ACTia Staff

Jason Switzer

Jason Switzer

Executive Director, ACTia
(VP Growth and Capital | Foresight)

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Jason Switzer joined ACTia as Executive Director in April 2016, after over 15 years in international development and corporate environmental management with positions including leading the Pembina Institute’s national sustainability consulting team, and championing environmental excellence and greenhouse gas leadership at Cenovus Energy Inc. and Shell Canada’s Oil Sands.  Prior to this Jason provided consulting to a range of conservation and development agencies on natural resource-intensive business in conflict zones. Today, Jason is vice chair of the Clean Resources Innovation Network, a founding director at Biological Carbon Canada, and a member of the CSA Committee on Transition and Sustainable Finance.  Jason holds master’s degrees in environmental engineering and in public policy from MIT and is a Harvard-trained environmental mediator, a Clean 50 recipient, an alumnus of Leadership Calgary, and a fellow at the World Commission on Dams. 

Sydney Kjellander

Managing Director, ACTia
(Director, Alberta | Foresight)

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Sydney Kjellander is dedicated to supporting the growth of Alberta’s Clean Tech Sector through her role as the Managing Director of ACTia.  A keen strategist and collaborator, she leads the operations team at ACTia and is known for the development of their highly successful deal-flow events that have generated over $18 million in potential deal flow for Alberta’s cleantech ventures.  She has worked globally across multiple sectors and has a hands-on and diverse background – from field research in the Arctic, to business management and contaminated sites consulting.  She was the project leader of the popular Alberta Cleantech Ecosystem Map, which provides a clear path for investors to discover Alberta’s cleantech opportunities, and for startup companies to access funding and navigate industry resources.  She is a Fellow of the Energy Futures Lab, where she supports the Hydrogen and Lithium initiatives.

Sydney has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and a BA in Geography, both from the University of British Columbia.  

Amanda Lo

Lead – External, ACTia
(Program Manager, Prairies | Foresight)

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Amanda Lo is Lead, External, at ACTia where she works towards making Alberta a global leader in Clean Tech. She manages ACTia’s day-to-day operations, including member correspondences, monthly events, and marketing.  Amanda has a BSc in Geophysics from UofC, providing a strong technical understanding of, and appreciation for, the Clean Tech startups she supports.  Her marketing and operations skills were cultivated through her prior role as the VP of Events and Marketing for the Heart of the City – a non-profit piano program focused on providing music lessons to underprivileged youth. In early 2020, she was selected to participate in the 2020 Leading Change Forum in Vancouver – a program for young professionals with the common vision to achieve a more sustainable future.  

Andrea Bravo

Analyst – Cleantech, ACTia
(Analyst, Policy & Special Projects | Foresight)

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Andrea is a collaboration and communication-driven individual specializing in environmental and agricultural economics and policy. Andrea has worked in environmental sustainability since 2017 and has demonstrated experience in research, data analysis, event and project coordination and non-profit administration. Prior to joining ACTia in Calgary, Andrea worked at Ontario Agri-Food Technologies as Communication Coordinator. Andrea graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a major in environmental economics and policy.  

ACTia Board Executive

Russel Matichuk

Russel Matichuk

Chair

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Rus is the CEO of Gerard Developments Ltd. which owns and manages ten hotels in Alberta and BC and has a number of other investments including Grove RV, Solaris Equestrian, plus other properties and business interests in the Edmonton area, Jasper, Canmore, and Valemount, BC.

Rus has played key roles in launching and growing a number of financially oriented or industry focused associations or initiatives in Alberta, including ACTia, Deal Generator, VenturePrize, Banff Venture Forum, and InfoTech Alberta. Rus continues to be active as a board member or volunteer with both private and public organizations and brings 30 years of management experience in different industries.

Rus holds a B.Ed. Business with Distinction from the University of Alberta.

Matt McCulloch

Matt McCulloch

Vice Chair

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Matt oversees the Greenhouse Gas Environmental Priority Area at COSIA, leading effective collaboration efforts to advance progress on all GHG mitigation and cost reduction technologies and best practices. Working closely with senior technology leads of all COSIA members, he helps to design and deliver on a collective strategy to dramatically reduce costs and GHG emissions in the oil sands.