Our Team

Rebecca Danard

Executive Director

As Executive Director of reThink Green Rebecca Danard is passionate about finding collaborative solutions to environmental challenges. She has extensive experience with non-profit leadership, project management, and event planning. She is currently bringing together Greater Sudbury’s grass roots groups, non-profits and green businesses engage the public more effectively using a shared online platform. She works with a team of staff, volunteers and community leaders to produce the annual Greater Sudbury Earth Day Festival. She is currently working with Sustainability CoLab to launch a target-based sustainability program for businesses in Greater Sudbury. Rebecca also recruits and supports members of the Forge: the co-working space that reThink Green operates as a social enterprise. She provides sustainability training to entrepreneurs and mentors youth in the community through the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training program. Rebecca communicates effectively in English or French with staff, clients, volunteers, board member, and the media. Trained as classical musician, Rebecca also plays principal clarinet in the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.

Richard Eberhardt

Program Manager /// Green Economy North

As Program Manager of Green Economy North, Richard Eberhardt is engaging a background in strategic communications, service development, and grassroots organizing, to establish a network of sustainable businesses in Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario. Working with Sustainability CoLab and the reThink Green team, Richard is establishing the first target-based sustainability program in the North. Participating members from across Sudbury's economic sectors benefit from direct support, and access to a variety of tools and expertise to achieve a competitive advantage by building their sustainable business practices. He brings an extensive knowledge of local and regional organizing from many years as assistant to a local Member of Parliament, as a political operative, and as an active member of Sudbury's not-for-profit community. He is a board director for a number of environmental and social organizations, and has previously been a member of reThink Green's board. Father to Reese (3) and Rowan (6) he also finds time to share musical talent with local choirs.

Nasser Jeary

Program Development Manager

As Program Development Manager at reThink Green, Jeary is responsible for setting up, developing NationBuilder websites, providing troubleshooting and online technical support. With the support of reThink Green’s Executive Director, he trains members, volunteers and staff of participating organizations to use NationBuilder effectively and thus develop the knowledge base of the community. In addition, he develops strategies to engage supporters on Green Connect with leaderboards and gamification. With a Master's degree in Computer Science from Laurentian University, Jeary is skilled in both Web design and web development as well as User Experience Design (UX).



Leigha Benford

Communications & Events Coordinator

Leigha is an environmental communications specialist with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. As our programs continue to grow, she will be focused on connecting Green Economy North business members with expertise and resources through technical workshops and larger events including the Business Forum. She holds a degree in Bio-Resource Management/Environmental Management from the University of Guelph, and a graduate diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University. In her spare time, Leigha enjoys hiking, fishing, and yoga.

Cassidy McAuliffe

Member Profile Officer

As Member Profile Officer, Cassidy McAuliffe works closely with Green Economy North Members to produce short videos highlighting their sustainability efforts, and designs communication pieces for events, including the Annual Report to be presented at the first Annual Evening of Recognition. With a degree in Environmental Studies from Laurentian University, and a graduate diploma in Environmental Visual Communication from Fleming College in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum, Cassidy uses her expertise in Environmental Communications to effectively raise the Green Economy North program and its members. Cassidy is also an avid outdoor lifestyle photographer who loves to explore trails accompanied by a thermos of coffee.

Chris Blackmore

Technical Specialist

As the technical specialist, Chris Blackmore works with reThink Green members to create emission baselines, perform environmental audits on their facilities, then work alongside the members to produce action plans to help them achieve their sustainability goals. Chris will be focused on providing technical support and solutions to our members. He holds a diploma in electrical engineering technology from NSCC, a degree in engineering and applied science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a post-graduate diploma in environmental monitoring and assessment. Chris enjoys exploring new places and fishing.