WiRE Networking Meet-ups

Compelling Presenters. Welcoming Environment. Women Only.

Join discussions that focus on building skills and networks for jobs and roles in the energy sector. WiRE meet-ups present a welcoming and casual opportunity to meet peers, share ideas and opportunities, and educate colleagues about projects and initiatives of interest to the group. All women working in a field related to renewable energy are invited, as are students and developing professionals who are looking for perspectives on joining the renewable energy sector. 

Toronto Chapter Networking Meet-up September 2018 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Michelle Chislett, Managing Director, Canada & US, Northland Power Inc.

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As Managing Director of Canada & US for Northland Power, Michelle is responsible for all aspects of business development in order to establish and grow the company’s portfolio of clean and green energy projects. 

 From 2013-2016, Michelle was with SunEdison where she held the position of country manager for their Canadian business segment. From 2010-2013 Michelle was Vice President of Business Development with GDF SUEZ Canada, where she developed the pipeline of solar projects and gained experience in wind and hydro development. From 2006-2010 Michelle held a number of senior positions with SkyPower Corp, most recently as Vice President, Solar Group where she lead the team that developed Canada’s first fully operational solar farm, ‘First Light’, a 9MW solar Photovoltaic facility in Ontario.  

With a background in telecommunications, Michelle was involved in the launch of an innovative wireless technology project along with a variety of other programs with Primus Telecom from 1999 until late 2004.  

Michelle Chislett is a current Board member for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Western Engineering (ACWE), a past member of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and a past member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force, an advisory council to the Minister of Energy and Minister of Economic Development & Innovation. 

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.  

Thank you to event host KPMG.

Date: Wednesday September 19, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: KPMG, 333 Bay Street, Suite 4600, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10

Vancouver Chapter Networking Meet-up September 2018 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Nardia Chernawsky, lawyer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Presentation: A Legal Perspective on the Renewable Energy Industry


Nardia is a lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Vancouver where she practices environmental and Aboriginal law. She has experience with provincial and federal environmental and regulatory regimes, permitting, environmental appeals, the remediation of contaminated sites, and federal regulatory prosecutions. She also regularly supports clients in the negotiation of impact benefit agreements and other commercial agreements with First Nations. Nardia holds a Bachelor of International Business from Carleton University and a B.C.L/LL.B. from McGill University.

Thank you to event host Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Date: Thursday September 20, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V7X 1L3
Cost: Free

Montreal Chapter Networking Meet-Up October 2018 (Women Only)

Sophie Brochu

Featured Speaker:  Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Énergir

Ms. Brochu has been active in the energy industry for nearly 30 years. A graduate in economics from Université Laval, she began her career in 1987 at SOQUIP (Société québécoise d’initiatives pétrolières).  In 1997, she joined Énergir as Vice President, Business Development. After holding various positions in the company, she became President and Chief Executive Officer, a position she has held since 2007. 

Ms. Brochu sits on the Board of Directors of Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada and BCE Inc. Involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal, Ms. Brochu is the Chair of Fondation Forces Avenir which promotes students' involvement in their communities. She is cofounder of “ruelle de l’avenir”, a project aimed at encouraging students in the Centre-Sud and Hochelaga neighbourhoods of Montréal to remain in school.

Ms. Brochu is a member of the Order of Canada.

Thank you to event host Blakes.

Date: Tuesday October 16, 2018 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 3000, Montréal, Quebec
Cost: Free

Inaugural Southwest Ontario Chapter Networking Meet-Up in Windsor November 2018 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Sarah Van Der Paelt, VP, Infranchise Sales, Marketing and Customer Care, Union Gas

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Sarah Van Der Paelt is vice president, infranchise sales, marketing and customer care for Union Gas Limited.

As a member of the Union Gas Leadership Group, Van Der Paelt leads all in-franchise residential, commercial/industrial and demand side management functions. In addition, she is accountable for the management of Union Gas’ revenue cycle through its customer care operation.

Most recently, Van Der Paelt was the director of distribution business development and strategic accounts for Union Gas Limited where her efforts focused on understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with transitioning to a low-carbon energy sector, including developing the renewable natural gas (RNG) business and introducing compressed natural gas (CNG) into the transportation sector. 

During her more than 25 years with the company, Van Der Paelt has held a number of senior leadership positions, including manager of Product Development, Director of Accounting Services, Director of Energy Conservation and Director of Commercial/Industrial Sales and Marketing.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Windsor, and holds the CPA designation.

Thank you to event host Union Gas.

Date: Wednesday November 7, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Union Gas Limited, 3840 Rhodes Dr, Windsor, ON
Cost: $10

Tickets will not be available at the door for sold out events.

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