Leadership2022-02-04T17:37:03-05:00

Leadership Team

David Oxtoby
David OxtobyCEO

David heads CarbonFree’s business development activities. He has broad expertise in energy technologies and hands-on knowledge of all aspects of the solar project development process.

Prior to founding CarbonFree in 2006 David worked in venture capital and investment banking. David earned an MBA at the Ivey Business School and is a CFA charter holder. He has served on several board committees for of the University of Toronto and on the board of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. More information at LinkedIn

Laurence Goldberg
Laurence GoldbergCOO and General Counsel

As COO, Laurie has managed the day-to-day operation of CarbonFree and its related companies since 2007. As General Counsel he oversees CarbonFree’s legal and contractual interaction with all stakeholders.  Prior to joining CarbonFree, Laurie practiced law with a leading Canadian law firm, spent four years practicing law in Europe and served as counsel to a Government of Canada Royal Commission. Laurie holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics, LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BA from the University of Manitoba. He has been a director of several not-for-profit boards. More information at LinkedIn

Daniel Soper
Daniel SoperCFO

Dan leads CarbonFree’s financial and transactional activities, including deal structuring, equity and debt financing and asset management and he has first-hand experience in all aspects of solar project development and construction. Before joining CarbonFree, Dan was SVP at a Canadian private equity firm and COO of a TSX-listed company. Dan earned a BA in Economics at UC Berkeley. He is a former director of the University of Toronto Press and an independent school in Toronto. More information at LinkedIn

Michael Minnes
Michael MinnesManaging Director – Latin America

Mike heads up CarbonFree’s Latin American business, based out of our office in Santiago, Chile, managing a team of close to 20 people. Mike is fluent in Spanish and before joining CarbonFree he led in-country management activities for a major engineering company in Panama and a gold mining company in Mexico.  Mike holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and is a former director a charity focused on intercultural learning in Canada and Latin America. More information at LinkedIn

Ven Seshadri
Ven SeshadriSVP, Project Development and Construction

As Senior Vice President, Ven leads CarbonFree’s project development and construction activities and oversees the management of CarbonFree’s operating assets.
Prior to joining CarbonFree, Ven was President and CEO of a company that provided IT services to Ontario’s electricity industry. Ven holds a BASc degree in Engineering Science and an MASc degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Toronto. He is a former director of a not-for-profit that celebrates literacy and the written word. More information at LinkedIn

Graham Erion
Graham ErionVP, M&A and Structured Finance

Graham plays a key role in originating and managing all transactional aspects of CarbonFree’s business, including M&A, EPC, O&M, and project finance.
Prior to joining CFT, Graham worked for another solar developer and was previously a senior associate at a leading Toronto law firm. Graham was called to the bar in Ontario (2008) and New York (2012). He has an LL.M. (Kent Scholar) from Colombia University and extensive pro bono experience with climate change organizations in Canada and abroad. More information at LinkedIn

Maged Sami
Maged SamiVP, Engineering and Special Projects

Maged leads all things technical at CarbonFree. He is intimately involved in the design, construction, and operation of solar projects, as well as the assessment of new technologies and opportunities. Prior to joining CarbonFree, Maged worked at a Canadian resource company and at a multinational engineering firm. Maged earned an MEng and a BASc in Engineering, both from the University of Toronto, and is a licensed Professional Engineer as well as a certified Project Management Professional. More information at LinkedIn

Judy Qi
Judy QiCommercial Manager

Judy manages a range of activities for CarbonFree including insurance, regulatory compliance, and contract management for projects in Canada and internationally. Prior to joining CarbonFree, Judy worked in provider relations for an insurance company. Judy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Toronto and volunteered for many years for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. More information at LinkedIn