Guelph Renewable Energy Co-operative

Board of Directors

Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey was recently re-elected to the Upper Grand District School Board for his third term as a public school trustee, and is currently Chair of the Board. Mark is currently an Executive Vice-President with the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA), Chair of the Editorial Board for Education Today Magazine, and Co-Chair of OPSBA's Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom Committee. Mark owns a small Information Technology business that employs 4, and has been in business for 16 years. He holds an MDiv from the Toronto School of Theology (Wycliffe College).

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Evan Ferrari - Chair

Environmental stewardship and community development have been prominent themes throughout Evan’s life: from founding a water-pumping windmill project in Tanzania, to paddling to the Arctic Ocean.

He has had leadership and advocacy roles in the fields of wilderness protection, waste management, energy conservation and renewables. As manager of Guelph 2000, he delivered conservation and demand management programs for Guelph Hydro, Union Gas, and the City of Guelph water and waste management departments. Later he translated his business skills from the photography industry to renewable energy. As President of the WindShare Cooperative – he oversaw the operation North America’s first urban windmill at Toronto’s waterfront.  He has helped community renewable energy projects get started around the province and right here with Guelph’s own Solar Co-operative now in development.

For his work on environmental initiatives Evan received the Governor General’s Canada 125 award in 1992. 

David Kupp - Vice Chair

David Kupp is a specialist in community development, poverty and organizational change. He has extensive experience in project design and evaluation, with a background in appropriate technology and environmental assessment, having worked as a researcher, trainer and facilitator in over 25 countries. David is a consultant with Kabisa International, and lectures in Urban and International Development at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.

Mark Colvin - Treasurer

Mark Colvin is a chartered Accountant at BDO Canada LLP in Guelph.  He has been assisting small business startup over the past 6 years.  Mark also has not-for-profit board experience being a member of Guelph Environmental Leadership and Guelph Youth Basketball Association board of directors.  Mark is also very enthusiastic about solar energy already installing a solar thermal and 5 kW photovoltaic system on his own house.

Pierre Fogal - Vice Chair

Pierre Fogal is a senior research associate working in the Physics Department at the University of Toronto. He is currently an InterChange Canada fellow on secondment to Environment Canada. Among other things he manages the Polar Environment Research Laboratory (PEARL) for the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC) at Eureka, Nunavut. His research focus is the determination of atmospheric composition through the study of how molecules in the atmosphere absorb and emit infrared radiation. He is a participant in several efforts in Canada and abroad that conduct research into atmospheric composition and its role in pollution and climate change.

Pierre was born and raised in Guelph and has lived here most of his life. He spent 17 years living and working in Denver, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 1994.

Ricardo Ramirez - Secretary

Ricardo Ramirez is an independent researcher and consultant in rural and international development with 30 years of experience. He has worked with NGOs, the FAO of the United Nations, consulting firms, and was a professor of Capacity Development and Extension at the University of Guelph. He is also on the board of FarmStart.

Susan Watson
Susan Watson has lived in Guelph for 14 years. She is currently an Occasional Teacher with the Upper Grand District School Board.
Susan studied Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University and has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto with a specialization in French as a Second Language. Her work experience includes the Communications Department of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Harbourfront School by the Water, The Toronto Board of Education and the Calgary Board of Education.
Locally, Susan is active in Municipal politics and has been involved in a number of heritage preservation campaigns, including the Mitchell Farmhouse, the Loretto Convent and the Wilson Farmhouse. Susan served for 5 years on the Advisory Board of the Guelph Civic Museum. She also chaired the Community Life Committee at the Trillium Waldorf school for four years.
Susan has directed and produced The Christmas Story at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto for 25 years. This involves working with almost 100 volunteers, as well as a professional lighting crew and musicians.
Susan welcomes the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution as a member of the Board of GRECo.