Steve Lee

Executive Director, 3% Project

Through 5 national tours during which he presented at 600 high schools, Steve and FES sought to mobilize 3% of the Canadian population - 1,000,000 Canadian youth - for climate action. He has raised over a million dollars for the 3% Project, hosted 32 Sustainable Development Goals Youth Trainings across Canada and trained 5,900+ students from 77 universities and colleges. FES’s full-time Regional Mentors across Canada provide 30 hours of mentorship for every school to empower the students to take climate action in their local communities today. In essence, 3% Project inspires and empowers the final generation who can solve climate change.

Trevor David

Senior Associate, Sustainalytics

A champion of sustainable investing, Trevor advises some of the world's largest investors how to develop and execute responsible investment strategies. His work has involved developing risk screening frameworks for foundations, leading the execution of frontier market research and contributing to the development of responsible investment policies and fund products covering billions of assets under management. Trevor's accomplishments have ranged from co-authoring the industry first typology of investor approaches to ESG Integration, to climate change advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. Trevor also volunteers with Oikocredit, a cooperative that provides financing to the microfinance, agriculture and renewable energy sectors.

Dana Decent

Manager, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

One of the largest climate risks to Canada right now is flooding. And the damage isn’t just to property. Dana led innovative research uncovering the long-term mental health impacts of flooding in Canada and the economic costs (e.g. days off work), a gap only superficially explored until now. Her project identified how not just the property insurance industry, but also the life and health insurance industry is impacted by climate change, bringing key players in the sector onboard with adaptation efforts and setting the foundation for future research. Dana also manages the multi-million budget and operations for the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.

Mohamed Khalil

CEO - Cofounder, Pyrocycle inc.

Mohamed’s Ph.D research focuses on developing a new cost-effective, environmentally friendly thermochemical process for recycling electronic waste, by recovering base and precious metals and also by decontaminating the plastics that contain high levels of toxic halogenated flame retardants (whose releases cause environmental and human health concerns), and transforming it to value-added products like: oil and gas. So, we avoid the carcinogen character of these materials and also close the cycle of e-waste, by turning scrap phones and PCs into valuable primary materials. He cofounded PyroCycle to capitalize on his discoveries with his supervisor - mentor and 2018 Clean50 Honouree, Polytechnique Montréal professor Jamal Chaouki.

Natalia Mykhaylova

Founder & CEO, WeavAir

HVAC systems represent one of the largest components of building energy usage and carbon emissions, making up of more than 51% of building energy use - and a lot of that consumption is a result of not having accurate real-time measurements. Due to variability in how the building HVAC systems are managed, we are wasting over 20% of electricity. Natalia’s WeavAir technology attaches to HVAC equipment, measures performance and air quality, and feeds data back in a way that can contribute to reduction in energy use intensity by at least 80,000 BTUs per square foot per year, as well as substantially reduce repair and maintenance costs while improving air quality.

Marlee Kohn

Manager, Sustainability, Oxford Properties

Marlee plays an integral role in the success of Oxford’s Sustainable Intelligence program. Since 2016, she expanded the program across 21 assets, engaging over 100,000 individual customers in joint landlord-tenant green teams and initiatives. Her efforts have resulted in a 9% reduction in energy consumption since 2015, an average 60% diversion of waste from landfill, and she brought 15 green building certifications to successful completion across the office, retail, industrial, and residential portfolios. In 2018, she led the charge in publishing the company’s corporate sustainability report, including, for the first time, the entire global portfolio’s performance. She was a driving force behind Sustainability 2.0, Oxford’s new approach to take sustainability to the next level with impactful targets that span across the next 10 years.

Naeem Farooqi

Principal Consultant, Strategic Advisory, WSP Canada

Identifying industry interest in alternative fuel propulsion technologies for transit fleets, Naeem pioneered a Canadian advisory practice group which expanded globally to Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. He co-developed the Battery Optimization Lifecycle Tool, a one-of-a-kind tool that evaluates the triple-bottom-line impact of implementing battery electric buses (BEBs). Additionally, Naeem has been leading the expansion and implementation of BEBs in European, North and South American markets in which the tool now predicts over 30 models and 100 battery configurations. Naeem led the first-of-its-kind low emissions pilot of inter-city coaches using CNG. This two-month pilot across various northern Ontario inter-city routes enabled an agency to participate in exploring carbon reduction research.

Julia-Maria Becker

Director, Clean Economy, Pembina Institute

Julia is a master instigator, connector and leading voice for climate action in Alberta, advancing the discussion around energy efficiency and clean energy. She created the New Energy Economy project, a web-based map highlighting low-carbon projects across Alberta. Within a year 200 initiatives were identified, and a full website launched to showcase new energy success stories. In addition, she led a team of 20+ in delivering the 2017 Alberta Climate Summit, which brought together more than 500 thought leaders across government, industry and civil society. As she organized networking opportunities for speakers, the one-day event morphed into the Alberta Climate Week, which continues this year. Combined with numerous publications, Julia is bringing fresh voices into a conversation seldom heard in Alberta.

Shoshanna Saxe

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering

Shoshanna drives researchers, engineers and policy makers to consider the full life cycle environmental impacts and benefits of urban infrastructure. Her research focuses at the intersection of what we build; how we build it and the long-term impacts infrastructure has on civil society. She is the author of 9 published academic papers dealing with infrastructure and the environment, including “The Net Greenhouse Gas Impact of the Sheppard Subway Line”. The conclusions led to a collaboration with Metrolinx to better understand the embodied environmental impacts of transit infrastructure in Ontario, and a collaboration with Arup Toronto to inform sustainability driven design of underground infrastructure. She sits on the Waterfront Toronto Capital Peer Review Panel.

Kevin Quinlan Quinlan

Chief of Staff, Mayor of Vancouver, City of Vancouver

Kevin has played a critical role in crafting the political strategy and delivery of the most aggressive environmental agenda of any city in North America. This includes • Becoming the first Canadian city to commit to shifting entirely to 100% renewable energy; • Approving the first comprehensive Zero Waste strategic plan of any municipality in the world; • Securing $3B in senior government funding for the Broadway Subway Line. These initiatives have moved forward even in the face of both political and significant industry opposition, including a large counter-offensive led by proponents of the fossil fuel industry. The successes have helped reinforce Vancouver’s position as a global green leader.