Leo de Bever, Ph.D.
Mr. de Bever, holds a B.A in Economics from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
With more than 30 years of experience through financial, government and investment sectors, Leo has led executive leadership with financial institutions based in Canada, the U.S., Japan and Australia, including the Bank of Canada, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). He has served as an advisor to Norway’s Pension Plan and served on the Investment Committee of Dutch pension fund APG, in addition to leading numerous government economic panels. He currently serves as a Director on the Investment Committee of SDTC – Sustainable Development Technology Corporation.
At Cachet, as an active Executive Chairman, Leo is responsible for the Institutional Investments Innovation division and participates in all decisions made at the Renewable Energy Operations division and at the Financial Products innovation division.
Grant W. Sutherland, LL.B.
Mr. Grant Sutherland directs the public company activities of Cachet Global Renewables. Grant’s particular expertise is structuring corporations and business entities, transactions and financings. He is well versed on shareholder matters and compliance with securities laws and regulatory authorities.
He has extensive international legal and business experience in Europe, Asia and the US.
President & CEO
Brian J. O’Sullivan, JD
Mr. O’Sullivan holds a B.A. in Philosophy, from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Toronto.
He started developing wind projects in 1982 and has been a leader in the renewable energy industry since then. Brian served on the Board of the American Wind Energy Association and eventually became its President. He co-founded the California Wind Energy Association and served as its President for 5 years. He has developed projects in over 10 countries including the US, Mexico, India and Italy with over 2500 MW installed worldwide.
Based on his experience, we believe Cachet can bring extensive operational experience, expertise and advantage to the Canadian market in building, buying and operating renewable energy projects.
In assuming his responsibilities at Cachet, he relies on his extensive knowledge and experience from operating various companies globally and most recently Mexico Power Group (MPG) where he participated in developing a 130 MW wind farm for Volkswagen, AG.
Brian is responsible for the Renewable Energy Operations division at Cachet which is based in, and operates primarily out of, Vancouver.
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development
Geoffrey G. Briant, LL.B.
Mr. Briant holds a BA (Hons Econ.) (1975) and LL.B. (1978) from McGill University.
In the 1980s, he practiced corporate and international tax law in Vancouver. During the 1990s, he established New York-based Alliance Capital’s Canadian subsidiary as its President & CEO with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. At that time, Alliance Capital was one of the world’s leading global investment managers. During his tenure at Alliance Capital Canada, he grew their assets under management in Canada to exceed US$2 billion.
In 2000, Alliance Capital and Sanford C. Bernstein merged. Alliance Bernstein currently manages the retirement funds of 39 US states and the pension funds of 37 of Fortune’s 100 top companies. Its assets under management are currently greater than US$500 billion. It is headquartered in New York with 42 offices around the world.
Geoff leads the development of financial products innovated for distribution to individual taxable Canadians by Cachet and participates in the overall leadership and development of the institutional investment products innovated by Cachet for distribution to the Top 100 pension funds in Canada as well as to Canada’s banks and life insurance companies .
Chief Financial Officer (Interim)
Brad Sakich, FCA, MSTax (US)
Mr. Sakich is a retired Tax Partner from the Vancouver office of PwC. He was BC Region Leader for PwC’s Private Company Services practice. Working with a dedicated team of trusted business advisors in Canada and globally to bring value to owners and leaders of private companies.
Previous to PwC, Brad joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1981, advising both public and private clients with businesses in Canada and globally. His experience includes working with companies in various sectors including technology, resource, consumer markets, real estate, and industrial sectors.
He has spoken, lectured, and written for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (including its Advance International Tax Course), the Canadian Tax Foundation, and other organizations for many years.
COO: Renewables – Global ex-Canada
Mr. Nagle is an entrepreneurial and management minded leader, that has been in the electrical energy industry for almost 20 years. His early background was primarily in electrical transmission & distribution, which has since grown to include renewable energy generation.
After almost 10 years of technical work, he was asked to become VP Operations at Wright Powerline Services, based in Vancouver. The success in this role led to him being pursued by the Surespan Group, in order to lead their newly formed power division, Surespan Power Ltd.
In 2014, he left the Surespan Group in order to pursue his own venture, forming L & A Energy Consulting Ltd., which went on to provide clients such as Suncor Energy, UPC Renewables, and Stantec Consulting, just to name a few, expertise on numerous projects globally.
As COO, Lindsay is responsible for organizing and executing all operational activities, from permitting of greenfield projects, right through to the operational roles of producing assets.
VP Marketing & Corporate Communications
Mr. Schade, studied Communications Arts at the Ontario College of Art. He has over 40 years of experience in branding, advertising, marketing communications, and public relations. He started his career as an Art Director with Base Hamilton Edwards Advertising in Toronto. In 1972, he moved to Vancouver where he assumed the role of Art Director for Dunsky Advertising and McKim Advertising, and Creative Director for SKS Group Advertising.
In 1978, Mr. Schade established his own company, USA / Ullrich Schade and Associates. Over the past 35 years, he has grown the business to become one of the top branding companies in the Vancouver lower mainland. With a launch into the US market in 2002, Mr. Schade changed the company name to NextPhase Strategy. Mr. Schade has led marketing and corporate communications programs for large corporations such as The GEO Group, Labatt Breweries, and Scott Paper, as well as smaller to medium-sized Vancouver-based technology start-ups and development firms. Clients in the financial services industry that he has worked with include: Canaccord Capital, Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management, C.M. Oliver, Credit Counselling Society of BC, Credit Union Central of British Columbia, Planvest Capital, Rogers Group Financial, Wolverton Securities, and Yorkton Securities. Under his leadership, the company has won many awards for marketing, branding, and public relations programs over the years.
As VP, Marketing & Corporate Communications for Cachet, Ullrich is responsible for the branding and marketing of the company’s Financial Products innovation line and for its Institutional Investments Innovation line. This includes corporate and product branding, marketing strategy, tactics, and program implementation.