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.
Brian Mitchell, CPA, CA, is a passionate renewable energy advocate and an active investor in the solar energy sector. A Chartered Professional Accountant since 1987, Brian has spent over twenty-five years working in senior management and financial roles. Prior to opening his own financial management advisory practice, he served as Executive Director of TFO Canada, a business-oriented international development NGO. Previously he worked as a senior financial and international marketing executive of a publicly listed high-growth software firm. Brian’s international experience includes a post-graduate degree from the London School of Economics, management of overseas subsidiaries, and extensive international development work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Brian has served as a Director with several non-profit organizations in the environmental, community housing and international development sectors.
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.
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.
Andrea Harden has over a decade of experience in social justice and environmental campaigns engaging digital and grassroots mobilizing strategies, and media relations. As Senior Strategist with MediaStyle, a progressive public affairs agency, Andrea helps organizations tell their stories, and achieve their goals more effectively. Before joining the MediaStyle team, Andrea worked in the non-governmental sector promoting solutions to climate change, green jobs and challenging fossil fuel expansion. Her work has seen her travel to UN Climate Change Conferences, host workshops, speak at public events and work collaboratively with Indigenous communities, and multi-sector coalitions. Andrea graduated with highest honours from Carleton University with a B.A. Combined Honours in Human Rights and Political Science.
Gabrielle White is bilingual and grew up in Eastern Ontario. She graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty and has been practising law since 2012. She has gained experience in many different types of law and has practised in British Columbia and Ontario and in both the private and public sectors. Gabrielle currently works as Senior Counsel with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Since calling Ottawa home, Gabrielle has volunteered with a variety of environmental and community groups including the Carlington Community Garden and Ecology Ottawa.
Graeme is a business development professional, scientist, and local activist, with more than six years experience working in the renewable energy industry in Canada. With a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Graeme has a long history working with non-profit and community-focused organizations in the Ottawa area, including with the Ottawa Board of Trade, Fulbright Canada, and the OCDSB. Graeme worked for nearly seven years with Bullfrog Power, allowing Canadians across the country to join in the renewable energy transition.
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.
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).
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.