Our experienced and professional team brings a diverse background of expertise and an extensive network of partners and collaborators in specific areas related to the deployment of solar PV systems on building roof tops, including legal and financial matters and construction related matters.
Mike Perrault, Co-founder and CEO of SolPowered Energy Corp.
Mike Perrault is a business leader with more than 28 years of experience developing and promoting innovative technologies, products and solutions. Over the years, he has been a visionary in the fields of telecommunications, business intelligence and analytics, environmental microbiology, and most recently, solar energy.
Mike is a Co-founder of SolPowered Energy Corp., a solar energy developer that specializes in the deployment of medium and large photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on building rooftops. In 2011, the solar energy company was voted the Gold Winner of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s Ottawa Business Achievement Award for New Business of the Year. In 2012, SolPowered was named the Winner of the Regroupement des gens d’affaires’ Award of Excellence for New Business of the Year.
Mike sees a clear and pressing need in the market to drive the creation of as much clean energy as possible. At SolPowered, he has developed some very creative financing/ownership models that appeal to customers throughout Ontario. To date, he has raised over $100M US from venture capital partners in Canada and the U.S. as well as from three strategic partners.
He currently serves on the Board of ODESIA Group (TSX-V: ODS), which has been offering enterprise performance solutions to large and medium-sized companies since 1998.
Prior to his involvement with SolPowered, Mike co-founded Simpler Networks Inc., a Canadian telecommunications equipment and software manufacturer. He served as the company’s President and CEO for 10 years prior to selling it in 2008.
Other past positions include Board Director at Epicore BioNetworks Inc., Board Director at the Association of Quebec Technologies, Director of Business Development at NORDX/CDT, and Director of Technology and Operations at Nortel Networks.
Mike has an Electrical Engineering (Honours) degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from McGill University.
Suzanne Cyr, VP Sales & Marketing and Co-Owner of SolPowered Energy Corp.
Suzanne is a Co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing of SolPowered Energy Corp., a solar energy developer that specializes in the deployment of medium and large photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on building rooftops. Established in 2009, it offers its customers turnkey installations with long-term, guaranteed returns through the Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In-Tariff (“FIT”) program. In addition to this core installation service, SolPowered provides Solar PV Engineering Consulting Services, performance fee incentives, operation and maintenance services and energy generation revenues. SolPowered is also the first and only company in Ontario to offer a Firefighter Solar PV Safety Training Course, and demand has been so high that the company has already trained hundreds of firefighters throughout the province.
As a highly motivated, charismatic and performance-driven professional, Suzanne has focused on ensuring SolPowered sustains not only continued growth, but is also recognized as a green industry leader and trusted service provider. Her focus on people—by fostering long-term relationships with employees, clients and partners—has fuelled the company’s early successes with sales, profitability and expansion. All projects to date have been profitable and are at, or above, targeted profit levels. Revenues are still growing. To date, SolPowered has already contributed to more than 50 new green jobs. In 2011, the company was announced as the Gold Winner of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s Ottawa Business Achievement Award for New Business of the Year. In 2012, SolPowered was named the Winner of the Regroupement des gens d’affaires’ Award of Excellence for New Business of the Year.
Prior to her involvement with SolPowered, Suzanne guided a merchandising and promotional products supplier from a local to national market, achieving the highest sales levels in the history of the company with a 300% increase above previous targets. While CEO of a billboard advertising company, she grew the business from 5k to 600k in sales and expanded it from Ottawa throughout Canada and bought the rights to the U.S. within two years. She was also hired to open and manage a resort in the Turks and Caicos only 10 weeks before the grand opening—and successfully opened it two weeks ahead of schedule while exceeding all financial and operational targets.
Suzanne is an active member of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). With CanSIA, she serves as a Solar Ambassador by promoting solar power to individuals, municipalities, government and businesses. She is also an ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce to connect and engage business people in order to increase business value in Ottawa. As a volunteer at the community level, she has supported the Ottawa Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and The Ottawa Heart Institute.
Mitchell Niles, Solar System Designer
Mitchell is a graduate of the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering:Smart Technologies for Power Generation & Distribution at Carleton University. This intensive program has honed his skills in problem-solving and adaptability. He prides himself on attention to detail, high quality solutions to engineering problems, and customer service. Working in the solar industry since 2012, Mitchell has experience preparing hundreds of system designs and providing technical support during construction on projects up to 200 kW.
Madison Greenwood, Marketing Coordinator
Madison is a graduate of the Business Administration program at Algonquin College. For the last year and a half of her program, she concentrated her studies and majored in Marketing. She is very passionate about social media, event planning and branding. Her career opportunity with SolPowered has blended her creative side with analytical skill. Madison prides herself on her teamwork, communication and time management skills.
Zachary Burgoyne, Engineering student
Zach is currently completing his degree in Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineering at Carleton University. His education experience has given him extensive knowledge of power systems engineering, circuits and signals, electronics, control systems and efficient energy generation and distribution. He uses this knowledge along with his exemplary design skills to create the industry’s most efficient, productive and financially optimized rooftop and ground-mount solar array designs at SolPowered.