Company: We generate green energy through community investments.
Education: Master of environmental studies. Dalhousie University (2010)
You would be hard-pressed to find someone living in Ottawa who hasn’t had a slice of Gabriel Pizza. Served up in 42 restaurants in Ontario and Quebec, at events including
Charitable involvement: Ecology Ottawa
Biggest biz achievement: Raising $7 million in investments from individuals in Ottawa and spending all that money on local solar energy projects.
Biggest biz obstacle: Developing viable renewable energy projects.
Biggest influence: The founding directors of OREC for their vision, commitment, knowledge and good nature!
Biggest lesson learned: Find the experts who want to work with you. Don’t try to do everything from scratch.
First job: Gymnastics coach
Advice I’d give the younger me: Be patient. Embrace failures. Question defensiveness. Know when to compromise and when not to.
What’s left to do: Continue to learn. Live lightly. Speak up. Leave a positive impact. Create a local investment co-op. Support a co-op farm. House climate refugees. Laugh. Dance.
Favourite pastime: Trail running
I’m currently reading: The Burning Answer: A User’s Guide to the Solar Revolution by Keith Barnham
Favourite movie: Moulin Rouge
Favourite song: Lost Balloons by Caledonia
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Fury FC
Favourite local summer event: CityFolk
Preferred social media platform: Facebook
Company Twitter handle: @ORECoop