Executive Chairman, CEO & CIO
Leo de Bever, Ph.D.
Dr. de Bever has over 30 years of experience in financial, government and investment sectors including at the Bank of Canada, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) where he served as CEO.
In addition to serving as the Chairman of Cachet Capital Inc., Cachet Sustainability Inc. and of Cachet Capital Partners, the General Partner (GP) of the Cachet Renewable Energy LPs, he also currently sits as a Director on the Investment Committee of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, the foundation created by the federal government to support Canadian companies that have the potential to become world leaders in their efforts to develop and demonstrate new environmental technologies that address climate change, clean air, clean water and clean soil.
Grant W. Sutherland, LL.B.
W. Grant Sutherland directs the public company activities of Cachet Sustainability Inc. As Vice-Chairman, he participates and contributes to the Sustainable Developments Investments division as well as participates and contributes to the Institutional Investments Innovation division.
Mr. Sutherland is a member of the Vancouver and Canadian Bar Associations as well as the Law Society of British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Alberta and a law degree from the University of British Columbia.
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 AllianceBernstein Canada – the New York-based AllianceBernstein’s Canadian subsidiary – as its President & CEO with offices in Vancouver and Toronto.
During his tenure at Alliance Capital Canada (as it then was), he grew the assets under management in Canada to exceed US$2 billion. In 2000, Alliance Capital and Sanford C. Bernstein merged. AllianceBernstein 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.
He leads the innovation and development of Cachet Sustainability Inc.’s institutional sustainable finance products 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.
Jeff Nixon, JD
Jeff is a Westport, Connecticut-based advisor to Cachet with respect to sourcing possible investments in Sustainable Developments technology companies in the U.S. As Founder and Managing Partner of Interactive Capital Partners/ Steward Global Capital, he is an attorney, investment banker and entrepreneur who has created, financed and built over 30 technology companies over the past 30 years in the Internet, Nanotechnology and Cleantech industries.
The common thread across his career is working with companies based on disruptive, proprietary technologies that have the opportunity to become highly valuable by taking over or creating new markets. Today he is focused on three highly connected areas of Impact Investing that make up a large part of the world’s GDP: clean energy, water and agriculture.
In 1998 Jeff invested in and helped co-found Foundation Source in Fairfield, CT which has become the market leading Family Foundation platform in the world with over 1,500 clients today. Through Foundation Source, Jeff became very involved with a number of families who wished to invest in for-profit companies targeted at providing market-based solutions to their philanthropic interests. Today, that has evolved into Impact Investing which is a $100 billion+ market with 10x growth expected over the next decade as social responsibility becomes the norm for doing business successfully.
Jeff has a very strong network of leading institutional and family office impact investors, as well as leading entrepreneurs and attorneys in the sustainability space. Jeff and his associates are well known for taking an active role post-closing in helping CEOs and CROs to develop strategic marketing relationships with key customers, distributors and government agencies to rapidly grow sales, gain market share and lead their industry. This after-the-deal value added will play a major role in winning deals in the US. Bringing US companies into the Canadian market under the sponsorship of Cachet is one very strong example.