Why do we exist?
The Ottawa Climate Action Fund (OCAF) exists to catalyze and scale low-carbon solutions to their full potential in Ottawa. We align this work with community benefit, bringing low-carbon initiatives, investments and people together to deliver tangible, lasting success.
- We’re incubated by the Ottawa Community Foundation.
- We’re a trusted, independent partner of the City.
- We’re part of the Low Carbon Cities Canada network (LC3).
- We have a world-class advisory Board.
Accelerate Ottawa’s transition to an equitable, carbon-neutral future.
A carbon-neutral, equitable, and economically thriving Ottawa.
We are determined, action-oriented, and confident that community benefits can be realized through carbon reduction.
We listen to and learn from diverse actors—aligning initiatives, building momentum, and co-creating sustainable change.
We are nimble and curious, seeking out novel approaches to big problems and discerning realistic next steps within an aspirational long view.
We pursue low-carbon solutions that advance social inclusion and oppose race- and class-based inequalities.
Steve Winkelman has 30 years of experience in climate change, sustainable transportation, urban planning, clean energy, clean air, infrastructure resilience and climate finance. He has supported government officials, researchers, development banks, private companies and NGOs in more than 25 countries with policy and project development, finance, implementation, evaluation and capacity building. He thrives in bridging silos and building partnerships across sectors, agencies and organizations to unlock economic, environmental and community benefits and advance holistic, lasting solutions.
Director of Partnerships and Programs, Ottawa Climate Action Fund
Tina Nicholson has over 15 years of experience in the energy sector both in electricity and gas strategic initiatives and partnerships. She has led delivery of energy efficiency and conservation programs for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sectors, including activities encompassing a broad set of technologies, program market interventions, promotional efforts and evaluation aimed at lowering or shifting customer’s demand, energy use and carbon emissions. Tina co-chaired the Technical Evaluation Committee for Natural Gas Demand Side Management initiatives in Ontario, resulting in the development of the first Ontario Natural Gas Technical Reference Manual used to assist in planning and evaluation of energy conservation programs. She is passionate in brokering relationships and partnerships to advance solutions to combat climate change.
Senior Program Specialist
Teagan was born and raised in a small town outside of Ottawa on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. She joined the Ottawa Climate Action Fund (a program of OCF) in October of 2022 as the Senior Program Specialist. She grew up learning to respect and love surrounding natural areas, and this led her to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at Carleton University. Since graduation, she has been working in the environmental non-profit sector focused on creating change from the ground up. She is passionate about nature protection, climate action, building community and bringing all three together is what excites her most. On days away from the office, you will find her spending time with family and friends, walking her puppy and trying to get outside no matter the weather.
OCAF Advisory Board
Supporting Staff (non-voting members)
Part of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Network
Each of the seven LC3 centres works in their city or region, supporting carbon reduction goals while improving public health, creating jobs and building resilient communities. The LC3 initiative is grounded in decades of experience by The Atmospheric Fund in Toronto.
The work of the seven Centres and the LC3 network is made possible by a generous endowment from the Government of Canada, administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. OCAF will work with other funding partners to finance projects in Ottawa and to grow the endowment.
Incubated by the Ottawa Community Foundation
The OCF has a keen interest in addressing climate change and in establishing new backbone organizations in Ottawa to help drive positive, systemic and sustainable change. In 2020, OCF signed an MOU with the City of Ottawa for mutual collaboration, through OCAF, to accelerate action on GHG mitigation in line with the City’s Energy Evolution Strategy.