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CanWEA president to lead Canadian Renewable Energy Association

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Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) have appointed the leader of the new multi-technology association that will provide a unified voice for solar energy, wind energy, and energy storage in Canada.

Effective July 1, 2020, the members of CanSIA and CanWEA will unite within the Canadian Renewable Energy Association under the leadership of Robert Hornung, the long-standing president of CanWEA.

“The launch of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association is a major step forward toward the realization of more comprehensive energy solutions encompassing wind, solar and energy storage in Canada. It needs a leader with a clear vision of the modern energy system we’re building in Canada, and an understanding of our membership’s unique role in that effort. Robert Hornung brings that to the table, and we look forward to his leadership as our industries join forces in this very exciting new endeavor.”

Michelle Chislett, interim board chair, Canadian Renewable Energy Association; and managing director, Canada & U.S. Development, Northland Power.

As the founding president and CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association, Hornung will lead the member-based association in stakeholder advocacy and public engagement focused on ensuring that renewable energy and energy storage play a central role in transforming Canada’s energy mix during this period of global transformation.

With a corporate office in Ottawa, the Canadian Renewable Energy Association will work to create conditions for a modern energy system that makes significant and positive contributions to Canada’s economy and clean energy future.

The formation of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association reflects the growing importance of innovative energy solutions that integrate multiple renewable energy technologies. The members of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association are uniquely positioned to deliver clean, low-cost, reliable, flexible and scalable solutions for Canada’s energy needs.

“We’re launching a new association not only during an ongoing energy transition, but also during the massive challenge of managing through a pandemic and ensuring recovery from its economic impacts. More than ever, Canada’s policy focus must remain on a transition to a clean economy powered by renewable energy. A unified voice for solar energy, wind energy and energy storage will help navigate the way to Canada’s emission reduction targets while creating good jobs and economic opportunity in urban centres, rural areas and Indigenous communities across the country.”

Jason Chee-Aloy, interim board vice chair, Canadian Renewable Energy Association; and managing director, Power Advisory..

“I’m honored and excited to be leading a new association with a mandate unlike any other. There is a clear public desire to see advancement of the technologies we represent to capture the full promise of a renewable energy future. The Canadian Renewable Energy Association is the right vehicle to help make that promise a reality, while delivering great business value to each and every member.”

Robert Hornung, president & CEO, Canadian Renewable Energy Association.

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