Mission + Vision
Our goal is simple. To accelerate the arrival of a world in which we are not dependent on fossil fuels in our homes and buildings. And as such, our lives are better through taking agency with our decisions, we reduce costs and we improve our standard of living.
About Lightspark Inc.
Lightspark is a cleantech software company that has a proven track record of designing and delivering energy efficiency programs.
Our software helps cities, utilities and financial institutions connect to homeowners through providing a data-rich enabling platform that makes energy efficiency choices.
Our software is in use in over 17 cities and maps the carbon and energy intensity in communities while providing a consumer-driven application that connects homeowners to energy advisors, trades and financing.
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.
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.
Jack’s is Lighstpark’s senior advisor on energy modeling for homes. Jack has over 25 years of energy advisory experience. He is one of Canada’s top Quality Assurance experts using the Energuide system.
Simon Stolz is Lightspark’s Lead User Experience experts. Simon’s background is in development but for the last 10+ years, he has been working in the field of User Experience and Visual Design. He has worked extensively on anything from end-to-end experiences for internal communication campaigns to designing trainings as well as doing Visual Design for internal applications. Aside from this, he is driving driving initiatives to create a mindset of UX, teaching the language of Design and motivating people to care for UX both in their daily lives and work.
Nancy advises Lightspark on corporate strategy. She 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.
Mark advises Lightspark on business, data and product strategy. He 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.
Janice is an experienced project management, operations and financial director. She led digital agency Kumu as their head of operations and finance for 7 years. Prior to that she advised on finance and operations projects for Glispa Media out of Berlin. Janice started her career as an executive assistant for several senior executives at Blast Radius before turning to project management and operations.
Janice has a strong desire to see Lightspark’s product run efficiently and effectively to create great products that change the way we create positive change in the building sector.
Karri is an entrepreneur and innovator in the sustainability and cleantech sector, she served on the Vancouver Economic Commission Board, was the Project Director for the Greater Vancouver Innovation Capital project, bringing together regional partners to create a regional infrastructure masterplan for the region.
Karri is the Principal of one of Vancouver’s top-rated restaurants, Chambar, co-founded Medina Café and The Dirty Apron Cooking School. Prior to coming to Vancouver she was the Marketing Manager for the City of Sydney, and the International Film Liaison Manager for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, tasked with ensuing the exposure of the games positioned Sydney as the business capital of the Asia Pacific region.
Ralph Torrie is Director of Research for Corporate Knights, a research and publishing organization that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance. He is known for combining visionary thinking, intellectual leadership and rigorous analysis, and has made original and important contributions to the field of sustainable development.
He is the inventor of strategic planning software for local government climate mitigation that was used by hundreds of cities on five Continents. He served as Assistant Coordinator of the Energy Research Group of the United Nations University and the International Development Research Centre, as a senior executive of two publicly traded management consulting firms, and as Managing Director of the Trottier Energy Future. He is a recipient of the Canadian Environment Silver Award for his work on climate change.
Peter Love, Senior Advisor and Investor
Peter is a long-time advisor to Lightspark, and assists with Lightspark’s overall energy efficiency and carbon reduction strategy through a delivery and policy lens. Peter Love is an experienced and well recognized leader in energy efficiency and is a respected environmental leader.
He is the Founding member of the board of Energy Efficiency Alberta, President Royal Canadian Institute for Science and founding director Rethink Sustainability Initiatives. In 2005, Peter was appointed Ontario’s first Chief Energy Conservation Officer with the Ontario Power Authority.
Andy is an expert in building science and energy modelling and is Lightspark’s senior advisor in this practice. He is a management executive who brings a wealth of expertise to building performance, building science and energy modelling. He has been a leader across several boards including the Canadian Home Builders Association, ASHRAE 90.2 Energy Standard, Committee on Energy Efficiency Housing and Building, National Building Code and others.
He has and his team are strategic partners to Lightspark's projects with utilities and cities across Canada and the United States
Sunil Kumar Bandaru
Sunil is Lightspark’s back-end 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.
Damin is one of Lightspark’s senior front-end developers, and he has more than 15 years of website development experience focusing on online marketing and e-commerce based experiences for clients ranging from small start ups to large corporations.
He is also skilled in communicating between clients, sales teams and other developers to ensure everyone has their goals met. Damin is also a problem solver. He has experience in helping clients find solutions to their issues, and he’s always looking for the best way to approach problems.
Katy is Lightspark’s senior designer and art director. She is a digital marketing entrepreneur, creative strategist, columnist, and coach. She taught herself how to program and design when she got her first computer at a very young age and consults for businesses in branding, e-commerce, user experience, and design. After a decade in video games as the UI Lead on FIFA, she decided to go full-time in her creative practice with a focus on conscious businesses. She has launched multiple brands online and in brick-and-mortar businesses. Extremely passionate about wellbeing, she is a holistic executive business coach, nutritionist, and athlete.