Warren is an Alumnus of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) from the Electronics Engineering Technology Program with 35 years of international experience in high technology including renewable energy. He has traveled extensively and from this experience, gained an in-depth knowledge of how renewable energy is helping address our impact on climate change around the world. His natural curiosity drove him to leave the corporate world and start 3 ventures in renewable energy and tech.
In 2010, he established Evergreen & Gold Renewable Energy to retrofit his office to a net-zero energy standard and be part of the local industry helping to transition Albertans to a sustainable future. Warren has also helped the local industry by serving on the board of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA) for 6 years, sitting as Chair of the Board for 3 of them. He is a member of several coops, a lifelong environmentalist and is often invited to speak around Alberta about the province’s electrical system. Most importantly Warren is the founding Chair of the Board for Solar Power Investment Cooperative of Edmonton (SPICE).
Over a decade ago a 9 year-old friend asked for help with her anti-idling work. Rocky assisted her in forming Eco-Air (Edmonton's Children's Organized Anti-idling Recruiters). Through this air-quality work, Rocky developed a growing interest in environmental health. Eco-Air went on to win an Emerald Award.
She continues to learn from the many groups and individuals that bring light to the inseparable links between environmental health and human health. Rocky has enjoyed board roles on the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA), Alberta Capital Airshed, Edmonton Area Land Trust, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL), and the Alberta Environmental Network (AEN). She is an advocate for environmental law reform via HealthyYEG.org and a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment(CAPE).
Rocky started as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics before earning a Medical Degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH. She is a practiced specialist in Internal Medicine in Alberta. Rocky was happy to retire from her medical profession in May of 2018 and focus on SPICE and other projects that advance sustainability.
Gordon Howell has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1975 and has been exclusively working in the solar industry for 40 years. He co-founded Howell Mayhew Engineering in Edmonton in 1985 and has worked on solar PV system design, development, consulting, performance measurement and analysis, and PV standards development. He has been involved in 141 PV projects in British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. He loves helping people understand solar PV and what it can do for them.
Over the years, he has worked with the Government of Alberta, electricity regulators, utilities, and municipalities to identify and eliminate the barriers to grid-connected solar PV systems in order to help Alberta get ready for inexpensive wide-scale solar electricity. This time has now come!
Marc is a climate change program delivery professional primarily focused on mitigation efforts through energy efficiency and solar PV. For the past three years Marc has been working with the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) to provide municipalities, non-profits, and schools across Alberta with programs to save on energy costs and reduce their operational greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency retrofitting and the installation of renewables. Marc has also developed and delivered programs which provide capacity building support and capital funding for municipalities to participate in community scale renewable energy generation projects under new provincial regulations. Marc is a graduate of the University of Alberta's Environmental Studies degree program where he also completed a Certificate in Sustainability. He also holds a LEED® v4 Green Associate accreditation.
Annette has successfully managed projects and consulted companies of all sizes for over 10 years in Germany and various other countries. Her excellent skills in strategic planning, project setup, and project management are needed whenever vision and strategy is converted into operational business. She ensures the involvement of all stakeholders and that every detail of a project is taken care off. Since 2013, Annette has focused on projects advancing renewable energies, specifically solar power. For four years she has been part of a small leadership team that created the solar business of one of Europe’s largest utilities, growing it from zero to a market share of 20% and selling 3,000 solar installations every year.
Annette’s goal is to use her knowledge and experience in her new home Edmonton, and help the Albertan energy market shift towards a sustainable future built upon renewable energy sources.
Annette holds a Master’s degree in Business and Economics from one of the top Universities in Germany, WWU in Münster. She has also certified as a NetPromoter Associate along with her many projects using NetPromoterScore as a measurement for customer centricity and company success.
Bryan is a red seal electrician focused on building automation systems with interests throughout the electrical industry especially energy efficiency, net-zero buildings, renewable energy and solar power. From a young age Bryan has been passionate about energy, environmentalism, and community building. Active for years in the labour movement, as an administrator and organizer, and recently with arts non-profits, as treasurer of Mile Zero Dance, Bryan brings years of experience with board governance and community organizing. Before entering the world of construction Bryan earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics from the University of Alberta. From theoretical knowledge to hands on skills Bryan intends to use it all to help Alberta's energy transition.
Brittany is a graduate from the Alternative Energy Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. She has been working in the solar PV industry since 2018 as an employee at Evergreen and Gold Renewable Energy and is an Energy Manager in Training (EMIT) recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers.
In 2019, she worked on a capstone project with Stantec to deliver a solar feasibility study for a large City of Edmonton Recreation Centre while also presenting PV design options. Her passion for environmental sustainability and climate leadership began in 2012 when she joined UBCC350, a political climate action group in Vancouver, British Columbia. For four years she coordinated a student, faculty and alumni divestment campaign which eventually led to the creation of UBC’s Sustainable Future Fund in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys rock and ice climbing around the Canadian Rockies.
David Patterson has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1975 and has been involved in industrial instrumentation, process control, and safety systems for most of his 40 year Professional Engineering career.
His experience has ranged from Ontario Hydro's Nuclear Divison at Bruce Heavy Water Plant, a Shell/Nova joint venture, computer sales and Syncrude Canada Ltd. Utility Plant in Fort McMurray, AB. Over the years his work evolved from Instrumentation to Instrumentation and Control to DCS support and Burner Management System/Safety Systems support and expert.
David has been involved in industrial electronics as they have evolved from TTL logic, programmed via wire-wrapped connections, dual CPU PLCs, Triple Modular Redundant 2oo3 Safety Systems, analogue control systems, first generation DCS control systems and 3rd generation DCS control systems.
In 2014, David retired from Syncrude as a Sr Associate Process Control Engineer, moved back to Edmonton and is greening his 1959 bungalow with solar PV and an EV, with more green improvements planned.
Melanie’s heart and soul are committed to the best possible future for humanity. Her passionate work is driven by the small window the most ‘hopeful’ science suggests human activity may still have in which to enable a future for billions of people and other animals on this planet – respecting planetary boundaries, and fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals. Directing projects in climate solutions education and obtaining her Climate Reality training have given her the broader background to understand and strengthen what her heart has always known: that together, we are stronger, and for others, our work is better.
SPICE’s work speaks squarely to the future society her work aims to build – in which her focus will be listening and engaging diverse audiences, and paying careful attention to the margins. Melanie brings a background in science and the liberal arts: She holds a Ph.D. in inorganic materials chemistry from the University of Alberta, and served as professor, teaching science and cross-curricular liberal arts courses at the innovative Quest University Canada in Squamish, BC. There, she also served on a variety of committees in faculty administration. Now, she focuses on climate education, working with The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science as Grant Writer, Project Director and Visiting Science Communication Specialist for Accessible Climate Solutions, and Youth Empowering Greater Community Climate Solutions.
Melanie has spoken at Green Drinks, organized a community climate conversation in her neighbourhood, is very excited about her family’s solar array, bike commuting, permaculture front yard, plans for a deep energy retrofit, and loves a good laugh, having grown up in the Rhineland, Germany.
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