Meet CEP Calgary's Board
Matt leads sustainability initiatives, strategy and reporting at TransAlta Corporation & TransAlta Renewables in the role of Sustainability Advisor. TransAlta is a global power generation company with operations across North America and Australia. Previous work experience within the energy sector includes corporate communications, investor relations and consulting (energy management, low-carbon energy solutions and sustainability). Matt holds an MSc. in Renewable Energy and Enterprise Management from Newcastle University in the UK. In his spare time Matt supports TransAlta’s Eco-Action initiatives, is Vice-President of Education at Speak Easy Toastmasters and thrives on spending time with the three ladies in his life; his wife, young daughter and rescue dog.
Rachel is a keen environmentalist working for a large oil and gas company. Her work focuses largely on policy analysis, as well as managing greenhouse gas emissions and energy reductions. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Public Policy, specializing in environment and energy policy, both from the University of Calgary. Rachel is motivated to connect with like-minded people and organizations focused on sustainable living. In her spare time, she likes to stay active outside and enjoys travelling, scuba diving, and playing with her pets.
Dai is a professional agrologist and environmental practitioner with over 13 years of experience in the energy sector. Having been involved with upstream oil & gas projects for the majority of his career Dai has developed a significant background in the reclamation and remediation of decommissioned facilities, disturbed lands and contaminated soils and waste water. In addition to the above he has been a part time instructor and course developer at SAIT Polytechnic for the past nine years. Currently Dai is the project coordinator and a principle investigator for the Applied Research & Innovative Services dept. (ARIS) at SAIT. He serves on the COSIA Clay Focus Group as a representative for SAIT and is a member of the advisory committee for the Environmental Technology program at the MacPhail School of Energy.
As written by Elliot's 9 year old nephew, Sam.
Elliot was born in Vancouver, and now lives in Calgary. He sort of likes skiing, especially with his 3 nephews and 2 nieces.
He likes to play video games on his phone all day and look on snap chat. He buys really good video game presents, especially when he comes home from Japan with Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat.
I think you also do something else, you play frisbee. Elliot’s nephew Sam skied in the Slush Cup at Hudson Bay Mountain in Smithers in March.
Uncle Elliot likes to play volleyball on sand so much, that he is starting his own indoor beach volleyball business, called The Beach YYC.
Sam gets pretty excited to talk to his Uncle Elliot because he is fun to talk to.
Elliot’s other nephews and nieces are named Corbin and Fern, in Smithers, and Millie and Eli in Vancouver, BC.
Ksenia is an innovative environmental professional with an extensive experience in managing environmental issues impacting the oil & gas and electrical industries and comprehensive knowledge of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources law and regulations.
She attained her both bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Engineering and Civil Law in Russia, following by the Post-Baccalaureate Certificated in Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law from the University of Calgary. Upon earning her degrees, she became certified as a Canadian Environmental Professional (EP) and registered as a Canadian Environmental Site Assessor (CESA). Her strong education and wide-ranging experience led her to take on several positions at the top environmental responsibility rating oil and gas companies such as Surgutneftegaz and Gazprom in Russia, and TransCanada in Canada.
Ksenia has also volunteered for different nonprofit organizations such as ECO Canada, the Young Women’s Christian Association of Calgary (YWCA) and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS).
In 2012, she was recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in the environmental protection field.
Ksenia is an avid plant-based athlete. Her favorite sport activities include running, snowboarding, hiking and mountain biking. Ksenia has three half-marathons, two marathons, one sprint triatlon, and about 100 mountain peaks under her belt.
Barend works at Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA) in the Portfolio Planning team, which develops medium to long-term plans for its energy efficiency and renewable energy programming. His experience includes policy analysis and advocacy at the Pembina Institute, and leading a team on efficiency and electrification research at the University of Calgary’s CESAR lab. He holds a Master of Sustainable Energy Technology from the Delft University of Technology and is a Waterloo engineering grad. When not seated behind a desk, he loves exploring the great outdoors on bikes, boots, skis, and climbing ropes!
Originally based in Ontario, Ryan moved to Calgary to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Calgary. There, he graduated with his Masters of Science in Sustainable Energy Development. This complimented his Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. Always keen on starting a career in sustainability, Ryan found himself at Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT), a Calgary based clean tech firm. His role bridges the gap between business development and technical research, looking at ways to further CUT’s goal of turning waste emissions into value added products. He has only been with CUT since summer of 2018, but he has been integral to the company with his heavy involvement in securing grants, cultivating stakeholder interest, as well as playing a key role in successfully obtaining spots in both local and global accelerators. When he is not working, he enjoys spending his time in the mountains, canoeing, finding new hikes, and travelling to new destinations.
Jessi-Ann is a senior-level communications and sustainability professional. She has over 17 years progressive experience in corporate communications, sustainability, community engagement and stakeholder relations. Knowledgeable and passionate about sustainability, Jessi-Ann enjoys providing value through creative thinking, conscious strategies and compelling communications. Jessi-Ann's previous board experience includes serving on the board of Green Calgary as Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee and serving on the board of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Calgary where she co-managed the Professional Development portfolio after five years of volunteering for IABC. In 2009, Jessi-Ann co-founded her company's Eco-Action Team, an employee green team which, more than a decade later, is still active implementing a breadth of events and activities in order to engage employees across the organization to make positive changes for the environment. Born and raised in Calgary, Jessi-Ann enjoys gardening, baking and spending time with her family.
Bio coming soon!