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Who we are

The following volunteers have been elected to the Board of Directors of Sustainable Ottawa.


Rock Radovan, P.Eng. – President

Mr. Radovan is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Ontario and works as a Senior Program Engineer with the Greenhouse Gas Division of Environment Canada in Gatineau, Quebec. Mr. Radovan is a technical expert responsible for estimating GHG emissions from the production of energy in Canada, with a specialization in electricity generation and consumption. As a result, he has developed significant expertise and knowledge about current technologies, conservation programs and renewable energy systems, and their impacts on GHG emissions. Mr. Radovan manages the GHG database for the stationary energy sector, which maintains the emissions estimates for Canada and all the provinces back to 1990. This responsibility requires an in depth knowledge of internationally accepted best practices for managing and analyzing large data sets for trends and potential errors and quality assurance & quality control (QA/QC) procedures.

Mr. Radovan has also worked as an environmental engineering consultant for Conestoga-Rovers & Associates in Waterloo and Ottawa, Ontario. Mr. Radovan holds a degree in Environmental (Chemical) Engineering with an option in International Studies in Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has also completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Energy and the Environment and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy.

Ruth Bankey

Vice President Dr. Bankey is currently Vice President of Sustainable Ottawa and has held that position since the organizations incorporation. She is a professional researcher and educator who works in the academic, NGO and governmental sectors on a wide range of issues from research ethics, program evaluation and lifelong learning to human and health geography, urban planning and architectural design.

Dr. Bankey recieved her doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland jointly in the departments of geography and politics, and holds a Master’s degree in geography and professional B.Arch ( Bachelor of Architecture) both from Carleton University, Ottawa.

Adrian Becklum – Treasurer

Kerri Henry – Secretary

Ms Henry works as a Senior Program Officer with the Trading Regimes Division of Environment Canada in Gatineau Quebec. Ms. Henry is a technical expert in the development of Canada’s upcoming Offset System for Greenhouse gases and the implementation of Canada’s Credit for Early Action Program. She has expertise in the development and review of projects, protocols and tools for greenhouse gas quantification, validation and verification. Ms. Henry also has experience in state of environment reporting particularly related to atmospheric pollution.

Ms. Henry holds an honours degree in Geography and a master degree in Geology from Carleton University.

Board of Directors

The board consists of the members of the executive and:

David Chernushenko

David holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University. He has written three books on sustainable management practices and delivered hundreds of speeches and workshops in more than 20 countries.

David co-founded Clean Air Champions, a national charity that involves athletes in raising awareness about air pollution, climate change and the benefits of physical activity. From 1998 to 2004, he served on the International Olympic Committee’s commission on Sport and the Environment. He is a Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and he is a “green building” professional accredited by the LEED building certification program.

David is currently producing the Living Lightly Project, a global multim-media initiative, to share the stories, solutions and passion of a growing movement of people working to build a rich future for all on a healthy planet. His first film, Be the Change, was released in June 2008 and is available on DVD.

Sarah Radovan

Ms. Radovan currently works for Natural Resources Canada as the Chief, Measurement and Reporting for the Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) program. The TEAM program is a federal interdepartmental technology investment program that brings together private and public sector partners to identify, develop and support the most promising environmentally sound technologies that have potential to reduce greenhouse gases. In this role Ms. Radovan manages the measurement and reporting group that assesses the environmental impacts of TEAM funded projects (including GHG reductions and air quality impacts). Ms. Radovan has also worked as an investment officer for the TEAM program with responsibility for providing advice and guidance to private sector organizations, analyzing technical, financial and commercial risks associated with projects and technologies and managing funded projects. Previous to her employment in the federal government, Ms. Radovan worked as a senior consultant for BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting) where she was responsible for managing and conducting evaluations of federal government science and technology programs. The majority of these programs were environmental technology focused. She also has experience as a consultant in business process engineering, systems and process implementation and change management through experience at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).

Ms. Radovan holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. During her undergraduate studies she held the position of Engineering Society President, where she was responsible for representing the engineering student body both internally and externally. She received the John Fisher Award for leadership in her graduate year, presented to one engineering student that demonstrates exceptional leadership abilities. Sarah is a past Sustainable Ottawa secretary.

Matt Surch

Mr. Surch graduated from McGill in November 2008 with a Masters degree in Communication Studies, which followed a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Environmental Studies, also at McGill. His focus area is environmental ethics, subjectivity and philosophy of technology. After an intense and productive stint working for One Change/Project Porchlight as a researcher/analyst/writer, Mr. Surch is seeking employment with the federal government in environmental and sustainable development policy. He and his family live car free in the Glebe and cycle year round. Mr. Surch has deep roots in the cycling community, having spent 11 years working as a bicycle mechanic, and over 15 years racing.

Dick Bakker