BOARD OF DIRECTORS
F. PHILLIP ABRARY, BS, CA
DirectorMr. Abrary has more than 25 years of financial management and executive experience across various industries. Prior to helping found Ostara in 2005, he founded and was president of RTM Norden Inc., an international business and technology-consulting firm specializing in process industries. He was also manager of the audit practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers from 1990 to 1995, working with private, public and multinational clients throughout North America. He has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia and a Chartered Professional Accounting designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant.
FREDRIC "Fritz" CORRIGAN
Chairman of the Board and DirectorA respected fertilizer industry veteran, Mr. Corrigan spent the majority of his career at Cargill Inc., where he rose to Executive Vice President, overseeing the global fertilizer and salt businesses, along with more than a dozen business units and projects. In 2004, he led the merger of IMC Global and Cargill’s Crop Nutrition Business, which resulted in the creation of The Mosaic Company, the world’s leading producer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients. Mr. Corrigan served as the company’s Founding President and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 2007. Today he serves on the boards of several companies and actively coaches and mentors CEOs.
Tom Bevilacqua has served as a Managing Director with VantagePoint Capital Partners since November 2007, where he primarily focuses on investments within the information technology markets. Prior to joining VantagePoint, Mr. Bevilacqua served as Executive Vice President of E*TRADE Financial from 1997 to 2002, where he served in a variety of operational roles and established E*TRADE’s acquisition and investment strategies. While at E*TRADE, Mr. Bevilacqua founded ArrowPath Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital fund that was later spun out from E*TRADE, and served as the Managing Partner of that firm from 1999 to November 2007. Mr. Bevilacqua was previously a partner at two leading Silicon Valley law firms, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Mr. Bevilacqua received a J.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and a B.S. in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Bevilacqua currently serves on the Boards of WageWorks (WAGE; NYSE), Gain Capital (GCAP;NYSE), BrightSource Energy and several other private Boards. During Mr. Bevilacqua’s career he has been involved in over 300 IPOs, acquisitions or private financings.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY, Jr., AB, JD, LLM
DirectorMr. Kennedy is a venture partner at VantagePoint Capital Partners and also a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. He serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defence Council. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet.” He is a graduate of Harvard University, University of Virginia Law School, as well as Pace University School of Law, where he received a Masters Degree in Environmental Law.
ANGUS LIVINGSTONE, BS
DirectorMr. Livingstone is Managing Director of the University-Industry Liaison Office (UILO) at The University of British Columbia (UBC). He is the President of the University’s wholly owned subsidiary, UBC Research Enterprises Inc., and co-founder of the Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology. Mr. Livingstone graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Computer Science in 1983. In 1988, he joined the UILO where he has held various positions relating to industry sponsored research, technology transfer, and the management of UILO operations. He has played critical roles in the creation of many Canadian technology transfer and commercialization initiatives including BC Advantage Funds, The Centre for Drug Research and Development, and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership.
DAN PARMAR, BComm, CPA, CA
DirectorMr. Parmar has more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive and a director of high growth Canadian companies. Prior to joining Ostara, he was the CFO of a local family office where he managed investments, capital and M&A activity for a portfolio of growing businesses located in Western Canada. He was also the CFO of two Vancouver based technology companies where he led their going public processes on the TSX and AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange. Mr. Parmar holds a Bachelor Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia, is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Management Program at the University of Western Ontario, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
STEVEN L. PINNEY, BS
DirectorMr. Pinney is a senior executive with more than 30 years of manufacturing, mining, supply chain management and business integration experience with international nutrient companies, including The Mosaic Company and Cargill Inc. His governance experience encompasses private and public enterprise, mostly notably as Commission Chair for the Tampa Port Authority. Mr. Pinney supports his community as an active Trustee for both the United Methodist Foundation and the Washburn Center for Children.
GRAHAM RAMSBOTTOM, MS
Mr. Ramsbottom is Chief Executive of Wheatsheaf Investments, which is part of the Grosvenor Estate, which is a privately owned property group. He joined the Grosvenor Estate in 2009, as Managing Director, and became CEO of the Wheatsheaf Group in 2011, after completing the Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program.
Between 2001 and 2009, Mr. Ramsbottom held various positions at the Co-operative Group, and was responsible for their extensive rural land holdings and leading their renewable energy and energy procurement teams. He promoted many sustainable development projects around the UK including the Group’s first commercial wind farms. He also worked for seven years at Strutt and Parker, as a land manager and farm business consultant, becoming a partner in 1999. Mr. Ramsbottom completed a five-year commission in the Royal Navy before obtaining a Masters of Science Degree in Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University
ANDREW D. SEIDEL, BSCHE, MBA
Mr. Andrew D. Seidel is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of UGSI, Inc. Mr. Seidel served as the Chief Executive Officer of United States Filter Corporation (USFilter) from 2000 to 2004, and as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Water and Wastewater Group of USFilter from February 1998 until the acquisition by Vivendi S.A. in April 1999.
He served as a Director of NYSE publically traded companies USFilter, Aqua America (formerly, Philadelphia Suburban Water Corp.), French-based Veolia Environnement (Management Board Director) and Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. Mr. Seidel was a Director of National Waterworks Holdings, Inc., a JP Morgan/Thomas Lee portfolio company until its acquisition by The Home Depot. He is also a Senior Advisor at VantagePoint Capital Partners, a venture capital fund and on the Board of O’Brien & Gere, a private engineering services company located in Syracuse, NY.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.