The current Board of Directors of our general partner comprises seven members. The names and biographies of each of the Directors are set forth below.
Jeffrey Blidner (Chairman)
Jeffrey is a Senior Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management and is responsible for strategic planning and transaction execution. He is also a director of a number of Brookfield companies in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada. Prior to joining Brookfield in 2000, Jeffrey was a senior partner at Goodman & Carr LLP, a Toronto-based law firm. Jeffrey received his LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in Ontario as a Gold Medalist in 1974.
Eleazar de Carvalho Filho
Eleazar was formerly the President and Managing Director of the Brazilian National Development Bank and has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Unibanco Investment Bank. He is a founding partner of Virtus BR Partners, an independent advisory company. From 2006 to 2011, Eleazar served as the non-executive Chairman of BHP Billiton Brazil. He also served on the Board of Directors of Petrobras, Eletrobrás and Vale, among others. Eleazar is currently a director of FMC Technologies, Inc., a director of Grupo Pão de Açúcar where he is also a member of the audit committee and chair of the financial committee and President of the Board of Trustees of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. Born in Sao Paulo, Eleazar holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics from New York University.
John Van Egmond
John is presently a financial consultant with Ozona Corporation in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to this role, he was the acting President and CEO and Director of Wilshire Technologies, Inc. (located in Carlsbad, California) where he was responsible for all financial, operational, sales and marketing and human resource functions. John is the past President of Century Power Corporation, an independent power producer based in Tucson, Arizona. John is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1972 from Montana State University.
Lars is a director of the Managing General Partner. His prior positions include President and Chief Executive Officer of Vattenfall AB (2001-2010), Managing Director of Celsius which later became SAAB AB (2000-2001), President and Chief Executive Officer of Celsius AB (1997-2000) and various positions with Ericsson over a 24-year period. Lars is also a member of the boards of directors of Robert Bosch GmbH and Holmen AB. He is Chairman of the Board of Green Circle Bioenergy Inc., and Burntisland Fabrication Ltd., as well as, Chairman and Managing Partner of BioElectric Solutions LGJ AB, Founder of Biomass for Electricity Initiative and Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of Hand in Hand International. Lars graduated from Chalmers University of Technology in Applied Physics with a Master of Science in 1973 and in 1986 graduated IMD, Lausanne, PED. Lars is an Honorary Professor in Physics, Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany.
David formerly served as Vice Chairman (2004-2005) and President and Chief Executive Officer (1996-2004) of Emera Inc., a TSX listed energy and services company that invests in electrical generation, transmission and distribution. David currently serves as Counsel at Cox & Palmer and has over 30 years of experience in the practice of corporate and commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate finance and public utility regulation. He also serves as Chairman of the Logistec Corporation and is the Audit Committee Chairman for the New Growth Corporation,Timber Corp., and Allbanc Split Corp II. In addition, David is a member of the Advisory Council for the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws from the University of London, England.
Lou is also a Director of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. and is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Real Estate Advisors/Sigma Capital Corporation, which specializes in international real estate advisory. Prior to this role, Lou was the Executive Chairman of ING Real Estate Canada, and held executive positions in a number of real estate companies where he was responsible for overseeing operations, real estate transactions, asset and property management, as well as many other related functions. Lou graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in psychology.
Patricia served as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting and Controller of Expedia, Inc. from October 2005 to September 2011. Prior to joining Expedia, Patricia was the Director, Enterprise Risk Services of Deloitte & Touche LLP from June 2003 until October 2005. Patricia is a Certified Public Accountant and received her Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in accounting and finance, from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in political science, from Trinity College.