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.
JASON R. MORETTO | BCom, CPA, CGA, CFA
PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & DIRECTOR
Jason Moretto is a seasoned energy developer and finance professional with over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, securities and infrastructure development. His executive background includes roles as 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). He has been a member of the Board of Directors of a number of publicly-traded and private corporations, most recently serving for MES Group (2019), Canadian Biogas Association (2012-2014), Seacliff Energy (2010-2014) and the Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission (2005-2007). Mr. Moretto is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
GARY F. KISSACK | LLB
Gary Kissack has 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. He practices 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. He regularly advises Canadian and international companies, underwriters, investors and professional advisors on a range of transactions, including equity and debt financings, RTOs, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, power purchase agreements, construction contracts, partnerships, joint ventures and reorganization transactions. Gary is also recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada on Indigenous business matters and regularly advises 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. He has sat on various committees of these boards, including the audit and risk management committee, corporate governance committee, and compensation and human resources committee. Mr. Kissack has a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
ROLAND P. AUSTRUP | BA
Mr. Roland P. Austrup currently serves as Director, bringing over 30 years of experience in capital markets to the Firm. In addition to his role with Envest, Mr. Austrup currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer for WaveFront Global Asset Management Corp., a Toronto-based global asset management company, as well as a Director for the Master of Quantitative Finance program at the University of Waterloo. Previous to joining WaveFront, Mr. Austrup served as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Director for Integrated Managed Futures Corp.. Mr. Austrup began his career as a Commodities Broker with ScotiaMcLeod prior to joining BMO Nesbitt Burns as an Investment Advisor. Mr. Austrup holds a B.A. with Honours from the University of Western Ontario.
JOHN BEAUCAGE | BA, DLitt
Mr. John Beaucage currently serves as Director, bringing 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. In addition to his role with Envest, Mr. Beaucage 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. Prior to joining Counsel, Mr. Beaucage 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. Mr. Beaucage is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a combined degree in English and Economics, and was the recipient of a Honourary Doctor of Letters from Nipissing University. Eyaabay (his traditional name) is a Pipe Carrier from the Bear Clan and a citizen of Wasauksing First Nation.
MICHAEL G. LECLAIR | BSc, ICD.D
Michael LeClair is an experienced director and strategic advisor with an extensive background in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Mr. LeClair is 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 on behalf of its sole shareholder. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. LeClair acted as 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 is 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. Throughout his career, 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 a number of Canadian and U.S. private companies. Mr. LeClair is a Certified Corporate Director with a degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario.
MICHAEL G. SNOW | BSc, BEng, MBA, PEng, CDir
Mr. Michael Snow currently serves as Director, bringing an extensive board experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and currently sits on a community board of the Markham Stouffville Hospital in Markham, ON. In 2018 he joined the Board of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) based in Calgary, AB. For the previous seven years, Mr. Snow served as Chief Operating Officer of the Renewable Generation Group of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. (1,500 megawatts, 36 facilities). During his time there he was responsible for strategy, business development, operations, asset management, human resources and evaluating and reporting on growth and operational activities. 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. Mr. Snow holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics) from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He received his Chartered Director designation from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in 2015.
R.K. JOE MISKOKOMIN | DEd
Mr. Joe Miskokomon currently serves as a Special Advisor to Envest, bringing over three decades of experience Chief of Chippewa of the Thames First Nation from 2005-2015 and been on its Council for the prior decade. He served as Grand Council Chief of the Aniishinaabek Nation for 12 years, where he also served on the Constitutional Committee of the Assembly of First Nations and lobbied in London, England prior to the patriation of the Constitution of Canada. Throughout his career, Mr. Miskokomon’s primary interest has been the protection of treaties and aboriginal rights, as well as the development of First Nation human resources through education, training and institutional capacity as law-making jurisdictions. With over 3 decades of leadership experience, he has achieved many legal milestones with the federal Canadian government regarding aboriginal treaty rights. For 25 years, he has negotiated land rights within treaty areas with Ontario, and hunting and fishing agreements that continue to be in effect to the present day. Casino Rama was a direct result of these negotiations and gave testimony in the Superior Court of Ontario that will transfer nearly $3 billion to the First Nations of Ontario over a 25 year period. Mr. Miskokomon is one of the few Chiefs in Canada to have successfully negotiated two major land claim settlements within his band’s treaty territory with the federal Canadian government (including the $120 million Big Bear Creek settlement of 2013). He has been awarded numerous awards and citations, included the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Union of Ontario Indians. Mr. Miskokomon also was the recipient of a Honorary Doctor of Education from Nipissing University at the 1994 convocation.
SCOTT R. VENTON | BA, LLB
Scott Venton is a lawyer whose practice focuses on corporate, commercial, gaming, bankruptcy and insolvency, restructuring, regulatory and insurance litigation. As a Partner in the Litigation Group of Fogler Rubinoff LLP, 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. Mr. Venton brings a unique experience in the area of 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. Mr. Venton has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Wilfred Laurier University and a Bachelor of Laws from Queens University.
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