BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF
Director Education/Research (2019-2022)
Shannon is the Associate Dean of Applied Science and Computing at St. Lawrence College. The School of Applied Science and Computing encompasses 12 different programs including the Energy Systems Engineering Technician & Technology programs and the Wind Turbine Technician programs.
Prior to joining the college in 2003, Shannon was an Associate Partner and Project Manager in Environmental Services for 12 years with Dillon Consulting Limited in Ottawa. She also has extensive construction management experience having worked as a Project Manager with Defence Construction Canada for over 5 years. Within these positions Shannon has lived and worked in most provinces and territories and provinces as well as a number of Caribbean countries.
Shannon has served on the board of several Non-Profit organizations including the Kingston Technology Council (KTC), which she chaired for 3 years, is a member of KEAF and was inducted into the Kingston Business Hall of Fame in 2018. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor’s of Education degree in Adult Education and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. Shannon has held professional engineering designations in 3 provinces in Canada and presently is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Shannon’s expertise and interests include public engagements, proposal writing, leadership/mentorship, project and program management, and strategic planning.
Chairman and President
Director- Education/Research (2018-2021)
David Hyndman has
been an active member of Switch for over a decade. He is currently the
Chief Science Officer at FireRein Inc., a clean technology company developing
bio-based fire suppression products for the urban and wildland fire
sectors. Previous to this role he was an Assistant Director of Industry
Partnerships at Queen’s University where he facilitated collaboration
opportunities between Queen’s Researchers and the community. He has a PhD in
Biochemistry from Queen’s University and has previous experience in academic
research, the Ag-biotech sector and as a consultant in the clean energy
sustainability interests started during his work in the private sector
developing biofuel technologies and market opportunities for the Kingston-based
company Performance Plants. This work, and subsequent consulting
support, was important in the implementation of low-carbon fuels at the Lafarge
Bath plant. He supported numerous sustainable energy companies during his
time with Industry Partnerships.
David is a proud
owner of an electric car and previously used an electric scooter for his
commute to work in the summer months. His background allows him to bridge the
worlds of academic research and product-driven commercial development, which he
uses to support sustainable technology development in the region.
Director- Education/Research (2020-2023)
Darko has been teaching at Queen’s Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering for 25 years. He is a member of the Engineers for Social Justice and Peace international network. His research and advocacy have been focused on sustainable energy, biomass use, biochar and combustion of low carbon fuels. Darko was the recipient of the 2014 SWITCH Community Leadership Award. As a long time SWITCH member he is eager to contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy and elimination of greenhouse emissions both through social activism and engineering skills.
Director- Government/Utility (2018-2021)
Harriet Waterman was an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council IRAP Program in Kingston for 20 years and now has a post-retirement contract with NRC-IRAP Harriet is a longstanding member and former Treasurer for SWITCH.
Harriet has had a diverse career in industrial engineering, corporate and commercial banking, entrepreneurial ventures, consulting and currently, government. Organizations she has worked for include Imperial Oil, the Toronto-Dominion Bank, and two small global technology companies as owner/operator.
Harriet holds a B.A. Sc. in Industrial Engineering and an M.B.A. She is a Professional Engineer and Board Member of SWITCH.
Director- Government/Utility (2019-2022)
Elected July 10, 2018 to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario 2018, Ian Arthur represents the riding of Kingston and the Islands as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party. As a member of the Official Opposition, Mr. Arthur currently serves on the Finance and Economic Affairs committee of the Legislative Assembly and is the critic for Environment and Sustainability.
Mr. Arthur has attended SWITCH meeting as far back as 2010 elected to the SWITCH board of Directors for Government/Utility this February, 2019.
Prior to being elected he was the executive chef at well-known Kingston restaurant Chez Piggy and coached rowing for Queen's University.
Arthur grew up on a small farm northeast of Kingston. He attended Sydenham High School before studying International Development and Political Studies at Trent University. While completing his undergraduate degree, Arthur studied abroad at the University of Accra in Accra, Ghana and worked in Iceland.
Student Director, Physical Plant Services, Queen's University (2020)
Eric is currently interning in the Sustainability Department at Queen's University as an Energy Engineer. On a day to day basis, he is always looking to find new sustainable technologies and bring them to the Queen's Campus.
Director- Private Business/Resident (2018-2021)
Pavel Graymason is currently doing a PhD in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University while also teaching at St Lawrence College in the School of Business. Pavel's academic area of expertise is policies at the intersections of people, planet, and profit.
Pavel grew up bouncing between Great Britain and Alberta and then attended York University in Toronto, where he earned a Master of Environmental Studies in 2007. Since graduating, he was Sustainability Coordinator for York University and then Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Toronto, as well as taking on several volunteer roles and Board positions in the sustainability space. Most recently, Pavel also served as Executive Director for Sustainable Kingston.
Pavel is a wholehearted advocate for an optimistic and ever-practical approach to sustainability that engages communities and individuals in meaningful and action-oriented programs and projects.
Director- Private Business/Resident (2018-2021)
Dr. Rosamund Hyde, P.Eng., manages research and innovation services for a large technical consulting firm. She holds a doctorate in Civil Engineering and lives near Tamworth, Ontario, in a home equipped with solar hot water, solar hot air and 3 kW of PV power.
Rosie brings a strong background as members of non-profit, value- driven boards. She served for six years on the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (a standing committee of Engineers Canada), which involved chairing site visits to many communities to review their institutions’ engineering programs.
After having worked in Nigeria for three years in a placement, she served on the board of a faith-based development organization for six years, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, building skills in governance and interpretation of financial information. She helped to establish the first chapter of the Canada Green Building Council (Vancouver).
Director, Private Business/Resident (2020-2023)
Ted Hsu was the Executive Director of SWITCH from 2007 to 2011. He served a term on SWITCH's Board from 2016-2019. Ted's background is in physics, capital markets and federal politics. He was the Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands from 2011-2015. In 2007 Ted put together the first longitudinal GHG inventory for the City of Kingston covering the years 2000-2006. In 2019 he co-chaired the Kingston Mayor's Task Force on Housing.
Tatyana is a lifelong resident in Kingston and the 1000 Islands now farming in South Frontenac. Joining SWITCH in 2011, Tatyana built Zaremba Farms Solar Inc., a 100kW grid-tied Commercial Solar Generator Facility operating 5 years and producing over 550MWh of PV Energy so far.
Graduating from the University of Western Ontario's first Environmental Sciences program in Biology and Environmental Sciences, Tatyana is focussed on Commercial Solar Energy.