Michelle McCollum, MBA, MRICS
Vice-President, Facilities and Sustainability, George Brown College
As Vice-President, Facilities and Sustainability, Michelle McCollum oversees operations of George Brown College’s Facilities Management department and leads the development and deployment of the sustainability strategy, campus planning and the evolution of the college’s physical footprint.
A highly skilled public sector leader and social responsibility advocate, Michelle has more than three decades of experience in municipal government and education administration in both the United Kingdom and Canada leading capital projects, Public Private Partnerships and managing large real estate portfolios.
After spending over 15 years in municipal government in the UK, Michelle moved to Canada with her family in 2008 and joined the City of Brampton, where she spent nearly a decade leading new construction projects, spearheaded the development and implementation of the city’s strategic plan, and drove organizational transformation.
Prior to her work at George Brown, Michelle was Associate Vice-President, Facilities and Sustainable Infrastructure at Sheridan College.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from Napier University in Edinburgh, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds a PRINCE2 Project Management Certification.
Denys is a technology professional focused on solving real world challenges. His main focuses are Machine Learning and Cloud with experience in both startups and enterprise. Growing up in Oakville, he attended White Oaks Secondary School, followed by a computer science degree from U of T. He previously led TU20, a part of Silicon Halton, and has helped 1000+ students find discover career interests and learn about technology and business in the Halton community. He is passionate about green energy, transportation and creating more livable communities for current and future generations.
John Matthiesen, P.Eng., MBA
Senior Director, Smart Grid & Asset Management, Hatch Ltd.
Zaheer Muhammad, MS, MBA
Vice President, Vertical Markets at Siemens Canada Limited
Zaheer heads the Siemens Smart Infrastructure Vertical Markets in Canada. Next to this, he also leads the Corporate Business Development, Value Co-Creation program and is the Business Head of Mindsphere Application Center at Siemens Canada. With over 16 years of corporate experience with Siemens in multiple countries across the globe, his current focus in Canada is on promoting value-based strategic engagements with customers in existing and emerging verticals such as Data Centers, Battery Manufacturing, Automotive, Higher Ed and Life Sciences etc. Key areas his work touches include Sustainability, Smart Communities, Grid Edge Technologies, IoT, eMobility, bridging Industry-Academia gap and decarbonization of infrastructure.
With an MS in Digital Communications Networks from London, UK and an MBA from Manchester Business School, UK, Zaheer is well equipped with technical and business acumen to successfully lead technology and transformation projects in various industries. He is an Oakville resident and is proudly raising 3 young kids.
Karena de Souza
As a strategist, futurist and parent, Karena discovered her interest in strategy & futurism in her long career as VP-IT & Communications Officer at Morgan Stanley. After moving to Canada she added Small Business and Entrepreneurial experience as owner/operator of two CertaPro Painting franchises covering Halton Region and Mississauga. Karena speaks to parents, students, employers and educators on the topic of Future of Work. Her focus is helping GenZ understand and successfully embrace the new and evolving Nature of Work.
She published ‘Contours of Courageous Parenting – Can we tilt towards better decisions?’ for parents just like her, struggling to equip their children with decision-making frameworks robust enough to survive unforeseeable futures such as pandemics and climate change.
Director, Sustainability at Sheridan College
Herb is the Director, Sustainability at Sheridan College and is responsible for corporate sustainability vision, strategy, and culture, including implementation of Mission Zero, the institution’s ambitious plan to reduce energy consumption, waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions. Herb is an energy engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience working in commercial/industrial energy assessment, project management, teaching and product development. He is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, Certified Building Commissioning Professional and WELL Accredited Professional. Herb holds the US Patent for the Distributed Energy Neural Network Integration System, is a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Member of ASHRAE. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. form the University of Waterloo in Sustainability Management.
Herb’s passion is driving transformational change throughout organizations of all scale and scope, with a focus to realizing a livable future for all species on earth. To this end, he has founded two research and development companies to innovate and commercialize energy and environmental technologies. He is an early pioneer of smart grids with a patent to his name and credit on global standards for distributed energy systems. He was a key sponsor of community energy planning projects in the Town of Oakville and City of Brampton. For a decade he was a member of Burlington’s Sustainable Development Committee and served as Chair of the committee for two years. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Halton Environmental Network.
Strategy Consultant, EllisDon
Fabiana’s expertise is helping companies grow their business into vertical and international markets. She works with the Infrastructure Services & Technology team at EllisDon to create execution plans focusing on the decarbonization of the built environment while meeting client demands.
An exceptional business leader who has an excellent track record for helping gain market share by consistently leaving a legacy of strong partnerships. She delivers solid results through flawless execution working closely with sales teams and project managers, business development, redesigning distribution channels, P&L and by defining regional strategies.
An architect by training, she has a keen eye for design and more than twenty years of experience in the field. Fabiana has a passion for cutting edge innovative ideas, workplace solutions and is well known and respected for her industry knowledge and resource contacts.
In addition to this role, Fabiana is Partner, Strategy & Innovation, at Think Redefined.
Muhammad is a seasoned energy professional with a distinguished career spanning over 23 years, primarily within SIEMENS in senior level positions. Throughout his extensive journey, he has passionately contributed to the energy sector, concentrating on end-to-end energy solutions with a special emphasis on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and sustainable infrastructure development.
In his capacity as a business owner at Sysils Canada Inc, Muhammad takes a leading role in shaping digital transformation strategies tailored for industrial customers. He has played a pivotal role in the conception and execution of IoT solutions, specifically designed to augment efficiency in both home and building environments.
Muhammad, is an Oakville resident, shares his life with his family, including three children. Beyond his professional endeavors, he is driven by ambition and dedication to contribute towards creating a greener and more sustainable future for the community of Oakville.
Executive Director of Sustainability Leadership at Brock University
Chris is an experienced nonprofit executive and public affairs professional; impactful, inclusive and visionary leader; and integrous governance board member. He is currently Executive Director of Sustainability Leadership, and previously served as Director, Government and Community Relations at Brock University and as a trusted senior policy and stakeholder relations advisor to Ontario’s Ministers of Energy, Infrastructure, and Colleges and Universities and an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament. He excels at strategic planning; spearheading change through close collaboration; managing cross-functional and diverse teams; and as an experienced culture creator who leads growth from foundational values including respect, diversity, empowerment and integrity. With a long-demonstrated history of community service, Chris is a passionate advocate for the positive impacts of non-profit community organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario, Future Energy Oakville, Oakville Soccer Club, and Crusaders Rugby Club, and supports several other organizations in various volunteer roles.
Wayne is the Interim Executive Director at Future Energy Oakville. A founding board member of Future Energy Oakville, he has recently embraced the role of Executive Director to fine-tune the organization’s strategy and accelerate pivotal initiatives within the Community Energy Strategy. In addition to his role at FEO, Wayne is the Principal at WDJS Consulting whose focus is to facilitate transformative change, foster innovation, and nurturing team development within organizations.
Prior to WDJS Consulting, Wayne was the Vice President Finance and Administration and CFO at Sheridan College. His portfolio encompassed: Financial Services, Facilities Management & Sustainability, Enterprise Risk Management, Information Technology, Internal Audit and Business Services. Wayne’s Facilities Management and Sustainability team were instrumental in the development of the Town of Oakville’s Community Energy Strategy.
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Bachelor of Commerce degree, Master of Business Administration degree and a CPA designation.