Board of Directors

NSI’s Board of Directors is comprised of senior level environmental professionals of diverse backgrounds. With expertise in fields such as carbon management, manufacturing, government planning and climate change, the board supports NSI in its endeavours.  Their unique blend of experience, passion for sustainability and commitment makes the board an essential part of NSI’s success. Please click on each member’s profile to learn more about their backgrounds and their involvement with NSI.

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Evan Divalentino

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A graduate of Brock University and Niagara College, Evan founded NSI in the spring of 2010. He currently contributes to post-secondary development as a part-time instructor in the Environment, Media & Technology division at Niagara College. In addition, experiences in carbon accounting, carbon reporting/tracking software and environmental laboratory coordination have contributed to the development of Evan’s passion and drive for carbon management and sustainability.

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Katie Altoft

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Katie Altoft is currently a Professor of Environmental Management at Niagara College. In addition, Katie also serves as an advisor to multiple carbon management firms, as well as Green Cricket – a green product provider. Katie has also worked in senior-level positions for Earth Rangers and the Canadian Standards Association. During her years with the Canadian Standards Association, Katie led various committees that wrote standards on a wide variety of issues such as environmental management systems and auditing, as well as the International Standards Organization (ISO)’s largest technical committee, which developed ISO 9000 series of standards implemented by over 700,000 companies worldwide.

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Doug Symington

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Now retired, Doug has four decades of experience in the packaging industry. A former member of the National Task Force on Packaging, Doug contributed to a reduction off more than 50% of disposal from packaging from 1988-1996 – four years ahead of the target date of 2000. Doug has also been a Board Member of the Recycling Council of Ontario, currently serves as the Chair of Niagara Region’s Waste Management Advisory Committee and is a member of Niagara-Hamilton WastePlan Committee.

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Brad May

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Brad has over 25 years of experience with the federal government. Currently, Brad is a Science & Technology Manager with Environment Canada’s Adaptation and Impacts Research Section. Through this role, Brad is facilitating a research study of Niagara Region’s adaptations to Climate Change. An adjunct Professor at Brock University, Brad is a member of the Association of Climate Change Officers, contributing to development of courses in Climate Change Leadership.

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Tim Collins

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Having spent over 5 years working with Associated Brownfields to remediate of some of the Niagara Region’s most contaminated properties for residential development, and being born and raised in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines, Timothy brings a wealth of green, as well as local economy knowledge to the board of directors.With an educational background in both business and law, and past job experiences, including Director of Development for the Augustine Group, Timothy is currently establishing his own consulting firm, Landx Developments, specializing in development management.

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Sam Bellhouse

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Sam was born in St. Catharines, Ontario. He has a degree in Spanish from Brock University and a Post graduate degree in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College. He has also been self employed in the region for the past 7 years, spanning industries such as hazardous waste disposal and manufacturing. Over the past 5 years Sam has owned & operated Evolution Window Films which specializes in the supply, install & warranty of Solar Control, Security & Decorative Window Films to industrial, commercial & residential buildings. Sam has also played an instrumental part in organizing The Big Move Cancer Ride which raises money for the Walker Family Cancer Centre, since its inception in 2009 Sam has helped the St.Catharines Hospital Foundation Raise $1.8 million dollars.

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Erin O’Hoski

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Erin is passionate about cities and takes on roles that make our communities better places to live, work and play. As Corporate Planning Officer for the City of St. Catharines, Erin authored the city’s sustainability strategy and has led projects related to brownfield redevelopment, neighbourhood revitalization, infrastructure creation, energy management and customer service.Prior to moving to Niagara Erin was a Senior Policy Analyst with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities where she assisted in securing federal-provincial-municipal revenue sharing agreements and advancing municipal interests such as infrastructure, community safety, and economic development. Erin also worked as a Research Analyst in the City of Ottawa’s public-private partnership office and was involved in developing major recreational infrastructure projects for the community. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario’s Local Government Program.

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NSI Team

The Movers and Shakers

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Want to see who the movers and shakers are for NSI? Check out our volunteer page by clicking the group photo!

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NSI Carbon Parters

On the In

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NSI has a fantastic group of Partners. Want to see who's on the in? Check out our Carbon Project Partners by clicking the photo above!