Executive Director, Student EnergyStudent Energy, a global charity, based in Canada, is empowering the next generation of energy leaders who will accelerate our transition to a sustainable energy future. They build university students skills by providing rich digital content, global conferences, local chapters, and working with governments and companies to create opportunities for young innovators. The embodiment of energy, Meredith is driven to make it all happen. While leading a staff of 2, and 30 volunteers, in the past 2 years, she developed Student Energy Chapters, a program that now teaches 1,500 students on 3 continents to take action on energy; increased reach of Student Energy’s Energy System Map to 1 million+ users; and grown the International Student Energy Summit to be the largest event of its kind, uniting 600 students from over 85 countries, most recently in Mexico.
CEO, Founder, ChopValue Manufacturing Ltd.From a background as an efficiency and engineering consultant spanning multiple companies in over 20 countries, Felix has evolved to become an urban harvester of natural fiber resource, which he seeks to upcycle, using technology adapted from the automotive industry, and a deft design touch, into value-added attractive products. One example are the stunning 2018 Clean50 Award plaques, each comprised of ~400 recycled chopsticks. Employing 6 in Vancouver, ChopValue is collecting and repurposing thousands of chopsticks a day. He is also leading a collaborative research project with different municipalities across Canada, FP Innovations and UBC to find solutions of adding more value to construction and demolition waste.
PhD Candidate, McGill UniversityMarianne’s research explores Canadian Arctic marine ecosystems and ecosystem services in the context of environmental changes, and provides much needed strategies to foster resilience of Arctic ecosystems and communities. Pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD at McGill University, she studies Arctic marine food webs and ecosystem services in Nunavut using methods based on both scientific and Inuit local knowledge, engaging and interviewing elders and hunters as well as microscopes. Marianne frequently interacts with the public through science outreach activities in the South and the North of Canada, such as workshops in Quebec schools and youth science camps in Nunavut.
Senior Manager, Policy & Partnerships, EvergreenMid-sized cities have far fewer resources than large cities, which limits investment in inclusive and sustainable economies. Jo created the Mid-Sized Cities Program to support decision-makers and residents in developing and implementing new approaches to increase social and environmental outcomes. In less than two years, they’ve produced a first of its kind research series with over 20 academics; launched a civic incubator; and piloted initiatives in 4 cities, with Mayor and senior administration support. Building on this success, she is now working to scale the program and develop learning platforms for mid-sized city leaders across Canada.
Executive Director, DeSmog Canada
Breaking news! It’s safe to say that without Emma, there’s a LOT that Canadians wouldn’t know about this country's environmental issues. She’s built DeSmog Canada into a powerhouse investigative environmental journalism outlet from the ground up and now attracts more than 100,000 readers a month, breaking stories later picked up by the New York Times (Site C dam), the Globe (B.C.'s disappearing oil spill map) and CBC. Her video Q&A with Harry Swain regarding the proposed $8.8 billion Site C hydro dam has been viewed more than 1.6 million times and her team's coverage of Kinder Morgan's insistence on keeping its oil spill response plans secret contributed to the NEB changing its regulations to force companies to make such plans public. We think this kind of journalism is worth supporting: If you agree, you can support DeSmog at www.desmog.ca
Manager, FCM Innovation Network, Federation of Canadian MunicipalitiesAs an early adopter of B Corp, Hilary produced Canada’s first B Corp Conference with 35 Speakers, 150 attendees, and 80% engagement within the region. In the Practical Guide to Sustainability, Hilary contributed practical tools for those creating sustainable change based on experience with We, lululemon, Hootsuite, with EDC, and Google. She is currently building FCM’s Innovation Network –a first-of-its-kind forum for collaboration, information sharing and education that brings stakeholders together to explore how to use innovations in technology and practice to build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities for 2,000 member municipalities representing 91% of Canadians.
Director, Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Intact Centre on Climate AdaptationNatalia is rapidly becoming a leading expert on helping communities adapt to climate change. Working on Clean16 leader Dr. Blair Feltmate’s team, she led a national consultation to establish 20 best practices for building new residential communities in Canada that are more flood-resilient. This research will lay a foundation for a first-of-its-kind National Standard of Canada on flood-resilient community design. In the process, Natalia consulted with over a hundred municipal stormwater experts, engineering consultants, developers, insurers and homebuilders to ensure best practices have national applicability. Natalia’s complementary research on wetlands found that simply keeping wetlands intact can reduce flood damage costs by nearly 40%.
CEO, Co-Founder, Mesh Exchange.Mind blowing fact: If food waste were its own country, it would be the third biggest contributor to GHG in the world! Jessica set out to build a platform that would connect those with extra food to others lacking food and eliminate as much of that waste as she could. The result was FoodMesh, an app that allows the parties to connect, and solve each other’s problem! She raised the capital, did the research, signed up partners and brokered early transactions that have since grown to 56 registered users of her app, who have thus far created 134,058 meals, diverted 40+ tons of food and 15,816 KG of CO2E , saving $720K.
Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Energy CanadaUpon joining CEC in 2015, Sarah immediately began to rally supporters, conduct research and analysis, and share expertise to advance climate leadership in Ontario. After the successful launch of the province’s cap-and-trade program and subsequent Climate Change Action Plan, Sarah shifted her focus to building support for clean growth–promoting policies and programs that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs and a strong economy. With a keen eye on what it takes to create lasting policy change, Sarah is now working to convene a diverse set of stakeholders to lobby for new government procurement policies that support clean innovation.
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Just VerticalConnor co-founded a multi-million dollar sustainability driven urban agriculture company, driving it from ideation stage to a multi-million dollar valuation. Just Vertical has, in the few months the business has been active, to date eliminated 28,512,000 food kilometers through local growing (enough food miles to go to the moon 74 times); saved 299,316 liters of water (equivalent of 8,553 showers) and grown 5,400 pounds of hyper local produce (enough to eat 5 servings a day for 1080 days) all without using pesticides or biotechnology!! He’s also engaged in project to grow 1000 lbs of food for the on-campus food bank at the University of Toronto.