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This list showcases the top British Columbia based Chairman operating in the Energy space. If you think a Chairman is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
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Chairman of Enecsys
In April 2010, Mossadiq S. Umedaly joined Wellington Partners as Venture Partner to strengthen the resource efficiency team. He has over 22 years of experience growing resource efficiency businesses. In 2009, Umedaly became the Executive Chairman of Enecsys Ltd., a world leading solar micro inverter company. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was the chairman of BC Hydro, a $5 billion electric utility. From 1999 to 2008, as Chairman and CEO of power electronics company Xantrex Technology Inc., he transformed the $10 million test and measurement Company into a world leader in renewable power markets, took it public and ultimately sold it in 2008 to strategic acquirers for $500 million. From 1990 to 1998 he drove the growth of fuel cell pioneer Ballard Power Systems as VP and CFO; during his tenure the company went public and increased its market capitalization from $10 million to $6 billion. Prior to that, for eight years, he held senior positions in the Aga Khan Development network. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and for five years worked in the firm’s Toronto and Rome offices. Umedaly has a B.Com, MBA, FCA, ICD.D and a LL.D (hon).
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About : Enecsys manufactures grid-connected solar micro inverters and monitoring systems that offer a value proposition for solar PV systems.
Executive Chairman of Alterra Power Corp
Ross J. Beaty has been the Executive Chairman at Alterra Power Corp. since January 22, 2008. Mr. Beaty served as Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Power Corp. (Magma Energy Corp.) from January 22, 2008 to September 2011.He Founded Lumina Capital Limited Partnership. He has more than 37 years of experience in the international minerals industry. He founded Pan American Silver Corp. in 1994 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until May 11, 2004. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Equinox Resources Ltd. from May 1985 to April 1994 and Da Capo Resources Ltd. from April 1994 to September 1996. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Copper Corp. from May 9, 2005 to March 21, 2006. Mr. Beaty has worked in more than 50 countries during his career. He has also founded and divested a number of other public mineral resource companies since 1985, including Northern Peru Copper and Global Copper Corp. He has been the Non-Executive Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp. since April 30, 2007. He serves as the Chairman of Lumina Resources Corp., HS Orka hf. and Global Copper Corp. He served as the Chairman of Northern Peru Copper Corp. since August 2006. He served as Co-Chairman of Western Copper and Gold Corporation from November 30, 2006 to September 2009. He served as the Chairman of Regalito Copper Corp. He served as an Executive Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., since April 1994. He served as Vice Chairman of Vista Gold Corp. He has been a Director of Global Copper Corp. since May 9, 2005, Lumina Copper Corp. since May 23, 2003, Lumina Resources Corp. since May 9, 2005 and Pan American Silver Corp., since September 30, 1988. He served as a Director of Regalito Copper Corp. from May 23, 2003 to May 2006. He served as a Director of Sutton Resources Ltd. He served as Director of Northern Peru Copper Corp., since August 9, 2006. He served as the President of the Silver Institute in Washington, D.C. He is a recipient of Canadian Institute’s Past President’s Memorial Medal. In 2007, Mr. Beaty received the Association of Mineral Exploration of B.C.’s Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration and in 2008 the Mining Person of the Year award from the Mining Association of B.C. and the Ernst & Young, Natural Resources Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is a Geologist and resource company entrepreneur. He served as a Director of Western Copper and Gold Corporation from November 30, 2006 to September 2009. He is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. In 1997, he has a P. Geo from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He speaks English, French and Spanish, as well as some Russian, German and Italian. Mr. Beaty received a Law degree (LLB) from the University of British Columbia in 1979; a M.S. in Geology and Mineral Exploration from Royal School of Mines at the University of London in 1975; and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.S. in Geology in 1974.
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About Alterra Power Corp, Equinox Gold: Alterra Power Corp is a power generation company that specializes on geothermal power, hydro power, and solar power.
Chairman of Eagle Hill Exploration
John Proust is the founder and principal shareholder of numerous public and private companies. He has successfully managed, directed and advised public and private companies regarding debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring since 1986. Highly regarded in the industry for his management skills and attention to detail, he has held senior positions and served on the boards of numerous private and TSX Venture Exchange listed companies. He is currently Chairman, CEO and a director of Southern Arc Minerals, CEO and a director of New Zealand Energy Corp., and Chairman and a director of Canada Energy Partners. Mr. Proust received the designation of Chartered Director (CDir) from McMaster University, Directors College, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business.
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About Canada Energy Partners, Eagle Hill Exploration, Eagle Hill Exploration, Japan Gold, New Zealand Energy Corp, Pinedale Energy, Southern Arc Minerals: Eagle Hill Exploration is a mineral exploration company exploring and developing high-grade gold deposit in Quebec.
Jimmy S. H. Lee
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Mercer International
Mr. Jimmy S. H. Lee is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Mercer International Inc. Previously, during the period that MFC Bancorp Ltd. was our affiliate, he served as a director from 1986 and President from 1988 to December 1996 when it was spun out. Mr. Lee was also a director of Quinsam Capital Corp. from March 2004 to November 2007 and Fortress Paper Ltd. from August 2006 to April 2008. During Mr. Lee’s tenure with Mercer, we acquired the Rosenthal mill and converted it to the production of kraft pulp, constructed and commenced operations at the Stendal mill and acquired the Celgar mill. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
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About Mercer International: Mercer International operates as a pulp business and produces NBSK market pulp.
Chairman of the Board, CEO of Aurora Solar Technologies
Mike Heaven chairs the Board of Directors and is the company’s CEO. He is also a co-founder of the company. Mike has had over 20 years experience in the development and application of measurement and control technology to a variety of industries. He has published extensively in the field of industrial measurement and process control and holds eleven patents in this area. His extensive in-depth experience in this field is particularly pertinent to the role Aurora is playing in the solar energy industry. As General Manager for PT Papertech Inc. from 2003 to 2008, Mr. Heaven drove the development and delivery of innovative machine vision systems for in-line process monitoring and optimization in paper, tissue and steelmaking. Prior to Papertech, he was Chief Operating Officer of Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII, NASDAQ: NSATF), a company providing ground station equipment for satellite communications. Before Norsat, Mike spent 13 years with Honeywell in various senior engineering and marketing roles. Prior to Honeywell, he spent five years in the steel industry, responsible for Dofasco’s Hot Strip Flatness and Profile Control program. Mr. Heaven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. He also holds an MBA from Queen’s University.
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About Aurora Solar Technologies: Aurora Solar Technologies develops and markets Production Measurement and Control systems.
Chairman of Axine Water Technologies
Greg is an accomplished business leader, entrepreneur, angel investor, and corporate director specifically with technology companies. He specializes in creating customer-centric and operationally-focused corporate cultures transforming early-stage companies from R&D organizations to viable commercial enterprises. While CEO at A.L.I. Technologies, he grew the business from 14 to 400 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues resulting in a sale to McKesson Corp. in 2002 for $526 million in cash, marking one of the most important transactions in the image management market. After joining McKesson to head their Medical Imaging Group, he grew annual revenues 200% over two years to $100 million, entirely through internally-generated growth. In 2002, Greg was recognized as Ernst & Young’s Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2007, appointed “Person of the Year” by the B.C. Technology Industry Association. He currently serves on a number of company Boards, is Co-Chair of the B.C. Premier’s Technology Council, and serves on the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia (ranked among the top 30 in the world)
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About OneMedNet, Yaletown Partners: Axine Water Technologies is a developer of wastewater treatment technologies and solutions.
Chairman, President, Director of Mount Dakota Energy Corp.
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About Mount Dakota Energy Corp.: Mount Dakota is a publicly traded company in the business of acquiring, exploring, and developing petroleum prospects.