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.
Mr. Jagt leads Potentia’s Finance, Operations and Regulatory Affairs Departments and has a long career as a senior financial professional with extensive experience in the renewable energy industry over the past 15 years. During his 24 years with Grant Thornton LLP, including 14 years as a Partner in the Audit practice, Mr. Jagt held leadership roles locally and nationally and advised public and private businesses across a variety of sectors. He has extensive knowledge of finance, accounting and operations management. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and CPA (Illinois) (Certification).
Senior 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
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Hope leads Potentia’s Legal Department and is a legal professional with extensive corporate and renewable energy industry experience. Mr. Hope spent nine years as an attorney in private practice with two law firms in Manhattan where he advised public and private businesses in M&A and securities transactions across a variety of sectors. Prior to joining Potentia he acted as in-house counsel to NextEra Energy Canada for five years. Mr. Hope holds an a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (2000) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto (2004). He is licensed to practice law in New York State and the Province of Ontario.
Vice President, Finance
Ms. Beverley Grod joined Potentia in October 2018 and is responsible for financial reporting, accounting and related Finance activities. Prior to joining Potentia, Beverly held progressively senior finance roles at several large Canadian public companies, primarily focused on external and regulatory reporting, across various industries. Beverley is a CPA, CA and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours) degree and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree from the University of South Africa.
Vice President, Operations & Engineering
Ms. Jayamali Kasige has been active in the energy industry for more than 20 years. Before heading the Operations department at Potentia, Ms. Kasige 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.
Vice President, Business Management
Ms. Michele Smith 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. She 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. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Anthropology Major from Trent University.