Board of Directors
Board Chairman and CEO
Brent is an entrepreneurial leader with a track record of identifying market opportunities, building high-performing teams and delivering world class products andservices, ultimately creating shareholder value. He was a CEO and Co-founder of Vertical Technologies Inc (acquired by Thomson Reuters), CEO and Co-Founder of Teamplate, Inc (acquired By Captaris), CEO of MarineCFO (acquired by VerticaLive) and most recently CEO and Co-Founder of Petrotranz (acquired by the Daily Mail Group).
Brent’s involvement at Cantega started in 2010 as a result of a personal friendship with Cantega’s founder Marty Niles that dated back to their high school days. Brent became an investor and helped to formulate the Cantega commercialization plan, recruit our Board of Directors and build out the leadership team. Since Brent’s involvement, Cantega has grown at a 30% + CAGR.
He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Commerce with an honors degree in Finance.
Marty Niles began his career as a power lineman and spent 25 years in the field as a transmission and distribution operations lineman at TransAlta and Fortis.
In 2001, Marty founded Cantega after realizing there had to be technologies available to design and manufacture better fitting cover-up to prevent the prevalent issue of bird and animal caused power outages in substations. Greenjacket is the precise-fit engineered solution that he developed for substations. Carrying through with his passion, Marty knew that there were better solutions that could be carried through to prevent wildlife caused outages on the powerline and pressed for the formation of Reliaguard.
As part of his building Cantega, Marty has been diligent in leading the protection of Cantega’s Intellectual Property. Cantega has 6 Canadian and 12 US patents registered and additional patents pending.
Marty is recognized in the utility sector as a go to resource when it comes to solving wildlife caused outages. Marty is often seen as a guest speaker educating utilities on risk factors and solutions to improve reliability.
Edward J. Grilli is an executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, management, public relations, and project development. Ed has more than three decades in high profile positions, including senior management at a major US utility.
Ed is the President and CEO of EJG Strategic Partners in New York. The consulting firm has been in business for more than ten years and works with clients in the energy space, including engineering firms, material suppliers, contractors, developers and utilities. The firm specializes in strategic planning, marketing/public relations, and business development.
Ed the former Senior Vice President/Chief of Staff for the Long Island Power Authority in New York. LIPA is a public power agency serving 1.1 million retail electric customers with $3.4 billion in revenues, $9 billion in assets and a peak load of nearly 6,000 mw’s. Ed was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Authority, as well as overseeing the implementation of a resource plan that added over 2,500 mw’s of new generation and transmission capacity, including two HVDC undersea cables linking Long Island to other regions
Mr. Lyons has been in the electricity and utility industries, with a number of companies, and in various executive positions, for more than 5 decades. He spent more than 35 years with TransAlta Corporation, in a number of different roles, initially in the electric utility, and later, over 20 years in the unregulated subsidiary, TransAlta Energy Systems. Mr. Lyons was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for TransAlta Energy Systems, and in this role, was an integral part of the development of over 3000 mw of electrical generation in 4 provinces in Canada, and six other countries throughout the world. He was also involved in the evaluation and due diligence of many other similar projects in a host of other countries.
In 2001, AltaLink L.P. purchased the transmission assets of TransAlta and Mr. Lyons joined the fledgling management team as Senior Vice President of Business Development. He remained with AltaLink until 2012, participating in a period of unprecedented growth, in which assets grew by over five fold.
Upon retiring from AltaLink, Mr. Lyons formed, and is the President of Valley Ridge Energy which continues to provide consulting services to clients in the electricity and utility industries.
Mr. Casey is the President and CEO of E-Circuit Motors, an energy technology company, which utilizes a patented, printed circuit board stator design and modeling software to develop advanced and specialized motors and generators (http://www.e-circuitmotors.com).
Prior to ECM Mr. Casey was the founder and CEO of SourceOne, (www.sourceone-energy.com), a leading energy services company that is now recognized internationally. Veolia acquired SourceOne in 2007.
Mr. Casey co-founded SourceGreen, (www.sourcegreen.com) an industrial scale solar energy development company. NextSun Energy acquired SourceGreen in 2013.
Mr. Casey also serves on the Board of Greenwich Energy Solutions (www.greenwichenergysolutions.com), a leading energy services company based in New York, NY.
Mr. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power Systems & Delivery from Northeastern University.
Bill has held positions as: Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Investments and member of the Executive Committee of AIMCo, an $80 billion institutional investor; Vice President of one of Canada’s largest private equity investors; and Vice President, Corporate Development of a publicly-listed construction company. Bill has been a director of 20 private and public companies; and led infrastructure and private equity investments, with a value of $2.5 billion.
Bill is currently a director of two private equity funds, an infrastructure fund, a private debt fund, and several operating companies.
Bill is Chair of Cantega’s Human Resources Committee and member of its Audit Committee; plus a Director of Cantega-affiliate Reliaguard, Chair of its Human Resources Committee and member of its Audit Committee.
Bill holds designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and an ICD.D professional director; and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Richard is an operational leader with an eye to detail. Richard has a proven track record of building and improving a company’s business processes, policies and management reporting systems in order to attain efficient and effective operations and real time reporting.
Richard contracts himself out as a “CFO for Hire” for start up companies assisting them with building their Admin, Finance, HR and Legal processes to a point of either a full time CFO is required or to an exit. Richard has been involved in taking 5 companies to successful exits as well as getting another 5 companies to a point where a full time CFO was required including Cantega. Richard is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Petrotranz Inc. where he has stayed on after helping the company to a successful exit. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Cantega and chairs the Audit Committee. Former Board position include Petrotranz Inc. and Teamplate Inc.
Richard is a CPA/CMA and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce.