Our Team

Sharon Coward

Sharon is the Executive Director of EnviroCentre and takes on crucial roles in many of the working groups while sitting on the steering committee. Sharon and EnviroCentre are essential to OEC’s partnership with the City of Ottawa as well as connecting the collective with professional networks. Additionally, her expertise in collaborating with low-income communities is a vital contribution that keeps OEC projects grounded in our grassroots mission.

Nick Hebb

Nick is the Program Director at SMARTNet Alliance and facilitates collaboration within the sustainable enterprise community in that role. SMARTNet Alliance’s mandate is to support Canada’s transition to a sustainable economy and Nick brings that sustainable business perspective to the collective, alongside his networking expertise and passion for green technologies. Nick is the lead for Pillar 5 (Smart Economy) and an active member of the steering committee.

Kathryn Norman

Kathryn is the Programs & Communications Coordinator at Sustainable Eastern Ontario and has held a leadership role in the collective from an early stage. Her responsibilities shift with the current needs of the collective, having worn the hat of a facilitator, administrator, event planner, digital communications specialist, and more. In addition to her contributions to the steering committee, Kathryn is an essential member of the Pillar 3 working group.

Michael Flowers

Michael is the volunteer Chair of the Ottawa Region Chapter – Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) leadership board and a municipal engineer at WSP. With many years of expertise/training in the green retrofit space and a wealth of resources developed with the CaGBC, Michael is an essential member of the steering committee and a key contributor to Pillar 2 and Pillar 5. Michael also sits on our leadership committee, where he wears the hat of an engineering representative.

Melanie Johnston

Melanie is the Director of Energy Services at EnviroCentre and has many years of experience in the retrofit sector. Having played a key part in implementing EnviroCentre’s energy efficiency program, her technical knowledge and “get-it-done” attitude make her a valuable OEC contributor. Melanie is a steering committee member who sits on Pillars 1 and 2, and her main role in the collective is as a project lead for the Ottawa Future Homes initiative.

Prasanna Sivapiragasam

Prasanna is a co-founder of the Sustainable Enterprise Alliance (SEA) and a long-time contributor to the Ottawa Energy Collective. He is a member of the Pillar 5 working group as well as the steering committee. Prasanna wears many hats in the collective, but one of his most important roles is to ensure wide business participation in our initiatives by tapping into SEA’s strong network of local businesses that are committed to sustainability.

Hannah Rockburn

Hannah is a Program Manager at Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS), a member of the steering committee, and a key contributor to the Pillar 3 working group. GSS plays an important role as a liaison between faith groups and OEC initiatives, while being an essential advocate for the needs of various Ottawa communities. Outreach is another central aspect to GSS’s role in the Ottawa Energy Collective because of their strong and localized network. 

Nathaniel Sneyd-Dewar

Nathaniel is a full-time Energy & Sustainability Coordinator at the Ottawa Energy Collective. His main roles are co-chairing the Steering Committee, sitting on Pillars 2, 3, and 5, and providing behind-the-scenes project support as needed, recently this has included website and social media development. Nathaniel looks to tie his background in agriculture and green building as a LEED General Associate by encouraging the use of agricultural by-products for building materials to store carbon in the construction process and promote a circular economy.

Jacob Tarasofsky

Jacob is a full-time Energy & Sustainability Coordinator at the Ottawa Energy Collective. His main roles are co-chairing the Steering Committee, sitting on Pillars 1, 3, and 4, and providing behind-the-scenes project support as needed – recently this has included website and social media development. Jacob’s background in the nonprofit space and experience in the cleantech sector round out his contributions to the collective.

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