ELSE National Board

Chair

Julie Guerin, ELSE Canada, National Chair & Co-Founder

Program Manager, Green Ontario Fund at Independence Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Julie currently manages the Green Ontario Fund Rebates Program for residential homeowners at IESO, building relationships with service providers and responsible evaluating project developments and installations. Previous to this, Julie ran the operations at M Power Energy Solutions, Canada's first Tesla Energy Authorized Reseller and Installer. She played a significant role in the early commercializing the Tesla Powerwall in Canada, expanding the business and developing the customer experience process. Earlier in her career, she worked with NRG Home Solar, a Fortune 250 company and largest solar power developer in the U.S., where she has helped bring to life some of America’s largest and most innovative rooftop solar projects. Julie has her diploma from York University in Toronto and currently serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors for Emerging Leaders of Solar Energy (ELSE).

 

 

Chapters Liaisons

James Law, ELSE Canada, Chapter Liaison East

Services Manager, TREC

TREC is a non-profit developer of community solar projects and back-office services provider for community groups issuing securities to finance local projects. TREC is also the incubator of SolarShare, one of North America's largest solar co-operatives. As the Services Manager, James leads his team in the administration of over $25 million in community bonds and shares, enabling the development of social impact projects, including renewable energy and innovation spaces. They also contribute research and resources to help communities develop their capacity in asset development and examine the benefits of social finance.

 

 

Communications 

M. Ryan Manchee, ELSE Canada, Communications Chair

Sales Manager, Canada & Midwestern US, JinkoSolar Inc.

Ryan’s commitment to the renewable energy sector in Ontario began in 2009 with his work on the Green Energy Act Campaign as the Business Development Manager of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. After returning to post-secondary education he was inducted into the Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy Incubation Hub as the Director of the residential energy conservation and retrofitting program, EnergySavers, and was awarded with a commendation by Corporate Knights Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders. Ryan now pulls double duty as the Manager of the Canadian subsidiary of the world’s largest and most bankable solar module manufactures, JinkoSolar, as well as working with the American sales team in the Midwest US. As the Director of Communications Ryan role is to manage the external communications requirements of the functional committees with the membership at large, as well as develop long-term strategic communications planning to ensure continuity of the enterprise.

Daniel Hoile, ELSE Canada, Communications Social

Regional Sales Manager, KACO new energy Inc.

KACO new energy is a 101 year old German manufacturer with over 8GW of PV inverters deployed worldwide since 1997. With manufacturing in Germany, South Korea, United States and Canada, KACO develops and brings to market inverter solutions from 250watt module-level power electronics to 2MW utility power stations. As a Regional Sales Manager, Daniel is responsible for strategic and tactical sales planning along with identifying, qualifying, and presenting product capabilities and by expanding business partnerships, developing new relationships and entering new markets on behalf of KACO. As the Director of Social Media, Dan’s role is to manage and provide content facilitation for the various social media platforms utilized by ELSE.

Programs

Gabriel Constantin, ELSE Canada, Mentorship General

Team Leader, Environmental and Permitting Services at DNV GL

Gabriel Constantin holds a B.Sc. in Geomatics applied to the Environment and an M. Sc. in Geographical Sciences. Since joining DNV GL, in mid-2012, Gabriel has been involved in more than a dozen renewable energy mandates in Ontario and abroad. He has quickly focused his field of expertise around the environmental and permitting aspect of renewable energy projects as well as the relevant regulations and energy policies of Ontario. More precisely, Gabriel has significantly contributed in the procurement of Renewable Energy Approvals (REAs) for multiple solar and wind projects in Ontario by coordinating with agencies (MOECC, MNRF and MTCS) and stakeholders, participating in public open house, managing subcontractors, and writing the mandatory REA reports. His experiences also include project management, environmental impact assessments, due diligence, permitting at different government level and an array of consultation activities.

 

Jonathan Game, ELSE Canada, Solar Ambassador Program Chair & Co-Founder

Sr. Project Manager, Episolar

Jonathan Game began his career in marketing, social media, and legal affairs for BBDO, an international advertising agency working with large multi-national companies including the International Olympic Committee, Pepsico and Procter&Gamble. Moving into the financial sector focusing on investments in emerging markets, he currently is the Senior Project Manager at Episolar, a private equity development corporation focusing on renewable energy in the African sector and emerging markets in the global South. For the last two years Jonathan has developed and managed special projects in legal and business affairs in Sub-Saharan Africa, relying on his experience developing utility scale solar projects. He has worked with ECA’s from Scandinavia, South Africa and the United States to ensure projects reach financial close in this challenging market. To date, Jonathan has helped develop a special purpose vehicle for one West Africa’s largest solar installations with some of Europe’s largest banking institutions. Having lived and worked abroad for over five years, Jonathan has been involved with various projects both in Canada and internationally, focusing on cleantech and emerging markets. Jonathan enjoys biking, travel, and all things new tech in the renewable energy sector, and any new policy. Jonathan graduated from Concordia University and McGill University in Environmental Studies and Management respectively.

Mitchell Niles, ELSE Canada, Solar Ambassador Eastern Canada

Solar System Designer, SolPowered Energy Corp.

Mitchell began working in the solar industry in 2012 at SolPowered Energy Corp, an Ontario solar energy developer specializing in the deployment of medium and large photovoltaic solar systems on building roof tops. In 2014 SolPowered Energy Corp. merged with iSolara Solar Power, Ottawa's first choice for residential, commercial, agricultural and institutional solar systems with over 500 completed projects in Eastern Ontario. As a Solar System Designer, Mitchell has experience preparing hundreds of system designs and providing technical support during construction on projects up to 400 kW. He also developed and maintains a comprehensive operations and maintenance program for photovoltaic solar systems, and has improved an internal model to determine the benefits for customers of a net-metering solar system. Mitchell is passionate about solar energy as our primary source of energy and enjoys learning of innovations in renewable energy technology and policy. Mitchell holds a Bachelor's of Engineering with High Distinction from Carleton University in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering: Smart Technologies for Power Generation and Distribution.