Meet The Team
Co-Founder and CEO
Tom has co-founded 5 startups since 2007: ClimateCHECK, the GHG Management Institute (online training and capacity building with over 7000 members in over 160 countries), Collaborase (online collaboration software for Standards 2.0 and Nextgen governance), Xpansiv (Blockchain-enabled platform), and the Climate Chain Coalition. Tom is currently the International Chair of the ISO Climate Change Standards Committee, he's on the Faculty of the Blockchain Research Institute and Fellow of the Global Solution Networks. Tom is also an advisor to CarbonX.
Tom has 20 years' experience working with 100s of organizations in climate, cleantech, and sustainability. Tom’s focus is to innovate new technology-based solutions for more robust collaborative governance systems, knowledge management, capacity building and market operations to enable strategic solutions to sustainability issues.
Tom’s earlier career also includes roles as a senior GHG MRV manager in a $1B government cleantech funding program and director at an international certification company.
Tom led development of Collaborase, which has over 3000 experts developing "Standards 2.0" with leading sustainability programs including CDSB, CDP, Climate Adaptation Policymakers, Practitioners and Scholars, Natural Capital Coalition, Gold Standard, Verra (formerly VCS), The Climate Registry/NEER, Green Seal, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - among others.
As International Chair of the ISO Climate Change Standards committee (2014-2019), Tom leads 80 national standards bodies and 20 international liaison organizations (e.g. UNFCCC, CDP, Gold Standard, IETA).
Tom has a degree in environmental economics and completed graduate studies in climate change economics. Tom also has degrees in environmental engineering, and completed graduate studies specializing in GHG measurement, air pollution and clean technologies. Tom is a certified knowledge manager and registered professional engineer.
Co-Founder and COO
Patrick is co-founder of ClimateCHECK and Collaborase and is a faculty member of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI). Patrick has worked in the climate change and cleantech sector since 1999.
Patrick has more than 18 years experience working with innovative organizations that operate in the sustainability and cleantech sectors. Patrick’s current focus is on the development of Sustainability and Environmental Benefits Smart Standards to enable the development of digital MRV linked to distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).
Patrick is an expert at standards development, greenhouse gas and environmental benefits validation, verification and accreditation. Since 2009, Patrick has been working as lead GHG verifier and GHG technical expert for the Standards Council of Canada, performing GHG evaluations, against the ISO 14065 standard, for verification and validation bodies, under SCC’s GHG accreditation Program.
Since 2003, Patrick has performed hundreds of GHG quantifications and validations for various clean technology organizations following the requirements of ISO 14064 and The GHG Protocol.
Patrick’s previous experience includes a position as Manager of Climate Change Services of Eastern and Central Canada for Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a leading international certification body. In this role, Patrick was responsible for the business development and marketing activities of Central and Eastern Canada. He also managed and delivered Greenhouse Gas inventory verifications for multinational corporations while developing and delivering Greenhouse Gas training courses (ISO 14064 and GHG Protocol) to a variety of organizations. In addition, Patrick performed clean technology GHG strategic assessments and quantifications.
Before joining DNV, Patrick was Manager of Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Reporting for a clean technology investment fund created by the Canadian Government with a portfolio of over 140 projects. During his tenure in the public sector, Patrick co-led the development of GHG verification courses and actively participated in the development of the ISO 14064 and 14065 series of Standards. Patrick began his career as a lab manager for a leading Canadian clean technology company operating in the biomass processing and petroleum upgrading sectors.
Patrick has a B.Sc. in Biology and a degree in Biotechnology.
Director of Digital MRV and Sustainability Solutions
Lisa holds a Masters of Science from the University of Waterloo with a specialization in greenhouse gas (GHG) dynamics of complex agroecosystems. She has been working on climate change and cleantech since 2009 and is Director of MRV and Sustainable Solutions, applying extensive knowledge and due diligence expertise for complex ecosystems and innovative technologies.
Lisa has worked on a large variety of projects in the Americas and Africa. She was the Technical Lead on a dairy GHG pilot project for New Brunswick and Alberta dairy farms. Lisa was the Project Manager in the adaption and implementation of a nutrient management protocol in the American mid-west, which involved coordination of stakeholders and working groups to effectively enable the adaption of the protocol. Moreover, Lisa facilitated the expert discussion of nutrient management experts on how current scientific literature and cropping models can be used to address Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Lisa was also Technical Lead in the development of a Gold Standard GHG emissions reduction methodology for small-holder dairy farmers in Kenya . Lisa's main role was to ensure that the methodology had a robust GHG accounting approach and was developed in accordance with local data. Lisa conducted site visits and consultations with consortium partners and other stakeholders including government officials, community dairy cooperatives and researchers’ in-country to ensure that the methodology was functional. By connecting efficiency gains to GHG reductions and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the methodology supports new streams of finance for smallholder dairy producers and channels funds for developing countries to meet their own climate and development
objectives. As a tool for measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) emissions reductions in the dairy sector, the methodology boosts investor confidence by ensuring that finance toward climate and sustainability initiatives in the dairy sector puts developing countries on a course toward low-emissions growth.
Lisa has also evaluated and audited dozen of cleantech projects funded by the multi-billion dollar Sustainable Development Technology Canada fund. Lisa has been auditing compliance reports of ICROA members using the Collaborase collaborative standards platform to create transparent audit reports. Most recently, Lisa is a major contributor to the Digital Innovation and Governance for Climate (DIG4Climate) project funded by the Government of Canada. Lisa focuses on innovations for MRV frameworks and next generation governance in support of the application of distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and development of MRV Smart Standards.
Director of Technology
Joshua is a senior software designer and developer with experience working with several leading software companies. Joshua holds a Bachelors of Information Technology from Carleton University and Algonquin College. Beginning with basic HTML and CSS web development around 2004, Joshua has relied largely upon self-teaching to expand into increasingly complex frameworks to solve increasingly complex problems. Focusing on Ruby on Rails in 2012 with ClimateCHECK, this framework is now his forte.
Joshua led the transformation of the Collaborase platform for mobile use, including a ground up review and redesign of the software which was launched 3 months after it started. Joshua redesigned and developed the complex commenting system to significantly boost user engagement and usability.
Joshua's experience includes designing and teaching college level programming classes, developing and maintaining distributed authentication systems, developing and expanding an 'infinitely scalable' custom notification microservice, troubleshooting and fixing complex issues related to data integrity and optimizing both usability and performance of web applications.
Starting in January 2018, Joshua is starting a next generation redesign and new development of Collaborase to bring significant improvements to usability, performance, a new in-application business model as well as a wealth of new features to develop and manage Smart Standards.