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CEP Toronto Presents: How I Became an Environmental Professional

  • 11 Feb 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • The Wolf & Firkin, 43 Elm St. (East of Bay), Toronto, Ontario M5G 1H1
This event is SOLD OUT! 

Come out to Connecting Environmental Professionals Toronto's launch event! 
We will be showcasing environmental leaders working in various sectors across the Greater Toronto Area. Enjoy an evening learning about how each speaker ended up in their current role, lessons they learned along the way, and their outlook for the future of the sustainability/environmental field. 

Join us for an hour of networking with refreshments once the speakers conclude.

Agenda:
6:30-7:00pm: Registration
7:00-7:15pm: Introduction to CEP Toronto
7:15-8:15pm: Speakers
8:15-8:30pm: Q&A
8:30-9:30pm: Networking & Drinks

Admission includes a drink ticket and light refreshments.

Speakers:

  Jesika Briones 
Business Development Manager, Energy Institute at MaRS Discovery District
Jesika Briones is the Business Development Manager for the Energy Institute (EI) at MaRS Discovery District. She works with energy advisors and experts from academia, industry and government to support the development and adoption of clean energy technologies in local and international markets.Her additional experience includes working as co-founder and business development director at a spin-off company commercializing a McMaster University-developed solar technology awarded Canada's Top 10 most promising companies from across Canada in 2008 & 2009. Jesika holds a bachelor degree in manufacturing engineering, with a specialization in total quality management, and a Master of Engineering in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEEI). Jesika has been selected for the prestigious Action Canada fellowship program among 16 other emerging leaders from across the country. She is currently a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Research and Innovation Task Force, the Ontario Smart Grid Working Group, and the Ontario Energy Storage Association (OESA), among others. Jesika is also an advocate against climate change. She is also passionate about promoting women leadership and entrepreneurship among her local and national networks.
   
  Evan DiValentino
VP Sales & Marketing, Carbonzero 
Evan is currently VP Sales & Marketing at the Toronto based carbon management firm Carbonzero. He has a wide range of familiarity of the environmental sector with a resume that includes experiences in organizational sustainability, carbon management, environmental laboratories, community engagement, as well as research and education. Evan is the founder of Niagara Sustainability Initiative, a non-profit organization that assists public and private sector entities in the Niagara Region in managing carbon and enhancing sustainability measures. In addition, Evan remains a part-time instructor in Niagara College’s Environment, Media and Technology division.
     
  Sarah Brown
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (IC3)
Sarah Brown is the Associate Director at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (IC3) at the University of Waterloo where she is responsible for building capacity through partnership development, and coordination of internal and external communication. Previously, Sarah worked for 3 years as Project Manager for ClimateActionWR, a collaborative initiative between two environmental non-profits,
REEP Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region, and four municipalities, the Region of Waterloo, and the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Together these partners developed a community Climate Action Plan for Waterloo Region completed in Fall 2013. Sarah was honoured to be a co-recipient of the UW Faculty of Environment Young Alumni Award in 2013 and to be named in the 2013 Top 40 Under 40 by the Waterloo Region Record. Her overall interests lie in community development, energy systems and climate change policy. Sarah holds a BES in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo, as well as a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University.
     

  Monica Sood, CA, CPA
Manager, TD Environment, TD Bank Group

As a Chartered Accountant, Monica has substantial experience in financial audit and internal controls. As a sustainability practitioner, Monica has significant experience in sustainability reporting and assurance, environmental management systems, stakeholder assessment and engagement and sustainability strategy development and implementation. She has in depth knowledge and application of sustainability measurement and reporting protocols such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and carbon measurement and reporting protocols such as WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Currently reporting to the Chief Environment Officer of TD Bank Group, Monica supports the execution of TD’s overall environmental strategy. This includes the measurement and assurance of the Bank’s environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and paper use. Additionally, she works with various business areas across the bank to support the measurement and reporting of other environmental and social impacts. She is also responsible for responding to surveys such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Monica also supports the Corporate Responsibility Report reporting process by managing the data collection and assurance of key performance measures.
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