Our Team

Our diverse group includes employees originating from 30 countries, on 4 continents. The Potentia Team is the epitome of cooperation beyond cultural differences, and our constant progress as a company proves how well this diversity works in Potentia’s favour.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • Jeff Jenner

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Jenner has founded, built and successfully sold or merged three renewable energy development companies in the past ten years.

    From 2009 to 2013 Mr. Jenner founded and was the CEO and Director of Renewable Energy Developers Inc., which was also traded on the TSX under the symbol RDZ. During this time, he led acquisitions aiming to achieve 144 MW of operating assets and 137 MW contracted development prior to a merger with Capstone Infrastructure (TSX:CSE) for ~ $235 Million Enterprise Value. From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Jenner was Senior VP and Canadian Country Senior Officer for the largest IPP in the world. Prior to 2007, he was the co-founder, CFO and Secretary of Ventus Energy Inc. before its sale to GDF Suez for ~$200 Million Enterprise Value.

    Mr. Jenner has an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and has obtained the Chartered Accountants designation in 1985, as well as the Chartered Business Valuators designation in 1990. He has been on the executive committee for the Canadian Wind Energy Association for three years ended 2014, serving as Vice Chair and Treasurer.

  • Mary Lou McDonald

    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    Mary Lou McDonald has been working in the energy sector for over 20 years. She worked in the oil & gas sector with law firms in Calgary (including Norton Rose Fulbright) for over 10 years and moved into the renewable energy sector in 2008 when she became general counsel at Algonquin Power. She there worked on hydro, co-generation, landfill gas and wind projects, including the Red Lily, St. Leon and Amherst Island wind farms. She served as general counsel for Renewable Energy Developers Inc. (formerly Sprott Power) and there worked on various renewable energy projects and transactions in Ontario and the Maritimes.

    Ms. McDonald received her law degree from the University of Calgary (graduating in the top 10%), and her undergraduate degree from Carleton University. She is a board member of various companies, and is also active in the non-profit sector.

  • Ben Greenhouse

    Vice President, Business Development

    Mr. Greenhouse has a long history in the Canadian energy industry. Prior to joining Potentia in 2016, he was the Executive Director of Development at NextEra Energy Canada. During his nine years at NextEra, the company’s presence in Canada grew from a company of 2 people with no assets in the ground to an organization of over 100 people with 800 MW of wind and 40 MW of solar operating across the country, representing an investment of more than $2 Billion dollars into the Canadian economy. Prior to his role at NextEra Mr. Greenhouse was at the Centre for Energy at the Ontario Centres of Excellence. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo.

    In October of 2018 Mr. Greenhouse will finish his second 3-year term on the board of the Canadian Wind Energy Association, where he has served as chair and treasurer

  • Jayamali Kasige

    Assistant Vice President, Operations

    Jayamali Kasige, P.Eng., CEng. has been active in the energy industry for more than 20 years. Before heading the Operations department at Potentia, Jayamali has led the engineering teams and occupied top management roles in various organizations across the world. She has extensive knowledge of power generation, transmission and distribution, having worked with utilities, as well as with large industrial customers.

    Ms. Kasige holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University of Beijing. She obtained a Charted Engineer designation in 2002 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.

  • Kirk Lloyd

    Vice President, Finance

    Kirk has been with Potentia since inception and has over 30 years experience in senior management roles with leading public and private real estate companies. Kirk oversees Finance, Reporting, Treasury and Tax functions and has led Potentia in securing all of its project finance debt. Prior to entering into industry, Kirk spent 13 years with Deloitte in Toronto in the Audit and Corporate Finance Practice. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and obtained the Chartered Accountants designation in 1985.

  • Michele Smith

    Vice President, Regulatory Affairs

    Michèle has been with Potentia since inception and oversees all Feed-in Tariff contract management, administration and Feed-in Tariff application submissions as well as all coordination with the utilities for Connection Impact Assessment approval, Connection Agreements and the connection to the utility grid. Michèle has over 14 years’ experience in the renewable energy field and prior to joining Potentia, she was part of the Deep Lake Water Cooling project team at Enwave Energy Corporation. Michele Holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Anthropology Major from Trent University.

  • Mike Kosiancic

    Vice President, Acquisition and Corporate Planning

    Mr. Michael Kosiancic, B.A., CFA, served as Vice President at Firelight Infrastructure Partners L.P. Mr. Kosiancic served as the President of IAM Infrastructure Group at Integrated Asset Management Corp from October 2015 until January 17, 2017. Mr. Kosiancic has a vast energy finance experience and has participated in over $3 billion in energy projects and power plant financings.

    Mr. Kosiancic has a wide-ranging knowledge of project development, equity and debt financing, as well as project construction and operation. He has been particularly focused on renewable energy and has financed over $2.3 billion in this sector, representing a generating capacity in excess of 1,100+ MW. As the Managing Executive of the 99 MW Erie Shores wind farm and Asset Manager of 51 MW RMSenergy Dalhousie Mountain wind farm, Mr. Kosiancic gained first-hand knowledge of virtually every phase of renewable energy project development.

    Previously, he spent nine years with two of Canada’s largest life insurance companies and 12 years as a Vice-President with a premier Canadian project finance group, furthering his expertise in credit analysis and project finance. Mr. Kosiancic holds a CFA designation. He graduated from the Administrative Commercial Studies (Financial Studies) Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Western Ontario.

  • Ron Diduch

    Vice President, Engineering & Construction

    Mr. Diduch joined Sequoia Energy Inc. in 2003 and led the day‐to‐day operation and management of the company as President and CEO prior to the acquisition by Potentia. He has strategically and financially designed the company’s growth as the pre‐eminent Manitoba‐based wind energy firm. Bringing over 20 years of energy and manufacturing business leadership to Sequoia, Mr. Diduch maintains the company’s focus on asset growth, financial performance, and its partner relationships. Sequoia under Mr. Diduch’s management has had a total of 83 active renewable power projects that were under development and planning across five Canadian provinces and four US states with a total estimated capacity of over 7,500 MW.

    Mr. Diduch’s energy sector background is extensive. He served as Westcoast Energy’s Director of Commercial Markets in its Western Canadian Energy Services division following a career at ATCO Utilities where he led an Energy Technology and Market Development division. Mr. Diduch also brings a publicly traded corporate management and manufacturing attribute having served as CEO of Jazz Golf (restructuring finances and operations), and President of Kraus Industries Inc. (a private international energy technology manufacturing company with sales of $22 million).

    Mr. Diduch is a Professional Engineer (Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba) and holds an MBA from the University of Alberta.