Our Board of Directors includes industry veterans from the wind, solar and geothermal sector
Chairman of the Board
Daniel Kunz MBA, B.Sc. Eng. has more than 35 years of experience in areas of engineering, management, accounting, finance and operations. Mr. Kunz was Director, President and COO of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TRQ:NYSE). In 1998, Mr. Kunz led Ivanhoe into Mongolia where, in 2001 he was part of the team that discovered Oyu Tolgoi, one of the largest copper-gold deposits in the world. Mr. Kunz is founder, and from 2004 until April 2013 was President, CEO and Director, of U.S. Geothermal Inc. (HTM:NYSE MKT), a renewable energy company. U.S. Geothermal Inc. developed, owns and operates three geothermal power plants. In 1993 as president, CEO and director, Mr. Kunz led the IPO of MK Gold Company on the NASDAQ, a gold company he co-founded with worldwide gold mining operations and production of some 200,000 ounces of gold per year from the mines it owned and operated. For 17 years, Mr. Kunz served as a senior executive of Morrison Knudsen Corp (now URS Corporation URS:NYSE) including Vice President & Controller.
In 1995, Mr. Kunz was named a Distinguished Alumni from the University of Montana Tech. and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Engineering Department at the University of Montana Tech. He also serves on the board of directors of several public companies involved in natural resource development.
Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Ciachurski is the principal executive officer and advisor representing the operating and management team to the board of directors. Mr. Ciachurski formulates the mission statement and growth plans, appoints and designates senior management personnel, defines geographic areas of responsibility and engages senior independent consultants. Mr. Ciachurski maintains continuous and proactive relationships with leading retail and institutional shareholders, and maintains close associations with the banking and project finance community. Mr. Ciachurski launched Greenbriar after a highly successful 11 year career as founder, CEO and Director of Western Wind Energy Corp, where he built a concept with a few thousand dollars into an industry-recognized, vertically integrated, renewable energy owner and operator which he sold to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners for $430 Million in March 2013. Mr. Ciachurski established the operating and development assets in California, Arizona, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and financially led and built over 165 MW of solar and wind production and 360 MW of advanced staged assets all wholly owned by the company.
As CEO, Mr. Ciachurski has a combined acquisition, development, financing, and shareholder value creation record of over $3.6 Billion.
President and Director
Mr. Webb is a seasoned executive and engineering management professional with over 45 years of professional engineering experience and over 35 years of experience in utility-scale renewable energy. Mr. Webb has held executive positions at various renewable energy companies engaged in solar, wind, biomass, cogeneration and geothermal energy. Mr. Webb pioneered utility-scale solar generation as Executive Vice President of Luz Development and Finance where Mr. Webb was directly responsible for the development, permitting and construction oversight of the Luz SEGS units which, until recently, was the world's largest combined solar generating facility with over 300 MW of installed capacity. In addition, Mr. Webb has extensive utility experience with Southern California Edison Company where he developed and managed its renewable energy procurement program, and as a project developer in which he negotiated utility power purchase and transmission interconnection agreements. Mr. Webb is also a former Division Chief of the Engineering and Environmental Siting Division of the California Energy Commission and was a nuclear advisor to Governor Jerry Brown including working directly with the Governor and representing the State of California at hearings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Webb has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, various graduate degrees in engineering at the University of Houston and Colorado State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Before joining Greenbriar Capital Corp, Mr. Boyd held the position of Executive Vice President of Development for Western Wind Energy Corp., until the company was purchased by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners. He assisted Western Wind Energy in acquiring, leasing and zoning real estate suitable for the development of wind and solar farms in Arizona and California. In addition, Mr. Boyd served on the company's Board of Directors. Prior to joining Western Wind, he served as an elected member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the largest water utility in the state of Arizona and its biggest electrical consumer. Prior to that, Mike served two terms on the Pima County (Arizona) Board of Supervisors, elected to help run a county of one million residents with a an operating budget of over $1 billion.
Mr. Boyd graduated from UCLA. He is married and has three boys.
V. John Wardlow has over forty years experience as a pioneer of the motion picture industry in Vancouver. Mr. Wardlow studied Sociology at Sir George Williams University in Montreal and Physical Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. John founded Stunts Canada in 1970 and encouraged ACTRA to begin representing stunt performers in their union contract. He established the B.C. branch office of the Directors' Guild of Canada in 1976 where he served as Business Agent for five years. John was the production manager of a Genie award winning film. He successfully lobbied the provincial government to create the B.C. Film Locations Office. Mr. Wardlow was a founding partner in Polaris Entertainment Corp., a producer of television commercials. Mr. Wardlow became a director of Western Wind Energy Corp. in 2006 and, for six years, served as Chairman of the audit committee until the company was purchased by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners in 2013. Mr. Wardlow is a founding director of Greenbriar Capital Corp. and serves as Chairman of the audit committee.
Bill Sutherland, recently retired, was Vice President & Senior Managing Director at Manulife Financial where he headed the firm’s Project Finance & Infrastructure Team. He and his team at Manulife have been leading arrangers and providers of debt and equity financing to the independent power sector for over 18 years. He is a seasoned corporate banker with over 37 years of business development, relationship management and corporate and project finance experience. Bill started as an analyst within The Bank of Nova Scotia’s International Corporate Finance Group in 1980 where he focused on project finance. He later created and led project and corporate finance teams at Chase Manhattan Bank, Mitsubishi Bank and Deutsche Bank where he specialized in financing projects and mergers and acquisitions within the mining and metals, forestry, oil & gas, pipeline and power sectors. In 1998, Bill acted as a consultant to Barrick Gold Corporation as Barrick explored the possibilities of creating a mine finance business in competition with the major commercial banks. Bill joined Clarica Life Insurance Company in 1998 where he created and headed a project finance team dedicated to financing power and infrastructure projects in Canada. Following its success in the Canadian market, the group broadened its focus and became a pioneering and leading arranger and provider of financing to the Canadian and U.S. wind power industries. The team moved to Manulife in 2002 and since that time expanded its leadership role within the Canadian independent power and U.S. renewable power markets. Bill is a Professional Engineer (AEPO) and holds a BSc. (Mechanical Engineering) and MBA from Queen’s University, Kingston.