Ambassadors and Speakers Bureau
The CABA Ambassadors and Speakers Bureau brings together leading industry professionals able to speak at CABA-endorsed conferences. The initiative helps provide a wealth of expertise to events in the “intelligent buildings, connected homes, IoT and smart cities” sector each year and continues to grow. Some of the current members of the CABA Ambassadors and Speakers Bureau are listed below with their bios; contact us for information on how to join.
Also, if you are an event organizer and are interested in having a CABA-affiliated speaker participate, please contact us at 613.686.1814 or caba [(at)] caba [(dot)] org. Your event can be included in the CABA Events Calendar. We periodically send a selection of these events to our “ambassadors and speakers” contacts, notifying them that there are several upcoming events that are looking for qualified speakers.
As an executive, industrial designer, entrepreneur and troublemaker Brandy has worked with leading designers, businesses, institutions & governments to excite them about creating, living, working, and thriving in healthy sustainable buildings.
Brandy is always eager to share her knowledge and experience, presenting to numerous audiences throughout North America. She is an engaging and entertaining speaker and is known for her ability to communicate challenging topics in a way that breaks down barriers to sustainability and gets people excited for change.
Prior to Parity, James spent the vast majority of his career at Bright Power where he most recently held the position of Chief Customer Officer. During his ten years at Bright Power, James played a central role in the company’s transformation from a local energy consulting firm into one of the nation’s leading energy management companies.
James holds B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
In this position, he has full accountability for the Americas commercial organization of smart building solutions including Sales, Marketing, project management & customer support. Michael’s task is to accelerate the development of growth activities for smart building solutions offering a full value proposition to our partners and customers focusing on creating new digital business models utilizing the entire ABB offering in buildings. He is also focused on increasing organizational capabilities, enhancing the customer experience and driving ABB expansion plans in new markets, delivering sustainable & profitable growth.
Michael joined ABB in 2007 and he has held various managerial positions within the ABB organization and has worked for ABB in various countries around the world. He has substantially grown the building automation business and he has an incredible track record of great success and growth in all his 14 years of career.
His previous experience includes roles as Global Head of Marketing & Sales, regional Marketing & Sales Manager for Asia, Middle East & Africa , Head of Regions (Germany).
He joined ABB shortly after graduating and has worked in high voltage products, medium voltage switchgear and apparatus, and low voltage products.
He holds an Engineering degree in Electronics & Communication.
While overseeing Parity's sales team and revenue growth (including new business partnerships and Parity’s strategic US expansion), Mike works tirelessly to help multifamily properties across North America harness the power of human and machine learning technology to eliminate energy waste and reduce their carbon footprint - all with guaranteed energy savings and no upfront costs. With his ongoing efforts, Parity is quickly becoming the premier North American software solution in the energy management cleantech space.
Previous to Parity, from 2015 to 2019, Mike led Toronto Hydro's multi-family and commercial energy conservation strategy, managing a team of engineers, energy managers and efficiency sales professionals that helped building owners and managers reduce operating costs. Prior to this he managed the low-income conservation program, which undertook efficiency upgrades in more than 12,000 homes from 2011 to 2014.
From 2005 to 2011, Mike was a Senior Environmental Planner for the City of Toronto where he helped to develop and implement the City’s green roof policies, green building standards, Climate Change Plan and Sustainable Energy Strategy.
Mike is a Certified Energy Manager with a Master of Urban Planning Degree from McGill University and a combined Honours BA in Philosophy and Economics from McMaster University.
He co-founded Parity Inc. (Parity) in an effort to bring attention to the amount of energy waste he saw in the building that he lived in.
Over the past three years, Brad has led his team to develop and deploy Parity as one of the first AI-powered operating systems for multi-residential buildings in order to tackle one the largest contributors to CO2 emissions in the world, buildings.
Using this platform, Brad and his team have helped prevent an estimated 15 million + lbs of CO2 emissions from their customers’ buildings since 2017.
Parity is currently in 120+ real estate assets in two countries, managing 25 million square feet of building operations, and has saved over $4M in measured energy costs, millions in labour hours, and 15M+ lbs of CO2.
Parity is quickly becoming the premier North American software solution in the energy management cleantech space, working to drive innovations in building automation processes to lower costs, decrease CO2 emissions and help make cities more sustainable.
Prior to this, he was the Regional Business Development Head for 2N, serving the North American market. 2N was a recent acquisition of Axis Communications, and a leader in IP Intercoms.
Mr. Szmania has 18 years of experience in the security industry in, intrusion, access control, video and IP based solutions and previously held top executive positions at GE/UTC Security, and NAPCO Security.