About Windfall

Brent Kopperson

Founder and Executive Director

Social Enterprise

Brent R. Kopperson is the founder and Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre, a non profit social enterprise dedicated to building sustainable communities. The creation of Windfall was inspired by a vision of healthy communities, where economic, social, and environmental needs achieve balance through social innovation, community partnership, and community action.

The Centre's activities focus on re-powering communities to create lasting wealth in a carbon constrained 21st century. Windfall Ecology Centre is known for innovation in the design and integration of public policy and education initiatives. We design and deliver community-based energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, and water protection programs.

Founding Director

Brent is a founding Director and former Chair of the Community Power Fund, which provides financial support to communities working to build renewable energy projects. The Community Power Fund lead the Green Energy Act Alliance which campaigned to achieve fundamental changes to Ontario's Electricity System through the creation of the Green Energy and Economy Act.

Founding director and former chair of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association which authored Ontario's landmark Feed-In Tariff (FIT) for renewable energy

Brent is a founding director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). The mission of OSEA is to facilitate the transition to a sustainable energy economy in Ontario through the development and support of community-based energy initiatives. Mr. Kopperson was instrumental in developing the mission, objectives, and operations of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association and served as Chair for 5 years. The Association was the catalyst for the creation of new sustainable energy projects across Ontario and is the author of Ontario's landmark Standard Offer Program or Feed-In Tariff for renewable energy (North America's first).

Mr. Kopperson is the former Chair of Green Communities Canada, a national network of community based environmental organizations that deliver innovative, practical environmental solutions to Canadian households and communities. Green Communities Canada piloted Canada's EnerGuide for Houses program and designed Canada's landmark national residential energy efficiency incentive program (known as ecoENERGY for Houses).

Brent is a founding Director of the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance and past Director of the World Wind Energy Association. Mr. Kopperson was instrumental in bringing the 2008 World Wind Energy Conference to Kingston Ontario in 2008...the catalyst for Ontario's Green Energy Act.

NGO Adviser

Jack Layton and Brent Kopperson at the United Nations Kyoto Protocol treaty negotiations

Jack Layton and Brent Kopperson at the United Nations Kyoto Protocol treaty negotiations

Mr. Kopperson is a keen observer and participant in the Kyoto process and served for 3 years as an NGO adviser to the Canadian government at United Nations Kyoto Protocol treaty negotiations. Windfall Ecology Centre has official Observer Status with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Brent has a significant record of accomplishment in Business, Organization Development, and Community Service. He was born and raised on Vancouver Island and obtained an Honours Degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 1978.

Entrepreneur

In 2010 Brent was elected a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs.

Mr. Kopperson has wide experience as an entrepreneur and corporate executive. He co-founded his first business, a pioneering telecommunications company, while completing his degree at Schulich School for Business. He is familiar in the realm of global business, having served as a Business Development executive with a global aerospace company and Vice President of an auto parts manufacturer. Along the way he earned his private pilots licence and solo aerobatics Endorsement.

In 1987, Brent co-founded and for ten years served as President of Backstage Pass Inc., an entertainment merchandising company providing communications and marketing services to over 200 performance artists, including Madonna, U2, and Bruce Springsteen.

Since 1998, Mr. Kopperson has devoted full time attention to social innovation and community development and in 2010 was elected a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. In addition to his work with Windfall Ecology Centre, he has helped new entrepreneurs achieve their dreams by providing personal coaching through his work with Job Skills, a York Region charitable organization. Past Board service includes the Georgina Medical Health Council and Georgina Cares, a children's charity. Brent lives part time in the Chippewas' community on Georgina Island.

Brent is a proud father to five children.