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Welcome New and Thanks to Outgoing Directors, AGM Highlights, and Upcoming Events

Dear OREC Supporter,

November was a big month for the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC). Last week OREC members participated in co-operative democracy at the Annual General Meeting where they elected new directors, recognized outgoing directors, and had their say on other business decisions for the next year (read more below). Also this month, OREC has opened an Offering Statement and raised over $230,000 so far! Details on the offering can be found on our website here or by attending one of the upcoming information events. The first project that will be funded through this offering is a 75kW project on Samuel Genest High School. Finally, this month OREC applied under the third window of the Feed-In Tariff program for a handful of new projects, which will be awarded in Spring of 2014.
Welcome New Directors

OREC is pleased to welcome Kim Scott, Stewart Fast, and Stephen Michell as new directors. The members of OREC elected them at the AGM last Wednesday. Kim is a public health professional, performance measurement specialist, and lifelong supporter of solar energy. Stewart brings social science research expertise on public interaction with renewable energy combined with an environmental marketing background to OREC. Stephen is active in information technology standards, problem solving, and building consensus. All three will contribute to OREC's capacity to better serve its members and grow in 2014. Welcome!

The Directors for 2013/2014 are: Dick Bakker, David Cork, Stewart Fast, Johan Hamels, Joan Haysom, Laura Leet, Stephen Michell, Roger Peters, Kim Scott, Keith Shackleton, and Nancy Wasserman. Bios for all directors can be found here.

Big Thanks to Outgoing DirectorsThank you to Roger, Outgoing President

A warmhearted thanks is extended to all the directors for their incredible commitment over the past year, but particularly this year we recognize Roger Peters for his contributions over the past 4 years to OREC and the whole community power movement in Ontario. Roger's vision, diligence, and dedication to excellence have made OREC the success it is today. Roger is stepping down from his position as President but has thankfully agreed to remain on the Board for one more year!

OREC also thanks Don Ball for his contributions as a director and wishes him luck in his next volunteer pursuits animating engineering to a public school audience.
AGM HighlightsRoger speaking at AGM
Approximately 80 members were present at the AGM and participated in the following decisions:
  • accept the audited statements
  • amend the by-laws to hold board meetings only in the Nation CapitalJohan and Erwin chatting
  • accept by-law changes as proposed by the Board
  • appoint the Frouin Group as the auditor for the next 2 years
  • request that the board members sit facing the audience during the AGM
Official minutes will be sent to members in a separate email shortly.

Thanks to Kichissipi Brewery for hosting a well-attended OREC Information Session where participants learned about the share offering and enjoyed the beer tasting! Also, thanks Janice presenting at Kichissipi Brewery OREC Info Eventto the members who have hosted information sessions at their houses for friends to learn about OREC. If you are interested in hosting such a session, please contact info@OttawaRenewableEnergyCoop.ca .

Join us at one of these events in the coming month:

Christmas at Keith’s   Dec 9, 7-9pm, 166B Drummond Street.
OREC Board Member, Keith Shackleton, is opening his doors for people to learn about OREC’s current share offering and celebrate some holiday cheer! Wouldn’t an OREC share or RRSP investment be a great Christmas gift for a loved one? Please RSVP to Keith at keith.shackleton@OttawaRenewableEnergyCoop.ca .

Share Information Session at Terra20    Dec 11, 6-8pm, 2685 Iris St, Pinecrest Plaza (near to IKEA)
OREC partner, Terra20, is hosting an information session about OREC. Everyone is welcome to come learn about membership in OREC and our current Share Offering.

Samuel Genest Project Launch January 16, 7-8:30pm, 704 Carsons Rd, Samuel Genest School, Library
The public is invited to learn about, and become involved in, the 75kW solar project to be installed on the roof of Samuel Genest High School. Through OREC’s current share offering, Ottawans can invest in the project that will benefit the high school’s students and teachers. This session will be offered in French and English.

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