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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alain Jegen focused in 2005 on sustainable development and innovative technologies that address climate change issues in Energy Exploration, Production and Utilization, Power Generation, Waste Management and Transportation after he co-founded 2 local system engineering companies in aerospace and defense. Alain’s expertise includes energy efficiency (Green Buildings (2009 CIRS building-UBC), engineered wood buildings, BIPV), sensor and monitoring systems (Water, Electricity), renewable energy (Solar – Wind), energy storage (Solar & Geo Thermal (Drake Landing Solar Community), Fuel cell, Li-Ion/Flow batteries, Flywheels), Electric Transportation, Smart Grid and Advanced Materials.
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.
John is a Technology Consultant with over 25 years experience now working directly with inspiring small- and medium-sized organizations to identify, plan and deliver IT solutions to ‘help them solve problems with technology’. His areas of expertise include business strategy, digital transformation, and cost optimization. He has worked with a wide range of organizations locally, nationally, and abroad and is interested in working more with environmental organizations. See johnkirkwood.ca for details. John joins us having been a board member of a number of Ottawa-based organisations. He is an electric car (EV) enthusiast and has done many adventurous road trips in his Tesla, including 12,500 KM from Ottawa to Mexico, California and back.