Windmill is thrilled to announce Carsten Jensen has been appointed the new Board Chair. Carsten is one of the founding partners of JSS Barristers, a Calgary based litigation law firm, and spent two years as the senior legal officer at the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The UNCC was established to process and resolve compensation claims arising from Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait. Carsten is a past director of the Law Society of Alberta, which is the governing body for lawyers in Alberta.
Carsten joined the Windmill Board in 2017 and is excited to take on his new role as Board Chair.
We are also thrilled to announce two new Board members, Geneviève Morin and Nicolas Plourde.
Geneviève Morin is the CEO of Anges Québec Capital, a venture capital fund which invests in innovative Quebec startups alongside the members of Anges Québec, the largest angel network in Canada. Geneviève took over at Anges Québec Capital in February 2019 after a career at Fondaction, a Quebec labour-sponsored fund, where she played a key role as the Chief Investment Officer. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec since 2011 and was a co-president of Réseau Capital, the investment capital network of Quebec, from 2010 to 2012. In 2019, Geneviève received the Inspiration-Andrée Corriveau Award from the Association of Quebec Women in Finance for her achievements.
A Université de Montréal law graduate called to the Bar in 1993, Nicolas Plourde has over 25 years of experience in civil and commercial litigation and is currently a partner at law firm Sarrazin + Plourde. Recognized by Lexpert as one of Canada’s best lawyers in the field, he was Bâtonnier (President) of the Bar of Montreal (2009-2010) and Bâtonnier of the Quebec Bar (2012-2013). He currently acts as the attorney for the Committee on the remuneration of judges and justices of the peace appointed by the government of Quebec. Nicolas is actively involved in his community, having sat on various boards of directors for charitable organizations, including the Quebec Special Olympics.
Along with these exciting new additions comes two retirements. After years of dedicated service, Frances Wach and Tara Holmes are retiring from the Board. We would like to thank Frances and Tara for their immense contributions to the Board, as Directors and Chairs of the Governance & Nominating Committee as well as the Loan Committee, respectively. We greatly appreciate their passionate support for Windmill, as well as their ongoing advocacy for our organization.