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Congratulations: 2017 SolarShare Board Election Winners


 Mike Brigham*     (re-elected)

I am both the co-founder and president of SolarShare. Working as a full time volunteer since 2010, I have been in charge of developing over $38 million in solar projects to date (with $22 million more under construction), developing the co-op’s technical specifications, project monitoring and maintenance programs, economic model for project pricing and have I have been responsible for negotiating all of the co-op's 47 property leases.

I was a co-founder and remain the president of and lead investor in the Community Power Capital Fund, the $18 million private capital fund which finances the construction of SolarShare’s projects, so as to remove construction risk from the co-ops public (bond) investors. I was also previously one of 2 Feed-In Tariff consultants to the Green Energy Act Alliance and participated in the formation of Ontario’s FIT program.

My goal is to engage many more Ontario residents in solar energy by building SolarShare to an even larger and more successful organization than it is today.

*Mike Brigham abstained from recommending candidates as he is currently on the Board of Directors and running for another term.

Shama Ahmed

I currently work in a group at TD called Community Relations where we manage the Bank's corporate philanthropy and I look after three fantastic portfolios - Financial Literacy, Social Finance and Indigenous Peoples. I joined TD years earlier, right after completing my MBA at Rotman. Prior to that, I was working with the Federal Government in Ottawa as an Economist, in a couple of different departments. Volunteering has always been an important part of my life, from being a tutor at Pathways to Education to most recently being heavily involved in the planning and execution of the Community Hub component of the Honest Ed's Farewell Party.

Several years ago, the very first conversation I had with a man (who later became my husband), was about social finance. It didn't take long for my interest to grow and I started to explore the sector by attending events at MaRS, Centre for Social Innovation and just having conversations with like-minded people. Ultimately I found the role at TD that I've described above, where I was able to start allocating some of our philanthropic dollars to social finance ventures and entrepreneurs. Despite significant internal challenges, I worked closely with a few key colleagues to ensure SolarShare bonds became RRSP eligible at TD. Recognizing this is not something available to all retail clients yet, it was a step in the right direction nonetheless. I want to do more for the sector outside of just my workplace and I believe I have the skills, perspective and expertise to make a positive contribution to the SolarShare community. I also truly believe that SolarShare is a unique, Canadian example of a remarkably successful impact investment.

Pieter de Koning

I am the Director of Production at Temporal Power and have 23 years of experience in technology development, feasibility studies, competitive research, marketing and business development. Prior to Temporal Power, I ran projects in Energy Storage, Renewable Power and Microgrid at Hatch and as an Independent Consultant my clients include Canadian Solar, NRCan, WindSmart, and Amp Solar. Prior to joining the cleantech space I worked for Xerox and Spin Master Toys. I hold several patents for my work. I am a Licensed Engineer with a Civil Structural degree from University of Waterloo and MBA from Rotman at UofT. I enjoy mentoring young engineers and volunteer my time with the UofT Entrepreneurship Hatchery.

I have been involved in the renewable power industry for the past six years and bring a broad experience base across wind, solar, hydro and energy storage, both from a technical and financial management perspective. I am particularly drawn to the Solar Share story, and admire the entrepreneurial tenacity that has gotten it to where it is today – it is the type of organization I would like to be a part of. I expect to both contribute and learn from others as a member of the SolarShare Board.