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Elizabeth McDonald named president and CEO of energy alliance


August 28, 2012
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Industry veteran Elizabeth McDonald is joining the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance as president and CEO.

 McDonald brings more than 20 years of experience to the Alliance, having led and managed several trade associations and most recently serving as a global advocate for sustainable clean energy solutions for the Canadian solar energy industry.

“Elizabeth’s recent experience as a global advocate for sustainable clean energy solutions fits in perfectly with CEEA’s mission–energy efficiency is part of every organization’s energy sustainability plan–it’s the cleanest form of energy there is,” said Gary Johnson, interim chair of CEEA, in a statement. “We’re excited to have her calibre of expertise on board to lead CEEA and further develop our membership, policies and advocacy efforts for energy efficiency in Canada.”

Prior to joining CEEA, McDonald served as a senior advisor, Business Development with SolPowered Energy Corporation (2011-2012), and previously as the executive director and president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) (2007-2011). During this time, she worked closely with the Ontario government (Solar Task Force and FIT/Micro-FIT Advisory Committees), the Electricity Sector Council and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). She was also named an Investment Canada Champion by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas as a solar advocate and spokesperson.

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“I’m excited to lead the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance into its next chapter,” said McDonald in a statement. “Energy efficiency is part of the clean energy sustainability solutions that I’ve been advocating for and I look forward to developing its potential even further.”