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BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF

Shannon Claggett

Chairman and President

Director Education/Research


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.

David Hyndman

Vice Chairmain

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.


 Andrew Bacchus

Treasurer


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- Government/Utility



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.


Ian Arthur

Director- Government/Utility

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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. 
Caitlin Newey

Director-Government/Utility


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 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.

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 toward 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

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 focussed on Commercial Solar Energy. 


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