Who We Are
Sustainability Ontario Community Energy Co-operative (SOCEC) is a For-Profit renewable energy co-operative that consists of more than 60 members in the Greater toronto area. SOCEC was
founded in 2012, the organization is managed by 10 elected volunteer board directors that advance the mission of the co-op.
to develop and promote renewable energy projects that have a positive social and environmental impact in our communities
TO EMPOWER COMMUNITIES with RENEWABLE ENERGY.
"The co-operative is directed by volunteers with experience, accreditation, and a passion for renewable energy."
We hold yearly elections during our Annual General Meeting, where members in attendance elect the co-operative's board members. The board represents the co-operative, and works together to plan events and projects for our communities.
Scroll down to meet our active board members, and discover their passions and expertise in business and renewable energy.
Julia Zeeman, BA., MES, Dip. Business, President
Julia has a Masters in Environmental Studies, with her major research paper focusing on 'Emerging Business Models for Local Distribution Companies in Ontario'. She also has a Diploma in Business from York University and Schulich School of Business. She is a leader in integrating renewable energy in communities across Ontario. Julia is a Studio Y alumni at MaRS Discovery District and collaborated with the Advanced Energy Centre and Hydro One on Micrograms for Smart Growth - Pelee Island. In 2015, she was awarded 'Canada's Top 25 Environmentalist under 25' for her leadership in the clean energy sector.
Sarah Stadnyk, BASc., Vice President
Sarah graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and is working towards a Certificate in Renewable Energy at the University of Toronto. She has been a part of the renewable energy sector for over 5 years, initially being introduced to the exciting potential of renewable energy while working as part of the research and operations team at a demonstration plant for an emerging waste to energy conversion technology. Since then she has worked on a variety of bioenergy projects in the private and public sectors, and is currently working in business development for a Toronto-based bioenergy clean-technology company.
Carita Edwards, BA. (Hons), M.P.P., Dipl. Paralegal
Carita has a Political Science degree with honours from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the University of London, England. She has over 10 years of experience in public, and energy policy, government relations, and constitutional and international law. As a lead in legislative policy and government affairs at the Electrical Safety Authority, Carita has contributed and led policy development initiatives related to the facilitation of renewable energy technology and enhancing public safety in the broader electrical safety system. She is also a licensed paralegal, and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2008.
Alejandro Escalante, BASc., M.Eng, CEM, CAPM
Alejandro has a degree in Civil Engineering from Iberoamericana University in Mexico. He started his professional path with Becquerel Capital in Mexico City and London, and specialized into the energy infrastructure and sustainable development sector of Mexico. In this role he helped securing funding for multi-million dollar renewable energy projects, adding a hundred mega watts of solar photovoltaic energy to Mexico's power grids. After completing his Masters of Engineering in Cities Engineering and Management at the University of Toronto, he will be working for the Deloitte Consulting Group Canada as a Business Technology Analyst.
Community Outreach and Engagement
James Henry, B.Comm., MSc Marketing
James holds a Bachelor of International Commerce and French from his studies in Ireland, as well as a Masters in Marketing & Creativity from a French Business School. Currently employed at Google, he supports the digital marketing strategies of some of Canada's largest financial institutions. A keen wildlife photographer on the side, James demonstrates his passion for the environment by trying to understand and influence consumer behaviour, with a view to encouraging greater adoption of sustainable solutions and renewable energy.