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SWITCH Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors:

Shannon Claggett


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 yeas, 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.

Ted Hsu


Ted grew up in Kingston, training and working as a physicist for several years before working in finance and spending a few years as a stay-at-home dad. 

He was executive director of SWITCH from 2007 to 2011 before running for a seat in parliament and becoming the MP for Kingston and the Islands. 

He is currently a member of the Board of the Fields Institute and interested in the commercialization activities of innovative local startups, and the place of science in government and democracy.

 Andrew Bacchus


Sustainability and climate change mitigation have been a core component of Mr. Bacchus' academic studies and career. He studied climate change for several years as an undergraduate, completing a field-researched thesis in Kenya on climate change adaptation. In graduate school, he studied Political Ecology – the political economy of sustainability and conservation. 

As a Business Development Officer working at Kingston Economic Development, he engages cleantech opportunities on a regular basis including the emerging Enviro Innovate accelerator.

Harriet Waterman

Director- Education/Research

Harriet Waterman was an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council IRAP Program in Kingston for 20 years and now has a part time contract with Natural Resource Canada. 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.

David Hyndman

Director- Education/Research

David Hyndman has been an active member of Switch for nearly a decade.  He is currently an Assistant Director of Industry Partnerships at Queen’s University where he facilitates collaboration opportunities between Queen’s Researchers and the community. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from Queen’s University and has worked previously in academic research support, the private sector and as a consultant. 

His sustainability interests started during his industry experience developing biofuel technologies and market opportunities for the Kingston-based biotechnology company Performance Plants.   This work, and subsequent consulting support, was important in the implementation of low-carbon fuels at the Lafarge Bath plant.

David’s 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.

Caitlin Newey


Caitlin Newey is a Services Advisor working on conservation initiatives at Utilities Kingston. She has been a member of SWITCH for a decade, ever since she was a pioneer Energy Services Engineering Technology (ESET) student at St. Lawrence College. 

She has worked in energy conservation for the City of Kingston, Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative (now Red Squirrel Conservation Services), and Hydro One. 

Ms. Newey sits on two provincial working groups to help refine Ontario-wide conservation programs and the Program Advisory Committee for the ESET program at St. Lawrence College.

Pavel Graymason

Director- Private Business/Resident

Pavel Graymason currently works at Sustainable Kingston. Pavel's areas of expertise are connected with policy work and education, but also supporting entrepreneurship and project development.

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 served as the Sustainability Coordinator for York University and then as the Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Toronto, as well as taking on several volunteer roles and Board positions in the sustainability space.

Pavel is a wholehearted advocate for a target-based approach to sustainability, where we set clear goals, engage our members and partners in action-oriented programs and projects, and then measure and assess our impact.

Rosamund Hyde

Recording Secretary

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).

Spencer Kelly

Student Director

Spencer is a student at Queen’s University working towards his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He is currently on an internship working on the Energy Management team at Queen’s University. In this role, Spencer works to make the University more sustainable by working on projects which reduce the University’s utility costs. Spencer is the Student Director on the SWITCH Board

Tatyana Zaremba


Tatyana is a lifelong resident and real estate developer in Kingston and the 1000 Islands, now farming in South Frontenac.  Joining SWITCH in 2011, she has been contracting now 11 years privately as Zaremba Farms Solar Inc.  Tatyana owns and operates a 100kW Commercial Solar Generator Facility, operating 4 years and producing over 550MWh of PV Energy so far.

Graduating from the University of Western Ontario's first Environmental Sciences program with a BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences, Tatyana is focussed on Commercial Solar Energy. 

Upcoming Events

11 Jan 2019 8:00 AM • Innovation Park (945 Princess Street)
01 Feb 2019 8:00 AM • Innovation Park, 945 Princess Street, Kingston
01 Mar 2019 8:00 AM • Innovation Park (945 Princess Street)