Shahira Esmail

Project Advisor

Shahira has more than 8 years of experience in the development and management of agricultural and land-use management offset projects. Her responsibilities include supporting the development and execution of new offset-producing projects and conducting market research. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

Richard Kennedy

Director of Projects

Richard has 10 years of experience in the development and management of environmental commodity projects in the agricultural and land management sectors. With Edenfort, Richard oversees the Firm’s environmental commodity-producing projects, which includes the financial and resource management, planning, monitoring, and verification phases of projects that lead to the issuance of credits. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oxford.

Lauren Mechak

Policy Associate

Lauren has more than 5 years of experience in environmental market policy and statistical analysis. Her responsibilities include tracking policy and the evaluation of market opportunities associated with land-use conservation. She holds a B.Sc. from McGill University and a Master of Environmental Management in Environmental Economics and Policy from Duke University.

David Priddy

VP, Project Development

David has more than 25 years of experience in sales and project development in the environmental management field. He’s responsible for the strategy, development and promotion of the Edenfort brand, and for developing mutually-beneficial partnerships with both landowners and conservation organizations that result in successful, environmental commodity-producing projects. David holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Derek Six

Chief Business Officer

Derek has more than 20 years of business management experience, including 12 years in emissions trading and in the development of environmental commodity projects. He’s held executive positions in both ClimeCo Corporation and Environmental Credit Corporation. With Edenfort, Derek is responsible for all functions of the business, including securing and managing project financing. He holds an MBA from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business.