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Our core team is a diverse group of renewable energy co-operative leaders, engineers, researchers, academics, students, and concerned citizens. We hope that our contributions to renewable energy, co-operative growth, and community participation make a positive impact both locally and globally. 

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President 

Martin Boucer

Saskatchewan

Dr. Boucher is a Faculty Lecturer at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, where he leads the online Master of Public Administration (MPA). His research focuses on Public Sector Entrepreneurship and Energy Transition Acceleration. Within this research area, he is interested in energy justice, comparative public policy, low-income energy efficacy, renewable energy cooperatives, public sector entrepreneurship, decentralized energy, and small modular reactors. He holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Saskatchewan. 

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Treasurer and Secretary 

Rod Johnson

Saskatchewan

Rod is President of SES Solar Co-operative in Saskatoon. Rod has an M.Sc. in geography and B.Sc. in biochemistry, both from the University of Saskatchewan where he taught for 37 years in the fields of physical geography and environmental studies. He is also a principal in an environmental consulting partnership. Rod has been a long-time member of Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES), and currently serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC). Rod is a personal participant in generating solar electricity.

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Board Member 

Dennis O'Farrell

Ontario

Dennis is a member of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative (OREC). Dennis has a B.Sc in environmental studies from McGill University and a M.A. in geography from Queen’s. As a student Dennis spent a summer doing research at the Ark Project in Prince Edward Island. Dennis worked briefly in cooperative housing and community development and then worked for Environment and Climate Change Canada from 1989 to 2020 with a focus on state of environment reporting and indicators. Dennis has extensive experience doing research and analysis, managing teams and projects, consulting with stakeholders and preparing reports.

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Board Member 

Raquel Feroe

Alberta 

Rocky (Raquel Feroe) comes to CCEC as a founding member of Solar Power Investment Cooperative of Edmonton. She has served on the board of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (SESA), Alberta Capital Airshed, Edmonton Area Land Trust, Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition, North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society, and the Alberta Environmental Network (AEN). She is an advocate for environmental law reform via HealthyYEG.org and a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment(CAPE). Rocky started as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics before earning a Medical Degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH. Rocky is now retired and focusing on projects that advance the inextricable links between human and planetary health

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Vice President 

Jeff Roberts 

Alberta

Jeff Roberts is founding member and Chair Person of the Bow Valley Green Energy Co-operative and an advisor on a number of energy developments. Jeff is a semi-retired energy executive with leadership experience in operations, technology, and project development. He is passionate about assisting society in the impending energy transition both through energy efficiency as well as sustainable energy production. Jeff is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and has graduate and post-graduate engineering degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. 

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Project Innovation and Communications Lead

Leigh Anne Neal 

Atlanta, Georgia / Saskatchewan

Leigh Anne Neal is the Project Innovation and Communications Lead for the CECC. She is in her final year at the University of Saskatchewan as a graduate student in the Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas program. Her research and professional interests include energy democracy, Indigenous Allyship, and promoting organisational diversity, equity, and inclusion. Neal has worked with the Bioneers Indigeneity Program since 2019 on a large scale project that aligns important Indigenous community issues with educational platforms. She has co-hosted Indigenous Allyship trainings for several organisations, including Ask Nature and the Biomimicry Institute. 

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Board Member 

Stephane Senechal 

Prince Edward Island 

Stephane Senechal is a dedicated and accomplished professional with a diverse background in the aerospace engineering and now starting in the energy industry. He is currently working for the PEI Government with Efficiency PEI as an Energy Solutions Advisor. Stephane's leadership, communication, and technical skills were honed during a 30+ years in the aerospace sector where he held various key positions in renowned companies, including StandardAero, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls Royce Canada. With fluency in both English and French, Stephane is bilingual, enabling effective communication in diverse environments. Driven by a desire to make a positive impact to transition to sustainable carbon free energy sources for all in an equitable way, Stephane is poised to leverage his knowledge, skills, and experience to contribute to the development of a Renewable Energy Cooperatives.

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Board Member 

Colin Smith

Alberta 

Colin Smith is project management consultant for the Peace River Energy Project, a community owned utility scale 5 MW solar project in the Peace region of Alberta. The Project is led by Peace Energy Cooperative and plans to begin construction in spring 2024. 

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