Connie holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta and brings 20 years of experience from the IT/computer programming sectors to her work at GGI. She founded Growing Greener Innovations in 2014 with a desire to create a better generator–silent, no fumes, no carbon emissions. Upon developing the patented GRENGINE™ rechargeable and stackable battery generator, she expanded into energy storage and smart battery management systems. In six years, GGI has grown to be one of Canada’s top battery manufacturers and BESS design companies.
Connie is on the steering committee of NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation, has been named to the Globe and Mail’s 50 Top Changemakers list of 2021 and received Global Woman of Vision and World Changing Women awards. She won The Forum’s Odlum Brown 2020/2021 Award and is a frequent speaker at clean technology, energy and women in tech events. GGI has recently been awarded a U.S. Defense Innovation Award, CGLCC Business of the Year award, and a CANIEs Product Innovation Award.
Taizeel Adatia, CPA.CA, is a senior executive consultant who focuses on assisting companies to achieve operational and financial excellence.
Taizeel achieved her CA designation in Edmonton in 2007, her Masters in Professional Accounting (MPAcc) from the University of Saskatchewan in 2006, and her Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting from the University of Alberta in 2004.
During her career, Taizeel has held various senior finance roles and has supported a variety of organizations in a variety of industries, ranging from energy and utilities to real estate and construction. Taizeel has also held various board positions for local not-for-profits and currently volunteers as a financial advisor with the University of Alberta’s Threshold Impact Venture Mentoring Service.
Taizeel’s broad range of experience includes professional expertise in people management, financial excellence, performance management, operational efficiency, change management and internal controls. This expertise gives her great perspective in understanding and managing a company’s current and future challenges in order to provide practical solutions and achieve positive results.
Shelley is an experienced sales, marketing and communications executive who has held leadership positions at award-winning Canadian advertising agencies and has worked with brands and organizations such as Ford of Canada, Cervus Equipment, CCEMC (ERA), Alberta Innovates and Government of Alberta. Client side, she has served as an associate director of marketing for the University of Alberta.
Shelley has a diverse skill set and has been recognized for her business acumen as demonstrated in supporting several start-ups to reach growth targets and acquire leading positions in their markets. She has served as a board member for several arts and LGBTQ2+ organizations over the years and mentors upcoming writers and marketers.