Meet CEP Calgary's Board
Elliot Weinstein | Chair & National Liaison
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.
Rachel D'Silva | Vice-Chair
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.
Poalo Bomben | Treasurer (Acting)
Paolo Bomben is a Senior Manager of Clean Technology Development at Alberta Innovates. In this role he is the co-lead of the Bitumen Beyond Combustion portfolio as well as the lead for the Methane Emissions Reduction & Value Add portfolio.
Before joining Alberta Innovates Paolo spent two years in sustainability consulting at The Delphi Group and prior to that he was a Research Scientist at Click Materials where he focused on developing catalysts to produce hydrogen and oxygen from water.
Paolo has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Windsor, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Calgary.
Nauman Anwar | Secretary
Nauman Saeed Anwar is currently leading the technology project management office at ENMAX, an integrated energy provider in North America. Prior to this, he worked for half a decade at Alberta Energy Regulator, delivering regulatory programs on emissions reductions, liability management and regulatory modernization.
Nauman started his career in Calgary with Innovate Calgary and went on to successfully deliver projects working for SNC Lavalin and Deloitte. Passionate about alumni engagement, he has consistently supported the university and Haskayne School of Business's efforts to build a stronger alumni community by assisting creation of, and now serving on Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance.
His more recent volunteer efforts include serving on the boards of Connecting Environmental Professional and Leading Change Canada, mentoring students through the HSB/CCAL Mentorship Program, and advising students through Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking.
Jessi-Ann Riddell | Director, Communications & Marketing
Jessi-Ann is currently consulting in the communications and sustainability space. She has 18 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 the Eco-Action Team at TransAlta, an employee green team which, more than a decade later, is still active implementing events and activities which encourage 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.
Barend Dronkers | Director
Barend is Program Lead of energy services and business intelligence at the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, supporting municipalities achieve their energy efficiency and renewable energy goals.
His experience includes portfolio planning and market research at Energy Efficiency Alberta, the Pembina Institute, and leading a team on efficiency and electrification 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!
Nisha Midha | Director
Nisha did her undergrad in Biology, a masters in Integrated Water Resource Management, and has past work experiences in everything from environmental consulting to international development work with UN Environment.
She is currently working at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) as an instructor and curriculum developer for the Integrated Water Management diploma program.
In addition to her passion for finding solutions to environmental issues faced by Albertans and Canadians, you can find Nisha hiking, biking and running in our beautiful outdoors.
Marnie is a Regulatory Consultant in the energy sector and Communications Specialist in the non-profit sector. In the energy sector, she has helped introduce a novel, environmentally sustainable plant design to governing bodies. The design uses biomass to produce synthetic fuels, providing an alternative to current methods, and bridging the gap to the fuels of the future. In the non-profit sector, Marnie has spear-headed various initiatives to sustain environmental programming, one of which she named Exploring Nature, which brings awareness of the importance of biodiversity to at-risk youth.
Prior to recent accomplishments, Marnie completed an evaluation of the feasibility of electric vehicles in the Greater Victoria area. She assessed the GHG emissions of vehicles from cradle-to-grave, the payback period of notable electric vehicles, and the available infrastructure of Victoria and surrounding communities. Concurrently, Marnie spear-headed a separate project for the Town of Sydney Public Works department to create a Climate Action Toolkit to aid communities in calculating their public carbon emissions for reporting purposes under the emerging BC Climate Action Charter.
Today, Marnie still greatly enjoys taking on diverse roles and creating opportunities for involvement. She regularly volunteers with environmental organizations, such as Trout Unlimited, and brings her passion home with her, by writing fictional, environmental stories for her children.
Marnie Christensen | Director
Maya Douglas is Manager with Deloitte and brings over 10 years’ experience in enterprise, operational, and reputational risk. While specializing in enterprise risk management (ERM) and internal audit, she also acts as the Western Lead for the National Workplace Culture & Conduct service line supporting private and public sector organizations from coast to coast.
After gaining her Master of Laws in International Environmental Law, focusing on Climate Change Law from Edinburgh Law School in Scotland, UK, she moved to Calgary in 2010 and established her career as a sustainability advisor. Shortly after joining Deloitte's Sustainability & Climate Change practice in 2014, she became involved with CEP in Calgary. Through CEP Maya created a strong network of friends and trusted advisors who also supported her in taking on the role of Program Director for the 2016 Leading Change Conference in association with the GLOBE Conference in Vancouver.
The magnificent mountains and energy of the people who live here are what keep Maya in Calgary. When she's not playing ultimate frisbee, she can be found on rock, snow, or ice.