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Student Energy has a diverse, experienced Board of Directors to ensure appropriate governance and transparency for the organization.


Kali taylor, Board Chair   (co-founder)

Kali Taylor is an original co-founder of Student Energy and was the Chair of ISES 2009.  She held the position of Executive Director for three years during the organization's inception.   

Kali currently works at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) on implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  She has also completed an internship at the United Nations Environmental Program working on the Green Growth Knowledge Platform.  Kali has also held numerous roles in the energy industry including business development, project management, CO2 management and triple bottom line performance and innovation improvement. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary specialized in Energy Management and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. 

Kali has received various awards for her contributions to the community including the Premier’s Citizenship award, the Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship medal.  She was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists under 25 in 2011 and was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013. 

David Addison, Vice Chair 

David Addison works in the Investment Team for the Virgin Group where he manages some of Virgin’s new and existing investments that have a social, environmental or technological focus, and the occasional special project. He is also the manager of the Virgin Earth Challenge, Sir Richard Branson’s $25M innovation prize for scalable, sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. 

His undergraduate studies in Physical Geography (BSc, first-class) focused on earth system science, especially environmental and climatic change, alongside environmental economics, biodiversity, ecology and global development. He also holds an MSc in Environmental Technology, specialising in Energy Policy, from Imperial College London. 

Timothy Hensman, Treasurer 

Currently treasurer of Student Energy, and an auditing professional,  Timothy Hensman specializes in non-for-profit and charity assurance  services. His expertise stems from over a decade of financial work in the  non-for-profit sector; and he is presently employed as a team leader in  public practice audit at Thompson Penner & Lo LLP, specializing in not-forprofit and charity financial reporting.

Timothy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and a Certified General Accountant designation from the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta. Timothy Hensman is an impassioned advocate for both education and science.

Nick Blandford, Secretary

Nick Blandford currently manages Schneider Electric’s Global Blog Program with the goal of igniting the intelligent energy conversation everywhere energy is consumed on this beautiful planet.  He leads over 350 experts, representing 24 countries, to ensure compelling thought leadership content is developed for an optimized web experience that encourages action and dialogue from it's readers. 

Over the past 9 years, Mr. Blandford’s been involved with the sales, marketing, business development and communication aspects of Schneider Electric’s energy management solutions. He is a strong advocate for forward-looking and holistic energy policies & strategies, and the role they play in catalyzing the societal movement towards a profitable, successful and sustainable future. 

Mr. Blandford is an alumnus of both the Alliance for Global Sustainability YES programme (MIT, University of Tokyo, Chalmers University, ETH Zürich) and the World Energy Council FELP. Having held analyst and research roles with several sustainability and carbon reporting organizations, he has also co-founded a sustainable investment consulting firm and remains on the board of advisors. Residing on the west coast of Canada, Mr. Blandford holds a Masters of Science degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics/Psychology) from the University of Victoria. 

Rhea Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton is a Managing Director at aeris CAPITAL, a single family office based outside of Zurich Switzerland, where she heads the Private Equity direct investments in renewable energy and clean technology. Prior to joining aeris, Ms. Hamilton was an Investment Director at RobecoSAM Private Equity, formerly part of the greater Rabobank Group. In this position, she built and managed a portfolio of cleantech related direct investments across diverse geographies. She served as a Board member/observer for six portfolio companies, was on the Advisory Board of several clean technology funds, and acted as an advisor for the European Sustainable Energy Technology fund. Ms. Hamilton came from Royal Dutch Shell, where she held various positions including acting CFO of Shell Hydrogen, and head of Investor Relations for Shell’s global Exploration and Production business.

Ms. Hamilton began her career with Shell Canada Ltd., where she worked in upstream Exploration and Production. She holds a Geological Engineering degree with a specialisation in Geophysics, from the University of British Columbia, Canada, an international MBA from IESE in Barcelona, Spain, and a diploma from the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the UK. She has published several articles in scientific journals as part of her scientific work in Antarctica.

Janice Tran (Co-Founder)

Janice is an original co-founder of Student Energy and was the Vice Chair of the International Student Energy Summit 2009. Janice currently works at Generate Capital, a firm based in San Francisco that invests in the energy, food and water industries. 

Janice has worked in several capacities in the energy sector. Prior to Generate Capital, Janice worked at NRG, America’s largest independent power producer, where she focused on building the company’s renewable microgrids business. She has also worked with the United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affair on designing integrated water, energy and food approaches for govenment policies in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Janice has a Masters of Science in Sustainability Management from the Earth Institute at Columbia University and a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. Janice is also a licensed Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada.