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Management Team

General Manager — Janice Ashworth has been with OREC since 2011 and has 10 years of experience in renewable energy. At OREC, she is responsible for business development, project management, and financing. Janice Chairs the Ontario Federation of Community Power Co-operatives, is a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Net Metering Working Group of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. She co-ordinated the Nova Scotia Sustainable Electricity Alliance and worked in wind energy 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. In her time as General Manager of OREC, Janice has been named as a 40 Under 40 business leader by the Ottawa Business Journal, and was awarded the 2017 Solar Woman of Distinction by Women in Renewable Energy.


Tyler Blanchett
Sustainable Energy Technologist – Tyler Blanchett , LEED GA brings six years of experience in environmental facilitation, analyses, and communications. At the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, he is responsible for energy efficiency project management and marketing as well as 3D solar array drawings. Driven to make it meaningful, Tyler has volunteered with many community organizations focused on fostering sustainable engagement and public accountability including 350 Ottawa, Green Energy Doors Open, Ecology Ottawa, and Manifest Change. The Co-operative’s commitment to respectable technology, ethical financing, and community growth makes this the best place to invest his efforts. Tyler holds a diploma in Energy Systems Engineering Technology and is inspired to enable Eastern Ontario’s green energy potential.


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Communications Associate – Aaron Thornell joined the OREC team as a Communications Associate a year after stepping into the role of lead volunteer and coordinator.  Aaron is committed to supporting and expanding the growth of renewable energy infrastructure in the Ottawa region where he grew up. He is a firm believer in grassroots approaches to achieving positive social and environmental change, reaffirmed through his studies of Community Development and History at St. Francis Xavier University. He is a former OceanPath Fellow, and currently volunteers with various community organizations towards social and ecological justice.


Pater Manson
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.


Board of Directors

Dick Bakker
Dick Bakker, President. Dick has been actively involved in the Renewable Energy Industry since 2002, and a vocal advocate of all renewable energy options for many years.  He has been operating a Micro-Fit solar system since June 2010 at his property in Manotick Station. Dick has 20 years of sales and management experience in the telecommunications industry with companies such as Telesat Canada, Cisco and a number of smaller firms.  He now operates a seasonal event retail store.  Dick has a BA (Politics) and MBA from Queen’s University.


Vadim Belotserkovsky
Vadim Belotserkovsky, Vice-President. Vadim Belotserkovsky is a mechanical engineer by training with over 16 years experience in the field of renewable energy. His expertise includes project management, wind and solar resource assessment, feasibility studies and early-stage project development, energy and financial analysis, market studies, training and business development. Vadim is currently providing project management and technical services for the construction of a 500kW(DC) ground-mount solar energy project, part of the FIT program, near Arnprior, Ontario. Vadim has a broad range of experience in solar energy. He led a Solar Resource Assessment project for a utility-scale PV project in Ontario, performed energy and financial modeling for PV projects and installed monitoring equipment for PV systems in remote communities. He also assisted Natural Resource Canada in the development of the RETScreen International energy analysis software, including providing training on PV and solar thermal modules to energy professionals across Canada and abroad. Vadim has done extensive volunteer work on solar projects abroad and owns a 5kW micro-FIT PV system on his house in Ottawa.


Nick Lepan, OREC Board Member

Nicholas Le Pan, Treasurer, has extensive experience in financial services regulatory and supervisory matters and in governance. He is a member of the Board of CIBC, a major Canadian chartered bank, chaired its risk committee and has been a member of its governance committee and compensation committee. He also chairs the Board of Directors of CPAB, the independent Canadian regulator of audit firms of reporting issuers. He chairs the Independent Review Committee for Brandes funds. He was the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada from 2001 – 2006. Prior to that held various positions in Canada responsible for supervision of banks and insurers and for policy development in the federal ministry of finance. He has volunteered at OREC for several years, been a member of the business team and assisted in preparation of offering statements.


Nate Preston OREC Director
Nate Preston, Secretary, M.ASchas 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.


Davis Carr
Davis Carr is an Ottawa-based digital media consultant, with over 5 year’s experience writing strategies and creating content for social enterprises, small businesses and non-profits. Past work includes communications roles at Hub Ottawa, Synapcity, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and EnviroCentre. Davis is a social media coach and part-time marketing professor at Algonquin College. She wrote her Master’s thesis on feminism and self-representation in digital photography (selfies). You can find Davis’ thoughts on media and culture in 280 characters or less on Twitter at @ohhaidavis.


OREC Vice-President David Cork
David Cork joined iSolara in 2010, and has since taken the role of VP of Sales and Marketing and has helped direct the company’s exceptional growth in the MicroFIT and FIT market across Eastern Ontario. David manages the FIT application team. David is the Chair of the MicroFIT Working Group for the Canadian Solar Industry Association and is an active participant in a number of industry Forums, including the FIT Financing Forum. David is the Founder and Principal of Aspen Solar Management Inc. which acts as the General Partner for 7 Limited Partnerships which together have 14 FIT 3.0 applications in development. David has over 25 years of management experience in Ottawa hi-tech companies including Nortel, Mitel and ObjecTime. David holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Jay Cuylits
Jay Cuylits has around 20 years of experience in strategy, capital raising and business development in various sectors, including mining and renewable power.   Having worked on a number of large scale capital projects and transactions around the world, Jay is keenly aware of risks and opportunities that can impact investments made by the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative.  Jay is passionate about the renewable power sector and is inspired by the opportunities being made available through the transformation currently underway in the energy sector.  Following a career working at the director and senior director level at large multinationals such as Rio Tinto and Brookfield Renewable, Jay currently provides strategic and financial advice to a wide range of commercial clients.  Jay is bilingual and holds an MBA from McGill University.


Aidan Foss has 30 years of professional engineering experience covering power, control, software and simulation. A graduate in mathematics from Cambridge University with a doctorate in turbine control from Imperial College, Aidan initially specialized in computer control and simulation for industrial and off-shore applications. In 1990, Aidan joined the National Grid Company, focusing on generator-grid interconnection, frequency and voltage control and power quality. In 2001, Aidan moved to Ottawa, and in 2003 co-founded ANF Energy Solutions. As the Principal Engineer, Aidan provides distributed generation technical services covering power-plant automation, protection, and grid interconnection. Associations: IEEE 1020 Working Group Member: Small Hydro Control, COGEN Canada Board of Advisors, IEEE Ottawa Electrical Power Symposia Founder and Co-chair (2001-2006). IEEE Power & Energy Society Outstanding Engineer Award (2013).


Wes Johnston provides leadership for strategic initiatives, business strategy and operations at Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), the solar energy industry national trade association. He is also President and CEO of Financial Freedom Real Estate Investments. In his role at CanSIA, Wes has developed significant expertise in solar energy markets, policy development and regulatory affairs and strong relationships with industry, stakeholders and all levels of government. He holds a BBA, (University of PEI), MAES (University of Waterloo) and MBA (Queen’s University). Wes is an avid golfer who tries to spend at least a couple of weeks per year on the fairways of his native Prince Edward Island.


Angela Keller-Herzog
Angela Keller-Herzog is active in her community as a community organizer, environmental advocate and active citizen observer of municipal affairs. She co-chairs the Environment Committee of the Glebe Community Association, is the GCA liaison at the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa, and a focal point for renewable energy and climate change with Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability. Angela runs an eco-friendly B&B in the Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa. Angela is also a trained economist and has over two decades of experience in consulting, programme management, policy development, risk management and international development.


OREC Director Sally McIntyre
Sally McIntyre is an energetic and enthusiastic leader with over 25 years of experience developing and implementing environmental policies, plans and programs for governments, businesses, and institutions domestically and in developing economies. Sally is the President & Founder of McIntyre Solutions, a strategic and asset planning firm. Prior to starting her company, she was Manager of the Environmental Business Services Branch and Program Manager of the Environmental Programs Unit with the City of Ottawa, as well as a consultant with two engineering firms. Her work in recent years has focused on the development and implementation of environmental and infrastructure policies for the City of Ottawa, which included facilitated discussions, risk analysis, drafting of regulation, program design, the assessment of service delivery models and work tools, work process mapping and budgeting, strategic communications, and change management.


Stephen Michell has been a resident of Ottawa for 38 years. He is deeply concerned about civic issues and environmental issues, local and worldwide. He joined OREC right after he heard about it and has been an active member of the tech team since the last AGM. Stephen is active in information technology standards, serving as vice chair of the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology, chair of TCIT’s programming language subcommittee and participant on two technical committees. He spends that time solving problems and building consensus. Stephen has been an active participant in the Ottawa area. He spent 20 years as a Cub Scout and scout leader, and a few years on school councils and activities such as local improvement committees. Stephen has a bachelors of mathematics and a masters of science (math and computer systems engineering).


Roger Peters
 Roger Peters is a retired Professional Engineer who has worked as a consultant, researcher, writer, financial analyst, policy advisor, and advocate on energy efficiency and renewable energy since the mid-1970s. Roger was a founding member of OREC and served as board president for the co-operative’s first three years. Previously in his career, Roger was Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency at the Pembina Institute, Director of Technical Services at the Saskatchewan Energy Conservation Authority, a co-founder of Marbek Resource Consultants, and researcher at the National Research Council’s Solar Energy Program. Roger also has significant international experience in Asia, Latin America and Africa working for the World Bank and the Canadian International Development Agency, and has written widely on innovative financing, community ownership, as well as preparing co-op share offering statements and business plans. Roger is a member of OREC’s new business opportunities and advocacy teams, and also represents OREC at stakeholder discussions on the City of Ottawa’s Energy Evolution renewable energy strategy.


Marc-Andre Pigeon
Marc-Andre Pigeon brings a wealth of experience in communications, marketing, finance, and co-operative institutions. Marc-André Pigeon is Director, Financial Sector Policy, Canadian Credit Union Association. Marc-André is responsible for monitoring, researching and advocating for credit unions on a range of issues. Prior to joining CCUA, Marc-André worked as an analyst for several Parliamentary committees including the Senate Banking Committee and House of Commons Finance Committee, as a project leader at the Department Finance, as an economics researcher with the Levy Economics Institute in New York state, and as a business reporter for Bloomberg Business News in Toronto. Marc-André holds a PhD from Carleton University in Mass Communications, where he is a session lecturer, a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Ottawa, and a journalism degree from Carleton University.



 Susan Tanner has a lifelong commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice as reflected in her career as lawyer/mediator; educator/community organizer and public servant. Now retired, her Government positions include that of Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Justice on Gender Equality and Diversity; Forum Lead, WUF Habitat Jam; Member of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Board; Vice Chair, Social Assessment Review Board; and mediator for the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board.   In the 1980’s Susan participated in the Ad Hoc Committee on the Constitution, and the organizing committee of the Symposium on Equality Rights. In 1985, she became the founding chairperson of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), designed to promote the rights of women under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Susan represented WEED (Women and Environment Education and Development) at UNCED in Rio (1992). In 1995, Friends of the Earth Canada accepted a UN Environmental Prize for work on ozone depletion under her leadership and she continues to be actively involved in environment issues with organizations such as Canadian Association for the Club of Rome and Learning for a Sustainable Future. She lives in the Glebe.



 Jessica Webster, MCIP, RPP is a professional planner with a decade of experience researching community energy planning with Natural Resources Canada and two years experience managing energy planning in minor capital projects with the National Capital Commission.  In this and other capacities, she has worked with communities across Canada on community energy maps and plans and facilitated stakeholder groups to conduct collaborative research projects. She is also an event promoter, radio host, DJ and new mom.  A native of Unionville, she has a BA from Carleton and a Master’s of Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden.  She lives in the Kanata area of Ottawa.


Gabrielle White
Gabrielle White J.D. is based in Ottawa, Ontario, where she works as a lawyer with the Canadian Department of Justice. Before joining the public sector, Gabrielle was an associate with Hordo Bennett LLP. She completed her Juris Doctorate in 2011 at the University of Ottawa. Gabrielle has a firm commitment to the development of her community, demonstrated by her involvement in the creation of the Carlington Community Garden. In the past, she has served on the steering committee of Ecology Ottawa and continues to be involved with the organization.
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