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.
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.