Monica Curtis, CEO,
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Monica Curtis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Energy Efficiency Alberta in April 2017. As CEO, she is charged with leading the design and implementation of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and small scale renewable energy programs and services that help Alberta residents and businesses save money and increase comfort and productivity; and that foster development of an energy efficiency services industry in Alberta.
Monica has designed, delivered, marketed, and measured energy efficiency programs since 1991. Her career in energy efficiency began with Edmonton Power (currently EPCOR) and SaskPower. Most recently, she served as the Executive Vice President Strategic Development and Energy Finance Solutions with WECC, a mission based nonprofit based in Madison, Wisconsin. WECC delivers energy efficiency and efficiency finance programs and residential building science training for electric and natural gas utilities, and state and local governments across the United States of America.
Monica has championed cutting-edge programs ranging from energy advocate services and manufactured homes programs, to on-bill recovery for energy efficiency financing, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. She has also led numerous energy-saving pilot programs to test new technologies and program designs, including utility demand response through smart thermostats, program marketing based on geo-targeting, and retail MarketLift℠.
Monica holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University in Alberta and a Bachelor of Human Ecology from the University of Manitoba. She prides herself on raising “two great kids” with her husband.
Andrew Bowerbank, Global Director, Sustainable Building Services
Andrew Bowerbank is well recognized across the industry for his efforts to collaborate with thought leaders and drive innovation through high-profile projects and initiatives in Canada and internationally. He is a leading authority on emerging technologies, high-performance building design and low-carbon economics.
Among his professional accomplishments, he is the former Executive Director/CEO of the World Green Building Council (2007-10) where he was proud to act as the Member Representative for the United Nations Environmental Programme. He was also the founding Executive Director of the Canada Green Building Council’s Toronto Chapter.
Today, Andrew is the Global Director of Sustainable Building Services at EllisDon Corporation where he has launched a new strategic plan called the “Carbon Impact Initiative” in response to global market trends towards a low carbon economy. In addition to his work at EllisDon, Andrew is a Council member at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Ottawa and Chair of the Cleantech Advisory Board at Centennial College. Andrew was recently named one of Canada's top 16 sustainability leaders at the 2017 "Clean50" Awards and he was awarded the prestigious Ontario Premier’s award this past November for his career accomplishments.
Arlene Strom, Vice President Sustainability & Communications
Suncor Energy Inc.
Arlene Strom is the Vice President Sustainability & Communications at Suncor Energy Inc., a position she has held since March, 2013. She is responsible for Stakeholder and Aboriginal relations, reputation and brand, communications and issues management. She is also responsible for Suncor’s sustainability and outreach strategy, climate change strategy, environmental excellence support and for the management of the Suncor Energy Foundation. From August 2009 to March 2013, she was Vice President Communications & Stakeholder Relations and for six years prior to that she held various leadership positions within Suncor’s legal department.
Prior to joining Suncor Arlene worked for six years at Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP as a securities lawyer. She also taught securities law as a sessional at the University of Calgary law faculty for 3 years. During the first part of her career, Arlene held various positions in sales and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry, working in cities from Vancouver to Halifax.
Arlene holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity Western University and a Master of Arts in Political Science, as well as an LLB from the University of British Columbia.