Elizabeth Sheehan, President
Elizabeth is co-founder and president of Climate Smart Business Inc., an award winning social enterprise and certified B Corp. Climate Smart offers a unique blend of training, advisory, software, certification and unique data reports to engage small and medium sized businesses for governments, financial institutions and transport hubs. Elizabeth brings 20+ years experience working with private sector, philanthropic and government partners to scale up innovative business-focused programs with economic and environmental impact. Elizabeth holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.Sc), and Cornell University (MRP). In 2013, she was nominated for the YMCA Women of Distinction Award for the Environment.
Christine VanDerwill, Partnerships and Communications Manager
Christine provides project management support to organizations and businesses throughout the Climate Smart training program and helps to implement municipal and corporate strategies. Christine brings broad client management and event planning experience from a range of sectors, including ecotourism, IT and higher-education. She holds a MA in International Studies from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and while completing her studies served as a research assistant at SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT). Most recently Christine was involved in the development of avoided deforestation carbon offset projects in Southern Peru and coordinated field based communications about carbon market activities with stakeholders, partner NGOs, and certification organizations.
Christopher Hakes, Business Development Lead – Business Energy and Emissions Profiles (BEEP)
Christopher leads on business development, client relationships, and sales around our Business Energy and Emission Profiles (BEEPs). Through his 20-years in climate change and conservation, he’s specialized in strategic partnerships, communication, and program development. Deeply interested in the latest policy and trends in sustainability, he was the Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships with the GLOBE Series, North America’s largest conference series on business and the environment. Comfortable at the nexus of business and climate change, he was Director of Client Services and Business Development at Offsetters. Helping companies to understand, reduce, and mitigate their climate impacts, Offsetters is one of Canada’s leading providers of sustainability and carbon management services. Christopher is a member of Earth Rangers’ Advisory Council, and a former member of the CSA Technical Committee on Climate Change, and a Director-at-Large for the Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia. He holds an MSc in international development and climate change.
Marianne Pemberton, Client Advisor and Training Manager
Marianne manages Climate Smart’s advising and training team, ensuring the client experience is smooth and effective for businesses working to quantify, manage, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. After completing her degrees from the University of Waterloo (BA, 2008) and the University of Guelph (MA, 2010), Marianne interned at the Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce before moving home to Vancouver to apply her professional passion for embedding sustainability in the private and non-profit sectors. With experience working with values-driven consumer-packaged-goods and cosmetics manufacturers in Vancouver, Marianne has scaled capacity and positive impacts from within businesses in the areas of ethical sourcing, environmental responsibility, recycling, and waste reduction. Most recently, Marianne completed the Basics of Greenhouse Gas Accounting course offered by the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, and is ready to learn from and collaborate with businesses in Climate Smart’s current network and beyond.
Steve Vogel, Senior Data Analyst and Client Advisor
Steve oversees the delivery of Climate Smart’s current data products and services, and manages a portfolio of clients participating in the training and certification program. Additionally, he provides support to the training program and periodically leads training sessions. Steve brings a broad range of public sector and private sector experience in technical and commercial roles, having most recently worked in the wind energy sector. He is a Professional Engineer holding a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering Leadership in Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia. As an engaged technical professional passionate about environmental stewardship, Steve is excited to work with small and medium-sized businesses to realize their potential for carbon reduction.
Taspia Raka, Client Advisor and Data Analyst
Taspia joined the Climate Smart team as the Client Advisor and Data Analyst with a primary focus on Client Advising. She is working directly with business clients to lead them through the steps of setting up GHG inventories as well as developing cost-saving strategies by reducing emissions. Taspia has a Bachelor’s of Environmental Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and has successfully completed the Basics of Greenhouse Gas Accounting course offered by the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI). Taspia has experience working on complex sustainability projects such as designing a District Energy System. She has previously worked with engineering consulting firms, environmental labs, and non-profit organizations. In 2015 she completed an internship with Climate Smart, and has rejoined the team to pursue her passion for sustainable business development.
Elly Pattison, Client Advisor and Data Analyst
Elly has joined Climate Smart as a Data Analyst and Client Advisor. In this role, she supports a diverse portfolio of clients through the Climate Smart certification process, and also contributes to producing Climate Smart’s growing suite of data products. Prior to Climate Smart, Elly worked as a sustainability consultant in Melbourne, Australia delivering everything from greenhouse gas inventories for local government, community engagement programs focused on renewable energy, environmental impact assessments for major construction projects, sustainability strategies and net zero emissions modelling, and a range of sustainability research projects. Elly brings experience in project management and data analysis, as well as experience from the Australian context.
Geneviève Tardif, Interim Operations Manager
Geneviève first joined the Climate Smart team as administrator at Ecotrust Canada. After getting her BA in Art and Culture Studies from Simon Fraser University, she spent several years as administrator/office manager/manufacturer at Sweet Soul Designs, a local clothing and burlesque-wear designer. She has also spent time working as a canvasser at Greenpeace, where she got her first experience working as an environmentalist.
Climate Smart’s Network of Trainers
Michelle Bonner From 2008 to 2018, Michelle managed the training and client support team at Climate Smart, and has personally trained more than 600 of the 900 businesses and organizations that have participated in the Climate Smart program. Michelle brings almost two decades’ work in the environmental field in Canada and the US to her role at Climate Smart. During her time as a fundraiser Michelle managed staff responsible for combined annual revenues of $3M in core funding and a portfolio of approximately 90 foundations. Michelle holds a BA in English Literature and Environmental Studies from McGill University. She is certified as a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier (GHG IQ) by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group).
Maureen Cureton‘s first experience in the environmental sector was managing for an organic recycling technology. Since then she’s worked with a variety of start up and emerging businesses. Maureen was also a project manager at Rocky Mountain Institute, a world-renowned ‘think tank’ providing research and consulting services on natural capitalism and market based solutions for sustainable development. Today she brings her commitment to sustainability to her work as Green Business Manager with Vancity’s Social Finance division and to the advisory services she provides to Vancity’s business members. Maureen also holds an Associate Faculty position with Royal Roads University, teaching Sustainability in the MBA program, and she designs and teaches courses and workshops for Thompson Rivers University, UBC, and other institutions. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource and Environmental Management, a Master of Business Administration, and diplomas in adult education, and renewable energies. She co-authored three books including Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate Development (published by Wiley & Sons) and Toward Sustainable Communities (2nd edition, New Society Publishers).