Effective July 1, 2020, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) will become the Canadian Renewable Energy Association. The new association will be led by Robert Hornung, the president of CanWEA for nearly 17 years.
“I’m honoured and excited to be leading a new association with a mandate unlike any other. There is a clear public desire to see advancement of the technologies we represent to capture the full promise of a renewable energy future. The Canadian Renewable Energy Association is the right vehicle to help make that promise a reality, while delivering great business value to each and every member,” said Hornung.
Hornung becomes the President and CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association, and will lead the member-based association in stakeholder advocacy and public engagement.
Prior to joining CanWEA, Hornung worked on climate change issues with the Pembina Institute, Environment Canada, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Friends of the Earth Canada. He is currently on the Advisory Council of Positive Energy, a University of Ottawa research.
The Canadian Renewable Energy Association will have a corporate office in Ottawa. The association plans to work to create conditions for a modern energy system that makes significant and positive contributions to Canada’s economy and clean energy future. It will provide forums devoted to dialogue, collaboration and stewardship, and growth of the industry.
“The launch of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association is a major step forward toward the realization of more comprehensive energy solutions encompassing wind, solar and energy storage in Canada,” said Michelle Chislett, Interim Board Chair, Canadian Renewable Energy Association. “It needs a leader with a clear vision of the modern energy system we’re building in Canada, and an understanding of our membership’s unique role in that effort. Robert Hornung brings that to the table, and we look forward to his leadership as our industries join forces in this very exciting new endeavour.”