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David Hyndman

Chairman and President

Director - Private Business/Resident (2021-2024)

David 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 sector. 

David’s 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.

Shannon Claggett

Past President

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.

Darko Matovic


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.

Rosamund Hyde


Director - Private Business/Resident (2021-2024)


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).

Ted Hsu


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.

Ian Arthur

Director - Government/Utility (2019-2022)

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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. 

Paul MacLatchy, City of Kingston

Director - Government/Utility (2021-2024)

I am a professional engineer who has been involved, professionally and personally, in developing a culture of sustainability and energy awareness in Kingston since 2000. I am familiar with almost all aspects of energy and climate progress in Kingston and have developed numerous contacts and relationships over my past 20 years here. I have worked with SWITCH since its early years and have always recognized how unique it was and how much of an opportunity it represents for Kingston as we work together to reach our community climate and energy goals.

Kiari Goni Boulama, Royal Military College

Director - Education/Research (2021-2024)

I am Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada and happy Kingstonian since 2007. I teach and conduct research on the areas of EnergyConservation, Energy Conversion, and Energy Systems. I have industrial background in these topics, including a previous work experience at Hydro-Qu├ębec, and I have consulted for local companies such as Lafarge. I am also Adjunct Professor at Queen's University.

Adam MacPherson, Queen’s University

Director-Student (2021-2022)

I am a third year Electrical Engineering student at Queen's University interested in a future in the energy sector. I am involved in the Queen's Global Energy Conference which took place on January 23-24. The Conference focuses on bringing energy industry leaders to our students to help them learn and get them excited about possibilities in the industry. I am the Speakers Director of the conference and am in charge of reaching out and coordinating with professionals in the energy sector. I have always had an interest in energy which led me into electrical engineering and I am always looking for opportunities to learn and connect with others who are willing. Serving on the board of switch will give me the opportunity to feed my curiosity and potentially help others questioning and bringing forth new topics and issues that we face in the energy sector today.

Tatyana Zaremba

Administrative Director

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 focused on Commercial Solar Energy. 



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