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CanSIA welcomes John A Gorman to presidency


March 22, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

March 22, 2012 – John A. Gorman has been named president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), effective March 26. Gorman comes to CanSIA from Sunlogics Inc., an integrator of solar energy systems, where he served as senior vice-president of external affairs and director (Canada).

“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.”

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 has maintained his involvement in sustainable infrastructure issues in his continued capacity as senior advisor on PACE’s board of advisors.

“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 Gorman.

Gorman’s expertise in the energy sector began in 2000 with his appointment to the board of Hydro Ottawa Holdings. More recently, he played a role in the stakeholder engagement efforts associated with Ontario’s Integrated Power Systems Plan (IPSP) and, later, the Feed-in-Tariff Program (FIT Program) through his work with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).

CanSIA is a national trade association that represents about 650 solar energy companies throughout Canada.