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 consultancy Black Current Marketing, working with a range of international clients seeking low carbon solutions and behaviours to address the climate crisis. Rebecca relishes strategic design problems, creative branding and communication challenges, and the opportunity to build teams and campaigns that create a more sustainable future. She is Co-Founder of Women in Renewable Energy WiRE and Director at TREC Renewable Energy incubator. Rebecca holds a Master of Environmental Studies specializing in Business & Sustainability (York University), and is in the final project stage of a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation (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

  • Manager, Academic & Partner Relations

Nicole Doray is a passionate sustainability specialist with a deep understanding of environmental and social justice issues. She solves problems using insights from a combination of international experiences in ENGO project management, business development, research and communications. Her own multidisciplinary education, including a Trilingual iBA in International Studies (York University, Glendon College), graduate certificates in International Relations (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas) and Business and the Environment (Schulich School of Business), and a Masters of Environmental Studies (York University) has enhanced her knowledge and work across business, technology, policy and environmental fields.

  • Yana Korytek

  • Manager, Strategic Marketing & Communications

Yana Korytek is a result-oriented communications professional, with a passion for environment, corporate social responsibility, and climate action. Yana is a partner at Black Current, a strategic design company committed to co-creating a sustainable future, where she tackles strategic business problems, leads innovative design, and crafts empowering stories. She brings 10 years experience of delivering creative engagement strategies for national and global brands using insights and experience drawn from a dynamic combination of human-centred design thinking, marketing strategy, and public relations.

  • 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.

  • 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, and Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance Board Director

Secretary:

Meredith Adler, Executive Director, Student Energy

Treasurer:

Dianne Zimmerman, Environment Manager,
City of Mississauga

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.