Board of Directors
Mike Brigham: President
Mike Brigham is a Toronto-based small business owner with a passion for renewable energy. In 1985, Mike designed and installed his first off-grid solar electric system at his island cottage north of Toronto. Since then he has designed, installed and helped maintain other off-grid systems for friends and neighbours. Mike is a Director and past chair of the TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative and is both co-founder and president of the SolarShare Co-operative. He was previously a consultant to the Green Energy Act Alliance on the topic of Feed-In Tariffs and sits on board of the Community Power Capital Fund. Mike has been on the TREC Board of Directors since 2007, and the Community Power Capital Fund and SolarShare boards since their inception in 2010.
Thomas Haubenreisser: Vice President
Dr. Thomas Haubenreisser, Principal of INVEST-4-IMPACT, has over 25 years experience within the financial service and management consulting sectors. Thomas champions the advancement of impact investing through the development of new funds (Canada Impact Investment Fund, Community Power Capital) that provide investors with financial and social returns. Previously Thomas held senior positions within Royal Bank of Canada (Head of Innovation, Vice President of Strategy Business Development), CIBC (General Manager of Commercial Mortgages) and Brendan Wood International (Partner). He is active in community-based initiatives participating on the boards of Toronto Dollar, Community Power Capital, Water Power Group and Brendan Wood International. He is a founding member of the Toronto International Microfinance Summit and volunteers with Grameen Foundation’s Bankers without Borders program.
Brian Iler: Secretary
Brian Iler is a founding Partner in the law firm Iler Campbell LLP in Toronto. With its primary focus on providing legal services and advice to Ontario’s charities, co-operatives, and non-profits, the firm has a unique niche in the legal community. Brian has been on the Board of Directors of TREC and SolarShare since their inceptions and he is a founding director of Toronto’s innovative wind energy co-op, Windshare, which co-owns the wind turbine on Toronto’s waterfront. He’s also a past chair of Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and a founding director of the Community Power Fund.
David Robertson: Treasurer
David Robertson is a Chartered Professional Accountant. David was a partner in the CA firm Prentice Yates & Clark for 22 years, 12 as managing partner. David is now semi-retired dividing his time between SolarShare and a smaller group of clients. David specializes in accounting and financial reporting for non-profit organizations. David graduated with an undergraduate degree from Ryerson in Hospitality and Tourism Management in 1979 and received his designation as a chartered accountant in 1982. David has served on several non-profit boards over the years including FoodShare Toronto, Windshare Energy Co-operative, Lakewind Power Co-operative, TREC Co-operative and SolarShare. David's natural focus is accounting and accountability. His focus is the accountability of boards to their members and/or shareholders and stakeholders. David has been on SolarShare’s Board of Directors since inception in 2010.
Julie Leach: Director
Julie Leach is the communications manager at the Toronto Atmospheric Fund. Her areas of expertise include fundraising, communications, renewable energy, and impact investing. Before joining the Board, Julie managed sales and marketing at SolarShare for four years where she helped the co-op raise its first $10 million in Solar Bonds and engaged members in volunteer and committee opportunities.
Alison Goudy: Director
Alison has over 15 years of experience in finance, real estate, and power. Until recently, she was the Vice President of Finance and Development at Endura Energy and was responsible for the origination, execution and financing of development projects. Previous to that, Alison was Vice President at Brookfield Financial for 9 years where she advised on public and private M&A, debt and equity financing to clients in real estate, power and infrastructure sectors. She also worked for 4 years at Ernst & Young in the Corporate Finance Practice. Alison graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 2000 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ambrose Raftis: Director
Ambrose Raftis was trained as an engineering technologist at Ryerson University in control technology. He worked for 20 years in the industry with companies like Algoma Steel, Grant Forest Products, and Ontario Power Generation (OPG). He developed an interest in project development and initiated two new companies, Black Bridge Woodworking Inc. and Mindoka Training and Publishing, which develops computerized industrial training material. Ambrose became qualified as an environmental planner with ISO 14000 and under contract developed OPG's first computer-only ISO 14000 document system for the North East Region. Due to its success it was copied by all of the other regions in the province. Ambrose was the founding, and is now the current, board chair of Green Timiskaming Development Co-Op (GT) which has operated since 2009 and has 240 members in the north. As GT's project manager, Ambrose negotiated land lease contracts with local land owners and won ten successful Feed-in-Tariff 3 contracts for 9-500kW ground mounts and one 250kW rooftop community-owned solar installation. Ambrose negotiated with the GT Board in partnering with SolarShare for the Green Timiskaming solar projects.
Richard Sung, Director
Richard Sung is an entrepreneur in the renewable energy industry and is the President of Boreal Solar. Prior to founding the firm in 2010, he was an Equity Research Analyst at Genuity Capital Markets. Richard has a BaSc from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.