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Management Team

Student Energy’s staff are based in Canada, and work to deliver our core programs: coordinating our global Chapters network, leading the Leaders Fellowship and Greenpreneurs cohorts, building our Energy System Map, and building partnerships across organizations.

Management Team

Meredith Adler

Executive Director

Meredith Adler is Student Energy’s Executive Director. She oversees the strategy and operations of the organization as it continues to build a movement of students across the world committed to a sustainable energy future. Prior to taking over this role in 2015, Meredith acted as the Global Community Manager for Student Energy, where she developed the chapters model and managed online content and communities.

Meredith is passionate about community, energy, and strategy. She thrives in dynamic environments and loves to build bridges between solutions and people.

Prior to joining Student Energy, Meredith was Communications Coordinator for Clean Energy Canada where she project-managed the Tracking the Energy Revolution report series and kept all communications trains running on time. Before that, she could be found doing anything from running a youth trail construction crew in the Cascades, to coaching a campus tours team, to working on youth leadership programming in Latin America. A degree in Geography from The University of British Columbia kickstarted Meredith’s obsession with energy and environmental policy.

If you can’t find Meredith in the office, she’s probably off on a mountaintop or hanging off the edge of a rock face somewhere – with her trusty dog Yoshi in tow.

Helen Watts

Senior Director of Global Partnerships

Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Senior Director of Global Partnerships, leading collaborations with public, private, and civil society organizations and advocating for meaningful youth inclusion in decision-making.

Helen was a lead designer and implementer of Greenpreneurs, an entrepreneurship accelerator program for youth in the Global South co-led by Student Energy, Youth Climate Lab, and the Global Green Growth Institute. She continues to oversee and advise on the program as it enters its third year, to ensure the program continues to deliver on barriers youth face to entrepreneurship —including accessible education, local and global mentorship, and access to capital.

Helen has spoken at forums around the world to advocate for the value of youth and to raise global ambition on climate and energy action. Helen published works for the 2016 World Social Forum and is one of Canada’s 2018 Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25.

Before Student Energy, she was at the global youth leadership organization AIESEC, and with the International Organization for Migration at the United Nations reporting on migration policy.

Angela Paley

Director of Impact and Operations

Angela is Data & Operations Manager at Student Energy, where she leads on project management, data management, and operations.

Angela has years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector, working across communications, engagement, and policy. Before joining Student Energy, she was the Program Coordinator and Communications Specialist for Renewable Cities, an international program that supports cities through the transition to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency. Based out of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, she was responsible for organizing public events, stakeholder dialogues, regular communications and student engagement. Other previous stops include SFU Public Square’s Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver and the Recycling Council of British Columbia. She is also the co-director of Repair Matters, where she organizes regular repair cafes in the Vancouver area. Angela holds a BA in International Relations from UBC.

She can usually be found on the local trails, making a mess in the kitchen, or dabbling in a variety of outdoor activities.

Olivia Reshetylo

Senior Director of Programs

Olivia is Student Energy’s Director of Global Youth Engagement, responsible for the oversight, development, and implementation of Student Energy’s program portfolio. Since joining Student Energy in 2015, she has co-founded the organization’s global Chapters program, co-designed and launched the organizations’ Fellowship program, and has overseen the development of the suite of programs now offered under Student Energy’s Programs Ecosystem. Olivia has a passion for leadership development and creating opportunities for youth to shape their own energy futures. Olivia holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Mount Royal University. When she’s not working, Olivia is happiest with her hands in the dirt, working on the farm she and her partner co-founded. She’s always keen on a good conversation about the agriculture industry and its role in the sustainable energy transition over some delicious local food.

Sean Collins

Director of Applied Learning

Sean Collins is Student Energy’s Director of Applied Learning and one of the organization’s Co-Founders. He is leading the development and fundraising for Student Energy Ventures to empower youth entrepreneurs across the globe.

Sean has contributed to all major program areas within Student Energy, including helping to fund and launch the inaugural International Student Energy Summit, Energy Literacy platform, Global Chapters program, and more.
Sean is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship and has spent his entire career in new venture creation, raising over $45 million for various projects to date. In 2016, he founded Terrapin Geothermics, leading the organization through the development of Alberta’s first conventional geothermal power project.
Sean lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his family including partner Renee and two young aspiring change agents, Bo and Haddie.

Shakti Ramkumar

Director of Communications & Policy

Shakti is responsible for leading Student Energy’s communications strategy and the 2020 update of Student Energy’s web platform and Energy System Map.

As an alumna of the Students on Ice Antarctic Expedition, Shakti is also part of the inaugural Climate Action Cohort, a two year program connecting local climate action to international climate policy. With the Cohort, she attended COP 25 in Madrid, with a focus on food systems and land use in relation to climate change. Shakti also served as the Director of Common Energy UBC, one of the university’s largest student sustainability organizations, where she worked with other student groups to successfully advocate for the university to include climate action and climate justice in its long-term strategic plan. Shakti holds a degree from the University of British Columbia, in Geography with an Environment & Sustainability concentration.

Marcus Bockhold

Director of Community Programs

As the Director of Community Programs, Marcus leads a portfolio of Student Energy’s energy education, and skill building programs, supporting youth to take action on energy in their local communities and advance their clean energy careers. Specifically, Marcus oversees Student Energy Chapters, a global network of over 40 student-led, post-secondary clubs, as well as the 10-month virtual Student Energy Fellowship Program.

Marcus is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to joining Student Energy, he completed his Bachelors of International Economics from the University of British Columbia, where he conducted his undergraduate research on the impact of entertainment media, specifically of Brazilian soap operas, on gender equality in Brazil. Marcus has a passion for travelling the world and trying new foods. When he isn’t working, he spends his time reading, and cooking for family and friends.

Timothy Hensman

Director of Finance

Timothy Hensman is a chartered professional accountant who has worked with not-for-profits and charities for more than ten years. His background is primarily in not-for-profit financial reporting and audit. He has also worked alongside hundreds of public practice accounting firms across Canada in producing reliable financial reporting. As a supporter of Student Energy since 2013, he is proud to be a part of the organization’s journey.

Abdullah Khair

Strategic & Global Partnerships Manager

Abdullah is the Strategic & Global Partnerships Manager at Student Energy.

Abdullah is passionate about sustainable development, climate action plans in cities, the energy transition, circular economies, low-carbon fuels, community-led action, and intercultural affairs. With a background in Chemical Engineering, Abdullah is also passionate about collaborative models which aim to bridge technical concepts to social needs.

Brett McMillan

Project Manager

Originally from Treaty 6 Territory near Edmonton, Brett has worked in sustainable development and youth engagement with audiences across Canada for 10+ years. Brett loves working with teams to understand the impact they want to have and figuring out the best processes for moving that change forward. Education, collaboration and facilitation are cornerstones to his professional path. When he’s not talking about the Sustainable Development Goals, you can either find Brett hiking in the mountains, tending his balcony garden or playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Lindsay Bell-Etkin

Fundraising and Development Manager

Lindsay is Student Energy’s Fundraising and Development Manager. She has nearly a decade of experience supporting environmental organizations and non-profits. She has worked with youth, refugees, NGOs, healthcare providers, corporations, and governments around the world. She is particularly interested in the intersection of climate change, health, and migration. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of International Economics from the University of British Columbia, where she completed her thesis on the impacts of environmental education on youth. She is also a member of the Female Laboratory of Innovative Leadership (FLIK), a platform connecting visionary female founders with exceptional female youth.

When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her with her camera in hand, hiking up mountains or skiing down them.

Tarras Zellerbach-Adams

Internal Communications Manager

Tarras was raised on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

These days, Tarras is an appreciator of trees, comic-drawer, and enthusiastic dismantler of normative constructs. As the Internal Communications Manager at Student Energy, Tarras’ days are spent curating a system of resources and pathways to expand young people’s knowledge of climate justice and the energy system.

Ailette Cordova

Design & Media Associate

Ailette Cordova is Student Energy’s Design & Media Associate supporting the communications team. Her profession has developed in public institutions and private companies, growing her experience and knowledge in editorial and brand design and data visualizations, web design, photography, illustration and multimedia design, and UX / UI.

She graduated as a graphic designer, and recently she finished a master’s degree in Communication Design. She has collaborated with Climathon CDMX since 2017 till this day.

Charlotte Hine

Internal Systems Coordinator

Charlotte is Student Energy’s Internal Systems Coordinator, supporting optimization of team and project processes, and assisting with human resources and team operations.

Prior to joining SE, Charlotte was a Political Affairs intern at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping where she developed a passion for peace-building, human rights and creating a sustainable future. Charlotte holds a BA in International Relations from UBC where she focused on how the political economy of environmental issues influences decision-making by governments, environmental groups and multinational corporations.

Outside of work you can find Charlotte rock-climbing, surfing or playing boardgames with friends.

Claris Canta

Ventures Project Manager

Prior to joining SE, Claris worked as a project coordinator for a renewable energy firm in the Philippines. She has experience working on solar, wind, and geothermal power projects in varying stages of development. Claris holds a Masters degree in Energy Systems from the University of Melbourne. Her passion for clean energy and climate justice started when she participated on a calamity assessment fieldwork in southern Philippines, and saw first-hand the devastation caused by more frequent and more intense typhoons and their associated flooding.
When not working, she is most likely watching a comedy series, or going for a walk just to bump into someone else’s puppy.

Grace Young

Alumni & Community Manager

Grace Young is a young settler-Canadian woman from traditional unceded territory in Mi’kma’ki, what is currently called Halifax, Nova Scotia. She recently completed her MA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western University and sits on the Youth Advisory Board for REES Community. REES is a simple and secure online reporting platform for reporting sexual violence that can be tailored to the diverse needs of public spaces.

Grace is a proud Student Energy Alumna, and Student Energy’s Programs Ecosystem played an essential role in her graduate studies. Grace’s research analyzes how young Canadians are organizing to shift power away from fossil fuel production and participating in the climate movement more broadly. She is passionate about community building and interested in addressing the unique challenges facing young women entering the sector and finding their place within the energy transition.

Grace’s favourite place is the grocery store or the coast. She loves to be outside, cook, swim, and create!

Andrea Balcázar

Fellowship Coordinator

Andrea is a last year student in the bachelor of Sustainable Development Engineering at the university Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. She has been part of different organization and student groups related with the sustainable energy transition, sustainable development, environmental responsibility, women in engineering, and others. She received the Mujer Tec Award 2021 in the environmental category for her work in the sustainable energy transition in her community and the empowerment of youth.
She is passionate about social responsibility and corporate sustainability, and beliefs that in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals from the UN, companies must find important the application of this worldwide initiatives. She also finds the access to education as a key factor to achieve the global sustainable transition.

Ryan Sojnocki

Fellowship Coordinator

As a Fellowship Coordinator, Ryan works with a range of teams to provide coaching and support during their time in the SE Fellowship program. Ryan’s passion for supporting solutions to environmental and social problems has followed him throughout his career and undergrad. During his time completing an undergraduate in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, Ryan launched his first company and became heavily involved in the entrepreneurial incubators at the university. Ryan is very passionate about the triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – and is looking to help accelerate the global transition to sustainability.

Jasper Mallonga

Data and Impact Coordinator

Jasper is the Data and Impact Coordinator, working on Student Energy’s internal data infrastructures, data privacy and security, and impact measurement and evaluation.

Jasper discovered his drive to push the just energy transition forward while pursuing his mechanical engineering degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman when he joined Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Renewable Energy Boot Camp. This ignited passion and his inclination towards data led him to his involvement as a Founding Board Member at Reboot Philippines and his current role at Student Energy.

Outside work, you’d find Jasper either with his camera, his computer, his telescope, his friends, or any combination of the four. Hand him a karaoke microphone for a surprise!

Natasha Gamontle

Chapters Coordinator

Natasha is the chapters coordinator, acts as a resourceful tool in helping students build sustainable projects for their communities. She is passionate about community building, growing up in Botswana where there is a resounding spirit of Ubuntu ” I am because we are” she decided to join the SE Chapters team because that is their main focus, unity.

When she is not working, you can find her, hands deep gardening, or on walks with her sidekick Pootie (Poots in boots)

Megan Tran

Space for Youth Coordinator

Megan is Student Energy’s Space for Youth Coordinator where she supports meaningful youth engagement within organizations to facilitate equitable dialogue and collaboration between young people and decision-makers.

Megan has a variety of non-profit experience in stakeholder engagement and communications. Prior to Student Energy, she has worked with various organizations that align with her passions for sustainability, social justice, and youth empowerment. Her experience includes supporting regional businesses in adopting more sustainable practices, and exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Canadian youth living in urban centres.

Currently, Megan sits on the Board of Directors of Ally Squared, a youth-led non-profit that challenges performative allyship, and is also a part of the Toronto Asia Pacific Youth Council with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. She holds an iBA in International Studies from Glendon, York University.

Olubunmi Olajide

Energy Education Associate

Olu Olajide is the Project Coordinator for Student Energy’s ETCT (Energy Transition Career Training) program, which aims to close the skills gap and create pathways for young people into the energy sector.

Olu has a passion for communicating ideas and building projects that tackle the energy transition, with a focus on developing just transition pathways for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining Student Energy, Olu worked as a business development engineer at an oil & gas service firm in Nigeria. Then working as an independent consultant interviewing energy experts for ADIPEC Energy Dialogues and the Titans of Nuclear podcast.

Outside of work, Olu loves learning about investing, listening to audiobooks, and hosts The Energy Talk – a weekly podcast that explains complex energy topics through storytelling.

Oluwadabira Abiola-Awe

Ventures & Capital Campaign Associate

Oluwadabira is Student Energy’s Ventures and Capital Campaign Associate designing the Ventures entrepreneurship program and working with our capital campaign team fundraising to support youth-led projects globally.

Before Student Energy, Oluwadabira was a part of the operations team at one of West Africa’s largest indigenous biofuel companies where she worked to support women and youth in Sub Saharan Africa start and scale businesses in clean energy.

Oluwadabira has represented her country at United Nations Environment Programs TUNZA where she joined other young people from across the world in high-level dialogues that shape the local environment and climate policies today. In 2020, she became an ambassador of UNESCO’s August Project in Nigeria.

Outside work, Oluwadabira loves to organize special projects for youth in her community, spend time with family and listen to great gospel music.

Rory Wheat

Solutions Movement Coordinator

Rory is Student Energy’s Solutions Movement Coordinator.

Rory is incredibly passionate about the energy industry and creating opportunities for youth to get involved through energy research and social entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Biology and is currently working towards a a Masters in Sustainability and Energy Security with the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Leaders Fellow and Founder of the Student Energy Chapter with the U of S and is the President for the School of Environment and Sustainability’s Students Association.

Outside of work, Rory plays the violin, makes the best homemade wine around, enjoys reading a good book, back country camping, and spending time with his dog Elsa.

Vaughn-Xavier Jameer

Chapters Associate

Vaughn is Student Energy’s Chapters Associate. Vaughn leads the coaching and mentoring of our Global Chapter community, resource development for participants and coordinates growth strategies for the program. He became part of the movement in 2017 at the International Student Energy Summit in Mérida, Mexico. Inspired by the event, Vaughn established his own Chapter at the University of the West Indies, and has remained deeply involved in the Student Energy community since.

Cherise Gilfix

Systems Assistant

Cherise is the Systems Assistant at Student Energy, where she provides critical support in the areas of administration and HR, keeping the organizational systems up-to-date and running smoothly. She is passionate about the development of sustainable energy systems and is currently working towards a Bachelors of Commerce at the University of Manitoba, where she majors in accounting. After graduation, she is planning to pursue her CPA designation.

Outside of work, Cherise loves to relax with a cup of tea, a lengthy book, and her dogs by her side. She is particularly fond of all things science fiction and outer space.

Elijah Dietrich

Ventures Assistant

Elijah is Student Energy’s Ventures Assistant. He is currently pursuing dual degrees in Integrated Engineering and Honours Business Administration at Western University and the Ivey Business School. Elijah’s experience outside of the classroom spans from social finance to international climate policy and he is looking forward to applying his learnings from these spaces to support the Ventures program.

Elijah provided advice to Cabinet members while serving on the Prime Minister’s Youth Council from 2018 through 2020, and joined the Canadian delegation to COP24 in this capacity. He subsequently helped establish the Student Energy chapter at Western University and recently served as its President. Elijah has worked on ESG product strategy for TD Asset Management, designed an impact measurement system for VERGE Capital, has advised social enterprises at Impact Consulting, and is a ‘20 Cansbridge Fellow.

Elijah is passionate about finding, supporting and testing new, more sustainable ways of working, living and powering the world. He’s excited to work with Student Energy’s Ventures program to achieve this goal. Outside of work, you’ll find Elijah on road trips with friends, cycling, or at the nearest coffee shop.

Greta Jang

Design & Media Assistant

Greta has returned to Student Energy as a Design and Media Assistant. Previously working for the organization from 2018-2020 as a Communications Assistant with a focus on Student Energy’s social media channels, her role now focuses on project management and graphic design in support of various programs. Greta graduated with her BA in psychology in April, 2021. Outside of Student Energy, she also works as a research coordinator in the Sexuality and Well-being Lab at UBC. Her hobbies include fine art, particularly gouache painting, and yoga.

Jade Siewnarine

Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator

Jade is Student Energy’s Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator. She aids the Executive Director with organizational tasks, special projects, events, and strategic initiatives. She is also a liaison for the Board of Directors to ensure efficient communication between them and the rest of Student Energy.

Prior to joining Student Energy, Jade completed an Honours Double Major in Criminology and Environment and Health Geography from Western University. Her interest in environmental solutions and sustainability led her to write her undergraduate thesis about sustainable clothing and the implications of its availability within the context of Southwestern Ontario. Passionate about climate communication, Jade has also published two articles documenting the impacts of human activity on natural environments in Alternatives Journal and Terra Observer Magazine.
Outside of work, Jade spends her free time reading, watching cooking shows, enjoying nature, and playing with her pineapple conure, George.

Rodala Aranya

Virtual Partnerships Assistant

Rodala is a settler from Treaty 6 territory which is the traditional lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis nations – (Saskatoon) and currently resides on un-ceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory (Ottawa).

Rodala works as the Virtual Partnerships Assistant at Student Energy, where she provides additional support to the Partnerships portfolio. Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Carleton University in Global and International Studies, Rodala is specializing in Global Development with a minor in Economics.

Rodala’s passion for climate advocacy and environmental justice began in 2018 when she was awarded a Leacross Foundation scholarship to embark on Student On Ice Foundation’s Arctic expedition. Following her trip, she has worked with Youth Climate Lab, a youth-led global NGO accelerating climate solutions, on their communications portfolio. In university, Rodala has served as Vice President of Communications and Media for her Student’s Society.

In addition, Rodala has gotten heavily involved with her university’s chapter of Engineers without Borders Canada, an international development nonprofit that seeks to address the crucial causes of poverty and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa. She recently finished a presidential term for the 2020 – 2021 year. This summer, Rodala co-founded Kids4Climate, an inquiry-based virtual summer camp for kids in Ottawa hoping to equip future climate leaders with the basic skills and resources they need to create an equitable, sustainable, and resilient future.

In her free time, you can find Rodala repotting her plants, going on hour-long walks everyday or picking up a new book!

Angelina Smolynec

Careers Training Coordinator

Angelina is the Coordinator for Student Energy’s Career Training Program, which aims to close the skills gap and create pathways for young people into the energy sector.

Prior to joining Student Energy, Angelina worked on climate and biodiversity programs in both Canada and the UK. Angelina holds an MSc from the University of Edinburgh where she conducted research on the political and societal implications of increased renewable energy development.

Outside of work, Angelina enjoys spending time around trees, completing jigsaw puzzles, and reading fiction. Send book recommendations!

Piper Stump

Chapters Coordinator

Piper is the Chapters Coordinator, where she leads the on-boarding, coaching, and integration of global university chapters within Student Energy.

Piper graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Natural Resource Conservation and a specialization in Global Perspectives, and currently resides on the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations traditional unceded territory (also known as Vancouver, British Columbia). She aims to empower youth from all backgrounds within the sustainable energy sector and is passionate about climate justice and environmentalism.

Outside of her work you can find Piper trail running, back-packing, or in search of delicious foods.

Ailly Sheehama

Fellowship Associate

Ailly is Student Energy’s Leaders Fellowship Coordinator.

Ailly studied Law and holds a master’s in international oil and gas law and policy from the University of Dundee, Scotland. She has vast experience in the energy field, working with NGOs, international organisations, government and the private sector. She is also part of the Global Support Team of the SDG7 Youth Constituency of the Major Group for Children and Youth and is passionate about just energy transition related issues.

She enjoys traveling and reading in her free time.

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