BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Steve Bloxom - Chairman, Audit Committee Chair
Steve Bloxom is currently Vice President, Investments at Enbridge Inc., which he joined in January 2004. In this position his primary responsibility is to support the analysis and execution of new investment opportunities consistent with Enbridge’s strategic initiatives.
Mr. Bloxom has over 37 years of experience in the energy industry. Originally trained as an engineer, he first worked for a major Engineering & Construction contractor in its process design group in Houston, Texas and as a plant startup and commissioning engineer in a LNG liquefaction facility in Skikda, Algeria. Redirecting his career along business and commercial lines, Mr. Bloxom then spent 21 years with The Coastal Corporation, a diversified energy company based in Houston, where he held a variety of corporate positions including Senior Vice President of the company’s Investment Review function. Following the acquisition of Coastal by El Paso Corporation, Mr. Bloxom served as head of El Paso’s Capital Review Board for two years prior to joining Enbridge.
Mr. Bloxom holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ed Stelmach - Vice Chairman
Mr. Edward ‘Ed’ Michael Stelmach was elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party on December 2, 2006 and was sworn in as Alberta’s 13th Premier on December 14, 2006; a position he held until October 7, 2011.
Mr. Stelmach led a government that managed through the challenges of a boom and bust cycle while making long term decisions to build critically needed infrastructure in communities across the province.
He guided the province in establishing Canada’s largest barrier-free interprovincial market. The signing of the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement with British Colombia in 2007, followed by the launching of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement in 2010 that brought Saskatchewan into the partnership heralded the West’s growing leadership role in national economic policy. He worked to grow trade with the United States and Asia.
Under his leadership, programs like Bitumen Royalty-in-Kind (BRIK) and the technology commercialization strategy were undertaken to add value to Albertan’s natural resources and to diversify Alberta’s economy. Mr. Stelmach’s government embarked on ambitious plans to build the most advanced infrastructure in North America, including the Calgary and Edmonton ring roads, the Calgary South Hospital and the Edmonton Clinic. He introduced the Green Trip program for LRT and transit, and the Municipal Sustainability Initiative to build community infrastructure like roads, recreation centers, libraries and cultural facilities all across Alberta.
Alberta saw advances in environmental policy with the creation of Canada’s first Carbon Emissions legislation to reduce GHG emissions and to spur research into emission’s management technologies while protecting Alberta from an international cap and trade system that would have been disastrous for Albertans.
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.
John H. Walker - Director, Compensation Committee Chair
John Walker is a Kensington Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee. He is responsible for Kensington's infrastructure business, with a seat on the Board of Directors of the Kensington Crowsnest Alberta L.P. and Genalta Power Inc. John is also Chairman of U.S. Geothermal Inc. [NYSE: HTM, TSX: GTH], an operating geothermal power company based in Boise, Idaho. He has a 40 year history in urban planning, energy security and power plant development in Canada and internationally. John was a founding director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 1992 and chaired the first Planning and Development Committee of that Board, which provided oversight in the construction of the $4.4 billion terminal complex at Toronto Pearson Airport completed in 2004. Additionally, he was co-founder and a founding Director of the Borealis Infrastructure Fund in 1997 which is now owned by the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS).
John has worked in the financial services industry as an investment banker with Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon and has served on the Board of Directors of Sheridan College and was President of the Canada-Sri Lanka Business Council from 1994 to 1997. His background includes 10 years at Ontario Hydro where he was responsible for community impact studies, alternative energy and latterly for international market development for the New Business Ventures Division which became Ontario Hydro International. John has also acted as a senior advisor to Falconbridge on the Koniambo project now owned by SMSP and Glencore Xstrata, a $4 billion mine, smelter, power plant and port project in New Caledonia which was completed in 2013. He has also worked in infrastructure fund development for Aurion Capital and Integrated Private Debt.
John is a Registered Professional Planner in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. John has a BSc. from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Masters of Environmental Studies (Urban/Environmental Planning) from York University in Ontario.
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.