About Us

Ag Energy Co-operative Ltd. was founded in 1988 by growers to help pool their natural gas purchasing power.  Since then, Ag Energy has expanded its offerings to include electricity and evolved into an experienced energy management team. We are well versed in the needs of agri-businesses and have a great deal of specialized experience in that field. Our membership is now open to all agricultural producers/processors and we serve customers from many different industries.

As a co-operative, our board of directors is comprised of elected members. Meaning you can trust that the people guiding this company share your priorities. Good member and customer experiences are vital to Ag Energy’s success and Ag Energy couldn’t survive without its members. We are constantly working to improve the level of service we provide.

Our members and customers receive service priced competitively for the market. We keep both our customers and members well informed on their consumption levels and the current energy market. With this knowledge, they can ensure that they are making the best energy choices for their business.

For over 30 years, we have successfully grown with the changes in our marketplace to become a multifaceted energy team.  We have earned the respect of the energy industries and the trust of the agricultural community.

With over 175 years of combined energy industry experience, Ag Energy Co-op is well positioned to service your natural gas and electricity needs.  Economies of scale in purchasing and management services allow the co-op to offer flexible natural gas and electricity programs to all medium to large volume consumers.

AEC Leadership Team

Michelle Vieira

Michelle Vieira

CEO & Director of Sales

Michelle has a strong background in operations management, customer service and sales, including over 20 years of experience in operations oversight. She began at Ag Energy Co-op in April 2001 and has held many roles at the co-operative including but not limited to sales, operations functions, assistance with accounting, portfolio manager, and nominations. Prior to joining Ag Energy, Michelle was employed by Engage Energy, where she assisted with the management of over 250 customer accounts. Her experience prior to the energy sector included general accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, as well as human resource management. Michelle has recently obtained an Associate Executive designation. Michelle sits on the Ontario Co-operative Association Board of Directors, holding chair positions on both the Human Resources and Government Relations committees.
John Manera

John Manera

Director of Finance & Shared Services

John is responsible for financial management, human resources, and administrative services. Duties include producing the monthly financial statements, developing the annual budget, protecting co-operative assets, monitoring cash flows with timely receivables collections and prudent payables. John received his education from University of Waterloo in mathematics, and complemented his degree with CPA, CMA and CAPICS certifications. He started his career in the energy sector with Northern & Central Gas Corporation, which is now part of the natural gas utility Union Gas. During his time there, he provided expert testimony to the Ontario Energy Board, represented his company at the National Energy Board, and served as Chairman of the Canadian Gas Supply Statistical Committee. John has experience working with companies ranging in sales from $15 million to over $1B including work in the manufacturing, the wholesale forest products, and the exterior signage industries.
Ag Energy Co-operative

Our Vision

To be the first choice for agricultural producers/processors seeking energy solutions

Our History

We were created by an innovative group of greenhouse growers in 1988, who came together to pool their purchasing power. Being large consumers of natural gas, members of Flower’s Canada, Ontario and Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers decided to work together in their natural gas purchasing.  As owners of the business, growers retained control of the offering. The high level of trust resulting from this business model is a tremendous bonus and established piece of mind in the top cost of business.