Our Team

CAST has assembled a creative team of experienced problem solvers to achieve the ambitious goals the company has set. Our team includes:

Rick Penner
President

Rick Penner

Rick thrives on innovation and has a deep passion for developing solutions that address environmental and social challenges. As President of Emerge Knowledge Design for the past 19 years, Rick has successfully guided the transformation of Re-TRAC Connect™ from a great idea to the most widely used data management and reporting software in the waste management industry in North America.
Prior to founding Emerge, Rick led the team that started the very first Habitat for Humanity ReStore and developed a successful business model that conserves resources while generating revenue to support Habitat’s home building programs. There are now over 1,000 ReStores in 5 different countries. These stores generate over $600 million dollars in annual revenue while keeping vast quantities of usable building materials out of the landfill.

Andrew Jennissen
Product Manager

Andrew Jennissen

Andrew has a Queen’s University MBA (Certificate for Socially Responsible Leadership recipient) as well as two 4-year undergraduate degrees from the University of Winnipeg; a B.Sc. in Applied Computer Science, and a B.A. in Business Administration.
He also has fifteen years of progressive Information System experience, including team and day to day departmental leadership. This experience is, either direct or in a contract/3rd party capacity, for some of the largest names in the information systems, tel-co and financial sectors including Scotiabank, IBM, AT&T, MTS, Pernod Richard, Jeld-Wen, and Investors Group.
Andrew will lead the process of analyzing ideas being considered for CAST, and leading initial technical and strategic analysis of software needs for potential new projects and partners.
Andrew started as CAST’s first official, full time employee, in October of 2018.

ASSOCIATES

Glen Murray
Innovation Partner

Glen Murray

Glen brings a deep experience and entrepreneurial career of leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Most recently, Glen was the Director of the Pembina Institute, Canada’s leading think tank on energy, the economy and the environment where he led the development of a new management structure and planning process that positioned Pembina to seize new opportunities.
As an Ontario cabinet minister, he oversaw several portfolios, including transportation; training, colleges, and universities; research and innovation, and most recently, environment and climate change. In his role as environment minister, Glen initiated and oversaw the implementation of Ontario’s ground breaking zero waste and circular economy act that introduced extended producer responsibility to Ontario. He led the development and implementation of Ontario’s cap-and-trade system, and played a foundational role in the creation of the Quebec-Ontario-California carbon market.
Glen has held several leadership roles, including serving as mayor of Winnipeg from 1998-2004, and was chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus. During his time as mayor, he led the successful fight to transfer the five cents/litre federal gas tax to municipalities and undertook a major expansion of Winnipeg’s recycling and resource recovery programs.
As a Managing Partner in Toronto Based strategic counsel and government relations firm Navigator he expanded their practice in the areas of municipal services & governance, environmental policy and economic development strategic planning
He also served as chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, under Prime Ministers Harper and Martin. Glen was also president and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.
Glen started one of Winnipeg’s first environmental small business in the 1980s. He and some friends built Envirofit a company that helped other small businesses reduce energy and material consumption and help them shift to recovered resources.
Glen started his career in activism as a founding member of the Canadian AIDS Society, and helped establish the Village Clinic in Winnipeg, a centre for AIDS prevention and care. He has worked internationally, helping establish the World Health AIDS Service Organization’s working group.