Board of Directors
Kevin G. Hunt (Chair)
ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Scientist
A Hamiltonian from birth, Kevin has always been proud to be a citizen of the city. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from McMaster University. He currently works at Arcelor Mittal Dofasco as one of the corporate Energy Leaders in the Hot Mill Improvement Group. Outside of work, Kevin volunteers actively. Besides being a long term member of the AMD Lifestyles Resource Group, he is the Activity Day Chair for the regional Bay Area Science and Engineering (BASEF) Fair.
Velma Grover (Vice-Chair)
United Nations University
Velma I Grover has a Masters in Environmental Management and a PhD in Wastes Management, both, from the University of London. She has extensive experience in the field of environmental management, dealing with both technical aspects and also “good governance” with focus on community participation at municipal level of government. She is an Adjunct faculty at Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, McMaster University and works full time at the United Nations University – International Network on Water, Environment and Health.
Melissa Alexander (Treasurer)
Environmental Planner, Hatch Mott McDonald,
Melissa is an Environmental Planner for Transportation Infrastructure projects for municipal and provincial clients and has been working in this role for 9 years. She has a Bachelor in Science in Environmental Earth Systems Science from Queen’s University, as well as a Post-graduate Diploma from Niagara College in Environmental Assessment and Management. Her summers throughout her undergraduate degree were spent working for Municipal Waste Management departments. Prior to returning to College, she worked for two years at Waste Logic in Edmonton completing waste audits for corporate clients to outline cost saving opportunities through waste diversion/recycling efforts. Her current role in Environmental Planning is to ensure that projects meet the requirements of the Class Environmental Assessment process, including public consultation, technical environmental studies, evaluating alternatives and documenting the process followed in EA reports.
Kayla Jonas Galvin (Secretary)
Heritage Resource Centre, Heritage Planning Specialist
Kayla started her experience with Green Venture in high school as a co-op student. She went on to graduate from the University of Waterloo in Environment and Resource Studies with a joint major in Anthropology. Kayla works as a Heritage Planning Specialist at the Heritage Resources Centre, a research centre that specialises in built, cultural and natural heritage. Her professional experience has focused on the documentation of historic places including individual sites, heritage conservation districts and cultural heritage landscapes.
Brian Charlton (Past Chair)
Former MPP and Ontario Cabinet Minister
Brian has been an activist all his life. He was the President of OPSEU Local 202 for seven years while working as a Property Assessor for the Ontario Government. He was a Member of Provincial Parliament for eighteen years. While in opposition he served as Revenue Critic, Environment Critic and Energy Critic. Brian was also in the Provincial Cabinet for five years as Minister of Financial Institutions, Minister of Energy, Chair of Management Board of Cabinet and Government House Leader. During his time as Minister of Energy, he and the Minister of the Environment created and implemented the Green Communities Program. Brian served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Green Venture, Hamilton’s green communities group. He is also on the Board of Directors of Green Communities Canada and serves on the Executive Committee as their Treasurer. Brian also provides professional services to peer helper labour adjustment committees, providing services and assistance to laid off workers.
Sheila O’Neal (Member at Large)
Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship Program of Hamilton and Halton Conservation Authorities, Watershed Stewardship Manager
For the past 19 years Sheila has been employed in the field of conservation. Since 2006 she has been employed as Manager the Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship Program. Previously Sheila worked as a Watershed Stewardship Technician meeting with watershed landowners on their properties, providing recommendations to them for land management practices to improve water quality and habitat. Prior to that she was employed as a Landowner Contact/Restoration Technician for Carolinian Canada working with landowners in Beverly Swamp, Sassafras Woods and along the Grimsby-Winona Escarpment. She is a long time member of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club and Bay Area Restoration Council. She graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College as a Fish and Wildlife Technician. She has experience working as a Real Estate Sales Representative and as a Legal Secretary. She is passionate about the natural environment and helping landowners see how they can lighten their impact on the land.
Mark Stirrup (Member-at-large)
Engineer, Hatch Mott McDonald
Mark Stirrup brings over 24 years of knowledge and experience in municipal water and wastewater engineering to Green Venture. Mark is currently a Senior Project Manager and Associate with Hatch Mott MacDonald in Burlington, where he is responsible for the management of combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) projects. Prior to joining Hatch Mott MacDonald, Mr. Stirrup was Manager of Water Quality with the City of Hamilton and the former Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth. Prior to this, Mark worked jointly for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Metro Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Mark is a member of several professional associations, including the Water Environment Association of Ontario, the Canadian Association on Water Quality, the Ontario Water Works Association, and the Canadian Public Works Association.
Romeo Palombella (Member-at-large)
Pal-tech Consulting, P. Eng., B. Eng. (Civil)
Romeo Palombella graduated from McMaster University in 1973 and immediately started a career as a construction engineer. He then joined the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth’s Engineering Department in 1975. Romeo founded PAL-TECH ENGINEERING INC. in 1988. As a private engineering practice, Pal-Tech focused on environmental engineering and broad waste management disciplines, forensic engineering, expert witness services, risk assessment/mitigation, industrial/manufacturing processes, air emissions, and multi-disciplinary project management. A former lecturer on environmental programs at Mohawk College and Fanshawe College, Mr. Palombella also acted as an advisor to the curriculum committee both institutions. Romeo serves various community advisory groups, environmental committees, and professional/technical councils and committees and is the founding president of McMaster’s Engineering Alumni Branch.
Duke Trifunovic (Member-at-large)
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments
Duke is a Mohawk College Graduate in Business Financial Services and he received the Business School Dean’s Award. He completed extensive wealth management and investment courses in the financial services industry. He furthers his education by working on completing industry specific designations and taking online courses in business accounting, investment management, marketing, and financial planning at world recognized North American Universities. He was a professional soccer player, is now a soccer referee, and sponsors local sports teams. He is actively involved in the community. He also sits on the board of directors at Trusts and Estates Accounts Institute of Canada.
Elizabeth Wren (Member-at-large)
Program Staff, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Elizabeth has been working in education and public programming for over 15 years. The completion of an Earth Sciences Degree at Laurentian University led to a number of different contracts overseas and at home working with youth in the community. For the past 8 years she has been managing a number of environmental education programs with Conservation Halton. In this role she has expanded the number of programs offered, expanded the staffing numbers and forged new partnerships with the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education and The Halton District School Board. Elizabeth has been involved in the City of Hamilton’s Waste Management Task force, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Flamborough soccer club. She is currently working with the Toronto and Region & Conservation Authority facilitating programs at their outdoor education centers.