Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cochrane has raised, negotiated, structured and executed over $2 billion of royalty and stream financing contracts around the globe across multiple commodity businesses. He has over twenty years of financing and investment experience, including responsibilities serving as President of Nickel 28 Capital Corp. and formerly President, COO and director of Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. Both companies focused on streaming and royalty agreements on battery metals which are critical to future decarbonization efforts. Cobalt 27 raised over $1 billion in equity and debt prior to its sale in 2019.
Prior to Cobalt 27, Justin served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Development for Sandstorm Gold Ltd. Prior to Sandstorm, Justin spent nine years in investment banking and equity capital markets with National Bank Financial covering the resource, clean tech and energy technology sectors. In addition, Justin has served on several public company boards and is currently a board member of Nickel 28 Capital Corp. and an investment committee member of Duke Royalty Limited.
Mr. Cochrane is a CFA charterholder and a registered and licensed security advisor in Canada.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Smith brings the benefit of over 15 years of M&A and corporate finance experience having advised on or financed many of the largest and most complex and innovative streaming transactions in the past 10 years. Geoff joins Carbon Streaming from his role as Managing Director for Scotiabank’s Investment Banking Division; his team was critical to both structuring and financing billions of dollars of royalties and streams in the natural resource sector. The addition of Mr. Smith to the team comes at a key time as management prepares for a potential U.S. listing and looks to execute on its growing investment pipeline.
Mr. Smith holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University (Canada) and is a CFA charterholder.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kearns has nearly two decades of accounting, auditing, finance and tax structuring experience providing advisory services to a wide array of businesses, with a recent focus on streaming and royalty businesses. Most recently serving as the CFO of Nickel 28 Capital Corp., a base metals streaming and royalty company, and prior to that as Vice President of Finance of Cobalt 27 Capital Corp., an electric metals streaming and royalty company. Prior to joining Cobalt 27, Conor was the Chief Financial Officer of EFT Canada Inc., a fintech company which provides advanced electronic payment services and tools for businesses.
Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Psihogios has over fifteen years of financing, M&A, and corporate finance experience. Michael has extensive expertise in sourcing, structuring, due diligence, and negotiating both financing and M&A transactions from corporate and private equity perspectives across multiple industries throughout Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Australasia.
Most recently, Michael was the Chief Financial Officer of DUMAS, a specialized construction and engineering firm. Prior to DUMAS, Michael worked with an international private equity fund on numerous executive and corporate development secondment roles within portfolio companies, involved in raising capital and the ultimate sale of each business. Prior to a career in private equity, Michael worked in investment banking with National Bank Financial in the M&A group.
Mr. Psihogios holds an MBA from the University of Toronto (Canada) and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Ms. Walters is a lawyer with nearly twenty years of experience in the Canadian corporate sector. Prior to joining Carbon Streaming, Anne worked in-house, as the head of the Canadian legal team at Frontera Energy Corporation, a TSX listed company with South American operations. Prior to that, Anne practiced law at Stikeman Elliott LLP, working in the areas of corporate finance and M&A.
Ms. Walters holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto, an M.B.A. from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. from McGill University. Anne is also a member of the Ontario Bar.
EVP, Investments & Origination
Mr. Kushnir has over twenty-five years of experience in developing and financing power plants, LNG terminals, pipelines and mines for energy companies, commodity trading firms and financial institutions. Inspired by the potential companies have in helping to transition to a low carbon society, Alec has developed energy solutions for clients that significantly reduce their carbon footprint, improve air quality, and provide social benefits to the surrounding communities.
Most recently, Alec worked as Vice President, Business Development for New Fortress Energy (NFE), a leading LNG to power fuel supplier and infrastructure developer. While at NFE, Alec initiated the company’s carbon management strategy including creation of carbon credits for fuel switching projects related to NFE and customer owned power plants.
Mr. Kushnir has also held positions with Noble Group, ANZ Investment Bank, Sithe Energies, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and Gas Energy developing power plants and executing structured finance, hedging, M&A, and high yield transactions totaling over $5 billion.
EVP, Investments & Strategy
Mr. Sawkins has over 15 years of experience in business development, M&A, corporate finance and principal investing in the technology, resource, and private market sectors. Most recently, Derek served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at INVIDI Technologies Corporation. Derek spent six years in the investment banking group at National Bank of Canada where he advised on mergers, acquisitions and financings across diversified industries including resource, forestry, clean tech and energy technology. He is the former Executive Producer and Chief Curator of TEDxVancouver, and a founder of Energy Aware, a clean energy technology company that was acquired by Generac Power Systems in 2019.
Mr. Sawkins holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance from the University of British Columbia (Canada).
Vice President, Investor Relations
Ms. Cheung is an experienced investor relations professional with 20 years of combined experience spanning capital markets, engineering consultancy and investor relations. Ms. Cheung was most recently Director, Investor Relations at Alamos Gold Inc. Prior to joining Alamos Gold, she was Senior Mining Analyst at Sun Valley Gold LLC, and also held equity research analyst positions at BMO Capital Markets and Cormark Securities.
Ms. Cheung holds a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University.
Vice President, Sales
Mr. Forster brings with him nearly a decade of experience devoted to climate action and strategic corporate sustainability consulting. He joins Carbon Streaming from his role as Director of Business Development at ClimateCare / Natural Capital Partners, where he managed a team of sales and sustainability consultants. Prior to joining ClimateCare / Natural Capital Partners Ollie founded The Karakoram Anomaly Project, a non-profit combining scientific investigation with raising climate change awareness and mountaineering in the Himalayas.
Mr. Forster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geoscience from The University of Edinburgh (UK) and a Master’s in Leadership for Sustainable Development degree from Middlesex University (UK).
Director, Marketing, Communications & Sustainability
Ms. Chambers is a communications professional with twenty years of experience executing strategic initiatives in industry leading corporate and non-profit organizations in Europe and North America. Amy has held functional leadership roles in sales, marketing, communications, brand management, advertising, market research, and public policy advocacy.
Ms. Chambers holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Georgia and an MBA in Marketing from Questrom School of Business, Boston University. With a focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies, Amy has pursued studies in these areas of interest to include Environmental Law and Social Justice from Harvard Extension School, Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies from Cambridge Judge Business School, and GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards certification from LEAD Canada.
Director, Technical & Carbon Projects
Ms. Ebrahim has over ten years of experience in international climate policy, environmental economics, and carbon projects. She has worked with the OECD in Paris on the economics of biodiversity policy reform and financing marine biodiversity; for the Maldives' U.N. mission in New York focused on sustainable development issues in multiple U.N. forums; and with ICF International in London consulting for the European Commission. She joins Carbon Streaming from directly managing a cocoa agroforestry project in Cote d'Ivoire. She also worked with the US Forest Service in Alaska and has held a variety of other leadership roles, notably in fisheries economics, for which she led a team of researchers in a 10-year update of global fisheries subsidies estimations, and in policy, sales, and marketing strategies for REDD+ projects.
Ms. Ebrahim holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.
Director, Investments & Technology
An engineer by training, Mr. Sebenius brings a decade of experience building and scaling climate technology companies. He joins Carbon Streaming from his role as Director of Strategy and Analytics at the Potential Energy Coalition, where he more than trebled the growth of the team and was responsible for allocating capital to achieve maximum climate impact. Previously, Mr. Sebenius held roles at Greentech Capital Advisors, Tesla, SolarCity, and Flextronics, where he focused on M&A, corporate strategy, new market entry, and customer acquisition.
Mr. Sebenius holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Engineering from Harvard College.