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Green Ontario Fund Board of Directors

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Green Ontario Fund Board of Directors

Parminder Sandhu, Chair

Parminder Sandhu has more than 20 years' experience in the energy industry, with expertise in designing and delivering energy efficiency programs that achieve targets and program objectives. His functional experience includes operations, engineering, marketing, finance and risk management.

He has planned, designed, implemented or supported the approval of programs in excess of $1.5 billion in aggregate budgets in jurisdictions across North America, including British Columbia, California, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota and Ontario.

Parminder founded and was chief executive officer of Canada's largest privately held energy program implementation firm, which he sold and then retired from in December 2015. His career has focused on providing exceptional customer service, creating positive organizational culture, and delivering results in a cost-effective and prudent manner, which builds trust and reputation with all stakeholders.

Gabriella Kalapos, Vice-Chair

Gabriella Kalapos has advocated for local government action on advancing sustainable communities for more than 25 years through her work at the Toronto Environmental Alliance, ICLEI-Cities for Climate Protection campaign, and currently as executive director at the Clean Air Partnership.

Her focus has been to encourage, support and monitor implementation of clean air and climate change actions, and to build partnerships that enable collaboration among communities and all levels of government. Gabriella has a bachelor of science in environmental geography from Concordia University and a master's degree in environment and business from the University of Waterloo.

Dennis Fotinos, Member

Dennis Fotinos is the executive chairman, North America, for Enwave Energy Corporation, where he is responsible for overseeing corporate governance and establishing and managing the strategic growth of the business. As president and chief executive officer of Enwave from 2001-2016, he led the transformation of the company into a viable business and industry leader with a focus on sustainability. Notably, he initiated and oversaw the development of Enwave's world-renowned Deep Lake Water Cooling project.

Dennis has served as an elected member of regional and local governments in the City of Toronto from 1991 to 1999. From 2003 to 2010, he served as a member and then chair of the board of the International District Energy Association. He currently serves on the board of directors of Build Toronto as a chair of the Finance Committee.

Dennis holds master of business administration degrees from the Kellogg School of Management and the Schulich School of Business, and a bachelor of arts in international relations and political science from the University of Toronto.

John Gorman, Member

John Gorman is the president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). Immediately prior to joining CanSIA, he held the position of senior vice-president, Empower Energy Solutions - an innovative global integrator of energy systems.

John serves as Canada's designate to the International Energy Agency (Executive Committee - PVPS) and sits on the executive council of the Canadian Council on Renewable Energy. He has served as director on boards of numerous community and corporate organizations, including one of the nation's largest electric utilities. John has been recognized as one of Canada's CLEAN50 and is the recipient of the 40 Under 40 business award of excellence in business practices.

Michael Lio, Member     

Michael Lio is a nationally recognized housing and energy expert. He is currently president of buildABILITY Corporation, a firm specializing in facilitating change within organizations that focus on the built environment. Michael also served as president of EnerQuality Corporation, a company that delivered major housing energy efficiency programs in Ontario.

Michael has represented the public interest on a number of boards, council and committees, including representing consumers on the Ontario Ministry of Housing's Building Code Amendment Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Minister of Housing's Building Advisory Committee.

Prior to being an adjunct professor in the graduate program at the Daniel Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto, Michael taught sustainable housing in the architecture program at Ryerson University. He is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario and has earned his bachelor of applied science and master of engineering from the University of Toronto.

Susan Lo, Member

Sue Lo is a seasoned policy, operations and communications professional with a proven track record of building and leading high-performing teams, delivering key government initiatives and providing strategic advice. She has extensive experience in stakeholder relations, contract negotiations and conflict resolution.

As the former chief drinking water inspector/assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, she was responsible for the overall protection and provision of safe drinking water from source to tap in Ontario. She had oversight of drinking water management and protection activities using a multi-barrier approach, underpinned by the policies in the province's Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act.

Sue was also an assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of Energy, where she provided leadership and oversight to increase renewable energy production and energy conservation in Ontario. She worked closely with Ontario Power Authority to create energy efficiency and energy conservation programs for households, businesses and industries to help meet the government's short- and long-term greenhouse gas emission targets.

Elizabeth McDonald, Member

Elizabeth McDonald has more than 25 years' experience as a senior executive, industry advocate, industry advisor and board member in government relations, advocacy, organizational management, and communications. In August of 2012, she accepted the position of president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, the national voice of energy efficiency and conservation in Canada. She was previously president of Canadian Solar Industries Association, the national trade association that represents the interests of all aspects of the solar industry in Canada.

She has collaborated with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, who named her an Investment Canada Champion, and now sits on the Building Code Conservation Advisory Council for Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs. During her time in the film and television sector, she sat on the inaugural board of what is now called the Canadian Media Fund. Elizabeth lives in Ottawa and has previously held senior executive positions in film, television, production and digital media world.

Tim Stoate, Member

Tim Stoate's 38-year career in the finance sector began in banking operations with Canada's top-tier commercial lenders, where he managed syndication and lending portfolios of up to $60 million, and developed and implemented oversight programs and specialized products, accounting procedures and controls, and anti-money laundering practices and procedures.

For the last 10 years, he has served as The Atmospheric Fund's (TAF) vice-president of impact Investing, with the responsibility for deploying up to 60 per cent of TAF's endowment assets in mandate-related investments, which generate both financial and greenhouse gas-reduction return on investment. Tim has been responsible for developing partnerships as well as innovating financial instruments to support the commercialization and scaling of products, services and technologies that have verifiable greenhouse gas reductions integrated into their value proposition.

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