Lightspark’s Mission is to help building owners, energy efficiency professionals and brands achieve a building's highest energy efficiency potential.
We do this by using big data, machine learning and advanced design thinking to provide better predictive building and behavioural data for utilities, cities and energy efficiency agencies for program design. From there we provide a powerful set of applications that accelerates the market transformation of technologies that reduce carbon, save money for consumers and make buildings more liveable.
James Riley, Founder
James is a software 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. By using digital strategies and platforms to better reach business objectives, he helped his clients create efficiencies and reduce the costs of running complex energy efficiency programs. James created Lightspark in 2017 because he wanted to build a product platform that streamlines energy efficiency benefits for consumers, trades, utilities, and policy makers and makes it easier to deliver the economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency.
Christina Pidlaski, Director, Program Design and Program Delivery
Christina leads Lightspark’s program design and delivery. She is passionate about energy efficiency and has strong industry experience in program implementation with utilities, government, and municipalities. In her previous work as COO of an efficiency service organization, she led teams in successfully delivering over 200,000 retrofits in British Columbia and Alberta. She completed an MBA specializing in Energy Management and Sustainable Development and proceeded to earn her Project Management Professional Designation. She has also worked on a variety of research projects from financing clean technology to municipal emission reduction through alternative work strategies.
Nancy Wright, Client Strategy and Government Relations
Nancy has a passion for work that makes for a cleaner, greener planet. As Chief Operating Officer at the 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 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, as well as many important issues that inform energy, climate change, and the green economy.
Luke Evans, Technologist
Luke is Lightspark’s Senior Technology Advisor. In the past, he has worked as the Chief Scientist and Researcher for Business Objects, where he pioneered a sequence of technologies and products that were successfully developed into commercial products from the internal incubator. He has been the CTO of data companies Stytch and Indicee, and was Chief Scientist and CTO at Dun and Bradstreet. Luke founded the Business Objects Academic Research Center (ARC), building relationships and investing in collaborative research projects with academia in North America and Europe. Luke is the inventor of several US patents related to data access and visual composition.
Sunil Kumar Bandaru, Senior Software Architect
Sunil is Lightspark’s Software Solutions Architect, and he has more than 16 years of application development experience as well as a strong background developing custom applications in various industries. He has strong domain knowledge in energy, banking, and the Internet of Things, and he has developed GIS applications for a number of clients. He has also designed and developed data analytic products, custom systems, and integration solutions, and has extensive expertise in agile delivery methodologies, enterprise IT architecture, cloud architecture, and big-data analytics solutions.
Mark Cunningham, Business and Data Strategy
Mark is an entrepreneur and investor with more than 25 years experience in the business intelligence (BI) industry. He has built five successful start-ups, four of which were focused on pure business intelligence/analytics, including 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 over 2,000 employees and was eventually acquired by Business Objects for $820M. Mark later founded the cloud BI company Indicee, which was acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2014 and became the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center.
Keith Spencer, Legal Affairs
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, when he worked as in-house counsel for both the Vancouver-based Wireless Data Group of Motorola and D-Wave Systems. A member of various boards and advisory committees, Keith plays a significant role in a 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 doing that at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia as well as various CLE BC and IT industry conferences. He also writes articles in the areas of computer and information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce, and intellectual property law.
Karri Schuermans, Communications and Strategy
Karri is an entrepreneur and innovator in the sustainability and cleantech sector, and serves as a board member for the Vancouver Economic Commission and as the Project Director for the Greater Vancouver Innovation Capital project. She has extensive experience in marketing, publishing, tourism and fashion, and owns and operates one of Vancouver’s top-rated restaurants, Chambar, as well as co-founding the sister businesses Cafe Medina and The Dirty Apron Cooking School. Prior to coming back to Vancouver she worked with the City of Sydney, where in addition to managing international film media for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games she helped promote and build its brandy as the business capital of the Asia Pacific region.
Peter Love, Energy Efficiency Strategy
Peter Love is an experienced and well recognized leader in energy efficiency and is a respected environmental leader. Over the course of his career he has played a leading role in fifteen corporate and non-profit boards, and his current appointments include being the 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 Culture of Conservation 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.