MBA, CPA, CMA, BED, FCUIC
Prior to joining VCT Group as Vice-President of Finance in 2008, Brian studied energy efficient and environmental technologies in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED). Following this he pursued further studies in computer science and began working for Convergys/AT&T. From this, Brian became a partner in a computer consulting firm, starting up a computer sales company alongside the consulting business, as well as teaching high school computer science courses. Brian left those endeavours to join the financial co-operative, Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, in 2002 where he subsequently held several technical, lending and management roles and earned the designation of Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada (FCUIC). During this time Brian also obtained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University. Following this he pursued further studies in accounting, completing the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) program in 2011. Through this he has subsequently received the designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Brian is one of the founding members of Community Energy Development Co-operative Ltd. and has served as the President of the organization since its incorporation in 2012. He is currently serving on the board of directors of the Federation of Community Power Co-operatives, is a member of the council of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, and is a member of Mennonite Economic Development Associates.
Jerry is co-founder of VCT Group, a member of Community Renewable Energy Waterloo and SUN Co-operative (Sudbury Renewable Energy Co-operative) and an investor in Lucid Energy Inc. Jerry is a founding director and board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, SouthWest Ontario Chapter and Vice Chair of his church council.
Jerry is a 15-year veteran of senior management in government within Community Services. His “green” work experience began when he managed and administered the Ontario Division of the Federal Government Energy Mines and Resources R-2000 Energy Efficient Housing Program. He studied Public Administration at the University of Western Ontario and became a registered Municipal Clerk and Treasurer through course work at St. Lawrence College. He is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo Human Kinetics and Leisure Studies and holds a diploma in Business from Wilfrid Laurier University. Jerry has also conducted extensive research into consumer behaviour and owns a sales consulting and training business teaching these techniques to sales forces across Canada and the United States.
In addition to being a co-founder of VCT Group, Dale is Board Chair of both Aeryon Labs Inc. and Kindred Credit Union, a board member of Community Energy Development Co-operative Ltd. and a former board member of Sustainable Waterloo Region and Lucid Energy Inc. He is an investor in Power Takeoff LLP, a member of MEDA’s Waterloo chapter, and an investor in MEDA’s programs. Dale is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), and Community Renewable Energy Waterloo.
Dale previously spent 17 years at BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion helping build the company from startup to world-renowned corporation. His most recent responsibilities there included Program Manager for the BlackBerry 8700. As Program Manager and reporting directly to the COO, Dale oversaw all aspects of product development including product and market definition, hardware and software development, quality assurance and new product introduction. Dale also led the development and commercialization of the DigiSync Film Barcode reader which received technical awards from both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (“Emmy Awards”) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (“Academy Awards”).
business services manager
Carole joined VCT Group in November 2010. She brings extensive management experience from the insurance and private wealth management industries, where she worked in both customer service management and supervisory roles for over 20 years.
At VCT Group, Carole plays an integral role in the operations and compliance requirements surrounding both microFIT and FIT projects with the Ontario Power Authority, the applicable local hydro distribution companies and their inherent processes. Carole is responsible for customer relations with VCT’s client base.
Carole graduated with honours in Business Administration – Management Studies at Conestoga College. She obtained her Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) designation from Wilfrid Laurier University and has also taken a variety of courses at Wilfrid Laurier University as she works towards obtaining her degree in Business Administration – Communication Studies
technical design manager
Michael joined VCT Group in 2010, and as the Manager of Technical Design Services, his primary responsibilities include electrical system design and project management. Michael studied Electronics Engineering at Conestoga College and holds a 442A Industrial Electrician ticket and Master Electrician. Previously, Michael worked in a senior role managing the design and implementation of more than 30 control systems in the high volume manufacturing environment of Kraus Carpet Mills. Prior to this, his work included performance and failure analysis, reliability testing and circuit board design at Research In Motion.
operations and construction manager
Adam joined VCT Group in 2019 with 9 years of experience leading a variety of electrical installations ranging from small residential renovations to multi-million-dollar facilities. This includes many projects in the ICI sector involving procuring all materials and equipment, leading other electricians and apprentices, ensuring compliance with applicable standards and coordination with project management stakeholders. Adam leads our construction and maintenance division and oversees all work on project sites. He holds both a 309A Construction & Maintenance Electrical ticket as well as his Master Electrician designation.
electriciaN, SOLAR & EV SPECIALIST
Pete joined VCT Group recently and holds a 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician ticket. Pete is a 4th generation electrician, and is a graduate of the Conestoga College Construction and Maintenance Electrician program. With 10 years of trade experience, Pete’s skills are a valuable addition to our team, performing maintenance and electrical work on our installations.
Fleet performance manager
Leading our Operations and Maintenance team, Jim monitors, dispatches team members for repairs and service of systems. He ensures all systems are operating to their full potential, and our clients are maximizing their generation and revenue. Jim is also working on the development of our monitoring software, allowing VCT Group to optimize monitoring, fault detection, and scheduling. He joins us from Panasonic Eco Solutions and Newton Group where he supervised installations of both residential and commercial solar systems. Jim has his Diploma in Computer Engineering Technology from Sir Sandford Fleming College, and is currently working towards his 309A electrical trade ticket.
accounting and finance manager
Brody joined VCT Group in 2020 as Accounting and Finance Manager. As a Wilfrid Laurier University BBA Alumni, Brody also completed Laurier’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting and subsequently obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Brody has in-depth financial reporting and internal control background after several years in KPMG’s Audit practice as a Senior Accountant. Prior to this, Brody worked in the construction industry in the Finance department at Fusion Homes, reporting on business activities to debtors and investors, among other responsibilities. Brody’s passion for sustainability first developed in his early years through BRC Mechanical, his family’s HVAC company, which installed both residential and commercial geo-thermal systems
Dijana joined VCT Group in 2020. She has over 10 years of extensive experience in Finance and Accounting working for both the private and public sector. Dijana is a Business Administration – Finance graduate from Sheridan College. In her previous roles, Dijana has successfully managed multiple large accounts and led teams to perfectly execute and deliver exceptional results, as well as handling the Accounting day-to-day operation. Working for the Region of Waterloo, she initiated multiple procedures that optimized cost savings for the taxpayers as well as increased efficiency. She enjoys working closely with people and building long lasting customer relationships.
ELECTRICIAN, SOLAR & EV SPECIALIST
As part of the Operations and Maintenance team, Wes repairs and maintains our more northern systems, ensuring they are generating to their full potential. Wes is a Licensed Industrial Electrician with 17 years experience in electrical, industrial, and construction maintenance, and the Electrical Apprenticeship Programs at Sault College, Northern College, and Durham College. Wes has worked as an electrician and in maintenance capacities in a multitude of industries. His broad work history includes electrical equipment installation and maintenance at Domtar, installation and maintenance at INCO, and power systems maintenance at Espanola Hydro.
ELECTRICIAN, SOLAR & EV SPECIALIST
Andre joined VCT Group in 2019 as a Licensed Electrician with his 309A ticket. He has over six years of experience in the electrical trade, previously working at Linamar Corporation and Rockwell Automation. Andre’s expertise and friendly personality make him an excellent member of the VCT team and a delight to have on site.
business development representative
Ian earned his degree in Biology and Geography at Wilfrid Laurier University, focusing on plant biology and hydrology. He most recently supported North, a local augmented reality startup, as a Product Marketing Specialist. Prior to this he worked in technical support and sales for Apple Canada. Ian’s background also includes relationship building, thought leadership, writing and product demonstration. He is driving for the advancement of renewable electrification with almost a decade of customer relationship management.
technician, solar & ev specialist
Oscar previously worked in the woodworking and metal manufacturing for 6 years building hospital and military goods, before returning to education at Sheridan College’s Electrical Engineering Technician program. His other prior experience includes working at Sungrid Solutions assembling and testing electronic equipment and solar equipment. Now, Oscar works as part of VCT Group’s field team, working on the construction and maintenance of our installations.
technician, solar & ev specialist
A valued member of VCT Group’s field team, Peter works on the construction and maintenance of our installations. Peter recently changed careers and is now currently apprenticing for his 309a Electric License. Previously, he attended Algonquin College for Outdoor Guiding.
TECHNICIAN, SOLAR & EV SPECIALIST
Hashim works on VCT Group’s Installation and Maintenance team working on the construction and maintenance of our installations. Hashim recently earned his diploma from the Conestoga College Renewable Energy Techniques program. Previously, he worked as a machinist with RDJ Bakeries and Dynamig.
marketing & design lead
Nik is a graphic designer with 30 years of experience creating engaging marketing materials for both B2B and B2C audiences. His design sensibility was sharpened in traditional and digital agency contexts and is informed environmentally by his time at Alternatives Journal – Canada’s national environmental magazine. He is passionate about the role of design in helping to shape and communicate the vision of our sustainable future.