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Thank you Michelle!

Dear Climate Smart friends,

I am writing to let you know that at the end of June, I will be stepping away from my day-to-day role as Vice President and Training Manager. It has been an incredible ten years helping Climate Smart grow from a pilot program at Ecotrust Canada, into a separate start-up, and now into a flourishing social enterprise with enormous potential. I am fortunate to have worked with and learned from all the inspiring people inside Climate Smart businesses and at our host partner organizations. And I am immensely proud of the impact we’ve achieved together, and of the concrete action taken to reduce GHG emissions.

It won’t be easy to leave this role and the Climate Smart team. I cannot imagine more collaborative, dedicated, strategic, wise and fun people with whom to work; I have learned so much from each of them. But I am ready to explore a new chapter, and I believe this is a good time for the organization as well. Climate Smart is in a very strong position, expanding to deliver our training program and data products and services across Canada and in the US, while also continuing to work with our partners and network of businesses in BC. Our team has never been more talented, knowledgeable and ready to grow.

I take great comfort from the fact that I will stay involved with Climate Smart on contract through the fall (after taking a break over the summer), and on an ongoing basis as a shareholder and number-one fan. I won’t have to say good-bye all at once, and I’ll be available to help ensure this transition is a smooth one.

As with any staffing change, my exit from day-to-day operations provides an opportunity to examine Climate Smart’s needs and re-organize a bit. We are excited to announce the new position of VP, Operations and Growth at Climate Smart — a role we plan to fill this summer.

An enormous thanks to all of you for making my time at Climate Smart so rewarding. I am not yet sure what my next career chapter will hold, but I very much hope our paths continue to cross as I plot a new course.

Warm regards,


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