GMF council members

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council does critical work to guide and support GMF, a fund that invests in innovative and effective environmental programs across Canada. The Council also provides advice, as required, to FCM's Board of Directors.

The members of the GMF Council are leaders from the federal, municipal and environmental sectors. One-third of Council members are Government of Canada representatives, one-third are elected municipal officials appointed by FCM's Board of Directors, and one-third are external members representing the public, private, academic and environment sectors. We're proud to have these innovators and champions of environmental sustainability on the GMF Council.

Members representing the municipal sector

Alan DeSousa
Mayor DeSousa is serving his sixth term as the Mayor of Saint-Laurent, QC and has served on the City of Montreal's executive committee for over 11 years. He also served on the Montreal Metropolitan Community (MMC) council from 2002 to 2017 and was a member of the MMC executive committee for eight years. In 2022, he was named Chair of the Green Municipal Fund Council.

Mayor DeSousa is the architect of Montreal's sustainable development and environmental policies, taking them from planning to implementation. Under his leadership, Saint-Laurent became sustainable municipal territory in 2019 and became the same year the first Québec municipal entity with over 100,000 residents to complete the final phase of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program.

Rebecca Mersereau
Rebecca is a Councillor for the District of Saanich and a Director for the Capital Regional District in BC. She chairs the Saanich Environmental & Natural Areas Committee and the CRD Regional Water Supply Commission, which serves southern Vancouver Island. Outside of elected office, Rebecca works in the private sector as a water management consultant. She is a Registered Professional Biologist, has undergraduate degrees in biology and education, and graduate degrees in Water Resources Management and Public Administration. Rebecca enjoys the complex and challenging interfaces between science, policy/politics, and communication.

Jennifer McKelvie
Jennifer McKelvie is the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 25, Scarborough Rouge-Park. She has been designated as the Mayor’s Resilience & Environmental Champion and in that capacity has taken an active role in the City of Toronto’s climate change, resilience and ravine strategies. Before entering politics, Jennifer managed research partnerships at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). She obtained her training as an environmental geoscientist at the University of Toronto (PGeo, PhD).

Shanon Zachidniak
Shanon is serving her first term as the Ward 8 City Councillor in Regina, SK. In that role, she is the co-chair of the Community Advisory Group for the city’s Energy & Sustainability Framework.

A passionate community builder, her work has included management roles with several organizations. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s in Journalism.

She has served on the board of several non-profits and is the founder of Regina’s award-winning EnviroCollective & co-founder of Food Regina.

Shanon and her husband, John, have two sons—Wylie and Ivan—and a dog named Penny.

Waye Mason
Waye Mason is a community leader, entrepreneur and educator and municipal councillor. Re-elected to his third term as Councillor in 2020, he is known for his social media savvy and relentless constituency work.

Waye has grown businesses, led member organizations and developed the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia for over two decades. His career in the music industry spanned artist development to live event production, and he has become a well-known business and strategic consultant both inside and outside the cultural sector.

As Councillor, he currently serves as a board member of the Halifax Partnership, Chair of the Transportation Standing Committee, and as Regional Council’s Indigenous Community Liason, as well as other advisory committees of Council.

Born and raised in Dartmouth, Waye lives in Halifax with his wife and two children.

Gabrielle Blatz
Gabrielle Blatz was first elected on to city council in Wetaskiwin, Alberta in 2019. As a Metis woman, she has always had deep roots and passion for environmentalism. With her role on council, she has been able to transfer that passion for the environment into her community. In 2021, Wetaskiwin became home to an edible urban forest after she highlighted the benefits of urban forests in a presentation. This became the catalyst in her career for exploring ways for smaller municipalities to become leaders in accessible sustainability practices. Climate action, sustainability and green initiatives are the future of our country, and it will take communities of all sizes to make a positive impact on generations to come.

Members representing the federal government

Jocelyn Millette Ph.D, P. Eng.
Director general of CanmetENERGY in Varennes since February 2019. CanmetENERGY is Canada’s leading research and technology organization in the field of clean energy, namely in Buildings and Communities, Renewables, Industrial Processes and the world-leading RETScreen tool. From 1996 to 2019, he worked for LTE - the Hydro-Québec research institute's energy technology laboratory - as a researcher and later as the head of the LTE. His domains of expertise are energy conversion, heat and mass transfer and building physics.

David Henry
David Henry has served in a number of Senior Management roles within the federal public service, most recently with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as the Director General of Atmospheric Science & Technology Directorate (ASTD), Science & Technology Branch. Previously, in serving with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), David has led science teams that promote and apply atmospheric monitoring and earth observation systems to address Government of Canada science and policy priorities. Prior to joining the public service, David held leadership positions in the United Nations Environment Programme and in the private sector.

Jesse Fleming
With the privilege of having worked at five different federal organizations, Jesse is a Director General at Environment and Climate Change Canada. He works collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders from coast-to-coast-to-coast to design and deliver initiatives in support of Canada’s climate change goals. Jesse has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering as well as an Executive MBA. While a Professional Engineer and Certified Professional / Management Accountant, you would neither want Jesse to stamp your technical drawings nor do your taxes.

Members representing the public, private, academic and environment sectors

Jonathan Frank

Jon has over 12 years of experience in clean energy project financing, development, EPC and M&A in the areas of renewable power generation, energy efficiency retrofits, geothermal heating and cooling, electric vehicle charging and energy storage. Prior to joining Vancity Community Investment Bank as head of Business Development, Clean Energy Finance, Jon was Managing Director and Head of Projects at CoPower (acquired by Vancity in 2019), Director of Business Development at SunEdison, and Technical Sales at RESCo Energy. Jon has served on several advisory committees on low carbon strategies for the CaGBC, City of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, FCM Green Municipal Fund and Low Carbon Cities Canada.

David Martin
David Martin has more than 27 years of experience in innovation, technology and business development across the utility, telecom, energy and water industries. He has worked in North America, Europe and Asia, and maintains strong roots in the North American utility sector.

Denis Leclerc
Denis Leclerc is President and CEO of Écotech Québec. He is also the Chairman of CanadaCleantech Alliance and of the International Cleantech Network. He has proven experience in issue management, public affairs, sustainable development and in relation with investors, socio-economic stakeholders and governments.

Tracey Forrest
Tracey Forrest is the Director of the Transformative Quantum Technologies program at the University of Waterloo and Chair of the NANO Research Centre Advisory Board of the National Research Council of Canada. Tracey brings domain expertise across energy, environment and high tech.

Graeme Hussey
Graeme Hussey is the Director of Housing Development for Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC) and President of Cahdco. Cahdco, CCOC’s sister corporation, is an Ottawa-based non-profit real estate development corporation. Cahdco develops affordable housing and provides consulting advisory services to non-profits developing real estate projects across Ontario.

Parminder Sandhu
Parminder Sandhu is an entrepreneur with over 25 years experience operating at the intersection of public policy needs and private sector innovation to deliver market-based solutions.  His experience includes starting and scaling businesses, managing investment portfolios, and public service.  He has served on several boards and advocates for governance, outcomes orientation, and being mandate driven.