MEREDITH ADLER, Executive Director
Meredith Adler is Student Energy's Executive Director. She oversees the strategy and operations of the organization and building a movement of students across the world committed to a sustainable energy future. Prior to taking over this role in 2015, Meredith acted as the Global Community Manager for Student Energy, where she developed the chapters model and managed online content and communities.
Meredith is passionate about community, energy and strategy. She thrives in dynamic environments and loves to build bridges between solutions and people.
Prior to joining Student Energy, Meredith was Communications Coordinator for Clean Energy Canada where she project managed the Tracking the Energy Revolution report series, and kept all communications trains running on time. Before that she could be found doing anything from running a youth trail construction crew in the Cascades, to coaching a campus tours team, to working on youth leadership programming in Latin America. A degree in Geography from The University of British Columbia kickstarted Meredith’s obsession with energy and environmental policy.
If you can’t find Meredith in the office, she’s probably off on a mountaintop or hanging off the edge of a rock face somewhere - with her trusty dog Yoshi in tow.
helen watts, manager of partnerships and communications
Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Manager of Partnerships. She spearheads strategy for Student Energy’s partnerships and manages stakeholder relations. A believer in the power of partnerships, Helen drives collaborations with the potential to make knowledge-sharing, skill-building and leadership development accessible to youth globally.
Growing up in four continents was the catalyst to Helen’s engagement with global issues. Before Student Energy, she spent three years working with the global youth organization AIESEC, working in cross-cultural skill development, youth empowerment and international teamwork. Before AIESEC, she worked with the International Organization for Migration at the United Nations, attending Security Council, committee, and ECOSOC meetings to report on migration.
Studying Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, she has a personal interest in postcolonial theory and design for social and environmental change. If Helen isn’t knocking back coffees with a few dozen notebooks, she’s likely covered in paint working on a never-to-be-completed painting or training for her next marathon.
Ryan Voon, Community Manager
Ryan is Student Energy’s Global Community Manager. He is responsible for the development and expansion of the organization’s student-led chapters around the world, empowering students to impact their communities, collaborate with the energy sector, and accelerate our sustainable energy transition.
Ryan has a passion for leadership development and creating opportunities for youth to shape their own energy futures. Ryan has a wide range of experience in the renewable energy, oil sands, and non-profit sectors. He has previously worked as an Electrical Engineer-in- Training for Shell Canada, Project Coordinator for the City of New Westminster’s Community Solar Garden, and Co-Chair of the Engineers Without Borders
National Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, a Masters in Clean Energy Engineering Leadership from the University of British Columbia, and a Project Management Qualification from the Association for Project Management.
Shakti Ramkumar, Administrative lead
Shakti is in her fourth year at the University of British Columbia, and recently switched directions to pursue a major in Geography, with an Environment and Sustainability concentration, after three years of engineering. She cares about climate action that recognizes the urgency of climate change and the intersection of social justice, politics and technology.
She has worked as a Sustainability Researcher for the City of Surrey, designed and taught a course on energy, climate science and sustainability for middle school students in her hometown in rural southern India, and has participated in a Students on Ice expedition to Antarctica. In her free time, she likes to read, cook experimental vegan meals, and appreciate dogs.
Olivia Reshetylo, Communications lead
Olivia is Student Energy’s Communications Assistant. Living in Calgary, Canada, Olivia is finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Business Communications at Mount Royal University. She has been involved with Student Energy as a Volunteer since 2015. Currently, Olivia is responsible for Student Energy’s social media accounts and promotional materials.
When she is not working, Olivia is happiest with her hands in the dirt gardening. She is passionate about bridging the communications gap that exists within the energy world and hopes to drive forward a sustainable energy future through education. Olivia is looking forward to continuing to grow with Student Energy, as well as meeting and learning from all of the amazing Enernerds around the world.