State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations, takes place from May 29–30 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will feature a wide range of international speakers, experts and other content providers. This page will be updated as new participants are added. See the draft agenda. Receive the latest conference news by subscribing to Renewable Cities’ mailing list.

Ken Alex

Director, Project Climate at UC Berkeley, and former Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Ken Alex will be the director of Project Climate at UC Berkeley starting this summer, focusing on the most promising climate solutions and moving them more quickly to policy and scale. From 2011 to 2018, Ken was a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council, focusing on climate, energy, environment, and land use issues.

Before joining the Governor’s Office, Ken was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. From 2000 to 2006, Ken led the California Attorney General’s energy task force, investigating price and supply issues related to California’s energy crisis.

Ken is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. in political theory from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Taylor Bachrach

Mayor of Smithers, B.C. and Chair of the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council

Taylor Bachrach was elected Mayor of Smithers in 2011 and is currently serving his third term. An advocate for strong climate action at the local level, Taylor also serves as a member of the BC government’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council and chair of the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council.

In 2018, he was selected as one of four Federation of Canadian Municipalities Climate Champions. Taylor is a director of the Northern Development Initiative Trust and President of Go By Bike BC.

Sarah Buckle

Director of Risk, Enterprise and Sustainability, TransLink

As Director of Enterprise Risk and Sustainability at TransLink, Sarah is responsible for ensuring enterprise risk and sustainability efforts enhance business performance and influence strategic planning at the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink). Sarah acts as a key liaison to the Board Finance and Audit Committee and TransLink’s Executive Team on risk and sustainability compliance. As Director, Sarah chairs the Sustainability Advisory Committee providing leadership and strategic direction on TransLink’s key sustainability initiatives, and sits on the Steering Committee tasked to develop TransLink’s low carbon fleet strategy. As part of this low carbon fleet initiative, TransLink is proud to participate in the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration trial. Sarah’s leadership in sustainability contributed to TransLink being the first Canadian transit organization to achieve Platinum level status for sustainability from the American Public Transportation Association.

Sarah is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRUC), and was a member of the BC Environmental Managers Association Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013.

Kim Ellis, AICP Principal Transportation Planner | Portland Metro

Kim Ellis

Principal Transportation Planner, Portland Metro

Kim Ellis is a Principal Transportation Planner and project manager with Metro, the directly elected regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Since 1996, Kim has worked in the Regional Planning Division, which is responsible for the region’s long-range transportation planning. Kim served as project manager for development of the region’s 2014 Climate Smart Strategy – which focused on reducing passenger vehicle emissions through land use and transportation policies and investments. The Portland region was the first of Oregon’s eight metropolitan areas to embark on this work. From 2015 to 2018, Kim oversaw a major update to the transportation plan for the region. Most notably, the effort brought together community and business leaders, transportation officials and elected officials and jurisdictional staff from 24 cities and three counties to advance implementation of the Climate Smart Strategy and establish new regional policy for improving transportation for marginalized communities – and safe streets for all residents.

Kim holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia (1995) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology with a Minor in Environmental Studies from James Madison University (1990). She is member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (2000) and an active member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Fiona Famulak

President, Vancouver Regional Construction Association

Fiona is passionate about business and has over 25 years’ international experience, gained in the U.K., Asia Pacific and Canada, working in the private and not-for-profit sectors.

In her almost 6 years at the VRCA, Fiona has rebuilt the 90-year old organization from the ground up. Under her leadership, the VRCA has undertaken an industry-wide education needs assessment, the results of which help VRCA and others to deliver programming that meets the industry’s future education needs.  And, understanding the importance of the industry doing its part to support the climate change goals of both Vancouver and B.C., she led a team that vigorously pursued and secured the opportunity for the VRCA to host Canada’s first and only Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx).

Looking forward, it is Fiona’s goal to evolve the VRCA into Canada’s premier centre for construction excellence by 2027 so that it is leading by example and inspiring others as a future-focused, relevant and invaluable resource to the construction industry.

Chris Frye

Senior Policy Advisor, Housing Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

Chris has worked for the governments of B.C. and Canada in energy efficiency and clean energy for the built environment since 2007.  In 2014-2015 he managed the national implementation of major updates to the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), eventually helping to ensure that the ERS v.15 was included as a compliance pathway under the BC Energy Step Code. Chris participated in the original Energy Step Code advisory committee, and worked for BC’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) on a number of implementation support initiatives. Most recently, before returning to NRCan in April, 2019, Chris was the Acting Director of MEMPR’s Community Clean Energy Branch, focussing on renewable generation at the community scale and supporting the clean energy ambitions of BC’s Indigenous communities. Prior to that, Chris acted for 18 months as the MEMPR Director responsible for the Province’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program, where he helped lay the groundwork for the B.C. zero emission vehicle mandate and oversee various market transformation programs.

In his new role back with NRCan, Chris is based in Victoria, with a mandate to build upon the already deep collaboration between NRCan and various government agencies in B.C.

Suzanne Goldberg

Director of Public Policy—Canada, ChargePoint

Suzanne Goldberg is an energy, climate, and electric vehicle policy expert with over 10 years of experience. She is currently the Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint in Canada, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, with more than 64,000 places to charge on its network around the world. In this role she covers federal, provincial and municipal affairs, managing engagement on electric vehicle policy across Canada. Prior to ChargePoint, Suzanne was the Director of Research and outreach for START at Simon Fraser University and a founding partner of the consulting firm Navius Research.

Jennifer Green

Executive Director, Canadian Biogas Association

Jennifer is the Executive Director of the Canadian Biogas Association, a non-profit, member driven organization that helps to grow the biogas and renewable natural gas sector in Canada to its fullest potential. Celebrating 10 years, Jennifer engages on behalf of the biogas sector to address regulatory and policy changes at the federal and provincial levels related to waste management, renewable energy and climate change.

Jennifer connects public and private sector entities, commercial, municipal and agricultural partners and NGO’s to discover strategic and sustainable opportunities for deploying anaerobic digestion technology in Canada. She has fostered an open dialogue with industry and government on matters relating to policy, research, technology, and economic barriers and solutions to advance development of biogas and RNG projects. Jennifer organizes outreach activities, manages development of resources, and presents at events to help inform and educate stakeholders on the opportunities for biogas and RNG market growth.

Jennifer is an engineering graduate of Queen’s University with experience in environmental and nutrient management consulting. She is passionate about biogas and continues to direct her enthusiasm and energy to the betterment and advancement of the sector.

Emily Grossman

Policy and Strategic Advisor, Community Services and Housing Division, Washington State Department of Commerce

Emily Grossman is the Policy and Strategy Advisor for the Community Services and Housing Division at the Washington State Department of Commerce. She has worked in the areas of homelessness and housing policy development for fifteen years. In her current role, she works to align housing policy throughout the agency, provides policy recommendations related to affordable housing development and preservation, and serves as the staff liaison to Governor Inslee’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board. She has been with the Department of Commerce since April 2016. Emily has a B.A.from the University of Washington and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.

Joyce Henry

Director General, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

Joyce Henry is the Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada. The Office of Energy Efficiency provides policy advice to the Minister of Natural Resources to optimize energy use in Canada and delivers programs, information, guidance, and regulations to support Canadians, businesses, industry, and the transportation sector to effectively reduce energy use.

Ms. Henry has worked in a number of other federal government ministries, holding progressively more senior positions at Transport Canada, the Privy Council Office, and at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Ms. Henry has a Bachelor of Journalism degree with combined Honours in Political Science. She enjoys sport and reading. Previously an international level rugby referee, Ms. Henry has refereed numerous women’s international matches, including at three World Cups, and refereed both men and women at the most senior match levels in Canada and the United States.

Matt Horne

Climate Policy Manager, City of Vancouver

Matt Horne is the City of Vancouver’s climate policy manager. He is responsible for delivering on the City’s commitment to have 100% of the energy used in Vancouver come from renewable sources by 2050. He also advises senior management, and mayor and council on climate change policy issues. Prior to joining the City, Matt worked for the Pembina Institute helping to advance climate change policy in B.C. and across Canada. He has a Master of Resource Management degree from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree from Dalhousie University.

Raymond Kan

Senior Planner, Regional Planning Division, Metro Vancouver Regional District

Raymond Kan is a senior planner in the Regional Planning Division at the Metro Vancouver Regional District.  Raymond believes in the capacity of public policy to improve the conditions of cities for all residents.  His recent work, in collaboration with a diverse group of partners, include the Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Study, Regional Parking Study, and policy development for the Regional Affordable Housing Strategy and Metro 2040 Regional Growth Strategy.  Prior to Metro Vancouver, Raymond worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in San Francisco and TransLink.  Raymond holds a Master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Hyunook Kim

Professor and Chairperson, School of Environmental Engineering, University of Seoul

Prof. Hyunook Kim is a professor and the Chairperson of School of Environmental Engineering, the director of the R&D Center of Core Technology for Water Treatment, an Associate Editor of Chemosphere, Critical Review in Environmental Science & Technology, Energy, Ecology, and Environment, and Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering. He is the Editor-In-Chief of Water-Energy Nexus. He got his B Sc in Environmental Science at Yonsei University in 1994 (Seoul, Korea), M Sc in Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 1997 (Baltimore, MD, USA), Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2000 (College Park, MD, USA).

After he had been awarded his Ph.D. degree, Prof. Kim had worked for the US Department of Agriculture for about 3 years until he joined the University of Seoul as an assistant professor in September 2002. Currently, Prof. Hyunook Kim’ researches focus on the modeling and automatic control of water or wastewater treatment processes, and anaerobic digesters. He also develops sensors or analytical techniques to measure trace organic pollutants, which can be used for the purpose of process control.

Frankie Lewington

Communications Specialist, Build Small Coalition, Oregon Metro

Frankie Lewington is a Communication Specialist for Oregon Metro focusing on land use and transportation issues, including coordinating work with the Build Small Coalition that advocates for smaller, more varied and more equitable housing choices. His background includes working with the government affairs team at Metro and the planning and building divisions at City of Eugene. Frankie received a BS in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon.

Guillaume Longchamps

Transportation Planning Advisor, Urban Planning Division, City of Montreal

Guillaume holds a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning and a master’s degree in urban project management from the Université de Montréal. He has been working in the field of mobility and transport for more than a decade. Working at the City of Montreal, Mr. Longchamps has participated in several strategic planning mandates. Its current mandates concern the revision of the City of Montreal’s transportation plan, as well as the implementation of the Parking Policy and the Electrification Strategy. Over the past years, Mr. Longchamps has developed expertise in integrated mobility, particularly new services of mobility.

Zachary May

Director of Building Codes and Standards, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Province of British Columbia

Zachary May is the Director of Building Codes and Standards for the Province of British Columbia, with the Building and Safety Standards Branch. He is a member of the national standing committee for Housing and Small Buildings (Part 9), and the standing committee on Energy Efficiency with the National Research Council. In BC, Zachary is the Chair of the BC Energy Step Code Council, a multi-stakeholder advisory body that supports the development and implementation of the Energy Step Code.

Mike McKeever

Senior Advisor to Sacramento, CA Mayor Darrell Steinberg

Mike McKeever was the Chief of Staff to Sacramento’s Mayor Steinberg and currently serves as a senior advisor. Prior to that he was the CEO of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments after leading their groundbreaking Blueprint planning program for 3 years.

McKeever has dedicated his nearly 40-year career to promoting collaborative action between communities and organizations, promoting economic and environmental sustainability, and helping to develop and apply innovative planning software that allows professional planners and thousands of residents access to high quality information to help understand how neighborhoods, cities and regions function. His first major planning role in the Sacramento region was as a senior planner with Parsons Brinckerhoff, where his responsibilities included project management of the Transit for Livable Communities program for Sacramento Regional Transit. Developed by working with the city and county of Sacramento and multiple stakeholders, that project created land use plans for all of the light rail stops in the system.

McKeever was a key player, working with then California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in writing Senate Bill 375, a groundbreaking bill linking regional transportation, land use, housing and climate change planning. After Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law in 2008, the California Air Resources Board appointed McKeever to chair a statewide advisory panel to advise the Board how best to proceed with implementation of the law.

David Miller

North America Regional Director, C40 and former Mayor of Toronto

David Miller is the North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group, and Global Ambassador of inclusive climate action. He is responsible for supporting North American Mayors in their climate leadership and for building a global movement for socially equitable action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. He served as Chair of C40 Cities from 2008 until 2010.

Miller was Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2010. Under his leadership, Toronto became widely admired internationally for its environmental leadership, economic strength and social integration. He is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies, and a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability. Miller has held a variety of public and private positions and served as Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of New York University from 2011 to 2014. David Miller is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer.

Charlotte Morton

Chief Executive, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association

Charlotte Morton studied for her MBA at London Business School before setting up a car club business. Asked to establish the business side of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association in 2009, she saw the potential of an industry that can deliver huge potential and value to the UK. Given the even bigger global potential, which must be achieved if the Paris climate change targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be met, Charlotte played a pivotal role in establishing the World Biogas Association in 2016 to promote and increase the rate of uptake of biogas globally. Charlotte is also on the board of Green Gas Trading Ltd, which runs the Biomethane Certification Scheme.

Sonja Munnix

Sonja Munnix

Senior Advisor, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Sonja Munnix works as a senior advisor at Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). She stimulates e-mobility in the Netherlands. Sonja is the secretary-general of a Dutch steering committee on the internationalisation of electric mobility, working towards facilitating Dutch companies in their international activities. She is active as the Dutch representative in international networks such as the Electric Vehicle Initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-EVI) and the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA HEV-TCP).

Next to her work on e-mobility, Sonja has been involved in (electric) car sharing, the monitoring of sustainable mobility and the promotion of energy efficient driving behaviour (eco-driving). She is also educated as an internal coach on Technological Innovation Systems.

Merran Smith

Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada

Merran Smith is a fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and the founder and executive director of Clean Energy Canada, a leading think tank advancing clean energy and climate solutions. For most of her career, she has worked to unite industry, government and civil society organizations to solve pressing social and ecological challenges. Her leadership in the landmark Great Bear Rainforest conservation agreement helped ensure the protection of thousands of kilometres of coastal ecosystem.

Merran serves as a Canadian representative on the International Clean Energy Ambassador Corps and as co-chair of the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council. Her 2018 work as co-chair of Natural Resources Canada’s Generation Energy Council helped ideas from a diverse group of stakeholders coalesce into recommendations that will shape Canada’s energy future.

She has received numerous leadership distinctions, including the ‘Clean 16’ award in 2014 for leadership in clean capitalism, the 2016 Wendy McDonald ‘Community Catalyst’ award from the Vancouver Board of Trade, and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Clean Energy B.C.

Atsuhito Oshima

Senior Policy Analyst, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD

Atsuhito Oshima is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and currently working on OECD programmes on building environmental performance and housing affordability.

Prior to joining the OECD, Atsuhito served the Japanese government and engaged in developing and implementing policies to promote affordable rental housing and energy-efficient buildings. He also served Nara Prefecture, a subnational government in Japan, as the director of housing policy department and promoted renovation projects for public housing sites and revitalization support programs for depopulating municipalities.

Atsuhito earned master’s degrees in public policy from Georgetown and Syracuse University in the US.

Robyn Wark

Robyn Wark

Team Lead, Sustainable Community Program, BC Hydro

Robyn Wark MRM MCIP is Team Lead of BC Hydro’s Sustainable Community program, and a leading strategist and coach on low carbon communities.  Robyn co-creates peer networks, innovation labs, committees and councils to bring partners together to solve sustainability challenges (eg the Community Energy Manager Network, Energy Step Code Council, and Local Government Electric Vehicle Peer Network). Robyn is a popular speaker, and shares lessons from her work with professional organizations, business, universities, and government.

Her work has won multiple awards from associations such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Union of BC Municipalities, and the Canadian Institute of Planners.  In 2013 she was awarded the Individual Award for Leadership in Advocacy & Innovation from the Planning Institute of BC.

Dana Wong

Public Policy Manager, FortisBC

Dana Wong has been working on energy and climate issues for 15 years in the private and non-profit sectors, as well as through international development organizations based in the U.S. She currently engages FortisBC’s customers, Indigenous communities and other stakeholders in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions to support cleaner, efficient and resilient energy systems across B.C. She holds a Master’s degree in economics, energy and environmental policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has achieved the GHG-IQ designation from the Canadian Standards Association.


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