Aaron Dublenko, Argyll Centre and Queen Elizabeth High School
Aaron Dublenko is the coordinator of the Innovate program with Edmonton Public Schools. Innovate is a hands-on, project-based program that focuses on sustainable development, emerging technologies, entrepreneurship and reimagining citizenship for a globalizing world. Aaron was a classroom teacher for 15 years before coordinating the program full-time for the past 4 years. He works with teachers, students and community partners to engage youth in innovative education and agency. Students co-create unique projects and collaborate with community partners to develop solutions to real world problems such as climate change and energy efficiency. Innovate students have been awarded many recognitions for their efforts including the Alberta Emerald Award, YMCA Peace Award and the Greenest School in Canada Award.
Ahmed Knowmadic Ali, Edmonton’s Poet Laureate
Award-winning poet Ahmed Knowmadic Ali is a full-time writer, actor, comedian, public speaker and youth worker who inspires with his dynamic, thought-provoking and humorous poetry. He is the seventh and current Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Ahmed is the co-founder and current artistic director of Edmonton’s only spoken word collective: Breath In Poetry. More than an accomplished poet, Ahmed uses his talents to inspire and uplift the local community. He is dedicated to lead through demonstration the importance of sustainable and green living. Follow Ahmed on Twitter and Facebook (@AKnowmadic) or through Ahmed’s website.
Alyssa Lau, New Classics Studios
Alyssa Lau is the founder and CEO of New Classics Studios, an eco-fashion e-commerce website dedicated to introducing and benefiting the labels and designers who are paving the way for sustainable fashion in innovative ways. Since the emergence of fast fashion, the nature of the contemporary fashion industry has evolved into mass, trend-based consumption of low quality and disposable clothing, resulting in extremely harmful environmental and social impacts. In response to this, Alyssa and her partner, Eric, launched New Classics Studios in 2014 with the hopes of bettering the world through fashion and encouraging others to join the slow fashion movement.
Cam McDonald, Right at Home Housing Society
Cam McDonald has been the Executive Director of Right at Home Housing Society since 2008. He is proud to be part of meeting a key housing need in our community, and part of such a successful organization. For Cam, sustainable development is necessary if we are going to survive this century and beyond. Its particularly true when it comes to designing, building, and operating affordable homes for low income households in our communities. With so many current buildings needing to be retrofitted in order to meet our carbon neutral objectives, it makes good sense to have new buildings achieve a zero carbon footprint, in order to save costs in the future. Cam also participates on the executive of the Alberta Public Housing Administrators Association, and the Alberta Network of Public Housing Agencies.
Desmond Bull, Louis Bull Tribe
Desmond G. Bull is an elected councillor for the Louis Bull Tribe of the Maskwacis nation in this treaty 6 territory of Alberta. As a First Nation member, elected official and an environmental steward, Desmond successfully spearheaded the installations of 188 kW of PV (solar) on 8 public buildings, which were completed in February 2018. This work in renewables opened opportunities for Desmond to affiliate himself with groups such as: The Green Economy Network in Edmonton, Energy Futures Lab of Alberta, The Alberta Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel, Alberta Solar Energy Society, Aboriginal Climate Action Team, Climate Leadership program and the 20/20 Catalysts program. Desmond continues his work for his community, First Nations and the environment. A vision for Desmond is to create a 4-5 MW electrical system to provide all electrical needs for his tribe and surrounding communities.
Kieran Ryan, Pogo CarShare
Kieran Ryan is an entrepreneur and a co-founder of Edmonton’s carsharing service, Pogo CarShare. Drawn by the intersection of technology, transportation and changing our environmental footprint, in 2014 Kieran left his career in the oil industry to found Pogo, growing the the company from 10 vehicles at inception to over 80 vehicles and 7,500 customers today. Kieran is passionate about multimodal transportation and providing Edmontonians with alternatives to reduce vehicle ownership.
Melissa Gorrie, Waste Free Edmonton
Melissa Gorrie is a Staff Lawyer with Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity. She has worked on climate change issues for the last decade - representing clients in court, working with government on law and policy reform, and running environmental campaigns. She has volunteered with numerous environmental organizations over the years, including the Alberta Environmental Network and the Solar Power Investment Cooperative of Edmonton. Most recently, she co-founded Edmonton Climate Hub and Waste Free Edmonton. Waste Free Edmonton is a grassroots organization working to significantly reduce the amount of waste generated in Edmonton. In the past few months, Melissa has helped develop several Waste Free Edmonton campaigns focused on tackling the proliferation of single-use plastics items, including the Last Straw Campaign, which resulted in 86 Edmonton businesses agreeing to go straw-free.
Michael Walters, Ward 10 Councillor, City of Edmonton
Councillor Michael Walters was first elected to Edmonton City Council in 2013 and was re-elected to his second term on October 16, 2017. Michael's vision for Edmonton and Alberta is to build a modern and prosperous economy built on education, innovation and fairness. He also aims to create vibrant and affordable neighbourhoods that can fill us with joy; an amazing city and province where we can raise healthy and resilient families and strong community networks that enable people to work together to make the world a better place. Councillor Walters leads Council Initiatives on Energy Transition and Climate Resilience, Affordable Housing, Community Hubs, Food and Agri-Business Diversification, Live Active and Health and Recreation.
Mike Flannigan, University of Alberta
Mike Flannigan is a Professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (a three way partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada and the University of Alberta). Dr. Flannigan’s primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires and landscape fire modelling. He has been studying wildland fire for over 35 years and has published over 200 papers.
Scott Downey, The Butternut Tree
After ten years discovering the world and the flavours it bestows, Chef Scott Downey has returned to introduce Edmontonians to his interpretation of Canadian cuisine with last year's opening of The Butternut Tree. Downey has cooked at Michelin-star restaurant Daniel in New York, the highly decorated Noma in Denmark and Wildebeest in Vancouver. Chef Downey’s first restaurant showcases seasonal ingredients from Canada’s diverse landscape. Through locally and sustainably sourced products, The Butternut Tree focuses on replacing global sources of sweet, sour, bitter and salty with unique ingredients from our home and native land while reducing our carbon footprint.
Vivian Manasc, Manasc Isaac Architects
Vivian Manasc leads Manasc Isaac, a 55-person Alberta-based architectural and engineering studio, is Chair of the Board of Athabasca University, Past President of Architecture Canada, and past VP of the Canada Green Building Council. Vivian has long been an ambassador for Green Buildings across Canada and is known as a leader in the vision, planning and design of buildings and communities across Alberta and Canada. Under her leadership, Manasc Isaac has garnered recognition nationally and internationally, including a Governor General’s award and numerous awards for sustainable design leadership and architectural and engineering excellence.
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