Taskforce Members

Task Force members were selected based on a review of applications submitted to the Community Energy Manager at the City of Guelph.  Their participation is voluntary and unpaid.

Jonathan Knowles

Jonathan Knowles, Chair

Jonathan Knowles is an entrepreneur who is passionate about solving problems that prevent social, environmental, and economic sustainability in our world. He is Co-Founder of TradeForce Tech which is a turn-key energy retrofit company implementing projects for large commercial/industrial clients across Ontario. He is also on the Chamber Energy Transition Committee and sits on several Not-For-Profit boards in Guelph as well as the University's Advisory Board for Social Enterprise. As a Guelph citizen who is raising a young family in town he is excited to be part of this community-led initiative that secures a vibrant socio-economic and environmental future. jknowles@tradeforcetech.com c#519-546-5668

Kirby Calvert

Kirby Calvert, Co-Chair

Kirby Calvert is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph. His teaching and research program centers on energy policy issues, with emphasis on the land-use implications of renewable energy and the evolving role of communities and municipalities in energy planning.  He is co-Director of the Community Energy Knowledge-Action Partnership

Alex Chapman

Alex Chapman, City Staff Project Lead

Alex Chapman is Manager of the Climate Change Office for the City of Guelph. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from McGill University, and holds the designations of Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, and certified Renewable Energy Professional. He serves on the Energy Task Force of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Mike Carter

Mike Carter

Mike Carter is the Manager of Business Development for Canada for Canadian Solar Solutions Inc, based out of Guelph. He holds a Combined Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Comparative Studies from the University of Western, and holds the designation of Project Manager Professional. Mike has over 16 years of professional experience working in various sectors of the renewable energy industry.

Ken Church

Ken Church

Ken Church - Mr. Church has been with Natural Resources Canada for the past 19 years, managing research into tools, guidelines and best practices that relate energy demand to the urban environment. He actively promotes district energy, community planning and energy mapping and works to raise their awareness at the municipal level. He represents Canada’s at the International Energy Agency and works closely with associations such as QUEST, IDEA and the FCM as well as utilities, communities and industries

Steve Dyck

Steve Dyck

Steve Dyck is the President of Guelph Solar which he founded in 2009 after a fulfilling career in the automotive industry. Steve enjoys politics, is the co-ordinator of the Guelph Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, and was a candidate in the 2011 provincial election.  He enjoys spending time with his family and giving back to the community by being involved with Guelph Green Drinks, Bridges Out of Poverty, and FairVote

Jake DeBruyn

Jake DeBruyn

Jake DeBruyn is an agricultural engineer who works on green energy deployment.  He’s employed by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  Jake was a member of the City of Guelph Environmental Advisory Committee for many years.  He’s an active member of New Life Christian Reformed Church.  Jake and his wife Joan have two young children and live in downtown Guelph.

David Estill

David Estill

David Estill is the Manager of Sales and Strategy for Siemens Wind Power Limited. In this role he is responsible for sales, market strategy and government relations across Canada. Prior to joining Siemens, David owned a solar installation company in Guelph which he sold in 2013. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. He is actively engaged as a volunteer in the community, having served on several not-for-profit boards and currently volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.

Evan Ferrari

Evan Ferrari

Evan Ferrari is the Executive Director of eMERGE Guelph, a not-for-profit, that helps residents save money by reducing energy and water use.  They provide educational and awareness opportunities for residents to understand and then act to reduce their consumption.  By empowering residents to take control of their consumption we aid the City of Guelph in decreasing energy and water demand while encouraging local investment in efficiency, conservation and renewable energy systems.  eMERGE Guelph is also currently developing a program to engage the ICI (Indistrial Commercial Institutional) sector in formalizing energy reduction and climate change targets on a voluntary basis.  They have been instrumental in the development of the Community Energy Initiative and the GEERS program currently under development (including involvement under their previous name: Guelph Environmental Leadership).

Wayne Galliher

Wayne Galliher

Wayne Galliher is Division Manager of Guelph Water Services. Wayne has worked within the Ontario Municipal Water Sector since 2003 holding positions in Water Treatment Operations, Infrastructure Planning, Water/Wastewater Education and Outreach and Water Demand Management.   In addition to his work with the City, Galliher has also served  as part of Council of the Federation's Water Partner Advisory Committee and is past Chair of the of Ontario Water Works Association's (OWWA) Water Efficiency Committee.

Mike Kazmaier

Mike Kazmaier

Mike Kazmaier an engineering graduate from the University of Guelph, a Professional Engineer and a partner at Clean Cut Energy Corp a local energy and water submetering business located in Guelph, ON.  Clean Cut Energy provides utility submetering services, energy benchmarking, management and retrofitting services for customers all across Canada.  Mike has over 10 years of extensive experience working with fortune 500 companies, property developers, landowners, condominiums and industrial clients to identify, upgrade and track conservation progress toward a net-zero future.  Mike strives to make many incremental, low cost, changes in operations that cumulatively result in dramatic energy reductions for buildings. He is an avid conservationist, loves the outdoors and supports a number of local charities.

Larry Kotseff

Larry Kotseff

Larry Kotseff is currently the Senior Executive, Land Development, with Fusion Homes based in here in Guelph. He has also held senior positions most notably as Commissioner of Planning, Housing and Community Services with the Region of Waterloo and as Chief Administrative Officer with the City of Guelph. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the University of Toronto. Larry is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Canadian Institute of Planners and the Association of Ontario Land Economists and has a keen interest in promoting energy initiatives in community planning.”.

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Jerry Lacina

Jerry Lacina is the National Accounts Manager, Distribution Markets at Union Gas Ltd where he manages an energy efficiency program for commercial distributors and agricultural customers.  He attended Wilfrid Laurier University studying Business, Management and Marketing.  Jerry has a background in CNG-powered transportation and is supportive of renewable power opportunities. 

Sandy Manners

Sandy Manners

Sandy Manners is the Director of Corporate Communications at Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Waterloo University, a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Toronto, and is a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She currently represents the electric utility sector on the Electrical Safety Authority's Consumer Advisory Council and serves on Ontario's Green Button Pilot Project Working Group and the Power Providers Working Group on Electric Vehicles.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Jim Moore is the Manager of Advanced Technologies at Polycon Industries, a division of Magna Exteriors Corp..  He has been involved in multiple new technologies, in the past years - looking at cost reductions and lightweighting opportunities - from the installation of 8 MW of electrical capacity using cogeneration, to implementing new process technology for Carbon Fibre & Epoxy Prepreg materials for automotive exteriors. He has a DCS in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University.

Kithio Mwanzia

Kithio Mwanzia

Kithio Mwanzia is the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Kithio has spent several years in a variety of capacities as a communications, government relations and management professional. He has developed thorough knowledge of working with member driven organizations having served in various capacities with the St. Catharines – Thorold Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Prior to being named President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber he served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and public policy from Brock University and has extensive knowledge working with business, government and community. Kithio is a recipient of the Business Link Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award, the Guelph Mercury Top 40 Under 40 Award and the David Betzner Award for Volunteer Service.

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Brandon Raco

Brandon Raco is the Coordinator, Sustainability Engagement for the University of Guelph. He holds a Bachelor of Art in Environmental Governance from the University of Guelph and is working towards the Environmental Professional (EP) designation. In his role he designs and developments programs that advance operational sustainability at the University of Guelph. 

John Rathbone

John Rathbone

John Rathbone is a senior consultant with Ramboll Energy. Ramboll is an engineering consultancy and world leader in district energy planning and design as well as renewable energy. John has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Windsor, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, and a Certified Project Manager. He is a member of QUEST where he is a regular presenter on district energy topics at conferences. He also travels across North America giving presentations on district energy at International District Energy Association (IDEA) conferences and the EU-Canada Energy Conference 2016. John has 2 children under the age of 4 with his wife and happily live in the east end of Guelph.

Patrick Sheridan

Patrick Sheridan

Patrick Sheridan is an expert in risk analysis with more than 15 years’ experience developing evidence based policy within the fields of medicine and government. He holds a BSc in Toxicology and MSc in Statistics from the University of Guelph. Patrick’s passion for cycling and work in health research led him to found Guelph Bikes, a local cycling advocacy organization dedicated to using the principals of risk analysis and evidence based policy to make Guelph a better place for cyclists.

Josh Shook

Josh Shook

Josh Shook is a Project Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Energy responsible for the Municipal Energy Plan program. He has a strong background with municipal energy planning, energy conservation programs, policy research, energy/GHG analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Josh graduated from the University of Guelph with a major in Environmental Science.

Jennifer Weatherston

Jennifer Weatherston

Jennifer Weatherston is the Director of Innovation and Estimating at Reid’s Heritage Homes and is the project lead on the Net Zero Initiative.  Reid’s Heritage Homes has vast experience with evaluating new building techniques and the potential impact on community infrastructure, planning, research and industry applications.  They built the first 5 certified Net Zero Energy Homes in Guelph via the Canadian Home Builders Labelling program.  At the 2017 EnerQuality Housing Innovation Forum and Awards, Reid’s Heritage Homes were recognized by EQ Awards (for the 2nd year in a row) as Net Zero Builder of the Year as well as Green Builder of the Year and Jennifer received Leader of the Year.