Our Team

Rebecca Danard | Executive Director

rebecca.danard@rethinkgreen.ca | 705-674-1685 x.101

Rebecca Danard is passionate about finding collaborative solutions to environmental challenges. Using extensive experience in non-profit leadership, project management, and event planning, she connects grass roots groups, non-profits, businesses and government agencies to ideas, partnerships, and resources. By using creative, innovative, data-driven strategies and tools, she works to build a sustainable community in Greater Sudbury and beyond. Rebecca also recruits and supports members of the Forge: the co-working space that reThink Green operates as a social enterprise. Through Green Economy North, powered by Sustainability CoLab, Rebecca helps businesses and organizations maximize the benefits for becoming more sustainable. Also interested in education, Rebecca mentors interns and academic placements at reThink Green. Rebecca is a trained professional musician, and plays principal clarinet in the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.

Richard Eberhardt | Green Economy North Program Manager

richard.eberhardt@rethinkgreen.ca | 705-674-1685 x.100

Richard Eberhardt engages 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. 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 and Rowan. He also finds time to share musical talent with local choirs.

Chirag Ranpariya | Website and Database Developer

chirag.ranpariya@rethinkgreen.ca |705-674-1685 x.103

Chirag Ranpariya is responsible for developing NationBuilder websites for interested groups. With the support of reThink Green’s Executive Director, he trains members, volunteers and staff of participating organizations to use NationBuilder effectively. He also provides one-on-one coaching, troubleshooting, and online technical support. Chirag has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and is a recent graduate of the Interactive Media Management program at Algonquin College. Chirag is a skilled web designer and web developer.

Leigha Benford | Communications Director

leigha.benford@rethinkgreen.ca | 705-674-1685 x.103

Leigha Benford is an environmental communications specialist with experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She oversees communications, engagement, outreach, and event planning for reThink Green and Green Economy North. She also leads the team responsible for the annual Greater Sudbury Earth Festival. 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.

Cassidy McAuliffe | Member Profile Officer

cassidy.mcauliffe@rethinkgreen.ca | 705-674-1685 x.100

Cassidy McAuliffe works with Green Economy North Members to produce short videos that highlight their sustainability efforts. She designs communication pieces, including the Annual Report. 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 raise the profile of 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

chris.blackmore@rethinkgreen.ca | 705-674-1685 x.102

Chris Blackmore works with Green Economy North members to create emission baselines, and performs sustainability audits on their facilities. He works alongside the members to produce action plans that help them create their sustainability goals. Chris focuses on providing technical support and solution to our members. He holds a diploma in electrial engineering technology from Nova Scotia Community College, a degree in engineering and applied science from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a post-graduate diploma in environmental monitoring and impact assessment from Cambrian College. Chris enjoys exploring new places and fishing.