Our Name

A history and a purpose

The name "Brightspot" contains many facets of our company ethos. We strive to lead by example; a North Star in the climate mitigation night sky. And as much as we are excited about tomorrow’s possibilities, we also have a great respect for our history:

Brightspot School was a small, one-room school on the Saskatchewan prairies. Several members of the extended Schroeder family attended the school. In 1983, Lorne and Theresa Schroeder adopted the name for their family dairy farm, Brightspot Holsteins. Within this history, there’s a passion for our deep prairie roots and the special places we will always cherish.

At the core, our name demonstrates our company’s foundation in education, connection to the land, zeal for the environment, and hope for our families and friends. Together we can build a strong community, a healthier world, and a brighter future.


Brightspot consists of industry-leading professionals and trusted advisors. They're passionate about creating positive sustainable change that benefits all stakeholders.


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Aaron Schroeder, P.Eng.

Aaron has eleven years of experience analyzing, quantifying and auditing greenhouse gas emissions in North America. Prior to forming Brightspot in 2015, Aaron worked for several years leading a team of fifteen GHG verification and policy analysts across Canada with ICF International. He also led the development of ICF’s standardized verification process, conformant with ISO 14064-3. In 2012, ICF’s verification process was accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Aaron’s hands on experience conducting over 100 greenhouse gas verifications includes numerous engagements for emission reduction projects in beef and  dairy management, conservation cropping (zero-tillage) and nitrogen fertilizer management in addition to renewable energy, waste management and industrial energy facilities. He is sought after for his expertise devising strategies to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical implementation of methodologies for quantifying, reporting and verifying.

Aaron is originally from rural Saskatchewan where he grew up on his family’s mixed dairy and grain farm. His experience in agriculture is apparent in his work ethic and his knowledge of conventional farming practices.

Education and Certification

  • B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

  • Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

  • Greenhouse Gas Verification, ISO 14064-3, Canadian Standards Association


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Jeanna Brown, P.Eng.

Jeanna Brown is a professional engineer with thirteen years of experience in the oil and gas industry. During her previous employment, she focused on drilling engineering and well planning for wells of varying complexity. She also has extensive experience with field based drilling engineering/operations, wellsite supervision and exploration projects. More recently, Jeanna’s technical focus concentrated on in-situ oil sands projects and thermal/steam well design. As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the field of Thermal Well Design, an internal qualification at Shell Ltd., Jeanna provided technical guidance and assurance for projects across Shell’s operating areas.

At work, Jeanna is known for her thoughtfulness and efficiency, leading to projects with reduced costs, decreased durations and smaller carbon footprints. Her past work experience with a directional drilling provider resulted in the development and implementation of new borehole surveying technology, and in partnership with a rig equipment supplier, she designed and developed two fit-for-purpose, electrically driven drilling rigs, which reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Together, these projects resulted in projected cost savings of $12.1 million. Her extensive expertise assessing the technical merit and economic feasibility of break-out technologies is invaluable to Brightspot and to our clients.

Outside the office, Jeanna is often found exploring mountain ranges—by foot or by canoe. Her passion for nature and outdoor pursuits is part of what drives her interest to develop sustainable energy solutions and mitigate climate change.

Education and Certification

  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering with Great Distinction, University of Saskatchewan

  • Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

  • GHG Validation and Verification, ISO 14064-3, University of Toronto


Michelle Stelmach, P.Ag.

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Michelle Stelmach has worked as a Technical Specialist for verification and protocol development initiatives under Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation for over five years. Her primary role is to provide technical support for agricultural and biological emission reduction or offset projects. This work includes performing farm visits and assisting with the verification planning and execution for Conservation Cropping, Agricultural Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction (NERP) and Fed Cattle (Beef Days on Feed) projects.

Michelle’s co-workers celebrate her for her practical and resourceful approach. During her previous employment, Michelle implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), a systematic preventative approach to food safety, to design and conduct internal system audits as well as meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency standards at the producer level. Through her role as Program Advisor and Coordinator with Maple Leaf Foods and Landmark Feeds, Michelle also has extensive experience working with agricultural produces across Alberta and is highly customer service driven. 

Michelle and Aaron share a Saskatchewan farming background and the resulting Prairie work ethic. She continues to live out her passion for agriculture both on her family farm and through her role at Brightspot. 

Education and certification

  • B.Sc., Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan

  • Professional Agrologist, Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA)

  • Internal System Auditing, ISO 19011, Canadian Standards Association

  • GHG Validation and Verification, ISO 14064-3, University of Toronto


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Melanie Schroeder, CPA, CGA, RPC

Melanie worked in the accounting industry for over 25 years before joining Brightspot Climate Inc.  Her primary role is to provide support to the team, along with business development, and analytical support for client projects. This work includes assisting with planning and execution of various projects, including verifications, audits, and consulting work.

In addition to her accounting designation she is a Registered Professional Counsellor with a background in counselling and facilitation which brings a well rounded skill set to her work at Brightspot.  She is passionate about nature and loves the idea of bringing practical sustainable change to businesses through her work.  Outside the office, Melanie can often be found roaming through the many off leash dog areas in the forests and parks of the lower mainland, with her pup Frijolita.  

Education and certification

  • BAccS, University of Calgary

  • CPA, CGA, Chartered Professional Accountants of BC

  • RPC, Registered Professional Counsellor, Canadian Professional Counsellors of Canada

  • GHG Validation and Verification, ISO 14064-3, University of Toronto


Rodrigo CubeDo, EIT

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Rodrigo Cubedo has an educational background in mechanical engineering with a special interest in aerospace projects.  He has been busy since his graduation from McGill university, leveraging his engineering experience to understand and systematically improve the processes used to work with international clients entering the Chinese market throughout his work experience in Asia. 

He has quickly become an invaluable member of the Brightspot Climate team, providing technical support as an Associate Verifier on the verification of emission reductions from aggregated pneumatic conversions, conservation cropping, wind electricity generation; and industrial facility annual greenhouse gas emission reports.  Rodrigo is committed to providing accurate and timely information to clients that meets their needs.  

Rodrigo loves spending time on the water kitesurfing, and would love to find a way to combine his love for the outdoors with creating renewable energy sources.

Education and certification

  • B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Canada, 2016 


SHELDON FERNANDES, EIT, MBA

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Sheldon Fernandes has over five years of experience implementing innovative policies, programs, and technology focused on addressing energy and sustainability issues. He has strong experience in carbon market analysis, regulatory analysis, financial analysis, sustainability reporting, greenhouse gas quantification and verification and energy efficiency program design and delivery in a wide variety of jurisdictions worldwide. Sheldon brings a unique perspective to Brightspot Climate, having worked on these issues with stakeholders all along the spectrum, including consultancies, investors, scientists, filmmakers, start-ups, non-profits, industry, and government.

Outside of work, Sheldon is a dedicated athlete and naturalist. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Sheldon spent 10 years as a part-time ski instructor and started teaching yoga in 2015. His passion for delivering positive environmental outcomes is driven by his outside pursuits, including a few weeks in the jungles of the Amazon searching for anacondas, hiking through the mountains in BC, Alberta, Panama, and southeast Asia, and running by the ocean.

Education and Certification

  • M.B.A., Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

  • B.A.Sc., Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

  • Engineer-in-Training, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia


Roberta Nunes, B.B.A.

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Roberta Nunes has a background in business administration, specializing in project and marketing management. Fluent in Portuguese and English, she started working at Brightspot in February 2019.

Roberta is originally from Timoteo, Brazil. The city is situated in the metropolitan area of the Steel Valley). It is the hometown of Aperam South America, a steel factory specializing in the production of stainless steel, where Roberta worked for more than 12 years. She developed strong analytical skills during her experience working with quality management systems, conducting projects of continuous improvement and internal audits in this large company. She has applied these abilities to assist with the production and revision of proposals and reports and to provide bookkeeping and administrative support to the Brightspot team. 

Some of Roberta’s hobbies include gardening and yoga. She can get lost taking care of her home plants. Indoor and outdoor yoga make her very happy, too.

Education and Certification

  • Marketing Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

  • Project Management, Rede de Ensino Doctum (Brazil)

  • B.B.A, Business Administration, Centro Universitario do Leste de Minas Gerais (Brazil)