Leadership

Executive Team

Monica Curtis

- CEO

Monica Curtis has worked in energy efficiency for over 25 years, starting her career with Edmonton Power (currently EPCOR) and SaskPower. She served as the Executive Vice President Strategic Development and Energy Finance Solutions with a leader in efficiency programs based in Madison, Wisconsin where she oversaw the delivery of energy efficiency and efficiency finance programs and residential building science training for electric and natural gas utilities and governments.

Monica holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and the Steering Committee of the Energy Futures Lab. She also volunteers with Higher Landing, supporting former oil and gas professionals successfully transitioning to new career opportunities. Monica was recognized as a Compelling Calgarian by the Calgary Herald in 2019.

Darlene Crowell

- Vice President of Market Communications and Engagement

Darlene Crowell has spent the majority of her 30-year career in Alberta’s energy industry, working for several utilities and multinational energy companies including Suncor Energy and Talisman Energy (now Repsol.) She also served as Associate Vice President, Strategic Communications at the University of Calgary leading communications on global energy, innovation and research initiatives, and a new sustainability strategy.

Darlene is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University’s Bachelor of Public Relations program and holds certifications in adult education and change management. An active member of the community, Darlene is on the Board of Directors of Inside Education, the Partners Council for the Energy Futures Lab, and has volunteered as a mentor with Immigrant Services Calgary, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Calgary, and the International Association of Business Communicators.

Jesse Row

- Vice President of Corporate Performance

Jesse Row has been involved with advancing energy efficiency initiatives in Alberta for more than 20 years. He spent 10 years leading the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance and was a member of the province’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Panel. Jesse has also provided consulting services to municipalities, Indigenous communities and companies in the areas of technology evaluation, community energy planning, and life-cycle assessment, and was also a board member with the Calgary Region Airshed Zone.

Jesse has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Stephen Appleton

- Vice President of Corporate Services

Throughout his career, Stephen Appleton has been a catalyst and driver of organizational strategies and corporate growth, efficiencies and productivity and has been a key player in the creation and development of three start-up businesses. Stephen was President and CEO for Aval International. Stephen was also Vice President Operations of Seko Construction and the Permasteel Group of Companies, as well as founding and running his own international consulting firm for over 10 years. Stephen served as a Senior Colonel in the Canadian Army for 27 years, where he provided executive leadership of daily domestic and international operations, supporting infrastructure and fiscal oversight for $2 billion in assets and 33,000 personnel.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Civil Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, an Executive Master of Business Administration (High Honours) from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Strategic Studies (Honours) from the U.S. Army War College. He is also a member of APEGA and Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and sits as a Board Director of the Federation of Calgary Communities which represents 20,000 local volunteers. Stephen was recognized as a Compelling Calgarian by the Calgary Herald in 2014 and as Businessman of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Darryl Hill

- Vice President, Program Design and Delivery

Darryl Hill has been involved in energy and technology for nearly two decades with a focus on improving the process around the customer experience and collaborating with industry. He provides strategic direction and oversight in the development of a suite of energy efficiency programs to reach Albertans throughout the province. Since Darryl joined Energy Efficiency Alberta in early 2018, he has overseen the launch of 12 energy efficiency incentive, financing and innovation programs. Most recently, he has provided strategic direction in the development of new programs focused on making industry more competitive in the province, including programs for methane reduction, strategic energy management, and on-site energy managers.

Prior to joining Energy Efficiency Alberta, he was Director of Operations at CLEAResult. Before that, Darryl helped launch Efficiency Nova Scotia and was Sector Manager of Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Programs for over five years. Darryl is on the steering committee of Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) and is on the Board of Directors of the Methane Emissions Reduction Network (MERN).

Our Board

Energy Efficiency Alberta is headed by a diverse board with expertise in energy efficiency, governance and community building.

David Dodge

David Dodge

- Chair

David Dodge is the board chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta and the producer of Green Energy Futures a series of more than 220 documentaries on Canada’s most inspiring clean energy and energy efficiency leaders, projects and technologies. The stories have appeared on radio, in newspapers, magazines and numerous web channels.
He’s dedicated the last decade to researching energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy topics and highlighting the most successful business ventures that are part of $332 billion in growing global investment in clean technology.
David is a sought after speaker who has delivered 97 talks and presentations to architects, oil companies, county councils, education groups, city councils, real estate organizations, governments, builders, farm groups, social housing groups, community organizations, Rotary clubs, Walrus talks, and energy literacy groups in 5 years.
He is passionate about energy diversification and innovation that will provide economic opportunities and jobs in a sustainable future.
David is also serving his second term as co-chair of the Energy Transition Advisory Committee for the City of Edmonton.
Kyla Sandwith

Kyla Sandwith

Kyla Sandwith is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of De Novo Inc.

As a legal operations and management consultant, Kyla works with clients to discover and implement innovative solutions to their business challenges, maximize resources, and reduce operational waste.

Prior to her time at De Novo Inc., Kyla served as Legal Counsel and Efficiency Lead at Repsol Oil and Gas Canada Inc. (formerly Talisman Energy Inc.) where her drive for efficiency and measurable results played a key role in developing and implementing innovative business solutions.

Helen A. Rice

Helen A. Rice

Helen A. Rice has managed the Grande Prairie Downtown Association since 1995. She is responsible for coordinating joint marketing and infrastructure improvements for 432 businesses.

Helen has also been a Councillor for the City of Grande Prairie since 1979, where she has chaired a number of committees, and coordinated a regional recycling program that was carried out by over 30 communities.

She is currently Board Chair of the APEX Pension Plan, and serves as an Alberta Recycling Management Authority board member.

She was named one of Alberta’s most influential people by Venture Magazine in 2012 and 2014, and holds a Government of Canada Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizing over 30 years of impactful community service.

Vittoria Bellissimo

Vittoria Bellissimo

- Vice-Chair

Vittoria Bellissimo is the Principal Energy Consultant at Westmains Consulting Ltd., a firm that specializes in electricity and provides strategic advice, analysis, and advocacy with respect to market, regulatory, and policy issues.

Since 2012, Vittoria has also acted as Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta (IPCAA), which represents key Alberta industries including oil and gas, pipelines, petrochemicals, agriculture, and steel.

Vittoria has conducted extensive stakeholder consultations on energy sector issues in Alberta, Ontario, and Scotland.

Peter Love

Peter Love

Peter Love has over 30 years experience in energy policy with a focus on energy efficiency. This has included working as an energy policy consultant, manager of a series of voluntary energy efficiency programs, co-founder of a leading energy efficiency program delivery companies, leading two public advocacy organizations and leader of a provincial energy efficiency agency.

For the past six years, he has designed and taught a fourth-year university course on energy efficiency policy and programs of York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies. Most recently, he published a free online textbook on energy efficiency policy and programs which includes a case study on energy efficiency in Alberta.

Shafraaz Kaba

Shafraaz Kaba

Shafraaz Kaba is a partner at Manasc Isaac Architects with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Bucharest. Over the last 20 years, he has made significant contributions to the design and cultural landscape of Edmonton, focusing on the development of ecologically aware buildings striving for net-zero energy and carbon-emission reduction goals.

Shafraaz has been involved with the Canadian Green Building Council, Alberta Leadership Board and the Lean Construction Institute of Canada. He is a founding member of the Edmonton Design Committee, a project review panel for downtown Edmonton, and writes for the Edmonton Journal and several trade publications. He was named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 for 2018.

Glynis Carling

Glynis Carling

Glynis Carling is a professional engineer who retired in 2016 with more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry. She has and continues to focus on environmental regulation and policy, air-related environmental issues and technology development.

Glynis has served on several multi-stakeholder committees using interest-based and consensus decision making and has served in executive positions for non-profit organizations for two decades.

Julia-Maria Becker

Julia-Maria Becker

Julia-Maria Becker is a Director within Pembina Institute’s Clean Economy team, focusing on corporate, government and community-based sustainability projects in Alberta as they relate to energy efficiency and carbon pricing.

Julia also sits on the board of Student Energy, a global not-for-profit that is creating the next generation of sustainable-future energy leaders. In addition to previously working for Student Energy, she has also held positions with the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and worked for German and Mexican government institutions. Julia was recently recognized as a 2019 Emerging Leader for outstanding contributions to clean capitalism by Canada’s Clean50.

Sandra Moore

Sandra Moore

Sandra Moore is the Principal of Sandra Moore Consulting based in Medicine Hat. She is a research and development professional with 20 years of experience working with organizations, communities, and governments in Canada and internationally.

Sandra is a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Saskatchewan and her research focuses on the socioeconomic impacts of energy for rural communities and regions.

Carissa Browning

Carissa Browning

Carissa Browning is Legal Counsel with an Alberta regulatory agency and has extensive experience in advising on commercial, policy and governance matters. During her time in private practice at EnerNEXT and while serving as Legal Counsel with TransAlta and BC Hydro, she advised on many matters relating to power transmission and generation projects, energy conservation programs, electricity market and derivative market regulations including project financing, construction and operating arrangements for wind farms totaling 496 MW, a 500 kV transmission line and various cogeneration projects.