Meet the ACEE Board


ACEE Board meeting, June 15, 2018

Front row (L to R): Tanya Doran, Sterling Rempel, Alexandra O’Rourke
Back row (L to R): Jim Sandercock, Brad Clute, Melissa Easton, Jenn Hoffman
Missing: Deb Rougeau-Bell, Andrée Iffrig, Pat Worthington

Brad Clute is the Chair of ACEE.  He believes that business, when done ethically, can be a powerful tool for positive change in the community - and he’s dedicated to proving it.  Brad is Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Regional Sustainability and Community Investment Coordinator for Western Canada, and under his leadership MEC sustainability programs have won numerous awards including a provincial Emerald Award and a Calgary Award, as well as a Better Business Bureau Business Ethics Award. MEC's sustainability and community investment programs are an example of how businesses can both prosper and have a positive impact on the community and the planet. Brad was president of the Calgary Area Outdoor Council, and recently completed a term on the steering committee for Calgary’s Community Economic Development Network.  

Jenn Hoffman has more than twenty-five years of experience in education, communications, fund development, and non-profit leadership.  She founded the Sierra Club BC’s Education Program in 1998 and served as its Director for 10 years, before moving on to a career helping not-for-profit organizations, social-value driven businesses, and government agencies engage their members, clients, and constituents in their efforts to create positive change in the world. Together with her husband Stephen, Jenn runs Highwatermark Strategy and Communications.  When not working to make the world a better place, Jenn loves to explore it.  A world traveler, she spends time in South and Central America, Africa, and India, and every chance she gets, in the backcountry of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Jenn lives in Canmore with Stephen and their two children, Rio and Silas.

Deb Rougeau-BellDeb Rougeau-Bell has spent the last thirty-four years in education as an elementary school teacher, consultant, assistant principal and principal. She spent ten years as principal of Cochrane’s Glenbow School, where she and her passionate staff infused environmental education throughout the curriculum with the goal of developing active, responsible, ethical, and empowered citizens. Deb works as a consultant to Rocky View Schools and ACEE, supporting teacher professional learning, organizational transformation, and a leadership mentor and coach for new administrators. Deb lives in Cochrane with her husband Randy where she enjoys golfing, biking and nature in her backyard. She is extremely proud of her two adult children, both of whom work in the healthcare system.

Sterling RempelSterling Rempel is the Founder and Principal Advisor at Future Values Estate & Financial Planning, a financial services firm in Calgary, AB.  He began his financial services career in 1985, and founded Future Values in 1999.  Sterling has a special interest in Responsible Investments and in Charitable Planned Giving.  He has served on the Boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations.  He prefers outdoor activities beginning with the letter ‘S’: sailing, scuba diving, snowboarding and sports cars.  Sterling and his wife are proud parents of four children, ranging from teenagers to young adults.

Andrée Iffrig has been educating hands, hearts and minds for two decades, and currently works as a sustainability strategist with architecture and engineering firm DIALOG. A graduate architect with a passion for sustainability, she uses her background in design to explore and raise awareness about solutions for the built environment that tread more lightly on the earth. Her diverse experience includes teaching art in the public school system in Calgary and working in community development in Indonesia. She is a biomimicry specialist and a co-founder of the Biomimicry Alberta Network. As a green building professional, she chairs the Advisory Committee for the Green Building Technology Centre at SAIT. Andrée is a co-founder and co-chair for the Alberta chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Alexandra O’Rourke has been an Environmental Educator developing nature based and energy and water literacy curriculum for nearly a decade. She has traveled to K-12 classrooms and schoolyards across western Canada and loves exploring the Alberta foothills, wetlands and urban and provincial parks with K-12 students. Alex’s current passion and work has a focus on building a connection to the natural world for children in the early years with an emphasis on family based nature experiences. Motivated in her new role as a parent, she developed a simple curriculum to engage Calgary families in the urban wild throughout the seasons. Through this experience she founded Urban Wild Family Nature Club. For her graduate work at Royal Roads University in the Environmental Education and Communication she is currently exploring the parent-child-nature relationship. For Alex; “Going out into a natural setting with a child as my companion demanded me to slow down, follow another's lead, and experience the curiosities of the natural world through a child.” You can find her musings on her experience in the natural world with her son on her website;

Tanya Doran served on the Alberta Premier's Panel on Energy Efficiency in 2016, and is Sustainability lead for Stantec in Alberta.  She has spent her career championing sustainable building design and seeking synergies between 'green buildings' and occupant behaviour.  From  her first role at an electric utility provider to her recent senior roles consulting for large national organizations and the electric transmission council in Edmonton, Tanya has seen the evolution of sustainable design practice across Western Canada.  Her multifaceted career spans from promoting sustainability through stakeholder engagement, workshops, speeches, and presentations, to developing and implementing strategic plans and advocating for practical sustainable practices within Alberta. Tanya is inspired by connecting the natural world to the built environment, helping people reduce their environmental footprint, and creating energy conscious and efficient buildings that reflect Albertans' values.

Melissa Easton has been teaching Math, Science and Outdoor Education at Arbour Lake School (Calgary Board of Education) for a decade.  She is passionate about getting students outside, and ​works with fellow teachers to connect their curriculum with real life scenarios in the outdoors. Melissa has partnered with CAWST, Alberta Parks, the Mayors Expo, CPAWS, Inside Education, and ​MindFuel among others to increase her students​'​ opportunities. She is an outdoor enthusiast in her personal life and enjoys helping students build a love for exploring and protecting nature.
Dr. Jim Sandercock is the inaugural Chair of the Alternative Energy diploma program at NAIT. The two-year diploma program prepares highly qualified personnel who design and assemble renewable energy systems such as solar PV, energy efficiency measures such as geothermal, and conservation measures through energy auditing and energy management planning. Curriculum also explores the production of energy and liquid biofuels from waste and agricultural products. Jim has worked with other parts of NAIT to create solar upgrading courses for electricians and engineers in Alberta and Cuba. He holds a PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology from the University of Alberta.
Pat Worthington has been working in the world of public education for more than three decades. He is a recently retired Director of Human Resources and has served in other educational capacities over many years. In the end, Pat is a teacher and his passion for children and the earth have combined to create a fulfilling career of adventure and wonder. Pat has worked with a number of Alberta-based environmental organizations, including ACEE in its early years, Alberta Tomorrow and the Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. As he leaves his first career, Pat has set his sights on continuing to support the work of teachers and other eco-leaders, helping to guide the educational community through the increasingly complex challenges of our global community. Pat’s partner Kathy and sons Sean and Calvin look forward to less work and more play in his future!




You can contact ACEE or its Board members c/o Gareth Thomson:

E-mail: gareth at
Phone: 403-678-7746 
Mail: 911 Larch Place, Canmore, AB. Canada T1W 1S5