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.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Rosalie Vendette, BBA, MA, SASB
For 10 years, Rosalie Vedette was the spokesperson for responsible investment at Desjardins Group, coordinating the implementation of orientations for the integration of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors. Previously she carried out various mandates within Groupe investissement responsible (GIR) and with the PRI signatory network of Quebec.
In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Applied Ethics, Rosalie holds Level 1 and Level 2 in Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA), delivered by the Sustainable Accounting Board (SASB). She also holds the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) granted by Concordia University.
Peter van Dijk, MBA, LL.M., ICD.D
Peter is an accomplished senior financial services and public policy executive with extensive experience across large global banking and life insurance organizations. His experience also includes being a successful senior partner in global professional services firms. Peter is passionate about leveraging his more than 30 years of experience in financial and professional services to support Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable future.
Currently, Peter is an Executive in Residence at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services (GRI) and a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. Prior to joining GRI in March 2020, Peter was a Partner at PwC, where he was the National Tax Policy Leader. Before joining PwC, Peter was Senior Vice President, Finance, at TD Bank Group and led the tax function of TD Bank Group. Previous positions held by Peter include Senior Vice President, Tax, at Sun Life Financial, and International Tax Partner at EY.
After graduating from law school in the Netherlands, Peter worked as an international tax consultant – gradually progressing to the partner level – for over 15 years in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the US and Canada for both law and accounting firms. His primary technical area of expertise is international corporate tax planning, including cross-border financing structures leasing transactions, holding structures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property structures and tax-effective supply chain management. Following his career as an international tax consultant, Peter spent over 12 years leading large tax functions for two leading Canadian financial institutions, TD Bank Group and Sun Life Financial.
During his time in industry, Peter has developed deep expertise in building, leading, inspiring and managing high-performing teams. He has also acquired extensive knowledge of and experience in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of head office functions through process improvement and automation. Other key focus areas while leading finance functions at TD Bank Group and Sun Life Financial were governance, risk management and partnering with the business.
Throughout his career, Peter has built strong relationships with government and regulatory authorities in many countries, including Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Singapore. In 2010, Peter received the HMRC’s External Engagement Award for Advancing Transparency in Tax. Also, Peter has developed strong relationships with the OECD through his active participation in the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative.
Peter has a Dutch and a Canadian Master of Laws degree (University of Leiden Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School, respectively) as well as a Canadian Master of Business Administration degree (Richard Ivey School of Business). Peter also holds the ICD.D designation.
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.