Paul Grod is President & General Counsel of Rodan Energy, a leading North American smart grid company delivering integrated energy solutions to electricity consumers, distributors and power producers. Prior to founding Rodan Energy, Paul was a corporate and investment banker with CIBC World Markets and most recently practiced corporate finance and M&A law with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. Paul actively volunteers his time with a number of charities and is currently the National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress which coordinates and represents the interests of one of Canada’s largest ethnocultural communities (1.25 million). Paul has substantial experience in the electoral process and election monitoring. He led international election observation missions to Ukraine for the December 2004 (Orange Revolution) Presidential elections and for both the 2006 and 2012 Parliamentary elections. Paul was recently awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony on Parliament Hill in recognition for his significant contributions and achievements in service to Canada. In 2011 and 2012 he was ranked in Embassy magazine, Canada's Foreign Policy newsweekly, among the "top 80 individuals influencing Canada's foreign policy." He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds Bachelor of Political Science, Bachelor of Laws, and Master of Business Administration degrees. Paul is married with four young children.