The team

Look at this wonderful team!

Management

Shahed

Shahed Shafazand | Co-founder and Community Energy lead
Shahed (she/her) has an engineering background with experience in environmental consulting and energy conservation. She has recently collaborated with Indigenous Climate Action to develop a comprehensive Just Transition guide for Indigenous communities to successfully envision and reclaim their energy sovereignty. She is a strong believer in developing low-impact and nature-based solutions to the challenges of our planet. During her time off, she is either chasing after the neighborhood blue jay on the trail or catching up with her reading on her couch.

Moah

Moah Christensen | Co-founder and lead Researcher
Moah (she/her) has a Ph.D. in bio-energy, focused on optimizing energy production while minimizing environmental impact. She is responsible for anything research-related and loves to analyze systems to figure out how to optimize them. As a successful grant writer, she has further experience in researching governmental policies, designing organizational programming and messaging to attract funding. But most importantly, as a popular science writer, she is a fantastic dinner guest who never runs out of obscure and bizarre information.

Board of Directors

Alexandra

Alexandra Bridges is the Project Team Lead in Keepers of The Circle and has over 15 years of experience working in Indigenous non-profits. She is on the board of directors of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and is a member of several local and international non-profit and environmental organizations. Alexandra is the acting President of Shift-Catalysts.

Brian

Brian Ferrey is the Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy for Nova Royalty Corp. His work focuses on investments in the mining sector that are necessary to support the clean energy transition. Brian is the acting Treasurer of Shift-Catalysts.

Julie

Julie Bunker has over 10 years of experience with innovative and complex projects in the sustainability and energy sector. Julie has worked with key organizations such as QUEST and Energy Futures Lab.

Joshua

Joshua McEvoy is an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in International Relations in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. His dissertation is focused on ‘just transition’ movements and examines the potential for transformation in community energy, transit, and ‘green’ labour movements.

Loreal

Loreal Rhoades is a Senior Manager at CIBC, a life coach and a leader in the women, Black, Indigenous, and newcomer communities. She is also a Project and Change Management Professional. 

Advisors

Helen

Helen Platis is a Senior Executive with over 20 years of management experience in the energy sector, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and as a chair of its Green Energy and Conservation Committee.