Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Interior Health Authority
Aman Hundal is the Manager of Environmental Sustainability with the Interior Health Authority (IHA) in British Columbia. Aman took over IHA’s environmental journey in 2008 and provides coordination, leadership, and engagement to over 18,000 staff spread over a large geographic region. Over the last seven years Aman has worked in a number of roles within healthcare in various departments which has increased his understanding of healthcare. He has seen firsthand the impacts of climate change in Fort St. James B.C., his childhood home. The changing snowfall patterns and the pine beetle infestation have been hard to ignore and Aman applies this awareness to his position. Aman holds a Masters of Business Administration from California State University, San Bernardino and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Northern British Columbia.
A communications consultant with over 25 years experience, including more than three years overseas. Aura has worked for small to large businesses, all levels of government, local non-profits and larger organizations. She has provided strategic consulting advice to members of the Senior Leadership team in health facilities, Executive Directors in the non-profit field and operators of private health companies. Aura has specialized in consulting to the healthcare industry for the last 10 years and knows the industry, its language and issues, politics and players.
Involved in the greening healthcare movement since 2003, when she sat on the BC Interior Health Authority's Green Committee, Aura has worked with organizations including Practice Greenhealth, Health Care Without Harm and Novation GPO on environmental management and communication issues. Passionate about the environment, she sits on the CleanMed 2010 organizing committee, has written several articles on environmentally responsible healthcare and runs an organic winery in her spare time.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
Technical Advisor, Alberta Health Sciences
Dan has worked in government settings both at the municipal and provincial levels in the areas of waste, environmental sustainability, purchasing, occupational health and safety as well as operations. In addition he has worked in private enterprise in all waste sectors including municipal solid waste, bio-medical waste, hazardous waste and recycling.
While running the most successful operating district for one of North America’s major waste companies, Dan was recognized as a leader and innovator in environmental sustainability, safety and waste minimization by the client Shell Canada for work on their upgrader project in Fort Saskatchewan.
Currently Dan is the technical advisor to Alberta Health Services in the areas of environmental sustainability and carbon capture.
Sustainability Coordinator, Saskatoon Health Region
Jocelyn Orb is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Saskatoon Health Region in Saskatchewan. She is also a registered nurse and part-time nursing instructor. She holds a BScN, a BA in Environmental Studies from U Vic and an MA in Political Science from the U of S. Jocelyn is the President of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, board member of Roadmap Saskatoon and and the chair of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association professional practice group "Environmental Sustainability in Nursing".
Kady Cowan (CCGHC Chair)
Energy Steward, University Health Network
Kady Cowan helps to coordinate the implementation of energy and environmental management, pollution prevention, and toxics and waste reduction at UHN. Kady tackles the complexity of greening healthcare through a three pronged approach including technical, process and behaviour change. This approach includes translating complex environmental messages for a wide variety of audiences. Kady seeks and uses innovative methods to appropriately engage and motivate individuals and organizations to achieve sustainability.
She can be reached at kady[dot]cowan[at]uhn[dot]on[dot]ca.
Ron Durocher, P.Eng.
Project Manager, Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital
Ron Durocher is the Project Manager at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario. He is the current Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES). Ron has been active within the CHES organization for over 15 years. CHES membership includes many of the people who will implement the greening projects as more hospitals get on board and Ron is pleased to be representing them on the CCGHC.
John Joseph (J.J.) Knott, CET, HMT
Director of Plant Operations, Norfolk General Hospital
John (J.J.) Knott has served as the Director of Plant Operations for Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe, since 1991. Prior to that J.J. was Maintenance Manager with the Haldimand Norfolk Housing Authority. In total, J.J. has thirty two years of experience in the technology and facility management field.
J.J. has Registered Certification as an Engineering Technologist (Civil), certification as a Building Environmental Systems Operator (First Class), and certification in Medical Gas Piping Systems. J.J. has also achieved the designation of Building Maintenance Technician and Hospital Maintenance Technician through the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, and has accredited standing, in the Building Operations field, through the Inter-provincial Facility Training Accreditation Council. J.J. is currently Vice President of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES).
Aside from his work at the hospital, J.J. served on the Simcoe Hydro Electric Commission from 1996 to 2000, and currently sits on the Board of Directors, as Vice Chair, of Norfolk Power Inc. and the board of Norfolk Power Distribution Inc.
J.J. is a Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Simcoe, a member of the Who Did It Club, and an executive member of the Ducks Unlimited Canada, Long Point Chapter.
Manager, Department of Energy & Environment, University Health Network
Ed Rubinstein has been responsible for developing and leading UHN's Environmental Management System since 1999. Responsibilities include managing the Hospital's $20 million annual utility budget and procurement process as well as overseeing environmental management and programs at UHN. Both UHN and Ed's leadership in the field of “greening healthcare” have been recognized by several awards, including those from the Ontario Hospital Association, Natural Resources Canada, Practice Greenhealth and the Canadian Council of Ministers for the Environment.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultant, Green Health Care, Ontario Hospital Association
Graham Takata is a sustainability consultant and the Ontario Hospital Association’s lead on green health care. His career has focused on applying new and innovative strategies to build a business case for sustainability while safeguarding the environment and human health. Graham has worked on some of the first carbon offset projects under the Kyoto Protocol, evaluated green technologies for the Government of Canada, and provided environmental consultations to governments in South America, the Caribbean, and Middle East. As a member of the CCGHC, Graham hopes to foster an understanding that human health and a healthy environment are synonymous, and that both can be improved through by integrating sustainability principles into the delivery of health care.
Environmental Manager, Lac-Mac Ltd.
Charles Zurbrigg lives in London Ontario and is the Environmental Manager and a shareholder of Lac-Mac Limited. Charles is a 4th generation business owner whose passion within the business is in relation to environmental issues. He has experience in many areas of the business including production, purchasing, sales, marketing, and various management roles including President.
Following his passion, in 2002 Charles started the company’s Environmental Impact Reduction Committee.
Charles has a passion for the environment that goes well beyond the products offered by his company. He is committed to continual environmental progress within Lac-Mac and within his personal life and makes choices that reflect this commitment.
He is an active participant within the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care’s Stewardship Council and is committed to assisting the health care industry become increasingly more environmentally minded and active.
His mid-tern goal is to continue with his environmental role within Lac-Mac and to follow his other passion of teaching. Charles is currently working towards that end and hopes to be teaching high school sciences on a part-time basis by 2012.
Charles earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1995, and lives in London Ontario with his wife Susie and his children Calvin and Gracie.
Sustainable Development Manager, Jewish General Hospital
Ilan Elbaz is the Sustainable Development manager at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital(JGH) in Montreal, Quebec. His mandate is to manage and develop the Jewish General Hospital’s sustainability program. To date he has successfully earned the JGH the Building Owners and Managers Association’s(BOMA) “Go Green” certification by implementing environmental best practices in resource consumption, waste reduction & recycling, sustainable building material practices, CFC and HVAC management, as well as hospital-wide green education and awareness.
Recently, he coordinated the implementation of car and bike sharing programs (Communauto and BIXI) on the JGH campus (60+ daily users to date) - a first for any hospital in Quebec. He has also undertaken the creation, design, and implementation of a green roof program, including the development of modular organic balcony gardens, and a rooftop healing garden project. From 2007-2009 he managed the complete phase-out of all CFC-containing refrigerants across the JGH campus. In addition, he is currently consulting on the implementation and installation of new energy savings measures, amounting to an estimated $4.9M payback in the first 7 years of operation.
He is the founder and Chair of the Jewish General Hospital Green Committee, which oversees high level implementation of hospital-wide sustainable development initiatives. This committee is comprised of senior managers who are accountable for “green” initiatives in their departments through regular group meetings and ad-hoc personal initiatives.
Outside of the JGH, Ilan is Director of Operations for TEVA Quebec(the province’s Jewish environmental alliance) in Montreal. During his tenure he has implemented sustainable development programs across high schools in greater Montreal area and led a group of 25 student leaders on a bayou restoration & gulf coast relief tour of New Orleans, LA. This, he and TEVA coordinated, planned and led the collection of 100+lbs of waste along Quebec’s Lachine Canal for Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup event.
Ilan currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a Minor in Management from McGill University. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional, certified by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) with a specialty in new construction and major renovations. The CaGBC provides national certification of distinguished competency of green building practices and principles that are recognized internationally.
When he isn’t consulting on the implementation of the industry’s best sustainable development practices around Montreal, Ilan can be found on the ski hill, in the dojo or in the kitchen as an avid snowboarder, martial artist and cooking instructor.