2019-2020 Board of Directors
Nevin Rosaasen, Chair
Nevin is from a long line of green thumbs on both sides of his family and has dust and diesel (as well as carbon) in his veins. Nevin passionately describes himself as a 4 th generation food and fibre production engineer. Nevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan majoring in Agronomy with a minor in Agricultural Economics, and a Graduate degree in International Trade policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California. He has worked at the provincial,national and international level in various policy and agronomic capacities. He published an article with
the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in the field of Carbon Accounting and Life Cycle Analysis. Nevin currently works with Alberta Pulse Growers as the Policy and Program Specialist and continues to farm with his family in east-central Saskatchewan on a century farm.
Alastair Handley – Director
Alastair Handley is a recognized leader in the carbon offset market in Canada and is the President of Carbon Credit Solutions (CCSI). CCSI is one of the largest aggregator of small environmental projects in the world, managing Carbon for over 6 Million acres (2M Hectares) of land. He is a shareholder and board member of Viresco Solutions Inc., a sustainability consulting group. He is a sought after expert and speaker in the fields of Sustainability and carbon credit aggregation. His expertise in Spatial Information Systems (SIS) and computer programming led to establishing the leading MMRV (measure, monitor, report and verify) data collection system for Carbon Credits aggregation in North America.
Alastair is past president of COTA, the Carbon Offset Trade Association in Alberta Canada.
Jason Switzer – Secretary
Jason Switzer joined Pembina in April 2011, after nearly a decade in international development and corporate environmental management with positions including environmental excellence advisor at Cenovus Energy Inc. and senior greenhouse gas engineer at Shell Canada Oil Sands. His areas of expertise are in business-ENGO partnering, environmental labels, management systems and certification/assurance, carbon management, reporting and strategy, offset design and deal-making, consensus building process design and facilitation, and conflict sensitive resource development. In his previous role at the Pembina Institute, he co-led the national consulting team, through which he managed multi-stakeholder processes for clients including Shell, TOTAL, Suncor, the shale gas sector and its stakeholders, and the Canadian Hydropower Association.
Jason holds master’s degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and is a Harvard-trained environmental mediator, an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and a fellow at the World Commission on Dams. He sits on advisory committees for the National Museums of Science and Technology and the Canadian Standards Association. Widely-cited work includes the book Conserving the Peace: Resources Livelihoods and Security (IISD, 2002); conflict mitigation guidance tools for business and development practitioners; opportunities for renewable energy investment by the oil and gas sector; and links between environmental management systems, independent certification and performance improvement.
Karen Haugen-Kozyra – Director
Karen is President of Viresco Solutions Inc., a network of leading advisors making sustainability real for public and private clients in the agriculture, energy and food sectors across North America and globally. Viresco Solutions provides clients from across North America with support from strategy and policy development through to project implementation and Measuring, Reporting and Verification platforms.
Karen has over 20 years of experience in agricultural greenhouse gas measurement and modeling and climate change/environmental policy development. Her most significant contribution while at ARD and beyond involved her work at a national level, with federal provincial and territorial governments on the Canadian National Offset Quantification Team (NOQT).
Karen obtained a Biological Sciences Diploma from NAIT, BSc in Plant Sciences and MSc in Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Alberta. Karen is also a registered Professional Agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrology.
Don McCabe – Director & Vice Chair
Don McCabe, a no-till corn, soybean and wheat farmer from Lambton County, serves as Director for Zone 6 representing the counties of Lambton and Middlesex. McCabe served as President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) for two years following his election at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Prior to serving as President, he held the position of Vice President from 2008-2014.
With a doctorate-level education in soil genesis and classification from the University of Guelph, and a chemistry degree from the University of Western Ontario, McCabe has become a leading advocate for environmental farm stewardship in the areas of air, water, biodiversity and climate change.
McCabe sits on the Thames Sydenham and Area Source Water Protection Committee. He is also a Vice Chair of the Bio-Industrial Innovation Centre and is proud to serve as Fire Chief to the Inwood Fire Department.