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2019 SolarShare Board Election Candidates


Ron Seftel     (Endorsed)

I am a financial executive with over 25 years of experience managing the financial and operational aspects of several small, entrepreneurial led business. Most recently I spent 12 years with Bullfrog Power, one of the leading renewable energy companies in Canada as CFO, COO and for the past 3 years I led the organization as it’s CEO. During that time I obtained an in depth knowledge of the Canadian renewable energy landscape and believe that I can bring that experience to help the Board of Solarshare navigate the next several years of its operations

Graysanne Bedell     (Endorsed)

I am 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. My in-house role with a venture capital firm was largely concerned with investment transactions and corporate governance. Previously I 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. 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, Street Haven at the Crossroads, 6 as its chair. I acted as the designee of TAF for 3 years on the board of a for-profit start-up, Efficiency Capital Corp., which organized and financed commercial energy retrofits.

Newton Chan

Newton is a senior manager and technology consultant with over a decade of experience consulting Fortune 500 companies on information system strategy and implementations. In his role at Avanade (a business division of Accenture), he is responsible for financial management and leading cross-functional teams to deliver enterprise software solutions ($1M+ revenue per year). Mostly recently, Newton has managed an advisory engagement with one of the world’s largest publicly-traded renewable power companies on an electronic document strategy. Over the last year, Newton has deepened his experience in the renewable energy space by joining the Sponsorship committee of ZooShare. This involved determining the tiered sponsorship levels, liaising with industry contacts, and preparing the sponsorship package to be presented to prospective corporate sponsors. Newton also completed a certificate course in “Energy Principles and Renewable Energy” from the University of Queensland (UQx) in 2018. Newton holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is enrolled in the Executive MBA degree at the Rotman School of Management with expected completion in Q4 2019.

Ashley Reid

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.