Customer & Member Manager
Aaron Thornell has been with CoEnergy since it was founded in 2018. He continues to work with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, CoEnergy’s sister co-operative. Aaron is committed to ensuring that the transition to a low-carbon future is just and equitable. He is a firm believer in the co-operative model, and a grassroots approaches to achieving positive social and environmental change. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development and History from St. Francis Xavier University. He is a former OceanPath Fellow, and currently volunteers with various community organizations towards social and climate justice.
Board of Directors
Dick Bakker 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.
Graham Findlay has had a varied and stimulating career as an engineer doing hydro-electric operations, an institutional financier, a real estate developer, and for the last 16 years he has been active in Canada’s renewable energy industry. In 2002, Graham co-founded Vector Wind Energy Inc (TSX:VWE) and launched wind energy projects in 10 Canadian provinces, constructed 3 wind projects in Nova Scotia and won competitive energy bids in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In 2007, Vector Wind Energy was purchased by a large Canadian energy company, prompting Graham to co-found 3G Energy Corp, an Ottawa-based energy project advisory company. 3G Energy has worked on many wind and solar projects as well as a wind farm owned by the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.
Ron Benn, a Chartered Accountant/Chartered Professional Accountant, has a long and varied history as a senior financial officer and director. In addition to being a co-founder and CFO of Vector Wind Energy, he has also been the CFO for three other companies that were listed on publicly traded stock exchanges. He is an Officer, Director and shareholder of Boojum Research Ltd., a privately held company that provides environmental engineering services to companies in the resource industries, with a specific focus on cleaning up active and abandoned mine sites. Over the course of his four decade career, Ron Benn has played an instrumental role in raising and structuring over C$1 billion of debt and equity transactions. In addition to his business career, Ron has been an active member of the executive of his local community association for over 30 years, and while his children were younger, coached them in both recreational soccer and hockey.
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 is also a trained economist and has over two decades of experience in consulting, programme management, policy development, risk management and international development.
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 the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative 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.
Anne began working in real estate over 30 years ago and has extensive experience in real property, client relationship management, leasing, procurement, portfolio planning, change management, mediation and arbitration. After years working in the private sector, Anne joined the public service in 2001 working at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) in the Real Property Branch. Prior to joining the Department of National Defence in 2016, Anne worked as a Senior Director, National Capital Area (NCA) Real Estate Services, where she was responsible for the management of approximately 800 leases totaling about 20,000,000 square feet of office and industrial space in the NCA. Currently, Anne is a Director General in the Infrastructure and Environment Group, and is part of an executive team responsible for a major transformation of the largest real estate portfolio within the federal government. She developed the Real Property Portfolio Strategy, first in government, the National service management Strategy, the Client Relationship Management Strategy, and the Stakeholder engagement Strategy.
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.