Edward conceived and founded Share the Warmth in Toronto, while a first year law student, and grew it into Canada’s first full service province-wide energy assistance program that prevented homelessness for over 50,000 people in Ontario.
With no previous technology experience, Edward designed the first end to end, web based charitable solution in North America for Share the Warmth and later launched a software company designing and building web based applications for Canadian and U.S. businesses such as The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW), a Michigan based, statewide, energy assistance program.
From 1995 to 2010, Edward led the fight for government action, both in Ontario and across Canada, by defining the causal link between rising energy poverty and increasing homelessness in Ontario; while calling for targeted provincial funding and energy conservation programs to address it
These efforts ultimately culminated in the design and delivery of Conserving Homes, the first comprehensive low-income energy conservation program in Ont., the Provincial Emergency Energy Fund (EEF), and finally the $100 million dollar Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). implemented by the Ontario Energy Board in 2011.
He brings a unique combination of skills and perspective derived from his legal background, his demonstrated entrepreneurial experience and his lifelong commitment to social justice.
He holds a strong demonstrated belief in the importance of narrowing the technology gap between ‘for-profit’ and ‘not-for-profit’ businesses through the practical application of innovative technologies and approaches to increase reach, efficiency and outcomes. To this end he facilitated the first online presence and web based tools for hundreds of community based agencies across Ontario and throughout the state of Michigan.
Edward has served on a number of Boards and Steering Committees including but not limited to the University of Toronto, U.S. based National Fuel Funds Network and the Low Income Energy Network of which he was a founder.