EnviroCentre’s Board of Directors is comprised of a committed group of volunteers, who provide support and strategic leadership to fulfill our mission.
Michael van Aanhout, Chair
Michael is the chairman of Stratos Inc., an Ottawa-based management consultancy for governments, businesses, and civil society organizations seeking sophisticated counsel to help them navigate complex environmental, socio-economic, and governance issues in a rapidly changing world. In addition to consulting, Michael works with clients and communities of interest to design, manage, and facilitate consultation and engagement processes on a range of sustainability issues. Prior to joining Stratos, Michael worked in a large national consulting firm as an environmental manager in industry and government, and as a marine engineer.
Sundeep Virdi, Vice-Chair
Sundeep is an environmental professional with a diverse project portfolio spanning energy, transportation, and waste management in municipal government and non-profit sectors. Sundeep holds a Bachelor (Honours) in Environmental Management and a Masters in Environmental Studies. She was a recipient of a SSHRC research grant, nominated for the York University thesis prize, and selected for the Outstanding Paper Series. Her notable professional achievements include developing the town of Oakville’s 5-year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan, producing multiple industry reports for the Canada Green Building Council, and supporting the development of the Zero Carbon Building program.
Robin Goldstein, Director
Robin Goldstein is a municipal sustainability specialist who is passionate about facilitating the transition towards low-carbon and resilient communities. She has worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on funding and capacity building programs to help communities across Canada implement creative solutions to their environmental challenges and take action on climate change. She has also worked in the municipal and non-profit sectors to promote sustainable waste management, energy efficiency and active transportation at the neighbourhood level.
Don Grant, Director
Don Grant works in the governmental sector and has been an environmental professional for almost 30 years. In that time, he has worked in the private sector, the non-profit sector, and for the government. Don was a co-owner of the consulting firm Innovative Management Systems before it became part of Jacques Whitford and later Stantec. Don was also the executive director of the Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict from 2012 to 2017.
Natalie Lavigne, Director
In founding Ecovox, Natalie set out to guide organizations engaged on the path to sustainability. She acts as a catalyst for sustainable change by combining her award-winning, 18-year experience in communications and expertise in sustainability. While Ecobox provides a wide range of services, including sustainability visioning, educational workshops and strategic planning, Natalie’s unique expertise lies in her ability to communicate for and with sustainability.
Doug Michaelides, Director
Doug Michaelides is president of Platform Marketing, an Ottawa-based management consulting firm specializing in go-to-market strategy and performance. He is an entrepreneurial business leader with a track record of leading new ventures, driving growth, and guiding organizations in transition. As passionate about the environment as he is about business, he is a strong advocate for corporate social responsibility.
Brian Mitchell, Director
Brian is a financial management and international trade professional with over 20 years of senior management, consulting, and volunteer experience in international business and international development environments (for-profit and non-profit). He is passionate about business-led solutions, international development, and climate change challenges. As a chartered accountant, Brian has directly managed a non-profit and served as financial advisor to the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Sierra Club of Canada.
Chris Pulfer, Director
From Newfoundland to Yukon, and dozens of points between, Chris Pulfer has worked with governments, utilities, and other stakeholders to identify opportunities for energy efficiency, characterize barriers, and implement solutions. Chris has contributed to the successful completion of several major jurisdictional energy conservation and demand management studies, including key roles in recent conservation potential studies in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, B.C., and Yukon.
Sophia Wong, Director
Sophia Wong is an environmental engineer with over 15 years of experience helping organizations reach their sustainability goals. She is currently advising on the Greening Government Strategy with Tiree Facility Solutions. As a certified energy manager, Sophia previously delivered Save ON Energy programs and has developed sustainability strategies for product manufacturers and industry associations.