Join our Board of Directors!

As a member of the Board, a Director acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of Green Venture. We are always looking for devoted members with a passion for sustainability and environmental stewardship, and community engagement to provide strategic and operational direction for the organization. We are especially looking for members with experience with non-profit governance, fundraising, or legal matters.

New board member recruitment will resume in 2021.

See a sample position description here: GV Secretary Position Description

Board of Directors

Christine Hobson (Chair)

Administration, Pettinelli Mastroluisi LLP

Born and raised in Hamilton, Christine takes great pride in the community and city as a whole.  While having solid foundation as a seasoned bookkeeper, she is also an experienced administrator with a wide array of experience from a variety of professional settings.  Being extremely passionate about the environment, and with a staunch commitment to animal rights, Christine is delighted to serve as Chair of the Board.

Kevin G. Hunt (Past 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.

Liana Bontempo (Secretary)

Registered Dietitian, MPH

Liana is a registered dietitian with a Masters of Public Health, specializing in Community Nutrition.  She has a history of working in higher education and currently works as the Wellness & Sustainability Manager with McMaster’s Hospitality Services. From seed to waste, Liana loves the ability of food to bring together communities. Whether it’s working to bring healthy choices to menus or creating sustainable options for customers dining on campus.  In her spare time you can find Liana around Hamilton participating in book and stitching clubs, or working on her moves in a climbing gym.

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.

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.

Mary Luciani (Member-at-large)

Business Owner, The Pale Blue Dot

Mary is the founder and co-owner of The Pale Blue Dot, a shop in Hamilton dedicated to providing the community with ethically sources, plastic-free, earth friendly alternatives for everyday living. Mary is passionate about educating individuals about how to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle.

Nancy Luciani (Member-at-large)

Business Owner, The Pale Blue Dot

Nancy is the co-owner of The Pale Blue Dot, and born and raised in Hamilton, and loves the diversity of the City. Nancy is keen to be involved in Hamilton’s future becoming greener, while sustaining its natural and cultural attributes.

Steve Borsellino (Member-at-large)

Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Borsellino Consulting Inc.

Born and raised in Hamilton. Steve obtained a degree in International Development from the University of Guelph and then an accounting designation (CPA, CMA). He has volunteer experience on the boards of Rygiel Supports for Community Living, Catholic Family Services and Neighbour to Neighbour, as well as other volunteer positions with the Hamilton Community Foundation, Dundas Turtle Watch, and the Hamilton Committee for Natural Burials. Steve’s LIT practice in downtown Hamilton works with individuals experiencing financial difficulties by administering Consumer Proposals on their behalf.

Brian Charlton (Past Chair, Member Emeritus)

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, and on the Board of Directors of Green Communities Canada. Brian also provides professional services to peer helper labour adjustment committees, providing services and assistance to laid off workers.

Romeo Palombella (Member Emeritus)

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.

Velma Grover (Member Emeritus, Past Chair)

United Nations University

Velma I Grover has a Masters in Environmental Management and a PhD in Waste 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.