The Steering Committee members have a critical role in developing and delivering the Greenpreneurs program, and have specific expertise to offer participating teams as well as in-depth knowledge about the program itself.

Please use the listed expertise to guide your interactions with the Steering Committee


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helen watts, student energy

location: canada

Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Manager of Partnerships. She spearheads strategy for Student Energy’s partnerships and manages stakeholder relations. Helen drives collaborations with the potential to make skill-building, knowledge-exchange, and leadership development accessible to youth globally.

Growing up in four continents was the catalyst to Helen’s engagement with global challenges. Before Student Energy, she spent three years working with the global youth organization AIESEC, working in cross-cultural skill development, youth empowerment and international teamwork. Before AIESEC, she worked with the International Organization for Migration at the United Nations, attending Security Council, committee, and ECOSOC meetings to report on global migration trends and forecasts.

Contact me about: 

  • Communications

  • Project management

  • Fundraising

  • Public Speaking

  • Strategic Partnerships


Amanda chouinard, student energy

location: canada

Amanda is a Special Projects Coordinator for Student Energy and one of the co-leads for the Greenpreneurs program. Amanda has four years of experience working in the non-profit, government and consulting sectors within Canada, including a variety of positions in both Ontario and British Columbia.

Amanda is passionate about helping organizations integrate sustainability to create shared value for society as well as harnessing the power of collaboration to make the sustainable transition possible. Amanda completed a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2016. She is currently taking a Masters of Environment and Business through the University of Waterloo where she is gaining a comprehensive understanding of sustainability trends and practices for business.

Contact me about: 

  • Greenpreneurs Program Logistics

  • Sustainable Business Strategy

  • Circular Economy

Ryan Brown, Youth Climate Lab

location: Canada

After a brief stint in the investment banking industry, Ryan discovered his passion for climate action and committed himself to developing technological solutions for climate change. He enrolled himself in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo where he primarily focused on battery research. This research led him to found Salient Energy, a company that is developing a safe, long-lasting, and inexpensive alternative to lithium-ion for the energy storage market.

Contact me about: 

  • Greenpreneurs Curriculum

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Energy Storage



location: Canada

Ana is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at the Youth Climate Lab, where she leads the role in the operations of the organization, developing and implementing resources needed to accelerate our impact by empowering youth in climate entrepreneurship and policy.

Ana currently leads an Innovation Fund through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partnership for Municipal Innovation in Local Economic Development. The fund aims to strengthen the capacity of partners in 6 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This fund will be contributing to the implementation of innovative local economic development approaches that benefit communities, with a particular focus on women and youth.

Prior to her current roles, Ana worked as a Capacity Building Coordinator with the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, where she developed tools and resources to support over 370 local governments in their efforts to take action on climate change.

Ana is passionate about community-led action, sustainable local economic development, and the empowerment of diverse stakeholders such as young people, women, and girls. Ana believes that by advancing those goals we can help to achieve a more just and inclusive transition towards a sustainable future.

Contact me about:

  • Local government climate action

  • Local economic development

  • Managing operations

  • Community outreach and engagement