Paul B. Manson
President and CEO
Mr. Manson founded DC Grid Development Corporation in 2015 as a vehicle to advance and support the new energy economy. The Company’s mission is to seek out and encourage adoption of cutting edge technologies which exemplify best practices in energy efficiency, clean tech, and renewable energy generation and storage.
Previously, Mr. Manson served as President and CEO of Sea Breeze Power Corp., a publicly traded renewable energy project development company, following that company’s acquisition of Sea Breeze Energy Inc., a wind development firm that he co-founded in 2001.
Sea Breeze Energy Inc. was the first company in British Columbia to pursue wind energy as a commercial opportunity, and became the first company in British Columbia to achieve a full environmental permit for a wind farm. Under Mr. Manson’s direction, the Company developed the 99 MW – Cape Scott Wind Farm (on northern Vancouver Island) to the point of sale to GDF Suez. The Cape Scott Wind Farm began commercial operations in 2013.
While at Sea Breeze, Mr. Manson also initiated the Juan de Fuca Cable Project, proposed to be a 550 MW undersea cable, internationally connecting the southern tip of Vancouver Island with the City of Port Angeles, located on the north shore of the Olympic Peninsula, in the State of Washington.
The Juan de Fuca Cable was designed to utilize HVDC “Voltage Source Converter” technology, which is steadily gaining recognition as the best available technology for controlling and transmitting variable sources of generation, such as wind and solar.
Originally from New York City, Mr. Manson attended Carleton College in Minnesota, following which he immigrated to Canada, where he was actively involved in British Columbia’s fishing industry for 16 years. Beginning in 1988, Mr. Manson held executive management positions with several development companies in the natural resource industries.
In addition to his duties with DC Grid Development Corp., Mr. Manson serves as chairman of the Clean Technology Community Gateway, a Canadian federally incorporated non-profit corporation dedicated to assisting communities develop strategies for utilization of sustainable housing systems, and for transitioning to locally available renewable energy resources.
He also serves as co-chair of the Energy and Environment Working Group of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (“PNWER”), a bi-national public and private sector forum which addresses issues impacting the regional economy of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.
He was recently appointed as the renewable energy sector representative to British Columbia’s Central Coast Ocean Advisory Committee, and is an Advisory Board team member to the Vancouver Island Sustainable Technology Association (“VISTA”).
Mr. Manson also serves as president of Vancouver-based Theater In the Raw (“TITR”) Society.
Venkatakrishnarao ("Krishna") Annanthaneni
Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Ananthaneni comes to DC Grid after completing a Master of Engineering Leadership degree in Clean Energy from University of British Columbia in 2016. He previously earned an undergraduate degree and postgraduate certificate in Mechanical and Energy Engineering respectively at institutions in Chennai, India.
He has extensive experience in multiple facets of energy engineering (oil, gas, coal, biomass, integrated gasification combined cycle), smart buildings, thermal and process design of power plants, and rotating and static equipment used in energy production.
Ravinder ("Ravi") Kotnala
Executive Vice President For India
Ravi graduated with a degree in Business Management. He has extensive experience in business operations and has experience working for WNS Global Services, Bank of America, AON, among others.
Ravi is a successful entrepreneur and owns a food business, now managed by his family. Ravi represents DC Grid in India, where he carries out business operations and forms strategic alliances with channel partners.
Corporate Secretary / Business Manager
Ms. Whiteside comes to DC Grid with extensive experience handling business and financial affairs of public companies, including raising venture capital and managing human resources, shareholder relations, regulatory affairs, foreign exchange, and general administration. Following a decade-long career in international banking, she commenced work in the energy industry with Sea Breeze Power Corp. in 2004.
Currently an undergraduate student in the Chemical Engineering program at the University of British Columbia, Mr. Elnawawi is currently part of UBC’s Chem-E-Car design team, where he is part of a research project based on algal biofuels, and a separate project on process automation systems. He also has experience working in high-tech fabrication software and technology.
Mr. Hageraats graduated from McGill University in 2015 with a B. Sc. degree in Environmental Science and Biology, having completed a portion of his studies at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Since participating in long- term ecological research, he has shifted focus towards sustainability planning and market analysis of renewable energy technology. He has experience as a Forest Fire Ranger crew member with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Alberta and British Columbia, and as a Wilderness First Responder. He is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto.
Environmental Permitting Associate
Mr. Swaffield supports DC Grid’s work in environmental permitting, stakeholder engagement, and provides GIS support for DCG’s internal projects and with client organizations. Mr. Swaffield earned a B.A. in Environmental Geography from Simon Fraser University and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Marketing at the University of Liverpool.
Tom Dallimore is a founding member of DC Grid Development Corp. with extensive business analysis and strategic planning experience in the energy and transportation sectors.
Mr. Dallimore has worked as a Financial Analyst in the energy sector for Sea Breeze Power Corp., for the luxury passenger rail service Rocky Mountaineer, as Manager of Credit Unions and Trusts at the BC Provincial Financial Institutions Commission, as Research & Information Associate at Catamaran Ferries International, and as General Manager at TransGlobe Communications Inc., among other positions.
His education includes earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Transportation and Marketing from the University of British Columbia, and graduate and post-graduate level studies in Commerce, Transportation, Marketing and Economic Evaluation at the University of Waterloo and Simon Fraser University.