Our Team

We’re a worker co-operative of over 30 members and associates. Our confluence of diverse disciplines, personalities, cultures and expertise are empowering cities with the very best in climate planning approaches.

Yuill Herbert

Yuill Herbert

Principal

MA

Yuill has been an SSG Principal for over 17 years. He pioneered land-use and GHG emission planning in Canada, helped introduce the LEED for Homes rating system in Canada and co-developed the Integrated Design Process course used throughout Canada and the US. Yuill has worked on and led more than forty community energy and GHG plans and models across Canada. He has leading expertise on climate change mitigation and adaptation systems modelling that incorporates energy, GHG emissions and co-benefits. Yuill serves as a director on the boards of the Canada Research Chair on Sustainable Community Development, the Canadian Worker Cooperative Federation and Tatamagouche Community Land Trust.

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Jeremy Murphy

Jeremy Murphy

Principal

MPlan | MSc | NCI certificate

Jeremy is an urban planner, project manager and sustainability specialist who continues to generate cutting-edge community solutions. He is an ambitious community leader and communicator. Creative public engagement and facilitation, urban growth planning, community energy and emissions planning, sustainable community design and innovative policy creation are among Jeremy’s greatest skills. Jeremy combines big idea sustainability thinking with on the ground application, ensuring his projects are on target, enjoyable and effective. Jeremy is an instructor in the Simon Fraser University Community Economic Development program. He is also one of the two Co-founders of The HiVE - Vancouver’s social impact co-working space.

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Julia Meyer-MacLeod

Julia Meyer-MacLeod

Principal

BSc | BEnvD | LEED AP BD+C

Julia brings a breadth of experience to sustainability initiatives, having worked with commercial consultancies, research firms, government, universities, and non-profit organizations. With degrees in environmental science and design, she switches comfortably between methodological and creative problem solving approaches, offering insights that are not often otherwise considered. Julia has technical modelling, GIS and visualization skills, bringing rigour and dynamism to SSG’s outputs. Grateful for an upbringing in Canada’s outdoors, she also has a professional background and personal interest in wilderness leadership and outdoor education, which gave her an aptitude for program management, public speaking, communications, as well as an overall enthusiasm to the work that she does.

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Ralph Torrie

Ralph Torrie

Senior Consultant

Ralph is an internationally recognized expert in the field of sustainable energy and climate change response strategies, for governments and business.
He pioneered many of the conventions now used throughout the world for local government GHG emissions planning, and he was the principal author of Canada’s first low carbon scenario analysis - the first such analysis done anywhere. He served as the Assistant Coordinator of the Energy Research
Group of the United Nations University and the International Development Research Centre, Vice President of ICF International, Managing Director of Navigant Consulting and Managing Director of the Trottier Energy Futures Project.

He is a senior associate of the University of Calgary’s Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) initiative. Ralph works with SSG on numerous projects related to energy and climate change response planning.

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Maurya Braun

Maurya Braun

Senior Consultant

BA

Maurya is a municipal climate change specialist with expertise in GHG inventories, mitigation planning, and carbon budgeting. Prior to joining SSG, Maurya was a Senior Environmental Project Manager at the City of Edmonton, where she led the technical update of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy to align it with the Paris Agreement. In addition, she managed the City’s environmental data and key performance indicators, and oversaw the completion of Edmonton’s first consumption-based GHG inventory. Under her leadership, Edmonton became only the 32nd city in the world to achieve full compliance with the Global Covenant of Mayors badges. Maurya’s passion is helping people localize their understanding of climate change so that they can define clear pathways for their communities and organizations to become healthy and sustainable.

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Kyra Bell-Pasht

Kyra Bell-Pasht

Senior Consultant

L.L.M

Kyra is a public interest environmental lawyer by training and environmental policy wonk in practice.

She started her career working as an articling student then lawyer for the Canadian Environmental Law Association. After completing her Masters of Laws at Osgoode Hall, she went on to work as a Policy Advisor for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, where she specialized in climate change and energy efficiency.

Kyra has been working with SSG since 2019.

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Terry Sidhu

Terry Sidhu

Consultant

M.URB | C. SCD | B. Comm

Terry is a practising Urban Planner with experience in sustainable neighbourhood development, urban design, and housing. Terry’s wide and ranging experience includes neighbourhood planning efforts in Metro Vancouver, advocacy for complete streets and better cycling infrastructure, neighbourhood intensification and design, affordable housing policies, and working with private and public sector housing developers. Through his experience with SSG and his education, he has researched and evaluated models for sustainable development such as LEED-ND, S.T.A.R communities, and Smart Growth and understands the nuanced approach needed to fit the unique context of different communities. In his work with SSG, Terry hopes to help cities discover and utilize their unique advantages in order to become more sustainable.

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Camilla Melrose

Camilla Melrose

Consultant

MSc | BSc

Camilla is a versatile environmental scientist, with a background in biology, earth sciences, and GIS. Her experience working for the private sector, non-governmental organizations, government and universities gives her a unique ability to approach a problem from multiple viewpoints and to work with the strengths and challenges of each sector to solve problems collectively. Her experience in GIS and water management are essential pieces of her work in municipal climate adaptation and blend with her passion for conserving and managing natural spaces

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Lauren Malo

Lauren Malo

Consultant

MSc | BSc

Lauren is a researcher and analyst focusing on renewable energy and climate policy. She has experience in both academia, consulting and in politics, and has produced and published multiple works on policy for renewable energy deployment in North America. With a background in geography, Lauren incorporates the importance of people and places in her work.

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Rodrigo Dittborn

Rodrigo Dittborn

Consultant

BSc.Eng

Rodrigo is an analyst with experience in public policy design and evaluation regarding air pollution, heating, and district energy. He has worked in environmental consultancy in one of Chile’s most prestigious universities and in the Division of Air Quality at Ministry of the Environment of Chile.

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Emily McQuarrie

Emily McQuarrie

Director, Finance & Administration

HBA

Emily is an experienced administrator with a passion for innovative data management solutions using open source tools. She has spent much of her career dedicated to organizing the disorganized world of the arts, and has worked closely with many community-run nonprofits. Emily has a strong background in gender studies, and integrates equity-based ethics and methodology into her work everyday.

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Colin MacDougall

Colin MacDougall

Managing Director

BIB (Bachelor of International Business) | MBA

Colin has spent most of his career in and dedicated most of his passion to the co-operative sector. He was one of the first members of La Siembra Co-operative, creators of Camino fair trade and organic products. From sales to logistics to board President, Colin played a number of roles at La Siembra; however, he ultimately found his calling in the back-office functions of finance and administration. From La Siembra, Colin moved to the Agency for Co-operative Housing to serve as Director, Corporate Services.
Colin currently shares his time between SSG and the Agency.

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Naomi Devine

Naomi Devine

Senior Consultant, Design, Client Service and Engagement Specialist

BA | Post-Grad Cert. Environmental Visual Communications

Naomi is a sustainability policy and communications expert. She has built a career at the leading edge of sustainability and climate policy advising governments and working with universities, local governments, and civil society organizations. Naomi has created groundbreaking sustainability policy at the University of Victoria and served on BC’s pioneering Premier’s Climate Action Team. She stewarded the award-winning community sustainability plan, Whistler2020, through the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and facilitated the action planning work of 17 task forces focused on creating the town’s sustainable future. Afterward, she turned to strategic communications and led the creation of the strategy used to elect Dr. Andrew Weaver as the first Green Party Member of the Legislative Assembly in the province’s history. Visual communications and storytelling are what she now employs to assist communities and organizations in crafting effective and long-lasting moves toward a sustainable future.

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Vesta Sahatciu

Vesta Sahatciu

Coordinator, Business Development & Communications

BA

Vesta started her Business Development journey by founding the Eyemole Arts and Technology Worker Co-operative with her peers and friends coming out of UBC. The co-op aspect of this company soon became an all-encompassing aspect of her life. She is now an active participant in the co-op sector in Vancouver, producing a show about co-ops at Co-op Radio, being a member of CMC’s Emerging Co-operators, and sitting on the board of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation .

She believes that sustainability is intricately linked to all aspects of human life, and puts deliberate focus on social justice in her daily work.

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Alia Dharssi

Alia Dharssi

Consultant, Communications and Research Specialist

BA | M Phil

Alia Dharssi is a researcher and communications expert with a knack for public engagement and qualitative research. Prior to joining SSG, she built a career analyzing social and environmental challenges around the world as a journalist and researcher. Her writing on sustainability, global development, human rights and immigration has appeared in publications ranging from the New York Times to the National Post.

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Ann Dale

Ann Dale

Senior Advisor

PHD | Canada Research Chair

Ann Dale is a professor with the School of Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Royal Roads University. She held her university’s first Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (2004-2014), is a Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004) and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her award-winning research focuses on sustainable community development, social capital and agency, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and governance. She is deeply committed to building novel research dissemination and on-line media tools, and leads one of the most current content research websites in the country. Professor Dale chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research (CCSDR), a consortium of all the heads of research across the Canada. In collaboration with SSG, she has recently published Community Vitality: From Adaptation to Transformation.

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Peter Hough

Peter Hough

Board Director

MBA

Peter is the principal of Affinity Consulting, a practice engaged in co-operative development, research, training, and management. Peter recently retired from his long-term position of Financial Officer of the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation. He is also the Fund Manager of “Tenacity Works”, the CWCF’s revolving loan fund. Peter has 25 years of experience as a member, manager and director of worker and consumer co-operatives. In addition, he has assisted with many co-operative start-ups, developing bylaws, conducting training programs, completing feasibility studies and business plans, and providing post start-up mentoring.

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Rebecca Foon

Rebecca Foon

Board Director

MUP | LEED AP

Rebecca is a versatile urban planner who is dedicated to integrating a holistic understanding of sustainability in growing healthy communities. She has worked closely with municipalities, higher education institutions and school boards across the country on leading sustainability plans and strategies including Western, McGill, Algonquin College, Vancouver School Board, Oxford County, Halton Hills and the City of Kingston. Working closely with our academic partners, she has organized numerous e-Dialogues with Dr. Ann Dale involving thinkers, mayors, planners, academics and activists. Foon is also an internationally acclaimed (and Juno award-winning) cellist and composer.

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Our Associates

SSG collaborates with a pool of highly skilled Associates. These values-aligned experts help SSG take on any form of climate and sustainability work.

Brett Korterling

Resources Planner

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Emilie Moorhouse

Communications Specialist

Gabor Sass

Ecosystem science; remote sensing

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Kate Kennedy

Editor and copywriter

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Katie Dyson

Green building & neighbourhood planning

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Melanie Jellett

Climate change adaptation; risk assessment

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Melissa Garcia Lamarca

Ecological economics; sustainability researcher

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Penny Beames

GIS, Rivers and Dams

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Richard Eberhardt

Raphael Shay

Energy Management Systems and Community Planning

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Sara Justine Wilson

Climate Change Policy and Corporate Strategy Specialist, Writer, Natural Infrastructure Solutions

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Sharaj Sundararaman

City Planning and Urban Development

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Stefan Tylak

Energy & Renewables

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Virgil Martin

Population, Employment and Land Needs Modelling, and Forecasting.

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Will McDowall

Policy, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

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Rodney North

Marketing, Communications, and Partnerships

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Interested in becoming an Associate of SSG?

Associates and prospective Associates approach SSG from time to time with projects that require additional support or capacity.

Contact us for application instructions. Applying to be an Associate and applying for a job with SSG are very different things. Please bear this in mind when expressing your interest in working with us.

Yes, we’re a worker co-operative.

We fundamentally differ from other types of businesses in three key ways:

  • The purpose for our organization is to provide stable and meaningful work for our members.

  • Each member has an equal say in decision-making.

  • Surplus (i.e. profit) is invested into improving the well-being of communities.

Advocacy and representation

We are actively engaged in Co-ops and Mutuals Canada, Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (CWCF), Co-operatives UK, and participate in UN negotiations and engagement.

Walking the Talk

We are dedicated to addressing social and environmental justice—through our work and in our own operations.
Internally, we do this in three ways.

  • By selecting projects that challenge the status quo and progress our knowledge and action on climate change.

  • By preparing briefs or writing letters targeting specific issues, the old fashioned way.

  • We publish our reports using the Creative Commons licensing agreement and our tools are open source with participation, use, adaptation and feedback encouraged.

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