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SWITCH Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors:

John Williamson

John and his wife farm in Inverary on his grandparents farm. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a B.SC (Fish and Wildlife Major), he worked for nearly 30 years in various positions across the province as a biologist and director with both the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Canadian Wildlife Service. John has a consulting business, Katarokwi Consulting, in operation for over 10 years, dealing with Natural Resource issues and Aboriginal groups. John is Chair of the Cataraqui Source Water Protection Committee (Minister of the Environment appointee), to develop a Source Protection Plan for municipal drinking water systems within the Kingston-Brockville-Sydenham area. He has served on several boards as a director: the Frontenac Cattlemen, the Canadian Gelbvieh Association, the South Frontenac Police Services Board, and the Frontenac Federation of Agriculture, acting as Chair of the latter two. John has been endorsed by the 400 member Frontenac Federation of Agriculture to bring agriculture concerns to the SWITCH Board table as that link is essential to deliver alternate energy sources on agricultural land and buildings. John has a contract for a 10 kW microFIT project on his farm.


Harriet Waterman

Harriet Waterman is an Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council IRAP Program in Kingston. She 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.
Shannon Claggett

Before taking up the position of Associate Dean of Applied Science and Computing at St. Lawrence College in 2007, Shannon was the Coordinator of and a Professor in the Civil Engineering Technology program at SLC. The School of Applied Science and Computing encompasses 14 different programs including the Energy Systems Engineering Technician & Technology programs, the Geothermal Engineering Technician program 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 until November of this year. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Adult Education and is completing her Master’s degree in Leadership Administration. 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.
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.


Ted Hsu

Ted is a former Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands and a former Executive Director for SWITCH. Ted grew up in Kingston. He was trained and worked 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 commercialisation activities of innovative local startups, and the place of science in government and democracy.
Connor Reed Balen
Student Director

Connor is a student at Queen’s University working towards his undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics. He is currently working for Queen’s Physical Plant Services in the energy management department where he works to reduce energy consumption on campus by targeting inefficient building systems including lighting, HVAC, building envelope, and water consumption. He has served as the Student Director on the board of SWITCH since August 2016.

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.



Upcoming Events

04 May 2018 8:00 AM • Innovation Park (945 Princess Street)
01 Jun 2018 8:00 AM • Innovation Park (945 Princess Street)
06 Jul 2018 8:00 AM • Innovation Park (945 Princess Street)