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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.


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Communications Manager – David Mazur-Goulet brings his diverse experience in communications and marketing to achieve the Co-operative’s important objectives. An Ottawa native, his devotion to the region’s prosperous development are evident in his willingness to work collectively for lasting change.  He recently co-founded a new worker’s co-operative called BeetBox Co-operative Farm located in the West end of Ottawa and he sat on the Board of Directors of the West End Well Cooperative from 2015 to 2016. David holds diplomas from Algonquin College in Small and Medium Enterprise Management and Green Business Management as well as a certificate from the University of Vermont in sustainable agriculture.


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 is the newest addition to the OREC team, joining as the 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 region. 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.


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Communications Associate – Matthew Brocklehurst is an environmental communicator, with a background in biology. He has a BSc from the University of Toronto, with a specialist in Biology, a Major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a Minor in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. In 2016 he completed the Environmental Visual Communications program, which is a graduate certificate program taught at the Royal Ontario Museum. He developed skills to bridge the gap between science and the public by communicating science through new and engaging methods, such as photography, videography, graphic design and social media. He has worked for various NGOs providing communications expertise, including spending four months as a volunteer in Vietnam, where he worked for an organization helping smallholder rice farmers adapt to climate change. Most recently he was a summer intern at Ecology Ottawa helping with their communications and social media for a variety of campaigns. 


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.


OREC Vice-President David Cork
David Cork, Vice-President. Since joining iSolara in 2010, David has 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.


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.


Johan Hamels
Johan Hamels, Secretary, was co-founder of renewable energy co-op Ecopower in Belgium and brings a wealth of co-op experience to OREC. Johan was also a founding member of the Green Party in Flanders-Belgium, and has had an active political career for 30 years within the European Union and internationally. Johan came to Canada in 2010 and served as Executive Director of the Green Party of Canada until 2011. Johan has a degree in Accounting and Financial Planning from the Industrial Technical School Leuven, Belgium. He also sits on the Business and Comms teams.


Vadim Belotserkovsky
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.


John Brauneisen 2016 OREC
John Brauneisen and his family have lived in Kemptville since 1985 when he accepted a job with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). During his time at the CNSC, John worked in international safeguards and power reactor regulation. Since his retirement in 2011, John has been actively involved in the fields of public transportation and renewable energy. He is the owner of Kemptville Transportation Services (KTS) and he was a member of the governing board of North Grenville Accessible Transportation. On the renewable energy front, John owns a 10 kW solar tracker which has been operational since March 2011. John’s involvement with Sustainable North Grenville in 2012 helped to organize Kemptville’s first electric car show and persuade the Municipality of North Grenville to accept a 51 per cent ownership of Burritts Rapids Hydro and proceed with a FIT 4.0 application. John became a member of OREC of June 2015 and he has since worked to bring recognition of OREC by inviting Janice Ashworth to present to Sustainable North Grenville


Graham Findlay
Graham Findlay, MBA is a renewable energy project consultant providing advice and project management skills to private, institutional and First Nation clients. Mr Findlay’s education includes a degree in Civil Engineering from Queens University and an MBA from University of Toronto. His professional experience spans 35 years and includes engineering responsibilities with Ontario Hydro on hydro installations and river control systems. Mr. Findlay was a founder, director and chief operating officer of Vector Wind Energy Inc (TSXv:VWE) which started wind farm projects in the following seven. Mr Findlay is a cofounder of 3G Energy Corp, an Ottawa-based consulting and development company that focuses on renewable energy projects in Canada. Mr Findlay manages the company’s project design and implementation activities.


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.


Candale Labelle OREC Director
Candace Labelle is based in Ottawa, Ontario, where she works for CSC Consulting Services. With a strong technology background, Candace moved into corporate sustainability in 2008, where she passionately connects various aspects of CR to everyday business ROI through her leadership of a variety of large global programs. As Vice President and Climate Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Canada and longstanding environmental activist, Candace spends her free time public speaking; providing environmental sustainability education helping people understand, and connect the dots on issues such as climate change, world water challenges, green IT, chemical toxicants, corporate responsibility and more with the goal to ignite passion for sustainability and inspire positive environmental change. Candace attended Ottawa University, holds certifications for PMP, 6 Sigma Green Belt and ITIL Foundations, and has 19 years’ experience in the IT industry.


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 professional engineer with over 30 years experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy as a consultant, researcher, writer and advocate in Canada and around the world. Roger was founding President of OREC from 2010 to 2013. He also sits on the Business Team.  Roger previous experience includes Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency with the Pembina Institute and solar commercialization officer at the National Research Council. He is a member of the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance and a volunteer advisor with Ecology Ottawa.


Nate Preston OREC Director
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.


Amber Seeds OREC Director
Amber Seeds was recently called to the bar and joined Export Development Canada as an environmental and social risk advisor. She previously worked for a Croll and Co. including a focus on intellectual property law. She has experience in industrial engineering, including extensive experience in pollution control technology. Before going to law school, Amber worked as a process and environmental engineer for Plasco Energy Group. Amber also has experience in the manufacturing sector, including pulp and paper production, ballistic fabrics, food engineering, gasification, pyrolysis and combustion sectors, blast furnaces, and coke production. Amber is an active member of the cycling community and volunteered as a board member for The Otesha Project, who ran cycling tours and educational programs. She also has a long history working on the development of girls and women with Girl Guides of Canada. She holds a J.D. from University of Ottawa with specialization in environmental law, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo.



 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.
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