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Presenting CanSIA’s President ON MARCH 26, THE Canadian Solar Industries Association welcomed John A. Gorman as its president. Gorman comes to CanSIA from Sunlogics Inc., an innovative, global integrator of solar energy systems, where he served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Director (Canada). Prior to this he was a founding partner of PACE, a government and public affairs consulting firm focused on aligning the interests of the public and private sectors on matters pertaining to sustainable municipal infrastructure. He maintains his involvement in sustainable infrastructure issues in his continued capacity as Senior Advisor on PACE’s Board of Advisors. “We are pleased to have someone with the wealth of experience John brings to the table. His background in government relations and infrastructure are the right blend for the solar industry and the many small businesses that comprise CanSIA,” said Michelle Chislett, CanSIA Chair. “Solar moves with rare speed and his drive and enthusiasm will help us guide members and work with the governments that are crucial to our success.” “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work on behalf of a membership whose work is close to my heart at this pivotal time in the development of the industry,” said John Gorman. “I have always admired the people who make up the solar industry – it still has that frontier feeling, an energy that people are willingly working together to create something in a field that is environmentally responsible and will have an impact on the future for generations to come.” By time of printing Gorman had only been with CanSIA a few weeks and noted his role had been primarily to listen and to learn about member priorities around both solar PV and solar thermal. “As a national organization, CanSIA encompasses the entire country while presenting a face to the world,” he said. “We must leverage the good work of the Ontario Government and nurture other provincial programs, such as those being developed in Alberta and Quebec, and taking those lessons learned across Canada. Equally key is keeping the industry front and centre on the international front.” Gorman’s expertise in the energy sector began in 2000 with his appointment to the Board of Hydro Ottawa Holdings (2000–2003). More recently, he played a key role in the stakeholder engagement efforts associated with Ontario’s Integrated Power Systems Plan (IPSP), and later the Feed-in-Tariff Program, through his work with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). His corporate clients in the energy sector have included some of the most recognized and respected companies from Canada and abroad. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in corporate and community organizations, including responsibilities as Director on the Board of Sunlogics Inc., World Trade Centres of Canada, Hydro Ottawa and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). He is the recipient of the “40 Under 40” business award for excellence in business practices. A strong advocate of sustainable policies and practices in all facets of community life, he completed The Climate On March 26, CanSIA welcomed John A. Gorman, who comes to CanSIA from Sunlogics Inc. Project training program led by Nobel Laureate Al Gore to spread the message about the challenges of and solutions to the climate crisis. He and his family and Ottawa-based home are proud participants in Ontario’s microFIT program. John Gorman welcomes comments from members as a way to further his education on the needs of CanSIA’s diverse membership. He can be reached at the CanSIA office at (613) 736-9077, ext. 223, or by email at ● S Lutions Spring/Summer 2012 • 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SOLutions - Spring/Summer 2012

President’s Message
About CanSIA
Refl ecting Rapid Change
Planting Seeds for Solar
Safety & Solar
The Municipal Message
Money Well Spent
Powering the North
International Praise
Solar Shines
What CanSIA Does for Your Organization
Solar Calendar

SOLutions - Spring/Summer 2012