Nick BlitterswYk

Founder & CEO

Nick founded UGE with a focus on distributed renewables to address the world’s energy challenges. His leadership and belief in a productive and enjoyable company culture has grown UGE into a global leader. Raised on a Canadian nature reserve, Nick is a Fellow of the Society Actuaries with previous experience at JPMorgan and AIG.

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Jimmy VaiOpoULos

CFO

Jimmy was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and before joining UGE as the CFO, Jimmy worked at KPMG in both audit and advisory practices with a focus on energy and infrastructure markets. While working with KPMG, Jimmy worked with small renewable independent power producers to utility scale solar projects in different parts of The Americas. In the energy industry, Jimmy worked in audit, project finance and M&A where he was involved with transactions ranging from $50 million to $3+ billion. Jimmy then went on to KPMG’s Santiago office in Chile where he worked and lived for a year while learning Spanish. Jimmy holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science from Western University and an Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

Scott Matthews

Scott Matthews

Vice President, Projects

In his Vice President, Projects role at UGE, Scott is responsible for overseeing all project engineering, construction, and operations worldwide. Prior to joining UGE, Scott was Director of Construction at major US solar developer Recurrent Energy. He brings over 20 years of project and construction management experience to his role at UGE. Scott has led the construction of over 220 MW portfolio projects in Ontario as well as projects in the US totaling over 1GW. He has also served in Senior Manager roles at several large Canadian residential development and construction firms, and responsible for over $500M of residential, resort, and commercial developments in Canada.

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Robert van Duynhoven

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Robert is focused on strategic growth and operational excellence for UGE in Canada. He is a LEED Green Associate, Professional Engineer, bringing over 20 years of experience in business development and management from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. As an entrepreneur, Robert started two companies in manufacturing automation and retail product development. He holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and a professional Renewable Energy certification from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Robert is passionate about renewable energy technologies and is very excited about contributing to UGE’s goal in bringing more affordable, cleaner renewable energy to the world.

Mateo Chaskel

Mateo Chaskel

Director, Development

Mateo is responsible for leading and managing all development related concerns for UGE projects globally, working closely with the business development team to develop successful projects, markets, and portfolios. In this role, Mateo coordinates UGE’s project development checklists, project finance efforts, regulatory and permitting knowledge, and ensures a smooth transition to the construction team for build-out.

Mateo has experience structuring, modeling, and contracting deals including traditional Power Purchase Agreements, Community Distributed Generation projects, cash deals, and other complex transactions that take advantage of a number of nationwide and/or local incentives.

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