Who We Are
PACE Atlantic CIC’s purpose is to provide low-carbon programs for Canadian municipalities that help homeowners invest in energy efficiency and solar. We support municipalities in their work to establish a PACE program in their community.
PACE Atlantic is a Community Interest Corporation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We operate with a mandate to provide a public good, which is to scale up carbon reductions. Community Interest Corporations (CIC) are a unique form of private incorporation that operate between the 100% for-profit and the non-profit world.
The co-founders of PACE Atlantic were the originators of PACE in Canada in 2010. We have built the most experienced PACE team in the country. With more than eight program launches, in multiple provinces, and over $30M in program activity, we have the experience to help make your launch easy.
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Management and Administration
Julian is a pioneer in the field of PACE. During his 12 year tenure as Manager Strategic Energy Policy and Initiatives with Halifax Regional Municipality, he led the design and implementation of Canada’s first PACE program – Halifax Solar City. Julian is a professional engineer with over 25 years experience in energy efficiency and has successfully completed over $300M in residential and commercial projects. He wants to retire 100 million tons of CO2 emissions before he retires.
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. As Energy Manager for Killam Apartment REIT in Halifax he led Killam’s energy efficiency programs on 15 million ft2 of multi-unit residential property. He grew the program significantly across Canada over five years, reducing emissions by over 20% within the first 2 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.
Andrew is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s electrical engineering program. As a co-op student 12 years ago, he worked on Halifax’s Solar City program, which has helped thousands of homeowners to finance and install solar panels on their homes. He also gained experience programming field programmable gate arrays for communications applications. Before starting at PACE Atlantic, Andrew worked as a graduate student at McGill University, where his research was on detecting mitotic figures in breast cancer tissue using machine learning. As a data analyst, Andrew is working on the modelling and prediction of energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions for home retrofit projects as well as developing the company’s database and analytics.
Sean graduated in 2022 from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics and Statistics. During his time at Acadia, he was able to refine his analytical skills and is always looking forward to putting them to use. He is passionate about solving real-world problems and seeing the positive impacts it can create, especially within the dynamic and exciting areas of helping build low-carbon communities. When he is not in the office, he enjoys getting out in the community and partaking in sporting events such as recreational hockey and badminton.
Mohamed Ould Ramoul
Mohamed is an accounting graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Medea in Algeria, he is bilingual and he has more than ten years of experience in accounting and finance management. During his 8 years being part of Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co, Ltd., he led the accounting team successfully to run and manage over $1.3 B US Dollars budget building the first-ever green city in Algeria, Boughezoul New Town Project. Mohamed is passionate about the environment and sustainable development, as he volunteered and encouraged people to plant trees in Algeria, transitioning to clean energy, reducing carbon and saving the environment for future generations.
Kaden is a recent graduate of NSCC’s Business Program with a major in Marketing. Since graduating Kaden has worked closely within the Halifax music industry Marketing for upcoming pop stars Atay & Jax. He also used this time to work freelance Marketing jobs within his childhood hometown of Lunenburg. Kaden is very excited to use his creativity, passion and work ethic to help build a strong network of sustainable municipalities within Atlantic Canada.
Energy Concierge Manager
Jordan is a Bachelor of Science graduate from Dalhousie University, where she received the 2020 Environmental Studies award. Her degree focused heavily upon Environmental Science and Economics. She also received a certificate in Indigenous Studies from the University. As a summer student, Jordan spent time working with JD Irving as a quality control analyst where she developed her data management and analytical skills. Jordan also has a passion for developing the growth of female hockey and is a part-time volunteer coach. As Energy Concierge Manager, Jordan is excited to help eager homeowners maximize their economic savings and minimize their carbon footprint through energy upgrades!
Zoë Cromwell graduated in 2019 from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in Environmental Sustainability and Society, and Theatre. She is passionate about removing barriers for vulnerable communities to access resources to improve quality of life and, ultimately, create an equitable, hopeful future for generations to come. She is thrilled to team up with PACE Atlantic to help communities in the Atlantic provinces access renewable energy and decrease carbon emissions.
Sarah (She/Her) is a recent graduate from Dalhousie university where she obtained a degree in the fields of environmental science, sustainability, and economics. She has experience working with non-profit and government sectors, having worked in both the communications and research side of the clean energy industry. Through her time with the department of energy and mines in their renewables division, Sarah not only has a passion, but experience working in clean energy and energy efficiency. Sarah is looking forward to using her experiences to bring municipalities across the Maritimes reliable and sustainable low carbon energy solutions.
Energy Concierge Summer Student
Anirudh graduated from Acadia in 2022 with a Bachelor of Applied Science. During his time at Acadia, he was able to work on multiple projects such as upgrading a previously made wind tunnel and creating biodegradable plastic. Currently he is a student at Dalhousie University and is completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering. When he is not studying or working, Anirudh enjoys photography and tennis. After graduation, he would like to work in a field of sustainable solutions, like energy optimization.
Thais Serpa Chaves
Energy Concierge Summer Student
Thais is currently attending Saint Mary’s University, she intends to graduate with a major in Chemistry. During her lifetime, Thais has demonstrated a passion for pursuing knowledge. She showcased her passion for environmental chemistry through multiple award-winning projects, which includes being part of her High School’s environmental club, receiving a local environmental scholarship, communicating with municipalities to develop electrical upgrade projects, etc. In her spare time, Thais likes to learn about technology and software development. Thais looks forward to working with Pace Atlantic and homeowners to help them decrease their carbon footprint by moving towards more energy efficient systems.
Board Of Directors
Robert Patzelt is an experienced and successful commercial corporate lawyer with extensive senior corporate experience. He chairs the Investment Committee for the Worker’s Compensation Board of Nova Scotia’s $1.8B fund and was recognized with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to Scouts Canada. When not dealing with Board governance issues, Rob enjoys the fresh air outside the board room camping in the winter with Scouts Canada.
John is a prominent real estate developer in Halifax committed to a legacy of green development. The Lindsay legacy 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 Harbor, inspiring Enwave’s Deep Lake Water District Energy System. John’s entrepreneurial spirit is embedded within the fabric of Halifax life.