Meet CEP Toronto's Management Team
Kimberly Rafuse | President
Kimberly is passionate about sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, climate change and risk management.
She currently works for a large global reinsurance company and her work focuses on industrial risk control, and she is also involved with a consultancy on climate change and financial institutions. She has worked with industry, non-profits, and in consulting. She returned to Toronto from Calgary in 2015, and was previously a Board Member of Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP) Calgary.
She has a Bachelor's of Engineering, Chemical/Environment, and a Master's in Environmental Security.
Mayur Mukati | Vice President
Mayur supports global institutional investors with sustainable finance research and documentation, including through second-party opinions on green, social and sustainable debt and/or equity instruments. Mayur has academic and work experience in seven countries, spanning three continents, namely North America, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to joining an ESG Investment Research Firm, he worked in multiple Fortune 500 firms in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing and several Canadian government-funded clean technology and climate change research programs in non-profit NGOs.
Mayur holds a B.E. (Honors) in Chemical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India, and an MSc. in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto (with a sustainability graduate exchange at Lund University in Sweden). He was recognized as one of the Top 10 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2016 by a B Corp, Nudge, in the Netherlands.
In his spare time, Mayur enjoys watching movies and documentaries, playing bowling and board games, and eating out with friends.
Snehal Khade| Director, Finance
Snehal has broad-ranging international experience across finance, research and corporate banking with specialization in providing sustainable finance solutions for Government-sponsored entities, renewable energy companies, waste management companies, real estate entities, and key public sector listed companies.
She started her professional journey in investment banking at JP Morgan and later worked at Statistics New Zealand. In her most recent assignment, she served as a Corporate Banking Relationship Manager for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, one of UAE's largest banks.
Snehal holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mumbai University and has completed her postgraduate studies from Auckland University of Technology. She is currently pursuing the Green Economy program from Ryerson University.
She is passionate about forest and wildlife conservation and is a strong advocate of the adoption of the triple bottom line framework, which integrates financial, social and environmental values.
In her spare time, she enjoys pilates, hiking, kayaking, adventure sports and learning about permaculture.
Madeleine Lee | Director, Marketing
Madeleine is an eager newbie to the world of environmental stewardship. Having completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph, she comes from a background in marketing, advertising and marketing strategy. She currently works at a consumer experience agency as an Account Supervisor.
She is driven to make terms like circular economy and sustainable development top-of-mind for the average consumer, and wants to live in a world where consumers’ everyday decisions put the environment first.
An experience addict, she tries to spend every moment of her spare time outdoors or trying new things.
Yvonne Ho | Director, Events
Yvonne is an environmental professional with a background in environmental science and sustainability. She has several years of work experience in the environmental non-profit sector— carrying out research on key environmental issues, writing reports and educational articles, executing membership development and outreach initiatives, as well as implementing marketing and communications plans for campaigns. She has a keen interest in renewable energy, impact investing, circular economy, and sustainable development.
Prominent not-for-profit environmental organizations she has volunteered at and worked for include Sierra Club, Environmental Defence, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, Toronto Environmental Alliance, and Pollution Probe. Yvonne is motivated to work together with like-minded people and organizations towards greater environmental justice and more urgent climate action.
Shawna Weisberg | Advisor
Shawna is a passionate social impact professional. She brings this enthusiasm to her role as Executive Director of Ceridian Cares, a charity that bridges the gaps for individuals when public and private support systems are not enough to meet their basic needs. Previously, Shawna managed a corporate grantmaking portfolio with the Community Investment team at CIBC, and spent several years leading a national employee donation campaign for TD Bank, raising over $11 million annually for charities across Canada. She has also managed many Employee Experience and Employee Engagement initiatives.
In her spare time, Shawna has been an artist and illustrator for over 20 years.
Panos Panagiotakopoulos | Advisor
Panos is a sustainability researcher and consultant with more than ten years of experience in coaching organizations to assess and integrate sustainability. As principal and founder of the boutique consulting Close the Loop, Panos has advised companies from the agricultural, real estate, construction and retails sectors on climate change, life cycle assessment and sustainability. He has also provided training on these topics to professionals and students in Canada, Europe and Asia.
Panos studied Environmental Engineering and holds a PhD in Corporate Sustainability from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland). He has published academic papers on corporate sustainability and as part of his latest research project, he developed an online tool to help businesses choose effective sustainability certifications (ecolabels) for their products and services.
Panos is the coordinator of the Sustainable Business Management program at Seneca College and a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto, teaching Engineering Systems and Corporate Sustainability. He is also a member of Better My Business and The Roots Collaborative.
Anna Mason | Advisor
A commitment to environmental protection and sustainability led Anna to pursue a career in the field of environmental management, working in a variety of roles in consulting, industry and government, gaining experience in site assessment, risk assessment, modeling, and waste management policy over a 15 year period.
She also spent a number of years living in Italy, working with a research group and communicating insights about digital innovation in business across a range of industries.
Following this experience, Anna decided to focus on improving data-based decision-making, having seen how big data and analytics can provide valuable insights about business systems, markets, and trends. She aspires to help companies leverage data to support socially responsible and environmentally sustainable business decisions. She holds Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering (Environmental) and Management Analytics.
Rishabh Nanda | Corporate Secretary
Rishabh is a sustainability professional with an interest in disruptive business models. He believes that sustainability will be the next base of disruption among traditional industries and could create new industries such as climate banks, more sustainable technologies, and sustainable cities.
Rishabh is currently in the second year of his graduation pursuing MSc. in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto. In the past, Rishabh has worked with clients from industries such as Utilities, Insurance, Healthcare, Hospitality, among others for advising them about technology solutions with respect to their business challenges.
During his free time, you can find Rishabh spending time with his friends outdoors and trying new things. He also enjoys watching TV-series and documentaries in his spare time.
Gokul Ullas | Sponsorship Coordinator
Gokul is a sustainability professional with interests in responsible investments and ESG analysis. He believes that his diverse background in several industries including chemical engineering, software sales, and social entrepreneurship helps him work through the problems the world faces with increasing frequency.
As a graduate student pursuing MSc. Sustainability Management, he hopes to work with companies that prioritize capital mobilization to the communities most in need.
In his spare time, Gokul enjoys boxing and following political commentary.
Sofia Lau-Alves | Marketing Coordinator
Sofia is a sustainability professional who practices environmental stewardship and tackles issues with a systems thinking approach. She is passionate about causes that make a positive impact and better the world. She is fascinated by biophilic design and believes all infrastructure needs to evolve, integrating nature and natural systems & processes to ensure the well-being of humans and heal the planet.
Sofia holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Resource Studies with a Minor in International Development Studies from the University of Waterloo. She also obtained a Spanish Language Certificate in University. She practiced her Castellano in Ecuador while living there for 4 months participating in community development work.
Sofia likes to solve problems, stay active, and always help others whenever she can. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, practicing Hot Yoga, playing sports, dancing, attending events, learning new skills, experimenting with healthy recipes, playing board games, and completing escape rooms.
Lina El-Setouhy | Event Coordinator
Lina is a sustainability professional with a background in environmental planning and design. She brings her knowledge and skills to her role as Analyst of Sustainable Design at Metrolinx, where is assisting the development of Metrolinx’s Design Standards, in particular, the Sustainable Design Standards among other design standards. Lina studied Environmental Planning and holds Bachelors of Community Design and Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. She has a keen interest in climate resiliency, environmental design, waste reduction, circular economy, and sustainable development.
Cindy Luu | Social Media + Communications Manager
Cindy Luu graduated from the Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo. She first entered into the world of digital marketing, social media and content marketing for the startup world. Leveraging her specialty in social media and passion for the environment, she's currently helping a non-profit educate Canadians on the value of natural, healthy and sustainable living.