Meet CanSIA's Executive Team
The CanSIA Executive Team is a responsive, dynamic and innovative group of professionals who are dedicated to developing markets, creating opportunities and building community for the Canadian solar energy industry through CanSIA’s three core service areas:
- Policy Development & Advocacy;
- Industry Capacity Development; and
- Profile Building & Networking.
President & CEO | John Gorman
John Gorman is the President and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). Immediately prior to joining CanSIA he held the position of Senior Vice President, Empower Energy Solutions - an innovative, global integrator of energy systems. John serves as Canada’s Designate to the International Energy Agency (Executive Committee – PVPS), and sits on the Executive Council of the Canadian Council on Renewable Energy. He has served as a director on the boards of numerous community and corporate organizations, including one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. John has been recognized as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and is the recipient of the “40 Under 40” business award for excellence in business practices. John is a native of Ottawa where he lives with his wife and two children in their solar-powered home paired with a smart-battery storage system.
Vice-President | Wes Johnston, MBA
Wes provides leadership for strategic initiatives, business strategy and operations at CanSIA. Wes has developed significant expertise in solar energy markets, policy development and regulatory affairs and strong relationships with industry, stakeholders and all levels of government since joining CanSIA in 2007. Wes holds a BBA, (University of PEI), MAES (University of Waterloo) and MBA (Queen’s University). Wes is an avid golfer who tries to spend at least a couple of weeks per year on the fairways of his native Prince Edward Island.
Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager | Lyle Goldberg
Lyle currently serves as CanSIA’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Nova Scotia. This role aims to grow the solar market in Nova Scotia by collaborating with the solar industry, the three orders of government, local utilities, regulatory agencies and other key stakeholders. Lyle spent the last 15 years as a policy analyst and manager with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities where he was responsible for establishing effective strategies, building strong stakeholder relations, managing programs and providing strategic guidance to municipal leaders. Lyle holds a BA from Saint Francis Xavier University, an MPA from Queen’s University, and a Master of Urban and Rural Planning from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. In his spare time, Lyle enjoys fly fishing, tennis and playing guitar and banjo. He lives in Halifax with his wife and daughter.
Membership & Business Development Manager | Julie Mair
Julie brings a sincere passion for member services and strives to provide a strong value proposition to the CanSIA membership. Julie researches, oversees and implements value added member programs, and facilitates partnership agreements to improve member benefits. Julie has over twenty-five years of experience in both the private and public sector, with a solid background for advocacy. Julie’s previous role as Manager, Member Services at BIOTECanada provided her the insight to develop and enhance the Sponsorship Support Program and to manage and nurture partner relationships. Julie has lived most of her life in Ottawa, and as an avid hockey fan she proudly supports the Ottawa Senators!
Communications & Administrative Coordinator | Isabel Payne
Isabel provides administrative support for the President and Vice-President, while also executing the organization’s internal and external communications. Born and raised in Ottawa, Isabel studied Communication at the University of Ottawa with a year abroad in the UK studying European media. She is an avid supporter of Ottawa’s many hard-working animal rescues and can often be found volunteering at Freedom Dog Rescue events around town.