Our Team

Advisory Committee

Shane Grypiuk, CA, CBV, CIM - Managing Partner and President

  • Joined Northbridge in 2011
  • President of Northbridge. Also responsible for investment analysis and post investment monitoring
  • A member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators and Chartered Investment Manager
  • Former Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Valuations, Forensics & Disputes group, specializing in valuing Oil and Gas businesses including start ups, junior conventional and unconventional E&P companies, shale gas plays, domestic & international resource plays, oil sands projects, and various energy related service businesses

Angela Lau, CA, CPA - Director, Managing Partner and Vice Chair

  • Former Chief Operating Officer of Sky Energy Corporation
  • Managed Sky Energy's activities in Oil and Gas exploration and development, crude oil trading, real estate development projects, senior housing business, venture capital investments in public and private companies, and partnership in a 125 MW electrical cogeneration plant, as well as responsible for business development opportunities.
  • Responsible for tax planning of the Sky Energy Group
  • A member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Ian Cockwell, CA - Chairman of Wilmington Capital Management Inc. and President of Amarna Investments Limited

  • Chairman of Wilmington Capital Management Inc. and President of Amarna Investments Limited, a private investment company
  • Mr. Cockwell has been an investor and an executive in the real estate and Oil and Gas sectors since the mid-1970's. He has serviced as a director of Northstar Energy Corporation and Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. Mr. Cockwell has held executive roles as Chairman or President of Wilmington since 1993 and President and CEO of Brookfield Homes Corporation from 1998 to 2011. Mr. Cockwell is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree

Michael Kanovsky, P.Eng., MBA - CEO and Founder of Sky Energy Corporation

  • CEO and Founder (1994) of Sky Energy Corporation
  • Mr. Kanovsky co-founded Northstar Energy Corporation (1978), subsequently Devon Corporation's Canadian subsidiary, founded Bonavista Energy Corporation in 1997 and co-founded PowerLink Corp. Prior to 1978, Mr. Kanovsky served as Vice President of Corporate Finance for Western Canada for large Canadian investment dealer. Most recently, founding Shareholder & Director of Seven Generations Energy Ltd. Previously, he was Vice Chairman of Precision Drilling, founding director of Arc Resources Ltd., North American Oil Sands Corporation, Vista Midstream Solutions Ltd., Pure Technologies Inc. and Seven Generations Energy Ltd.
  • Mr. Kanovsky is currently a director of Devon Energy Corporation and Bonavista Energy Corporation.
  • Mr. Kanovsky received his B.Sc. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and his MBA from the Ivey School of Business

Joe Killi, BSc, CA - Director, Managing Partner and CEO of Wilmington Capital Management Inc.

  • Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. (TSX: PRK) which was sold to the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation in January 2011 for $790 million. Co-founder and Vice Chair of Realex Properties, a TSX listed commercial real estate company sold to Dundee REIT in 2011
  • From 1994 to 1996, led the Olympia & York (USA) a NY based restructuring on behalf of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., CIBC and the Li Ka Shing Group
  • Previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Trizec Corporation Ltd., Director of Vermillion Energy Inc. from 1990 to 2016 and a past director of a number of private and public enterprises, including those mentioned above, as well as Bramalea Limited (TSX), Gentra Inc. (TSX), Carma Corporation (TSX), Central Park Lodges Inc. and Hahn Company
  • A member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

Henry van der Sloot, CA, CFA - Founder and former Director, CEO & Chairman of Strad Energy Services

  • Mr. van der Sloot is a founder and former Director, CEO & Chairman of Strad Energy Services. In addition, a board member of several private and non-profit enterprises. Henry is a past CEO of Banff Caribou Properties Ltd. and Managing Director of Network Capital Inc. Henry is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst and is an alumni of the Harvard Business School. Prior to becoming a businessman, Henry was a concert cellist. He completed his music studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and has performed extensively throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Russia.

Brooke N. Wade, FCA - President of Wade Capital Corporation

  • President of Wade Capital Corporation, a private investment company.
  • From 1994 until the sale of the company it was sold in 2005, Mr. Wade was the co-founder and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acetex Corporation, a publicly traded chemical company specializing in acetyls, specialty polymers, and films. Prior to founding Acetex Corporation, Mr. Wade was founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Methanex Corporation, a company created by a plan of growth through acquisitions to become what is known today as the world's largest methanol producer. Mr. Wade currently serves on teh boards of Novinium Inc., IAC Acoustics Limited and GranTierra Energy Inc. He was also a director of the Caracal Energy Inc. board from September 2011 until it was purchased in July 2014. Mr. Wade is a member of the World Presidents' Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, and the Dean's Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Wade earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary in 1974 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1977. In 2012, Mr. Wade became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia

Kaush Rakhit, M.Sc., P. Geol. - Founded Rakhit Petroleum Consulting Ltd.

  • Founded Rakhit Petroleum Consulting Ltd. (RPCL) in 1989, which became internationally known for its integrated hydrodynamics work and unconventional gas studies. RPCL purchased and merged with Canadian Discovery Ltd. (CDL) in 2005.
  • Over 29 years of experience in the petroleum exploration industry. He specializes in exploration and development hydrodynamics, hydrochemistry, development geology, reservoir modeling and petroleum migration studies.
  • Co-Founded Groundwater Solutions Ltd. (now Matrix Solutions Inc.) and worked with WCSB, Canadian Frontiers and North Sea since 2006.
  • Founding and current director of Seven Generations Energy Ltd.
  • Also serves as a Director of Matrix Solutions Inc., Canadian Discovery Ltd., and Petrofeed Inc.
  • Member of Advisory Board at Azimuth Capital Management, a significant Canadian private equity energy firm with over $1 billion in assets under management.
  • Known for recognizing, defining and exploiting resource plays at an early stage. He became the first person to complete a Post Graduate degree in M. Sc. in Petroleum Hydrogeology at the University of Alberta in 1987 and graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B. Sc. in Earth Sciences in 1983. Mr. Rakhit is a Professional Geologist and an active member of APEGA.