Board

Board

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newterra benefits from the insight and strategic guidance
of a seasoned Board of Directors.

Tom Pokorsky, Chairman

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Tom, who was elected as Chairman of newterra’s Board of Directors in late 2011, was formerly the President and CEO of Aquarius Technologies Inc., a privately held company established to provide innovative, proprietary solutions for wastewater treatment for municipal and industrial applications. 

Prior to Aquarius, Tom was President of ITT Industries – Advanced Water Treatment. In this role, and his previous Presidential roles with the predecessor companies Sanitaire Division of ITT Flygt and Water Pollution Control Corporation, Tom lead the growth from several million to $350M. Tom has extensive experience for leading strategic change, sales growth and market leadership. His reputation is as a realistic strategic thinker with a strong sense of vision and a hands-on approach of seeing actions through to results. He is successful in all areas of water and wastewater equipment manufacturing from strategy, research and development, engineering, and manufacturing to sales and marketing. His experience ranges from ownership and management of a smaller privately owned company to an executive in a Fortune 500 company. 

Tom is an active leader in the water industry as a Member of the Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association, where he served on the Board of Directors (1994 – 1999) and as Chairman (1997). He is a Member of the Water Environment Federation, Central States Water Pollution Control Association, American Water Works Association, Life Member of Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association, and Past Member New York City DEP Cost Panel/Water and Wastewater Treatment Projects.

David Henderson

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David is Partner at XPV Water Partners. Prior to starting XPV, he was a Vice President with the private merchant bank Kinghaven Capital Corporation (now VRG Capital). At Kinghaven, he was responsible for executing direct investments in a broad range of industries, M&A transactions, and corporate development work for a number of portfolio companies. 

David has built an extensive global network in the water sector as a respected investor, speaker and expert contributor in the area of water technology and investing. Some of the organizations he has worked with include: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Global Water Intelligence, American Water Intelligence, Water Environment Federation, International Water Association, WaterCAMPWS, Government of Ontario, Singapore International Water Week, One Drop, The China Green Technology Initiative, InterAction Council, Confluence, ImagineH2O, Cleantech Group, and the Brookings Institute. 

He is a Director of FATHOM Water Holdings, newterra Group Ltd., a member of the Young Presidents Organization, and Senior Fellow at the Brookfield Institute, Ryerson. David was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, has received the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence, and was given the Global Champion Award for SIFE (now Enactus) for his contribution to the international success of the organization. 

He was educated at Ryerson University’s School of Business, where he specialized in the Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development program and received the Ryerson Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research Award.

Daniel Weiss

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Daniel is co-founder and Managing Partner of Angeleno Group. He oversees Angeleno Group’s investment activities in the areas of power infrastructure, emissions control, renewables, clean transportation and natural resources. 

Prior to the formation of Angeleno Group, Daniel was an attorney at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, working in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions, international and high technology practice groups. He represented multiple Global 1000 clients, including utilities and energy-related companies, in a wide array of private equity and corporate finance transactions. Daniel holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. with high honors from U.C. Berkeley.

James Iglesias

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James founded Persatt Systems Inc. in Toronto in 2000. The focus of Persatt Systems is to provide organization and planning services to companies to achieve their corporate development and business development objectives. Persatt helps organizations to develop their Leadership Teams to have a culture of execution.

James joined newterra in 2001 as an investor and Board Member. He currently fills the role of Corporate Secretary for newterra and is the Lead Director for the Board Compensation Committee and for the Board Audit Committee. James is also a member of the Board of Directors for Commerx Corporation in Calgary Alberta; a member of the Advisory Board of Maratek Environmental in Bolton Ontario and Dynac Systems in Kitchener Ontario; and the Leadership facilitator for Cetaris and Nightingale Informatix in Toronto.

James was an early member of the Firepond senior management team in Mankato, Minnesota. In ten years with Firepond, he held positions as Senior VP of Sales, President of International, and Board Member. In this time period, Firepond grew to $50M in sales and 400 personnel. James was directly responsible for sales, marketing, and professional services; as well as international operations in Europe and Japan/Korea. James began his career with Caterpillar Inc. In the twelve years with Caterpillar, James moved through positions in Management Training (Peoria), Application Engineering (Geneva), Dealer Sales Management (Johannesburg), and Marketing Systems Development (Peoria). In this last position, he gained systems experience by leading the team that developed and implemented Caterpillar’s first PC based sales and marketing applications.

Bruce Lounsbury

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Bruce Lounsbury is the former CEO and co-founder of newterra. Under Bruce’s guidance, the company’s management team had a consistent track record of year-over-year growth. newterra also distinguished itself by being selected as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for over seven consecutive years (Platinum status) by Deloitte.

Over his 20+ years at newterra, Bruce was intimately involved in all aspects of the operation – from equipment design and manufacturing to sales, field service, operations and accounting. He was also instrumental in forging strategic partnerships that fueled the company’s growth and entry into new markets. As CEO, he helped carve the path that has seen newterra emerge as a leading, mid-sized player in the water industry. Leveraging newterra’s unique ability to provide modular, scalable solutions for water and wastewater treatment challenges, the company added critical core technologies and expanded globally – all in alignment with its strategic focus. Bruce and his team attracted investment from North America’s leading growth investors in the water sector to provide the resources for continued expansion. 

Prior to founding newterra, Bruce held a variety of roles with Imperial Oil/Esso Resources in Calgary, AB. His early experience was in operations engineering for oil and gas production. He then held roles in business management, culminating in a key role in Esso’s highly successful mergers and acquisitions team. He was one of the leaders in efforts to improve the company’s environmental practices, which nurtured his keen interest in the environment – and ultimately lead to the genesis of newterra.

Bruce’s strong belief in giving back to the community is demonstrated by a commitment to the local and provincial levels of the United Way spanning more than twenty years. He has also served on the Board of Governors of St. Lawrence College and is currently a director at the Brockville General Hospital. He also has a long history of volunteering his time as a coach and teacher of a variety of sports within the Brockville and Ottawa area.


Samuel Saintonge

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Sam is a Director of newterra Group Ltd., having been appointed to the Board in October 2013. He is a Principal at XPV, a key investor in newterra. His main responsibilities at XPV include investment theme research, identifying promising companies and developing relationships with their management teams, assessing investment opportunities, and working with XPV’s portfolio companies post-investment. He joined the firm in 2006. 

While pursuing his BBA in Finance and Economics as a Williams Scholar, Sam co-founded ACE*Bishop’s Consulting Group where he worked with small businesses helping raise capital, advising on acquisitions, and developing growth strategies. From 2004 to 2006, he was Chairman and Portfolio Manager for the Seed Portfolio at the Williams School of Business.

Sam was awarded the Student Leader of the Year Award by Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (now Enactus), received an Assistantship to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and was captain of the world championship team at the Network of International Business School’s case competition in Oslo, Norway.  

Thomas E. Vossman

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Tom Vossman, the most recent appointment to the Board, joined newterra as President & CEO in March 2016. Tom was previously President of the Infrastructure Solutions division of Aegion Corporation, a publicly traded US-based company that is a global leader in water and wastewater pipe linings and related infrastructure. Under Tom’s leadership, that division generated over $550 million in annual revenue from its operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to Aegion, Tom served in several positions including Group President of IES’s commercial/industrial division, CEO of Inland Industrial Services, and COO of Insituform Technologies, Inc. 

Tom graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in Industrial Engineering and began his career serving in the US Army Corps of Engineers for almost nine years. He is also a graduate of Stanford University with a Masters Degree in Engineering-Economic Systems.

Tom co-founded the charity, Racing for Cancer, with Indy Car champion Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2010. He is actively involved in its efforts to fund advances in early detection and prevention and also support childhood cancer initiatives.