Behaviour Change Specialist
Vince is a Co-founder of Enviromentum and an experienced sustainability consultant, trainer, facilitator, and “science guy”. Vince has a Bachelors of Science in nuclear engineering technology and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in consulting. He is trained in Motivational Interviewing, and has conducted Climate Conversations™ with over a thousand young people. Vince has also provided behaviour change skills training workshops for hundreds of environmental activators in the United States and Canada. His areas of expertise include: root-cause analysis, behaviour change science, human factors and sustainability, metrics and evaluation, and workshop design.
Vince served on the board of the American Psychological Association Division 34 "Environmental, Conservation, and Population Psychology" and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). MINT is a global network of trainers raising the profile and practice of motivational interviewing and evidence-based approaches to helping people change.
Steering Committee Chair
Rich is the President & Chief Change Agent of Capillary Consulting. Rich has been successfully delivering change for over 25 years. His consulting practice has seen him work with organizations across all parts of the globe! His legacy includes developing the change delivery model for the UK government and being a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals, where he was founding president of the Toronto Chapter for 6 years. He has a masters in change management and is a certified Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator & Workshop Designer. He is also certified in Project Management, Process improvement, Facilitation, HR, Coaching, Counseling and Psychotherapy.
His presentation delivery is known for its passion and direct challenges to the audience. He enjoys the opportunity to disrupt traditional thinking, bring humour to the learning space and enable curiosity to take control of the change space for everyone.
Steering Committee, MarCom Chair
Rohini is the Vice President of Integrated Communications at APEX Public Relations, with a dual focus on B2B and B2C clients. In her role, she builds strategic, integrated programming for clients including RSA Canada, TD Canada and Planet Fitness, among others. She has over 13 years of experience in public relations, both in Canada and for a short period in Beijing, China.
Her instinct to nerd out on the industries in which her clients operate has served her well in building integrated programs that are just as successful as they are fun to execute as a team.
Rohini went to McGill University, and has a biology degree from McGill University. Aside from her role as Marketing Chair for Enviromentum, she also sits on the board for the Communications + Public Relations Foundation, a recognized, not-for-profit, charitable organization that is committed to increasing public knowledge and awareness of the role of public relations and communications.
When she isn't working, you can usually find her planning her next vacation, taking a cooking class, or throwing competitive darts, just for fun.
Steve is the Managing Director, Acumen Solutions where he helps Canadian enterprises deliver on customer relationship management, digital transformation, and the cloud.
Previously, Steve led NetDexterity - working with clients to successfully deliver software as a service and cloud, and enterprise solutions. At NetDexterity Steve transformed complex challenges that lacked clarity into manageable obstacles that executive stakeholders can consume. He also steered the transformation of the organization from a traditional consulting partner to a cloud solutions partner with a focus on information management solutions in the cloud.
Steve has extensive experience in partnerships and agreements including complex procurements in both the public and private sectors, and with enterprise technology partners. This experience has offered me a unique understanding of the financial and business model of cloud and enterprise systems, and how to leverage this experience to drive cloud adoption with executive stakeholders.
Steve has a depth of relationships with senior executives and external influencers, and has served on advisory boards and engaged with associations, including the Government of Ontario, MISA, ITAC, the City of Toronto, ARMA, and Microsoft. Steve thrives in an environment that is all about change and dealing with uncertainty, creating markets, and overcoming challenges without a clear roadmap or direction.
Emmay is a seasoned third sector professional, who has worked in East, West and Southern Africa, as well as Northern Ontario. She has developed and managed programs focused on child rights and protection, Indigenous health, HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening. Her areas of expertise include: program design and development, partnerships and community engagement, strategic and operational planning, and performance measurement and evaluation. Emmay has an Masters of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Emmay is extremely active in Toronto’s climate community. She is the director of Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), co-founder of the People’s Climate Movement Canada and a member of the Toronto Climate Action Network’s (TCAN) Steering Committee. She is passionate about creating inclusive climate change strategies that reflect the priorities of Toronto’s diverse communities.
Dr. Jeffrey Wardell earned his B.A. in Psychology from Queen’s University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Jeff recently completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship in the addiction program at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. During his internship, Jeff conducted psychological assessment and treatment with a diverse range of clients in the Addiction Medicine Service, Rainbow Services, and Nicotine Dependence Clinic.
Jeff is currently a postdoctoral fellow at CAMH working in the Biobehavioural Alcohol Research Lab. Jeff’s research is focused primarily on understanding causal factors involved in alcohol use disorders. Jeff recently received a competitive fellowship grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a project that aims to apply novel laboratory methods for studying addictive processes. Jeff has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed research articles and his work has been published in major addictions journals.
As an adviser to Enviromentum, Jeff has actively guided the founders in the development of the pilot version of Climate Conversations. Since then, Jeff has advised Enviromentum on metric preparation to prove how valuable their workshop is for youth audiences. His suggestions are at the core of how Enviromentum delivers value, and he was Enviromentum's first motivational interviewing expert. One of his first contributions was to set up the two co-founders with a training and certification program.
James is a Secondary School teacher in the York Region District School Board system. He has taught many classes from Philosophy and Civics to History and Geography. Part of his teaching style is to engage students with memorable, meaningful experiences. As part of this focus, James seeks to connect with external organizations and speakers to bring diverse perspectives to bear in his classroom.
As Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) Branch President, James leads efforts to improve schools by maximizing the meaningful impact and agency of teachers to lead success in the classroom. In this role, James is highly focused on empowering the teacher’s voice to an array of stakeholders that includes, but is not limited to, principals, school boards, and the community at large.
James is a consummate advocate for social justice issues. He has mentored young women as an assistant soccer coach, and advised the LGBT community as an advisor of a gay-straight alliance. All throughout this time, James has served as the advisor of his school’s environment club, and played a key role in helping to empower students at Stephen Lewis Secondary School to earn their school an Ontario EcoSchools Certification in 2014.
James is very interested in Enviromentum, as he seeks to do more to enhance student participation in environmental clubs in schools throughout the GTA. He finds the evidence-based approaches that Enviromentum focuses upon to be very meaningful.
As a teacher James advises Enviromentum on how to integrate Climate Conversations™ into a real-world classroom environment. He feels that these approaches can not only make a difference in the adoption of environmentally responsible behaviours, but they can also potentially inform strategies to improve class participation.
Dr. Peter Rudiak-Gould is a consultant, researcher, and author with a background in cultural anthropology. He has conducted long-term collaborative research with indigenous communities in the Pacific Islands, addressing issues of climate change and cultural heritage, and is the author of three books and many articles.
Since 2013 he has been running Peter Rudiak-Gould Consulting, using social science methodologies to help organizations measure and increase their impact. His clients include education, environment, and mental health organizations in Toronto as well the Pacific Islands. Peter is particularly enthusiastic about finding ways to enhance environmental literacy, cross-cultural communication, and social capital in urban settings. He is a member of the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, and has lectured at the University of Toronto and McGill University.
Peter holds a DPhil in Anthropology from Oxford University. He was born and raised in Northern California, and moonlights as a travel writer.
As an advisor and collaborator with Enviromentum, Peter RG has given valuable insight on the structure and framing of Climate Conversations™. Peter RG is interested in connecting Enviromentum's workshop to a firm, demonstrated measure of GHG emissions reductions. As such, Peter RG will be working in collaboration with Enviromentum on future grant opportunities to explore the efficacy of motivational interviewing as a cost-effective intervention for the development of conservation behaviours in youth.
Amar Kumar has worked as a Business Analyst on several multi-million dollar software projects in several industries, including Banking, Marketing and Government. Throughout his career, Amar has helped many organizations meet project requirements both on time and on budget.
Amar has long been passionate about environmental issues and many other issues surrounding social justice. In support of these efforts, Amar runs his own website, www.effensource.com, which outlines actions that citizens can take on a wide range of causes including climate change, ending poverty, and human rights issues. His goal is to promote civic engagement to solve our most pressing societal issues and empower citizens to create a regular dialogue with their politicians to help solve these problems.
Amar volunteers with the environmental group Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) to meet with politicians in Canada and the USA and discuss the benefits of implementing a revenue-neutral carbon tax (also called Carbon Fee and Dividend) with them. He has had dozens of Letter To The Editor published regarding the benefits of Carbon Fee and Dividend in publications like the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine and Toronto Sun.
As corporate secretary, Amar brings accountability to both the board and staff team.
Victoria graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in Life Sciences. She has 3 years of experience working for a federal regulator, 6 years of experience in the financial industry, and 4 years of experience working in the environmental advocacy field. Victoria volunteers her free time working on city-wide, provincial, and federal initiatives, with groups such as the People’s Climate Movement, the Malvern and Bathurst-Finch Action for Neighbourhood Change agencies, and Commitment2Community. Victoria is also one of the Toronto Representatives on the Provincial Executive of the Green Party of Ontario.
In Malvern, Victoria is a part of two resident-led, community groups, knows as 42 Voices and the Malvern Food Security Workgroup. Through 42 Voices, Victoria works to openly and inclusively get residents civically engaged, and through the Malvern Food Security Workgroup, Victoria works to address local poverty and food security issues and strengthen the food network in Malvern.
In the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood, Victoria has formed two resident-led, community groups, known as the Bathurst-Finch Social Action Group and the Branson Community Action Group. These two community groups focus on the well-being of the community members, and activating the residents to be more civically engaged, so that their voices and concerns are heard, and they can bring tangible changes to their neighbourhood.
Victoria is passionate about social and environmental responsibility, where she advocates for food security, health care and wellness, and a universal basic income. For enjoyment, Victoria likes to grow food in community gardens and her backyard, watch documentaries, and participate in workshops.