About PACE Atlantic CIC
PACE Atlantic CIC was founded in May 2020 under Nova Scotia’s trailblazing legislation for Community Interest Corporations. Community Interest Corporations (CIC) are a unique form of private incorporation that operate between the 100% for profit and the non-profit world. We operate with a mandate to provide a public good and the requirement to reinvest 60% of distributable profit for community benefit.
We intend to use this hybrid private/public model to advance energy efficiency and beneficial electrification investments in communities across Canada through partnerships with municipalities. We are committed to use private sector entrepreneurship and ingenuity to help build low carbon communities. The commitment is outlined in our Public Benefit Statement.
Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced professionals in energy, corporate finance, green building real estate, governance and municipalities. We are proud to have this exceptional board as PACE Atlantic CIC’s inaugural board:
Chair – Robert Pazelt, QC
Rob is one of the most experienced and successful commercial corporate lawyers in Canada. He spent the majority of his career as Senior Vice President for 25 years with Scotia Investments, part of the historic Jodrey family industrial conglomerate in Nova Scotia, a family-owned private holding company that is diversely invested in manufacturing, energy and innovative health and environmental sectors. He served on the Board of Heritage Gas during its greenfield expansion days in Nova Scotia. He was recently leading the development of iron ore deposit in Newfoundland and Labrador via New Millennium Iron Corp. He currently chairs the Investment Committee for the Worker’s Compensation Board of Nova Scotia’s $1.8B fund. Rob was recognized with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Scouts Canada. A seasoned expert in Board governance issues he will serve as Chair for PACE Atlantic CIC board. Rob enjoys the fresh air outside the board room camping in the winter with Scouts Canada.
Vice-Chair – John Lindsay
John has followed in his father’s footsteps as one of Halifax’s prominent real estate developers and continues to leave a legacy of green development. The Lindsay legacy of green development and energy innovation is significant in Halifax, having constructed the iconic Purdy’s Wharf Towers on the waterfront using the first commercial cooling system using seawater in the 1980’s. The system has been replicated in over 10 properties around the Halifax Harbour and was the inspiration for Enwave’s Deep Lake Water District Energy System. John’s company East Port Properties recently constructed the first net-zero warehousing space in Canada. John’s entrepreneurial spirit is embedded within the fabric of Halifax life, and the family recently contributed $3M to the new YMCA being constructed across from the Public Gardens. He currently also serves on the Board of Governors for the Nova Scotia Community College.
Mary Ellen Donovan, QC
Mary Ellen started her legal career as a prosecutor in the 1970’s. She retired from the City of Halifax as the Director of Legal Services & Risk Management after more than 37 years of public service. She served on several FCM Committees and is highly experienced with the governance, legal, finance and operational issues at municipalities. She has been involved in everything from telecom and district energy to leading a successful PILT case against the Federal government in the Supreme Court of Canada, with national implications for municipalities across Canada. She created the legal framework for Halifax’s Solar City pace program in 2011. In retirement Mary Ellen continues her contribution to the public good through her passions of biking – serving on the board of Bike NS to create a provincial Blue Route mirrored after the Quebec Route Verte.
Officers and Management
Julian Boyle, P.Eng., President and Secretary
Julian is a pioneer in the field of PACE. During his 11 year tenure as Manager Strategic Energy Policy and Initiatives with Halifax Regional Municipality, he designed and managed the implementation of Canada’s most successful PACE initiative – Halifax Solar City. Julian has also been an Electric Utility Manager for the Town of Lunenburg, and Director of Operations with Killam Properties where he implemented a $30 million program for building efficiency upgrades. Prior to founding PACE Atlantic, Julian was with Equilibrium Engineering where he was Director of Low Carbon Development and initiated Berwick’s PACE Program.
Bruce Cameron, MBA, Vice President and Treasurer
Bruce is an experienced energy policy and program developer. Prior to his retirement from public service in early 2016, Mr. Cameron was Executive Director of Electricity, Renewables and Efficiency with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy. He served on the Canadian Energy Ministers ADM-Level Steering Committee for 8 years and was recognized for his expertise by his colleagues across Canada. During his 16 years with the NS Department of Energy, Mr. Cameron led the department’s initiatives and programs for electrical and renewable energy research, efficiency, regulatory development, policy and programs, as well as energy planning for sustainability. Bruce spearheaded Nova Scotia's PACE enabling PACE legislation in 2010, the first in Canada. He is consulted widely by Federal and Provincial Ministries.
Brennan Kilfoil, General Manager
Brennan is a business process expert and accomplished leader of teams. Spending seven years with JD Irving in Continuous Improvement, Brennan led transformative initiatives across various industries including sales, manufacturing, IT and logistics. Brennan joined Killam Apartment REIT in Halifax to develop and lead Killam’s energy efficiency program, growing the program significantly across Canada over five years. In the additional role of National Maintenance Manager, Brennan's data driven management style empowered Killam's team to reach industry leading performance and top-level employee engagement. Brennan’s entrepreneurial spirit also led him to start a general contracting business that he co-owned and operated in Halifax.
Hope Martin, Marketing and Finance Coordinator
Hope is a graduate of the Finance Program at Acadia University, where she served as President of the Acadia Finance Society and sat on the FC Manning Business Advisory Board. She was a Project Analyst with the CIBC Project Management Team for "CIBC Square", a $1.6 B project financed with the largest Canadian green real estate construction loan to date. Serving as an ambassador for the Project Management Best Practice Team, she helped to set organizational-wide standards for performance tracking and project reporting. Hope also assisted Eyeread, an Edu-tech startup, in gaining over 250,000 users in the first 6 months with no marketing budget.