Chairman of the Board
John Keating has more than 30 years of financial experience. He is a founding shareholder, director and Chairman of the Board at BluEarth and serves as Executive Advisor. Prior to co-founding BluEarth, John was CEO of Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1989 with his brother Ross. John and Ross jointly oversaw all aspects of its growth from its first 3 MW hydro project to a company owning and operating 21 power plants with 694 MW of installed capacity. John was also a founding director of the Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta (IPPSA), and has been an active participant in the Clean Air Renewable Energy Coalition and other organizations that lobby governments on renewable energy initiatives. John is widely recognized as a pioneer of the industry and has helped shape federal and provincial government policy that supports renewable energy development. He was a Chartered Accountant for over 32 years.
BluEarth President & Chief Executive Officer, Director
Grant has over 20 years of commercial and technical experience in the energy sector. Grant was appointed President & CEO of BluEarth in July 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Operating Officer responsible for development, construction and operations of the company’s wind, solar and hydroelectric projects, and VP of Business Development playing a key role in securing approximately $600 million of development assets. Prior to joining BluEarth in 2011, Grant held several leadership roles in the renewable energy and natural gas business units at Suncor Energy. Most recently he was responsible for overseeing their Canadian wind power portfolio, including, at the time, joint venture interests in 147 MW in operation, 108 MW under construction and over 500 MW in development. Grant’s considerable experience in the asset lifecycle includes engineering design, environmental impact assessments, stakeholder relations, project management, regulatory approvals, construction and operations in Canada and internationally. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
Rick Brouwer, P.Eng.
Iracore International Inc., President & Chief Executive Officer
Rick Brouwer joined Iracore as President and CEO in October of 2011. Iracore is a leading designer, producer and applicator of elastomeric coatings to pipelines, fittings and other equipment used in demanding industrial applications. He was previously with ATCO Group, a Calgary-based company with over 9,000 employees and $14 billion in assets spanning the utility, midstream and logistics industries. His roles included President of ATCO Power from 2006 to 2010, President of ATCO Pipelines from 2004 to 2006, and President of ATCO Midstream from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Brouwer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, and has attended the Richard Ivey School of Business (Marketing Management).
Kent Brown, CA
BluEarth Founder & Executive Advisor, Director
Kent Brown has been in the renewable power sector for over 14 years. He co-founded BluEarth in 2010 and was President & CEO until July 2015. Since inception, he led BluEarth in the acquisition, development, and construction in over $1 billion of long-term contracted, Canadian renewable energy assets, raised approximately $250 million in equity and $600 million of debt, and grew BluEarth to over 50 employees. Prior to co-founding BluEarth, Kent was CEO of Canadian Hydro Developers. Kent was a key contributor in Canadian Hydro becoming Canada’s largest renewable energy company – growing from 63 megawatts (MW) and 25 staff to 694 MW and 132 staff, with a compounded return to investors of 30% per year over a nine -year period, and an enterprise value of $1.6 billion when it was taken over in late 2009. Kent holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Western University and is a Chartered Accountant. Kent was named one of Canada’s Clean50 in 2012; Canadian Innovator of the Year by Clean Energy Canada in 2014; one of Canada’s Top Energy Innovators by Alberta Oil Magazine in 2015; and one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2015.
Ross Keating, P.Eng.
Ross Keating has been in the renewable power sector for over 30 years. He is a founding shareholder and director at BluEarth and serves as Executive Advisor where he provides advice on acquisitions as well as the development, design, construction and operation of projects. Prior to joining BluEarth, Ross was President and Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc., a company he co-founded. At the time it was acquired by TransAlta Corporation in October 2009, with assets valued at $1.64 billion, Canadian Hydro was Canada’s largest and most successful pure-play renewable energy developer. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary and was named one of Canada’s Clean50 in 2012. With his brother John, Ross received lifetime achievement awards from both the Independent Power Producers Society of British Columbia and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario.
TidalShift Capital Incorporated, Principal
Paul McMillan has been involved in energy and infrastructure development for over 30 years. Mr. McMillan started his career with Union Gas Limited in Chatham, Ontario and in 1986 moved to Calgary. Mr. McMillan has held various senior business development and operations roles with the EPCOR, Union Energy, and Westcoast Energy group of companies. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School and holds degrees from the University of Windsor and University of Toronto. Mr. McMillan is a Past Chair of the Ontario Energy Association and an Advisor to the Board of the Ina Grafton Gage long-term care home. He also is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Athletic Foundation.
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Director
Chris Ireland is the Director of Greenfield Investments and Renewables within the Infrastructure team of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). OTPP is Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan with net assets of $154.5 billion, as of December 31, 2014. In his current role, Mr. Ireland oversees add-on acquisitions across the portfolio. He also serves on the board of many other OTPP portfolio companies. Previously, Mr. Ireland worked as an investment banker, a project developer for fossil fuel and renewable power projects, and as a power and petrochemical plant engineer for a large EPC company.
A Professional Engineer, Chris holds an M.A.Sc. and a B.A.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Senior Principal
Brad Leufkens is a Principal in the Greenfield and Renewables team within the Infrastructure and Natural Resources group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He has been involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over eight years and has significant experience structuring and executing investments in international power markets. In his current role, Mr. Leufkens oversees Teachers’ renewable energy portfolio which includes investments in the Americas and Europe. Prior to Infrastructure at OTPP, Brad worked in investment banking with the Royal Bank of Canada structuring infrastructure investments in Canada and originating sub investment grade credit in the US Capital Markets. Mr. Leufkens holds an honours B.Sc degree in Physics from the University of Guelph. He also serves on the Young Leaders Board for the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto.