Advisory Board

Jonathan Frank

Jon is a partner and Director of Projects at CoPower, one of Canada's leading clean energy investment platforms. Jon brings a wealth of clean energy industry experience to CoPower, where he is responsible for the company's investments in clean energy projects like solar energy, geothermal and energy efficiency retrofits. Over his career working at companies like SunEdison and RESCo, he has played a lead role in securing clean energy contracts valued at over $300 million. Jon is one of the founding executives of Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy and has served as Co­Chair of the National Board of Directors. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s “GameChanger” Award for Emerging Solar Leader.

Kathryn MacDonald

Kathryn graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Environmental Studies and Ethics, Society and Law. Kathryn has worked in the renewable energy field for renewable energy co-operatives including SolarShare and Vancouver Renewable Energy. Currently, Kathryn works as the Community Team Lead for BC Hydro to educate the public around the province about energy conservation, renewable energy, innovation and sustainability. BC Hydro is an electric utility that produces approximately 90% of its generation from hydroelectric generation, and supplements this with additional renewable energy sources such as solar and wind from independent power producers. Formerly Kathryn has served as ELSE BC Co-Chair, as well as the ELSE Western Chapter Development Chair.

Noel McDonald

Noel has extensive experience in the renewable power industry especially focused on solar energy and large-scale backup power applications. In the Ontario solar industry, he spent 6 years with Great Circle Solar Management Corporation and was responsible half of the firm’s $2 Billion in AUM as well as having had significant involvement in the firm’s origination activities.

Noel also worked with Exro Technologies, an emerging wind generator technology firm. While there, Noel was engaged in negotiations with a Chinese state-owned manufacturer, worked closely with the engineering team, and helped develop a commercialization strategy.

With the Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy board his involvement stretches back to the board’s founding. He remained on the board for 3 years and has sat on the board as the co-chair as well as project committee chair. He has an HBA from Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and outside of work Noel is passionate about photography, is an Ironman triathlete, and is a member of the Triathlon Canada 2016 & 2017 teams.

Mike Skirzynski

Mike is a distributed energy professional that enjoys exploring the intersection of technology and electricity generation. His experiences have taken him across the globe, from working in Paris for the Fédération Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA), to working in Vietnam consulting on the development of a 50-megawatt utility scale solar plant. He has an engineering degree for Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and he is currently pursuing his International MBA at the Schulich School of Business in Canada. He loves all things fast including cars, motorcycles, and alpine skiing. For more on Mike, visit his LinkedIn page, or his website at

Karolina Wrzecionkowska

Karolina has extensive experience in climate change mitigation and sustainable development with focus on law and policy. In her current role in Brussels (Belgium), she advises clients on legal risk management within the realms of environmental, energy, health and safety regulation. In Canada, Karolina worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources where she contributed to the development of tri-partite policy approaches to natural resources management, implicated in land claims and treaties negotiations. Before joining the public sector, Karolina managed projects at YSEC – a consultancy focused on sustainable business practice. As a researcher, Karolina supported the mandates of several NGOs, eg. the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, Sustainable Energy Initiative and Toronto Harbourfront Centre’s REFOCUS.

Karolina joined Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy to chair the Events Committee of the Executive Board of Directors. Karolina has a Master of Laws from Nicolaus Copernicus University and Master in Environmental Studies from York University with a graduate diploma in Business and Sustainability from Schulich School of Business. Outside of work Karolina enjoys yoga, running and motorcycle riding. Most recently, she took up surfing and sky-diving.