Board of Directors
Guy Nelson - Chairman of the Board
Guy brings to Better Workplace a strong executive management track record of more than two decades in the service, manufacturing, financial and technology sectors. Adept at strategically assembling the expertise and resources needed to manufacture or provide leading edge industrial, commercial and institutional products and services, Guy is currently Chairman & CEO of Empire Industries Ltd., an 800-employee engineering, fabrication and construction services company with four business units based in Western Canada. The company has current consolidated revenues of approximately $200 million.
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business, (MBA, 1979), Guy was previously a member of senior management at Trimac Limited, Lancaster Financial, Cavendish Investing Ltd. and Bracknell Corporation. He was instrumental in taking Bracknell from a start-up company in 1988 to one of the largest technical services companies in Canada with revenues in excess of $450 million and a market capitalization of approximately $150 million.
Gregory Kats is President of Capital E, a national clean energy advisory firm. He advises Citigroup on scaling energy efficiency financing, and is Sustainability Advisor to CalPERS. Greg served for 5 years as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy where he led national programs to develop and deploy renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced building technologies. He was the Founding Chair of the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP), which has served as the technical basis for $20 billion in building upgrades and been translated into 10 languages. Greg is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and is a founder of the country.s first green bank, New Resource Bank. He was the Principal Advisor in developing Green Communities, now the national green affordable housing design standard, used as the green design basis for 50,000 units of green affordable housing. He served on the LEED steering committee for 8 years, is the Founding Chair of the National Chapter of the US Green Building Council and in 2011, was the recipient to the first US Green Building Council Lifetime Achievement Award. Greg earned a MBA from Stanford University and, concurrently, an MPA from Princeton University and is a Certified Energy Manager and a LEED AP. Greg was a principal author of Green Office Buildings: A Practical Guide to Development (ULI, 2005), and is the author of the Greening Our Built World: Costs, Benefits and Strategies (Island Press, 2010).
Scott is a partner with TingleMerrett focused on securities, corporate finance and commercial transactions for emerging and growth companies and partnerships. He has advised numerous private and public corporations in a wide range of business matters including access to capital markets, corporate governance and operational issues. He acts for a large number of TSX and TSX Venture Exchange-listed companies in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, mining, technology, biotechnology and industrial issuers. Scott has extensive experience in private and public debt and equity offerings, corporate acquisitions of assets and shares, corporate restructurings and debt financing. He also acts a director and/or corporate secretary for many public and private companies, providing detailed corporate governance and continuous disclosure advice to his clients. Scott has both law and bachelor of commerce degrees (with distinction) from the University of Alberta where he served as editor in chief for the Alberta Law Review. He has received numerous academic and community service awards and has published and lectured extensively in the areas of growth financing, stock exchange listing and corporate governance.