Board of Directors
The board of Our Energy Guelph provides governance and oversight, and ensures that the organization remains true to its mission. The members are listed below.
Alex Ciccone, Chair
Alex Ciccone is a lawyer practicing environmental, municipal, and planning law in Guelph. He also co-teaches a graduate course at the University of Guelph, offers legal information to students at the University’s Student Help and Advocacy Centre on campus and sits on the Board of Vegfest Guelph.
Alex leverages his environmental science degree as a lawyer in regular appearances before tribunals and courts representing municipalities, citizens and businesses in all matters of environmental and municipal issues—from quarries and contamination to development approvals and appeals.
Outside of the office, he can be found paddling his homemade canoe or cycling and running through Guelph’s trails.
Kristen Visser, Vice Chair
Kristen Visser (née Tilley) is an entrepreneur who brings her passion and experience from working in both profit and not-for-profit environments towards communal change. With over 10 years’ experience working in social and business sectors, she has worked closely with organizations and key community leaders working to develop and implement innovative solutions to building stronger communities. These initiatives aim to combine social, environmental, and economic efforts as each plays a key role in the strengthening of our community. She is the founder of Simplify Co., an organization that develops and implements efficient business processes. She has served as a director for the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, volunteers at Action Read Community Literacy Centre, and is thrilled to be part of this community-led initiative that is working together to move Guelph towards a more sustainable future.
Chris Lambeck, Treasurer
Chris is an experienced leader who believes in the power of nature and understanding different perspectives to develop innovative and sustainable outcomes. Currently he is the Co-founder of TesFlo, Inc. a new carsharing marketplace designed to maximize the use of everyone’s car to provide flexible and creative income opportunities for owners and drivers. Previously he was President & CEO of Regional Power (a subsidiary of Manulife) where he managed a portfolio of hydro-electric projects and advanced new investment opportunities in hydro, wind and solar generation. Prior to joining Regional Power, he held positions with several Canadian financial institutions serving power and infrastructure markets. Chris has served on the board of directors of Association of Power Producers of Ontario, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Scarborough Distress Centre. Chris is a CPA and Chartered Business Valuator and earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Chris and his wife are the proud parents of 2 teenage sons and he is happiest when on a bike or skis.
Indigo is a passionate high school student currently attending GCVI. She has been a climate activist for as long as she can remember, and has more recently become a strong advocate for the youth voice in her community. She sits on the Guelph Youth Council, and has helped organize many community events in Guelph. Alongside her passion for change-making, Indigo also has a far-reaching network of empowered youth that she connects with through a group that she organizes called Artsy Activists.
She is very excited to help make this city that she calls home greener, and looks forward to elevating the youth voice within this vital organization.
Mike Darmon is a board member of the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation (GCAT). He is passionate about increasing modal share for Active Transportation to support the implementation of our Community Energy Initiative (CEI).
He has also served on the city of Guelph Water Conservation and Efficiency Public Advisory Committee for 8 years including time as Chair and Vice Chair.
David Estill is the head of business development for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in North America. In his role, David works to find creative solutions to help bring more renewable energy online. He works in government relations and engages in advocacy efforts for the industry. He has helped bring over 1 GW of wind projects on to the grid across Canada and the United States.
David is a proud member of the Guelph community. He also volunteers as a member of the board for Family & Children’s Services, as chair of the Kindle Communities Inc. Board, and as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.
Vicki Gagnon is the Business Advisor, for the Public Sector at the Independent Electricity System Operator. She has been with the IESO for 14 years. She works with sector-based organizations and Energy Managers across the province to help customers actively manage their energy, enhance the energy efficiency of their facilities and facilitate participation in Save on Energy programs.
Vicki is a Director on the Board of the Clean Air Partnership - Fostering Sustainable Cities in Ontario.
Before joining the IESO/OPA, Vicki worked at the Ontario Trillium Foundation (6 years), establishing the environmental granting portfolio of the newly expanded granting foundation. And before that she worked in the industrial/commercial sector helping commercialize newly developed environmental technologies with the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA, now Blooms).
Vicki holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg Virginia, USA.
About the Independent Electricity System Operator
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) works at the heart of Ontario’s power system – ensuring there is enough power to meet the province’s energy needs in real time while also planning for and securing energy for the future. It does this by:
- Balancing the supply of and demand for electricity in Ontario and then directing its flow across the province’s transmission lines
- Overseeing the electricity wholesale market where the market price of electricity is set
- Planning for the province’s medium- and long-term energy needs and securing clean sources of supply to meet those needs
- Fostering the development of a conservation culture in the province through programs such as saveONenergy
More information is available at www.ieso.ca.
Mike Kazmaier is Professional Engineer, a local entrepreneur, and a University of Guelph School of Engineering graduate. He is passionate about the environment, data and energy innovation and their intersection as relates to solving complex environmental problems. He is a founding member of Clean Cut Energy Corp. a local utility submetering company with a focus on IOT utility measurement that empowers consumers with data. Mike has over 13 years of experience helping customers collect utility data to inform systemic and technological changes that lead to significant reductions in energy and carbon footprints. Mike, his wife and two kids call Guelph home. In his spare time he can often be found on the soccer pitch as a Guelph Soccer coach for the last 7 years and an engaged advocate for many local charities.
Dave Sabola is a Professional Engineer with considerable experience in innovation, Industrial Project Management and Energy Conservation Technologies. He is retired from PepsiCo Foods Canada as Division Engineer after 34 years in various technical management roles, most recently as Sustainability Engineer and Energy Manager. He has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University and holds the designations of Certified Energy Manager and Accredited LEED Professional. His ambition is to serve others through support of their sustainability journey.