Board of Directors
Hon. David R. Peterson, P.C., Q.C., C.ST. J., D'H., D.U., L.
Mr. Peterson is a Senior Partner and Chairman of the Toronto law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. He served as Premier of the Province of Ontario from 1985 to 1990. Mr. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Toronto. He also studied abroad at the University of Caen, France. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1969, appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1980, and summoned by Her Majesty to the Privy Council in 1992. His career in government began in 1975, when he was elected as a member of the Ontario Legislature, and he became the leader of the Ontario Liberal party in 1982. He served as Premier of the Province between 1985 and 1990, overseeing a very active period of reform and playing a major role in the country's constitutional discussions.
Since leaving the premiership, Mr. Peterson has continued his career of distinguished public service. He was the Chairman of the Commonwealth team observing the 1992 elections in Guyana, and he is chief federal negotiator for the devolution of the Northwest Territories. In addition, he speaks frequently on national and international issues and appears on television as a commentator.
Mr. Peterson also continues to make major contributions to the academic and civic life of Ontario. He is a former Chancellor of the University of Toronto, Director of St. Michael's Hospital, and an adjunct professor at York University. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa, the University of Tel Aviv, the American University of the Caribbean and the University of Toronto.
In 1994 the government of France appointed him a Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour of France. In 1995 the International Assembly of French-Speaking Parliamentarians presented him with the Ordre de la Pléiade.
Mr. Peterson's contributions in the area of business are also significant and substantial. He was founding Chairman of Chapters and the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club, and he is a Director of a number of public companies including Rogers Communications Inc., Ivanhoe Cambridge, Industrielle-Alliance Life Assurance Company and PNP Parabas (Canada).
Keith Lord, MBA, B. Sc.
Keith Lord is the Managing Director in the Global Power & Utility Group at UBS. After a successful Wall Street career as an investment banker focusing on the power sector, Mr. Lord, a published author of short fiction, retired in 2005 from Lehman Brothers Inc. to write a novel. Mr. Lord's distinguished career in the banking industry is a tale of the two capitals of western finance, London and New York City. Mr. Lord holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University.
As Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for the worldwide power team at Lehman from 1997 to 2005, Mr. Lord was responsible for senior-level relationship development, new business initiation and transaction execution. Promoted to Managing Director at 31, Mr. Lord executed over $100 billion of M&A, restructuring and financing transactions for clients such as MidAmerican Energy, Dominion Resources, TXU Corp., AES Corp., Xcel Energy, FPL Group, Constellation Energy, Entergy Corp., Southern Company and Sierra Pacific Resources.
Previous to his work at Lehman, Mr. Lord worked at Wasserstein Perella & Co. Inc. and Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York City. Previous to his move to New York City, Mr. Lord worked at Coopers & Lybrand and County NatWest Limited in London, England. Mr. Lord continues to serve as a senior advisor to Evercore Partners, the New York investment banking firm. He is a British and American citizen and resides in Weston, Connecticut.
Donald Jessome, P. Eng., MBA, B. Eng (Electrical)
Mr. Jessome is president and CEO of Transmission Developers Inc. and, along with John Douglas, is a co-founder. He earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (currently referred to as Dalhousie University) in 1987 and his Masters of Business Administration, with Distinction, from Saint Mary's University in 1999.
Mr. Jessome has spent his entire career in the energy field, starting with 22 years at Emera Inc., a publicly traded company in Canada with $5.3 billion in energy infrastructure assets centered on power and natural gas. Mr. Jessome worked in a broad range of areas while at Emera, including transmission & distribution operations and construction, integrated system planning, system operations, generation operations and fuel procurement, marketing and sales, and most recently Director of Asset Optimization and Power Trading for Emera Energy Inc. a wholly owned nonregulated trading and asset optimization company of Emera Inc. During this tenure Mr. Jessome has sat on numerous advisory boards, including his membership as one of the inaugural members of the NBSO Market Advisory Committee and a founding member of the CEA Power Marketing Committee. Mr. Jessome has extensive knowledge of the power markets in the Northeast including ISO-NE, NYISO, IESO, TransEnergie, NBSO, and PJM through his extensive marketing and trading experience with both the regulated and nonregulated business at Emera.
Prior to co-founding Transmission Developers Inc., Mr. Jessome joined Riverbank Power in 2008 as Vice President of Marketing and Trading to help the company develop its commercialization strategy for its 1,000 MW underground pump-storage technology, referred to as Aquabank™. This strategy included the development of economic models and programs for the sale of energy, capacity and renewable attributes for both the regulated and market-based energy markets. In addition, Mr. Jessome was responsible, along with the CEO, for raising equity financing for Riverbank's development plans. Mr. Jessome is a board member of Riverbank Power.
John Douglas, CA, CBV
Mr. Douglas is the co-founder of Transmission Developers Inc., as well as the founder, President and CEO of Riverbank Power. He is also the CEO and founder of Douglas Capital Inc., where he is responsible for the principal investing activity at the firm. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Waterloo in 1985.
Mr. Douglas served as the president and CEO of Ventus Energy Inc., a company which he co-founded in 2004 to develop wind farms in Canada. In 2007, Ventus was acquired by Suez Energy for $140 million, and Mr. Douglas was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Wind Development for Suez Renewable Energy North America. Mr. Douglas has now left the wind industry to pursue new investment opportunities.
Prior to founding Douglas Capital Inc. in 2002, Mr. Douglas was co-head of investment banking, Senior Vice President and Director at Canaccord Capital in Toronto. Prior to his time at Canaccord, Mr. Douglas was a Senior Vice President and Director in the investment banking group at Sprott Securities Inc. (now Cormark Securities Inc.), Canada's leading small- to mid-capitalization investment bank. Mr. Douglas joined Sprott in 1996 and participated in the employee buyout of the majority ownership position from its founder Eric Sprott in 2000. While at Sprott, he served as a member of Sprott's steering and risk committees.
Before coming to Sprott, Mr. Douglas worked as a manager in the corporate finance group at Price Waterhouse in Toronto. For almost three years, he managed valuation assignments, acquisition and sale mandates, private placements, restructurings and due diligence for national and international clients.
His first foray into the banking industry came when he took a job upon graduation with Ernst & Young in Toronto. During this time, he managed audit and advisory services for some of the firm's largest Canadian clients. Mr. Douglas is a chartered accountant and chartered business valuator.
David I. Foley, MBA, MA, BA
David I. Foley is a Senior Managing Director in the corporate private equity group of Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 1995, Mr. Foley has been involved in the execution of several of Blackstone's investments, including Axtel, Foundation Coal Holdings, Kosmos Energy, Mega Bloks, Premcor, Sithe Global Power, Texas Genco, and U.S. Shipping.
Mr. Foley focuses on investments in the energy, transportation and industrial sectors. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Foley worked with AEA Investors, where he worked on several of the firm's private equity investments. Mr. Foley also worked as a consultant for the Monitor Company.
Mr. Foley received a BA and MA in economics from Northwestern University, where he graduated with high distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Foley currently serves as a Director of Allied Waste, Foundation Coal Holdings, Kosmos Energy, Sithe Global Power and U.S. Product Investor.
Sean Klimczak, MBA, BBA
Sean Klimczak is a Senior Managing Director in the corporate private equity group of Blackstone, based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Klimczak has been involved in analyzing investments in various industries.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Klimczak was an associate at Madison Dearborn Partners, where he was involved with the analysis and execution of domestic and international private equity investments in a wide range of industries. Prior to that, Mr. Klimczak worked in the mergers & acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley & Company's investment banking division.
Mr. Klimczak received a BBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. Mr. Klimczak also earned an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar, a John L. Loeb Fellow, a Henry Ford II Scholar, and a William J. Carey Scholar.
Mr. Klimczak serves on the Board of Directors of Universal Orlando, The Weather Channel, Sithe Global Power, American Petroleum Tankers LLC, Forest Systems, Meerwind, Transmission Developers Inc. and The Blackstone Charitable Foundation.