The board of directors of QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) has announced that Tonja Leach has been appointed as the organization’s new executive director.

Leach has been with QUEST since its inception in 2007 in a number of roles of increasing responsibility. She has been instrumental in establishing QUEST’s extensive national network and ensuring that QUEST is known as the Canadian organization that accelerates the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers. Leach had been the interim executive director since Brent Gilmour’s departure from the role in July.

“QUEST is fortunate to have Tonja Leach as its new leader. Tonja’s passion and commitment to the QUEST idea are unmatched. She understands that Smart Energy Communities are not just important to the transition to a low emissions future, they are at the heart of the transition,” said board chair Mike Cleland.

“Contributing to building QUEST into the organization that it is today has been my commitment for the past 11 years and I am thrilled to take on this leadership role,” said Leach. “We are enabling the partnerships and connections that are needed for bold leadership and real action as we help communities turn smart energy ideas into solutions that make energy systems cleaner at the same time that they better serve all the needs of energy users.”

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