Canadian Wind Energy Association announces election of new members to Board of Directors
Ottawa, Ontario, October 25, 2012 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to announce the election of the following industry professionals to its Board of Directors for 2012-2013 at the organization's Annual General Meeting in Toronto Oct. 16:
Adarsh Mehta, Director of Development, Acciona Wind Energy Canada - Ms. Mehta has been involved in the wind industry for the past 14 years, and joined Acciona Wind Energy in 2010. Ms. Mehta was previously elected to the CanWEA Board of Directors for 2008-2011, during which time she served as Vice-Chair, Chair and Past-Chair.
Ben Greenhouse, Director of Development, NextEra Energy Canada - Mr. Greenhouse has worked in the wind industry since 2007, and has been involved in multiple phases of wind farm development and operations across Canada. As the current Director of Development for NextEra Energy Canada, he leads the development of multiple wind projects.
Colin Edwards, Senior Developer Canada, Pattern Energy Group - Mr. Edwards has been a Senior Developer at Pattern Energy Group since the company's formation in 2009 and established the Toronto office where he now leads Pattern's Canadian development activities.
Roby Roberts, Vice President Communications and Government and Regulatory Affairs, EDP Renewables North America - Mr. Roberts joined EDP Renewables North America in 2010 and has more than 20 years of experience in renewable energy policy, communications, business development and regulation .
Roslyn McMann, Senior Sales Manager, GE Renewables - Ms. McMann joined GE in 2008 as the Sales Manager, Western Canada for GE Energy – Power Generation, and is now responsible for the growth of GE's Renewable Energy portfolio in Canada.
Shannon Wever, Manager, Business Development – Wind Energy, TransAlta - Ms. Wever has led TransAlta's wind energy business development efforts for all Canadian markets since 2011, and has been employed in the wind energy industry since 2003.
These new Board Members will join our existing Board Members from the following companies to provide strategic leadership to CanWEA and the Canadian wind energy industry in the coming year:
- David Timm, CanWEA Board Chair, International Power Canada Inc.
- Pamela McKinnon, CanWEA Board Secretary, Nova Scotia Power Inc.
- Jeff Jenner, CanWEA Board Treasurer, Sprott Power Corporation
- Brent Bergland, CanWEA Board Director, Mortenson Canada Corporation
- Carole Barbeau, CanWEA Board Director, GL Garrad Hassan
- Gary Pundsack, CanWEA Board Director, INNERGEX
- Jean Roy, CanWEA Board Director, Kruger Energy
- Marc-Antoine Renaud, CanWEA Board Director, ENERCON Canada Inc.
- Peter Clibbon, CanWEA Board Director, RES Canada Inc.
By the end of 2012, wind energy's contribution of clean power to the country's electricity supply is projected to grow by nearly 20 per cent, with the addition of 1,200 MW of new wind energy capacity. This will mark the second consecutive year with well over 1,000 MW of newly installed capacity, maintaining Canada's position as one of the world's leading wind energy markets. Canada will see wind energy projects commissioned in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec in 2012, with over 60 per cent of Canada's new wind energy capacity in Quebec.
Each 1,000 MW of new wind energy drives $2.5 billion in investments, creates 10,500 person-years of employment and provides enough clean power for over 300,000 Canadian homes.
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its almost 400 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. To join other global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the country's electricity from wind by 2025. The document Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca
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