Kevin Andrews (President)
As President of Ceres BioSystems Limited (“Ceres”) Kevin is responsible for setting the overall strategy for the Company. Kevin is also President,CEO and majority shareholder of CFI. He brings over 25 years of specialized corporate finance and executive management experience to the firm. Kevin joined CFI in the early 1990’s. Prior to CFI, Kevin held management positions with Credit Lyonnais (a predecessor to Credit Agricole) which was one of Canada’s most active foreign banking institutions at the time. Kevin is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CFIas well as developing new business strategies, and managing long-term growth and development. Kevin holds a BSc and an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Christopher Ball (Executive Vice President)
Chris brings over 35 years of domestic and international banking and management experience to the position of Executive Vice President of Ceres BioSystems Limited. Chris is also Executive Vice President of CFI and President of CFI Capital (a wholly-owned subsidiary of CFI). He joined CFI in 1988 prior to which he was Vice President responsible for establishing the cross-Canada presence of Standard Chartered Bank. He has also held various managerial positions with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Chris is CFI’s infrastructure and power project specialist and has been instrumental in the initial funding of several of Canada’s leading hydroelectric development companies, many of which have gone on to become publicly listed entities, including: Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc, and Boralex Inc.
Rob Sampson (Managing Director)
As Senior Vice President Operations, at Ceres BioSystems Limited Rob is responsible for the construction and day to day operations of all Ceres’ plants as well as plant relations and business development in all markets outside North America. Rob was previously President of N-Viro Systems Canada from 2008 to 2014 which was a portfolio company of the CFI Infrastructure Opportunities Fund (“CFI Fund”), a private equity fund managed by CFI Capital on behalf of institutional investors. The Canadian operations of N-Viro were sold in early 2014.Prior to 2008 Rob was VP Corporate Finance at CFI. From June 1995 to October 2003, Rob was an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and a member of the Government of Ontario Cabinet. He held a variety of positions including Minister without Portfolio with Responsibility for Privatization, Minister of Correctional Services and Caucus Chair. Prior to entering politics, Rob worked at Toronto Dominion Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank. Rob holds a BA and an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Steven Yoon (Managing Director)
As Senior Vice President Finance, Steven is responsible for raising capital for Ceres and overseeing the financial structuring of partnerships and projects. Steven has 25 years of banking experience in project finance, leveraged finance, corporate finance advisory and capital markets. Steven is also a Managing Director of CFI Capital which he joined in April of 2012 after spending most of his career in New York where he held various senior positions at the Royal Bank of Canada, ING Capital, Credit Agricole, and Natixis SA. He has extensive knowledge of financing structures and markets for both large and small enterprises. Steven holds a BA from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
John Burns (Legal Consultant)
John is Legal Consultant for Ceres BioSystems Limited and CFI which he joined in January of 2004 from the Canadian national law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP where he was a Partner and Head of the National Corporate and Commercial Law Practice Group. John brings considerable expertise gained in over 35 years in the practice of corporate and commercial law in Canada for both private and public companies to his work at Ceres and CFI where he is actively involved in all business lines. John holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario and an LLB from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario.