CoPower Story

Helping you make simple, green investments.

CoPower opened in 2013 with the vision that new online tools, and the surge in profitable clean energy investments, meant that it could be possible for Canadians like us—people who care about their portfolios, their communities and their environment—to have it all. These are the people behind this vision.


Our Team

David Berliner

Chief Executive Officer

Raphael Bouskila

President

Kathrin Ohle

Chief Investment Officer

Trish Nixon

Chief Impact Investing Officer

Jon Frank

Director, Projects

Junaid Subhan

Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Matthew Rosenberger

Manager, Finance

Lauryn Drainie

Manager, Marketing & Engagement

Tobias Mueller-Glodde

Analyst, Investor Relations

Benjamin Lourtau

Full-Stack Developer

Larry Markowitz

General Counsel

Russell Pullan

Chairman

James Van Bergh

Director

  • David is co-founder and CEO of CoPower. He previously worked at Inerjys, a clean energy investment firm. He has consulted for the New York City Mayor’s Office on renewable energy, was Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Toronto, and worked at the Carbon Disclosure Project.

    David has been named "Emerging Solar Leader" by the Canadian Solar Industries Association and "Top 30 Under 30" by Corporate Knights.

    David holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University and a B.Sc from the University of Toronto.

  • Raphael is co-founder and President of CoPower, where he leads technology development, regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Over a 13 year career in technology, Raphael has worked in cleantech venture capital, laser engineering, solid-state physics research and high-performance computing. He is an active participant in Canada's equity-crowdfunding industry.

    Raphael holds a B.Eng. in electrical engineering from McGill University and an M.Sc. in experimental physics from the University of Toronto.

  • Kathrin is founder and principal at twig energy inc., where she assists clients in clean energy and clean technology with capital raising and business development. At CoPower, she leads the assessment and structuring of clean energy investments.

    During her 25 years of experience, Kathrin has closed more than $5.5 billion of financing transactions as a corporate banker with Deutsche Bank and TD Securities, as a financial investor with the Business Development Bank of Canada, and as a strategic investor with Emera. Kathrin holds an M.B.A. from the University of Cologne, Germany, and is the author of The Decision-Maker’s Guide to Long-Term Financing.

  • As Director of Investments at CoPower, Trish is responsible for capital raising strategy and execution, including product structuring and investor relations. In her prior role at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Trish founded Impact8, a social venture accelerator now in Toronto and Montreal, and managed venture services for the SVX, a private impact investing platform. She also led fundraising for the MaRS/Virgin Unite Impact Venture Fund.

    Trish is the author of "Mission Possible: Assessing the Appetite, Activity and Barriers for Impact Investing Among Canadian Foundations," and, with TD Bank, “Opportunities for Impact: A White Paper on Social Impact Investing,” among other publications.

    Before MaRS, Trish was a financial reporter at Reuters. She holds an M.A. International Relations from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland).

  • Jon brings a wealth of clean energy industry experience to CoPower. Over his career working at companies like Sun Edison and RESCo, he has played a lead role in securing clean energy contracts valued at over $300 million.

    Jon is one of the founding executives of Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy and has served as Co­Chair of the National Board of Directors. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s “GameChanger” Award for Emerging Solar Leader.

  • As Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Junaid oversees all legal and regulatory matters relating to CoPower and provides advice in the areas of securities law, corporate law and project finance among other areas of law. Junaid joined CoPower from the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott LLP where he advised on a variety of corporate and securities law matters including public and private offerings, M&A, corporate governance and securities regulatory compliance for a wide range of market participants. Junaid began his career in the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital group of a prominent New York-based law firm.

    Junaid is called to the bars of the Province of Ontario (2011) and the State of New York (2010) and holds degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University and an undergraduate degree in science and finance from McGill University. Junaid was recently honoured as the “Young Lawyer of the Year 2016” by FACL.

  • As Finance Manager at CoPower, Matthew has a dual role of maintaining controls, budgets and financial reporting for CoPower, as well as informing our investment strategy with financial modelling of CoPower’s products.

    Before joining CoPower, Matthew was a senior auditor at a large Montreal accounting firm. After completing a B.Com. at McGill University he went on to earn his CPA, CA designation. He is currently pursuing a CFA designation and has passed the first two levels of the CFA exams. He is also an avid traveler and sports and music enthusiast.

  • As CoPower’s manager of marketing and engagement, Lauryn is helping build a community of individuals investing for profit and planet. Prior to CoPower, Lauryn was Senior Campaigner, and half of Change.org Canada’s founding team. She managed strategy, storytelling, and email, while building an impressive track record of winning campaigns on issues ranging from refugee justice, to improving animal welfare at factory farms, to featuring iconic women from Canadian history on our banknotes.

    After completing her B.A. in environmental policy at the University of Toronto, she worked on offline campaigns as lead organizer at the Climate Action Network Canada. She loves train travel and has gone around (almost) the entire world, from England to Vietnam, and from San Francisco to New York.

  • As Analyst, Investor Relations, Tobias works in product development, investor relations, and enhancement of operational efficiency at CoPower. Tobias graduated from the inaugural MSc. in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto and holds a BSc. in Finance and International Business from the University of Richmond in Virginia.

    Before CoPower, Tobias most recently spent time working in corporate finance with Rocket Internet in Berlin. He previously assumed roles in the consulting space at Accenture in Frankfurt, as well as Ashoka and Reclay StewardEdge in Toronto. Tobias plays soccer competitively as a goalkeeper and is a passionate world traveler and explorer.

  • As a full stack developer at CoPower, Benjamin is responsible for a diverse range of technical tasks, with the overarching goal of maintaining and optimizing the effectiveness of CoPower's online platform and presence. Working on both the back and front end of the website, he also integrates other services and implements new functionality to the platform.

    Prior to joining CoPower, Benjamin has worked as an engineer in the mining and civil industry, performed biomedical engineering research on brain-machine interfaces at the Neural Prosthetics Laboratory and coursework in Computer Science at McGill University while working with the Montreal Neurological Institute.

  • Larry is a lawyer, entrepreneur and investor with over 15 years of experience in corporate and securities law. A former partner at McMillan LLP, Larry has been awarded the Lexpert Zenith Award for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility and the Promies Award for Young Professional of the Year. He is a frequent guest speaker at international legal conferences and has authored several legal books and articles.

    Larry holds degrees in civil law, common law and commerce from McGill University.

  • Russell is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with over 25 years of investing in cleantech and funding clean energy infrastructure. He is Chief Investment Officer at Sustainable Development Capital’s UK Energy Efficiency Fund.

    Russell is former chairman of EvoEnergy, a solar energy installer; led the cleantech venture fund at Nomura Bank; and was head of venture capital at The Carbon Trust. He has advised several investment funds and has extensive experience as a board director for clean energy companies.

    Russell holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

  • James is Founder and President of Innovation Support—a Toronto-based investment fund which provides capital and strategic support to social-purpose businesses in Canada. James also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Benefit Systems, a publicly-listed company on the Warsaw stock exchange which he founded in 2004 in Poland.

    He earlier worked as an advisor to the Polish Government on privatization and corporate restructuring issues in the 1990’s, as well as serving as President of a fund management company and business incubator in Poland. Previously, James worked with Bain & Co. in Boston and London.

    James holds a B.A. from Amherst College, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Advisors

Tom Rand

Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures

Dan Heldridge

Director of Lending, Low Income Investment Fund;
Former Head, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley

Bill Young

President, Social Capital Partners

Jane Kearns

Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech

Martin Ritchie

Co-Founder, JCM Capital

Krista Jones

Cluster Lead, MaRS ICT

John Hastings

Investment Advisor, RBC Dominion Securities

Manish Nayar

Managing Partner, OYA Solar

Philippe Dunsky

President, Dunsky Energy Consulting

Jimmy Alexander

Owner, Palomino Capital Corporation

Matthew J. Marquardt

Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP

Investors and Partners

Memberships and Associations