Jim Gartshore, P. Eng
H2O Power, President
Jim has over 38 years of leadership experience in energy production, energy procurement, capital projects and Pulp and Paper manufacturing. He is an experienced leader with a reputation for building teams and achieving continuously improving results.

Prior to the creation of H2O Power, Jim was Vice President of Energy and Engineering at Resolute Forest Products (formerly AbitibiBowater) where he was responsible for corporate engineering, capital projects, energy generation and energy procurement.

During his time at AbitibiBowater, Jim progressed through a number of leadership positions with ever-increasing responsibilities including the leadership of a large pulp and paper manufacturing facility with overall responsibility for all aspects of the operation.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Sciences in Electrical Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer.

Ron McLeod, CPA, CMA
H2O Power, Vice President, Finance and Administration
Ron has over 31 years of accounting and financial experience in manufacturing, energy production, public accounting and public administration. He is responsible for financial planning and reporting, risk management, human resources and tax and treasury functions.

Prior to joining H2O Power, Ron worked several years in the Pulp and Paper industry for Resolute Forest Products in various financial roles. He has been part of H2O since its inception and played an active role in the setup of the company, automation of the plants and the ultimate sale of H2O to its current owners. During this time, he gained a strong understanding of the energy markets and operations.

Ron is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Marc Mantha, P. Eng.
H2O Power, Vice President, Operations
Marc Mantha has over 34 years experience in operations, engineering and planning in the waterpower, transmission and distribution sectors.

Prior to joining H2O Power, Marc previously held progressive engineering and management positions with Ontario Hydro and AbitibiBowater.

Marc is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Electrical Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer. He is also a founding member of the Ontario Waterpower Association and has held various positions on the Board of the OWA since its inception.

Stephen Somerville
H2O Power, Vice President, Business Development & Acquisitions
Stephen has worked for 17 years in the power industry, including all types of natural gas fired generation, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas.

Stephen leads and executes H2O’s growth strategy; he is responsible for the acquisition, development and financing of hydroelectric projects across North America.

Previously, Stephen was a Vice President with Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), Inc. where he was responsible for the development of all CPV’s natural gas-fired power generation development projects (and associated natural gas pipeline and transmission lines) and large scale wind projects, across Canada.

Prior to joining CPV, Stephen was a member of the Probyn & Company and Clean Power Income Fund team responsible for business development and acquisitions.

Stephen has experience working with the OPA, the IESO, the Ministry of Energy, and various First Nations Groups across Canada and is a long standing member of the Board of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (“APPrO”).

Stephen has also been the APPrO Annual Conference Chair from 2005 through 2017.

Stephen holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and an Honours B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

John R. Shue, PE
FirstLight Power, Senior Vice President
John has over 25 years of experience of power generation experience with combined cycle, oil, gas, coal, bio-mass, solar, wind, hydro and pumped storage. He is a proven leader and has a successful track record of P&L management, asset optimization, conceptualizing and implementing solutions, integration of new companies, building consensus in organizations and leading diverse groups to achieve team goals.

John is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Florida.

Marc Silver
FirstLight Power, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Marc has practiced law for almost thirty years, working exclusively in the energy industry for the past 12 years as General Counsel for generation and liquefied natural gas assets in New England for ENGIE North America.

Previously, Marc was Associate General Counsel at Cabot Corporation, a specialty chemical company, and was a Partner at Holland & Knight LLP where he chaired the Environmental Practice Group.

He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Wesleyan University.

Peter Rider
FirstLight Power, Vice President Commercial
Peter is responsible for directing real time trading and commercial operations for FirstLight Power Resources. He has over 15 years of commercial experience in both the energy and financial markets.

Prior to joining FirstLight, Peter was the Director of Operations and Optimization for ENGIE North America. Peter has held management positions with Bank of New York and Deutsche Bank Securities.

Peter received a B.A. in Marketing and Management from Fairfield University.