives innovation. As a strategic advisor, Jill works on a number of projects including Female Funders (powered by Highine BETA) to empower female leaders to become investors in early stage companies through education and access. She was formerly the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform, bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and investors. She has successfully built two companies nationally and sold them, and then spent 8 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector supporting entrepreneurs including as CEO of The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Regional Director of Futurpreneur. She is a community leader and active mentor, currently serving on the national Board of Sustainable Development Technology Canada and as Past Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre in BC. She is Co-Founder of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 Women’s Business networks in BC and Co-Chairs the annual We for She Conference in Vancouver supporting the economic advancement of women. Jill was recently recognized by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion award as a Community Champion, by Business in Vancouver as an Influential Woman in Business and by WXN as one the Top 100 most powerful women in Canada in 2019.
Corporate Director, Bausch Health Companies, Hudbay Minerals and WPT Industrial REIT
Audit Committee (Chair)
Sarah is currently the Director of Bausch Health Companies, and formerly a Corporate Director and Commissioner on the OSC. She is also a Director of Hudbay Minerals, a TSX listed mining company, and American Stock Transfer, a North American leader in providing shareholder services owned by Pacific Equity Partners. Sarah is also a Trustee of WPT Industrial REIT, a REIT focused on US industrial properties. Until 2010 Sarah was a Vice Chair in the Investment Banking Department at Scotia Capital. Prior to assuming this position, Sarah was Head of Equity Capital Markets and before that Head of Investment Banking at Scotia Capital. As well as her experience in investment banking, Sarah has held senior finance positions at several Canadian corporations, including a two national retailers and a large integrated communications company. Prior to moving to Canada, Sarah spent seven years in the investment banking department at Lehman Brothers in New York. Sarah was named one of the Diversity 50 in 2012. This is a selection by the Canadian Board Diversity Council of the 50 most Board ready diverse candidates across Canada. Sarah is active with Women in Capital Markets. In 2008 she received the Women in Capital Markets Award for Leadership. She is former Chair of the Board of Governors at The Bishop Strachan School. Sarah holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from Williams College. She holds both U.S. and Canadian citizenship.
Board Chair, Alberta Innovates
Governance and Nominating Committee, Human Resources Committee
Brenda Kenny has extensive experience in energy and environment regulation, policy, sustainability, and innovation. She is the past President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) where she worked with industry partners and key stakeholders to advance pipeline safety, operating excellence and sound policy. Prior to joining CEPA, she spent a number of years with the National Energy Board where she provided executive leadership in policy, regulatory reviews and finance.
Brenda has served on federal and provincial Ministerial Expert Panels addressing major challenges in regulation, indigenous rights and energy. She currently serves as Chair of Alberta Innovates, on the Member Council for Sustainable Development Technology Canada, and on the boards of the Canada West Foundation and Nature Canada. She has previously served on the Board of Governors for the University of Calgary, and the boards of Emissions Reduction Alberta, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and Alberta WaterSMART.
Brenda is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, and an Institute for Corporate Directors designate. She holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Science (Metallurgy) from Queens University, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Resources and the Environment from the University of Calgary.
President, Ron Koudys Landscape Architect Inc.
Human Resources Committee, Project Review Committee
Ron Koudys is a retired professor and coordinator for the Landscape Design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. He was instrumental in the development of the Landscape Design, Horticulture and Integrated Land Planning programs at Fanshawe since 1980. In 2008 Professor Koudys was awarded the President’s award of Distinction for his contribution to the College community. In 2009 the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (a group that represents over 150 post-secondary institutions across Canada) presented Ron the Staff Person of the Year Award. Ron holds an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto. Mr. Koudys is also a practicing Landscape Architect with memberships in many organizations including the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects. Ron is certified to practice in both Canada and the state of Michigan and he is a Certified Landscape Designer. In Mr. Koudys’ private practice he provides consulting services for many land developers, municipal governments and corporations: including Ford of Canada, General Motors, 3M, Michigan Department of Transportation, City of Mississauga, Home Depot, Loblaw and Agriculture Canada. He also develops strong design solutions for some of North America’s most prestigious homes and residential community projects. Current work includes therapy gardens for two large psychiatric hospitals, a resort in Barbados, a university campus in China and a Lake Erie resort community. Ron and his design team have won many awards for their work including the Financial Post Design Award, the Landscape Ontario Presidents Award, the Ontario Renews Award and many urban design awards from municipalities across Ontario. Ron served on SDTC’s Board of Directors as a Governor in Council appointee from 2013-2015 and has been re-appointed by the Member Council for an additional four year term. Ron has served as a director for many charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Reforest London and the Metropolitan United Church. He was the President of the Grand Theatre Board and is now the President of the Grand Theatre Foundation Board. In addition he is a founding member of Landscape Ontario’s Designers Commodity group and a member of their board. Ron’s wife Deborah is a family physician and they have 5 children.
First Nations Business Development Advisor
Human Resources Committee (Chair)
George E. Lafond is a member of the Muskeg Lake (Treaty 6) Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He was raised in the community by his mother, the late Senator Alpha Lafond, who was one of the first women chiefs to hold office in Canada, and his father, Albert Lafond, a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, along with his brothers and sisters and extended family. George has been involved in community development and service in a variety of roles during his professional career. He worked in recreation at the band level, obtained a teaching degree and taught high school in Saskatoon, and has been both the elected Tribal and Vice-Tribal Chief for the Saskatoon Tribal Council. George has been involved in many initiatives to bring innovative community, economic and social development to First Nations peoples in Saskatchewan and Canada. George has sought out partnerships and encouraged community initiatives to better serve and reflect the participation and involvement of First Nations peoples in all aspects of the life of Saskatchewan. A life-long supporter and participant in sports and recreation, George has coached hockey, baseball and other sports at all levels, from novice to midget, and firmly believes that the lessons from the locker room of persistence and commitment can help boost the resilience of First Nations individuals, families and communities. George believes that reconciliation is a key theme for the work of this generation of leaders and that building a common understanding of the treaty relationship, treaty history and the spirit and intent of treaties is at the core of what reconciliation means. He hopes to bring that commitment, his grounding in community and the broader life of the province, to his role and to serve the parties as Treaty Commissioner.
Former Minister of Natural Resources
Project Review Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee
Mr. Lunn held the position of Minister of Natural Resources from 2006 to 2008. He has worked previously in the mining and forestry industries of British Columbia and northern Canada. He practised law prior to entering federal politics, and is a member of the British Columbia Law Society.
Commissioner of Environmental Services for York Region
Erin Mahoney, is currently Commissioner of Environmental Services for York Region, overseeing water and wastewater services, waste management, forestry, corporate asset management and corporate energy for 1.2 million residents and 28,000 businesses. Ms. Mahoney is past Chair of the Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario, and has over 25 years of public and private sector experience on projects involving water and wastewater treatment, waste management, environmental legislation, and public engagement. She is a member of the American Water Works Association, Toronto Board of Trade, Canadian Water Network and American Public Works Association.
President & CEO, Fielding Environmental
Project Review Committee (Chair)
Ms. McGregor is a seasoned leader in the fields of sustainable science, technology innovation and integration, and clean technology. She is the current CEO of Fielding Environmental , an award-winning Canadian clean tech company specializing in producing high-quality recycled chemicals. Recognized for her accomplishments in business, Ms. McGregor was named the 2010 Business Person of the Year by the Mississauga Board of Trade. Her community commitments include serving as Director of the Ontario Environmental Industries Association, Director of GreenCentre Canada and Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade, as well as sitting on the City of Mississauga’s Environmental and Economic Development Committees.
Founder and Managing Partner, Cycle Capital Management
Project Review Committee
Andrée-Lise, founder and Managing Partner at Cycle Capital Management, has 20 years of experience in venture capital, management and engineering. She has set up an investment platform specialized in cleantech totaling more than 230 million dollars and which brings together industrial, institutional and strategic investors. Throughout her career, she has developed a network of top-notch partnerships with business and environmental organizations. In addition to serving on portfolio companies’ boards of directors, she is Ecotech Québec’s co-founder and Honorary Chairperson, sits on SWITCH, the Alliance for a Green Economy in Québec, Société québécoise des infrastructures, Fonds Capital Culture Québec and Natural Gas Technologies Centre (NGTC)’s Boards’ of Directors. She is also a member of the External Advisory Committee to the Vice-Principal Research and International Relations (VPRIR) at McGill University. She co-chaired a Task Force under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). She has chaired and has been a member of many panels of judges, in particular the Grand Prix du génie-conseil québécois, the Canadian Consulting Engineers Awards (ACEC) and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2011, Andrée-Lise was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean16 and was named La Presse/Radio-Canada Personality of the week. In 2013 Andrée-Lise was named one of the Top 20 cleantech investors by CleanTechnica and amongst the most influential women in sustainable development and in the cleantech industry by Corporate Knights. Prior to founding Cycle Capital Management, Ms. Méthot created the first Quebec-based venture capital fund specializing in the cleantech sector, namely the Fonds d’investissement en développement durable (FIDD) which gave birth to Cycle Capital. She also launched a fund specializing in sustainable development, the “Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD)”. Among others, she previously worked at Groupe Axor, CINBIOSE, and at the Commission de la Santé et de la Sécurité du Travail (CSST), Québec’s Workplace Health and Safety Board. She has a Master’s degree in Science from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Université Laval. She also studied atmospheric physics at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Managing Partner, Celtis Capital Inc.
Project Review Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee
Guy Ouimet is the Managing Partner of Celtis Capital Inc. He is a seasoned professional in the fields of industrial project development, corporate finance, M&A, turnaround, private equity and venture capital management, acting as an investment banker dedicated to institutional and private equity investors and industrial concerns. Prior to co-founding Celtis Capital in 2003, he launched Ouimet Corporate Development in 1995. He has since completed many assignments for prestigious clients, including technology and industrial project financing, complex management buy-out transactions and the launching and management of an investment fund in the area of renewable energies.
Prior to launching his professional practice, Guy Ouimet held senior executive positions in both corporate development and operations management at Société générale de financement du Québec, a diversified industrial holding company. His achievements include the development of large scale industrial projects within the framework of international consortiums, as well as venture capital transactions.
Guy Ouimet is experienced with both traditional industries and new technologies. He has developed industrial projects and negotiated transactions across North America, in many European and Asian countries, as well as in Australia. He holds a diversified experience as a board and board committee member and, as chairman.
His prior experiences include management consulting with Price Waterhouse (now PwC), both in Canada and abroad where he ran a foreign office; production management with Coca-Cola Ltd; and, industrial engineering positions with both QIT (now Rio Tinto Fer et Titane) and Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan).
After obtaining an Industrial Engineering degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal, he graduates from McGill University with an M.B.A. Guy Ouimet is also a graduate from the Directors Education Program jointly offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is an Institute Certified Director from the ICD, a member of the Quebec Order of Engineers, the Quebec M.B.A. Association and an ex-director of Réseau Capital, the Québec venture capital and private equity association.
The Members annually review the Foundation’s performance, approve the Foundation’s auditors and approve independent directors to the board.
Chair of the Board of Directors, Canada Post
Council Member Since:
Jessica L. McDonald has extensive experience in senior public sector management from a career spanning more than 25 years. Ms. McDonald held many positions in the British Columbia government, including as a deputy minister. From 2005 to 2009, she held the most senior public service position in the provincial government as deputy minister to the premier, cabinet secretary and head of the BC Public Service, responsible for overseeing all aspects of government operations. From 2014 to 2017, she served as President and CEO of BC Hydro, one of Canada’s largest energy suppliers. She was also Chair of the Board of Directors of Powertech Labs, one of the largest testing and research laboratories in North America, and on the Board of Directors of Powerex Corp, a key participant in energy trading markets in North America. She has served as Vice Chair of the Insurance Corporation of BC, serves as a Board Member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and is a member of the BC Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, and the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada. She has been named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the IPAC/Deloitte National Gold Award for Public Sector Leadership. Ms. McDonald is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.
Ms. Sendall is a corporate director, serving on the Board of CGG, based in Paris; Enmax Energy Corporation; Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions; and the Hatch Advisory Board. In January 2015, she was appointed the Chair of Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation for the Province of Alberta. She also participates on two federal advisory councils– the Sustainable Development Technology Member Council and the Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. She has advised federal and provincial governments on climate change, carbon capture and storage, environmental legislation, and Arctic foreign policy. Kathy also chaired the Canadian Council of Academies Assessment Panel on the State of Industrial R&D in Canada. Previously, Ms. Sendall led Petro-Canada’s North American Natural Gas Business Unit and was responsible for the company’s North American conventional oil and gas production and exploration. Ms. Sendall contributes her time to a number of not-for-profit Boards, currently as Vice-Chair of the executive of the Calgary Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and as a Director of the Manning Foundation for Innovation. She is past president and former director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a former Governor and Board Chair of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Ms. Sendall has received many awards including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, an honorary Bachelor of Applied Industrial Ecology degree, and twice named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture. She was named four times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Corporate Executive category and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame. She was awarded the 50 Key Women in Energy Global Award and the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum, named as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011 and awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2013, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from the University of Calgary and in 2014, was named the Jarislowsky Fellow at the Haskayne School of Business for 2014/15. Ms. Sendall graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Mechanical Engineering, and attended the Ivey Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business.
Leah Lawrence is a lifelong advocate for engineering, entrepreneurship and the environment and the president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). SDTC invests over $100 million a year in entrepreneurs developing new environmental technologies.
Over the years, Leah has served on many corporate and non-profit boards, including serving as president of the Ottawa chapter of the International Women’s Forum, the chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and the president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), a professional regulator with over 50,000 members. In 2018, she was honoured to receive the Centennial Leadership Award, APEGA’s highest distinction for a member who has achieved exemplary achievements in their career.
Leah has her Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Regina and her Master of Economics from the University of Calgary. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of Engineers Canada.
Projects, Results and Finance
Christine Charbonneau joined SDTC in 2018 as the Vice President of Performance. Building on 20 years of experience in corporate financial management, risk and performance management, and information systems, Christine provides leadership and defines the strategic approach to ensure seamless implementation and continuous improvement of corporate performance.
Christine oversees SDTC’s contracts with portfolio partners once they have been selected for an investment, including related project management and monitoring activities. She also brings leadership to the Human Resources, Finance and Information management functions.
Prior to joining SDTC, Christine was the Corporate Controller at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, overseeing financial reporting, finance business systems, and internal controls. In this role, she also led the significant transformation of the Finance function’s business model, processes, and technologies. Earlier in her career, Christine held senior finance positions at the Canada Foundation for Innovation, where she led the development and implementation of policies, procedures and systems to ensure a high level of accountability for the management of public funds.
Christine has spoken at several conferences and served on the Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services’ Board of Directors and its Finance Committee. Currently, she sits on the Board and Investment Committee of Canadian Science Publishing.
Christine has her Baccalaureate of Commerce from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant designation.
Partnerships and Communications
Driven by a love for innovation and collaboration, Zoë Kolbuc is continually inspired by bringing people together to change the world.
As Vice President of the SDTC Partnerships Team, Zoë works with a talented team of people to forge and foster strategic partnerships, and to ensure the important stories of SDTC are top of mind among the broader SDTC team and within technology communities across Canada.
Storytelling and communication are vital to SDTC’s ability to attract the right leaders, businesses and partnerships. When supporting the right talent, SDTC is able to provide funds and mentoring that elevate Canadian companies to be the best in the world – delivering significant environmental and economic benefits through reduced greenhouse gas emissions, clean air, clean water or clean soil.
Prior to joining SDTC, Zoë was the Director of External Affairs and Communications at Spectra Energy where she led the communications, government affairs and community investment teams for Spectra Energy’s Western Canadian Operations. Zoë also spent seven years at BP, one of the world’s largest integrated energy companies, as a Director of External Affairs and Communications for BP Canada. Zoë has also worked for many years in Alberta government, including time as a ministerial Chief of Staff.
Zoë is recognized as a leader in her field and was profiled in Oil & Gas magazine in 2015 as one of Alberta’s “Smart, Creative and Business Savvy” female leaders in the province’s energy industry. She is proud to serve as a Board Member with the Calgary Children’s Cottage Society.
Through her work at SDTC, Zoë leans on her past experience and her ability to build partnerships and bring people together to create greatness.
Investments, Screening and Evaluation
Ziyad joined SDTC in 2016. As the Vice President of Investments, Ziyad provides leadership for SDTC’s strategy and approach to SDTC’s investment process, ensuring that the organization is sourcing and nurturing innovative clean technology companies that have the potential to deliver strong environmental and economic benefits to Canada. He oversees the day-to-day operation of the SD Tech Fund investment process, from intake through to assessment, selection and recommendation of investments to SDTC’s Project Review Committee and Board (approximately $100M/year of allocated investment). He also provides oversight of SDTC’s Next Generation Biofuels Fund.
Previously, as Vice President of Partnerships at SDTC, Ziyad provided leadership for engaging SDTC’s key stakeholders, with a focus on collaboration and finding ways to effectively support SDTC’s portfolio companies and ensuring they grow and contribute to Canada’s competitive advantage in the global clean technology market.
Prior to joining SDTC, Ziyad spent 18 years at Iogen Corporation, a leading developer of advanced low-carbon biofuels, where he contributed in various roles involving progressive and expanding leadership responsibility. As EVP Operations and Engineering, and General Manager of Iogen Energy, he successfully led the commercialization of Iogen’s technology, and completed construction and start-up of a US$105M industrial scale facility with its partner Raízen, Brazil’s fifth largest company with US$25B in revenues.
Ziyad holds an M.B.A., an M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering.
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