Meet CEP Toronto's Management Team
Maicky Meijberg | President
Maicky is an entrepreneurial and driven strategic thinker with experience in strategy consulting, renewable energy, consumer goods and ESG impact measurement. Throughout his career, he always sought to make an impact at leading firms with strong ESG commitments, ranging from corporates to scale ups and impact-first non-profits.
Maicky is passionate about finding real solutions to climate change that add value for all parties involved. His perspective of what is possible is informed by his real-world life experience that he brings from the Netherlands, a country that is an early adopter and leader in global sustainability efforts. Maicky holds a cum laude Master’s in Business Administration from the top-ranked Rotterdam School of Management, completed an ESG program at the Copenhagen Business School and is a successful entrepreneur in the event management industry. Along with his professional experience, this unique skillset positions him well to lead the CEP management team.
Maicky’s goal at CEP Toronto is to bring environmental professionals together to foster the collaboration, innovation and determination that are needed to meet our climate targets. He is passionate about the arts of music and cooking and is an avid snowboarder.
Kimberly Rafuse | Advisor
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.
Shashanka Suresh | Advisor
Shashanka is passionate about working towards driving climate action and has nearly a decade of experience working in the sustainability and climate change space. With a focus on creating impact throughout his career, his professional journey has seen him explore roles within climate tech startups, consulting and ESG research firms.
He has a master's degree in chemical engineering, specializing in sustainable development from the University of Manchester in the UK, and a certificate degree in climate change policy and practice from the University of Toronto's school of continuing studies.
An avid lover of the outdoors, Shashanka is driven by the motivation to create a low-carbon future by working with professionals and individuals across sectors and roles. His goal at CEP Toronto is to support the creation of a space for people with the intention of transitioning towards a more sustainable world to come together and tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time.
Emma Boghossian | Advisor
Emma, with over 15 years of experience in B2B marketing across the energy, engineering, construction, and technology sectors, leads Metrix Marketing Ltd., specializing in sustainable solutions for B2B brands. She holds an MBA and a Master's degree in Structural Engineering, focusing on sustainable construction materials, and is accredited as a LEED Green Associate. Emma's work centers on helping brands communicate their impact stories, whether it's launching clean technology services, raising environmental awareness, or developing advocacy platforms. Outside of her work in marketing and branding strategies, she enjoys spending quality time with her daughter and two cats, as well as traveling, paddle boarding, and practicing yoga.
Jessica Obodoechi | Vice President
Jessica is a specialist in environmental planning and management with knowledge of compliance, permits, interpretation of environmental laws and regulations, as well as research, stakeholder engagement, and policy development. who is devoted to promoting communities that are resilient, sustainable, and livable. She is a certified Environmental Professional in-training (EPT) and holds a Master of Science degree in environmental science from UNESCO IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands.
She is motivated to get involved in sustainability efforts because of her passion and environmental responsibility. She has been participating in training classes, volunteer activities, and online courses related to sustainability and community engagement. In addition to her skills as an environmental planner, she has 5 years of experience in the hospitality and events sector. She contributes her meticulous planning, highly organized coordination, and problem-solving abilities. She also likes to be active and constantly try to help others when she can.
She enjoys learning new things, trying out new healthy recipes, going to events, dancing, going to parks, and playing challenging games like escape game in her free time.
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Jimmy Truong| Director, Finance
Jimmy is an environmental data management professional, developer, and Engineer in Training. He is passionate about using technology to develop insights, protect and monitor the environment, and make sound financial decisions. Trained as an environmental scientist, he has broad experiences in sales and consulting in the environmental field across the North American chemical/environmental industry, environmental planning experience in the electricity sector in Ontario, and policy and analyst work for the Federal Government.
Currently he works as a Data Engineer managing national environmental geospatial and financial databases to generate products to visualize and track spending, KPIs and environmental success metrics for projects of national environmental concern. He is passionate about using technology to streamline processes and monitor expenses and success.
As Director of Finance, Jimmy hopes to use his diverse experiences to monitor CEP’s finances and foster collaboration across various disciplines in the environmental sector. In his off time, Jimmy is a passionate gardener of vegetables and native plants and an avid Nordic skier.
Isis Lamb | Director, Events
Isis is an environmental sustainability professional, passionate about the impacts of horticulture on the planet and creating an atmosphere to help fight climate change in your own backyard.
She has over a decade of experience in the hospitality and events industry. After graduating at George Brown College in Special Events Management, Isis went on to gain her International Certified Exhibition Manager (CEM) designation, as well as a Digital Event Strategist (DES) certificate. Over the past several years she has specialized in the event management of national associations specifically, executing sponsorship and trade shows programs.
As a lifelong advocate for the environment Isis switched gears in the past year to pursue formal training and education in the Horticulture industry, learning the fundamentals of agriculture, botany and environmental sustainability.
In her spare time, Isis enjoys deepening her practice with yoga, hiking with her dog Atlas and hosting dinner parties.
Michelle Tirto | Director, Marketing and Communications
Michelle is a project manager who has experience in coordinating solar PV development, home retrofits, and carbon accounting for SMEs. She is passionate about renewable energy and decarbonizing buildings, and with her Master of Urban Planning degree from UCLA, she advocates for initiatives to make Toronto a more sustainable city. Over the past few years she's become interested in the need for effective marketing for promoting more sustainable consumer choices, and she's excited to bring her enthusiasm for developing communities, online and offline, to CEP Toronto.
In her spare time Michelle loves trying new cuisines, practising pilates, and bicycling around High Park.
Sofia Lau-Alves | Marketing Manager
Sofia is a frontend web developer and 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 at University. She practiced her Castellano in Ecuador while living there for 4 months participating in community development work. She also completed the Web Development Immersive Bootcamp at Juno College and is looking to collaborate with fellow coders to enhance her skills and find ways to incorporate her passion for sustainable development and wellness.
Sofia likes to solve problems, stay active, and always help others whenever she can. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, bringing her dog Skylar to the dog park, practising Hot Yoga, playing sports, dancing, attending events, learning new skills, experimenting with healthy recipes, playing board games, and completing escape rooms.
Renisa Dsouza Cardoza | Communications Manager
Renisa is a marketing and corporate communications professional with over 12 years experience. She has 4+ years experience in sustainability marketing, advocacy, communications and promotions.
Her first brush with sustainability was in 2014 when she became a core member of a CSR consultancy team which emerged as a result of a national CSR policy launch. She had the opportunity to counsel leading corporates to develop and execute CSR, CSV & ESG strategies and campaigns in alignment with company objectives and regulatory policies. In her recent stint with the Swedish Government, Renisa had the opportunity to promote Sweden as a global sustainability leader among governments, civic organizations, corporates, non-profits, public and media leading to innovative partnerships. She has strategized and executed impactful green transition campaigns on sustainable innovations, urbanism, mobility, accessibility, circular economy, inclusivity, environment protection, food and waste management. She has also planned and executed far-reaching public awareness campaigns on SDGs encouraging them to develop sustainable lifestyles.
On a personal front, Renisa likes to meet people, learn new things, teach yoga, tutor kids and spend time with family, friends.
You are welcome to connect with her on LinkedIn.
Yadi Wang | Marketing Coordinator
Yadi is a Marketing Professional. She has experience in marketing strategy and operation for B2B software and B2C fashion retail business. She is finding a way to apply her passion and business skills to sustainability.
Yadi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History and a Certificate in Business from Queen’s University. Her care and concern for the environment, all creatures and their future generations’ well-being drive her to engage in sustainability initiatives. She has been taking courses online, taking training programs, and doing voluntary work with organizations in the field.
In her spare time, Yadi enjoys yoga, reading, and exploring vegan recipes.
Aneeka Dogra | Sponsorship Coordinator
Aneeka’s passion for the environment led her to focalize her efforts on the impacts of food waste and animal agriculture on climate change. She operates a food truck that provides affordable, sustainable menu items to not only encourage people to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet, but to also make a green lifestyle more equitable for everyone while reducing food waste in the city.
Prior to CEP, Aneeka was involved with multiple international development non-profits and charities and served as the Director of the International Health Program at the University of Toronto. With a B. Sc. In Neuroscience, B.A. in Political Science/Psychology, she is a big proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve global problems such as climate change. Aneeka hopes to blend her passion for climate action with her background in community health and international development to emphasize how climate change will impact the most vulnerable populations in our local communities as well as globally.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, watching movies, and cooking.
Victoria DePaulo | Event Coordinator
Victoria is an environmental professional in training (EPt) with a passion for environmental management and sustainability. Currently, she works for a metal recycling company in environmental coordination and compliance. She is interested in corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives.
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Anthropology from McMaster University. In addition, she completed a graduate certificate program from Niagara College in Environmental Management and Assessment. Her love of science and the environment pushed her to get further involved with environmental initiatives in her area, including volunteering with EcoFair, the Hamilton Conservation Authority, and Project Neutral. Victoria hopes to one day get more involved with climate action and sustainability initiatives on a full time basis.
In her free time, she enjoys playing video games, crocheting, and spending time with her two cats.
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Meaghan Hope | Director of Operations
Meaghan has always been passionate about the environment, especially in the areas of animal welfare, food systems & waste, and renewable energy. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies, with a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Development. She has extensive experience working in environmental initiatives, including running events for her university program's community and helping run a Green Party campaign. Having worked in youth education and career counseling, she works full-time as an admissions coordinator for a tech-training school and hopes to integrate data, technology, and sustainability into her future career.
In her spare time, she enjoys being involved in animal rescue, playing guitar, and cooking new types of food.
Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn