The Centre for Community Energy Transformation (CCET) Board was created in early 2022. The Board is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight of CCET. To date, the Board has been responsible for establishing the organization as a non-profit and recruiting individuals to the permanent governance Board.
Meet and learn about the Board members below:
Peter has been an active leader in energy and environmental policy for over 40 years. He currently teaches a university course in energy policy and is updating his free online university textbook on energy efficiency policy and programs. He has cofounded and managed both for-profit energy service companies as well as non-profit energy policy advocacy groups. Previous roles have included Chief Energy Conservation Officer of Ontario and member of the team at Pollution Probe in the 70's that developed the 3 R's: reduce, reuse, recycle. He currently provides strategic and policy advice and serves on several corporate and non-profit boards.
He notes that, "I am honoured to have been selected to be part of the Centre for Community Energy Transformation Board as I have had the pleasure of working with a few leading civic leaders and energy utilities from this area who I greatly respect. I look forward to working with the other members of the Transitional Board to make sure we get this exciting new initiative off to a great start"
Nina is a C-suite Human Resources Executive with 20+ years of international and domestic experience executing HR strategies and technologies to enable business excellence. She brings expertise in managing multi-disciplinary teams in a variety of industries and complex environments, including unionized environments.
As a long-term resident of Brampton, Nina is excited to have been selected to be part of the Centre for Community Energy Transformation Board and is looking forward to collaborating with the other board members to establish CCET as a non-profit organization and deliver on its mandate.
Diya Gill has over 20 years’ experience
and understanding of not-for-profit organizations, including working with
boards. With a past in urban and regional planning studies, Diya brings a good
understanding of the complex challenges of climate based action plans, and the
community solutions needed to effect long term transformative change.
Diya currently works as a program
manager with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a national
not-for-profit organization, where she manages the operations of various
educational and professional programs to public sector leaders across the
country. At a personal level, Diya is a volunteer
peer health coach with Cancer Society, an ardent crafter and a strong advocate
of individual, organizational and community based action for sustainability.
Sharanjit (Shan) Singh Padda,
MBA, LL.B., is a Barrister, Solicitor, and Notary Public. He is a member in
good standing with Law Society of Ontario and has been practicing immigration
& Business Laws in Ontario for more
than fifteen years. Shan has been employed by regional municipal government and
multinational and Canadian corporations.
Currently he council member on the Governing council of the College of
Dietitians of Ontario He also serves as a volunteer on the board of directors
for the Canadian Federation of Truckers, GTB Foundation, and a condo
corporation in Brampton.
In recognition of his outstanding service to the
community, Shan received the Governor General Commemorative Medal during the
125th Anniversary of Canada. In 2002, he was honored with the Queen Elizabeth
II Golden Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada. He is a Past
Chairperson, Board of Referees, of the Employment Insurance Appeal Tribunal,
Canada, and a Past Council Member of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
David is a retired project manager, management consultant and LEED accredited professional. A long-time Brampton resident, David has been involved in many environmental advocacy initiatives over the past decade aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and improving Brampton's environmental resiliency. He is an executive member of Sierra Club's Ontario Peel Chapter, a David Suzuki Foundation Elder, a participant in the Brampton Environmental Alliance, and a member of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's Joint Watershed Coalition. He is also the Chair of BikeBrampton, a local group advocating for safe and sustainable transportation choices in Brampton and Peel Region. In 2017, David led a BikeBrampton initiative, creating the Brampton Bike Hub to encourage Brampton residents to leave their cars at home and use bicycles for short distance journeys instead.
Hassaan Khan, P.Eng., MBA, is the Area General Manager for the Performance Infrastructure business for Johnson Controls in Canada which is primarily responsible for energy performance contracting endeavours. Over the course of his 22-year career, Hassaan's focus has been on advocacy, promotion and delivery of financial infrastructure solutions for achieving energy efficiency and carbon reduction in an economically sustainable manner. Hassaan's curreny and recent activities include: active board member of ESAC (Energy Services Association of Canada), served on the advisory committee of the CIB's (Canada Infrastructure Bank) Commercial Buildings Retrofits Initiative in the winter of 2020-2021, served as Co-Chair of the City of Brampton's CEERP (Community Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan) steering committee. Hassaan holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Bachelors of Applied Science (BASc) in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Toronto. Hassaan is a resident of Brampton since 2017.
Herb is the Director, Sustainability at Sheridan College and is responsible for corporate sustainability vision, strategy, and culture, including implementation of Mission Zero, the institution's ambitious plan to reduce energy consumption, waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions. Herb is an energy engineer with nearly 30 years' experience working in commercial/industrial energy assessment, project management, teaching and product development. He is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, Certified Building Commissioning Professional and WELL Accredited Professional. Herb holds the US Patent for the Distributed Energy Neural Network Integration System, is a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers and Institute of Eletrical and Electronics Engineers and a Member of ASHRAE. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. form the University of Waterloo in Sustainability Management.
Herb's passion is driving transformational change throughout organizations of all scale and scope, with a focus to realizing a liveable future for all species on earth. To this end, he has founded two research and development companies to innovate and commercialize energy and environmental technologies. He is an early pioneer of smart grids with a patent to his name and credit on global standards for distributed energy systems. He was a key sponsor of community energy planning projects in the Town of Oakville and City of Brampton. For a decade he was a member of Burlington's Sustainable Development Committee and served as Chair of the committee for two years. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Halton Environmental Network.
Vincent Thomas brings over 20 years of work experience in energy efficiency and energy management to the CCET board . Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, Vincent has held positions with both ABB and GE as an application engineer, product manager, and marketing leader.
Vincent currently works as the director of the North American marketing for Rodan Energy Solutions, driving their company mantra of "making sustainable attainable" across product development, external communications, and solutions-based commercial activity. Vincent is excited for the opportunity to work with CCET's other board members, and provide guidance and recommendations for how to amplify messaging and drive adoption in CCET's programs of focus.
Sukhminder Purba has over 15 years' experience and knowledge of the energy industry, including 6 years dedicated to achieving net zero carbon footprint. Holding a Bachelor's specialized in Accounting from York University and a Certified Management Accounting (CMA/CPA) designation, Sukhminder has held several progressive financial, operational and commercial positions at Enbridge supporting the energy transition. His background includes commercial contracting, governance, risk management and financial discipline, in addition to board experience interacting with C-Suite and other senior-level management and Board of Directors.
Sukhminder currently works as the Director of Asset Management for Enbridge Renewable Power division, supporting North America's path to achieving climate action plans. As a lifelong resident of Brampton, raising a family of 3 beautiful children, Sukhminder is excited to have been selected to be part of the Centre for Community Energy Transformation Board to introduce change and provide for a sustainable future for young children alike. He looks forward to collaborating with the other board members to establish CCET as a non-profit organization and deliver on its mandate.