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The Green Ontario Fund is just getting started. More programs are on their way to help Ontarians from across the province save money and invest in fighting climate change.
Green Ontario Fund board members come from diverse backgrounds and bring expertise and experience in sustainability, governance, environmental protection, finance and communications. Their combined strengths and knowledge will help guide the agency and support households and businesses across Ontario in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save money.
Parminder Sandhu has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry primarily focused on the demand side. Parminder’s expertise is to design and deliver energy efficiency programs that achieve targets and program objectives. His functional experience includes operations, engineering, marketing, finance, and risk management. He began his career in residential water and energy conservation, progressed to the commercial and institutional sector, and then to the industrial sector spanning all fuel types and renewables.
Parminder has planned, designed, implemented, or supported the approval of programs in excess of $1.5 billion in aggregate budgets in jurisdicitons across North America including BC, California, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, and Ontario. He has prepared programs that have passed regulatory scrutiny and has been an expert consultant working for regulators to approve programs.
Parminder founded and was CEO of Canada’s largest privately held energy program implementation firm which he sold and then retired from in Dec 2015. Parminder’s career has focused on providing exceptional customer service, creating positive organizational culture, and delivering results in a cost-effective and prudent manner which build trust and reputation with all stakeholders.
Gabriella Kalapos has been working to motivate and support local government action on advancing sustainable communities for over 25 years through her work at the Toronto Environmental Alliance, ICLEI–Cities for Climate Protection campaign, and currently as Executive Director at Clean Air Partnership. Her focus has been on encouraging, supporting and monitoring the implementation of clean air and climate change actions and building of partnerships that enable collaboration between the community and all levels of government. Gabriella has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Geography from Concordia University and a Masters of Environment and Business from University of Waterloo.
Dennis Fotinos is the Executive Chairman, North America, for Enwave Energy Corporation. He is responsible for overseeing corporate governance and establishing and managing the long-term growth strategy of the business. In addition to his Board duties, he is responsible for managing key stakeholder relationships, recommending accretive service and product offerings and identifying and developing large step-growth opportunities in our existing markets.
Dennis is a results-oriented executive with proven turnaround management credentials. As Chairman of the non-profit Toronto District Heating Corporation (1998-2000), he initiated and led the privatization efforts that ultimately led to the creation of Enwave. Then, as President and CEO of Enwave from 2001- 2016, he led the transformation of the company into an industry leader with a focus on sustainability. Notably, he initiated and oversaw the development of Enwave’s Deep Lake Water Cooling system and established the commercial strategy that made the project economically viable.
In 2011, Dennis initiated and led the sale process for Enwave Energy Corporation that realized significant value for the exiting shareholders and established a platform for the new owner, Brookfield Asset Management, upon which to build the current North American business.
Dennis holds MBA degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Dennis has served as an elected member of regional and local governments in the City of Toronto from 1991 to 1999 where he chaired several Standing Committees of Council and served as a Director on various Agencies, Boards and Commissions. From 2003 – 2010, he served on the Board of the International District Energy Association (the “IDEA”) where he was elected Chairman during the IDEA’s centennial year in 2009-10. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Build Toronto where he Chairs the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Elizabeth McDonald has experience as a senior executive, industry advocate, industry advisor and board member with over 25 years’ experience in government relations, advocacy, organizational management, and communications with an accomplished record of service as a diplomatic intermediary between industry and government. In August of 2012, she accepted the position of President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA), the national voice of energy efficiency and conservation in Canada. She previously was President of Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), the national trade association that represents the interests of all aspects of the solar industry in Canada. She has collaborated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) who named her an Investment Canada Champion, and now sits on the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council for Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. During her time in the film and television sector she sat on the inaugural Board of what is now called the Canadian Media Fund. Elizabeth lives in Ottawa and has previously held senior executive positions in the film, television, production and digital media world.
John Gorman is the President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). Immediately prior to joining CanSIA he held the position of Senior Vice President, Empower Energy Solutions - an innovative, global integrator of energy systems.
John serves as Canada’s Designate to the International Energy Agency (Executive Committee – PVPS), and sits on the Executive Council of the Canadian Council on Renewable Energy. He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations, including one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. John has been recognized as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and is the recipient of the “40 Under 40” business award for excellence in business practices.
John is a native of Ottawa where he lives with his wife and two children in their solar-powered home paired with a smart-battery storage system.
Michael Lio is a nationally recognized housing and energy expert. He is currently president of buildABILITY Corporation, a firm specializing in facilitating change within organizations that focus on the built environment. Michael also served as President of EnerQuality Corporation, a company that delivered major housing energy efficiency programs in Ontario.
Michael has represented the public interest on a number of boards, council and committees including as a government appointee, representing consumers on the Ontario Ministry of Housing's Ontario Building Code Amendment Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Minister of Housing’s Building Advisory Committee. Prior to being an Adjunct Professor in the graduate program at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto, Michael taught sustainable housing in the Architecture Program at Ryerson University. Michael is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering degrees from the University of Toronto.
Sue Lo is a seasoned policy, operations and communications professional with a proven track record of building and leading high performing teams, delivering on key government initiatives and providing quality strategic advice. She has extensive experience in stakeholder relations, contract negotiations and conflict resolution.
As the former Chief Drinking Water Inspector/Assistant Deputy Minister, Drinking Water Management Division, at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, she was responsible for the overall protection and provision of safe drinking water from source to tap in Ontario. She had oversight of drinking water management and protection activities using a multi-barrier approach, underpinned by the policies in the province’s Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act.
Sue was also the Assistant Deputy Minister, Renewables and Energy Efficiency Division, at the Ministry of Energy, where she provided leadership and oversight to increase renewable energy production and energy conservation in Ontario. She worked closely with Ontario Power Authority to create energy efficiency and energy conservation programs for households, businesses and industries to help meet the government's short and long term greenhouse gas emission targets.
Tim Stoate’s 38-year career in the finance sector began in banking operations within Canada’s top-tier commercial lenders where he managed syndication and lending portfolios up to C$60 million, and developed and implemented oversight programs and specialized products, accounting procedures and controls, as well as anti-money laundering practices and procedures. Among Tim`s major accomplishments in the lending industry is the OSFI readiness of more than 350 commercial, industrial and high-rise residential mortgages for a major financial institution. (OSFI – Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions)
For the last 10 years, he has served as The Atmospheric Fund’s (TAF) VP of Impact Investing, with responsibility for deploying up to 60% of TAF’s endowment asset in mandate-related investments which generate both financial and GHG-reduction return on investment. Tim has been responsible for developing partnerships, innovating financial instruments to support the commercialization and scaling of products, services and technologies that have verifiable greenhouse gas reductions integrated into their value proposition.
By 2050 the average annual temperature in Ontario is forecasted to increase by 3.6°C. Ontario is already experiencing the consequences of climate change right now. From a rise in dangerous storms and weather, disrupted food production, damaged infrastructure, environmental damage and water pollution, climate change is causing costs to rise and impacting the day-to-day lives of all Ontario residents.
Everyone in Ontario has the power to make a difference. By working together Ontarians can help reduce the threats to their homes, hobbies, favourite food and drink and favourite seasons. Ontarians have already demonstrated this power in many ways. For example, by participating in conservation programs and switching to local, renewable forms of power generation, residents and businesses have helped bring provincial demand for electricity down to the lowest it has been in a decade.
The Green Ontario Fund’s programs help make it easier for people and businesses to choose and adopt low-carbon technologies and products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their homes, workplaces and the production of goods.
The Green Ontario Fund is funded entirely through proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market. Ontario’s cap on the greenhouse gas pollution businesses can emit and carbon market gives flexibility to businesses and industry in terms of how they meet their obligations.
The Green Ontario Fund’s programs build on the work the province is doing to meet its short and long-term greenhouse gas pollution reduction targets, through its Climate Change Action Plan. The action plan and carbon market work together to invest in programs that help homeowners, commuters and business owners reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The province’s elimination of coal-fired power generation has saved approximately $4.4 billion annually in health, environmental and financial costs. Continuing Ontario’s transition to a low-carbon economy will bring even greater savings, while creating jobs, boosting innovation, reducing the province’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and protecting all that Ontario has to offer.
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Ontario is helping people across the province save money and fight climate change through the Green Ontario Fund - a new not-for-profit provincial agency that will deliver programs and rebates to help reduce energy costs in homes and businesses. The agency is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.