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About Light Up The World

LUTW is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to the idea that access to energy changes lives. We work in remote off-grid communities that lack the basic technologies that many of us take for granted. By providing these communities with solar photovoltaic systems, We make a lifelong impact on our beneficiaries by helping them transition away from using polluting fuel-based lighting and costly single-use batteries and unlocking the opportunity to use technologies and tools to help them on their everyday life.

Energy = Education Health Development

With a focus on training local technicians and developing the capacity of local service providers, LUTW fosters long-term partnerships so that communities are empowered to move towards a more sustainable future.

We are based in Calgary, Canada and have field offices in Lima, Cusco, Andahuaylas and Huaraz, Perú.

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Our Team

Canada

Stephany is the Manager of Communications and Donor Relations at Light Up The World. Over the span of 4 years she has played a part in the organizations communication campaigns, major gifts and stakeholder relations, international project coordination, and corporate and academic partnerships. Her 8+ years of experience working with small non-for-profits and grassroots organizations has given her a capacity-driven lens to the way we work within sustainable development.

Stephany holds a B.A. in International Development with a focus in Agriculture and Rural development from the University of Guelph. She is certified in Permaculture Design and is passionate about food security and renewable land systems.

Greg Zatulovsky is Light Up the World's financial administratorGreg and the Purpose Forward team are thrilled to serve LUTW as the new financial experts beginning in 2021.

As a CPA with a decade of experience leading finance, technology, HR, and operations functions in the social purpose sector, Greg is thrilled to support the important work of LUTW. Early in 2021, Greg founded the non-profit Purpose Forward (www.purposeforward.org) with a mission of driving operational excellence in the social purpose sector. He is also a Board Director at Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and a Finance Committee Member at Amnesty International.

Murray joined the LUTW team in March 2020 and has expanded the organizations mission.

He is a professional engineer and economist with over 40 years experience consulting around the world. On two occasions he built successful businesses in Peru and was, until recently, a permanent Member of the National Energy Board.

Peru

Milagros is an Agronomy Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Economics. She has skills in design, maintenance and development in renewable energies (SFV), development in rural project management, aptitude in managing inter-institutional and inter-community relations (knowledgeable about diversity of cultures, attitudes and basic needs) and is a skilled leader. Mily is characterized by her responsibility, companionship and teamwork to achieve results.

Mily has been working with LUTW since 2011, when she participated in the first community projects in Peru and has been at the forefront of the evolution of the Organization since, such as the emergence and empowerment of the Social Enterprise – to serve family homes without access to electrification. She was part of the first social development achievements of LUTW in Peru and contributed to the improvement of Andean villages. She shares challenges to improve the living conditions of those most in need through mutual collaboration.

 Aaron joined LUTW in 2018 after being inspired by the work that LUTW does on a student volunteer project in Guatemala. Aaron’s skills in system design and project management come from his 5 years of construction experience, his involvement with several solar organizations, and his energy science specialization. He is driven by the statement: “Everyone deserves to have access to a clean, accessible and affordable energy source”.
 

William is an Industrial Engineer from USAT (Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo), and has a specialization in management of Solar Energy. William has installed photovoltaic systems in the Amazon and on the Northern Coast of Peru. 

Throughout his work, William often identifies with the seventh development object of the SDGs, whose goal is to guarantee universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services for all. 

Luis is Light Up the World's solar energy project assistant manager in Peru.Luis has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University in Engineering and Technology (UTEC) with experience in automation, process control systems and electrical maintenance in the industrial sector. 
He has been working in LUTW since mid 2021, his work consists of support in design, development, and implementation of new solar projects.
He was part of the latest project in the Peruvian Amazon and hopes to continue electrifying rural communities.
 

Juanita has a degree in Intercultural Studies with a minor in International Development from Ambrose University, Calgary Alberta. 

Juanita joined our team in Peru as our communications & outreach officer Intern. Her role is to support LUTW’s mission of providing access to sustainable clean energy sources through storytelling, communications, translating, advancing partnerships, and writing grants in both English and Spanish. Her experience in LUTW will provide a tremendous opportunity to contribute to sustainable development both locally and internationally. During her internship, she hopes to use her knowledge and her passion to help LUTW meet its needs.

Flor has a degree in accounting, graduating from the UNMSM, with experience in treasury management, tax declaration, account analysis and formulation of financial statements.

She joined LUTW in 2016 and has been supporting the accounting of the organization in Peru; her work consists mainly of recording, analysis, and control of all the income and expenses of LUTW Peru. Through her experience, she has contributed to the improvement of the accounting structure and the optimization of LUTW’s operational areas in high Andean communities without access to electrification.


Clímaco is an Agricultural Technician and started working with LUTW in 2011, as a solar technician on different projects in the region of Huancavelica. He continues to work with LUTW, within the network of agents and with the distribution and installation of prepaid solar home systems for the social enterprise, showing efficiency and leadership in rural communities in his region, Huancavelica.

He currently offers solar energy services in Huancavelica, which he facilitates to continue as coordinator in the Huancavelica Office contributing to the rural needs with quality products. Clímaco is passionate about technologies and innovation after getting to know LUTW, being part of its solar technician training and finding his professional service. He hopes to be a leader in technologies that change the lives of his fellow Huancavelicans.

Board of Directors

Bill enjoyed a career of over thirty years with Ontario Hydro, Ontario Hydro International and Hydro One Inc. His career focused on transaction development and implementation in the electric distribution and transmission businesses – both internationally and in Ontario. Bill ‘s work experience includes significant travel throughout Latin America. He is now a senior advisor with Morrison Park Advisors. 

Bill joined the Light Up The World Board in June 2019 and took on the Board Co-Chair role in December 2020. Bill is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people living in remote and underserved communities. He hopes that his work experience in the energy industry and Latin America, combined with his charitable work in Honduras, will help guide the organization to achieve its mission of ending energy poverty and powering opportunity. Bill also serves as a Board Member for El Hogar Projects (Canada). 

Michael is a semi-retired, global H.R. leader with experience in world class H.R. organizations.

He now operates as an
advisor and consultant to small to medium sized organizations, where human capital strategies are central to business performance and development.

Michael joined LUTW in 2020 and is Chair of our Governance Committee. He has a passion for the sustainability of our planet and organizations that work to provide solutions, like LUTW.

Dr. J. Ashley Nixon is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, university teacher and consultant. Ashley’s business career has focused on sustainability management and communications, particularly in the energy and mining sectors in North and South America. He resides in Calgary, and previously lived in Peru for four years. Ashley teaches at Mount Royal University and runs Betula Books. He has a Ph.D. in ecology and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. 

Ashley joined the Light Up The World Board in September 2022 as Co-Chair.

 Dr. Dave Irvine-Halliday is the founder of Light up The World. As a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary, he had the vision to use LED lighting to bring practical, economical, and environmentally safe lighting to the developing world. In the early years, Dave and his wife, Jenny, self-funded their Light Up The World (LUTW) family projects and built solar and LED systems.

Dave and his wife Jenny started a social enterprise in 2009 called Visionary Lighting and Energy India (VLE) designs

Cory is Vice President – Legal, Commercial & Community with Switch Power Corporations, an Alberta based Independent Power Producer, whose goal is to bring alternative and clean energy solutions, as well as expert energy consultation, to businesses and communities.

Cory joined LUTW in 2021 assisting our Social Enterprise & Development Committee. Cory loves the idea of bringing power to remote communities and the impact it has. His law, business development and strategy background will help LUTW take our social enterprise operations to the next level.

Sharleen began volunteering with LUTW in 2019 and is currently Chair of the Partnerships and Fundraising Committee, building on her experience serving on several boards throughout her career. In addition, Sharleen brings more than 25 years of expertise in the energy sector to LUTW. She is Managing Director of Hestia Consulting, providing her expertise to clients in Alberta’s power industry. Her work experience includes executive and leadership roles at Hardline Engineering, Balancing Pool, Statoil Canada, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), AltaLink and TransAlta where she had the opportunity to develop her knowledge of all areas of the electricity industry in Alberta and provide leadership in key areas such as strategy, risk management, business planning, governance, legal, contract negotiations, account management and business development.

Sharleen is also the proud founder and CEO of Women+Power, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to support and empower women that work in the power industry in Alberta. In addition, Sharleen currently serves as Governance Committee Chair on the board for Storybook Theatre, and Co-Lead, Circles on the board for Lean In Canada – Calgary Chapter. Having earned her ICD.D designation in 2021, she is actively seeking for-profit board positions.

Raymond has thirty-five years of experience in the power industry, including the operations and construction of thermal generation and the development of district energy, thermal, and renewable energy facilities.

Mr. McKay is the President and principal consultant for RVM Developers Inc., providing commercial, development and transactional services to the power sector. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and an MBA from Queen’s University.

Raymond joined the LUTW Board of Directors in 2021. His commercial skills will help broaden LUTW’s impact in providing access to electricity to underserved countries.

Cherise has 20 years of experience in the power industry, managing commercial, trading, and operational optimization of a portfolio of assets. She is the Vice President of Power Marketing for Aypa Power, a Blackstone Portfolio Company that develops, owns, and operates utility-scale energy storage and hybrid renewable energy projects.

Cherise first joined LUTW in 2019 assisting the Partnerships and Fundraising Committee and has participated in projects in both Guatemala and Peru. Cherise joined our Board of Directors in 2022. She has an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and sits on the Board of Women + Power in Alberta, Canada. 

Umesh has over 14 years of experience in the utilities sector.   His experience spans across roles in accounting and regulatory affairs.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge. Umesh is currently a Senior Specialist for the Alberta Electric System Operator.

Umesh joined the LUTW Board of Directors in April 2022 and now serves as co-chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.  As a member of the LUTW Board, Umesh brings his experience together with his passion to help the organization facilitate opportunities for those that do not have access to energy. 

 

Michelle is the Chair of our Technology and Projects Committee