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Barry Green (Board Chair)

Barry is a retired Electrical Engineer.  He worked for over 40 years in the electric utility industry with Ontario Hydro, Ontario Power Generation and in private consulting, working primarily in Power Systems Operations and Planning, Environmental Affairs and Regulatory Affairs.  In his professional career, Barry participated actively as OPG’s representative on various committees of the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the North American Energy Standards Board.  Barry has a BASc and M.Eng. from the University of Toronto and, prior to retirement, was registered as a Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario.

Chris Benedetti

Chris is a Managing Partner with Sussex Strategy Group. With experience in both federal and provincial governments, Mr. Benedetti provides an in-depth insight and expertise into various planning, policy, procurement and political processes, particularly in the energy and environmental sectors. Chris serves as a Board Director of APPrO, the Empire Club of Canada, and Outward Bound Canada. He is a member of the Energy Policy Council of the C.D. Howe Institute. He also previously served as Chair of the Recycling Council of Ontario, Director of the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, and Senior Advisor to the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business. He holds a BA in political science and law from Carleton University, and an MA in political science from McMaster University and the University of Bath, England.

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Daniel Bida

Daniel is the Founder and former Executive Director of ZooShare, and is the President of ReGenerate Biogas Inc.
He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B. Comm from McMaster University. Before he founded ZooShare Biogas Co-operative in 2011, Daniel worked as a financial analyst covering the global utilities sector. Daniel is passionate about food, energy and the environment, and is motivated by opportunities to turn waste into value for these industries and for local communities.

Newton Chan

Newton is a technology executive with a skillset in strategic planning, program management, P&L management, and business development. He has spent over 11 years consulting Fortune 500 companies and public sector agencies on large-scale technology implementations.

Newton has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is passionate about solving the climate crisis and lends his business expertise to non-profit environmental organizations.

Matt Colautti

I am a Scarborough-based physics educator and former engineer who is passionate about STEM and bringing science to life with experiential, hands-on learning. I am a curriculum writer, technology advisor, and leader in the education sector, and was one of five Canadian teachers selected as a 2022 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. With five years in the engineering sector and over a decade of experience in science teaching, I would bring to the ZooShare Board a unique perspective on how to build educational programming for K-12, further community outreach, and extend the impact of this one-of-a-kind project to the GTA and beyond.

Vicki Hilborn

Vicki is a Professional Engineer with over ten years of experience working in the biogas, construction and agriculture sectors. She has previously been a director on local and national boards, including the Canadian Biogas Association, and a volunteer for community-based organizations, including Equal Grounds Community Garden.  Her passions include biogas, agriculture, the environment, and diversion of waste from landfills.

Gideon Sheps

Gideon works for Kyndryl Canada Ltd., where he leads technology transformation projects for clients in the finance & energy sectors. He has over 30 years experience in information technology management and software development. He holds a BSc. In Computer Science from the University of Toronto, as well as post-graduate credentials in International Business from the University of Surrey Business School and in Financial Risk Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Gideon’s experience ranges from four person technology start ups to Fortune 50 global giants; in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. He has been a volunteer at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab for over 15 years, and is a former board member/chair of the Ontario Autism Coalition.

Amy Zhang

Amy is a CPA, CA with over a decade of experience working in professional services in the preparation and audit of financial and tax reporting for clients from various industries. Specifically, she has experience working on the structure and tax reporting for limited and general partnerships. In her current role as the Corporate Tax Manager at Fidelity Investments, she is responsible for working with domestic and international stakeholders from Finance, Legal and Operations to manage the tax reporting for all Canadian entities. Outside of work, as a Finance committee member for SolarShare, Canada’s largest renewable energy co-op; Amy works alongside like-minded environmental enthusiasts to review the quarterly financials, offering statement, financing and project cost analysis.

Leona Mitchell, Toronto Zoo Representative

Leona Mitchell is the Director of Facilities and Infrastructure at the Toronto Zoo. Prior to this role she held the position of Project Manager at the Zoo from May 2005 through August 2016. Leona began her career with Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology, Manager Renovations & Special Projects and Architectural Services Co-ordinator, the same educational institute from where she received both her Architectural Technologist and Project Management Certificates. Furthermore, she attended the International Correspondence School for Gardening & Landscape Design. Leona is currently working towards completing the Facilities Management Administrator (FMA) program through BOMI and is a member of the Aquarium & Zoo Facilities Association (AZFA).