About the REFOCUS Program

The Core Team

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Randy Sa’d, Founder & Executive Director  

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Randy Sa’d has worked as a Management Consultant since beginning his career, spending time with both multi-national and boutique firms.  In 2007, Randy started his own consultancy and has successfully completed projects for a range of corporate and non-profit clients. More recently, Randy has developed a highly integrated relationship with Harbourfront Centre that involves him leading an innovative sustainability program on behalf of the organization.  

Through his work at Harbourfront Centre, Randy founded REFOCUS, a ground-breaking educational program and social enterprise, designed to enable organizations to develop sustainability programs that can actually strengthen the bottom line.   Based on this model, he is also coordinating the development and implementation of a campus-wide sustainability program at Ryerson University. 

Randy actively serves a variety of non-profit organizations in a leadership capacity.  He is currently acting President of Floorball Canada, Co-Chair of the Climate Action Waterloo Region Leadership Committee and a member the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario

Randy graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Rotman School of Management where for seven years he acted as Chair of the Alumni Association.


 Joel Hilchey, Director of Education  

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Joel Hilchey teaches sustainability at McMaster University, and he speaks at events across North America about leadership, success, and what holds people back.  You’ll probably remember him as the speaker who plays with mousetraps, but his real skill is helping people change the world. 

As a leadership expert, Joel is an author, educator, and the founder of the Beanstalk Project – a youth leadership development company.  In the professional world, Joel is often hired as a keynote speaker on topics of personal leadership, learning, success, and creativity.  Within education specifically, Joel helps students and teachers build creative, caring, successful communities. 

With a master’s degree in environmental engineering, Joel is an experienced problem solver, but his career has been primarily as an educator, and he’s known for his hilarious, interactive, and memorable presentations.  He has been instrumental in redesigning three courses at McMaster, a training program and guidebook to help organizations develop sustainability programs, and many other seminars and presentations on creativity and leadership.  He continues to be an in-demand educational consultant.

You can find his illustrated book, The Time to Climb, watch his TEDx Talk, The Rise of Entitlementality, get his monthly article, and learn more at www.joelhilchey.com.


Pavel Graymason, Director of Marketing & Communications

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Pavel Graymason has served as Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Toronto and before that as Sustainability Engagement Coordinator for York University. Pavel earned a Master of Environmental Studies from York University, class of 2007, with foci in Environmental Philosophy and Business and the Environment.

Much of Pavel’s work in this field has comprised of communications and marketing responsibilities, inclusive of his efforts in support of REFOCUS. That is because the barrier to people further engaging with sustainability is rarely a simple lack of knowledge; rather, finding new and surprising ways to participate in actionable dialogue with communities and stakeholders has emerged as a core capacity of today’s sustainability professional.

In 2013, Pavel received an Ontario Minister of the Environment’s Award for Environmental Excellence, for a community driven energy conservation program he created on behalf of York University. He has also provided sustainability leadership training to undergraduates, coordinated volunteers in several capacities, chaired several boards and committees, and served on the board of directors for the Ontario University and College Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP).


 

 Ian Garrett, Director of Research 

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Ian Garrett is a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. Ian is the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), and is an Assistant Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University.

Ian’s writing include the monograph Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for the Americans for the Arts’s New Community Visions Initiative; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production, published in Readings in Performance and Ecology,  and the paper Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. He chaired the conferences Sustainability in Theatre and Staging Sustainability, 2014, and served as sustainability programme coordinator for World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales. He has spoken on arts and the environment,  at conferences hosted by St. Louis University, Brown University, Live Design International, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), DanceUSA, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Americans for the Arts, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


 

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