Leadership & Board of Directors
Brook PapauChief Executive Officer
Brook works with investors and business leaders in the renewables space as they transform their strategies to leverage advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Prior to founding Orennia, Brook was managing director at RS Energy Group (now Enverus). At Enverus he launched the industry’s first energy sector specific ESG & GHG emissions analytics platform. He began his career as an energy analyst focusing on renewable technologies. Brook graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Tanya BaezaChief Financial Officer
Tanya oversees Orennia’s financial and operational functions. Prior to founding Orennia, she was a senior VP in finance at RS Energy Group (now Enverus) where she had leadership responsibilities for the company’s financial functions including accounting, audit, treasury, tax, financial and several enterprise-wide projects. Tanya graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Tanya is also a member of the American Institute of CPA’s.
Anthony DamianoChief Product Officer
Anthony has over 20 years experience supporting investments and strategic decisions in the power and renewables space. In his 15 years at Wood Mackenzie he built a global Power & Renewables practice spanning three continents via a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. Anthony has also worked at Duke Energy, Oglethorpe Power, Southern Company, and ABB in a variety of product management and market analytics roles. Anthony graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Engineering, and has an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University.
Ryan BenoitChief Technology Officer
Sean McKellChief Commercial Officer
Sean is responsible for leading all sales, marketing and customer success initiatives. Sean has 25 years of commercial experience serving clients with technology-enabled solutions in the energy industry. Prior to joining Orennia, Sean led the commercial integration of a SaaS business focused on autonomous operations following a successful exit to a large strategic buyer. Previously, Sean led the sales and customer success functions at Wood Mackenzie for North and South America. Sean holds an MBA from Queen’s University.
Robbie DonaldsonManaging Director
Robbie provides renewables industry specific knowledge and expertise to the analytics team at Orennia. Prior to this, Robbie developed multiple wind, solar, and hybrid projects with Longspur Developments (formerly Temporis Wind) in the UK and Canada, which included opening up their Canadian office in Calgary. He began his renewable energy career in 2013 after serving six years as an infantry officer in the British Army. Robbie graduated from the University of Leeds (UK) with a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Wade SchauerManaging Director
Wade is a widely recognized authority in Power Market analysis, producing long-term forecasts of power market fundamentals and hourly energy prices for over 30 years. For the 11 years prior to joining Orennia, Wade directed the modeling of the North America power grid for Wood Mackenzie. His experience allows him to quickly synthesize policy changes and market news into a robust market forecast, which is key to properly valuing generating assets. Wade graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Board of Directors
Brook PapauChief Executive Officer
Joe Bob PerkinsChairman
Joe Bob Perkins was the founding president of Targa Resources in 2003. He served as chief executive officer until March 2020 and executive chairman until January 2021. Joe Bob still serves on the Targa Resources board. Prior to Targa, Joe Bob served as president/COO of the wholesale power businesses of Reliant Energy and has other energy-related experience including Coral Energy, Tejas Gas and has consulted for McKinsey & Company. Joe Bob is a volunteer board member for the Houston Methodist Hospital system and also serves on the board of the Houston Methodist Academic Institute. He earned a BS Petroleum Engineering cum laude from Texas A&M University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Gary is the CEO of Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), which he co-founded with Doug Egan in 1999. He is responsible for the overall management of the company and has been a member of the board of managers since its inception. Gary has overseen the successful development, financing, and construction of numerous major thermal and renewable energy infrastructure projects as well as the management of thousands of megawatts of electricity generation assets. Before forming CPV, Gary was a vice president in the project development group of PG&E Generating Company and a manager of development at J. Makowski Associates. Gary holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
David is a former senior managing director at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm. David led investments across the energy sector (totalling more than $3 billion) most of which have grown from start-up into operationally successful businesses at scale. A former member of the firm’s executive management group, he also sat on the boards of most of these public and private portfolio companies. Before Warburg Pincus, David was an analyst with McKinsey & Company. He earned a BS Econ summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania (1994), an MS in Industrial Engineering with high honours from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1995), and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School (2000).
Peter Bernard has thirty-seven years of Global OFS and technology experience. He started his twenty-five-year career with Halliburton in 1984, after graduating from ULL in petroleum engineering. Until his early retirement in 2009, he held multiple roles with increasing responsibility in both the US and internationally, including senior vice president of business development and marketing, president/CEO of Landmark Graphics, and as an executive committee member. Peter was executive chairman of C&C Reservoirs, a global digital analog and data company in the exploration industry. In 2014, Mr. Bernard was hired to advise Warburg Pincus on investing in the oil and gas service space. Peter became executive chairman of Datagration Solutions, Inc. in May of 2020 following the acquisition of Oilsphere, LLC.