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Tania Del Matto, B.ES., M.ES., Co-Founder and Executive Director

Tania currently serves as MSC's Executive Director and is responsible for establishing and executing major goals and objectives for the organization. Tania has over 15 years of experience working with players across supply chains, industries, sectors, communities and academic disciplines, helping to build mutually beneficial partnerships that bridge gaps in understanding and embed sustainability in the work they do. Since 2001, she has served on several regional, national and international committees, workgroups and networks that advance the goals of sustainable consumption and production. Tania has a joint Honours Bachelor Degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. She also has a Certificate in Not For Profit Governance at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Tania is leading a number of innovative initiatives at MSC, including:

  • Building the capacity of the public sector to procure more local/sustainable products and services.
  • Tracing the path of the green consumer into retail stores.
  • Enhancing the green shopping experience for consumers.
  • Examining how well sustainability labels and information are understood and used by consumers.
  • Collaborating with the technology sector to develop decision-making and measurement tools that help people and organizations make socially conscious purchasing decisions.
  • Exploring the role of 'eco-gamification' as a tool for increasing participation in sustainable behaviours.
  • Exploring how the process of video creation has the potential to be effective bonding tools that enrich employee engagement efforts.

Brendan Wylie-Toal, B.Sc., HBOR., Program and Research Manager

Brendan is an experienced project manager and educator. For the past three years, Brendan has been responsible for managing research and action-based projects as well as seeking new social enterprise opportunities that will contribute to MSC's future development. Brendan has managed projects ranging from examining what individual consumers face in retail stores to how people in larger organizations procure goods and services.  His research interests centre on how information technologies can be used as decision-making and measurement tools to help people and organizations make socially conscious purchasing decisions for a more sustainable future. Brendan is also co-chair of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable and participates as a consumer representative on the Canadian Standards Association's Technical Committee on the Sustainability of Household Appliances. Brendan has a Bachelor of Science and Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation from Lakehead University.


Hayley Lapalme, B.A., M.Ed. (expected 2015), Program Designer & Facilitator

Hayley is a dynamic facilitator and systems thinker. Coming from a broad interdisciplinary background, Hayley is a reflexive leader who sees connections and builds strong partnerships. Her talents in writing, community development, and intercultural communication have enabled her to lead a delegation to the United Nations, produce radio documentaries for the CBC, enable business partnerships with marginalized communities in Barbados, deliver a TEDx Talk on food sovereignty in Slovenia, and facilitate a multitude of workshops across Ontario and British Columbia to build capacity in local food systems. In 2010, Hayley joined the team at My Sustainable Canada and developed a methodology to assess and expand institutional procurement of local food in Ontario. She now leads a mentorship program to empower the public sector to provide leadership in building a more sustainable food system. At the heart of Hayley's work is the vision to build a more just, resilient world one generative conversation at a time. Hayley is a dedicated mentor with the Challenge:Future community of global youth social entrepreneurs and an avid canoeist. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and expects to complete a Masters in Adult Education at the University of Toronto in the fall of 2015. She is based in Toronto. 


Nicholas Cloet, B.ES., Sustainability Research Coordinator

Nicholas is responsible for conducting research, data collection and analysis for a variety of MSC's projects. Trained in spotting the energy saving opportunities for healthcare facilities, Nicholas is the coordinator for the ENERGY STAR Healthcare Energy Leadership Program, including the delivery of ENERGY STAR webinars and the writing of case studies and information resources.  A graduate of the University of Waterloo's Environment and Business Program, Nicholas has experience in making the business case for sustainability. Nicholas' experience draws upon paid and unpaid positions with Hewlett-Packard Development Company L.P., the University of Waterloo, Hydro One Networks Inc., ICF International, and Sustainable Waterloo Region. He has contributed to the development of several decision-making tools that draw upon his abilities in the areas of: cost-benefit analysis, benchmarking and carbon accounting, corporate sustainability and environmental communications.


Lindsay Matthews, B.ES., M.ES. (candidate), Associate Researcher

Lindsay is a research practitioner whose skills have proven invaluable to My Sustainable Canada. Lindsay has a degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo and six years of environmental research experience. Lindsay has worked with several organizations, including: Region of Waterloo, City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener, City of Prince George, City of Calgary, Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada, Industry Canada, Caribsave, and the Ontario Snow Resorts Association. Her current research interests centre on developing local strategies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 


Michelle Rutty, B.A., M.ES., Ph.D.(candidate), Associate Researcher

Michelle brings over eight years of theoretical and practical experience in the field of environmental resource management and tourism to My Sustainable Canada.  Michelle has worked with several organizations, including: Ontario Snow Resorts Association; Caribsave; United Nations Development Programme; World Bank; and, Parson Brinkerhoff Australia Pty Limited.  Her current research interests explore the two-way relationship between tourism and climate change.