Customer & Member Manager
Aaron Thornell joined the OREC team in 2017, taking over communications and member relations in 2018. In his time with OREC, Aaron has overseen several community investment rounds, raising over $2 million. In 2019, Aaron took over management of the co-operative, and is responsible for member and member-investor relations, project management, marketing and promotion of the Co-op. He is committed to supporting and accelerating the low-carbon transition in the Ottawa region where he grew up. He is a firm believer in grassroots approaches to achieving positive social and environmental change, reinforced through his studies of Community Development and History at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He is a former OceanPath Fellow, and currently volunteers with various community organizations towards social and ecological justice.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.