Mercedes Markowski, Chair
Mercedes has a B.Sc. in environmental science from the University of Toronto, a graduate certificate in Green Business Management from Seneca College, and is also a LEED Accredited Professional. As a Sustainability Consultant & LEED Project Manager at Ecovert Sustainability Consultants her responsibilities include the coordination of projects seeking LEED certification under various rating systems. She also assists companies in the development of comprehensive corporate sustainability programs that include benchmarking, carbon footprint reporting and strategies for mitigating environmental impacts. Mercedes has been volunteering with the Toronto Green Community since 2008.
Sandra Hill, Vice Chair
Sandra is a retired senior business executive with a Bachelor in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. She has been President and CEO of The Environment and Plastics Institute of Canada, and of the Ontario Training Corporation; Senior Managing Director of TVO; Vice President of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association; Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health, and an officer in the Canadian Air Force. Sandra was a Commissioner on Ontario’s first Status of Women Council and has served on a wide variety of Boards of Directors including Sir Sanford Fleming College, the Kawartha North Family Health Team, Women’s Resources of Victoria County, and The Migraine Foundation of Canada
Imran Noorani, Treasurer
Imran is an Energy, Renewables, Conservation and Sustainability professional having held various positions in the sector. He holds a Business Commerce degree from Ryerson University, a Sustainability Strategy MBA from the Schulich School of Business, a Global Leadership Diploma from the Leon Recanati School of Business, a Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment from the Schulich School of Business, and is a Professional Chocolatier candidate at George Brown College. Imran’s areas of environmental focus include Renewables, Sustainable Food and Water Security/Marine Conservation. Imran has been a TGC Board member from 2008 to 2012 , rejoining the board in 2013.
Ray Nakano, Secretary
Ray is a retired, information technology executive from the Ontario Government. In his 28 years of service with the Ontario Government, Ray devoted himself to managing his IT department to support many major provincial, service delivery programs, among which is ServiceOntario as the frontline, public facing operation. Ray has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from McMaster University, and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Ray has had previous volunteer experience working with the United Way, Youthlink, the Hamilton Buddhist Temple, and the Mindfulness Practice Community of Toronto, a meditation group. Ray believes strongly in water and energy conservation, and supporting a greener environment.
Samira Drapeau, Board Member
Samira is the Coordinator of the QUEST Ontario Caucus, where she manages relationships with influential members in the energy file, facilitates information sharing amongst Caucus participants, supports research initiatives in Ontario and oversees the general advancement of the Caucus’ Strategic Plan. Before starting with QUEST, she managed the environmental program for the Toronto Association for Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), which represents over 72,000 businesses in Toronto. Successes in this role included launching a B2B partnership program and building a strong relationship with the local business community. As program manager, she identified new revenue opportunities for the organization and represented their interests at events across Toronto.
Xandra Quak, Board Member
Xandra has a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After moving to Toronto in 2012, she got involved in volunteering, and local environmental projects. With a background in Human Resources, experience on various boards, and her current job as a Key account manager, she will be an asset to support the Toronto Green Community to help build and manage the growing team.
Angela Sacco, Board Member
Angela is a communications professional at Rogers Communications. In her previous role at Enwave Energy Corp, Angela managed key industry relationships and led projects that deepened her interest and awareness to urban environmental issues. Born and raised in Toronto, Angela is personally passionate about the City gaining traction in their advancement towards a cleaner and environmentally conscious landscape, with particular focus on renewable energy and green space.
Prior to her roles in communications, Angela worked as a paralegal with a unique niche advocating for disabled workers. As an English major from University of Toronto, Angela honed her communication skills and now aspires to motivate and mobilize others towards a healthy lifestyle and environmental sustainability. Outside of her day job and volunteering, Angela enjoys yoga, is an enthusiastic world traveler, and avid photographer.
Angela Wallace, Board Member
Angela’s passion for the environment was fostered at her family’s rural property in Raglan, Ontario, now a designated Natural Heritage System area in the Ontario Greenbelt. In 2009, she was granted Ryerson University’s Top 30 Under 30 Alumni award for her work as a Me to We motivational speaker to more than 30,000 students, on a tour sponsored by Participant Media. In 2013, she graduated with an MSc in Environmental Management at the University of London, UK, at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, with a focus on gender and climate change. She is the founder and editor of Sasstainable, a multimedia platform focused on ethical lifestyle and sustainable luxury. She has contributed articles to independent online magazines, including Eluxe and a multi-author site, Feelgood Style. She currently works for Holt Renfrew. In this role, she advocates for socially conscious, sustainable brands and charitable collaborations for H Project. Angela is dedicated to communicating sustainability to diverse audiences.
Honourary Patron: David Suzuki
“Green Communities are a great example of getting things done at the community level. We can all be inspired by their dedication to protecting the environment and making the world a better place for future generations.” DAVID SUZUKI