Jorge Bernhard joined the Board of Polaris Infrastructure Inc. in May 2015, coincident with the closing of the recapitalization transaction. Fluent in Spanish and with more than 25 years of experience throughout Central America and the Caribbean, mostly via Canadian-based businesses, Jorge brings considerable experience to bear as Polaris Infrastructure seeks to grow operations in Nicaragua and elsewhere throughout Central America.
Jorge Bernhard spent much of his career in metals trading, launching Sherritt Metals Marketing, a nickel marketing and trading company created in partnership with Sherritt Gordon Inc. in 1987, and forming a joint venture with Western Mining Corporation of Australia in 1992. Jorge Bernhard served as a director of Dacha Strategic Metals Inc., a then TSX Venture Exchange listed issuer, from November 2012 to September 2014.
Chief Executive Officer
Marc joined Polaris Infrastructure Inc. as CEO in May 2015 just as the company closed the recapitalization transaction. As a partner at Harrington Global Inc., a Toronto-based merchant bank focused on providing development capital to growth companies, Marc led the successful recapitalization transaction, including negotiation of amendments to the San Jacinto project loan documents and the power purchase agreement.
Marc brings a deep background in the capital markets, having spent much of his career in senior investment banking roles with Cormark Securities Inc., where he ran the Power and Alternative Energy group, leading efforts to raise capital for companies in the solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, power electronics, battery technologies and fuel cell sectors. He’s the Chairman of Catapult Environmental Inc., a Calgary based company focused on water remediation and disposal. In addition, he currently chairs the Board of Directors at Autism Speaks Canada, the leading autism science and advocacy organization in Canada. Marc holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
James V. Lawless
Board of Directors
James Lawless has been a member of the Board of Directors of Polaris Infrastructure Inc. (previously Ram Power, Corp) since 2011 and brings more than 30 years of experience in geology and the geothermal industry.
He brings extensive experience with the San Jacinto-Tizate Power Project, both over the past four years as a Director, and previously as Practice Leader at Sinclair Knight Mertz Ltd. (“SKM,” now owned by Jacobs Engineering), where he was responsible for the technical direction and quality on all SKM projects related to geothermal resources, including the oversight of drilling activities at the San Jacinto property.
His education background includes a Master of Science from the University of Waikato with expertise in geology and volcanology related to geothermal exploration, resource evaluation and development.
Board of Directors
Jaime Guillén joined the Board of Polaris Infrastructure Inc. in May 2015, coincident with the closing of the recapitalization transaction. Fluent in Spanish, Jaime Guillén is Managing Partner at Faros Infrastructure Partners LLC, an investment firm with offices in United Kingdom, United States and Mexico. He has 25 years of experience in equity investments, project finance, project development, commercial contract negotiations, and company operations in a variety of sectors including energy, transport, natural resources, private equity and fund management.
His experience ranges from Europe, North & Latin America, Middle East, and Asia and has had significant dealings and experience with investors, developers, financial sponsors, governments, and various industry players. He has worked for major international firms including as VP with Bechtel Financing Services, Managing Director for Bechtel Enterprises, CEO of Alterra Partners (a joint venture with Singapore Changi Airport). Jaime Guillén earned a BS in Nuclear Engineering from MIT (US) and an MBA from Stanford University.
C. Thomas Ogryzlo
Board of Directors
Thomas joined the Board of Polaris Infrastructure in June 2016. He has over fifty years of experience with mining, energy and industrial projects, with responsibility for all aspects of development, financing, engineering, construction and operations. Tom has served as a Director of more than 20 public companies including: Franco Nevada Mining Corp., Vista Gold, Aura Minerals, Birim Goldfields, Tiomin Resources and Atlas Corp.
From 2000 until 2010, Tom served in a senior leadership role with the Company and predecessor company, Polaris Geothermal Inc., including leading operations and government relations efforts while based at the San Jacinto project, in Nicaragua. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French.