Board of Directors

The RSI management board consists of highly successful and dedicated leaders, entrepreneurs and experts who actively embed sustainability and innovation to advance the ability of business and society to thrive in new realities.

Their experience and expertise make them one of the most formidable cross-sector and intergenerational brain trusts in the country. The power of their combined networks in Canada and around the globe enables them to engage key decision-makers and market leaders to collaboratively discover and deploy solutions to system-level challenges impacting our world.

A knowledgeable and trusted resource, the RSI management board is capable of affecting dramatic and positive changes in the way sustainability is defined and deployed today and in years to come.

Patrick Gossage, MBA
Patrick Gossage, MBAChair
The interconnectedness between people and the natural world is the driving force that informs many of Patrick’s strategic decisions in business and life.

Driven by social and environmental purpose, he launched a series of enterprises centred on alternative energy and impact investment opportunities acting as an ‘on the ground” force for good.

Most recently, he co-founded Good Energy Partners (GEP), with a focus on raising the profile of businesses creating a positive impact on the world, and accelerating capital flows toward a carbon neutral economy. This is perfectly positioned to help companies fast-track the growth of resilient and innovative approaches to impact investing and ‘Building Back Better.’

Previously, he co-founded and led Weave Energy, which offered energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to help overcome the energy crisis in South Africa. It was there that he learned the concept of Ubuntu that spreads an ethic of shared humanity. This is a principal Patrick has looked to apply in all facets of his life.

Patrick completed his M.B.A. at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Queens University. He has considerable consulting, business development and fundraising experience in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and impact investing.
Aidan Grove-White, M.Sc.
Aidan Grove-White, M.Sc.Vice Chair
Aidan has a long history in stakeholder management, Indigenous community engagement, public education and policy development. He works with clients across all sectors to find creative solutions for their projects and sets the strategic direction for their organization.

Clients quickly come to rely on Aidan’s candour, empathy, foresight, and ability to identify opportunities when charting new strategies, developing trust among their audiences, and overcoming stubborn challenges.
Pooja Mathur, CPA
Pooja Mathur, CPATreasurer
Pooja is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with nearly 20 years of experience in financial services spanning Internal Audit, SOX, AML/ATF and global regulatory compliance. She is a seasoned audit and compliance professional who effectively combines sound technical knowledge with leadership skills to inspire, facilitate and enable strategic, risk-based project delivery.

As Director, SOX Operations at RBC over the last 2 years, Pooja led the development and implementation of the bank's centre of excellence for SOX Compliance. She currently oversees the annual assessment of internal controls over financial reporting, risk management practices, corporate governance processes, and fraud prevention and detection across RBC in support of the annual CEO/CFO certification.
Darla Campbell, P.Eng.,CSR-P
Darla Campbell, P.Eng.,CSR-PChair
Darla Campbell is a professional engineer with experience in infrastructure development from environmental assessment through design, construction and operation. Darla has demonstrated leadership from the trenches of a construction site to the boardrooms of corporations. Darla is the Sustainability and Asset Management lead with Dillon Consulting Limited. She draws from her previous role with the Ontario Clean Water Agency on operational efficiencies and capital planning. She has led workshops with municipal clients on levels of service and risk considering climate change vulnerability, as well as delivered asset management training to over 200 participants from nearly 90 municipalities. She holds the certificate in asset management from the Institute of Asset Management and she is a certified sustainability (CSR) practitioner from the Chartered Management Institute.

She has served on boards, both corporate and not-for-profit, including experience with national and international organizations. Darla served as the executive director of the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI). She was the chair of the Strategy, Policy and Innovation committee for the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Association and serves on the boards of the Canadian Network of Asset Management (CNAM) and Rethink Sustainability Initiatives (RSI). Darla is chair of Waterlution, a youth focused organization that inspires pattern-making and pattern-breaking change towards a healthy and sustainable relationship with water.

A speaker at various conferences on climate change and municipal infrastructure, Darla is adamant that strategic thinking and public engagement are essential in solving the infrastructure deficit and bridging the gap to sustainable living.

Yasmin Glanville, CSR, CDT
Yasmin Glanville, CSR, CDTDirector, Founder
Yasmin is a recognized Futurist, Strategic Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach and Mentor for leaders, boards, business, academic and government organizations – including CleanTech and Social Entrepreneurs - in North America and broad. She heads up CTR Inc., a Future Shaping focused Strategic Advisory, Innovation and Communications group. As an Executive In Residence at Foresight Canada she guides CleanTech startups on accelerated market readiness strategies and investor pitches. And she is a sought-after speaker and moderator on how to harness the power of collaboration and foresight to thrive in a world of converging disruptions.

Previously: she was a principal and solution accelerator at E&Y/CGEY; a senior marketing and business transformation leader for IBM and Nortel; contributed to the development and launch of President’s Choice Financial. Throughout her career, Yasmin has also supported several charities as a board director/advisor — e.g., March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, King Bay Kids and Seeds of Hope — focused on improving the life and wellbeing of people experiencing poverty, work and health challenges, and homelessness.

In 2011 she conceived and founded RSI as a ‘Think and Do’ hub, to connect leaders to rethink and shape a better future for organizations and society. In 2021-2022, she led RSI’s Community Climate Change in SJT project with a world-class team of futurists, scientists, engineers, digital communicators, infrastructure experts, developers, economists and educators - funded in part by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

A skilled facilitator, she’s led over 400 collaborative action-biased strategy and solution design initiatives, focused on building market leadership, sustainability, resiliency and future readiness. She is also the recipient of numerous awards for strategic foresight, innovation and leadership, including Global Trailblazer Leadership Award by Sir Martin Sorrell, MIT Social Architecture Award for Windward Cooperative Housing, and Inter-Gen Mentorship Awards.
Graeme Doyle, P.Eng.
Graeme Doyle, P.Eng.Director
Graeme is a Professional Engineer and commercial real estate leader with 15 years of experience in operations management, technical team leadership, strategic decarbonization planning, and engineering design for high-performance facilities. Throughout his career, he has developed a well-rounded experience in various roles, including consultant, general contractor, and owner, working on diverse development projects and operational assets.

In his current role as Senior Manager, Operations at Cadillac Fairview's TD Centre, Graeme leads a team responsible for delivering exceptional facility performance, customer satisfaction, and business results at Canada's largest commercial office complex. His expertise in project management and mechanical design engineering allows him to oversee multi-million dollar capital projects from concept to close-out.

With a strong focus on sustainability, Graeme is experienced in identifying and implementing decarbonization strategies. He possesses a solid understanding of energy retrofit strategies and has a track record of driving building energy performance.
Matt Hammond, PhD
Matt Hammond, PhDDirector
Matt is a systems thinker, who relishes working at the nexus of nature, technology and society. He is Chief Technology Officer and Biologist at HiGarden, where he leads the innovation of sustainable urban agriculture tech.

His overarching focus is on how biodiversity and ecosystem principles can pave the way for a more resilient future - whether in an urban farm or an ecosystem. As a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University, he led a research program on the purposeful design of ecosystems to produce food and other valuable services like education. At the same time, he collaborated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research to develop methods for uncovering how biodiversity keeps natural ecosystems stable. He has helped secure numerous research grants, including a top-finalist in the prestigious NSERC Discovery Frontiers competition.

He has also worked on the wicked problems – and solutions – of conservation. He served as a Wildlife Ecotoxicologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, tracking the impacts of industrial pollution on the Great Lakes. He was also a consultant for the Bermuda Government and Bermuda Zoological Society, supporting the mapping and protection strategies of critical coral reef habitats. As a doctoral researcher, he innovated statistical tools for better biodiversity accounting and predicting ecosystem change. He continues to contribute to the science and conservation of biodiversity through publishing, conferences, advising and mentoring.

Matt’s conviction is that understanding, protecting and emulating nature is a key to transforming our planet for the better. He holds a PhD in Biology from McMaster University, and an MSc in Marine Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
Sandra Leigh Lester
Sandra Leigh LesterDirector
Director of Sustainable Buildings Consulting, Founder & CEO of Affecting Change Inc.

Sandra is an accomplished and seasoned sustainable design strategist and organizational development specialist. Based in Toronto, she is the Founder of Affecting Change Inc.; and is a Part-time Professor at the Humber Advanced Institute of Technology. She was formerly Visiting Professor and Adjunct at the University of Manitoba. Sandra is a sought-after guest speaker, facilitator and expert advisor.

She has the rare capacity of being both a building science expert as well as a strategist. Her projects cost-effectively achieve exceptionally high levels of sustainable design performance.

Previously: Sandra worked at HOK Architects as the Sustainable Design Area Leader on projects across Canada and the Middle East. She worked as a design professional for over 25 years on two continents; and did pioneering energy modelling work on off-grid building projects in the early 90’s.

Other qualifications include: Certified Passive House Designer; LEED-accredited Professional (with a Specialty in Building Design and Construction); Certified Sustainable Building Advisor; member of the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Transportation Hub and CMO for the City of Toronto; and Founder of the Cleantech Innovation Centre.

Sandra Leigh Lester has been a RSI Senior Advisor since 2022.
Anthony Miller
Anthony MillerDirector
Tony has over 30 years of advertising and communications experience. He has created campaigns for a wide range of consumer brands, including Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Sun Life, Dell and Toshiba. He has also worked on pro-bono efforts for Greenpeace, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and Doctors for Protection from Guns, to name just a few.

For the past 15 years he has worked in the healthcare space as a Creative Director at both DDB and now, at Dentsu Health, on national, US and global brands. His work has been awarded at Cannes, Communication Arts, Graphis, Archive, New York Festivals, Marketing and the London International Advertising Awards, where he took home a Gold statue for Best Copywriting.

He has also been a judge at Cannes, and many other award shows. He is the former Chair of the Centennial College advertising committee, where he helped advise on the program curriculum. Tony is also a graduate of the University of Toronto, and has a management designation from IMD in Switzerland.
Kevin Smith, PhD
Kevin Smith, PhDDirector
Kevin Smith harnesses the transformative power of technology to forge new paths towards sustainability in the building sector. His academic journey began with a BASc in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, a foundation that fueled his passion for sustainable practices in the built environment. Furthering his expertise, Kevin earned a Master's degree and a PhD, specializing in energy-efficient technologies, at the prestigious Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His work at DTU, which stands at the forefront of engineering excellence in Europe, reflects his commitment to innovation and academic rigor.

As an Associate Professor, Kevin spearheads advanced courses in High-Performance Buildings, Ventilation & Indoor Climate, Sustainable Buildings in Extreme Environments, and Sustainable District Heating, among others, shaping the minds of future industry leaders. His pioneering research intersects massive datasets with advanced simulations to create 'digital twins' of HVAC systems, reflecting his dedication to scalability and the synergy between engineering and digital intelligence.

With over 50 Master's theses under his guidance and a growing portfolio of PhD supervisions, Kevin's influence extends beyond academia. His research in digital twins and artificial intelligence is setting new standards in optimal control and data integration within the building sector. A bridge between continents, Kevin's collaboration with RSI ensures a continuous exchange of knowledge between Canada and Denmark, fostering global sustainability initiatives.

His work is characterized by a blend of technical excellence and a visionary approach to engineering. Kevin's role at RSI as a Director is not just as an educator and innovator but also as a pivotal connector across borders, driving sustainable change in the built environment and beyond.