Board of Directors

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.

Dr. James Cotton (Vice Chair)
McMaster University

Dr. James Cotton is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University and Associate Director of the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies (MIES). He is a leading researcher in energy harvesting and in the emerging fields of thermal energy recovery, storage and electrohydrodynamics. His research focuses on developing, modeling and experimentally validating technologies to advance efficient thermal management solutions and integrated community energy and harvesting systems. He is the Principal of a consulting company ThERM Solutions and is in the process of forming a spin-off company, HARvEST Systems, directly related to Energy Harvesting. Dr. Cotton has liaised with a wide variety of communities and commercial partners to establish community energy plans, to identify the problems facing industry, and to develop technology road maps to address these challenges. He is a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the award-winning Burlington Community Energy Plan and has advised Burlington Hydro and other Ontario power producers on emerging technologies and utilization strategies.


Melissa Alexander (Secretary)
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.


Duke Trifunovic (Treasurer)
Financial Advisor, Manulife Securities

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.

Jeff Stock (Member-at-large)
Stewardship Technician, Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA)

Jeff has a lifelong passion for the health and sustainability of the environment. A Bachelor Degree in English at York University underlies his drive towards environmental outreach and education. This is buffered with a Graduate Certificate in Ecological Restoration from Niagara College. He is now in his seventh year working across the Golden Horseshoe in the conservation field, focusing on ecological stewardship, education and restoration. Jeff has volunteered for various environmental not-for-profit organizations in the region and is an active member of his community, helping to foster social and environmental health in the City of Hamilton. Jeff is currently working with the HCA’s Watershed Stewardship Program, building relationships with private landowners, negotiating water quality & habitat improvement projects and recognizing land stewards.

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.

Paul Harrison (Member-at-large)
McMaster University

Paul Harrison was born in Northampton, UK, and developed his interest in chemistry from a chemistry set that evolved quickly into an entire lab in the family home.  He attended Oundle School in Northamptonshire, and spent a “gap year” working for ICI in Runcorn, Cheshire on catalysis before going up to Oxford.  After 3 years of study and punting on the Cherwell, he conducted his Part II fourth year research project with Professor (now Sir) Jack Baldwin, where he developed a synthesis of L-a-aminoadipic acid, an unusual amino acid which is involved in penicillin biosynthesis.  He moved to Alberta, Canada for his Ph.D., in which he worked on polyene antifungal antibiotics in the group of Prof. John Vederas.  After post-doctoral work on terpene biosynthesis at Brown in Providence, USA, Paul started his academic post at McMaster.  His research work has been at the interface of chemistry and biology, and includes the development of biomimetic chemical models of natural product biosynthesis, the cellular assembly of natural products such as acyl-tetramic acids and b-lactones, and understanding the mechanisms by which antibiotics exert their biological effects.

Velma Grover (Member at large)

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.

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.

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.