Community Climate Action Speakers

The Community Climate Action Speakers are members of the Kingston community and climate action leaders. Through their presentations, they will show us how they took a vision and  moved it into action! 

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Daniel Hendry

Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator, Limestone District School Board

Dan strives toward promoting sustainable initiatives for the Limestone District School Board, and with St. Lawrence College. His concern for the environment is what drives him to take initiative in promoting sustainable solutions within the Kingston community. He has been highly involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Kingston, a non-profit organization that continues to grow in the Kingston community. Dan has also designed sustainability-related programs for the Limestone District School Board to help students adopt more sustainable practices. 

Photo Credit:  Andree Thorpe

Photo Credit: Andree Thorpe

Emily Dowling

Farmer, Root Radical CSA

Emily Dowling is the main farmer at Root Radical CSA. For over a decade, Root Radical has been helping people eat better for their own health and for the health of their community and the planet. Using the Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) model, the Root Radical team grows fresh, local, organic vegetables and distributes them throughout the growing season to about 250 households in the Kingston area


Matthew Snider

Student, St. Lawrence College

A current Energy Systems Engineering Technology student at St. Lawrence College, Matthew Snider aims to become a climatologist, broadening the understanding of climate change and the possibilities of utilizing it. 

He will be showcasing the Grounds To Heat project which presents us the opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of reimagining the connection that exists between technology, food, energy, and waste. Technology like this has the potential to re-shape our cities for the benefit of both people and the natural environment.


Rick Rooney

CEO & Founder, Quantum Renewable Energy

Rick Rooney is the founder and CEO of Quantum Renewable Energy. Since inception in 2002, the company has grown to upwards of 14 employees during the installation season. To date Quantum has installed more than 4 megawatts PV in MicroFIT, FIT, and off grid markets. Quantum also installs residential and commercial SDHW systems, with over 1300 square meters installed.
Rick has HBSc in Chemistry and has taught solar courses at St Lawrence College in the renewable energy ESET program. He continues to upgrade skills by attending most relevant PV supplier courses. He oversees all design, construction , and commissioning of PV and SDHW systems.

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Peter Huigenbos

Director, Real Estate & Environmental Initiatives, City of Kingston

Peter Huigenbos leads a team advancing the City’s corporate sustainability and environmental management portfolios, the brownfield redevelopment program, the provision of corporate real estate services, and the development of investment-ready employment lands. Implementing Council priorities such as the Corporate Climate Action Plan, the Community Bike-share Program and the Kingston Electric Vehicle Strategy are part of his dynamic role with the City.  Peter’s passionate and innovative thinking helps drive the City’s progress in overall quality-of-life for those who live, work, play and invest in our smart, livable and 21st Century city.