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.
Michelle Bonner, Vice President and Training Manager
Michelle is the primary lead trainer at Climate Smart and has trained more than 300 businesses in greenhouse gas management. Michelle has almost two decades’ experience in the environmental field — non-profit and for-profit — and has worked extensively in Canada and the U.S. with organizations such as Ecojustice, Earthjustice, Evergreen, Outward Bound and the Hollyhock Leadership Institute. She brings her passion and experience in environmental issues, adult education, and research to Climate Smart. Michelle has completed courses with the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute in organizational GHG accounting and offset project accounting, and holds a BA in English Literature and Environmental Studies from McGill University.
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.
Hilary Miller, Client Advisor
Hilary is passionate about empowering businesses to manage and reduce their own carbon footprints. Prior to joining Climate Smart, she worked as a Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Manager for Saam Smit Towage, a harbour towage operation with sites up and down the BC coast. While at SST Canada, Hilary helped the company attain ISO 14001 certification, worked towards both shore and ship-based environmental improvements, and sat as a ship-owners representative on Green Marine’s West Coast Advisory Committee. Hilary has a master’s degree in Maritime Management from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. Hilary is also a trained ‘Lean Sensei Greenbelt,’ and loves streamlining processes to realize both environmental and financial savings.
Darius Tolkien-Spurr, Data Analyst
Darius works to help businesses, organizations, and municipalities quantify and analyze their greenhouse gas emissions. He is a trained GHG Accountant and has experience measuring the climate change impact of renewable energy projects and leading on methodological development. Darius is passionate about innovative solutions to environmental issues and believes that mitigating climate change has inherent economic opportunities. Darius has an MSc in Carbon Finance from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Environmental Studies and Psychology from the University of Victoria, as well as environmental certifications from the University of Toronto and Royal Roads University.
Geneviève Tardif, Office 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 Advisory Board
Elmer Sum, Managing Director – GreenTech Exchange
Elmer has engaged the innovation business throughout his career. He is well versed with key aspects of an innovation-based economy and has cultivated business networks in North America, Asia and Europe. His current focus centres on connecting management, research, capabilities and discoveries with business, industry, commerce, and investment.
Mr. Sum led the launch of GreenTech Exchange from Vancouver in March 2009. This industry platform delivers education forums, networking events, investment & trade missions as well as market oriented programs. It aims to accelerate the growth of green innovations and clean solutions, and increase the flow into traditional industries for competitive benefits and productivity gains.
A graduate of the University of California, Mr. Sum holds a B.Sc. at UC Berkeley and a M.Sc. from UCLA in Engineering. He completed the Technology Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Elmer is an advisor to several cleantech and environmental organizations including Global Cleantech Cluster Association, Clean Energy Research Centre, Globe Foundation and Climate Smart.
Moura Quayle, Sauder School of Business at UBC
Moura’s interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government and business. Her current focus is the Sauder d.studio, a research and teaching studio that helps students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools to co-create innovative solutions to complex problems. Moura’s experience includes leadership of the B.C. Pacific Coast Collaborative, Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, Dean of UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and Associate VP, Academic Programs for UBC Okanagan. A landscape architect and urban designer, she is a well-respected author, blogger and speaker on the principles and practices of strategic design and thinking. Moura chaired Vancouver’s Urban Landscape Task Force, which resulted in the city’s Greenways program. She is on the board of the Vancouver Economic Commission and is one of Vancouver’s representatives to the World Class Cities Partnership. She has been recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Distinction, was named Distinguished Alumna by UC Berkeley and received an honorary Doctor of Science from The University of Guelph.
Morten Schroder, VP Van Houtte Coffee Services, Pacific Region
Shortly after emigrating from Norway, Morten started working in the coffee service business throughout British Columbia and Alberta. After 30 years with Van Houtte Coffee Services, one of many enjoyable aspects of his current role as VP of Operations has become the opportunity to pursue initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of the BC operations. Morten completed the UBC Award of achievement in Sustainability Management in 2012 and is a member of the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Canada Sustainability Council. As a result of joining Climate Smart in 2010 in search of knowledge and guidance, numerous initiatives have been implemented throughout Van Houtte’s operations, over the past three years throughout BC. Further info on these initiatives here
Steve Weems, Managing Director of Polaris Associates
Steve Weems is founder and Managing Director of Polaris Associates, a consulting firm with expertise in project financing; business development and management; economic and community development; human and organizational development. Prior to founding Polaris, Mr. Weems founded and served as Managing Director of CEI Capital Management LLC (CCML), a for-profit investment management subsidiary of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI). Mr. Weems has pursued a cross-pollinated career in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including as Executive Vice President & COO of Resource Conservation Services, an Inc. 500 organic materials recycling company with seven operating locations in four states. Along this path, Mr. Weems has always worked for sustainable growth, consistent with true natural resource conservation, with a goal of helping both people and organizations realize their highest potential. Mr. Weems is also a veteran, having served as a Captain, United States Army during the Vietnam conflict. He has served on many for-profit and non-profit boards and commissions, and is a previous municipal elected official.
Magdalena Szpala is a member of Climate Smart’s network of trainers. She coordinates BC Housing’s GHG inventory and plan for achieving carbon neutrality; she is also a Natural Step Associate. Prior to joining BC Housing, Magda’s consulting work was based on nine years of diverse leadership and management experience gained in the financial services industry (CIBC and Citibank). Magda holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology from Hull University, UK, and a Masters in Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability, from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. She is a member of the Greenhouse Gas Experts Network.
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).