Greg Kiessling

Chair

Greg Kiessling is president of Up Capital Ltd., a private investment firm that focuses on early stage companies whose products and services will lead to increased prosperity while reducing environmental impacts. Earlier in his career, Greg was co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Sitraka, which was Canada’s largest self-financed software company when it was purchased in 2002.

Sitraka was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies six times and was also named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Greg also served in a variety of fundraising and board leadership roles for the ground-breaking Pathways to Education program between 2002 and 2013.

Why Greg founded Clean Prosperity

“I’ve always believed that a better future requires both economic strength and a sustainable approach to environmental issues. Applying market-based solutions to environmental problems can solve them at the lowest cost to the economy, jobs, and prosperity. It worked with acid rain and it can work with Climate Change. That’s why I am a foundational donor to Canadians for Clean Prosperity.”

Lisa Asbreuk

Lisa Asbreuk is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a focus on energy law and policy in Ontario and Alberta, and experience advising private and public corporations on emissions law and policy in Alberta and federally. Lisa worked as an energy lawyer at a leading national law firm in the Toronto and Calgary offices for several years and was in-house counsel at ENMAX Corporation before relocating to Kingston, Ontario, where her practice involves work on the front lines of renewable energy project development and policy implementation in Ontario.

Lisa is also on the board of directors of SWITCH, southeastern Ontario’s alternative energy cluster of business, government, community, and academic leaders in the alternative energy and related sectors.

Why Lisa joined Clean Prosperity

“A cleaner environment and a more prosperous nation are not mutually exclusive. For my clients, and innovative cleantech businesses all across Canada, commercializing ways to have a lighter touch on the environment is driving their growth and prosperity.”

John Coady

John has extensive experience partnering with CEOs and Boards in growing and exiting entrepreneurial companies, delivering executive level finance and operations leadership. His core areas of expertise include financial and business management, building high performing teams and dealing with external stakeholders.

John has 25 years of experience with fast growing technology companies. He has had executive roles with companies such as BlueCat Networks, QuickPlay Media, Algorithmics Inc., Conceptwave Software and Solect Technology Group, all of which had highly successful exits.

Why John joined Clean Prosperity

“COVID has highlighted the need for rational solutions at the national and international level. It is clear that our biggest problem in the next 20 years is how to reduce our carbon footprint, which must be done sooner rather than later and in a coherent manner. We have ignored the challenge too long and are now seeing the impact. I believe Clean Prosperity can aid Canada in the conversation on carbon.”

 

Bruce Lourie

Bruce Lourie is one of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers and co-author of the books Toxin, Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World, and the best-seller Slow Death by Rubber Duck. He is president of the Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada, a director of the Ontario Power Authority and a director of the San Francisco-based Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.

He is an honorary director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and a member of World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Advisory Committee. Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, the Sustainability Network, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. He has acted on numerous international, federal, provincial, and municipal bodies advising on environmental, health, and energy policy issues. Bruce has degrees in geology, environmental studies, and a near-complete doctorate.

Why Bruce joined Clean Prosperity

“It’s simply a matter of common sense and fundamental fairness that those responsible for pollution be held accountable for the full cost of their actions.”