Jim Salmon,

President and Chief Scientist

Dr. Jim Salmon is the President and Chief Scientist at Zephyr North Ltd. He is a graduate of Trent, York and Southampton Universities in physics, mathematics, meteorology and oceanography. He has been making field measurements of wind and many other meteorological and environmental parameters for more than 25 years.

He was key in the development of the internationally recognized computer software package MS-Micro for numerical modelling of wind flow in complex terrain. This software has been incorporated in a variety of present-day software packages such as ReSoft WindFarm and Environment and Natural Resources Canada’s WindScope.

Jim has received the Andrew Thomson Prize in Applied Meteorology from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the R.J. Templin Award “for outstanding contributions to the development of Canadian Wind Energy Technology” from the Canadian Wind Energy Association. He has also received CanWEA’s Group Leadership Award “for exceptional achievement by a group or organization”.

He is a Past-President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association and past board member of the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op and the Positive Power Co-op of Hamilton. Jim was a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Committee for Site Assessment for Wind Energy Conversion Systems – Meteorological Aspects (F428-J1993) and is a former chairperson of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Professional Accreditation Committee. He is also a former chairperson of the Toronto Centre of CMOS.

Jim participated in the International Energy Agency’s most recent (31st) Meeting of Experts on State of the Art on Wind Resource Estimation as Canada’s representative.

He is a Consulting Meteorologist accredited by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Peter Taylor,

Senior Scientist

Peter Taylor has worked for many years on atmospheric boundary layer studies using a range of numerical models and conducting field programs. He has published more than 100 papers in top research journals. Peter has a long standing interest in renewable energy research and in 1982/83 he led the Askervein hill study (on S. Uist, Scotland) which remains a widely used data set for testing models of flow over hills for wind energy studies. His current interests include modelling turbulent boundary-layer flow over complex terrain, wind turbine noise issues, analysis of lidar wind profiler data and issues related to uncertainty in energy production estimates.

Peter has been a Professor of Atmospheric Science at York University since 1988 and now splits his time between Zephyr North and York University.



Paul Stalker,

Senior Technician

Paul Stalker heads the Zephyr North field team. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in geography.

Paul has been designing and constructing wind measurement and meteorological stations for over 21 years. At Zephyr North, he is responsible for:

  • the design, development, and assembly of wind monitoring stations
  • the installation and maintenance of meteorological instruments and tower networks
  • the acquisition, monitoring, and quality control of field data
  • computer programming and software system development in support of data acquisition
  • and the logistics of project and fieldwork planning