JENNIFER DAVIS – President
Jennifer is a Manager of Business Strategy with Stratos, a leading sustainability consultancy, and has a keen understanding of the business case for sustainability. She is a Certified Change Management Practitioner and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in organizational change and performance management, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with a minor in International Development. Her MBA theses, published in 2012 in the International Journal of Knowledge, Culture & Change Management (11: 31-71), Reflections on Corporate Greening: A Proposed Mode for Organizational Change, focused on the drivers and barriers of business sustainability and the organizational tools used to facilitate the process of becoming a sustainable organization.
Jennifer also volunteers with WaterCan, a Canadian NGO dedicated to providing clean drinking water to the world’s poorest people, and she sits on the Board of Directors of the Telfer Alumni Association.
KATIE MILLER – Treasurer
Director of Learning and Development, HUB Ottawa
Katie is the Managing Director at Impact Hub Ottawa, a co-working community for innovators, artists, professionals, and entrepreneurs located in the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict. Katie has assisted Impact Hub Ottawa in growing the organization to more than 300 members since joining the team in its first year of operation. She previously supported the Strategic Programs and Services Planning project at Algonquin College and held the position of Office Manager at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Katie is a 2013 recipient of the Ottawa’s Entrepreneurial Rising Star and has an International Business major from Algonquin College.
JAMES MCNEIL – Founding President
Real Estate Broker, JJ McNeil Commercial
James is the Founder and Managing Principal at JJMcNeil Commercial Inc., which provides the full spectrum of commercial real estate advisory services. With 25 years experience, James is one of the most knowledgeable and effective commercial real estate professionals in Ottawa. He is the first and only broker to track, analyze and report on the growth of the green office market in Ottawa and has held senior positions with major investors, as well as institutional and government real estate organizations.
James is recognized internationally as an expert in green buildings and sustainable workplaces and is a recipient of the Leadership in Business Award from Earth Day Ottawa for his commitment to the environment. He holds the designation of Real Property Administrator (RPA) and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
ROGER MARSH – Director
Chief Energy Management Officer, Hydro Ottawa
Roger has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in the electricity industry and has held senior positions related to high voltage services, project management, customer service and energy management. As Chief Energy Management Officer with Hydro Ottawa, Roger provides keen insight into local issues to the Board of Directors.
Roger is a Certified Power System Technologist (C.E.T.), is fluently bilingual, and holds a General Management diploma from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.
DANIEL REDMOND – Director
Sustainability Manager, MMM Group
Daniel is a Senior Project Manager within the Facilities Management and Planning department at Carleton University. He is a Professional Engineer with more than 12 years’ experience in the design, integration and commissioning of sustainable building systems of all types, both in Canada and around the world. Daniel’s experience in mechanical design, sustainability and commissioning combine with his passion for sustainable strategies and energy efficiency measures to give him a unique perspective in the implementation of practical and innovative solutions.
GREG SEARLE – Director
Executive Director, BioRegional North America
Greg Searle left a successful career in the high tech industry to found and become President of BioRegional North America, where he leads the creation of ONE PLANET COMMUNITIES – creating healthy zero carbon/zero waste master-planned neighbourhoods such as The Isles (Ottawa), Sonoma Mountain Village (California) and the Grow Community (Washington).
Greg is a pioneer in the field of occupant engagement in commercial and multi-family buildings and mentors a network of Ecoconcierges, on-site coaches who make sustainable lifestyles more convenient in buildings and EcoDistricts. He advises the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict, the Metcalf Foundation’s Reinventing Growth program and is a past advisor to the U.S. Green Building Council and the Clinton Climate Initiative. Greg is also the organizer of Ottawa’s HARVEST NOIR pop-up picnic, which for the last three years has celebrated local food and wine, cycling, and vintage fashion with over 3,000 adventurous guests.
DON GRANT – Ex. Officio Member
Executive Director, OCED Inc.
Don has 20 years of experience consulting on sustainability and the environment, working predominantly in the areas of sustainable community planning, sustainable development, energy, water, waste and green procurement. Don is a skilled facilitator, researcher, writer, trainer, strategic planner and policy analyst and also has considerable experience developing web sites and managing and implementing social media campaigns.
Don has a Master’s Degree from Royal Roads in Interdisciplinary Studies. He started as the co-chair of the OCED steering committee in June of 2012 and has been the Executive Director since October 2013.
CAROLYN SCHISSLER – Staff
Carolyn focused on sustainability through social innovation in an urban context while completing her education in Environmental Studies and Geography at Carleton University.
As the OCED’s Program Coordinator, she engages potential project partners and works with existing EcoDistrict members, coordinates OCED events, and manages online outreach. Working out of HUB Ottawa as the OCED headquarters, Carolyn connects with community partners to transform Ottawa’s downtown core into the greenest capital city in the world.
External Advisors to the Board of Directors:
- George Brown, Legal Advisor
- Sarah MacFadyen, Communications Advisor
- Jim McConnery, Welch LLP
Technical Working Group:
- Roger Marsh, Chief Conservation Officer, Hydro Ottawa – Chair
- Karen Pero, Senior Manager, Invest Ottawa
- Greg Searle, Executive Director, BioRegional North America
- Paul Barton, Manager, Green Buildings, The Minto Group
Thanks to the Following Individuals for their Contributions to the Original OCED Steering Committee:
- Rebecca Aird
- Paul Barton
- Katelyn Brunskill