Speakers

Matt Codner
Director of Operations
Genesys Global LLC

Matt is Director of Operations at Genesys Global LLC. Prior to joining Genesys, he worked at Closed Loop Advisors, Lutron Electronics, and US BioEnergy. Matt received his B.A. from New York University and his M.S. from Columbia University. Matt served in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer Officer from 2001 through 2005 and is a veteran of the Iraq War

Colin Armstrong
President & CEO
HTEC

Colin Armstrong, P.Eng. – President, CEO, Director

Colin has been leading HTEC for 4 years and has been involved since its inception as a director and investor. He is a professional mechanical engineer with over 25 years of experience in pressure vessels, product development project management, business development, government funding and growing startup companies.

Prior to leading HTEC, Colin was the lead developer and Director of the Integrated Waste Hydrogen Utilization Project for Sacré-Davey Engineering. This project was a $19M, six year project involving many aspects of the new hydrogen energy market including hydrogen processing, distribution, stations, vehicles and stationary fuel cell power systems. While at Sacre-Davey, Colin was also instrumental in developing the hydrogen fueling project for the 20 fuel cell buses operated in Whistler British Columbia.

From 1993 to 2001, Colin was an investor and the lead engineer for the startup Dynetek Industries (DNK.TO) who developed leading edge high pressure carbon fiber hydrogen and natural gas storage cylinders.

Colin has been on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and S2G BioChemicals Inc since 2011.

Disque D. Deane, Jr.
Co-Founder
Wate Asset Management

Mr. Deane has spent the past two decades in the water industry with a focus on water resources, infrastructure development and general water investing. Prior to co-founding Water Asset Management LLC, he founded and held senior management positions as the President of Layne Water Development & Storage (a joint venture with Layne Christensen Company: LAYN:NASD) and as Senior Vice President of Vidler Water Company (a subsidiary of Pico Holdings: PICO:NASD). In 2011, Mr. Deane joined the Board of Advisors of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Mr. Deane began his professional career with Lazard in Paris and London. Mr. Deane graduated from Duke University in 1982 and from I.N.S.E.A.D in 1985

Drianne Benner
Managing Director
Appomattox Advisory

Drianne Benner joined Appomattox Advisory as Managing Director in 2010. She is responsible for client and consultant service and marketing communications. Prior to joining Appomattox, Drianne was the Director of Global Marketing for Cadogan Management, a global fund of hedge funds manager. Previously, she managed marketing and institutional consultant relations at U.S. Trust, where she assisted in the development of the multimanager platform for the firm. Earlier she worked for a global asset manager in a variety of roles including institutional and consultant relations to some of the largest U.S. pension funds and as a manager of portfolios in an enhanced quantitative strategy. She is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Drianne serves on the Board of Peconic Green Growth as well as on the Philanthropy committee of the Peconic Land Trust. 

 

Libby Bernick
Senior Vice President, North America
Trucost

Libby Bernick - Senior Vice President, North America

Libby manages Trucost’s North American business, and leads the regional team responsible for Financial Institution services and Corporate services in the North American region.  She also manages large key accounts and is part of Trucost’s senior management team.  She has worked for over 25 years helping businesses to integrate environmental information into their decision-making processes, and has led the development and implementation of numerous decision-support tools and programs at multinational corporations.  Her business experience includes multi-year assignments on new product development teams commercializing the launch of greener products and as the environmental manager within a production facility.  An author of numerous articles and frequent speaker at international industry events and forums, Libby is a recognized expert in environmental reporting, greener product development, and environmental supply chain issues.   Prior to joining Trucost, Libby was Vice President at UL Environment responsible for its global sustainability services business, and Director of PE International Five Winds’ Consumer Products & Retail Sector.  Libby holds a M.A.S. in Civil (Environmental) Engineering and a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Delaware. She is a licensed Professional Engineer and is LEED AP accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Ben Bingham
Founder & CEO
3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC

After twelve years managing investment portfolios, Ben Bingham assisted in the formation and founding of 3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) along with its research arm: www.wikipositive.org and its proprietary fund family: Scarab Funds. From 2000 to 2007, he had developed a unique portfolio management strategy for socially conscious investors at Legg Mason and Citigroup/Smith Barney.

Motivated to help a network of social entrepreneurs and philanthropists who were dissatisfied with the lack of direct positive impact found in mutual funds or screened portfolios, Mr. Bingham changed his emphasis to positive screening. Using traditional asset allocation and other risk management tools he has found it beneficial financially, socially and environmentally to look for companies, social enterprises and impact funds with positive stories that meet current problems with long-term solutions.  

Mr. Bingham is a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). He is a member of the Investor’s Circle and the Social Venture Network, and, as a social entrepreneur/investor/money manager, draws on broad experience from hands-on management experience at two technology start-ups, one in biological healthcare, and the other a global workflow solution provider.

 Mr. Bingham is a Series 7 and Series 66 licensed investment professional, with a background in philanthropy. In the seventies and early eighties he was a founder of a mixed use residential community with special needs students and apprentices, raising approximately $1M to fund a start up furniture production, farm and housing. His understanding for the ecology of how things work was also schooled by 10 years of work as a trained bio-dynamic farmer in the 70’s and 40 years of marriage, with five grown children and four granddaughters. His training in Gestalt psychology may also help in understanding the market! He recently joined the Board of the Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation to support her therapeutic psychological work. He attended Groton School, Yale University and Emerson College in England. He is working on two books and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.

Nick Davis
Managing Director - Americas
Agrion
 
 
2011 to Present: Managing Director - Agrion Americas 

2008 - 2011: Principal & Founder, Selestos Group 
2009: Consultant for Pacific Gas & Electric Company 

Duke University, Master's in Resource Economics & Policy, Business & Environment
Northwestern University, Bachelor's in History, Business, and Science in Human Culture 

Mackey Dykes
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
CEFIA

Mackey Dykes
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mackey is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of CEFIA.  He is also helping lead the transformation to CEFIA’s new clean energy financing mission.  Prior to joining CEFIA, Mackey was the White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy where he led several projects from the Secretary’s office including political appointments, national lab coordination, sustainability and other high-priority initiatives.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

Michael Ferguson
Associate Director Utilities & Infrastructure
Standard and Poors Ratings

Michael Ferguson is an Associate Director in the Utilities & Infrastructure group at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services in New York City. He works on the merchant power and midstream energy team, covering a portfolio of project financed power plants and pipelines.

Michael previously covered regulated utilities. Much of his research revolves around Environmental Protection Agency Regulation.

Michael joined Standard & Poor’s in December 2011. Previously, he worked as a forensic accounting consultant with FTI Consulting in Washington, DC. He worked on a wide array of cases, ranging from stock option backdating and revenue recognition to embezzlement and ponzi schemes.

Upon finishing his undergraduate education, Michael worked in the Financial Services Assurance practice at Ernst & Young LLP for two years, rising to the rank of audit senior; he audited hedge funds, insurers, and banks, as well as government agencies.

Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Certified Financial Analyst Institute, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has contributed several articles on indicators of fraud to the Journal of Accountancy and Fraud Magazine.

       Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a bachelor of business administration degree in Finance and a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science. He also received an International Business     Certificate. He received a master of science degree in Accountancy from the University of Virginia in 2006 and a master of business administration degree from Duke University in 2011. Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant (DC and VA), a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

 

Peter C. Fusaro
Chairman
Global Change Associates Inc.

Peter C. Fusaro is Chairman of Global Change Associates in New York and is the best selling author of What Went Wrong at Enron. His three most recent books have been Cut Carbon, Grow Profits, Energy & Emissions: Collision or Convergence and Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds: The New Investment Paradigm. Peter is an energy industry thought leader noted for his keen insights in emerging energy and environmental financial markets. He has been on the forefront of energy and environmental change for over 30 years focusing on. oil, gas, power, coal, emissions, carbon trading and renewable energy markets. Peter is currently advising in the clean energy technology arena. Peter was recently selected for Who's Who in America. He coined the term "Green Trading" and holds the Wall Street Green Trading Summit with Reuters in New York each spring. He is also a well known expert on Asia Pacific energy and environmental markets. He co-founded the Energy Hedge Fund Center LLC (www.energyhedgefunds.com) in 2004 which he sold in 2011. Peter graduated with an MA in international relations from Tufts University and a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Evan Harvey
Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability
NASDAQ OMX

EVAN HARVEY is Managing Director of Corporate Sustainability for NASDAQ OMX. He is responsible for gathering, analyzing, reporting, and improving key metrics across the global organization, as well as managing investor and issuer company outreach on corporate sustainability topics, practices, and partnerships. Evan directs the research, analysis, and disclosure of all ESG reports, including the Global Reporting Initiative, Carbon Disclosure Project, and the United Nations Global Compact Communication of Progress. Evan serves on the Board of Directors for the UNGC U.S. Network and on the Advisory Board for SASB. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Texas, and lives outside Washington DC

Cory Honeyman
Solar Analyst
GTM Research

Cory Honeyman is a Solar Analyst at GTM Research – the market analysis, advisory, and consulting division of Greentech Media. At GTM Research, Cory focuses on downstream demand in the U.S. solar market. He handles primary data collection and analysis for GTM Research and SEIA’s U.S. Solar Market Insight reports and covers project development and financing trends in the U.S. utility scale and commercial PV sectors.

Prior to joining GTM Research, Cory held several positions focused on developing carbon offset projects and managing corporate sustainability programs for Fortune 500 companies. Cory has a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and Master of Science from Columbia University with a concentration in energy and sustainability.

Arrun Kapoor
Managing Director
SJF Ventures

Arrun Kapoor is the Managing Director for SJF Ventures’ New York City office and a Ventures Advisor to the SJF Institute. He is on the Board of Think Through Learning and FieldView Solutions and a Board Observer to ServiceChannel and Truist. Kapoor was most recently with Bain & Company in London and Delhi where he launched the firm’s internal green practice initiatives. He worked with Bain’s private equity consulting practice and gained experience in a range of cleantech-related industries. Prior to Bain, he was a founding member and Manager with a successful consulting start-up in New York and London. He holds a Master’s in International Political Economics from the London School of Economics and completed a BA from New York University with an economics and business focus. 

Erika Karp
Founder & CEO
Cornerstone Capital Group

Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group

Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc.  The mission of her firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance to facilitate the flow of capital around the world.  In offering investment banking, investment management, research and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with corporations, financial institutions, and individuals promoting new research in the field of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.    

Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she Chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists.  Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board.

Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital. She is the advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market Based Approaches program, and sits on the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation's "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne; and in 2014 she was named among the “GOOD 100” and one of the “Purpose Economy 100.” 

Eli Katz
Partner
Chadbourne Parke LLP

Practice Description

Eli Katz is a transactional lawyer who focuses on providing tax, legal and commercial advice to a broad range of clients in the energy and financial sectors. Mr. Katz frequently leads cross-functional legal teams in high-profile and complex transactions, with a particular emphasis in the renewable energy sector.  Mr. Katz is a recognized industry leader in all forms of tax monetization transactions within the power sector. Over the past decade, he has advised many leading power developers, national banks and insurance companies and private equity and infrastructure  funds  on  a wide range of transactions involving project development and finance, common and preferred equity investments, asset acquisitions and divestitures, capital raising and deployment structures and all forms of leasing transactions both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Mr. Katz has been particularly active in the development of many of the funding structures now commonly used in the distributed power market. Some of his recent client representations include NRG Energy, Terra-Gen Power, LS Power, First Reserve Energy Investors, SMBC, Metlife, Union Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Capital, Siemens Financial Services, the AES Corporation, GE Capital, US Bancorp and Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Katz joined Chadbourne from GE Energy Financial Services where he was Vice President and Tax Counsel. He regularly publishes articles in tax and energy periodicals and speaks frequently at industry seminars on topics relating to energy tax incentives and project development and financing strategies.Practice Description

Eli Katz is a transactional lawyer who focuses on providing tax, legal and commercial advice to a broad range of clients in the energy and financial sectors. Mr. Katz frequently leads cross-functional legal teams in high-profile and complex transactions, with a particular emphasis in the renewable energy sector.  Mr. Katz is a recognized industry leader in all forms of tax monetization transactions within the power sector. Over the past decade, he has advised many leading power developers, national banks and insurance companies and private equity and infrastructure  funds  on  a wide range of transactions involving project development and finance, common and preferred equity investments, asset acquisitions and divestitures, capital raising and deployment structures and all forms of leasing transactions both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Mr. Katz has been particularly active in the development of many of the funding structures now commonly used in the distributed power market. Some of his recent client representations include NRG Energy, Terra-Gen Power, LS Power, First Reserve Energy Investors, SMBC, Metlife, Union Bank, Credit Suisse, Macquarie Capital, Siemens Financial Services, the AES Corporation, GE Capital, US Bancorp and Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Katz joined Chadbourne from GE Energy Financial Services where he was Vice President and Tax Counsel. He regularly publishes articles in tax and energy periodicals and speaks frequently at industry seminars on topics relating to energy tax incentives and project development and financing strategies.

Charlotte Kim
Partner
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Charlotte Kim is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR). Her practice focuses on global corporate finance with particular expertise in the energy, healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors. Charlotte has structured, negotiated, and closed more than 140 transactions with a total value exceeding $20 billion.
Charlotte has extensive experience advising public and private companies, private equity funds, venture capital funds, financial institutions, institutional investors, developers and multilateral agencies on capital structures and financing needs throughout the life cycle of an enterprise or project, from start-up and construction through development, operations, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and investments.
Charlotte's transactional experience includes energy efficiency finance; renewable/clean energy development and financing; energy savings agreements (ESAs); PACE financing; project finance; securitizations; buyout and acquisition finance; private placements and debt securities offerings; lease financings; related derivative transactions; joint ventures and other equity investments; and restructuring transactions, both in and out of bankruptcy. In addition, she has completed numerous cross-border transactions and investments involving the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Charlotte's long-standing interest in clean energy began during her tenure as a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium in 1991. She was a consultant to the UN Climate Change Secretariat during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations and several other UN Climate Change Convention negotiations. Charlotte co-authored with Professor Abram Chayes an article on China's role in these negotiations, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, distributed by Harvard University Press. In May 2012, Charlotte co-authored and was the main architect of a WSGR white paper, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance".

EDUCATION:
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995
A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, 1991 Magna Cum Laude; Recipient, Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement; Senior Staff Writer, Harvard International Review; Recipient of a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, given for outstanding theses

ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
Chairperson and Board Director, Asia-America Chamber of Commerce
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Founding Director, New England Women in Energy & the Environment, 2009-2012
President, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (2008-2010)
Member, International Law Committee (2000-2003) and Council on International Affairs (2004-2007), New York City Bar Association
Co-chair, National Committee on Sustainability and Climate Change, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

HONORS:
Recognized in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: American's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Banking and Finance category
Named a "Best Lawyer under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2009

SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
Co-author, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance", Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati white paper, May 2012
Co-author, "The Changing Landscape for Credit Rating Agencies," Law360, February 3, 2010
Co-author with A. Chayes, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, Harvard University Press, 1998

SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
"Scaling Up and Crossing the Second Valley of Death as Your Company Commercializes," MIT Clean Energy Prize/WSGR Energy and Clean Tech Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2012
Program Chair and Moderator, "Sustainability, Scalability, Profitability: Primer on Renewable Energy Transactions," National NAPABA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2011
"Legal Issues in Biotech," presentation to Chinese American Biomedical Association, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2010
Moderator, "A Conversation with General Counsels - Best Practices on How to Attract and Retain Diverse Legal Talent," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2009
Panelist, "Financing Energy and Brownfield Projects," New England Women in Energy and the Environment, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 2009

ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of Massachusetts
State Bar of New York

Ken Locklin
Director
Impala Asset Management (IS) LLC

Ken is a Director of Impax Asset Management (US) LLC., having joined in 2011.  He heads its  North American activities on issues related to climate change and sustainable investment, and its collaborations on these issues with interested institutions. Ken is also an Alliance to Save Energy “Affiliated Expert”, focusing on energy efficiency finance.  He has a 20+ year commitment to clean energy enterprise investment and finance. Before joining Impax, Ken served as the Director of Finance and Investment with the Clean Energy Group (CEG) and assisted in the creation of the Investor Network on Climate Risk. Previously he was a founding partner at the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund and a Partner at EIF Group. Ken is a founder of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the leading US renewable energy umbrella organization. He is a graduate of Yale University.

David Manning
Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations Office
Brookhaven National Laboratory

David Manning

Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations Office

David Manning was named Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Stakeholder and Community Relations Office in January, 2015. Manning’s responsibilities include developing, implementing, and assessing strategic internal and external communications plans and programs to advance the scientific mission and priority programs and initiatives of the Lab; developing and implementing government and stakeholder relations programs to help increase support for the Lab's programs and priority projects; and overseeing science education and workforce development programs to fulfill the Lab's and U.S. Department of Energy's education and diversity goals.

Manning has worked in both government and the private sector, including serving as the Deputy Minister of Energy for Alberta, Canada, President of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers ( CAPP) and EVP, Corporate Affairs / Chief Environmental Officer  for KeySpan/National Grid. Most recently, he served as the U.S. representative for the Premier of Alberta, deeply involved in energy issues.

Manning earned a B.A. and L.L.B. in law from the University of Alberta, and did post-graduate work in international law at the Australian National University.

Ken McCauley
President & CEO
Princeton Power Systems

Ken McCauley

President & CEO

Ken started his career in process and applications engineering with AT&T Microelectronics and spent five years in the Asia/Pacific region in charge of international business development. Upon his return to the States, Ken initiated a global accounts sales process across AT&T Microelectronics unit, eventually becoming Director of Sales for Telecom and Wireless Applications with Lucent Technologies. This was followed by Director of Field Sales at ANADIGICS, where he was quickly promoted to Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Since then, Ken has held various leadership positions with companies, such as IQE PLC, NanoOpto Corporation and Konarka Technologies. Since 2007, Ken has been exclusively focused on renewable energy applications and markets.

Ken graduated with an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Richmond and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University. 

Les Neumann
Managing Director
iCANny

Les is the Managing Director of iCANny, a not for profit New York State Certified Business Incubator and he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of privately held iCAN-Global LLC, (International Cleantech Acceleration Network). Each entity specializes in the accelerated commercialization of innovative cleantech and energy technologies based in New York’s Hudson Valley. As a lifelong entrepreneur and innovator, Les is leading these initiatives which are altering the paradigm of traditional, geographically restricted incubation and acceleration.

iCAN-Global LLC is a socially networked organization that has a recruited a global cadre of experienced business executives, professionals, technologists and service providers in a variety of technical and business disciplines. Our mission is to facilitate the licensing of cleantech and energy innovations worldwide stimulating local investment, economic development and job creation.

Les is a co-founder of iCLEAN, a NYSERDA supported energy and cleantech incubation partnership between iCANny and the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering. His energy and cleantech incubator is also engaged with the formation of new cleantech incubators in Newburgh New York (as a component of a StartUpNY initiative with Mount Saint Mary College)incubator; the BioInc incubator in a collaborative partnership with New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York; and the clean energy center in Mount Vernon, New York.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Les has managed privately and publicly held companies, structured numerous financings, formed strategic partnerships and turnarounds. An experienced executive, Les serves on numerous Boards as well as an Advisor for academic institutions. Les is a sought after speaker for domestic and international conferences on emerging cleantech innovations, entrepreneurship and twenty first century incubation methodologies.

Trip O'Shea
Vice President
Eko Asset Management

Trip is a Vice President at EKO Asset Management Partners, based in New York. His role with EKO is focused on investments and advisory in environmental services and sustainable fisheries. Prior to EKO, Trip worked in the Global Power & Utilities Investment Banking Group at Barclays Capital in New York City, where he advised clients on debt and equity financings and M&A, primarily in the renewable energy space. Earlier in his career, Trip spent over 5 years living in Central America, where he founded a consulting practice dedicated to social-enterprise development in the education, energy, and natural capital sectors, advising clients in government, NGOs, and private firms. He also served as a conservation finance associate with The Nature Conservancy in Guatemala City, with a focus on payments for ecosytem services in the water, sustainable timber, agriculture, and ecotourism sectors throughout Mesoamerica.

Trip received his MBA in finance and MS in sustainable resource systems through the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan, and holds a BA in economics and environmental science from Bates College. He has extensive experience working in Latin America, and has lived in Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Ian Philp
Director of Partnerships
Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District

Ian Philp is the Director of Partnerships of the Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District, a public-private partnership working to unite industry, utilities and government to consolidate and extend Canada’s early lead in next-generation energy technologies by capturing new domestic markets and transforming local successes into international market opportunities. MaRS Discovery District is a major innovation and commercialization hub in Toronto, Canada.

Previously, Ian worked with a boutique UK-based investment bank making targeted energy efficiency investments in developing Asia, and as an international trade lawyer defending Canada’s renewable energy procurement programs under the NAFTA. Ian also spent four years as a UN legal and political advisor in the Middle East. From 2005-2007, Ian was part of the UN’s humanitarian relief effort in Iraq, and advised the Iraqi and Kurdish governments on post-conflict legal reconstruction as part of a Baghdad-based legal team.

Ian was named a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council, is an Atlantic Council Emerging Leaders in Environment & Energy Policy (ELEEP) Fellow, and was a 2011-12 Action Canada Fellow. He holds an honours degree in international relations & economics, two law degrees (common and civil law), and a MBA with a specialization in energy finance. Ian is fluent in English and French, and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.

Evija Reinholde
Founder & CEO
EnertecGreen

Evija is the CEO and Co-founder of EnertecGreen, a technology company that has a unique biomass gasification process for Combined Heat and Power application.

Founded in Latvia in 2008, the company invested 5 years in R&D and operation of its own power plant.  In 2012 the firm felt the technology was market-ready and Evija led its commercial expansion internationally.  The Company now has a UK headquarters and its first two UK plants are commissioned and operational. These plants are each ground breaking in their own right as they convert waste wood and sewage sludge respectively into a high quality synthesis gas that is combusted in highly efficient modern gas engines. Evija believes this is a world first, taking biomass gasification to a new level of efficiency and commercial viability. The company is engaged in a number of projects internationally and is already positioning itself for significant further global expansion in the coming years.

Evija has been involved in the biomass business for the last 12 years. She was General Manager of a peat pellet plant for 3 years before she cofounded EnertecGreen in 2008 and used her earlier experience to develop gasification technology to efficiently convert biomass pellets into power and heat.

Evija holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Latvia, is fluent in a number of languages and has extensive experience in government advisory roles prior to her involvement in the biomass technology sector.

Graham Smith
Founder & CEO
Open Energy Group

Graham is founder and CEO of Open Energy Group, an online marketplace for accredited and institutional investors that provides access to renewable energy debt investments.  Prior to Open Energy, he started two brokerage firms, Axiom Global and then Phoenix Partners Group, the latter he co-ran for seven years.  While at Phoenix, Graham started and co-ran a renewable energy advisory business, Phoenix Greenworks Capital, which secured $75m of construction finance for 15MW of some of the UK’s first utility-scale solar projects

Daniel Spitzer
Partner
Hodgson Russ LLP

Daniel A. Spitzer:

Mr. Spitzer concentrates his practice on a variety of issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, power generation, sustainable development, land use law, and municipal law. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. His work, from project inception through successful litigation, includes some of the largest wind farms in the United States, and he has also worked on fossil fuel, landfill, gas-to-energy, biomass, and solar projects. He successfully represented a municipality in a case of first impression on a municipality's right to regulate power generating facilities based on greenhouse gas emissions.  A primary part of Mr. Spitzer's work focuses on NEPA and SEQRA review and compliance with federal environmental statutes. His work includes environmental assessments for large-scale industrial, commercial, telecommunications and energy projects. He counsels agencies and private clients on compliance with historic preservation laws, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. Mr. Spitzer is a frequent speaker and author on renewable energy, land use and zoning, and municipal law. He drafted the inaugural chapters on Green Buildings and Sustainable Design, and on Municipal Annexation for the fourth edition of New York Zoning Law and Practice, published by West in 2009; authored "State Tax Laws Give Certainty," North American Windpower, May 2010, and "Examining NYPA's Project Rules," North American Windpower, June 2009; and co-authored "Debate Over Federal vs. State Regulation of Fracing Heats Up," The Pipeline, Fall 2013; and "A Guide to Regulating Big Box Stores, Franchise Architecture, and Formula Businesses," New York Zoning Law and Practice Report, 2007. He is listed in Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law (Energy) and 2012 and 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he served as editor-in chief of the Buffalo Law Review.

Scott Tew
Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Ingersoll Rand

Founder of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability (CEES), a unique global organization that sits in the Office of the CTO and is designed to make sustainability core to the enterprise. Lead company-wide efforts to engage employees, and set processes and policies to reduce the resource demand of current and future company products, and within our own facilities, locations and business practices.

Lead the company’s communications and advocacy strategy related to sustainable business practices. Serve as internal and external thought leader in the space of sustainability, and connect leaders and strategic brands (Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Schlage, Trane and Thermo King) with NGO partners, government agencies, academic institutions, media outlets, and strategic partners to meet growth and business targets. Lead efforts related to creation of company-wide green portfolio, product standards, customer unmet needs, educational venues, and primary research around energy and sustainability.

Vincent Titolo
Executive Director
Clean Fund

Vincent has over forty years of domestic and international executive experience in both the corporate and investment sectors. Vincent has managed a VC fund, EuroUS Ventures, he was the CEO of leverage buyout equity fund and Investment Banking firm, Menke Titolo Capital Corp., and he was the Senior VP and CFO of three NYSE companies – Ampex Corp., Tymshare Inc., & Shaklee Corp. Vincent has a BS Degree from Fordham University, New York.

Pierre Trevet
Founder & CEO
HELIOS Exchange, Inc

Pierre Trevet is a pioneer and entrepreneur in the field of environmental finance and sustainability investing, totaling 20+ years experience in financial services and IT industry. He has co-engineered numerous investment approaches to address sustainability problems, including the algorithms for world’s first global equity fund based on eco-efficiency principles (Storebrand EcoValue Fund, 1995), eco- enhanced equity funds (Credit Agricole Green Planet Fund, 2004), and world’s first carbon bond index (JP Morgan Carbon Beta Bond Index, 2008). Pierre Trevet is the Founder and CEO of HELIOS Exchange, Inc. which he started in 2012 with the mission to use information technology to create the needed investor confidence to catalyze energy efficiency financing. Prior to that Pierre was the Head of Sustainability Finance for over 3 years at C3 Energy. At C3, Pierre has been instrumental in developing C3’s initial product roadmap and product strategy. Prior to C3, he was Managing Director at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors for 10 years, heading the European activities and the carbon finance practice. Prior to that, he was CEO and Founder of Ecolistic, a corporate environmental management and accounting software. Previously, he has worked in Norway as an Environmental Finance Analyst at Storebrand, as an Energy and Environmental Management Consultant at Statkraft Engineering and held diverse roles as Project Engineer at Doris Engineering. Mr. Trevet holds a MSc (1990) in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from ParisTech, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, and an MSc (1995) (Hon.) in Energy & Environment Management from the Norwegian School of Management.

Barry Worthington
Executive Director
UNITED STATES ENERGY ASSOCIATION

Barry K. Worthington serves as the Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA)
where he directs the Association's domestic and international activities. He has served in this capacity
since September 1988. Previously, he served as a Vice President of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation
and prior to that served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power Company, now known as
Center Point.

Worthington has also written extensively on energy and environmental matters, and addresses many
conferences on national and international energy issues.