Monica Curtis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Energy Efficiency Alberta in April 2017. As CEO, she is charged with leading the design and implementation of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and small scale renewable energy programs and services that help Alberta residents and businesses save money and increase comfort and productivity; and that foster development of an energy efficiency services industry in Alberta.
Monica has designed, delivered, marketed, and measured energy efficiency programs since 1991. Her career in energy efficiency began with Edmonton Power (currently EPCOR) and SaskPower. Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President Strategic Development and Energy Finance Solutions with WECC, a mission based nonprofit based in Madison, Wisconsin. WECC delivers energy efficiency and efficiency finance programs and residential building science training for electric and natural gas utilities, and state and local governments across the United States of America.
Monica has championed cutting-edge programs ranging from energy advocate services and manufactured homes programs, to on-bill recovery for energy efficiency financing, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. She has also led numerous energy-saving pilot programs to test new technologies and program designs, including utility demand response through smart thermostats, program marketing based on geo-targeting, and retail MarketLift℠.
Monica holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University in Alberta and a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba. She prides herself on raising “two great kids” with her husband.
Energy Efficiency Alberta is headed by a diverse board with expertise in energy efficiency, governance and community building.
David Dodge is the board chair at Energy Efficiency Alberta and the producer of Green Energy Futures where he has created over 200 documentaries on Canada’s most inspiring clean energy leaders, projects, and policies.
He’s dedicated the past decade to researching climate change, energy, and renewable energy topics for radio, newspapers, and magazines. As a Communications Director for the Pembina Institute, he developed an online media strategy for clean energy issues and helped design a multitude of reports including ‘Greening the Grid’, a landmark document outlining how Alberta can successfully transition to clean electricity generation. He also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Energy Transition Committee for the City of Edmonton.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.