Rebecca Danard is passionate about finding collaborative solutions to environmental challenges. Using extensive experience in non-profit leadership, project management, and event planning, she connects grass roots groups, non-profits, businesses and government agencies to ideas, partnerships, and resources. By using creative, innovative, data-driven strategies and tools, she works to build a sustainable community in Greater Sudbury and beyond. Rebecca also recruits and supports members of the Forge: the co-working space that reThink Green operates as a social enterprise. Through Green Economy North, powered by Sustainability CoLab, Rebecca helps businesses and organizations maximize the benefits for becoming more sustainable. Also interested in education, Rebecca mentors interns and academic placements at reThink Green. Rebecca is a trained professional musician, and plays principal clarinet in the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
David St. Georges is a strong advocate for Northern Ontario and its vibrant communities and has built a career in community communications and volunteer recruitment. Having focused on social outreach programs and natural disaster response through the Canadian Red Cross, he now uses his experience to engage others in environmentally sustainable solutions. Also a volunteer, David hosts community television through Eastlink TV, and participates in the planning of other local festivals and events.
Cassidy McAuliffe thrives at the intersection of environment and communications. With a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Visual Communications and a Masters in Science Communication, Cassidy uses her expertise to highlight sustainability initiatives being carried out by reThink Green's community partners, as well as by the members of the Green Economy North and Smart Green Communities program. Cassidy is also an avid outdoorswoman who loves to canoe and explore trails always with coffee and camera in hand.
Carly Seltzer is assisting with event coordination working with the communications team to generate successful events and overseeing the Forge, reThink Green's co-working space. Carly has recently graduated from Laurentian University with knowledge and skills from both the Law and Justice as well as the Biology program. With such a wide range of knowledge she uses her passion to increase community outreach of the Forge and is excited to see more people utilize this community working space that reThink Green offers.
As a Smart Green Communities Program Officer, Angela is assisting with the development of the Regional Energy & Emissions Planning project and provides guidance and resources to municipalities and communities in Northeastern Ontario who are setting sustainability goals. Angela has a B.A in Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and has also completed a Post-Graduate Certification of Environmental Management at Canadore College. Angela is an advocate for sustainability in both her work and personal life and is always open to learn more about environmental initiatives. Originally from Toronto, Northern Ontario has been a brand new but positive experience for her and she is excited to see the beauty it has to offer!
Maureen Strickland is passionate about building a new economy that is fair, place-based and regenerative. Maureen returned to Manitoulin Island in 2012 and works throughout Northern Ontario in the fields of social enterprise and innovation, co-operative development, and community economic development. She is taking on the Manitoulin Outreach role for the Smart Green Communities program. Maureen believes community energy planning is an exciting opportunity for community economic development and environmental resilience on Manitoulin Island. Maureen has worked for organizations such as Community Futures, Ontario Co-operative Association, NORDIK Institute, Algoma University and the Rural Agri-Innovation Network. Prior to this Maureen worked in these sectors in Nova Scotia and the United Kingdom. Currently, Maureen is also the Loans Specialist for the recently launched Fair Finance Fund, a social finance fund supporting food and farm social enterprise. Maureen holds a BSc in Biology and Masters of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Maureen grew up on Manitoulin Island and is always happy when she gets to spend time there, hanging out with her chickens and pigs.
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