Work for a Better World

Meet the team who supports the development of a profession of managers and entrepreneurs committed to transition to a low carbon, socially equitable economy.

Our goal: to provide 100,000 professionals with the skills, knowledge, and experience to manage Canada’s shift to a more sustainable world over the next 15 years. 

 

Directors & Management

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Jennifer Hooper

  • Managing Director

Jennifer Hooper brings 30 years of private and public sector sustainability experience to the ASI team.  Jennifer has extensive experience in the manufacturing, chemical and mining sectors, holding senior executive positions in climate change, sustainability and health and safety.  Her global experience includes work in Brazil, Mozambique, Indonesia, the United States, Europe and New Caledonia.  Her experience in the public sector includes holding senior positions in both the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Labour in the Ontario government. Jennifer holds a B.A Sc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an M.A Sc Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Queens University.

  • Rebecca Black

  • VP, Strategic Marketing & Communications

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. Rebecca is Co-Founder of Women in Renewable Energy WiRE and Director, TREC Renewable Energy incubator. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies specializing in Business & Sustainability from York University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCADU.

  • Jenn Hoffman

  • VP, Development

Jenn loves helping social values-driven organizations to advance environmental and climate justice projects that create positive change. As a Principal at Highwatermark Strategy and Communications, Jenn works with a diverse range of not-for-profits, businesses, and agencies to advance their efforts to conserve nature, tackle the impacts of a changing climate, and address natural and human-caused disasters. Jenn has over twenty-five years of experience in fundraising, strategic and operational planning, program management, and communications. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Victoria and is currently pursuing a Master in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University.

  • Nadine Gudz

  • VP, Executive & Professional Development

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.

  • Nicole Doray

  • Director, 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.

  • Rachel Shin

  • Director, Advisory Services

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.

  • 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.

  • Monica Da Ponte

  • Director, Professional Development Strategy

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.

Board of Directors

President:

Matt McCulloch, GHG Director, COSIA

Secretary:

Meredith Adler, Executive Director, Student Energy

Treasurer:

Dianne Zimmerman, Environment Manager,
City of Mississauga

Director:

Patricia McCunn-Miller, Lawyer

Director:

Marc-André Roy, Managing Partner, CPCS Transcom Inc

Our Mission

  • Recognizing the urgency of achieving an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 — and the opportunities this creates for scaling innovation, acting as an advocate for our movement, and its future impact.
  • Supporting the development of a profession of managers and entrepreneurs committed to transition. We are aiming to qualify and accredit a minimum of 100,000 transition managers within 15 years.
  • Supporting the development of role models and mentoring capacity at all levels – including ‘reverse mentoring’ – and providing for digital matchmaking of those joining the movement.
  • Creating new educational pathways of accessible and flexible learning in transition-related topics by sharing existing educational opportunities.
  • Developing new educational opportunities that transcend disciplinary and institutional barriers and leverage new course formats, online and open access resources, conferences, and co-labs.