Ellise Darwton

Dominica Electricity Services Limited
Corporate Secretary and Legal Officer

An attorney-at-law of 25 years’ experience, 19 years of which has been served as In-House Counsel at the Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC), in the dual roles of Corporate Secretary and Legal Officer.

She holds a Master of Laws – LLM focused in Energy and Infrastructure Law from York University – Osgoode Hall Law School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada (CGIC) [Formerly Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Canada -ICSA].

In her role as Legal Officer she provides legal advisory servicesto the Board of Directors and Management on all aspects of the company’s operations, as well as on the energy and utility sector. Following liberalisation of the energy sector in Dominica in 2006 she has served as principal advisor to the Board and Management on regulatory matters related to the competitive environment. Currently, much of her work is dedicated to providing legal support to the company’s renewable energy strategic objectives and more particularly its participation in the geothermal development project of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

She is a member of the Women in Renewable Energy Network (WIRE), a professional development group for women working in energy in island nations in the Caribbean, and in Africa. She is also member of the CARILEC Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee whose mandate includes review of energy legislation and regulatory frameworks, performance benchmarking, review of renewable energy markets and Independent Power Producers, and advocacy & government relations.