Former Staff

We would like to thank all the former staff who have contributed to our program.

Betsy Agar

Research Manager

Betsy oversees the program’s research, collaborates with global colleagues working to accelerate the growing 100% renewable energy movement, and designs engaging dialogues aimed at exposing barriers to implementation.

Betsy joined Carbon Talks in 2013 and is a founding team member of Renewable Cities. She holds a Professional Engineers of Ontario license and a Masters in Applied Science (McMaster), both of which trained her in skills she now applies in her work at the SFU Centre for Dialogue by helping practitioners, policy decision-makers, and communities capitalize on energy efficiency returns.

Bringing her building science expertise together with her love of old cities, Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to make urban ‘ecosystem’ sustainable and anchor a community’s sense of place.

Claire Havens

Program Manager

Claire Havens has a passion for knowledge sharing, civic engagement, and facilitating dialogue within the research, government, non-profit, and business communities on environmental issues. Working at Carbon Talks, Claire has helped convene dozens of roundtable dialogues, workshops and public events, and regularly facilitates or participates on panel discussions. She has worked in government and the non-profit sector undertaking policy analysis on a variety of topics including climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural resource and marine planning, and environmental economics. This included carrying out a benefits valuation for the Scott Islands National Wildlife Area for Environment Canada, and working with the Adaptation to Climate Change Team at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

Claire has a masters from the SFU School of Public Policy as well as a certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement.

Molly Henry


Molly Henry is a first year Masters of Public Policy student at Simon Fraser University with a passion for environmental policy. She is interested in issues related to climate and energy, and the development of policies which promote the mitigation of and adaptation to impacts of climate change.

Molly is enthusiastic about facilitating public and stakeholder engagement in the policy-making process, and has worked with a number of community organizations dedicated to addressing environmental issues.

Michael Small

Executive Director

Michael joined Renewable Cities on January 1, 2015 after a thirty-three year career as a diplomat and senior executive in the Canadian foreign service.

Before coming to Vancouver, Michael was Canada’s High Commissioner to Australia from September 2010 until December 2014. Before that he served in Ottawa as Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Issues, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In the latter capacity, he co-ordinated Canada’s representation across a wide range of multilateral organizations dealing with human rights, peace and security, economic policy co-ordination and sustainable development. From 2000-2003 he was Canada’s Ambassador to Cuba. Earlier in his diplomatic career, Michael served in Malaysia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. He was the Co-ordinator for the Canadian delegation to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Michael Small earned an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University in 1978; a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1980; and a M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in 1981. From 2003-2004 he was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.