John Walker was a Kensington Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee. He has been on our Advisory Board as of May 12, 2017. He was responsible for Kensington’s infrastructure business, with a seat on the Board of Directors of the Kensington Crowsnest Alberta L.P. and Genalta Power Inc. He is currently on the Board of Directors of WaterTap in the water technology sector. John was Chairman of U.S. Geothermal Inc. [NYSE: HTM] from 2003 until 2018 which was initially listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange, and then TSE, AMEX and finally the NYSE. The company was successfully sold to Ormat [NYSE:ORA] the largest geothermal company in the world based in Reno, Nevada in April 2018. The firm operated 50 MW of geothermal power in Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada and was based in Boise, Idaho. He has a 40 year history in urban planning, energy security and power plant development in Canada and internationally. John was a founding director of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 1992 and chaired the first Planning and Development Committee of that Board, which provided oversight in the construction of the $4.4 billion terminal complex at Toronto Pearson Airport completed in 2004. Additionally, he was co-founder and a founding Director of the Borealis Infrastructure Fund in 1997 which is now owned by the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS).
John has worked in the financial services industry as an investment banker with Loewen Ondaatje McCutcheon and has served on the Board of Directors of Sheridan College and was President of the Canada-Sri Lanka Business Council from 1994 to 1997. His background includes 10 years at Ontario Hydro where he was responsible for community impact studies, alternative energy and latterly for international market development for the New Business Ventures Division which became Ontario Hydro International. John has also acted as a senior advisor to Falconbridge on the Koniambo project now owned by SMSP and Glencore Xstrata, a $4 billion mine, smelter, power plant and port project in New Caledonia which was completed in 2013. He has also worked in infrastructure fund development for Aurion Capital and Integrated Private Debt. Currently, John sits on the Board of Trustees of Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and is a Trustee of the Turneffe Atoll Trust ( TAT ). The TAT is a non-governmental organization ( NGO ) dedicating to protecting the coastal marine environment of the Turneffe Atoll in Belize.
John is a Registered Professional Planner in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. John has a BSc. from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Masters of Environmental Studies (Urban/Environmental Planning) from York University in Ontario.