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.
Gilles A. Trahan - CEO & President
As Chairman, Mr. Trahan brings a wealth of experience in public markets, capital formation and business acumen. His experience has primarily evolved around investment banking practices. He was involved in real estate as a developer of commercial properties beginning in 1991, and subsequently owned and operated a hotel resort in the Caribbean. Mr. Trahan has served as President and CEO of Lexton Fuller Corp, an investment Banking firm in Toronto, Canada where his responsibilities included the structuring of corporate financing, mergers, and acquisitions. He was instrumental in the creation of Symphony Telecom, Inc. Symphony Telecom under his leadership grew from no revenues to over $16 million annually and created a market capitalization of over 500 million in a few short years.
Over a 5 year period, ending in 2007, he had served in senior officer positions including President and CEO of Geneva Bancorp Inc., an international financial consulting and investment banking company. During his years at Geneva Bancorp, Mr. Trahan advised numerous private and public companies on strategic acquisitions and financing, and assisted numerous client-companies in expanding their shareholder base. Mr. Trahan's extensive contact base spans the globe both personally and institutionally. Mr. Trahan will fulfill a comprehensive, hands-on role in the direction and corporate governance of Atlantic Wind and Solar as it pursues its goal of becoming a well managed growth company in its chosen fields of endeavor. His depth of experience in business development, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions in the public company arena are expected to prove invaluable to Atlantic as it progresses towards its corporate goals of sustained growth and enhancement of shareholder value.
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.