Board of Directors

Harry Vandermer – Board Chair

Alberta Health Services

Harry Vandermer P.Eng. CEM, Provincial Director, Office of Sustainability and Energy Management, With over 10,000 employees Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta.  

J.J. Knott – Vice-Chair

Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (National)

jj_knottJohn (J.J.) Knott is the Program Lead for HealthCare Energy Leaders Ontario. Previously, he served as the Director of Plant Operations for Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe, from 1991 to 2014. Prior to that J.J. was Maintenance Manager with the Haldimand Norfolk Housing Authority. In total, J.J. has thirty two years of experience in the technology and facility management field.

J.J. has Registered Certification as an Engineering Technologist (Civil), certification as a Building Environmental Systems Operator (First Class), and certification in Medical Gas Piping Systems. J.J. has also achieved the designation of Building Maintenance Technician and Hospital Maintenance Technician through the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, and has accredited standing, in the Building Operations field, through the Inter-provincial Facility Training Accreditation Council. J.J. is currently Past President of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES). J.J. has also achieved the designations of Certified Energy Manager and Certified Demand Side Manager.

Aside from his work at the hospital, J.J. served on the Simcoe Hydro Electric Commission from 1996 to 2000, and currently sits on the Board of Directors, as Chair, of Norfolk Power Distribution Inc. and the board of Norfolk Power Inc.

J.J. is a Life Member of the Kinsmen Club of Simcoe, a member of the Who Did It Club, and an member of the Ducks Unlimited Canada, Long Point Chapter.

Jessica Heiss – Secretary

The Canada Green Building Council

jessica_heissJessica Heiss is a LEED Technical Coordinator with the Canada Green Building Council as part of a team overseeing the delivery of the LEED Canada certification reviews and development of future applications of LEED in Canada. She is a LEED AP with Specialty in Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance, holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and has also completed ISO14001 Implementation training.

Previously, Jessica spent 6 years as the Coordinator of Sustainability and Building Integration at the Ottawa Hospital in Ontario, Canada. Jessica coordinated the hospital’s environmental program and collaborated with a team on a variety of environmental projects. She has experience with developing strategic sustainability plans, environmental policies, and annual performance reports. She has developed communication tools to engage stakeholders in environmental programs, and has a special interest in data collection, performance metrics and benchmarking.

Jessica has been involved with several of the Coalition’s initiatives, including the pilot programs for the Green Guide for Healthcare and the Health Care Facility Climate Change Resiliency Project conducted by Health Canada. She also participated in the development of Key Performance Indicators for Green Healthcare with the Ontario Hospital Association, and was also part of the ENERGY STAR Healthcare Energy Leadership Program (HELP). Jessica is looking forward to being involved in the development of a Canadian national green healthcare awards program, and promoting LEED certification for healthcare facilities in Canada with the launch of LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction: Healthcare.

Mauricio Acosta

BC Lower Mainland Health Authorities

mauricio_acostaMauricio Acosta is the Director of Energy & Environmental Sustainability for the BC Lower Mainland Health Authorities. In his role he is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to energy management and environmental sustainability activities throughout Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority and Providence Health Care. He is a seasoned corporate financial planner with over 15 years of experience at an executive level in development, real estate, construction and facilities & property management institutions in private and public sectors in both North and South America.

In his previous role as the Director of Facilities Financial Planning & Administration, Mauricio provided financial direction and business support for both operational and capital areas across the region. He was responsible for planning and administration of a $73 million annual operational budget. He lead a team responsible for operational planning, operational budget process and guidelines, financial reporting and analysis in liaison with the Finance department, business support to operations and maintenance of most sites across Vancouver Coastal Health.

Mauricio obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters in Finance from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá Colombia. He then obtained a Master in Business Administration from UBC specializing in Information Technology Management.

He has worked on a variety of energy conservation projects and lead VCH to be recognized as institutional Power Smart Leader and be ranked #1 in BC for healthcare. Mauricio was also the recipient of the BC Hydro 2009 Power Smart Excellence Award.

In his spare time besides being dedicated to his family Mauricio enjoys practicing multiple sports. He takes part in triathlon competitions, mountain biking outings, soccer games and scuba diving when possible.

Stewart Dankner

University Health Network, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

stewart_danknerAccomplished, highly knowledgeable facilities director & change agent with an extensive portfolio of success driving all facets of facilities & building operations for multi-site organizations with 24/7/365 accountability. Able to develop and communicate strategy and provide clear direction as well as gain alignment amongst peers and multiple stakeholders. Experience managing and leading people with a significant understanding of human resources practices to engage and inspire followership. Finely honed leadership, relationship-building, negotiation, communication, interpersonal, technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

Reynold Peters

Southern Health-Santé Sud

reynold_petersReynold J. Peters is Manager, Construction/Energy Savings for Manitoba’s Southern Regional Health Authority/Office régional de la santé du Sud. He is also Chair of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society.

Jerome Ribesse

Synergie Sante Environnement

jerome_ribesseJerome has a Masters degree in environmental and occupational health from the University of Montreal. From 2004 to 2011, Jerome acted as the sustainability agent for a Montreal health care organisation. In 2006, he created Synergie Sante Environnement (SSE) with Dr. Jean Zigby, who was at that time president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), a non-profit based in Montreal whose mission is to help Quebec health care organisations in reducing their environmental impact. Since 2006, SSE has assisted 18 health care organisations in greening their operations. SSE has 25 health care organisation members representing almost 200 buildings.

Peter Rowles

ICF Canada


Peter Rowles is a professional engineer and chartered director with more than 35 years’ experience in the field of energy efficiency. Mr. Rowles specializes in the development and implementation energy management programs for large portfolio clients and has developed and implemented programs for Industries, Municipalities, Hospitals, School Boards, Property Managers, Retailers, Grocery and Restaurant chains.

Peter is currently an independent energy consultant working with government agencies, energy utilities and energy service providers.  Peter is a founding Board Member of the Association of Energy Service Professional’s (AESP) Ontario Chapter. Peter is Past Chair of BOMA Toronto’s Energy Committee and recently served as a member of the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Technical Panel and as a Volunteer Advisor to the MaRS Discovery District in its Cleantech practice.

Peter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Business Management from McMaster University and is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario. In 2013, he received the Chartered Director designation from the Directors College (a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada).

Harry Vandermeer

Alberta Health Services

Peter Whiteman

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Regionpeter_whiteman

Peter Whiteman is the Energy Centre Manager for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region of Saskatchewan.  He has held a number of Operations and Maintenance positions throughout Healthcare Facilities Management over the years providing leadership and strategic direction integrating technology, energy management, and infrastructure renewal into sustainable healthcare.

Peter is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers; he is an active member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc. ASHRAE; he is a Past President of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society CHES; he currently sits on the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Industrial Energy Consumers Association SIECA.  He represented Saskatchewan on the CCHSE/OEE National Healthcare Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee from 2001 – 2007. Peter specializes in dovetailing energy efficiency technology, programs and principals into facility infrastructure renewal opportunities; through the energy management and sustainability programs he implemented he was recognised and awarded the “Most Successful Energy Management Award” in Saskatchewan for 4 consecutive years 1991 – 1994.