CoPower Story

Canada's first sustainable investment platform.

CoPower opened in 2013 with the vision that new online tools, and the surge in profitable clean energy investments, meant that it could be possible for Canadians like us—people who care about their portfolios, their communities and their environment—to have it all.

In 2019, we were acquired by Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB), a values-driven bank focused exclusively on partnerships with organizations that drive social, economic and environmental change. CoPower continues to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of VCIB, with back office support provided by VCIB.

Our Team

Trish Nixon

CEO & Director, Capital and Investments

David Berliner

Director, Structuring Clean Energy Finance

Jonathan Frank

Director, Business Development

Jennifer Macdonald

Relationship Manager

Tobias Mueller-Glodde

Senior Associate, Capital & Investments

Marc Richard

Analyst, Finance and Reporting

  • David serves as Director, Structuring Clean Energy Finance at CoPower Inc. and Vancity Community Investment Bank and in that capacity leads project finance and deal structuring matters related to CoPower.

    David co-founded CoPower Inc. in 2013 and most recently served as a Managing Director at CoPower.

    He previously worked at Inerjys, a clean energy investment firm. He has consulted for the New York City Mayor’s Office on renewable energy, was Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Toronto and worked at the Carbon Disclosure Project. David has been named "Emerging Solar Leader" by the Canadian Solar Industries Association and "Top 30 Under 30" by Corporate Knights.

    David holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University and a B.Sc from the University of Toronto.

  • Trish serves as Chief Executive Officer of CoPower Inc. as well as Director, Capital & Investments at Vancity Community Investment Bank.

    Trish has spent her career working to accelerate impact investing in Canada. As an early member of CoPower's executive team, Trish was instrumental in the development of the firm's clean energy investment products, in building a client base of over 800 mission-aligned investors, and in facilitating the acquisition by Vancity Community Investment Bank.

    In prior roles at MaRS Discovery District, she provided advisory services to impact investors and intermediaries and founded an impact accelerator and venture fund. Trish is the 2016 Recipient of the Edward Newton Award for Social Innovation and co-recipient of the 2017 Clean50 Award for Environmental Entrepreneurship. She holds a Master of International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.

    Trish is the 2016 Recipient of the Edward Newton Award for Social Innovation and co-recipient of the 2017 Clean50 Award for Environmental Entrepreneurship. She holds a Masters of International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

  • Jonathan (Jon) serves as Director, Clean Energy Business Development at Vancity Community Investment Bank and in that capacity leads business development, deal origination and relationship management for clean energy projects related to CoPower Finance Inc.

    At CoPower, Jon previously served as a Managing Director and has been involved in a wide range of clean energy technologies across Canada that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate strong financial returns including solar energy, energy efficiency retrofits, geothermal heating and cooling, renewable natural gas, combined heat and power and energy storage.

    Jon brings a wealth of clean energy industry experience to Vancity Community Investment Bank and CoPower. 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 Co-Chair of the National Board of Directors leading initiatives including a charity solar project in Nepal and Canada’s first national mentorship program for renewable energy professionals. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s “GameChanger” Award for Emerging Solar Leader.

  • As Director of Finance at CoPower, Matthew is involved in strategic decision making, corporate finance, asset management and investment performance analysis, as well as informing our investment strategy with financial modeling of CoPower’s products.

    Before joining CoPower, Matthew was a senior auditor at a large Montreal accounting firm. After completing a B.Com. at McGill University he went on to earn his CPA, CA designation and his CFA charter. He is also an avid traveler and sports and music enthusiast.

  • As Relationship Manager at both CoPower and VCIB, Jennifer develops and implements client growth and engagement strategies while supporting CoPower Green Bond holders. Her previous experience includes four years as an Associate on the Institutional Investment Management team at Phillips, Hager & North (RBC Global Asset Management), where she helped manage and monitor institutional client accounts ranging from pension plans to foundations and endowments across Canada, provided coverage for the firm’s global and emerging market equity strategies, and helped develop and integrate ESG initiatives.

    Jennifer started her career at BMO Capital Markets, where she gained exposure to energy and power infrastructure assets. She was the lead Energy Analyst for Project Vision, an economic development program for Togo. She holds a MBA from the University of Cambridge, where she studied under the Energy & Environment concentration.

  • As CoPower’s manager of marketing and engagement, Lauryn is helping build a community of individuals investing for profit and planet. Prior to CoPower, Lauryn was Senior Campaigner, and half of Canada’s founding team. She managed strategy, storytelling, and email, while building an impressive track record of winning campaigns on issues ranging from refugee justice, to improving animal welfare at factory farms, to featuring iconic women from Canadian history on our banknotes.

    After completing her B.A. in environmental policy at the University of Toronto, she worked on offline campaigns as lead organizer at the Climate Action Network Canada. She loves train travel and has gone around (almost) the entire world, from England to Vietnam, and from San Francisco to New York.

  • As Senior Associate, Capital and Investments, Tobias works in product development, investor relations, and operations at both CoPower and VCIB. Tobias graduated from the inaugural MSc. in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto and holds a BSc. in Finance and International Business from the University of Richmond in Virginia.

    Previously, he worked in corporate finance with Rocket Internet in Berlin and in the consulting space at Accenture in Frankfurt, as well as Ashoka and Reclay StewardEdge in Toronto. Tobias plays soccer competitively as a goalkeeper and is a passionate world traveler and explorer.

  • As Analyst, Financing and Reporting Marc supports asset management, finance, and accounting functions for VCIB and provides back office support to CoPower. Previously, Marc worked as accountant at several small non-profit and for-profit organizations and has seen how many different companies tick.

    After completing his BComm at Concordia University, Marc started an investment portfolio consulting company targeted towards non-profit organizations. He loves music and has toured Canada with his band.

  • As a full stack software developer at CoPower, Sai is tasked with building CoPower's online platform, including database design.Sai is completing his Master of Engineering in Software Engineering at Concordia University. He is well-versed in a number of different programming languages and has 3 years experience as a full stack software developer with a focus on APIs, microservices in PHP, nodeJS, Python to name a few.

    In his spare time Sai is an avid reader, lover of all fantasy and fiction audiobooks and is attempting to work through the primary Kriya yoga series.

  • As Project Analyst at CoPower, Kisa plays a key role in the financial analysis, due diligence and investment decision making for clean energy projects. Prior to CoPower, Kisa worked on the Infrastructure Investment team at PSP Investments, supporting deal execution from sourcing through valuation and due diligence.

    Kisa holds a Masters of Management in Finance and a BSc. in Agricultural Sciences from McGill University. During her time at McGill, she was the Chief Operations Officer of Desaultels Capital Management and led a research project for the University of the West Indies. Kisa is a rock climber, painter, and lover of blue cheese.

Board of Directors

Jay-Ann Gilfoy

Chief Executive Officer, VCIB

Clayton Buckingham

Chief Financial Officer, Vancity Credit Union

Kevin Matthias

Chief Risk Officer, VCIB

Memberships and Associations