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.
Mohamed El Hannach, Data and Knowledge Systems Manager
Mohamed joined the Climate Smart team as the Data and Knowledge Systems Manager after several years working in research at Simon Fraser University. In this role, he will build, develop, and deliver quality products that will further strengthen and enhance services for clients of Climate Smart. Mohamed brings an expertise in data management and visualization to his role, as well as a deep-seated commitment to the establishment of sustainable and low-carbon communities. Since his Ph.D. studies in France, Mohamed has worked largely in the field of hydrogen fuel cell technology. He has worked on multiple projects with partners from different sectors to advance the research and development of the technology and to provide valuable analysis and insights on data.
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.
Emily King, Data Analyst and Client Advisor
Emily works across both the data analyst and client support teams, both providing support to clients to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and providing insights into the data gathered from our network of businesses. Emily brings experience in data analysis and interpretation from a background of policy advice and support for governments related to the international trade in wildlife, as well as a Masters in Conservation Science from Imperial College, London.
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.
Alexandra Woudzia, Business Client Relations Lead
Alexandra joined the Climate Smart team in the field of business development and is passionate about working with strategic partners to develop realistic strategies which are profitable, and sustainable. She brings knowledge and experience from her role in Scotland where she worked to engage businesses in sustainable waste management and has experience in designing creative solutions for businesses to reduce their emissions. She has studied Environmental Geography from the University of British Columbia (BA, 2010), Sustainable Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh (MSc, 2017) and has also completed the Basics of Greenhouse Gas Accounting course offered by the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI). Alexandra is eager to collaborate with businesses and learn how Climate Smart can allow them to reach their strategic goals.
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’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).
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.