what is ClimateActionWR?
ClimateActionWR is a collaboration between local organizations and community members focused on climate change mitigation, and is led by REEP Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region. It coordinates the activities of the Climate Action Plan,establishing cross-sector dialogue, facilitating collaborative opportunities, and monitoring and measuring progress towards achieving our community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020.
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Staff and volunteers
Our team is a mix of passionate staff, interns, and volunteers with a range of interests and expertise. Our work wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for them!
- BINESH LODHI, COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
- DAN SHAVER, PARTNER SUPPORT COORDINATOR
- DANIELLE LAPERRIERE, PLAN MANAGER
- JENNIFER MCLAUGHLIN, WORKPLACES COMMITTEE CHAIR
- JUAN SOTÈS, LOCAL POLICY RESEARCHER
- JOHN KOKKO, HOMES COMMITTEE CHAIR
- MAT THIJSSEN, TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE CHAIR
- MATTHEW KLASSEN, LOCAL POLICY RESEARCHER
- RACHEL EVERETT, COMMITTEE COORDINATOR
- VALRIE CHONG, SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Mat Thijssen (Chair)
Mat is the Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Waterloo, where he supports initiatives and strategies to improve environmental indicators. He previously worked at Sustainable Waterloo Region, where he managed the TravelWise program to support sustainable commuting at workplaces in Waterloo Region. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kitchener.
Heather is the Operations Manager for Community CarShare. A strong supporter of all modes of transportation, you can find her behind the wheel of a shared car, hanging from the strap of a local bus or strolling down a neighbourhood street.
Tony is a graduate from the Systems Design Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. He co-founded Miovision in 2005 and has helped grow the company from his parents' basement to an international technology success story. Previously, he has held positions at Miovision in Engineering, Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Product Management and Marketing.
Arcy's passion is in sustainable commuting and transportation solutions. He works as the TravelWise Promotion Coordinator and ChargeWR Electric Vehicle Network Development Lead for Sustainable Waterloo Region. Arcy has vast experience in managing technology projects and developing business opportunities in North America and Asia.
Tabot has a Bachelor and a Master degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University. Among many of his achievements at the Region of Waterloo, he is currently working updating the Transportation Master Plan. He is also experienced working on a variety of transportation projects, carrying out traffic impact studies, developing travel demand forecasts, performing traffic operations and analysis, and carrying out corridor planning studies. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and also a member of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Leslie is a School Travel Planner working to reduce school traffic and to increase student active transportation. Leslie's position is supported by Waterloo Regional District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board, the City of Kitchener, the City of Waterloo, and the City of Cambridge; and it intensifies the informal work initiated over a decade ago by a number of regional partners. In the past, Leslie worked with Green Communities Canada to see School Travel Planning delivered in every province and territory across Canada.
Paulina is a city planner and works as the program coordinator of Community Access Bikeshare at The Working Centre. She is community-oriented and passionate about improving quality of life in our cities. In her current role she advocates for cycling culture by making bicycles accessible and affordable through bikesharing. She also belongs to the Kitchener Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee, where she hopes to continue advocating for better cycling infrastructure in Kitchener. Paulina enjoys being involved in the community and is looking forward to contribute to the Climate Action Plan in Waterloo Region.
Transportation Committee Members
Jen McLaughlin - Chair
Jen is an environmentalist with a focus on reducing dependency on fossil fuels, chemical management and waste reduction. She is the Global Environment Manager at BlackBerry and has over 15 years’ experience developing and managing programs that reduce emissions to air and land, minimize waste, reduce energy consumption and increase efficiencies. She is actively engaged in the Electric Vehicle community, is a sustainable living blogger, contributor to several environmental publications and is also the Co-Chair of Travelwise.
Scott Morton Ninomiya - Vice-Chair
Scott has a strong interest in sustainability issues, particularly renewable energy and sustainable food in Waterloo Region, where he lives with his partner and three children. He has worked in a wide range of leadership positions in government and community organizations and is currently pursuing a degree in Sustainability Management at University of Waterloo.
Designer, artist, systems design engineer and knowledge integrator, Joan uses her career to explore the intersection between art, technology, design and community. Her specific interests include sustainable buildings, user experience, creative writing and exhibit design.
Claire is the Manager of the Sustainability Office at Wilfrid Laurier University, responsible for strategic planning and project management, capital planning, education, and community partnerships. Claire is a past CAWR committee member and has sat on several Regional sustainability committees where she brings academic and professional experience in action planning and implementing a triple bottom-line approach into communities and management systems.
Klas is a consulting engineer with over 30 years in the energy efficiency business and has lived with his wife Lucinda downtown Kitchener for the past 20 years. He has a passion for sustainable development and executing energy projects to address climate change.
Patrick is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 10 years of experience in the public sector. In his current role, he is responsible for financial analysis, reporting, budgeting and long-term financial planning. Living in Woolwich and working in Wilmot, his analytical skills, collaborative approach and passion for sustainability bring a strong voice for the interests of the Townships to this initiative.
With a passion for sustainable energy management, Stephanie oversees the delivery of energy programs offered through Energy+ throughout the City of Cambridge, County of Brant and Township of North Dumfries. Her role at Energy+ is focused on developing programs to help distribution consumers achieve energy savings.
Stephanie McCallum, CRSP, an Environmental Compliance Coordinator with Kuntz Electroplating Inc. She is responsible for environmental compliance, sustainability and the environmental management system. Her role as sustainability ‘champion’ was a change in landscape for her. She is currently completing her Master’s of Science in Environmental Protection with an embedded sustainability component to help improve KEIs sustainability program, metrics, and reporting.
Stephanie is an Environmental Specialist at Right To Play where she is part of the international programs team and supports the development of strategies to strengthen the environmental sustainability of programs and operations. She holds a degree in Environmental Engineering and spent six years working for an engineering firm in Kitchener on remediation programs for contaminated sites. She is passionate about supporting local environmental organizations and initiatives and living a sustainable life-style.
Jeff Quint is the Manager of Energy Efficiency and Corporate Communications for Waterloo North Hydro where he leads Waterloo North Hydro's portfolio of energy efficiency programs and corporate communications. His business and engineering background and experience enable Jeff to bring a practical balance that incorporates business goals with sustainable objectives.
Allan is the Program Development Manager at Sustainable Waterloo Region, responsible for new program development. Currently he is leading the development of a Centre for Sustainability Excellence in Waterloo Region and ChargeWR.
Umar is an energy sector professional with a strong passion to address the challenges of the 21st century electricity system as they relate to integrating new technologies, enabling market reforms, and re-shaping consumer experience. Umar is currently the Director of Engineering at Energy+ Inc. where he is overseeing power system refurbishment projects that will involve integrating renewable energy, EV stations, advanced communication systems, and increased consumer interaction with utility markets.
Mike is the Interim Manager of Projects and Energy Management at the City of Kitchener, responsible for capital planning and asset management for a wide range of municipal facilities. Having served over 25 years for the City of Kitchener, he prides himself on the reputation of championing the ability to effectively engage, support and communicate with staff, internal customers and stakeholders. Leveraging his reputation and embedded affinity for the environment and sustainability to effect positive change and instilling awareness around the topic of energy management and circular economies.
Workplaces (ICI) Committee Members
John Kokko - CHair
John is a Professional Engineer who has been at the forefront of energy efficiency and alternative energy in residential and commercial buildings for 35 years. He brings solid, practical experience to help the climate action initiative meet or exceed its GHG reduction goals.
Zainab Moghal - Vice-Chair
Zainab, Ph.D., MCIP, RPP, is a professional planner with over 15 years of experience working across Canada and internationally in climate change action planning (impact and vulnerability assessment, adaptation/ resiliency and mitigation); environmental assessment; and stakeholder engagement. Zainab is currently a Sr. Adaptation and Resiliency Planner with Stantec Consulting and brings to the Residential Sector Committee a connection to her historic Mary-Allen neighbourhood association and former appointment with the ‘Waterloo Citizen’s Environment Advisory Committee’ (WCEAC).
Dave Blake is the Business Development Manager and Manager of Energy Programs at REEP Green Solutions. Dave also serves on the board of directors of Green Communities Canada. Dave currently resides in Wilmot Township, and is committed to leading Waterloo Region to make sustainability the norm.
Carole is an architect practicing locally in Waterloo Region with over 20 years experience in the profession. Always seeking to incorporate 'green' as best practice, she practices mindful design that integrates people, their communities and the environment. She looks forward to contributing to and learning from the diverse experiences and activities of the committee.
Martina is a landscape planner at Dillon Consulting Limited with over eight years of professional experience on projects with core climate change resiliency and ecological design parameters, including sustainable community, streetscape and open space planning and design. Her educational backgrounds in urban planning and landscape architecture provide a unique knowledge base for the implementation of sustainability within the residential sector.
As Sustainability Coordinator and professional planner with the City of Waterloo with 17 years experience - Anna Marie looks forward to continuing to support the implementation of the Community Action Plan.
Scott is a principal at a local solar-focused contracting business, Merlyn Power, and has 8 years of prior experience as an advisor with REEP during the Energuide and Ecoenergy programs. His career has been dedicated to reducing residential energy use and he is excited to join the CAWR committee to help aim Waterloo Region towards a more sustainable future.
Blake is an engineering graduate who has long running interests in health, sustainability, energy efficiency and conservation. His wife is a Naturopathic Doctor and they live with their daughter in Midtown KW. Blake has a strong sense of community and hopes to apply his technical knowledge to help build a sustainable future for Waterloo Region.
Matthew, B.Eng, is a Technical Manager for Owens Corning Canada LP, manufacturer of building insulation solutions. Matthew’s education and work experience has focused on research, energy modeling and design consulting of cost effective low energy residential buildings. He is excited to bring this experience to ClimateActionWR and help shape a sustainable residential future.
Elena brings diverse experience and knowledge through her academic and professional work in the residential and institutional sectors. As an Energy Conservation Officer for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, Elena works on the implementation of energy and water conservation projects, as well as execution of resource conservation programs in schools such as EcoSchools, greening grounds and outdoor classrooms, and waste reduction.
Homes (Residential) Committee Members
This governing body keeps an eye on the big picture. They set the strategic direction and plan priorities, manage resources, and keep us on track.
ANNA MARIE CIPRIANI - Sustainability Coordinator, City of Waterloo
TOVA DAVIDSON - Executive Director, Sustainable Waterloo Region
MARY JANE PATTERSON - Executive Director, REEP Green Solutions
DAVID ROEWADE - Sustainability Planner, Region of Waterloo
SARAH BROWN - Senior Sustainability Planner, City of Kitchener
PAUL WILLMS - Sustainability Planner, City of Cambridge