Our Team

Richard Allen

Richard Allen is a seasoned partnership broker specializing in sustainable development through interdisciplinary collaboration. Serving as a Community Engagement Consultant in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University, he helps establish and support connections between academia and the wider community.

In his capacityas the Program Lead for this year’s PIVOT TECH Conference, Richard has applied his expertiseto assemble content that speaks to pressing global challenges in the race to decarbonizebuildings, industry and transportation. His commitment to showcasing viable low-carbonsolutions to powering our world is helping shape a conference experience devoted to transformative change.

Annette Paiement

Annette Paiement is a dynamic leader and visionary whose work in arts, culture, and the environment has impacted placemaking in Hamilton and the GTA. In her role as the Managing Director CoWork and Curator of the Cotton Factory, she helped launch a dynamic coworking space and has led special projects that have helped to transform this historic textile mill into a thriving epicentre for creativity, innovation, and community engagement in Hamilton.

Beyond her accomplishments at the Cotton Factory, Annette serves as the Conference Lead forthe PIVOT Tech Conference. Her dedication to environmental sustainability andunparalleled organizational skills have been instrumental in orchestrating this vital conference, which explores cutting-edge decarbonization technologies and strategies.

Robert Zeidler

Robert Zeidler is entrepreneur and community leader based in Hamilton. He is the owner of the Cotton Factory, a historic textile mill transformed into a vibrant hub for creative industries and community events. With a passion for revitalizing spaces and fostering innovation, Robert has created a dynamic environment that supports local businesses and artists.

In addition to his contributions to the creative and cultural scene in Hamilton, Robert Zeidler is also the founder of the PIVOT Tech conference. This forward-thinking conference brings together experts and innovators to address crucial global challenges, with a focus on technologies and strategies to achieve decarbonization.

Marcia Mohammed

Marcia Mohammed is a dynamic entrepreneur and marketing strategist, widely recognized for her expertise in the digital realm. As the owner of Social MD Marketing, she has demonstrated a remarkable ability to drive brand growth and engagement through innovative digital marketing strategies.

In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Marcia plays a pivotal role as the Sponsorship Lead for the PIVOT Tech Conference. Her passion for sustainability and her knack for forging strategic partnerships have been instrumental in securing support for this ground breaking conference focused on decarbonization technologies and solutions.