Directors & Management

Gord Lambert

Gord Lambert

Co-Founder

Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence, Ivey Business School

Gordon Lambert is a pioneering sustainable business executive who lead Suncor Energy’s sustainability strategy, innovation and embedding efforts for 17 years. A central player in the creation of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), he was appointed by the Premier of Alberta to the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan expert panel and Chaired the Alberta Climate Leadership Technology and Innovation Task Force. Gordon is a member of the Board of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), Alberta Innovates and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR). He serves on the Export Development Canada CSR advisory council and as the Energy and Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey Business School.

David Wheeler

David Wheeler

Co-Founder

Former Chair of Business & Sustainability, Schulich School of Business, York University

David Wheeler is an internationally experienced academic leader and business person with three decades of senior executive involvement in change management and sustainable business practice, research and teaching. In that time David has provided advice to numerous governments, businesses and civil society organizations pursuing sustainable development. He is presently an advisor to Export Development Canada and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and to the Dean of Environmental Studies at York University.

Ed Whittingham

Ed Whittingham

Co-Founder

Former Executive Director, Pembina Institute

Ed Whittingham is a passionate, results-oriented environmental professional. His background in climate change, energy policy and corporate sustainability has been developed through 20 years of working collaboratively with companies, governments, universities and non-governmental organizations in Canada and internationally. He is the former executive director of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s widely respected energy/environment NGO.

Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black

Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications

Owner, Black Current Marketing

Rebecca Black leads boutique marketing consultancy Black Current Marketing. Since 2006, she and her team have worked with a range of international clients seeking low carbon solutions to address climate change. Rebecca’s expertise is in developing brands, campaigns and events that help create and market a more sustainable future. She is also the Co-Founder of the rapidly growing Women in Renewable Energy WiRE capacity-building organization and Director of TREC Renewable Energy Coop.

Kathrin Bohr

Kathrin Bohr

Director, Professional Standards Strategy

Senior Partner, Stakeholder Research Associates

Kathrin Bohr has 18 years experience working with Canadian and international clients in sustainable supply chain, stakeholder engagement, strategy, and ESG reporting. She is Senior Partner at Stakeholder Research Associates and previously held positions as Director, Sustainability Solutions at Intertek PLC and Vice President, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. Kathrin is a trained career coach in the Impact space. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business with a specialization in Business & Sustainability and a BA from the University of Toronto.

Monica Da Ponte

Monica Da Ponte

Director, Professional Development Strategy

Owner, Shift & Build

Monica Da Ponte is the founder of Shift & Build, a boutique consultancy focused on helping to advance social change. With 15+ years of progressive management experience in the profit and nonprofit sectors, Monica creates systems change solutions, spearheads strategic planning, designs award-winning sustainability programs and creates shared value through partnerships. She holds a Masters and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, specializing in sustainability and marketing.

Nicole Doray

Nicole Doray

Manager, Platform Communications & Content

Nicole Doray has 8 years of experience working on food security and sustainability projects in Canada and abroad. She holds a trilingual iBA in International Studies from York University’s Glendon Campus and a diploma in International Relations from la Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid. She is currently pursuing her MES with a focus on Business and the Environment, embedding her research with insights from both environmental and business leaders at York University and the Schulich School of Business.

Janessa Grossett

Janessa Grossett

Director of Young Professional Engagement

Janessa creates and inspires. Her young professional experience includes public policy, event management, program development, employee engagement, fundraising and team leadership in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She is the founder of Evermint Consulting, a business-consulting agency for purpose-driven organizations. As event manager for Leading Change 2018, Janessa and her team brought together 150 of Canada’s brightest young sustainability leaders in Vancouver for an epic weeklong series of events and activities alongside The GLOBE Series Conference.

Nadine Gudz

Nadine Gudz

Director of Executive Leadership Development Programming

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University & Former Global Sustainability Director, Interface Inc.

A seasoned sustainability leader and Clean50 honouree, Nadine led corporate sustainability strategy, partnership development and employee engagement initiatives for sustainable business pioneer, Interface Inc. for over ten years. Currently completing her Ph.D. in sustainability education and organizational change, she’s Faculty for the Graduate Certificate program in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Nadine is a LEED accredited professional who has served on the Boards of the National Zero Waste Council, US Green Building Council Education Advisory Committee and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.

Cory Searcy

Cory Searcy

Director, Academic Strategy

Associate Dean, Ryerson, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

Cory Searcy is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Environmental Applied Science & Management (EnSciMan) at Ryerson University. He currently serves as the Associate Dean, Programs in Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS). His current research focuses on corporate sustainability indicators, sustainability reporting, and sustainable supply chains. Cory also serves as a section editor for corporate sustainability at the Journal of Business Ethics.

Rachel Shin

Rachel Shin

Manager, ASI International

Rachel Shin is a sustainability professional who is passionate about creating environmentally and socially-just change informed by stakeholder engagement. Rachel’s multidisciplinary education helps her excel in project management and facilitating expertise across disciplines. Rachel holds a Master’s of Applied Science in Environmental Science and Management from Ryerson University, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Economics from Dalhousie University.

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