The Company’s founders, Board of Directors, and Management Team comprise a wealth of expertise and experience in renewable and electrical energy, financial and business management and corporate governance. With a history of accomplishments and successes at senior corporate levels in energy, finance and other fields, the team at the helm of Atlantic Wind & Solar are aggressively focused on establishing the Company at the forefront of technology-led growth in the dynamic Renewable Energy industry.
Mr. John S. Wilkes, M.B.A., C.P.A., C.A. Chairman, President, CEO
Mr. Wilkes earned his C.A. designation with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Toronto, Canada. Upon obtaining his designation Mr Wilkes worked in finance in Private Industry for a period of time before joining Coopers & Lybrand (PWC) in Toronto, Canada. While there Mr. Wilkes focused on mergers and acquisitions. In the early ‘90’s Mr. Wilkes joined a junior investment bank where he spent most of his time evaluating environmental technologies. In the mid '90's he founded and ran a composite profile extrusion company that made construction materials from 100% recycled materials. As well as being responsible for business development in North American markets, Mr. Wilkes established technology transfer with Asia by selling turn-key extrusion systems to the region. He sold his interest in the company in the late '90's to focus his attention on financing emerging technology companies.
Since that time, Mr. Wilkes has been an Independent Investment Management Professional making private investments in both private and public companies that, for the most part, have their core business in the environmental space.
Mr. Wilkes has lived and worked in Asia and, over the years, has created a vast network in this region. He is a strong advocate for the deployment of renewable energy in the region and will aggressively pursue new business opportunities for AWSL.
Martin W. Baldwin – Director, CFO, Treasurer
To his position on the Board of Atlantic Wind and Solar Mr. Martin Baldwin, BSc, BA, BEd, MBA, brings experience and capability in business and finance gained through fifteen years of successful employment in banking and finance globally at senior management levels.
From 1993 to 2002 Martin worked as a trader/trading director for The Bank of Nova Scotia. He traded interest rate products for various currencies in the bank’s operations in Toronto, Singapore, New York, and London as well as served a brief stint in Jakarta with an affiliate bank during the Indonesian currency crisis. In 2002 he accepted the challenge of setting up Scotiabank’s new Caribbean Treasury Unit in Nassau, Bahamas where he remained until joining Atlantic Wind and Solar in 2008.
Martin was a teacher for the US Army in Europe and the Middle East. He also lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. His broad educational background, including bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science, English Literature and Education, plus a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and International Business, means he brings a unique perspective to most problems and opportunities.
Dr. Luc C. Duchesne - Director
brings senior level experience, with a thorough understanding of the interface between regulatory bodies, businesses and science. From 1991 to 2003 he worked as a senior research scientist for Natural Resources Canada, enjoying a substantive career leading to the publication of 85 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters or books. From 2003 he has worked in various private and public companies dealing with various aspects of the Bioeconomy, a new economic trend to which Atlantic Wind and Solar subscribes in its business initiatives. Dr. Duchesne has consulted on a broad spectrum of renewable energy projects. For example in 2008-2010, he was hired as a consultant to assist in the development of a feedstock strategy for St. Mary's Renewable Energy Corporation. The strategy was used in the business planning for a 35 MW Combined Heat and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Ontario Power Authority -- total project value of $175 M was announced in Q4 2010. In 2006, he was retained by the Ontario Ministry of Energy to assess renewable feedstock solutions for the displacement of coal at Atikokan Generating Station (210 MW). Dr. Duchesne received a PhD from the University of Guelph, a MSC from the University of Toronto and a B. Sc. in Forest Engineering from Laval University in Quebec City.