Greg has always had a deep connection to nature. As a youth in Algonquin Park concerned about the environment, he began to wonder: where are the Algonquin? He entered the Indigenous Studies program at Trent University with the goal of helping the environment by sharing Indigenous perspectives.
Four years after graduating together, he married Kathleen Padulo, Wolf Clan, Oneida Nation and they co-founded Generation Seven Consulting, specializing in connecting First Nations initiatives with the public and private sector.
As Project Manager of Generation Seven, Greg worked with PTO’s, Tribal Councils, and Chief and Councils, government and NGO’s on sustainability entrepreurship for over 15 years. He has NRCan energy auditor experience and understanding of the delivery of energy conservation services. He also recently conducted the IESO Aboriginal Conservation Program 2012-2015.
Greg specializes in strategy and implementation with First Nation communities including community planning, large events and programs, and sustainable development. Greg has been a communications advisor for M’Chigeeng First Nation, Mother Earth Renewable Energy Project- the First 100% First Nation owned wind farm- and Indigenous coordination for Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and Association of Power Producers of Ontario annual conferences.
Greg has advised on Indigenous participation in government policy and program creation. Highlights include: acting as an advisor for the Green Energy Act Alliance for the Green Energy and Economy Act (2008) and for the Joint Stewardship Board between the City of Hamilton and the Six Nation Confederacy. Greg also strategizes, plans and coordinates Indigenous training programs. Highlights include renewable energy training for TREC Education and the Niagara Penninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board.
Greg believes that green industry development and Aboriginal workforce participation are two of the most urgent and intertwined needs in Canada today. There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions, but sustainability programs that foster partnership and capacity development for Indigenous communities have the potential to benefit all Canadians. He also recently conducted the IESO Aboriginal Conservation Program 2012-2015.