Meet the Board

The Centre for Community Energy Transformation (CCET) is a registered nonprofit. The Board was created in early 2022 and is responsible for providing strategic direction, vision and oversight of CCET.

Peter Love – Chair

Peter has been an active leader in energy and environmental policy for over 40 years. He currently teaches a university course in energy policy and is updating his free online university textbook on energy efficiency policy and programs. He has co-founded and managed both for-profit energy service companies as well as not-for-profit energy policy advocacy groups. Previous roles have included Chief Energy Conservation Officer of Ontario and member of the team at Pollution Probe in the 70’s that developed the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. He currently provides strategic and policy advice and serves on several corporate and not-for-profit boards.

He notes, “I am honoured to have been selected to be part of the Centre for Community Energy Transformation Board as I have had the pleasure of working with a few leading civic leaders and energy utilities from this area who I greatly respect. I look forward to working with the other members of the Transitional Board to make sure we get this exciting new initiative off to a great start”.

Diya Gill

Diya Gill has over 20 years’ experience and understanding of not-for-profit organizations, including working with boards. With a past in urban and regional planning studies, Diya brings a good understanding of the complex challenges of climate based action plans, and the community solutions needed to effect long term transformative change.

Diya currently works as a program manager with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a national not-for-profit organization, where she manages the operations of various educational and professional programs to public sector leaders across the country. At a personal level, Diya is a volunteer peer health coach with Cancer Society, an ardent crafter and a strong advocate of individual, organizational and community based action for sustainability.

David Laing – Secretary

David is a retired project manager, management consultant and LEED accredited professional. A long-time Brampton resident, David has been involved in many environmental advocacy initiatives over the past decade aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and improving Brampton’s environmental resiliency. He is an executive member of Sierra Club’s Ontario Peel Chapter, a David Suzuki Foundation Elder, President of the Brampton Environmental Alliance, and Chair of BikeBrampton, a local group advocating for safe and sustainable transportation choices in Brampton and Peel Region. In 2017, David led a BikeBrampton initiative, creating the Brampton Bike Hub to encourage Brampton residents to leave their cars at home and use bicycles for short distance journeys instead.

Hassaan Khan – Vice Chair

Hassaan Khan, P.Eng., MBA, is the Area General Manager for the Performance Infrastructure business for Johnson Controls Canada, which is primarily responsible for energy performance contracting endeavours. Over the course of his 22-year career, Hassaan’s focus has been on advocacy, promotion and delivery of financial infrastructure solutions for achieving energy efficiency and carbon reduction in an economically sustainable manner. Hassaan’s current and recent activities include: active board member of ESAC (Energy Services Association of Canada), served on the advisory committee of the CIB’s (Canada Infrastructure Bank) Commercial Buildings Retrofits Initiative in the winter of 2020-2021, served as Co-Chair of the City of Brampton’s CEERP (Community Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan) steering committee. Hassaan holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Bachelors of Applied Science (BASc) in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of Toronto. Hassaan is a resident of Brampton since 2017.

Herb Sinnock

Herb is the Director, Sustainability at Sheridan College and is responsible for corporate sustainability vision, strategy, and culture, including implementation of Mission Zero, the institution’s ambitious plan to reduce energy consumption, waste to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions. Herb is an energy engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience working in commercial/industrial energy assessment, project management, teaching and product development. He is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Certified Measurement & Verification Professional, Certified Building Commissioning Professional and WELL Accredited Professional. Herb holds the US Patent for the Distributed Energy Neural Network Integration System, is a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Member of ASHRAE. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. form the University of Waterloo in Sustainability Management.

Herb’s passion is driving transformational change throughout organizations of all scale and scope, with a focus to realizing a livable future for all species on earth. To this end, he has founded two research and development companies to innovate and commercialize energy and environmental technologies. He is an early pioneer of smart grids with a patent to his name and credit on global standards for distributed energy systems. He was a key sponsor of community energy planning projects in the Town of Oakville and City of Brampton. For a decade he was a member of Burlington’s Sustainable Development Committee and served as Chair of the committee for two years. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Halton Environmental Network.

Vince Thomas

Vincent Thomas brings over 20 years of work experience in energy efficiency, energy management, and renewables to the CCET board . Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, Vincent has held positions with ABB and GE as an application engineer, product manager and marketing director.

Vincent currently works as global marketing leader for Westinghouse Electric driving sales and business development efforts for zero-emission nuclear new builds in Canada and around the world. Vincent is excited for the opportunity to work with CCET’s board members and staff to provide guidance and recommendations for how to amplify messaging and drive adoption in CCET’s programs.

Sukhminder Purba – Treasurer

Sukhminder Purba has over 15 years’ experience and knowledge of the energy industry, including 6 years dedicated to achieving net zero carbon footprint. Holding a Bachelor’s specialized in Accounting from York University and a Certified Management Accounting (CMA/CPA) designation, Sukhminder has held several progressive financial, operational and commercial positions at Enbridge, supporting the energy transition. His background includes commercial contracting, governance, risk management and financial discipline, in addition to board experience interacting with C-Suite and other senior-level management and Board of Directors.
Sukhminder currently works as the Director of Asset Management for Enbridge Renewable Power division, supporting North America’s path to achieving climate action plans. As a lifelong resident of Brampton, raising a family of 3 beautiful children, Sukhminder is excited to have been selected to be part of the Centre for Community Energy Transformation Board to introduce change and provide for a sustainable future for young children alike. He looks forward to collaborating with the other board members to establish CCET as a not-for-profit organization and deliver on its mandate.

Board of Directors Minutes here

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Free or Low Cost Income-Qualified Programs

Federal Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program

Eligible Canadian homeowners can receive a payment of up to $10,000 to switch from oil heating to a new energy-efficient heat pump.

Eligibility:

  • Home is heated by oil
  • Household income is at or below the median household after-tax income level

Eligible measures:

  • Necessary electrical and mechanical upgrades to the home for a new heat pump system
  • Installation of outdoor piping loops for ground source heat pump
  • Safe removal of oil tank
  • Installation of backup electrical heating (as required)
  • Switching over other oil-using household systems, such as a water heater (where necessary)

100% Free Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps

Save on Energy—through its Energy Affordability Program—is offering free cold climate air source heat pumps to qualifying Ontario households living in electrically heated homes. The program provides a two-year free maintenance warranty and a 10-year equipment and labour warranty—qualifying households may also be eligible for other free energy efficiency upgrades offered through the Energy Affordability Program, including professionally installed replacement appliances, such as ENERGY STAR® refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, and lighting; weatherstripping around doors and windows; attic and basement insulation; and smart thermostats and power strips.

Home Winterproofing Program (HWP) | Enbridge Gas

Enbridge’s Home Winterproofing Program and the Energy Affordability Program are streamlined into one application process to offer free home energy upgrades. If your home and household income levels qualify, you’ll be eligible for free insulation, draft proofing, a smart thermostat, Energy Star® appliances and more. CLEAResult is the authorized delivery partner for IESO’s Energy Affordability Program and Enbridge’s Home Winterproofing Program. CCET is a community distribution partner with CLEAResult. Contact us to receive a free Energy Saving Kit.

Hydro One Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) pays up to $1,000 of the amount owing on your bill (and up to $1,200 if your home is electrically heated).

Save on Energy – Energy Affordability Program

The Energy Affordability Program, a program of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), provides expert advice and energy-saving home upgrades completely free of charge for income-eligible households.

If you are responsible for paying your monthly electricity bill as a homeowner or as a renter, then you may qualify for this program. The type of support provided will depend on your household income level from the previous year and how many people live in your home, or on your receipt of a qualifying government or energy-support benefit. Residents of social housing may also be eligible.

Two Types of Support:

Ontario Electricity Support Program

The OESP is an Ontario Energy Board (OEB) program that lowers electricity bills for lower-income households. The OESP provides a monthly credit to eligible customers based on household income and household size. The OESP credits are applied directly to eligible customers’ bills.The OESP on-bill credit amount will depend on how many people live in the house and the combined household income after tax

If you are a customer of an electricity utility and in a lower-income home, you may qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill. Learn more here.

 

Rebates & Incentives

Hydro One- Ontario Electricity Rebate

The Ontario Electricity Rebate (“OER”) provides eligible customers with a 19.3% reduction on the amount of their bill before HST (O. Reg 363/16), as of November 1, 2023.

The following customers are automatically eligible for the OER and do not need to complete the self-declaration form.You will see "Ontario Electricity Rebate” and an amount that is subtracted from your electricity bill:

  • Residential and Small Commercial customers (billed under a Residential or General Service Energy rate class) using less than 50 kW.
  • Commercial accounts that are greater than 50 kW but use less than 250,000 kWh annually.

Enbridge Fixed Incentive Program

Fixed Incentive Program makes it easy to offset the cost of upgrading to energy-efficient natural gas technology. Working with you at every step, our Energy Solutions Advisor will help you identify opportunities, quantify potential savings and provide incentives to offset the cost of upgrading to high efficiency equipment.

Enbridge Business Programs and Incentives

From energy efficiency upgrades to new construction, Enbridge offers rebates and incentives for equipment upgrades, new construction, retrofits and energy assessments.

Loans & Financing

We're updating financing options frequently, so check back about more opportunities that may arise.

Canada Greener Homes Loan

Canada Greener Homes Loan | CMHC (cmCnaahc-schl.gc.ca) (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. site)The Canada Greener Homes Loan program offers up to $40,000 in interest free loans for terms up to 10 years. See more details about eligible retrofits and how to apply at the Natural Resource Canada site.

Clean Energy Loan – The RBC Energy Saver Loan is available for RBC customers from coast-to-coast when purchasing hybrid cars, ENERGY STAR appliances, renewable energy projects, and more. You can choose between a 1% interest rate reduction or a $100 rebate on a clean energy audit with your loan.

Mortgage Insurance Loan Rebate – If you’re using a mortgage to buy a certified green home (R-2000, ENERGY STAR, Built Green, LEED, etc), then take advantage of the 25% mortgage loan insurance rebate offered by CMHC, Sagen, and Canada Guaranty.

Canada Green Affordable Housing Program – The Canada Green Affordable Housing Program Homeowners meeting the applicable affordability criteria are eligible to receive funding for retrofits, but must first apply for funding and carry out pre-retrofit activities (such as energy audits and energy modeling studies). CMHC will fund up to 100% of eligible retrofit costs to a maximum of $170,000 per unit; forgivable loans will be either $85,000 per unit or 80% of eligible costs

Steps to Consider

  • Show your banker that you’ve done your homework
  • Seek out other loan and grant sources

Save on Energy – Energy Affordability Program

The Energy Affordability Program, a program of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), provides expert advice and energy-saving home upgrades completely free of charge for income-eligible households.

If you are responsible for paying your monthly electricity bill as a homeowner or as a renter, then you may qualify for this program. The type of support provided will depend on your household income level from the previous year and how many people live in your home, or on your receipt of a qualifying government or energy-support benefit. Residents of social housing may also be eligible.

Two Types of Support:

Enbridge Home Winterproofing Program

Enbridge’s Home Winterproofing Program and the Energy Affordability Program (see Save On Energy) are streamlined into one application process to offer FREE home energy upgrades. If your home and household income levels qualify, you’ll be eligible for free insulation, draft proofing, a smart thermostat, Energy Star® appliances and more. CLEAResult is the authorized delivery partner for IESO’s Energy Affordability Program and Enbridge’s Home Winterproofing Program. CCET is a community distribution partner with CLEAResult.

Federal Programs

Currently paused, but if you are an existing applicant and applied before the program was delivered through Enbridge’s Home Efficiency Rebate Plus program (i.e. you applied before January 4, 2023), then you can continue to use the Canada Greener Homes Portal for updates.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. Offers up to $40,000 in interest free loans for terms up to 10 years

  • Federal Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program

Eligible Canadian homeowners can receive a payment of up to $10,000 to switch from oil heating to a new energy-efficient heat pump.

Eligibility:

  • Home is heated by oil
  • Household income is at or below the median household after-tax income level

Eligible measures:

  • Necessary electrical and mechanical upgrades to the home for a new heat pump system
  • Installation of outdoor piping loops for ground source heat pump
  • Safe removal of oil tank
  • Installation of backup electrical heating (as required)
  • Switching over other oil-using household systems, such as a water heater (where necessary)

 

 

More DIY Tips

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Water Heater

We all need a warm blanket on cold days. Your water heater is no different, especially if it's an older model and is located in a cold area of the house, or basement. Water heater blankets are inexpensive($30-$40) and the cost saving are worth it.

Curtains

Your curtains can be more than a pretty window covering. If you  have curtains made from a heavy fabric it can cut down on cold, drafty air coming in your windows.

Light Bulbs

Changing a light bulb is no joke! If you switch to LED light bulbs, they last for as much as 100,000 hours, or up to 14 years and the energy savings can be significant. No more light bulb jokes when it can save you a few hundred dollars a year if you switch to all LED lighting.

COLD AIR

  • Cold air comes in the home from unexpected places
  • Electrical outlets on outside walls are small places where cold air enters. An inexpensive foam insulator will stop the drafts.
  • Weather stripping is an easy way to stop cold air from entering and warm air from leaving your house.

AIR FILTERS

  • Replace all furnace filters regularly per manufacturer's recommendation. Your furnace will have to work harder with dirty filters.
  • Hot water radiators need bleeding at least once or twice a year to work efficiently. Here's a handy video to guide you.
  • Oil furnaces need annual maintenance. Natural gas and propane furnaces need servicing every two years.
  • Keep the heat flowing and don't block vents and air grills with objects or furniture