Sudbury Green Expo Speakers
Speakers / Panelist
Drew Adams, BES, MArch, OAA, MRAIC
LGA Architectural Partners
Drawing on experience in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, Drew excels in synthesizing diverse viewpoints and finding integrated solutions for clients. He has a knack for projects with unique circumstances, especially when it comes to housing, adaptive reuse and sustainable design, and has earned a reputation equally for his creativity as for his diligence in project execution.
Drew plays active and leading roles on projects including as project architect on Evergreen Brick Works' carbon neutral retrofit of the historic Kiln Building, Eva's Phoenix Youth Transitional Housing and Skills Centre and a variety of affordable housing and laneway housing projects. He has also designed carbon neutral housing in Yellowknife and net zero housing in San Francisco. This work has been recognized with features in Architectural Record, FastCompany, Canadian Architect and other publications, as well as with design, heritage and green building awards.
Drew is a licensed architect and has taught at the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto. He is a long time volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
Mike Carson, Chief Financial Officer
Ottawa, Carleton District School Board
Mike has served in a number of roles in finance, planning and facilities since joining the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in 1996.
The OCDSB is one of Ontario’s largest school boards, serving over 75,000 students. With 8,000 staff and 150 locations across the City, the District strongly believes it must be a leader locally through its own practices as building operators, but most importantly by enhancing its culture of citizenship and sustainability throughout our communities. Stewardship is a key pillar of the Board’s Strategic Plan and is a key goal in helping our students develop their competencies as global citizens.
Mike is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has over 35 years of senior management experience in health care, child welfare and education, following 5 years inn public accounting with a predecessor firm of KPMG.
Alex Benzie, Senior Lead
As Senior Lead, Central Services at QUEST, Alex manages a number of energy planning and policy research initiatives, and convenes a network of practicioners from local governments, utilities, the real estate sector,
NGOs, and others engaging in community energy planning - a process supporting the transition towards a decentralized, low carbon, and resilient energy system.
Prior to joining QUEST, Alex was a project manager at a solar PV developer, where she led the regulatory and pre-construction development processes for a 10MW (83 individual project) school rooftop PV portfolio. Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences, and a Master's of Environmental Studies, both from Queen’s University.
James Walker, Energy Business Development Coordinator
Greater Sudbury Utilities
James has a passion for green energy and passive design. At Greater Sudbury Utilities, he oversees the Sudbury Landfill gas generator, 30KW landfill solar array, and is working to expand GSU’s green energy and clean-tech company, ConverGen Inc.
James holds an advanced diploma in Energy Systems Technology from Cambrian College and has a professional background in conservation demand management and conventional energy systems including automation, HVAC-R, and mechanical systems.
When he’s not working James enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and photography.