Lloyd Switzer

SVP, Network Transformation, TELUS Corporation

As the SVP, Network Transformation at TELUS, Lloyd Switzer drives the sustainable transformation of the telecom company’s networks, as well as its 10-year energy reduction initiative. This includes the construction of two state of the art Internet Data Centres designed to LEED gold status that are 80% more efficient than traditional facilities. Last year the team eliminated 42.7 GWh in annualized energy waste – the equivalent of the carbon sequestered annually by 435,000 seedling trees or removing 3,500 cars off the road. Lloyd demonstrates the results that can come from being sustainability aware.

Ron Dembo

Founder & CEO, zerofootprint

Zerofootprint software shows energy in ways that help people understand it. Once that light goes off, they think about turning one off. Founder and CEO Ron Dembo and his Zerofootprint team is working with the US Department on harnessing the power of their “Green Button” data to help American understand and reduce their energy bills. Ron personally successfully lobbied the Ontario government to implement Green Button, which means that Smart Meter data will be more freely accessible. The company recently released a ZerofootprintPoints reward system to help encourage energy savings as they constantly seek new ways to engage people to save energy and offset usage.

Andrea Goertz

Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, TELUS Corporation

As Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer at TELUS, Andrea Goertz has taken the lead on many of the company’s key CSR initiatives. Under Andrea’s guidance, teams across the organization are tasked with reducing waste and adopting green processes in order to meet the company’s 2020 energy and GHG reduction targets. Realizing that buildings account for more than 70% of the company's climate footprint, Andrea has been focusing on reducing the environmental impact of the company's real estate portfolio, including launching the construction of a series of LEED-certified buildings. She also implemented the Work Styles program that supports employees’ ability to telecommute.