Marion is driven by a sense of urgency about the climate crisis, and over the last few years has focused on environmental education as well as advocacy for more robust climate action in the context of Ottawa’s High Performance Development Standards. She is excited to help grow our impact and work for a more resilient and sustainable future.
“I really am excited to join OREC at this time, joining forces with CoEnergy, working with the Board and the many engaged members. As I experience the effects of the climate crisis this summer: the heat waves in Europe, the devastating forest fires, rivers drying up and also the energy crisis, I am more than ever committed to help establish renewable energy as the only and urgent way forward.”
On behalf of the OREC board and our members, welcome Marion! We look forward to working with you.
Vadim Belotserkovsky is a mechanical engineer by training with over 19 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.
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.
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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.
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 and Mr Findlay then co-founded 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.
Susan Tanner, L.L.B., M.E.S., L.L.M. While holding senior positions in both Federal and Ontario governments, Susan has maintained an active role in community organizations as both Board and staff.
Susan was founder of Halton Hills Community Legal Services (1978) and founding chairperson of LEAF (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund) (1985). She represented Friends of the Earth at the 1992 UNCED in Rio and in 1995, Friends of the Earth Canada accepted a UNEP award for work on the Montreal Protocol done under her leadership. While serving as Executive Director (2007-10) Canadian Environmental Network, Susan was honoured as a United Nations Association of Canada “Championne” for her work on human rights and environment.
Federal Government positions included: Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Justice Canada, on Gender and Diversity; Senior Manager, Federal participation, Expo 86; Forum Lead, Disaster Management, World Urban Forum, Habitat Jam; Counsellor, Association of Executives (APEX). Provincial positions included: Member, Ontario Environmental Assessment Board; Vice Chair, Social Assessment Review Board; Mediator, Ontario Grievance Settlement Board, Clinic Education Officer, Ontario Legal Aid Plan.
Susan holds a Masters of Environmental Studies and a Masters of Law, is a member of the Ontario Bar, has consulted in the private sector on sustainability and taught as a sessional at Carleton.