Energy Solutions That Work For Remote Communities.
CTCG is a neutral, not-for-profit organization consisting of public and private sector partners who are dedicated to developing and deploying clean energy solutions within remote communities in British Columbia.
Mr. Manson is CEO of DC Grid Development Corp., which he founded in 2015 as a vehicle to advance the adoption of cutting edge technologies which exemplify the best in energy efficiency, clean tech, and sustainable renewable energy generation, transmission and storage.
From 2003 to 2015, Mr. Manson served as President and CEO of Sea Breeze Power Corp., a publicly traded renewable energy project development company, following the Company’s acquisition of Sea Breeze Energy Inc., a wind development firm that he co-founded in 2001.
Sea Breeze Energy Inc. became the first company in British Columbia to pursue wind energy as a commercial opportunity, and the first company in British Columbia to achieve a full environmental permit for a wind farm. Under his direction, the Company developed the 99 MW -Cape Scott Wind Farm (on northern Vancouver Island) to the point of sale to GDF Suez. The Cape Scott Wind Farm began commercial operations in 2013.
While at Sea Breeze, Mr. Manson also initiated the Juan de Fuca Cable Project, proposed to be a 550 MW undersea cable, internationally connecting the southern tip of Vancouver Island with the City of Port Angeles located on the north shore of the Olympic Peninsula, in the State of Washington. The Juan de Fuca Cable was designed to utilize high voltage, direct current (“HVDC Voltage Source Converter”) technology, which is steadily gaining recognition as the best available technology for controlling and transmitting variable sources of generation, such as wind and solar.
Originally from New York City, Mr. Manson attended Carleton College in Minnesota, following which he immigrated to Canada, where he was actively involved in British Columbia’s fishing industry for 16 years. Since 1988, Mr. Manson held executive management positions with several development companies in the natural resource industries.
In addition to his duties with DC Grid Development Corp., Mr. Manson also serves as co-chairman of the Energy and Environment Working Group of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (“PNWER”), a bi-national public and private sector forum which addresses issues impacting the regional economy of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Mr. Manson also is a member of British Columbia’s Central Coast Ocean Advisory Committee, and is an Advisory Board team member to the Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Association (“VISTA”). Mr. Manson has also enjoyed a longstanding relationship as a board member of Vancouver-based Theater In the Raw (“TITR”) Society.
Yoga Yogendran, PhD, P.Eng, MBA,
CEO, AYO Smart Home Ltd.
Yoga Yogendran is a Professional Engineer certified as an Energy Manager in Canada with more than 26 years of experience in developing and deploying clean energy solutions. Yoga has managed engineering teams both at BC Hydro and at the National Research Council as a Director, Technology Deployment & Commercialization. Recently, his focus has been on helping communities to develop holistic energy solutions that include power and heat. Yoga has in-depth knowledge of clean energy technologies and an extensive network of technology suppliers, communities, utilities, regulators, and related federal and provincial departments.
Yoga holds an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University (1996), a Ph.D and M.Sc. in Materials Science from the University of Calgary (1988, 1984), and a B.Sc. in Engineering University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Patrick Canning practices law across Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, with a focus on environmental and First Nations law. Patrick graduated from the Maritime Forest Ranger School as Forest Technician and went on to Dalhousie Law School where he graduated in 2006. Patricks also holds a Certificate in Environmental Law from Dalhousie University as well as a Certificate in Public International Law from Queens University. Patrick is an advocate for his clients, whether they are individuals, groups, or First Nations, and seeks to continually grow professionally through education and taking on new challenges. In his legal, policy and volunteer work, Patrick serves justice by restoring and maintaining balance.
Chief Executive Officer
Eli Enns is an internationally recognized expert in bio-cultural heritage conservation, reconciliation and climate change action. Utilizing both a western university education, and traditional knowledge from his Nuu-chah-nulth Elders, Eli has designed and implemented engagement strategies for projects and programs including a wide spectrum of community needs. Eli has expertise in First Nations program administration, capital project management, green and culturally appropriate housing and the deployment of renewable energy solutions in remote communities, all in the context of fostering alternative pathways to economic certainty through International Dispute Resolution.
From 2005 to 2012 Eli co-directed a diverse team that delivered the Tyhistanis Equilibrium Community Project, and co-founded the Ha’uukmin Tribal Park, both within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Today, Eli volunteers his time with several organizations including The Canadian Commission for UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (CCMAB), The Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) Consortium and The Pacific Peoples Partnership. In addition to his community level work in sustainable development, Eli has been affiliated with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at UVic for several years, collaborating in projects and speaking at events. He has been a POLIS Research Associate since 2015.
Pierre Iachetti, MSc, PAg, MCIP, RPP,
Chief Strategist and Donor Relations Manager
Pierre Iachetti has over 15 years of experience in conservation, land use planning, and climate change research. Pierre has an extensive network of contacts in philanthropy in Canada and the US and since 2001, has helped raise over $5 million for projects that led to protection of the environment. Pierre is a Professional Agrologist (PAg) and Registered Professional Planner (RPP & MCIP). Throughout his career, Pierre has worked with numerous federal, provincial, state, and local agencies and organizations on a variety of multi-disciplinary, transboundary environmental projects across the Pacific Northwest. Pierre provided science and planning expertise on landmark projects including Darkwoods, the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Conservation Area Design, the Coast Information Team and Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, the Salish Sea Natural Area Conservation Plan, and the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.Pierre’s current focus is on renewable energy. He is currently completing his PhD in engineering where his research is on 100% renewable energy systems.
Operations Manager and Community Engagement Facilitator
Stephanie Rathwell holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. Her interdisciplinary degree has allowed her to study ecological restoration, ethno-ecology, and political ecology in combination with urban land use, economic development and managerial economics. She is experienced in community engagement and project coordination. She has collaborated on projects, events and research for architectural design, Passive House design, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture. Her interest areas are in clean technologies for green building and community resilience. She is passionate about development that is sustainable for our planet and appropriate to community needs.
Jose Luis Caceres, Geol. Eng., MSc., EP,
Community Engagement and Project Development Officer, Alberta
Jose Luis Caceres specializes in the subjects of sustainable energy development and climate change. Prior to shifting his career towards the sustainable development line of work, Jose accumulated more than 15 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. Jose possesses a M.Sc. degree in Sustainable Energy Development and a B.Sc. degree in Geological Engineering. He is accredited as Environmental Professional (EP) in Canada.
Marie Vander Heiden,
Community Engagement and Project Development Officer
Marie is a recognized environmental and sustainability professional in Canada. Her career spans for over 20 years in diverse roles in the realms of Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Leadership and Communications, Renewable Energy and Indigenous – First Nations Relations. Marie possesses a Masters degree in Environmental Education & Communications, MBA credits, BSc and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Her list of certifications is extensive: First Nations Alliance for Lands Management – Member, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association – Member; First Nations Governance Leadership Certificate; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – Lands, Housing and Registration. She is based on the Lower Mainland of British Columbia (Vancouver and Fraser Valley). Marie is an avid fly fisher, spends a great deal of time in volunteer efforts and ensures she spends quality time in the great outdoors with her husband of 20 years and young daughter, both members of the Xat’sull First Nation.