Board of Directors

NSI’s Board of Directors is comprised of senior level environmental and sustainability professionals of diverse backgrounds. With expertise in fields such as carbon management, manufacturing, government planning and climate change, the board supports NSI in all aspects of its endeavours.  The Board of Directors 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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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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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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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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Neil Freeman

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Neil is Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Relations, at Horizon Utilities, the local distribution utility in St. Catharines and Hamilton. The company is the first Sustainable Electricity Company™ in Canada, a designation of the Canadian Electricity Association, and has won many awards for both its operational and community sustainability initiatives. Before joining Horizon, Neil served as the Director of Planning Policy at the Ontario Power Authority, which included the sustainability screening the long-term electricity plan. Neil received his PhD from the University of Toronto and is the author of The Politics of Power: Ontario Hydro and its Government, 1906-95 (University of Toronto Press, 1996).

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Robert MacKenzie

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Rob brings over 25 years of experience managing a private practise as an architect and as a consultant in the building, planning and technology industries within Niagara. He is a co-owner and president of Quartek Group Inc. architects, engineers, planners and project managers, a Niagara-based firm that services both public and private clients over a wide spectrum of projects throughout the Peninsula and the Province beyond. Complimenting the Company’s service offerings in LEED Design and other sustainable design capabilities, Rob has helped align people skills and to promote a culture within their business that reaches out to the community at large on matters of global environmental welfare and efficacy for glass root sustainability causes, reduction of carbon emissions and other social changes that align with NSI goals