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Calgary Climate Panel

As part of the Climate Resilience Strategy, The City has brought together key stakeholders to form the Calgary Climate Panel.

The purpose of the Calgary Climate Panel is to provide strategic advice and support the implementation of actions from the Climate Resilience Strategy.

The resilience strategy is part of The City of Calgary's Climate Resilience Program which is dedicated to facilitating City, citizen and business actions to reduce human causes of climate change, and prepare and adapt to impacts of climate change.

Climate change panel members

Adrian Francese, LEED AP ®, PSP
Branch General Manager - Calgary
Siemens Canada Limited

As Branch General Manager, Adrian is responsible for ensuring operational excellence and customer satisfaction, while prioritizing employee safety and well-being. In setting this vision for the organization and driving financial success, Siemens is creating perfect places for our communities.

With more than 25 years in the Building Management Industry, and expertise in the overall aspects of building operations from Building Automation, Security Systems, Fire Alarm and Total Energy Management, Adrian brings with him the experience to understand how technology and digitalization can positively influence Building Sustainability and lifecycle efficiencies.

Why join the Climate Change Panel?

Adrian believes that all of us have a clear duty to manage our resources in the most responsible way. Part of this initiative is influencing our people, communities, and industries to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of our actions today on our future.

Technology is an enabler to help us gathering data and to act accordingly to minimize this impact. Siemens brings value in helping building operators balancing comfort, safety and environmental impact. Joining the Climate Panel is a natural extension of this mission and journey.

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Olena Olafson
Sustainability Coordinator
Calgary Board of Education

Olena is a Professional Engineer who has worked at the Calgary Board of Education for over 10 years. Olena’s role is to develop, promote and implement sustainability initiatives that involve and engage both internal and external stakeholders at the Calgary Board of Education.

She led the development of the CBE Sustainability Framework, was involved in the creation of the CBE Waste Management Strategy and helped conduct the (first ever) CBE Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

She looks forward to sharing and aligning the CBE’s Climate Mitigation and Adaptation efforts with the efforts of the City of Calgary and the Calgary community.

Why join the Climate Change Panel?

The climate is changing. Humans are the main contributors to this change. We are at an important crossroads of knowing what to do and taking action to mitigate climate change.

I am interested and engaged in climate change work because I want more and more people to know, to care and to act in ways that reduce our greenhouse gas emissions so that we have a future to look forward to and a healthy world to live in. The future is in our hands.

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Rod Ruff
Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

In his role he is responsible for managing the Foundation’s suite of charitable programs which fund non-profit environmental projects, strengthening the ability of the voluntary sector to affect positive environmental change, and promote the environment as the foundation of a healthy community.

When he isn’t at work, or spending time with his wife and daughter, you can find him nestled in a book, fly fishing in the Bow River, or hunting in the prairies near his hometown of Medicine Hat.

Why join the Climate Change Panel?

Rod believes all citizens have a role to play in mitigating and addressing the impacts of climate change.

He is committed to building partnerships and working across sectors to facilitate investment in actions that reduce emissions and contribute to a healthy and prosperous society.

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Tom Sampson
Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

Tom Sampson was named the Director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) in March 2015.

In 2009 Chief Sampson joined the Calgary Fire Department to build the CEMA team and move to the new Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) with its substantive technology. Prior to joining CEMA, Sampson was the Chief of Calgary’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and worked to establish the Calgary Regional EMS Partnership, the EMS Chiefs of Alberta and Canada.

He has over 30 years experience in emergency services. He is the recipient of the Alberta College of Paramedics’ Award for Excellence and is a lifetime member of the Board of EMS Chiefs of Canada and to this day, continues to maintain registration as an Advanced Care Paramedic.

Chief Sampson holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University and has completed the Labour Relations program at Queens University, attended the Banff School of Advanced Management and the executive program of the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Business.

He is also a designated Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Management.

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