Sustainable Energy Engineering Advisory Board

Alex Boston
Executive Director, Renewable Cities
Fellow, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University

Alex Boston has two decades of experience in climate and energy policy, planning and engagement serving local and senior governments, real estate developers, utilities, university research institutes, municipal associations and non-profits. Prior to his appointment as Fellow with Simon Fraser University’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Executive Director of the Centre’s Renewable Cities program, Alex led community climate and energy services for boutique urban planning and design firms, and global engineering consultancy, Golder Associates.His policy experience spans EV networks, district energy, renewables, building efficiency, and sustainable transportation. His passion, nevertheless, is smart land use with its significant untapped potential for driving GHG reductions in transportation and housing, and protecting terrestrial carbon. He has led multiple award-winning community energy plans recognized for innovative modeling and mapping, implementation success, and powerful multi-criteria analysis. Alex takes a systemic problem-solving approach, integrating climate action with other resonant community priorities: affordability, economic development, congestion management, farmland protection, public health, and civic infrastructure deficit management.

Ned Djilali (Chair)
Professor & Canada Research Chair, University of Victoria

Ned Djilali is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Advanced Energy Systems Design and Computational Modelling. Prior to joining UVic, he was staff specialist with the Advanced Aerodynamics Department at Bombardier Inc., where he worked on the design of the Regional Jet. His current research interests focus on fuel cell science and technology; integration of renewable energy and electric vehicle in the electricity grid; and the energy-water nexus. Djilali has served as Director of UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems and of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. He lectures widely on various aspects of sustainable energy systems, has published over 180 peer reviewed journal papers, holds 14 patents, and has served on scientific and advisory boards of several organization in Canada, Europe and China. Djilali is a Fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada.

Fiona Famulak
President, Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)

Fiona Famulak is passionate about business and has over 25 years international experience, gained in Europe, Asia Pacific and Canada, working in the private and not-for-profit sectors. As a current member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Fiona’s expertise lies in being able to critically assess a business from a financial and risk management perspective. However her professional experience is far broader and spans corporate governance and strategic and operational planning, with her passion being her love of connecting with people and helping them to succeed. The construction industry is at an interesting point in time. Today, B.C. has $254 billion of proposed construction on its books. On the supply side, the number of individuals due to retire in the next decade far outweighs the number of newcomers and will result in a skilled labour shortage that is forecast to be approximately 12,000 construction jobs by 2027. It will be particularly challenging in the period 2019-2021 when demand for construction services peaks. The industry therefore needs to double down on productivity and find ways to do more with less! As a former small business owner, Fiona understands the pressure facing employers today and that the application of best practice to all aspects of business will be critical for construction companies to build faster, greener and more productively than ever before. Fiona is therefore passionately evolving the VRCA so that it is leading by example and inspiring to others as a future-focused, relevant and invaluable resource to the construction industry.

Ron Klopfer
CEO, Etalim

Ron Klopfer is an experienced technology entrepreneur and manager, having co-founded, financed and managed four technology startups over the past 15 years, three of which have attained exits with strong returns to investors. Ron has also consulted to various technology companies on market strategy, sales, mergers and operations. Ron’s technology sales and business development background originates in the Silicon Valley, where his sales team doubled a large sales region and key Fortune-500 account revenues for a hardware manufacturer. Ron holds an MBA in technology marketing from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Electrical (Computer) Engineering from the University of B.C.

Raymond Lings
President & CEO, Powertech Labs Inc.

Raymond Lings is the CEO of Powertech Laboratories, a subsidiary of BC Hydro. Prior to joining Powertech, Raymond was Vice President of Energy at Tetra Tech and General Manager of T&D at Kinectrics (Toronto). Raymond also worked at EPRI leading the portfolio of programs covering Transmission and Distribution. While at EPRI, Raymond was the led the crafting of the globally recognized Transmission Line reference book known as the “Redbook” which is recognized and used around the world by the transmission industry for designing lines above 200kV. Before EPRI Raymond had 10 years of power utility experience. Raymond is a senior member of the IEEE and Cigre. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 publications in the field of transmission and distribution, with the majority of his publications covering electronic residential (smart) metering. Raymond has represented the US on IEC Working Groups dealing with Smart Meters as well as the long-term reliability of solid state electronic residential metering. Raymond holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA and a Bachelors in Economics & Econometrics.

Anna Mathewson
Director of Environmental Services, City of Abbotsford

Anna Mathewson is the Director of Environmental Services for the City of Abbotsford, where she oversees solid waste, recycling, source control, sustainability, and climate action. In that role, she provides leadership, direction, corporate and strategic advice for a broad range of City environmental issues, initiatives, policies and bylaws. From 2009 to 2019, Anna was the Manager of Sustainability for the City of Surrey, where she led sustainability and climate action within the City corporately and the community more broadly. In addition to advising Surrey City Council and senior management, Anna chaired the interdepartmental committee providing strategic direction on the City’s sustainability initiatives and stewarded a number of key projects including the updated Sustainability Charter, integrated Community Climate Action Strategy, and Surrey CityLab. In prior roles, she was senior advisor to the BC Treaty Commission, and managed the Fraser River Estuary Management Program and Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program. Anna has served on several boards and advisory committees, and is current co-chair of the Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners with membership from Canada’s large and leading cities. In 2017, she was appointed to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Innovation Network Advisory Committee. Anna has been recognized as a member of Canada’s “Clean 50” for her role as a sustainability leader in cities, and in 2019 she was nominated for a Metro Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Environmental Sustainability category. Anna has a Master’s degree from SFU in Resource Management, and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP).

Ged McLean
Associate Director, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)

Ged McLean PhD, PEng has over 30 years experience moving new ideas into practice. He was professor of Mechanical Engineering at UVic from 1989-2002, where, at the end of this period, he served as Director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. He has spun two companies out of UVic, the latest being Angstrom Power which he founded in 2002 and led until it was acquired in 2015. His work has been focused on design and innovation in general, with a specific focus on hydrogen fuel cell and energy systems, embedded data acquisition and digital image processing. He is currently Associate Director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions where he is working to develop engaged research programs that link academic excellence with real world implementation. He earned a PhD in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a keen sailor.