PRAGMATIC “OUTSIDE-THE-BOX” THINKING

Envest’s leadership team has decades of experience in the fields of energy development, finance, engineering, law, corporate governance and Indigenous affairs. Our unique management depth provides for practical and innovative perspectives to structure energy solutions for mission-critical environments. This direction is complimented by a talented execution and operating team.

OUR LEADERSHIP 


JASON R. MORETTO | PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & DIRECTOR

Experience:

  • Seasoned energy developer and finance professional with over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, securities and infrastructure development.
  • Executive roles including Vice President of Corporate Finance at Anaergia, a global bioenergy firm (2012-2014), President of Alpenglow Energy, an energy development firm(2009-2012), as a Director, President and Chief Financial Officer for a number of Canadian and U.S. public companies (2003-2009), and in equity research at BMO Capital Markets, one of Canada’s largest investment banks (1997-2003).
  • Board of Directors member of a number of publicly-traded and private corporations, including MES Group (2019-present), Canadian Biogas Association (2012-2014), Seacliff Energy (2010-2014) and the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission (2005-2007).

Education:

  • Bachelor of Commerce degree, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • Certified General Accountant
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

GARY F. KISSACK | EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Experience:

  • Extensive experience working as a lawyer, advisor, investor and business operator in various industries, including in respect of energy generation (wind, solar, cogeneration and bioenergy), distribution, transmission and infrastructure projects.
  • Practicing lawyer in a number of areas of business law (including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, capital markets and securities, corporate finance, energy and infrastructure and technology) and is a leading lawyer in Canada on Indigenous business matters, regularly advising Indigenous communities and their institutions across Canada on the formation of economic development groups and their participation in major commercial and industrial developments, the negotiation of impact and community benefit agreements, Aboriginal and treaty rights advocacy, and consultations with government and industry.
  • Mr. Kissack has been a member of the Board of Directors of a number of publicly-traded and private corporations in various industries. 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws degree, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University

ROLAND P. AUSTRUP | INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Experience:

  • Over 30 years of capital markets experience, currently serving as Chief Financial Officer for Innventure, a global, open-architecture venture investment firm, as well as Chairman of WaveFront Global Asset Management Corp., a global asset management company.
  • Mr. Austrup serves as a Director for the Master of Quantitative Finance program at the University of Waterloo.
  • Previously served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Director for Integrated Managed Futures Corp.; and began his career as a Commodities Broker with ScotiaMcLeod prior to joining BMO Nesbitt Burns as an Investment Advisor.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, University of Western Ontario

JOHN BEAUCAGE | INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Experience:

  • Over 40 years of experience as one of Canada’s most respected Indigenous leaders, with a tremendous depth of experience engaging with First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders and communities across Canada. Eyaabay (Mr. Beaucage’s traditional name) is a Pipe Carrier from the Bear Clan and a citizen of Wasauksing First Nation.
  • Currently serves a Principal with Counsel Public Affairs Inc., one of Canada’s leading public affairs agencies specializing in government relations, strategic communications, and integrated campaigns, as well as Chairperson of Nigig Power (at 300 megawatts, Henvey Inlet is the largest wind project in Ontario, one of the largest in Canada and the largest on a Canadian First Nations reserve) and Mitgoka Power. 
  • Previously worked for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and was appointed Chairperson of the First Nations Market Housing Fund, a $300 million innovative fund designed to give First Nations citizens the opportunity to own their homes on reserve.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics, University of Western Ontario
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, Nipissing University

MICHAEL G. LECLAIR | INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Experience:

  • Experienced director and strategic advisor with an extensive background in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.
  • Chair of the Independent Trustees of Centurion Financial Trust and acted as the Chief Investment Officer of Constant Power Inc. (2016–2018) prior to arranging its sale. Previous roles include Managing Director of Integrated Asset Management – Private Debt Group (2002-2015), an institutional debt fund specializing in providing financing solutions for mid-market Canadian companies including small to medium-sized energy projects in North America. He has served in various executive capacities including President of Westpark Healthcare Foundation, a Toronto based hospital foundation, Vice President, Corporate Development at Chubb Security (1998-2001), a global security company and as a strategic advisor and Director for several Canadian and U.S. private companies.
  • Currently a member of the Investment Committee of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and is a strategic advisor to a fast growing, specialty engineering company based in Toronto. 

Education:

  • Certified Corporate Director degree, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Science degree, University of Western Ontario

MICHAEL G. SNOW | INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Experience:

  • Recently retired C-level executive responsible for strategy, business development, operations, asset management, human resources and evaluating and reporting on growth and operational activities.
  • Previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the Renewable Generation Group of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. (1,500 megawatts, 36 facilities). In prior roles, he led both industrial and consumer organizations, focusing on growth and international operations in Mexico, South America, and Asia while driving culture change and building strong leadership teams.
  • Extensive board experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Currently sits on community board of the Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham, ON. From 2018 to 2020, he served on the Board of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) based in Calgary, AB.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics), Dalhousie University
  • Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical), Technical University of Nova Scotia
  • Master of Business Administration degree, Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario
  • Chartered Director designation, DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University 

SCOTT R. VENTON | SPECIAL ADVISOR

Experience:

  • Practicing lawyer focusing on corporate, commercial, gaming, bankruptcy and insolvency, restructuring, regulatory and insurance litigation.
  • Partner in the Litigation Group of Fogler Rubinoff LLP, where he has represented numerous financial institutions, corporations and individuals in matters relating to, for example, commercial contract disputes, transportation, securities, debt enforcement, oppression remedy, gaming, debtor and creditor, bankruptcy and insolvency, economic torts, interim and permanent injunctions, insurance, employment litigation involving wrongful dismissal and breach of fiduciary duty matters, broker liability claims, negligence actions and personal injury litigation.
  • Unique experience in insurance litigation and negligence law having represented numerous insurance companies in defending claims brought against them. He has appeared as trial counsel and argued contested motions and applications before the trial and appellate levels of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal of Ontario, and on leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also acted as counsel before the Coroner’s Court and several administrative tribunals

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, Wilfred Laurier University
  • Bachelor of Laws degree, Queens University

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