Our Board

Nicole Kucherenko

Chair

Nicole graduated from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in June 2017 and is now a practicing lawyer in Halton Hills. Prior to obtaining her law degree Nicole attended Queen's University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). Nicole has been involved in various environmental initiatives and organizations during her time as a student.

Pieter Knispel

Vice Chair

Pieter Knispel graduated from York University with a Masters in Environmental Studies, and is currently working for CIBC where he has spent the last 10 plus years in a variety of roles. After dabbling with a few environmental initiatives over the years Pieter is looking to play a larger role and helping EcoPartners (formerly Halton Environmental Network) however possible.

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Lee Hartwell

Treasure

Lee Hartwell is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in a variety of roles in different industries here in Canada , in Europe and the US . He has served on not for profit boards including the YMCA , Community Youth in Action Network and has served as President of two recreational clubs in Ontario.

Tristan Mohamed

Secretary

Tristan has worked in various spheres in the past including private industry, NGOs, federal and provincial government. He has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Management from the University of Toronto and a law degree from the University of Ottawa.

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Andrea Bradley

Board Member

Andrea is a lawyer and holds a Master in Environmental Studies as well as a Master of Laws. She currently works as a professor in the Paralegal Program at Sheridan College. Previously, she worked in private practice in Indigenous rights law and has volunteered her time with numerous legal and educational community groups.

Gagan Gill

Board Member

Gagan Gill is a Senior Manager for the Personal Banking Strategy Team at TD Bank Group where her team provides strategic support and direction to senior leadership in the Canadian Retail Banking business. She has over 8 years of experience in financial services and has worked across various areas, including finance, product management and operations. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Finance specialization) from the Schulich School of Business and is also a CFA charterholder.

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Marsha Smith

Board Member

Over the last 15 years Marsha has worked at the nexus between information science and environmental management, with a wealth of experience from private entrepreneurship, NGOs and the public sector. Marsha holds both a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies specializing in Information Technology and Biophysical Systems from the University of Waterloo. She has worked overseas with governments and NGOs on improving water quality in the Caribbean and has worked at the federal level protecting species-at-risk in Canada.

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Rob Bigler

Board Member

Rob is a senior business leader with significant global management and strategy experience. On the environmental side this has included developing business plans for cogeneration, biodigestion and second generation bioethanol. Rob is also a licensed civil engineer with a strong interest in sustainable design for buildings and communities. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BSc and MSc from Stanford University. Rob is excited to help the Halton Environmental Network become a strong local force for climate action

Danja Brenninkmeyer van der Veldt

Board Member

Danja Brenninkmeyer van der Veldt has a MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She has worked for various environmental organizations such as the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute in Houston, TX USA and the Scientific Institute for Environmental Management in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Danja also worked for The Ministry of the Environment of the Ontario Government in the Air Quality and Climate Branch.

Purab Parikh

Board Member

Purab Parikh is a Management Consultant with Deloitte advising clients on strategic and operational challenges across Energy, Industrial and Consumer Products sectors. He holds an Undergraduate degree in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Ivey Business School, Western University.

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