Oakville’s Energy Task Force

Oakville’s CEP was developed for the community, by the community. Oakville's Energy Task Force is an enthusiastic team of community leaders from local businesses, government, utilities, schools and community groups that convened six times over 2019 to shape the vision, goals, targets and actions of the plan.

Meet the task force

Blake Smith, Director of Environment, Energy and Vehicle Safety, Ford Motor Company of Canada

Blake began his career with Walker Industries in 1978, and moved to Ford Motor Company of Canada in 1992. As the Manager, Environmental Quality, he was principally responsible for facility-related environmental issues. In 1998, he was appointed Director, Environment, Energy and Vehicle Safety. In this capacity, Blake is responsible for vehicle and facility environmental matters, energy issues, vehicle safety and several other technical areas.

Brian Lennie, Senior Advisor, Municipal Affairs, Enbridge Gas Inc.

Brian’s focus area for Enbridge Gas is municipal relations in Ontario South/West, an area stretching from Windsor to Halton Region, and also includes community outreach on large gas transmission and distribution projects. Brian’s career in the utility sector over the past 12 years has also included several years with a local municipal electric utility in business development, including two years with its renewable energy affiliate company. Brian has experience in community energy and climate change planning, previously in Hamilton.

Fraser Damoff, MA Senior Analyst, Program Delivery, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Fraser is with the IESO’s Energy Efficiency Program Delivery team where he helps deliver energy efficiency programs for Ontario homeowners as well as large multi-site businesses. He is also the Executive Director of Cycle Oakville, Spokesperson for the Save Glen Abbey Coalition and a long-time advocate for the protection of greenspace in Oakville and the building of safe, connected cycling infrastructure.  Fraser earned a Masters of Arts from Brock University with a specialization in Ontario's Energy Sector, as well as a certificate in New Venture Financing from the University of Maryland.

Harry Shea, Public-at-large

Harry’s career spans over 25 years and includes launching numerous new products, launching a new start-up company as well as leading two acquisitions which were merged into one stand-alone company where he served as President. Harry left corporate America in 1998 to start his own consulting company focused on European small and medium-sized enterprises. Harry has a BBA in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago. He is also a graduate of the Crosby Quality Management College and serves on the Board of the Bronte Village Residents Association.

John Matthiesen, MBA, P.Eng., Senior Director, Smart Grid & Asset Management, Hatch

John’s 20 years of power sector experience includes thermal energy, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, and Smart Grid & Asset Management Programs. John has managed power plant overhauls, advised on the development of multi-billion-dollar offshore wind projects, facilitated corporate strategy plans, and lead cost reduction & asset optimization projects. Currently John leads a team at Hatch responsible for helping clients embrace the energy transition through resiliency planning, grid modernization, asset management, technology assessments, and general energy consulting services.

Josh Shook, Project Advisor, Conservation Programs and Partnerships, Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Josh Shook is responsible for the Municipal Energy Plan program at the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. He has a strong background with municipal energy planning, energy conservation programs, policy research, energy and greenhouse gas analysis, and stakeholder engagement. Josh graduated from the University of Guelph with a major in Environmental Science.

Karen Brock, President, Oakvillegreen

Karen has a passion for protecting the environment and human health. She believes that global action on the environment starts where you live. Karen has been President of Oakvillegreen since 2011, and a board member since 2010. She was a key member in the creation of Halton’s first and award-winning schoolyard naturalization project in 1997. Karen received an Ontario Heritage Trust Award in 2012 for her efforts in preserving the Province’s Natural Heritage, and the Government of Canada’s Sesquicentennial Award in 2017 for her work protecting and enhancing Oakville’s environment.

Lisa Kohler, Executive Director, Halton Environmental Network

Lisa is a Climate Realty Leader and community engager discussing climate challenges, strategies, mitigation and adaptation. Lisa serves on Halton Region’s Natural Heritage Advisory Committee, Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable and The Halton District School Board’s Environmental Management Team. Lisa is a certified Accredited Partnership Broker. She is the orchestrator of the Halton Climate Collective, a dedicated team driving local climate change. She oversees multiple successful programs including Halton Green Screens, Oakville Resiliency Hub and Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Chapter.

Maia Puccetti, M.Arch., OAA, Superintendent of Facility Services, Halton District School Board (HDSB)

Maia Puccetti is a registered architect and has a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University, N.S. Prior to joining the HDSB, Maia was Superintendent of Facilities Service for the Toronto Catholic DSB. She has worked on a range of institutional buildings over the past 25 years including schools, libraries, community centres as well as public housing facilities. She is committed to improving energy efficiency and supporting environmental initiatives for all HDSB schools, including implementing rooftop solar installations.

Michelle McCollum, Associate Vice President, Capital Development and Facilities Management at Sheridan College

Michelle leads all aspects of Sheridan’s built-environment including sustainability, land-use and infrastructure planning, new construction, renovations and facilities management. As a public sector leader, Michelle has spent over 25 years in municipal government, and education administration in the UK and Canada driving key strategic initiatives, capital infrastructure development, and organizational transformation. From early in her career, Michelle has been a strong advocate for sustainability principles, social responsibility and a community focused approach.  This has led to successful partnerships and outcomes in many public-sector projects and initiatives.

Mike Branch, Vice President Data and Analytics, Geotab

Mike leads the charge for developing solutions that enable insights from over 1.4 million connected vehicles and 30 billion telematics records that Geotab processes on a daily basis. Mike joined the Geotab team in 2016, and prior to that was the CEO of Inovex Inc. which in 2013, spun off a brand new entity: Maps BI, which was later acquired by Geotab. Mike has received numerous honours including the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award and Early Career Award, Engineers Canada Young Engineer Award, Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Medal, and the Cloud Innovation World Cup.

Pauline Watson P. Eng., M.A.Sc., M.Eng., Public-at-large

Pauline is a professional engineer with 37+ years of experience providing engineering services and business planning support to Ontario’s electricity generating stations, including 22 years at Ontario Power Generation. Her second career began in 2013 when she completed a Master’s in Engineering and Public Policy from the School of Engineering Practice at McMaster University, and incorporated a business to provide Engineering and Sustainable Policy consulting. She is currently a member of Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Environmental Task Force, a Climate Reality Leader and a member of QUEST.

Peter Longo, Ward 4 Town Councillor, Senior Director, Chief Supply Chain Officer at the Health Network comprised of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Center, and St. Michael's Hospital

Councillor Longo has a passion for the environment and community involvement. He is the past Chair of Halton Region’s Natural Heritage Advisory Committee (NHAC) and was previously the Chair of the Ecological and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) for Halton Region advising on all matters relating to natural heritage, ecology and the environment. In 2002, he was appointed to represent residents on the municipal Stakeholder Advisory Committee countering development pressures in north Oakville. An accomplished business executive, he has 22 years of experience in driving sustainable value chain improvement in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries.

Phil Santana, P. Eng., Senior Manager, Innovation, Mattamy Urban Neighbourhoods

Phil works across the home building industry to position Mattamy Homes on the frontier of innovation. His consulting engineering and development background provides the foundation for his work while always maintaining an outcome based mindset. During his time at Mattamy, he has worked with various municipalities to explore, develop, and implement their sustainability and innovation goals while balancing industry and market perspectives.

Roya Khaleeli, Project Manager, Sustainability, Minto Communities Canada

Roya is deeply passionate about finding ways to add value to real estate development through sustainability. With a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering she began her career in the automotive industry and went on to gain a Master’s degree in Sustainability in Sweden.  During her seven years at Minto she has worked on over 25 residential projects across the GTHA while providing input on the development of the Toronto Green Standard and ENERGY STAR for Multi-Family High Rise programs. Roya serves on the NRCan ENERGY STAR for New Homes TAC and CHBA Net Zero Energy Homes Management Committee.

Ryan Merrick, P. Eng., Superintendent of Facility Management Services, Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB)

Ryan is currently the Superintendent of Facility Management Services, overseeing school operations and capital projects. Throughout his career, Ryan has held many roles in building operations, maintenance and construction, in both the private and public sectors. Ryan is a University of Waterloo graduate and registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Scott Mudie, P.Eng., MBA, Chief Operating Officer, Oakville Hydro

Scott is an executive with extensive international exposure, working in such countries as China, Mexico and the USA. Scott brings direct experience in mergers and acquisitions from the renewable electricity generation, construction, utility services and energy services space. He is a forward thinking leader known for strong consultative leadership. He is an Ivey Scholar, where he earned his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Scott is also Chair of Ontario One Call’s Board of Directors and holds a seat on the Board of The MEARIE Group and the Canadian Electricity Association Distribution Council.

Zaheer Muhammad, MS, MBA, Director Corporate Business Development and Value Co-Creation, Siemens Canada Limited

Zaheer leads the Corporate Business Development and Value Co-Creation program for Siemens Canada. With over 13 years of Siemens experience in multiple countries across the globe, Zaheer’s focus in Canada is on strategic initiatives around Smart Infrastructure covering topics such as Smart Cities, Grid Edge Technologies, IoT, eMobility and decarbonization of infrastructure. In his current role, he has been actively working with Canadian utilities and infrastructure developers on futuristic co-creation projects. Zaheer holds an MS in Digital Communications from London, UK and an MBA from Manchester Business School, UK. He lives in Oakville with his family including three young kids.