Our Mission

Lightspark’s Mission is to build a sustainable future by accelerating the engagement and success of energy efficiency using smart data and design.

Our Team

James Riley, Founder and CEO

James is a thought leader and entrepreneur with a passion for energy efficiency. After spending several years providing marketing, CRM and digital strategy for recognized brands like NFL, Dove, Diageo, Disney, NBC, Microsoft and others, he started his own digital agency in 2010 and began working with BC Hydro, Efficiency Nova Scotia, Efficiency Alberta, SaskPower and City of Vancouver to use digital strategy and platforms to better reach business objectives, create efficiencies and reduce the costs of running complex energy efficiency programs. He began Lighstspark in 2017 with a vision to create a product platform that streamlines energy efficiency benefits for consumers, trade, utilities and policy makers driving towards the positive economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency.

Andrew Wiebe, VP Data Science

Andrew Wiebe, VP Data Science is a climate scientist with a deep background in data. He has extensive experience in high-performance computing infrastructures and emergent technologies having developed weather and climate risk management tools for industrial and agricultural applications around the world. He leads the data science efforts behind Lightspark’s key intellectual property.

Andrew Wiebe, VP Data Science

Andrew Wiebe, VP Data Science is a climate scientist with a deep background in data. He has extensive experience in high-performance computing infrastructures and emergent technologies having developed weather and climate risk management tools for industrial and agricultural applications around the world. He leads the data science efforts behind Lightspark’s key intellectual property.

Mark Cunningham, Advisory Board Member

Mark is a thought leader and entrepreneur with more than 25 years’ experience in the business intelligence (BI) industry. He has built five successful start-ups, four focused in pure business intelligence/analytics, which include Indicee and Crystal Decisions. Mark’s passion for solving data problems with technology began in 1991, when his family business began building the world’s first Windows-based reporting tool, Crystal Reports. Crystal grew to employ over 2,000 employees and was eventually acquired by Business Objects for $820M. Mark later founded cloud BI company Indicee, which was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2014 to form the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center.

Nancy Wright, Advisory Board Member

Nancy has a passion for work that makes for a cleaner, greener planet. As Chief Operating Officer at GLOBE Series,she has spent 25 years building what has become the most famous brand of sustainable business conferences in the world. She has worn several hats, and met literally thousands of global thought leaders in both the public and private sector over the course of her career working to make the planet more sustainable. She has a broad knowledge of CSR and corporate environmental challenges, and many key energy, climate change, and green economy business issues.

Nancy Wright, Advisory Board Member

Nancy has a passion for work that makes for a cleaner, greener planet. As Chief Operating Officer at GLOBE Series, she has spent 25 years building what has become the most famous brand of sustainable business conferences in the world. She has worn several hats, and met literally thousands of global thought leaders in both the public and private sector over the course of her career working to make the planet more sustainable. She has a broad knowledge of CSR and corporate environmental challenges, and many key energy, climate change, and green economy business issues.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Advisory Board Member

Robert F. Kennedy Jr is a early clean-tech investor, and one of the first investors in Tesla. He is a former partner on the CleanTech investment team of Silicon Valley’s VantagePoint Capital Ventures. He is President of Waterkeeper Alliance. Kennedy was named one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 160 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe. In 2009, he was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Agents of Change.” His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside magazine, the Village Voice, and many other publications.

Karri Schuermans, Advisor

Karri is a thought leader in the sustainability and cleantech sector, providing her leadership as a board member of the Vancouver Economic Commission, and as the Project Director for the Greater Vancouver Innovation Capital project. She also has extensive prior experience in marketing, publishing, tourism and fashion, and owns and operates one of Vancouver’s top-rated restaurants, Chambar, co-founded sister businesses Cafe Medina and The Dirty Apron Cooking School. Prior to coming back to Vancouver she was a leader in bringing extensive change management and efficiency to the City of Sydney, in addition to managing international film media for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, promoting and brand building the City of Sydney as the business capital for Asia Pacific.

Karri Schuermans, Advisor

Karri is a thought leader in the sustainability and cleantech sector, providing her leadership as a board member of the Vancouver Economic Commission, and as the Project Director for the Greater Vancouver Innovation Capital project. She also has extensive prior experience in marketing, publishing, tourism and fashion, and owns and operates one of Vancouver’s top-rated restaurants, Chambar, co-founded sister businesses Cafe Medina and The Dirty Apron Cooking School. Prior to coming back to Vancouver she was a leader in bringing extensive change management and efficiency to the City of Sydney, in addition to managing international film media for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, promoting and brand building the City of Sydney as the business capital for Asia Pacific.

Peter Love, Advisory Board Member

Peter Love is an experienced and well recognized leader in energy efficiency and is a respected environmental leader. Over his career, he has played a leading role in fifteen corporate and non-profit boards. His current appointments include founding member of the board of Energy Efficiency Alberta, volunteer president of the 165 year old Royal Canadian Institute for Science and founding director of Rethink Sustainability Initiatives. In 2005, Peter was appointed Ontario’s first Chief Energy Conservation Officer with the Ontario Power Authority where his focus was on providing leadership in electricity conservation and advancing a Conservation of Culture in Ontario. He has also served as Chair of Toronto District 2030 Advisory Committee, Chair of Ontario Climate Consortium Governing Council, and Fortis BC’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Advisory Group.

Keith Spencer, Advisory Board Member

Keith Spencer is a leading information technology lawyer in British Columbia. Keith’s passion for the technology sector was cultivated early in his legal career, having worked as in-house counsel for the Vancouver-based Wireless Data Group of Motorola, and to D-Wave Systems. A member of various boards and advisory committees, Keith plays a significant role in number of early stage and emerging technology companies and technology industry associations. Lecturing on technology and intellectual property law is another passion of Keith’s and he can be found at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, and at various CLE BC and IT industry conferences. He also authors articles in the areas of computer and information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and intellectual property law.

Keith Spencer, Advisory Board Member

Keith Spencer is a leading information technology lawyer in British Columbia. Keith’s passion for the technology sector was cultivated early in his legal career, having worked as in-house counsel for the Vancouver-based Wireless Data Group of Motorola, and to D-Wave Systems. A member of various boards and advisory committees, Keith plays a significant role in number of early stage and emerging technology companies and technology industry associations. Lecturing on technology and intellectual property law is another passion of Keith’s and he can be found at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, and at various CLE BC and IT industry conferences. He also authors articles in the areas of computer and information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and intellectual property law.