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OSEA FIT Webinar Series: OPA FIT Review Discussing the Future of the Feed-in Tariff progam and wind power development in Ontario
Thursday, July 14, 1:00 - 2:30 pm


Online webinar. Log-in information provided upon registration.


FREE to all registered attendees and OSEA Champion, Enabler and Supporter members. The access information is provided to all registrants by e-mail within two business days following the webinar.

Cost: $40 for non-members;  OSEA friends pay $34.

Contact Sonya DeVellis ( to purchase access to the archive.


The Ontario Power Authority is expected to begin its review of the Feed-in Tariff programs within the next several weeks. To get the sector engaged we have created an exciting webinar series on the future of the FIT.

The panel will address a series of important questions, including the following:

  • Has the Feed-in Tariff program helped to increase wind power development in Ontario?
  • What challenges and barriers is the wind industry faced with today?
  • Should Ontario introduce a tariff for small wind?
  • What can developers do to engage the public and overcome local opposition to developments?
  • Why should communities consider developing their own or partnering with commercial partners to develop wind projects?
  • How does political uncertainty impact the wind sector?


Cherie Brant-replacementCherie L. Brant, Associate, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP (

Cherie is an associate with Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP with a practice in planning, structuring and implementing renewable energy and real estate projects.  She also builds the business agreements to create partnerships and joint ventures in generation, transmission, mining and other infrastructure projects and is frequently called upon to advise band counsels and non-profit organizations on corporate governance and structure matters.

Recently, Ms. Brant completed the first 100% First Nation owned wind power project in Ontario and is active in providing both on-going advocacy and project development counsel to other First Nations and community based renewable energy and transmission development proponents across the province.      

An important aspect of Cherie's transaction based practice is her ability to advise clients on the unique perspectives of working on lands governed by the Indian Act (Canada), as well as addressing Aboriginal consultation and land claim matters.  


Mike Crawley, President, International Power Canada (



Paul Gipe, Author, Advocate and Renewable Energy Industry Analyst,

Paul Gipe has written extensively about renewable energy for both the popular and trade press. His most recent book, Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- and Community-scale Wind Energy Systems is available from Chelsea Green Publishing. In 2004, Gipe launched a campaign to bring electricity feed laws back to North America. The campaign has grown into a continent-wide grassroots movement that has put renewable energy feed-in tariffs on the political agenda in Canada and the US.


John Kourtoff, President and CEO, Trillium Power Wind Corporation

With over 20 years' experience in renewable energy, John is a member of several regulatory and standing national and bi-national committees pertaining to green energy and sustainable solutions, with a particular focus on offshore wind, advanced transmission solutions, hydro-electric and hydrokinetic generation and cutting edge geothermal technologies. John is President, CEO, and a founder, of Trillium Power Wind Corporation (, a Toronto-based pioneer of offshore wind development in North America and The Great Lakes. Trillium Power is planning to develop the four most optimal Great Lakes offshore wind sites, which combined will generate 3,500 MW of clean, perpetual and reliable electricity. John is a Director with Unified Clean Power Inc., a Toronto based clean energy investment and development company focused on global clean energy and sustainable development initiatives.

John was the Canadian delegate for a low-carbon economy at the G8 Environment Conference in Siracusa, Italy, continues to be a keynote and/or invited speaker at numerous international conferences and is a former co-chair of the Ontario Government Finance Advisory Committee and member of the Government Energy Advisory Committee. Formerly, John was the founder, and served as President, of a noted high-tech company, was VP and part owner of a Canadian Mutual Fund Management Company and was an advisor at a large Canadian Investment Company.


udith lipp smallJudith Lipp, Executive Director, TREC Renewable Energy Co-op

Judith is the Executive Director of TREC (, a position she has held for the last 18 months. In this time she has overseen the development and growth of four new programs at TREC, namely: Our Power -TREC's residential solar program; a Green Collar Careers pilot program for high school students; the Kids' World of Energy Education program for grades 5, 6, 7 and 9 students; and TREC's annual Kids' World of Energy Festival. She has also involved in the management of the Lakewind Energy project, the SolarShare project, Windshares new turbines project and she led TREC in defining a five-year strategic plan and budget. She also played a supporting role to the Green Energy Act Alliance in its campaign to introduce a Green Energy Act for Ontario.

Prior to joining TREC Judith completed her PhD at Dalhousie University in 2008 where she examined the role of public policy in promoting renewable electricity, drawing lessons from other jurisdictions for the Canadian context. She has more than nine years research and consulting experience in sustainable energy issues, spanning four continents. She has served as a consultant on both energy demand and supply-side issues. Since returning to Canada in 2003 she has helped prepare several energy-related studies at the national, regional and provincial levels, including work on community-based renewable energy development.


Justin Rangooni, Ontario Policy Manager, Canadian Wind Energy Association (

Justin W Rangooni currently serves as Legal Counsel and the Ontario Policy Manager for the Canadian Wind Energy Association. Prior to joining CanWEA, Justin served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ministers of Energy and Government Services. Justin graduated from the University of Western Law School in 2004 and was called to the bar a year later.



Chris Chopik-97FINAL.jpgChris Chopik ( is a trusted writer, speaker and leader. A career in sales and communications combined with a passion for technology and the environment contribute to Chris' unique framework for profitable thinking about sustainability. Chris' recent pioneering work in the green real estate marketplace have provided a strong understanding of the confluence of issues facing the economy and ecology that underpin our quality of life.

Chris offers dynamic perspectives of conventional business challenges in the hyper-evolutionary space of sustainability, energy-efficiency, and commercialization. Chris consults with many organizations to overcome obstacles, achieve commercialization milestones, and to tackle emerging markets. (


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