Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN OF THE
BOARD

David Saltman, Founder and Cleantech Entrepreneur

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Paul Matthews, Lawson Lundell
Brian Laveck, MNP
Pamela Barnes, Westbank First Nations

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Rosalind Warner, Okanagan College
Ron Hockey, Citizen
Angela Nagy, Greenstep Solutions

GRANTS & FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Janice Larson, UBCO
James Allen, Fortis
Anthony Haddad, City of Summerland

David Saltman

DAVID SALTMAN

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

David Saltman is a successful executive, cleantech entrepreneur and environmental advocate. He currently serves as Chairman of the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council. Prior to moving to Canada, he was CEO of Malama Composites, manufacturers of rigid urethane foams made from bio-based resources. Malama received many awards including “Most Innovative Green Product” from the Society of Plastics Engineers.

He was founder and CEO of Open Energy Corporation, creators of the first building integrated photovoltaic roofing tiles and membranes. He served as CMO of Flexform Technologies. Flexform’s products enabled engineers at Ford, GM, Chrysler and Tesla to produce automotive interiors that were stronger, lighter, and far more easily recycled than glass reinforced plastics.

Saltman served on the Presidential Task Force that developed green procurement guidelines for the US government. He was co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, and served as Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation, which won the largest Clean Water Act lawsuit in US history. Now “retired” to the Okanagan Valley, he remains passionately committed to sustainable business practices and preservation of the precious ecosystems upon which all life on earth depends.

 

Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Paul’s practice focuses on helping clients develop and commercialize their technologies. An engineering and technology lawyer, he has over 25 years of experience overseeing capital and technology investment in the energy industry and practising in the fields of intellectual property; engineering, procurement and construction; strategic sourcing and privacy. He is also well versed in engineering design, procurement, project management, planning and execution, innovation capture and protection. He is a collaborative dealmaker who approaches sophisticated development opportunities by formulating the strategy, and balancing the interdependencies of business, technology and law.

Brian Laveck

Brian Laveck

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Brian Laveck, CPA, CA, Partner and Leader of Real Estate and Construction team of MNP for the Thompson Okanagan region. Working out of the Kelowna office, Brian delivers a full suite of assurance, accounting and advisory services to help clients achieve their goals.

A trusted advisor, Brian builds long-term relationships that allow him to get to know his clients’ businesses well so he can tailor practical solutions to their unique challenges. His assistance includes estate and succession planning, corporate and personal tax planning and developing strategic plans designed to meet operational and tax planning goals.

Brian has more than a decade of experience working with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to mature operations with multimillion-dollar revenues. His clients include real estate developers, builders, heavy civil construction contractors, sub-trades, property managers, real estate agents, manufacturers and various other private enterprises.

Brian holds a Diploma in Business Administration Accounting from SAIT and a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA).

Brian is passionate about creating awareness and implementing innovative solutions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Angela Nagy

Angela Nagy

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Angela is a sustainability expert with a twenty+ year background in project management, business development, marketing and public relations. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada, working with all levels of business, utilities, as well as various levels of government.

She is the CEO of GreenStep Solutions and EcoBase Solutions, and through these companies her team provides a range of services and software including Sustainable Tourism certification, energy, water and waste audits, carbon footprint measurement, management and online software, life cycle analysis and corporate sustainability consulting and training.

Angela’s experience also includes politics, and she has served as a Kelowna City Councillor and Regional District Director. She is certified in Organizational GHG Accounting and as a Sustainability Practitioner through The Natural Step. Her extensive volunteer work has included being trained by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Al Gore, David Suzuki and IPCC scientists, to deliver the Climate Reality Project.

Pamela Barnes

Pamela Barnes

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Pamela Barnes is a Syilx (Okanagan) Elder and member of Westbank First Nation. Her expertise is in Aboriginal Government. She has worked as an Indigenous educator for 40 years and continues this work from preschool to post-secondary. Currently Pamela and her husband are Adjunct Professors at UBCO School of Nursing providing cultural sensitivity training to third year students. She also facilitates Syilx teachings for the public partnering with Kelowna Heritage Museums, Kelowna Art Gallery, Rotary Centre for the Arts and Regional Parks.

Rosallind Warner

Rosalind Warner

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Continuing College Professor at Okanagan College, with an educational specialty in Political Science. With almost 30 years of teaching experience in subjects from International Development to Canadian government, I have researched and published on topics like ecological modernization, global environmental governance and law, protected areas governance in North America, environmental discourses, and environment and trade in Canadian foreign policy. I am a Steering Committee Chair for GECCO (Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan) and Board Member for the BC Council for International Cooperation. My focus is on connecting communities around the exciting possibilities of the Sustainable Development Goals. I envision a Valley that is healthy, accessible, and livable for all its human (and non-human) residents.

Ron Hockey

Ron Hockey

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Helping the community do positive action and in teaching people how to accomplish a better tomorrow. Having been engaged with 16 non-profits since 1985 bring lots of experience as well as many different aspects of business. Captaining boats on Okanagan lake allows time to introduce new people to the quality of life that exists in the valley. I look forward to being part of a team that builds and protects a framework of future for our children, nature and businesses that support the vision.

Janice Larson

Janice Larson

GRANTS & fUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Janice Larson is a consultant with over two decades in public policy development and implementation, strategic planning, regulatory and economic development, community and international relations. She worked in the BC Ministries of Technology & Innovation, Advanced Education, Transportation, Finance and the Attorney General, and for over a decade was the BC Ministry of Energy’s Director of Renewable Energy Development, working on the 2002 and 2007 Energy Plans, the BC Bioenergy Strategy and other initiatives to advance cleantech, renewable energy, energy efficiency and low-carbon transportation. She cycled across Canada in 2008, and lives in a zero-net energy passive house in Lake Country, BC. Janice has a BA from the University of Lethbridge, degrees in Education and Law from UBC, and she is a non-practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Janice is keen to advance using waste as a resource, expanding regional cycling infrastructure and caring for the Okanagan watershed.

James Allen

James Allen

GRANTS & fUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

James Allen, P.Eng. CEM is a Kelowna-based energy efficiency engineer and is the Program Manager for FortisBC’s commercial and industrial Conservation and Energy Managementt programs province-wide. He’s assisted customers in meeting their energy efficiency and sustainability goals for over 14 years. Prior to joining FortisBC, James worked in consulting and he has conducted over 100 energy assessments of various commercial and industrial facilities throughout Canada, the United States, and internationally. James is also on the board of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Energy Efficiency and Renewables Division. James is passionate about bringing innovative renewable energy and waste solutions to the Okanagan, as well as supporting the implementation of high-performance buildings.

Anthony Haddad

Anthony Haddad

GRANTS & FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Anthony Haddad, originally from Melbourne, Australia joined the City of Penticton in 2009 where he was Director of Development Services until the end of 2014, working to improve relationships with the business and development community and create a positive business environment. In 2013 he was responsible for leading the creation of the City’s Downtown Plan, which since its approval has seen significant public infrastructure investment and new development activity taking place.

In 2014 he joined UBC Okanagan’s campus as Director of Campus Planning & Development and over a two year period helped develop the 2015 Campus Master Plan, looking to enhance the campus as a strategic hub for regional learning, research and innovation. During that period, he led approvals for a new Teaching & Learning Centre, Transit Exchange, campus public realm enhancement and new access to the UBCO West Campus Lands.

Anthony returned to the City of Penticton at the end of 2016 as Director of Development Services and was responsible for overseeing the City’s Land Development and Economic Development functions as well as Bylaw Services. Development activity over 2016-2017 saw record construction values and in 2018 completed a 5 Year Economic Development Strategy with priorities focused around investing in the local business community to ensure their continued success. As the community looks to the future, his team lead the creation of the City’s new Official Community Plan, providing direction for the City’s compact, sensitive and sustainable land use growth plans and community development over the next 20-30 years.

In August 2019, Anthony accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer with the District of Summerland and looks forward to working with Council Staff and the community over the coming years to create a healthy and sustainable community.