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Karel Mayrand - President & Chair of the Board
Karel Mayrand is the manager for the David Suzuki Foundation - Québec and is part of the management team for DSF's Vancouver office. He is also a trained presenter for the Climate Reality Project Canada and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Before joining the David Suzuki Foundation, he was co-founder of Unisféra International Centre, a sustainable development think-tank wherein he created Planetair, a carbon offset programme leading the Canadian carbon credit sector. Karel has worked in the sustainable development sector now for over 12 years. He has served as a sustainable development consultant to many governments and United Nation agencies, including former Quebec Premier Marc Johnson for more than a decade. Regularly invited to comment on environmental issues in the media, Karel is also co-author of Governing Global Desertification (2006, Ashgate Aldershot Editions, London) and Manifeste pour un Québec durable ( 2007). He is a 2005 Action Canada fellow and was a finalist for the Arista Provincial Competition in 2008 as Quebec's socially responsible entrepreneur of the year.
Jean-François Barsoum - Chair of the communications committee
As the leader of the Innovation and Environment consulting practice at IBM Canada, Jean-François Barsoum has helped create strategies for companies in several sectors, including financial, higher education, green tech, professional associations, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications firms. He has participated in the creation (and continues to work with) the international team supporting IBM's Smarter Cities initiative, aiming to transform cities' water and transportation networks.
Philippe Kattan - Attorney
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Philippe Kattan practices law in Lapointe Rosenstein L.L.P.'s commercial practice group. While his practice covers many areas of commercial law, he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, real estate and taxation and estate planning. Philippe advises several not-for-profit and student organizations regarding corporate, taxation, accreditation, governance and a wide variety of other general legal issues. He is often called upon to attend board or general meetings of such organizations to offer specific and/or general advice on various legal issues. In 2009, Philippe completed the Climate Reality presenter training in Nashville, Tennessee, and was subsequently offered a seat on the board of directors of Climate Reality Canada. In this capacity, he advises the board on all manner of legal issues facing the organization. He is also a member of the Centre for the Law of Business and International Trade as well as the Association de planification fiscale et financière. Philippe is a graduate of the Université de Montréal with a civil law degree and of the John Molson School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance). He was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2007.
Chantal Després - Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Based in Montreal, Chantale Després is Director of Marketing Communications and Research at CN, responsible for the design and implementation of strategic marketing communication programs in support of multiple business units, as well as market research. Over the past two years, she has added environmental solutions to her responsibilities and has had the opportunity to work with many leading companies, consultants, and governments in the area of sustainability and environmental strategies. In April of 2008, Chantale completed the Climate Reality training in Montreal and at The Climate Reality Project's North American Summit in Nashville, in May 2009. She became chair of the fundraising committee in January of 2009 for Climate Reality Canada. Chantale holds a Masters Degree in Marketing from l'Université de Sherbrooke and a Business Administration Degree from l'Université de Moncton.
Ryan Kadowaki - Director
Based in Vancouver, Ryan Kadowaki is the Senior Program Coordinator for the David Suzuki Foundation's Climate Change and Clean Energy Program. Over the past three years, Ryan has worked on public outreach campaigns focusing on finding solutions to climate change. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria and is currently enrolled in the Master of Environment and Management program at Royal Roads University. In 2010, Ryan completed the Climate Reality presenter training in Nashville, Tennessee. Ryan enjoys his presentation work, speaking to audiences about climate change and sustainability issues and drawing on his experiences at the David Suzuki Foundation. In 2011, Ryan joined the Board of Directors of Climate Reality Canada.
Gordon Hicks - Director
Gordon Hicks joined BLJC in 1997 and held a number of Executive roles until being promoted to President in 2006.
Gordon is a graduate Engineer of Carleton University, a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is committed to supporting the Real Estate Industry in operating to the highest environmental standards, and served on the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council from May 2007 to June 2010. He recently was appointed as Chair of the CaGBC's Market Development Committee.
In April 2008, Gord became one of 275 Certified Canadian Presenters of Climate Reality Canada. In 2009, he also joined the Board of Directors of the organization.
Finally, in 2009 Gord was appointed the Cabinet Leader for the Real Estate Sector of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Leaders for the Cure Program. BLJC was recognized by Canadian Business and Macleans magazines as one of Canada's "Top 30 Greenest Companies" in 2010.
Candace Labelle - Vice-President
Candace Labelle is based in Ottawa, Ontario, where she is the director for CSC's internal sustainability initiative known as CSC GreenWay. Launched in June of 2008, the program is responsible for developing and implementing CSC's short and long term corporate environmental and sustainability strategy. Through this program, CSC is actively engaging employees and reducing the environmental footprint of their global operations, supporting 92,000 employees in over 80 countries.
Candace attended Ottawa University, holds certifications for PMP, 6 Sigma Green Beltand ITIL Foundations, and has 15 years experience in the IT industry.
As an active Climate Reality presenter, having attended the first Canadian training in Montreal in 2008, and well as Mr.Gore's US Summit and follow up training in Nashville in May of 2009, Candace delivers the urgent message on climate change and our need for action whenever an opportunity presents itself. Her presentations are updated with Canadian content and a solutions and activity focus, and then shared with various local audiences on a volunteer basis to help raise awareness about climate change, and inspire action toward change.
Marie-Chantal Buteau - Board Member
Alana Geller - Treasurer
Mike Gerbis - Founding President
Michael Gerbis as CEO is responsible for overseeing the growth and strategic direction of The Delphi Group and providing advice and insight to clients and project teams across Delphi's key services areas - greenhouse gas management and corporate sustainability. Prior to joining Delphi, Michael owned and operated a successful environmental engineering consulting firm, which focused on developing and implementing corporate pollution prevention strategies.
Michael has over 17 years experience in both the operational and strategic aspects of environmental management. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Eng. from Queens University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from McMaster University.
Michael is actively involved in the community working closely with organizations such as the Young Environmental Professionals (www.yep.ca), Algonquin College's Green Business management Program and OCRI's Clean Tech Cluster to advance sustainability. Michael is also actively engaged in the education of youth through SHAD Valley International (www.shad.ca) and regularly making presentations to university and high school students around the country on issues such as climate change, clean energy and sustainable development.
Michael enjoys running, playing hockey and golf, and experiencing what the world has to offer with his wife Deb and his two boys Thomas and Kieran.
Désirée McGraw - Founding Vice-Chair/President
In 2007, Désirée was among a select group of 21 Canadians to complete a training in Nashville with former U.S. Vice-President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore as part of his Climate Project. In addition to conducting over 50 presentations (to date) to a broad range of audiences and professions, she (along with 5 other early Canadian trainees) went on to help found the Climate Project Canada and served as Vice-President of the Board. A public policy professional with a background in international affairs, Désirée has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, reporter, senior political advisor and spokesperson in the field of sustainable development, and has been described by the national media as "one of Canada's ten most influential people on environmental issues." She currently serves as Executive Director of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation where she is responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and its flagship Sauvé Scholars Program, affiliated with McGill University where she lectures on global environmental politics, including "Climate Diplomacy". As chair of a 2006 federal Liberal Taskforce on Environment and Sustainable Development, her ground-breaking report and recommendations are credited with providing a national blueprint for reconciling Canada's social and economic objectives with its environmental concerns and commitments. Previously, Désirée served as Director of Policy to Canada's Minister of International Cooperation, and has worked with various international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank. Désirée has served on the official Canadian delegations to UN conferences, including on Environment and Development (Rio, 1992), the Biodiversity Convention (Nairobi, 2000) and the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol (Montreal, 2005). Following her appointment by UN Under-Secretary-General Maurice Strong to serve as one of two Youth Ambassadors to the 1992 Earth Summit, she spent four years working as an international reporter for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Désirée is a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen's University and an associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. She has been involved in politics and election campaigns in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, where she conducted graduated studies as a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics. Désirée's became active in global affairs at age 16 when she embarked on a national speaking tour promoting peace and security issues during the Cold War era. The eight-month cross-country "SAGE" tour reached a quarter of all Canadian secondary schools and was followed by special invitations to the UN, the US and the former USSR. The tour was the subject of an award-winning documentary by the National Film Board of Canada, which also produced a 1989 video series co-hosted by Désirée and featuring David Suzuki entitled "Alive in the Nuclear Age".
Peter began helping Canadian businesses and homeowners save energy and reduce their environmental footprint in the early 1990's.
His past activities include launching the first Employee Energy Awareness Program in Ontario, Canada in 1992 for his employer at the time, Woodbridge Foam Corporation. He was the Environment Director for the Canadian Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association in Toronto from 1996 to 2000.
Peter is a co-founder of GreenNexxus, a Web 2.0 property that powers sustainability focused programs like the award winning Cisco Systems and CBC One Million Acts of Green campaign and the Rotary International Start with Water campaign, as well as the software-as-a-service (SaaS) programs Green Employee Sustainability Platform and Green Shops.
Since 2000, René has worked for Environment Canada's Biosphere, an environment museum. He is a Distance Learning and Videoconference Coordinator for pedagogic and public programs concerning weather, climate and the environment. In autumn 2005, as Montreal welcomed the International Climate Change Conference, he served as scientific advisor to the International Youth Delegation. He has been speaker and specialist for thousands of presentations on Climate Change and related subjects to media outlets, schools, and the general public. With the Association professionnelle des meteorologistes du Québec, he gave presentations to hundreds of schools across Québec.
He became a Climate Reality presenter in January 2007, and served on the Board of Directors of Climate Reality Canada in 2007 and 2008. He also served as mentor, science advisor and trainer for Al Gore's 3 day training seminar in Montreal in April 2008.
More than 25 years of his career has been in television. He served as on-air weathercaster and specialist to Global Television Québec and CBC-TV-NewsWatch and CBC radio in Montreal. In association with a production company, he hosted, wrote, and co-produced a series of 13-2 minutes reports about Climate Change which aired on CBC-NewsWorld and Radio-Canada.
In his ten years with The Weather Network, he was a forecaster, trainer, on-air weathercaster and specialist. He hosted and co-wrote numerous educational, 'weather-info' type segments, as well as 2-one hour documentaries on El Niño/La Niña. Prior to 1989, he worked for several television stations in the United States where he was weathercaster and produced and hosted several documentaries on weather and hurricanes.
In 1999, he was commissioned by St.Remi Press to design, research, and co-write a book about the weather/climate for the Discovery Channel.
He was born and raised in New Orleans and has a bachelor's degree in Meteorology with a minor in television communications.