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Board of Directors

Patrick Collie, Chair

Patrick Collie is an Electrical Engineer-in-Training at GP Joule with 4 years’ experience in the solar industry. GP Joule develops, engineers, and constructs commercial and utility scale solar projects in Canada, the US, and Europe. Patrick splits his time between designing new solar facilities and commissioning and troubleshooting existing installations. Prior to GP Joule, he managed the operations and maintenance of 10 megawatts of FiT solar projects across Ontario with Solar Provider Group, and worked as a solar technician with RESCo Energy. Before being bitten by the solar bug, he worked as a reliability consultant for some of Canada’s largest traditional energy companies. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

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.

Graysanne Bedell, Vice-President    

Graysanne Bedell is a retired corporate-commercial lawyer with experience as a director and officer on the boards of a charity, a non-profit and a for-profit corporation. Her in-house role with a venture capital firm concerned investment transactions and corporate governance. Previously she was the corporate Secretary of a public company and later the general counsel of its largest division, overseeing a wide range of contracts, employment issues and litigation. Her volunteer work has included: helping to create the structure of the Community Forward Fund (a fund lending money to non-profits); working with the Ward 13 environmental group on a pilot for geothermal district heating-cooling (unrealized); 30 years on the board of a women’s social service charity, and serving as the Chair of the Street Haven at the Crossroads. She acted as the designee of TAF for 3 years and on the board of a for-profit start-up, Efficiency Capital Corp., which organized and financed commercial energy retrofits. 

Ron Seftel, Treasurer

Ron Seftel is a financial executive with over 25 years of experience managing the financial and operational aspects of several small, entrepreneurial led business. Most recently he spent 12 years with Bullfrog Power, one of the leading renewable energy companies in Canada as CFO, COO, and for the past 3 years as CEO. During that time he obtained an in depth knowledge of the Canadian renewable energy landscape.

Ashley Reid, Director

Ashley Reid is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant who holds an MAES in planning from the University of Waterloo and a passion for sustainable economic development. Living in France 20 years ago she became acutely aware of the cultural difference in energy consumption. She has since visited 41 countries on 5 continents and continues to be perplexed why culturally we are not reducing consumption and migrating to sustainable, renewable energy sources. After completing her designation she began a career in private sector working as an analyst for publicly traded organizations where shareholder profits were at the core of business decisions. In the search for employment with a positive social impact - she stumbled upon MEDA. In her current role as the Senior Internal Audit & Compliance Manager, she audits economic development projects abroad. Ashley has a strong history of being actively involved in her community. Some of her past volunteer experiences include sitting on the Kitchener Economic Development Advisory Committee, Waterloo Audit Committee and working with the Kitchener-Centre Green Party of Canada EDA. 

Shama Ahmed, Director

Shama Ahmed is part of the Community Relations team at TD, where she manages the Bank's community investments and corporate philanthropy, with a focus on Financial Education, Social Finance and Indigenous Peoples. She is also the enterprise subject matter on impact investing and social finance and an external spokesperson at industry events. Prior to this, Shama spent 5 years at TD Securities in numerous roles within Global Risk Management. She also has extensive experience with the Federal Government, having spent time with the Departments of Finance as well as Indian & Northern Affairs.  Shama holds an M.A. in Economics from McGill University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. 

Pieter de Koning, Director

Pieter de Koning is the Director of Production at Temporal Power and has 23 years of experience in technology development, feasibility studies, competitive research, marketing and business development. Prior to Temporal Power, he ran projects in Energy Storage, Renewable Power and Microgrid for at firms including Hatch, Canadian Solar, NRCan, WindSmart, and Amp Solar. Prior to joining the cleantech space Pieter worked for Xerox and Spin Master Toys and holds several patents for his work. Pieter is a Licensed Engineer with a Civil Structural degree from University of Waterloo and MBA from Rotman at U of T with a double major in Marketing and Technology Innovation. He enjoys mentoring young engineers and volunteers his time with the U of T Entrepreneurship Hatchery.

Glen Campbell, Director

Glen Campbell is an investor and independent consultant, with a 35-year career as a consultant (with Andersen Consulting and Bain and Company), equity research analyst (Head of Canadian Equity Research and Global Coordinator for Telecom Services Research with Bank of America Merrill Lynch) and corporate management (as Chief Commercial Officer at Wind Mobile and SVP Wireless Planning at Shaw Communications).  He has an MBA from UBC and a BA (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario.  He owns two MicroFIT solar projects and is the past chair of the Ontario regional board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.   Glen lives in Toronto with his wife and three daughters.  

Khalid Grant, Director

Khalid Grant is the Founder of Solar Genesis, a renewable energy company that provides consulting, project management and solar development services. Khalid entered the solar industry in 2009 with Solsmart Energy Solutions and has gained considerable experience in solar design and project management since then in both FIT and microFIT projects. Outside of the office, Khalid has informed the public about solar energy through volunteering with CanSIA as a Solar Ambassador for Ward 22 St. Paul’s, with the City of Toronto’s Solar Neighbourhoods Initiative, and with SolarShare at consumer shows. In addition to investing with SolarShare, he also invests in high impact solar projects in Africa. Khalid has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

Committees

Audit 

Ashley Reid (Chair)
David Robertson
Thomas Haubenreisser
Ron Seftel

Finance & Planning

Glen Campbell (Chair)
Ron Seftel
David Robertson
Mike Brigham
Thomas Haubenreisser
Doug Finley
Amy Zhang

Governance

Shama Ahmed (Chair)
Graysanne Bedell
Newton Chan

Marketing & Sales

Pieter de Koning (Chair)
Doug Finley
Thomas Haubenreisser
Julie Leach
Jennifer Bryan

New Business & Acquisitions 

Khalid Grant (Chair) 
Alison Goudy
Mike Brigham 
Graysanne Bedell
Richard Sung
Newton Chan

Operations & Maintenance

Mike Brigham (Chair)
Patrick Collie
Pieter de Koning
Ambrose Raftis
David Crockett