BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott D. Delaney is an experienced energy sector entrepreneur, private equity investor, CEO and operator with a track record of building innovative high growth companies and leading high performing teams through complex problems. Mr. Delaney’s broad leadership experience is distinguished by achievements rooted in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, operations and international development.
Scott D. Delaney is a Managing Partner of Stratus and is the Chairman, CEO of Lumenix where he has been instrumental in the strategic direction, operations, and financing of the firm. Mr. Delaney was previously a founder and partner of Impax Management Ltd. (“IML”), a Toronto based principal investment firm and the founder, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Impax Energy Services Ltd. (“Impax”), a diversified energy trust. During his tenure with IML Mr. Delaney was responsible for the development and execution of the energy sector investment strategy where he successfully acquired and managed several leading energy service companies. Mr. Delaney led the growth of Impax from inception to greater than C$170MM in enterprise value over a 16 month period whilst concurrently completing the IPO of Impax onto the TSX, following which he led the public company and its 300+ employees. Prior to, Mr. Delaney was an investment banker in the areas of Global Energy, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Prior to, Mr. Delaney worked in production operations and commodity marketing for a leading global oil and gas exploration company.
Mr. Delaney serves various organizations including the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, Fulbright Alumni Counsel and the Institute for Study of International Development at McGill University. Mr. Delaney is a long term member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Delaney holds an economics degree from Carleton University and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
George Brookman is well known in Calgary’s business and volunteer community. He is a third generation Albertan and was born in Calgary. Most of his early career was spent in the Real Estate Development Industry; initially with Manulife Financial and then later as Vice-President of Development for ATCO Ltd. Most of this time was in the development and operation of high rise commercial and residential buildings. In 1984, he acquired West Canadian Industries Group, which today is considered by many to be Canada’s leading digital print and document management organization. The company operates as West Canadian Digital Imaging in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray and is a partner in VISTEK West, a significant retail force in the camera and photo retail business. Until recently, West Canadian also operated Commonwealth Legal in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. This company, which became Canada's largest litigation support company, has recently been sold to RICOH Canada. One of West Canadian's newest ventures is in the rapidly growing photo book industry through the new "Ookpix" brand website. In addition to his own company, Mr. Brookman serves on the Board of Directors of Penn West Exploration as the Chairman of the Governance Committee. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Travel Alberta as well as the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampede Foundations. As a volunteer, Mr. Brookman is the Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede; Past Chairman of Tourism Calgary and Past President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Calgary. In May of 2013, Mr. Brookman successfully chaired the "Turning Points" Dinner on behalf of the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. This event saw an attendance of over nine hundred people and raised a net income of over half a million dollars. In 2014, Mr. Brookman conceived and chaired a new event, "Breakfast on the Bridge" on behalf of the Military Family Resource Centre. The event netted over $170,000.00 for MFRC. Mr. Brookman is Co-Chair of "Transformation Calgary", a group of Calgary business leaders determined to enhance the quality of life in Calgary through encouraging development of sports, arts and cultural facilities within the city. Mr. Brookman is a recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Business; the Distinguished Business Leader Award from the Haskayne School of Business and he has received an Honorary Degree in Applied Technology from S.A.I.T. Polytechnic Institute.
The Right Honourable Joseph Clark, is a founding partner and Vice-Chairman of Stratus Royalty Corporation. Mr. Clark is also co-founder and Chairman of Clark Sustainable Resource Developments Ltd. (CSRD), and has led a career marked by activities spanning the globe. Elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, he served in Parliament for 25 years before retiring in June 2004. He has served his country as Prime Minister, Secretary of State for External Affairs (Foreign Minister), Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Acting Minister of both National Defense and Justice, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, and National Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Mr. Clark has long-standing personal and professional interests in Africa, including service as Chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on South Africa, the committee instrumental in motivating global pressure for the end of apartheid in the country. He has served on the boards of several international NGO’s and Canadian and international companies. Additionally, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and American University in Washington, DC, and was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2004. Mr. Clark is also Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships in the Centre for Developing-Area Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation.
Rob Richards is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Plaza Ventures, the venture investment arm of distinguished Toronto real estate developer Plazacorp Investments Ltd. Plaza Ventures looks for highly scalable IT and cleantech companies, and has had successful investments in HVAC and home automation in addition to a range of IT companies from social networking to enterprise software. Mr. Richards previously worked in the aerospace industry, had a decade with Nortel Networks in senior management roles and was COO of Workstream, an internet software company, that went through a successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999.
Andrew Wilkes is currently a Portfolio Manager with Mackie Research Capital Corporation. Mr. Wilkes has managed money for private clients at MRCC over the past 12 years and was previously employed at Raymond James Ltd., Goepel McDermid Inc., and CIBC. Mr. Wilkes has pursued charitable endeavours as a board member for East Coast Charity Ball, East Coast Connected and has been awarded the Certificate of Philanthropy by Mount Allison University.
Gerhard Nenning is an experienced strategy advisor with extensive track record in the Technology, Lighting, Energy and Industrial Service Sector.
Gerhard is Senior Partner of Munich based strategy consulting boutique Stern Stewart & Co. focusing for 20 years on strategy development and M&A, typically followed by organizational transformation. His creative and rigorously independent thinking has impacted strategic decisions in growing as well as contracting businesses.
With a hands on entrepreneurial instinct and often going against the grain, Gerhard has advised international corporates and mid-sized companies in ambitious growth strategies outside of their initial comfort zone. Conversely, he has helped prevent multi-billion investments which in hindsight would have been crippling.
Gerhard has co-founded the international, Munich based think tank The Stern Stewart Institute and shapes the Institute’s yearly agenda of dialogue with leaders in business, politics, and science. He is also publisher of the bi-annually appearing Stern Stewart Institute Periodical.
After training to become a banker at Deutsche Bank, he studied economics, business and political science at the University of Cologne, Germany and McGill University in Montréal.