BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David M. Towill - Director, Governance Committee Chair
Mr. David M. Towill has 18 years of experience as a practicing lawyer in the Province of British Columbia. For the past 8 years, Mr. Towill has served as the managing partner of Thomas Butler LLP, a Kelowna based law firm with a focus on commercial transactions and real estate law. In his own practice, Mr. Towill advises both private and public clients in business matters including finance, corporate governance, commercial transactions and real estate development. Prior to joining Thomas Butler LLP, Mr. Towill practiced law in a large Vancouver law firm for 10 years and, during that time, obtained a designation as a certified Mediator. He has also served as an Arbitrator for the Province of British Columbia. In addition to his pursuits in law, Mr. Towill is also an entrepreneur with experience in starting and operating businesses. Mr. Towill is a native of Vancouver and a graduate of the University of British Columbia where he completed degrees in both economics and law.
Chris Keown – Director, Audit Committee Chair
Chris Keown obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2001 and as such has over 12 years of experience practicing as a Chartered Accountant in the province of Alberta. Most of those years have specifically been in public practice. In late 2004 Mr. Keown helped establish and became a partner in the firm Liebig & Keown LLP Chartered Accountants, which is an Edmonton, AB based firm. In 2012, Mr. Keown sold some of his practice, but continues to work at his practice part-time. In that same year he became the CFO for Ventures North Financial Group and helps to manage their financial matters.
Mr. Keown has a strong background in Tax and has taken the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-Depth Tax course. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting. Prior to joining the Genalta Power Inc. Board of Directors, Mr. Keown enjoyed serving as part of other organizations’ Boards as well.
Currently Mr. Keown also volunteers his accounting services helping out a Canadian Charitable Foundation and other non-profit entities.
Thomas R. Kennedy - Director
Tom Kennedy is the founder of Kensington Capital Partners and Chair of the Investment Committee. Tom serves on the Advisory Boards of several private equity funds and on the Board of Directors of Crestline Coach Ltd., Lise Watier Inc., Genalta Power Inc., CVCA - Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and the RPSM Foundation.
Tom's previous experience includes 10 years in operational and management positions with Consolidation Coal Co. and Alberta Energy Company. He has investment banking experience as a senior executive with Bunting Warburg, Lancaster and TD Securities. Tom was Chairman of the Regent Park School of Music, a Director of the Toronto Central LHIN, Loft Community Services, Triax Growth Fund, as well as several public companies.
Tom holds a B.Sc.Eng. (Mining) from Queen's University and a D.B.A. from the University of Edinburgh and is a professional engineer.
Bern Kotelko - Director
Bern graduated from the University of Alberta in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and is a Professional Agrologist. In 2001, he completed the Canadian Securities Course and in 2007, the ICD “Director’s Education Program”.
Bern is one of Alberta’s top strategic thinkers and has extensive experience in financial oversight, business development, and innovation. He currently serves as the Chairman of several boards including Himark Biogas, Growing Power Hairy Hill, ATB Financial, and Spring Creek Ranch. Bern previously served as Co-Chair, Alberta Prion Research Institute Management Board, Director of the Winnipeg Commodities Exchange, Chairman of AVAC Ltd., as the Founding Trustee for the Alberta Ingenuity Fund, as a Director for AFSC (Alberta Agriculture Financial Services), and as a Director for Alberta Economic Development Authority. He also served as an Advisory Committee member for the Alberta Value-Added & Technology Commercialization Task Force.
In 2002 Bern was recognized with the “Alumni Award of Excellence” from the University of Alberta. Furthermore, he was awarded with the "Distinguished Agrologist Award" from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists in 1998.
Drew Shaw - Director, Founder and CEO
Drew Shaw is the Founder and CEO of Genalta Power, overseeing the strategic direction of the Alberta-based, distributed energy power producer. As an original founder of Genalta, Drew brings over 20 years of management and financial experience in various industries, including private and publically traded companies, ranging from petroleum and manufacturing to renewable energy. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Drew held top executive positions within Genalta, including CFO and Vice President of Finance. Overseeing all financial elements of the company ranging from raising capital, financial management, tax management and budgets, to investor relations and special projects, Drew also oversaw the legal and regulatory departments within the company.
Drew began his career with a multi-national firm focused on petroleum E & P software training. A few years later, as CFO of Mastco Derrick Services, Canada's largest fabricator of land-based drilling rigs, he oversaw an explosive 500% increase in revenue and the ultimate sale to a publically traded Income Trust. He later joined EPOD Solar, an integrated, multi-national, renewable energy company, and as CFO he oversaw financial operations for interests in Canada and throughout Europe while preparing the company for presentation to the public markets.
Drew’s academic credentials include a Certified Professional Accountant designation and a Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.