Transitional board

Our Energy Guelph is in the process of becoming incorporated as a not-for-profit and recruiting for its permanent board of directors. The Transitional Board was constituted to oversee this process.

Jonathan Knowles

Jonathan Knowles - Co-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

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.

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Amanda Hardcastle

Amanda Hardcastle holds the position of Mid Market Manager of Energy and Environmental Products for Shell Energy North America. With over 13 years of experience in the Canadian energy sector, she has worked closely with industry participants such as gas & power producers, local utilities, provincial regulators and developers of renewable generation. In her role, Amanda works directly with industrial customers, municipalities and school boards on budgeting for energy as well as developing strategies around energy sustainability. She holds a bachelors degree from the McMaster University, and is active in the Guelph community raising two young boys with her husband Adam. 

Alex Chapman

Alex Chapman

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.