Guest Speaker Biographies

Alex Wood
Senior Director, Policy and Markets, Sustainable Prosperity Alex brings extensive experience in the integration of economic and environmental issues in both the U.S. and Canada and joins Sustainable Prosperity from TD Bank Financial Group where he served as Special Advisor, Corporate Environmental Affairs. Before helping to position TD as a leader among North American financial institutions on the issue of climate change, Alex served as Acting Chief Executive Officer and President of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE). In his tenure at NRTEE he also developed a national program examining the role of fiscal policy in promoting the long-term reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Alex started his career with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C., where he worked on issues related to international financial institutions.

Christopher Henderson
President, Lumos Energy Founder, The Delphi Group Christopher Henderson holds senior positions with two of Canada’s most forward-thinking companies in the domains of clean energy, climate change, environment and sustainability. He founded (in 1988) The Delphi Group Canada's leading strategic consulting firm in the environment and clean energy sectors. He also currently heads Lumos Energy Clean Energy Value Advisors as President. He plays a major role in enhancing the capacity of Canadian firms, utilities, Aboriginal communities and governments to develop clean energy projects, finance new technologies, and undertake large and complex projects/ventures. He is particularly known as a Strategist, and for his outstanding skills in designing and implementing Business, Project and Venture strategies. He possesses an extensive background in sustainability, climate change, green economy, strategic planning, consulting services, financial structuring and public policy. Christopher holds a number of influential leadership positions in addition to his roles as President of LUMOS Energy and Founder of The Delphi Group:       National Coordinator, Aboriginal Clean Energy (ACE) Network ( Managing Director of the EXCEL Partnership ( Chair, 1,000 Solar Rooftops Ottawa (www.1, Past-Chair of the Canadian Environment Industry Association Senior Advisor to the GLOBE Foundation of Canada ( Member, Board of Directors, Community Foundation of Ottawa (

Chris has been active with Ottawa business and environmental communities for decades. In 2012, he was Co-Convenor of the 3i Summit. He has also been the Co-Chair of The Ottawa Partnership (TOP), and the Chair of OCRI (now Invest Ottawa). He was awarded the Ottawa Community Builder Award by Mayor Watson in 2012, and received the Business Person of the Year Award (Silver) in 2009.

David Chernushenko
Councillor, Capital Ward, City of Ottawa David Chernushenko was elected in 2010 to serve Capital Ward. He serves on the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Committee and the Environment Committee, as well as the newly formed Board of Health, Crime Prevention Ottawa, and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. He was born in 1963 in Calgary, and he has lived, worked or studied on every continent, yet he has called Ottawa home for most of his life. He is fluently bilingual. David holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University. He is a “green building” professional accredited by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification program. As owner of the consulting firm Green & Gold Inc. starting in 1998, David advised public, private, and non-profit organizations on adopting more sustainable and socially responsible practices. He served as Vice Chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) and was an appointed member from 2006 to 2009. From 1998 to 2004, David served on the International Olympic Committee’s commission on Sport and the Environment. In 2001, he co-founded Clean Air Champions, a national charity that engages athletes in raising awareness about air pollution, climate change and the benefits of physical activity. An active and dedicated community volunteer, David has served as a director of the Sustainable Ottawa Energy Co-operative, and as a community ambassador for the Ottawa Sustainability Fund. He is a founding board member of Conservation Co-operative Housing Inc. in Sandy Hill, and a founding supporter of the 1,000 Solar Rooftops campaign. Ottawa’s Social Planning Council honoured him with the Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good Award in 2010. David established the Living Lightly Project in 2007 to share the stories and solutions of people working to build a rich future for all on a healthy planet. He has directed and produced two Living Lightly films: Be the Change (2008) and Powerful: Energy for Everyone (2010). He has written several books on sustainable management practices, including Sustainable Sport Management, Greening Our Games: Running Sports Events & Facilities that Won’t Cost the Earth and Greening Campuses and their Communities. David, a married father of three, lives in Old Ottawa South. He is an avid cyclist, cross-country skier, hockey player and speed skater. He enjoys photography, live theatre, and singing.

Bryce Conrad
President and Chief Executive Officer Bryce Conrad is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies (Hydro Ottawa), a leading energy provider that distributes electricity to more than 305,000 homes and businesses in the Ottawa area and generates more than 142,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year. Prior to joining Hydro Ottawa, Mr. Conrad served as Assistant Deputy Minister – Program Operations at Infrastructure Canada, where he managed the implementation of the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, overseeing the selection and management of 4,000 projects that created more than $10 billion in

economic activity. He was also responsible for the oversight and administration of the Building Canada Fund, the Green Infrastructure Fund and the Gas Tax agreements with provinces and municipalities. He has previously served in executive and senior roles at Infrastructure Canada, Transport Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat, and Human Resources Development Canada, with responsibilities including Highways and Borders, Surface Infrastructure Programs, Expenditure Management Review, and Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs. He has managed a wide range of programs and infrastructure investments, led large and complex organizations, and provided advice to deputy ministers, ministers, cabinet committees, and cabinet. Mr. Conrad is fluently bilingual, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Master of Public Administration from Carleton University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.

Shannon A. Joseph
Manager, Research and Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Shannon A. Joseph is Manager of Research and Development with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund. She most recently served as a Policy Advisor for FCM and in this role provided direction and advice to the national board directors in all areas of the environment, including solid waste, water quality, climate change, sustainability and land use planning as well as on northern and remote community issues. Shannon holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in civil engineering focused on environmental and water resource engineering and has project management experience in contaminated site assessment and site remediation.

Graham Saul
Executive Director, Ecology Ottawa Graham Saul is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa, a grassroots environmental organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. Graham has been working on social and environmental issues for over 20 years, with a primary focus on the energy sector and climate change. From 1994 to 1999 Graham worked for Oxfam International in Maputo, Mozambique, followed by five years in Washington, D.C., with the Bank Information Centre, a U.S. based environmental organization monitoring the activities of the World Bank and other multilateral development banks. From 2007 to 2012, Graham served as the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada, a network of more than 75 environmental, faith-based, youth, development, labour and aboriginal organizations working together to push for action on climate change. Graham has also served as the International Program Director for Friends of the Earth Canada and Oil Change International. He is a co-founder of the Global Transparency Initiative, and has served on the board of directors of the U.S.-based 50 Years is Enough Network and the review committee of the Central and Eastern European Bankwatch Network. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canary Institute for Mining, Environment and Health. Graham holds a degree in Political Science from McGill University.

Rodney Wilts
Partner, Windmill Development Group

Rodney is a partner in Canada’s greenest real estate development firm, Windmill Developments, and has a wealth of experience working on some of the world’s most ambitious green development projects. Rodney has played an active role in many of Windmill’s previous landmark projects, including The Currents (LEED Platinum), Dockside Green (LEED Platinum), The Vento (LEED Platinum), along with current projects The Eddy, Cathedral Hill, Union Lofts and Whitewater Village. Rodney has been working on environmental issues since starting a bug zoo at eight years old. He helped pay his way through law school by leading teams of scientists through the threatened Walbran Valley to search for endangered species. His career began as an environmental lawyer focused primarily on green buildings and smart growth issues at West Coast Environmental Law. Restless with the slow pace of change inherent in doing policy reform work Rodney left the law to start Canada’s first green building supply centre, The Healthiest Home and Building Supplies (sold to new ownership in 2005). Through The Healthiest Home Rodney had the opportunity to be involved in hundreds of projects across the country, including some of Canada’s first LEED projects. He gained a first-hand experience on how green materials work in the field, and gained an appreciation for careful attention to the (economic) bottom line. The company grew and was profitable every year under Rodney’s leadership. It was while at The Healthiest Home that Rodney began working with Windmill Developments, a collaboration that continues today. Now as a Partner with Windmill Developments, Rodney works to create projects that have exemplary triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic) results. Not satisfied simply with achieving exemplary levels of energy efficiency and LEED Platinum certifications, Rodney has strived to create buildings that provide long-lasting social benefits to the communities they are located in. In addition to internal Windmill Development projects, Rodney has also consulted and taught widely, including engagements as Senior Technical Consultant to the One Planet Communities network, development manager for Oxfam Canada’s national headquarters, and sustainability and strategic real estate advisor for Algonquin College. When not working to green our built environment, Rodney can often be seen paddling with his family in his yellow prospector canoe, or racing down backcountry cross country ski trails in Gatineau Park.

Nancy Schepers
Deputy City Manager, Planning and Infrastructure, City of Ottawa Nancy Schepers is the Deputy City Manager of Planning and Infrastructure for the City of Ottawa. Nancy develops and oversees the implementation of management and growth accommodation strategies for the City’s municipal infrastructure assets, including roads, bridges and transit systems. Nancy’s duties include the development of rehabilitation procedures, long range financial strategies and annual capital renewal programs. Nancy is responsible for the development and implementation of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project, and oversees all City of Ottawa Real Estate matters. She holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Windsor.

John Manconi
General Manager, Transit Services, City of Ottawa John Manconi is currently the General Manager of Transit Services for the City of Ottawa. John has over 20 years experience in municipal government. As a member of the City of Ottawa’s Senior Management Team, John has a proven track record of effectively leading management teams and workforces, building

strong working relationships with unions, engaging employees and delivering effective and efficient municipal services. His background includes an in-depth knowledge of municipal operations, strategic planning, service delivery strategies and municipal management. Prior to being appointed to Transit Services, he was the General Manager of Public Works with the City of Ottawa.

David McLaughlin
David McLaughlin is a public policy professional with over two decades of experience at top levels of federal and provincial governments in both the public service and in politics. He just completed a five-year term as President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy publishing original, ground-breaking reports on climate change, energy, water sustainability, and Canada’s future in a low-carbon economy. David’s career has been marked by progressively senior positions in government. He has served as a chief of staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Premier of New Brunswick, and federal Minister of Finance. He was deputy minister to the Premier of New Brunswick for intergovernmental affairs, policy and planning, legislative democracy, and served as secretary to the NB cabinet on policy and priorities. He has worked for the Council of the Federation as Executive Director of the Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance. David has worked in the private sector as a Partner and Executive Vice-President for Veritas Communications. David is a published author and has written commentaries for the Globe and Mail and Postmedia. He has made media appearances on CBC, CTV, Global TV, Radio-Canada and Sun News Network. He is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and serves on the Advisory Board of the Network on Business Sustainability. David has an MBA from the University of Bath in the UK, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a BA Honours from Mount Allison University.

(all of the above from‐hall/public‐consultations/environment/guest‐speaker‐ biographies on March 20, 2013)