Here's a glace at all the amazing presenters WiRE has hosted at previous Networking Meet-Ups!

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Toronto May, 2016 Guest Speaker: Ariane Arend, MBA
Director of Strategic Sales, Bullfrog Power Inc.

Ariane joined Bullfrog Power in June of 2015. As the Director of Strategic Sales, Ariane works with global and Canadian businesses on developing optimal sustainability strategies for their organizations. 


Toronto April, 2016 Guest Speaker: Shelley Hazen, Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Specialist at AECOM

Shelley Hazen is a Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Specialist at AECOM who provides support to private and public sector clients in understanding and adapting to risks related to climate change and extreme weather events. 


Ottawa April 2016, Guest Speaker Tracy Walden Director of Media and Communications at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) 

Tracy Walden is a communications professional with extensive experience leading communications for non-profit member-based energy industry associations (propane, electricity, wind energy). 


Quebec March, 2016 Guest Speakers: Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Vice-President at Écotech Québec

 Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Vice-President at Écotech Québec and Viviane Maraghi Development Manager at RES Group covered COP21 and its impact on business in the renewable energy industry. They will also have an interactive discussion with participants about the opportunities that will open up for them in Quebec, in Canada and around the world.


Toronto March, 2016 Guest Speaker: Ekaterina Tzekova, Building Research Manager, Toronto Atmospheric Fund. 

Given the City of Toronto’s emission reduction targets for 2050, there is a growing need to address energy consumption, capital renewal priorities, and occupant comfort challenges through impact investments in building retrofits. 


Toronto February, 2016 Guest Speakers: Sarah Simmons and Laura Fracassi
Laura and Sarah from Sussex Strategy Group discussed best practices for community engagement with respect to renewable energy projects.  They will review key best practices for public outreach as well as the role of media and social media as a means to improve communications and awareness on key community issues.


Toronto January, 2016  Guest Speaker Brandy Giannetta
Brandy Giannetta has been the Ontario Regional Director with the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) since 2012.  Brandy leads the Ontario based membership in CanWEA’s efforts to serve as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Brandy also currently holds a position on the Advisory Board of Women in Renewable Energy(WiRE). Brandy also currently volunteers on the WiRE Advisory Committee.


Toronto November 2015, Guest Speaker Kristina Rudzki, Supervisor, Project Review Unit, Environmental Assessment Services Section, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
Through her experience reviewing renewable energy approval projects at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), Kristina has gained extensive knowledge of the legislative requirements of renewable energy projects in the province. On Wednesday November 18, 2015, Kristina will speak to Women in Renewable Energy about the prescriptive permitting process for these projects and about growing her career with the MOECC.


Toronto October 2015, Guest Speaker: Carla K. Korpijaakko-Arduengo, H.B.E.Sc., Ecologist, AECOM

As a consultant ecologist, Carla has gained extensive experience conducting Natural Heritage Assessments for renewable energy projects. A much-publicized effect from wind energy projects is their impact on bat populations. Carla will present to WiRE strategies for mitigating potential impacts to bat Species At Risk, evidence of success and lessons learned. 


Montreal October, 2015 Guest Speaker: Marie-Pierre Morel - Project Manager - Boralex

In her position at Boralex, Marie-Pierre has participated in all of the company’s major expansion projects in North America. She is also involved with her community as a member of the board of directors of CPE Magimo, an organization responsible for providing childcare services to about 500 young children in the Estrie region, and as a sponsor of the Chaire Marianne‑Mareschal which promotes women’s interest and participation in engineering.ring from Université Laval.


Toronto September, 2015 Guest Speakers: Judith Lipp, Executive Director & Madison Van West, Communications Coordinator TREC Renewable Energy Co-operative

Judith Lipp and Madison VanWest of TREC shared stories of renewable energy action by individuals, co-op, First Nations and industry associated with the new Our Power campaign ( Come and be inspired to help move toward a 100% renewable energy future.


Toronto June, 2015 Guest Speaker: Annie Chow

Annie Chow is a PhD Candidate studying at Ryerson University from the Environmental Applied Science and Management Program.  Her research focuses on the modeling of solar energy potential in urban communities, and its potential impact on the electricity grid.  She is a student at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at Ryerson University and her research is to be contributing to the NSERC Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network.  


Toronto April, 2015 Guest Speaker: Karen McGhee

A talk about dams and the oldest form of renewable energy! Learn about the waterpower sector and Karen McGhee’s journey as an engineer, consultant, company owner and the only female (to date) to win the Ronald R. Dodokin Award for the outstanding contribution of an individual to the advancement of waterpower in Ontario. 


Toronto March, 2015 Guest Speaker: Meredith Smith

Hear from inaugural WiRE Wind Power Woman of Distinction Awards winner Meredith Smith about her ongoing journey as a wind power professional.