Meet the Team
Joe Mulhall brings to this role over 45 years of experience in the energy sector beginning with the completion of an apprenticeship program in the trade of Electrician. For Joe, lifelong learning and applied knowledge go hand and hand. After receiving an Honours Degree in Labour Studies Joe went on to build the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers (CUSW) where he served as President for almost 20 years. Joe has also held the role of Trustee and Administrator of Union Trust Funds, served on Boards and Advisory committees at the College and University level and served a term as Chair of the Board at the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.
Most of Joe’s working life has been spent working in and/or studying the energy sector. Joe has been directly involved in building the responses to the changing work environment both through the introduction of business models and by embracing new technologies. Understanding the direct relationship between successful businesses and the workforce has provided a model for successful transitions to new career opportunities. Joe is passionate about exploring the changes of skills necessary for workers to participate in the evolving workplace and in creating Sustainable Industries that are emerging around Canada and across the globe.
Joe has been a part of building the vision of SMARTNet Alliance from the very beginning. The concept of assisting sustainable energy entrepreneurs through providing direction and the creation of the Entrepreneurs’ Club open to anyone with a small business interested in educating themselves with excellent assistance and support: to working with members of local Ontario communities, as well as CUSW, as well as working in various sustainable capacities, including Project Management and Construction, Installation and Community Power projects are all part of a model for building a better future.
Nick is an experienced and passionate changemaker who has been working for the past several years with nonprofit and community-based organizations to help them deliver dynamic events and campaigns around the country. His passion for renewable energy and all things green comes from a deeply rooted love of nature and the environment gained at youth. Recent positions have included a stint as Resource Manager for the Capital Velo Fest, one of Ottawa’s largest bicycling festivals. The Push For Change is another campaign Nick was instrumental in, coordinating a major event in Toronto where thousands of people gathered at Yonge and Dundas Square to celebrate.
Most recently, Nick has been the Program Director for Green Energy Doors Open, one of the countries largest renewable energy public literacy campaigns. He was instrumental in coordinating with local hosts to ensure a smooth delivery of the program. Nick was key in recruiting new sites and locations in the push for this year’s campaign. Nick worked tirelessly on the ground for the campaign appearing at hosts sites and events that included a launch event at The Ontario Trade and Investment Centre, a tour of Steamwhistle’s famous Eco Friendly Roundhouse in downtown Toronto, and the Energy Showcase at the Horticulture Building in Ottawa’s Landsdowne Park.
Nick is excited about the future of sustainable energy and a decentralized energy system. He looks forward to diving head first into many of Ottawa’s Sustainable initiatives and is excited to help build the SMARTNet Alliance into a thriving ecosystem of actively engaged members helping to advance Canada’s sustainable economy.
We are a small but mighty team, effecting change on a local level and working towards a more sustainable future that we can all build together.