Michael Bernstein

Executive Director

Michael Bernstein is the executive director of Clean Prosperity, a Canadian non-profit that works toward practical climate solutions that reduce emissions and grow the economy.

Michael is also the chair of the advisory board for Carbon Removal Canada, a policy non-profit that works to grow the carbon dioxide removal sector in Canada. In 2023, Michael was appointed to the Canadian government’s Net-Zero Advisory Body. In addition, Michael is vice-chair of Canada’s Carbon Competitiveness Commission, and was the co-chair of the Carbon Management Working Group at the Public Policy Forum from 2020-2022.

Michael is an economist by training. He is an advisor to elected leaders across the political spectrum, and a frequent commentator on climate policy. He was named on The Hill Times’ Top 100 Lobbyists List for 2021. He was also selected as a Clean50 Honouree in 2023 for his work advancing Canadian climate policy.

Michael joined Clean Prosperity in 2018. His career has spanned business, management consulting, international development, and politics.

Prior to Clean Prosperity, Michael was the CEO of Mama Earth Organics, a small business that delivered organic produce from local farms to families around the Greater Toronto Area. He worked directly with dozens of farmers and saw first-hand the effects climate change was having on the farms he worked with. As a father of two young kids, he’s also very concerned about the future that we’re leaving to the next generation.

Before working in the local food sector, Michael was a business management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised Fortune 500 companies, institutional investors, and governments on key strategic and business issues. He also worked with InvestEco Capital to set up an advisory service that offered support to companies in the sustainable food sector.

Michael holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

When he’s not working on climate change, you can find him building Lego airplanes with his kids or doing his best karaoke impression of Vanilla Ice.

Benjamin Dachis

Vice President of Research and Outreach

Benjamin Dachis is Clean Prosperity’s Vice President of Research and Outreach. His career in public policy research, practice, and leadership spans nearly two decades. Trained as an economist, Benjamin has worked across a broad range of Canadian policy sectors.

Prior to joining Clean Prosperity, Benjamin spent 15 years with the C.D. Howe Institute in a number of policy research and leadership roles, ultimately serving as the Institute’s Associate Vice President, Public Affairs. His research and publications have covered a wide range of topics, including transportation, infrastructure, energy, regulatory, labour, and housing policy. He is the author of a book on Canadian municipal policy.

From 2018 to 2019, he stepped away from the C.D. Howe Institute to work as the Director of Policy, Budget and Fiscal Planning for the Premier of Ontario. He was part of the Ontario government’s leadership team in developing a number of policies, including the Housing Supply Action Plan, the 2018 Fall Economic Statement, and the 2019 Budget. He is also currently a part-time lecturer at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Benjamin has BA and MA degrees in Economics from the University of Toronto, and an MSc in Regional Science (the application of economics to regions) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Benjamin was born and raised in Calgary. When he is not talking about how accounting policies are secretly the most important part of Canadian public policy, he tries to go scuba diving if he’s somewhere warm or curling if he’s somewhere cold. He spends the rest of his time hoping the Blue Jays win the World Series or dreaming of being on the beach with his wife and young daughter.

Tabitha Brown

Director of Operations

Tabitha joined Clean Prosperity after a decade spent consulting for small businesses, supporting their varied operational needs. Prior to consulting, she developed and managed the HR and Admin team at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer during the start-up of the organization. She has held roles in the public, non-profit, and private sectors focusing on human resources and operations since graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.

Tabitha lives with her family in Toronto, where they make the most of their proximity to the lake, ravines, and forests for beach picnics, paddleboarding, hikes and bike rides.

Kaisha Bruetsch

Director for Ontario

Kaisha is a policy and public affairs professional with experience in government, politics, and strategic communications.

Kaisha previously worked as the Chief of Staff to the Ontario Minister of Indigenous Affairs and held several senior positions in the Ontario government’s resource sector portfolios. She played a crucial role in significant policy transformations, including energy sector reform. She participated in negotiating historic agreements in the Ring of Fire, and demonstrated an unwavering dedication to partnerships and key investments with Indigenous communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, Kaisha worked with Navigator as an Associate Principal.

Kaisha holds an Honours B.SocSc. in International Studies and Modern Languages in French Immersion.

Emma Dizon

Program Manager for Western Canada

Emma is a public policy professional serving as Program Manager for Clean Prosperity’s Western Canada team. Prior to joining Clean Prosperity, Emma worked in both the public and non-profit sectors to better the experiences of people living in her home province, Alberta.

Her experience spans a range of policy domains, including energy and climate policy, economic and fiscal policy, and immigration and housing policy. She is passionate about creating communities, cities, and environments where people can thrive.

Emma holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Biology, also from the University of Calgary.

She lives in Calgary with her partner and her best pal, Goose, a rescue pup. When not in the office, you can find her trying to convince others to trek up the Rocky Mountains at 3 AM.

Brendan Frank

Director of Policy and Strategy

Brendan leads Clean Prosperity’s policy development and analysis. Prior to joining Clean Prosperity, he worked for several organizations that specialize in decarbonization policy, including Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy program, and Innovative Research Group. His experience spans the private and public sectors, academia, and civil society.

With roots in Alberta and Ontario, Brendan strongly believes that addressing environmental challenges can be a unifying issue across regional and political lines. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Calgary and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Queen’s University. Outside of work he is a musician, runner, and occasionally successful cook. Brendan lives in Ottawa with his wife and sons.

Anastasia Hervas

Research Associate

Anastasia is a sustainable development professional with over 10 years of experience in environmental, socio-economic, and climate research and analytics. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and a professional certificate in Data Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Anastasia has served as a collaborator on studies spanning a broad range of topics including socio-ecological systems, food and water security, rural development, climate risk modelling, and environmental governance. Her work informed multi-national multi-stakeholder collaborations and international assessments of biofuel policies and their impacts on deforestation, biodiversity, and sustainable development goals.

Etienne Rainville

Director of Federal Government Relations

Etienne leads Clean Prosperity’s federal advocacy. Prior to joining the organization, he headed research advocacy for Universities Canada, an industry association representing universities to the federal government. Before that he advised clients in their government relations approaches as a Senior Consultant at Earnscliffe Strategies. Etienne began his career in Ottawa as a political staffer to Canada’s minister of public safety.

Etienne hails from Fort McMurray, Alberta, and holds a Master’s in Political Management from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta.

Adam Sweet

Director for Western Canada

Adam joined Clean Prosperity from the Government of Alberta, where he helped establish Canada’s first ESG Secretariat as its Executive Director, ESG Coordination and Integration. Prior to this, Adam led the Government Relations team at the University of Alberta and held various roles with local economic development, consulting, and business organizations, and also led a local strategic advisory firm focused on helping private and non-profit organizations develop and implement new growth strategies rooted in the concepts of shared value creation.

Adam returned home to Alberta in 2013 following many years in Ottawa working on Parliament Hill, including in Canada’s Environment Minister’s Office in 2011-13. Prior to that, Adam spent time in Canada’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., and served nearly two years on the ground in Afghanistan deployed with the Canadian Government.

A fervent believer in the power of people to create positive change in their communities, Adam is a very active national, provincial, and local volunteer, currently serving on the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’s Board of Trustees, as a Reservist in the Canadian Army, and as a local minor soccer coach.

Born and raised in rural Alberta, Adam and his unstoppable wife Katherine spend all their free time outdoors exploring Edmonton and hiking the Rocky Mountains with their young son and their two Nova Scotia Duck Tollers.

Jake Wadland

Director of Communications

Jake has worked with human rights, humanitarian aid, social entrepreneurship, and environmental organizations all over the world. In addition to his background in communications, Jake has also worked in field logistics and information technology.