TSX.V Symbol: "WND"
OTCQX Symbol: "WNDEF"
Issued and Outstanding: 71,127,175
VANCOUVER, March 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Western Wind Energy Corp. -- (the "Company" or "Western Wind") (TSX Venture Exchange -- "WND") (OTCQX -- "WNDEF")today announced a
change in Board of Directors and Senior Management, following the take
up by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners ("Brookfield Renewable") representing 59% of the shares held by shareholders independent of
Brookfield Renewable pursuant to its all-cash offer to acquire all of
the common shares of Western Wind. As the controlling shareholder of
Western Wind, Brookfield Renewable has agreed with the Board of
Directors to an orderly transition to a new slate of Directors and
changes in Senior Management. Therefore, each member of the board of
directors of the company has resigned and the following nominees have
Effective immediately the board of directors of Western Wind is composed
of the following individuals:
Edward C. Kress (Chairman, Independent) - Mr. Kress is a corporate director and is a chartered accountant. He
has over 30 years of management experience with the Brookfield group of
O. Allan Kupcis (Independent) - Dr. Kupcis is the Past-Chairman of the Canadian Nuclear Association
and was President of Ontario Hydro from 1995 to 1997 and its COO from
Harry Goldgut - Mr. Goldgut is a Senior Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset
Management Inc. and Chairman of its power and utilities platform.
Jeff Rosenthal - Mr. Rosenthal is the Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield Renewable.
Saul Shulman (Independent) - Mr. Shulman is the Chief Executive Officer of MLG Management Inc., a
member of the Investment Committee of Tricon Capital Group Inc. and a
director of a number of other companies.
The newly appointed board of directors of Western Wind has replaced the
existing management of Western Wind. The following individuals have
been appointed as officers of Western Wind:
Jeff Rosenthal (Chief Executive Officer)- Mr. Rosenthal is the Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield Renewable.
He joined Brookfield in 2007 to oversee the management of transmission
and distribution assets in North America He has a vast experience in
leading the strategic initiatives that foster development activities,
in addition to supporting mergers and acquisition opportunities for
generation and transmission. In his roles within Brookfield, he has
been responsible for ensuring al operations and development activities
are conducted with the utmost importance placed and Health, Safety and
the Environment. Previously, Mr. Rosenthal was President and Chief
Executive Officer of Oshawa Power and Utilities. Mr. Rosenthal is a
Professional Engineer and has a Masters of Business Administration from
the Schulich School of Business at York University. He was previously
Chair of the Board of the Ontario Energy Association.
Lee Butler (Chief Financial Officer)- Mr. Butler has been holding senior financial executive positions for
the last 25 years. He obtained his CMA (Certified Management
Accountants) designation in 1987 and graduated from the University of
Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) and a Bachelor in
Walter Di Cesare (Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Legal) - Walter Di Cesare has over 25 years' experience in corporate,
commercial and governance law matters. Prior to his role as Vice
President legal services, Mr. Di Cesare was a senior counsel for the
Federal Department of Justice from March 2004 to March 2008 and in
private practice as a commercial law partner with Borden Ladner Gervais
LLP from 1987 until 2004. Mr. Di Cesare has Bachelor of Commerce
degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the
University of Ottawa.
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ABOUT WESTERN WIND ENERGY CORP.
Western Wind is a vertically integrated renewable energy production
company that owns and operates wind and solar generation facilities
with 165 net MW of rated capacity in production, in the States of
California and Arizona. Western Wind further owns substantial
development assets for both solar and wind energy in the U.S. The
Company is headquartered in Vancouver, BC and has branch offices in
Scottsdale, Arizona and Tehachapi, California. Western Wind trades on
the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WND", and in the United
States on the OTCQX under the symbol "WNDEF".
The Company owns and operates three wind energy generation facilities in
California, and one fully integrated combined wind and solar energy
generation facility in Arizona. The three operating wind generation
facilities in California are comprised of the 120MW Windstar, the 4.5MW
Windridge facilities in Tehachapi, and the 30MW Mesa wind generation
facility near Palm Springs. The facility in Arizona is the Company's
10.5MW Kingman integrated solar and wind facility. The Company is
further developing wind and solar energy projects in California,
Arizona, and Puerto Rico.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
(as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange)
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE: Western Wind Energy
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