The Watts Team | Watts Wind Energy

Board of Directors

The Watts Wind Energy Inc. board of directors has a breadth of knowledge in all aspects of wind project development and construction. The board includes directors with the entrepreneurial, technical and capital markets experience required to oversee the company as it successfully grows its portfolio of wind energy projects.

 

David Regan, MBA, Non-executive Chairman

David is Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations of DHX Media Ltd. Previously, he held positions with VI Associates, A.T. Kearney’s New York Financial Institutions Group and Export Development Corporation. In these positions he worked with clients throughout North America, Europe and Asia to provide financing, corporate development and business strategy advisory services. David holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and a BBA Honours degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

Stanley Mason, P.Eng., President & Director

Stan is the co-founder of Seaforth Engineering Group Inc., Atlantic Orient Canada Inc. and Seaforth Energy Inc. He has over 20 years of marine engineering and project management experience in the provision of consulting engineering services to the renewable energy and marine industries.

Stan’s experience includes financial management as well as business management and operations. Stan has experience in the manufacture of the AOC 15/50 wind turbine and management and ownership of the Morgan Falls hydro-electric facility. Stan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

Paul Pynn, P. Eng., Vice President & Director

Paul Pynn, P.Eng, is the President and founder of Eon WindElectric Inc. Since its inception in 2006, the company has provided project management services to more than 300MW of wind energy projects in Eastern Canada and abroad. Prior to founding Eon, Paul was a general manager of Atlantic Orient Canada Inc., manufacturer of the AOC 15/50 wind turbine. Paul was involved in design, development, installation, service and maintenance of AOC 15/50 turbines across North America and abroad.

Paul speaks at international wind energy conferences, is a current member of both the Canadian Wind Energy Association small wind committee and ENS Environment committee. Paul is a past member of the CSA/IEC wind turbine standards committee.

Prior to the wind power industry, Paul was involved in project management of major construction projects both domestic and international. Paul holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Memorial University (1995) and a certificate of electronics technology (2005).

Jim Frodin, MBA, Director

Jim is the owner of Apexdia Super Abrasives LLC, which is a designer and manufacturer of diamond products for the construction industry. Prior to that Jim was co-owner of Motor and Gear Engineering which repaired electric motors and gear boxes along with the manufacture of specialty gears.

He worked in the corporate environment for 30 years. His last assignment was director of new business development in Europe for Saint-Gobain. Jim studied engineering and business at Brenau University and obtained an EMBA from Babson University.

Keith Abriel, CA, CFA, Independent Director

Keith Abriel, CA, CFA, is an experienced  financial executive and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of DHX Media Ltd., as an independent director and audit committee chair of Oceanus Resources Inc.; and is a Past President of the Atlantic Canada CFA Society.

Prior to joining DHX Media Ltd. on a full time basis in 2014, Keith has held a number of senior financial executive roles, including serving as the CFO of a number of venture backed private companies, including Bluelight Analytics Inc. and CarbonCure Technoligies Inc.  Keith also has extensive public company experience, having served as the CFO of Linear Gold Corp. from 2008 to 2010, concurrently serving as the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Linear Metals Corporation, the CFO and Corporate Secretary of Ucore Uranium Inc. and as a Director of Rhino Resources Inc., during which time said companies raised over $40 million in the public markets and completed a number of M&A transactions.  Keith served as the Acting Chief Financial Officer of Immunovaccine Inc. in 2010, leading a successful $7.5 million financing.

Keith spent 9 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and worked with J.D. Irving, Limited’s Treasury Department from 2002 to 2004 where he was responsible for a broad range of financial reporting, strategic planning and corporate treasury functions. Keith is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Cum Laude) from Saint Mary’s University.

Gordon Stevens, CFA, Independent Director

Gordon Stevens, CFA, is the founder and President of The Uncommon Group.  Starting in 2003, The Uncommon Group is now a collection of Halifax retail stores including Uncommon Grounds, Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory, Sugah! Confectionery, Carbonstok and Uncommon Kids.

From 2002 to 2003 Gordon worked for Geosam Investments as Vice President of Investments where he was responsible for the investment portfolio which included a number of publicly traded and private equity investments. From 1998 to 2002, Gordon was Vice President with Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands and in Princeton, New Jersey where he was involved in the formation of numerous hedge funds as well as the ongoing administrative and valuation of those funds. Previously, Gordon was a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte where he worked in assurance services to investment and insurance companies.

Gordon is active in the community serving on the boards of Taste of Nova Scotia and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and having founded a local co-operative marketing and promotional organization for independent retailers in Halifax, I Love Local HFX, which now has more than 50 member companies. Gordon also previously chaired the Arthritis Society of Nova Scotia and sat on the National Board of the Arthritis Society of Canada.

John William Ritchie, Director

John William Ritchie has over 50 years of experience in the Canadian financial community. Mr. Ritchie is a former director of Empire Co. Ltd., Sobeys Inc., and Salter Street Films, and a current director of DHX Media Ltd., Kivuto  Inc., and  SimplyCast Inc.  Mr. Ritchie also co-owned and operated Scotia Bond Company Limited, an Atlantic Canadian-based, regional investment dealer, from 1963 to 1990. Scotia Bond was a member of the Toronto and Montreal Stock Exchanges and was sold to a national investment dealer in 1990.