General Manager — Janice Ashworth has been with OREC since 2011 and has been working in renewable energy for a decade. She co-ordinated the Nova Scotia Sustainable Electricity Alliance and worked in wind power with the community-owned Colchester-Cumberland Windfield. Her non-profit experience includes community organizing for Ecology Ottawa and promoting solar energy with the Ecology Action Centre. Janice has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University with a focus on community power structures and policies. Janice sits on the Sustainability Committee of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and the Board of the Ontario Federation of Community Power Co-operatives.
Communications Associate – David Mazur-Goulet has been working in the field of communications and marketing for organizations of all types since 2010. An Ottawa native, he is committed to helping the region take the climate challenge head on. He owned and operated The BeetBox: an organic market garden located in L’Ange-Gardien, Quebec from 2014 to 2015 and he currently sits on the Board of Directors of the West End Well Cooperative. David holds two diplomas from Algonquin College in Small and Medium Enterprise Management and Green Business Management.
Project Manager – Nate Preston, M.ASc has been passionate about renewable energy since driving a solar car across North America in 2008. He is a founder of Apricity Renewables Inc, an engineering firm that works with stakeholders to bring high quality renewable energy assets online faster and with lower costs. Nate has managed construction engineering on many of the largest solar rooftop portfolios in Canada and brings experience with over 150 commercial rooftop PV projects in Ontario alone. He obtained his Master’s degree from the Queen’s Solar Lab. As a born and raised member of the Ottawa community, he was fortunate to work with Carleton University and Algonquin College to construct a net-zero energy home. Nate is inspired by the strides net-zero energy buildings have taken in the marketplace and believes Eastern Ontario will be a national leader in accelerating their adoption in the built environment.
Technical Manager – Peter Manson has 30 years’ experience as a software developer, network standards author and manager of software development and test teams at several technology companies including Nortel, Cisco, Solace Systems, QNX and Blackberry. He began working in OREC’s Technical Team in 2014 and has since taken on responsibilities relating to monitoring, operations, maintenance and optimization of OREC’s portfolio of solar sites. Peter has a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.