Ontario — Effective October 31, 2022, Vittoria Bellissimo will be the new President and CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA), succeeding Robert Hornung, who is retiring.
CanREA says Vittoria joins the association after almost 20 years in the electricity business and more than ten years working with electricity customers as the Executive Director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta. She has previously worked in renewable energy procurement for the Ontario Ministry of Energy and the Ontario Power Authority.
“I am excited to take on this role at a time when Canada must dramatically increase its use of wind, solar and energy storage to meet its climate change commitments,” said Bellissimo.
“CanREA’s 300+ members are leaders in Canada’s energy transition, and I look forward to advocating on their behalf for the policy, regulatory and market changes required to enable the responsible, sustainable, and accelerated deployment of these technologies.”
According to net-zero route assessments, wind and solar energy must be Canada’s principal sources of new power generation.
CanREA says these sources are key as we work to decarbonize and grow our energy generation to support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across the economy in sectors such as transportation, buildings, and heavy industries.
This is because wind and solar energy are the most cost-effective forms of new power generation, new technologies are scalable and can be deployed quickly, and Canada has vast untapped wind and solar energy resources.
“In my 19+ years with CanREA and the Canadian Wind Energy Association, wind and solar energy have moved from the margins to the mainstream,” said CanREA’s outgoing President and CEO, Robert Hornung.
“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to play a role in this transformation and confident that Vittoria and the excellent CanREA team will successfully advocate for Canada to take the steps required to make CanREA’s 2050 Vision a reality.”