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Who we are

We are a team of changemakers bridging the gap between technical and social innovation to foster the design and development of an equitable and resilient energy system. Centered around the concept of energy justice, our vision is to revolutionize the way we produce, use, and manage energy for the well-being of communities, the regeneration of ecosystems, and the ability to live within planetary boundaries.

Our values

Inspired by our connections to the Earth and all other beings, Shift-Catalysts was born to bring a holistic approach to energy challenges. As a women-led social enterprise, we believe in centering well-being, environmental justice, and reconciliation in our work.
What distinguishes Shift-Catalysts from the rest, aside from our passion to shift paradigms of our energy systems, is that we approach every project with lenses of knowledge-sharing, reciprocity, and accountability.

The team

Shahed Shafazand comes with 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 Christensen 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.


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.

Contact us

We are always looking to connect with people interested in Energy Justice. If you would like to reach out, please send us an email at