Our Team

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Carolyn Martin, President & Chief Executive Officer

With over 15 years of leadership and management experience in Alberta’s energy and technology sectors, Carolyn has had much success in bringing innovation to industries such as renewable energy technologies, emergency preparedness, and disaster notification. Prior to founding Sponsor Energy, she served as President of one of the largest member organizations for Renewable Energy professionals in North America and has previously excelled as VP Business Development in a number of energy and energy technology companies.

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Kelly Gunsch, Chief Operating Officer 

Kelly is an energy industry executive with 20 years of experience in the power industry spanning shareholder-owned corporations, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. She has a strong track record in electricity markets, commercial operations, portfolio management, business and corporate development serving as Vice-President of Market Services for the Alberta Electric System Operator, Chief Strategy Officer for the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Vice-President of Commercial Operations at TransAlta. In her spare time, Kelly competitively shows her five Great Danes in conformation, obedience and rally-obedience. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Economics from the University of Calgary.

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Marvin Waiand, Chief Financial Officer

Marvin brings with him over 35 years of power and industrial industry experience within Canada and overseas. His previous roles have included Chief Financial Officer of TransAlta New Zealand, Vice President and Treasurer of TransAlta Corporation and Vice President of Stanley Power Incorporated. His expertise is in financial reporting, valuations, capital markets, taxation, risk management, cross border financing and corporate development. Marvin obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Alberta and acquired his Executive MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

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Dan Brownsberger, Community Development Manager

With 8 years in the energy sector, Dan excels at working with various industries helping them to understand the complexities of energy management. Dan grew up in Calgary and is a strong proponent of volunteerism, having spent 30 years with the 92nd Group – a Scouting Program for the developmentally disabled, where he was awarded the Scouts Canada Medal of Merit. Dan enjoys getting out in the mountains to hike and mountain bike and is looking forward to managing the ongoing relationship with Sponsor Energy’s Community Partners.

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Janelle Jenkinson, Controller

A Chartered Accountant with nearly 10 years experience Janelle’s passion is working with entrepreneurial organizations to ensure financial accountability and organization efficiency. Janelle articled with Ernst & Young LLP where she focused on retail, energy, technology and not-for-profit clients. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2013 she held the position of Controller at the Calgary Homeless Foundation where she was responsible for financial reporting, compliance and internal controls.

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Kathryn Lundy, Special Projects Manager

Kathryn has over 30 years of experience in the Canadian and Caribbean energy and environmental sectors. She specializes in corporate management, regulatory interpretation, and strategic business development, including divestment and acquisitions. Kathryn’s focus at Sponsor Energy is on campaign management, First Nations consultations and eliminating energy poverty.

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Nicole Kiefuik, Director of Commercial Sales

With a sales and business development career that spans over 15 years in advertising, oil and gas, construction and agriculture, Nicole’s success is attributed to a strong focus on client service and satisfaction. She is motivated by lasting business relationships and driven to provide innovative solutions that meet and exceed client needs. Nicole’s work with Sponsor Energy aligns closely with her personal commitment of giving back to the community.

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Stephanie Shaver, Partnerships and Technology Manager

Stephanie has over 8 years of experience managing projects and client relationships in a range of fast-pace industries, including high tech startups, fashion, and engineering. Her passion is in leading new initiatives and developing processes and controls to ensure the smooth running of projects. Outside of the office, she remains focused on the community experience as an active volunteer, leading technology initiatives for CARE Calgary’s Walk In Her Shoes campaign, raising funds for women and girls in poverty, and a variety of other great organizations (Beakerhead, 100 Women Who Care Calgary, and Calgary Mini MakerFare).

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Micheal McOuat, Customer Data Analyst

Micheal has a Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Calgary and has worked as a data analyst and customer support for a not-for-profit counselling agency before becoming a caseworker with the Alpha House Society. Working with vulnerable populations that struggled with mental health and recurring homelessness, he assisted clients in strengthening basic skills and connected them to community resources. Micheal has been an advocate of mental health from a young age and is excited to be working for a company that supports numerous local agencies. Born and raised in Northern Alberta, he enjoys the outdoors and is proud of his Metis heritage.

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Rochelle Bunbury, Customer Care Specialist

Rochelle brings with her 6 years of Office Administration experience to the Sponsor Energy Team! Working in various industries from Interior Design and Architecture to Construction, Rochelle has always focused on understanding all her client’s needs to deliver exceptional customer service. She grew up in Caster Alberta and in her spare time, Rochelle loves to bake, hit the gym and retreat to the mountains whenever possible.

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Andreas Souvaliotis, Advisory Board  Renowned social entrepreneur and author of highly acclaimed memoir ‘Misfit: Changemaker With an Edge’, Andreas was the founder and CEO of Green Rewards which was later transformed into AIR MILES for Social Change.   He is the Founder and executive chairman of Social Change Rewards, a new global venture in the space of responsible incentives. He serves as the National Education Chair for Young Presidents’ Organization in Canada; chairs the national advisory committee on climate change for WWF Canada; and also chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Responsible Leadership at Queen’s School of Business.