The Team

Staff

Rob Grand, General Manager

Rob Grand is an experienced entrepreneur and business manager with expertise creating, developing, and consulting with successful businesses, social enterprises, and non-profits in the Environmental and Renewable Energy sectors. Rob has served as a Director and Advisor to more than a dozen organizations including the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Green Enterprise Toronto, The Coalition for a Green Economy, and the LFP Foundation. Outside of the office, Rob coaches hockey, teaches skiing, paddles whitewater, hikes trails, climbs rocks, and can often be found with camping gear strapped to his touring bike.

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Gareth Williams, Community Investment Coordinator

Gareth brings a broad range of skills to the ZooShare team, including a professional background in information technology. He is also committed to environmental issues, having served on a volunteer committee advising his local city council on sustainable development. He has demonstrated his commitment to a clean energy future by adding solar panels to his home and making the switch to a fully electric vehicle. He has worked in a variety of settings including Fortune 500 enterprises, public institutions and small locally owned businesses. Gareth holds a B.A. in Political Science. In his spare time Gareth enjoys camping, hiking & kayaking.

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Erin Isaac, Communications Specialist

Erin is a recent graduate of the Environmental Studies program at York University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management with Honours and a Certificate in Cultural and Artistic Practice for Environmental and Social Justice. She previously worked as a Project Manager with the Orfe EcoArts Program and has participated in a variety of eco-art events and facilitated community-based workshops. Erin will be pursuing her master’s in conservation and urban ecology in the near future. Her other interests include hiking, camping, traveling, gardening, birdwatching, and creating sustainable artwork.

Board Members

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.

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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.

Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong

Dolf DeJong

CEO of the Toronto Zoo

Dolf began in his role as CEO of the Toronto Zoo in September 2018.  His focus and leadership revolves around his commitment to raising the Zoo’s profile, including the development of a new Strategic Plan with a focus on saving wildlife, igniting passion, delivering exceptional guest experiences, connecting to the community and revolutionizing technology.  Previously, Dolf held senior positions at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in Hamilton and with Ontario Parks. Dolf has a Masters of Environmental Studies from Wilfred Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Brock University.

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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.

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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.