A distinguished and accomplished advisory committee
Michael de Pencier is Chairman of Key Publishers Company Ltd., an investor in the environmental economy, and formerly a magazine, book, and electronic publishing company. Key has been involved in publishing Toronto Life, Fashion, WeddingBells, Where, OWL and Chickadee, Canadian Art, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Business, Quill and Quire, Gardening Life, and several other publications. Key was also a partner in Key Porter Books, and Maple Tree Press books for children.
Michael is a former Chair of the World Wildlife Fund Canada and Ontario College of Art and Design and has been a director of the World Wildlife Fund International, Shaw Festival, Women’s College Hospital, Canadian Opera Company, Centre Stage, Tarragon Theatre, and Toronto Arts Council.
He is currently a Founding director of Investeco Capital, and Green Initiatives Partners, who invest in clean tech and sustainable food.
Michael has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Canada. Michael is a philosophy graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.) and University of Michigan (M.A.).and has a LLDs from Ryerson University and Trent University The de Pencier Family have planted 110,000 trees on their property near Rosemont Ontario.
While his career has spanned the advertising, publishing and public relations industries, John Clinton’s forté has been consistent – looking at client business problems from unusual angles, and driving creative strategies. John leads a team of more than 250 people across Canada and the United States , encouraging them to think differently, take measured risks and focus on the client need as he does. During his career of more than 20 years, he has lead numerous national and global accounts such as Pepsi, Tim Hortons, Kraft and Kellogg’s, based at various times in Vancouver, Chicago, New York, Montreal and now Toronto, giving him a global perspective. John is an accomplished sculptor with a focus in bronze. His work lives in collections in Canada, U.S. and Europe and has been in shows in Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Whistler and Banff. A selection of his pieces can be seen at www.clintonsculptures.com.
Miranda is a graduate of the RCYC sailing program and avid sportsperson. Currently a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company, she previously practiced law in the Corporate Capital Markets sector at Torys LLP in Toronto and is licensed to practice law in both Canada and the U.S.
Miranda is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she played on the women’s varsity hockey team. She was also a member of the Hansard Scholars Program, UK Parliament and Public Policy at the London School of Economics.
Lars is the CEO of AC883, a boutique service provider for North American and European enterprises in the renewable energy including wind, solar, geothermal and energy storage.
Lars co-founded the company to take advantage of his 25+ years of experience as a strategic international sales manager and most recently was the Senior Trade Advisor in Canada for the Trade Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Lars is a trained Machinist and Mechanical Engineer has engineering degree from the University of Southern Denmark as well as training and degrees in sales and marketing from the Danish Academy. Lars is fluent in Danish, German, and English.
Laura is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Department of Geographical Sciences. A boating and sustainability enthusiast all her life, she received her doctorate for her work mapping and understanding forest 3D structure and links to carbon stocks and cycles.
Her current work focuses on global-scale ecology and biomass mapping in relation to forest degradation and developing validation techniques for new global biomass products.
Laura received her B.Sc. Honors in Earth Systems Sciences from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, her MSc in Geography from the University of Victoria, Canada and her PhD from the University of Maryland.
From 2015 – 2017 she was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow (NPP) at NASA Goddard working on research related to the GEDI mission Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) mission’s ranging of Earth’s forests and topography from the International Space Station (ISS).
Tony spent over 30 years in the Marketing industry and was CEO of J.Walter Thompson Canada ( JWT) from 1999 to 2014.
During his tenure, Tony founded JWT Ethos, a social change practice, and introduced the practice in the US, UK, India, China, Mexico and Japan. In 2002, Tony initiated a UN Partnership project between UNESCO, JWT Global and the Canadian Government and led a delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesberg. He also served as Special Advisor to UNESCO Paris on the 2009 Global Report on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue.
In 2009 Tony co-founded BRANDTRADE, a Trade based Development company with a vision to connect small producers/SMEs with markets worldwide. The company has implemented go to market programs in Haiti and Peru with the support of the Governments of Canada and Peru.
Tony is now leading the development of Nexxustrade, a globally unique business hub and e-commerce marketplace. It integrates capacity building solutions with a comprehensive E Commerce system to both simplify and grow SME trade domestically and internationally. The vision for Nexxustrade was first presented at the APEC Trade Minister’s Summit in Peru in 2016.
Kevin Desmond is the acknowledged world authority on electric boats, having literally written the book on the subject: “Electric Boats and Ships: a History”, published by McFarland & Co. in 2017. He was Chairman of the Electric Boat Association (UK) in the 1980s and also co-founded the French Electric Boat Association in 1994.
In 2018 Kevin launched his next project, Venice2028, a broadly-based initiative to follow the lead of Amsterdam and other cities and require that the motorboat fleets of the city’s canal be electrified by 2028.
He has been involved in the beginnings of numerous electric boat races over the past three decades and is organizing an all-electric boat regatta in 2019 as a high profile promotion of the Venice electrification project.
Dr. Sean Bohun is an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Faculty of Science at Ontario Tech University. He joined the University in 2006 and was appointed Undergraduate Program Director in 2014.
Previous to OTU Sean earned his Master of Science in Theoretical Physics and received his Doctorate in Mathematics at the Universityy of Victoria before spending five years as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Penn State University.
A co-author of Mathematical Modelling: a Case Studies Approach, Sean is one of Canada’s most influential and respected Applied Mathematicians, contributing to the field span over two decades and developing innovative solutions to a wide range of mathematical problems including mineral processing, tissue engineering and scheduling.
Internationally, he is collaborating with researchers at the University of Oxford to develop imaging techniques using the world’s fastest camera and was awarded the prestigious 2015 CAIMS Fields Industrial Mathematics Prize in recognition of his achievements and for raising Canada’s global profile in industrial mathematics expertise.
His teaching concentrates on modelling and industrial math across sciences and other disciplines, and his current research includes work in predicting and accounting for the distortion of extremely thin glass sheets used in electronics.
Andreas Apostolopoulos is the Chairman of the Electric Boat Association of Greece and CEO of ILIOFOS, a Greece-based corporation providing consultation and scientific services focussed on the manufacture, study and supervision of Electric–Hybrid cars and Public Transportation, Electromechanical Public Works, Industrial buildings and photovoltaic applications in the private sector.
In 2009 the company was selected by the European Union’s Smilies program for work in the field of electrification of Public Transportation and in 2011 began collaboration with leading companies of world self-propulsion, including NetGain Motors, Logena Automotive and UQM electric drive train Technologies.
In 2020 the Electric Boat Association of Greece will be holding its first series of solar races for high school students, to be run in Athens, Korfu and other mainland and island ports to be determined.
In his ‘spare’ time Mr. Apostolopoulos is a member of and Vice President for the G.A. of Handball Team of Serifato.