Leadership

 

Meeting challenges with collaboration and innovation

Our leadership and core management have worked together for more than fifteen years, uniting deep industry knowledge with investment expertise.

They are established innovators with experience across the energy industry, from conceiving and building the TransBay Cable in San Francisco Bay to introducing groundbreaking financial structures in an already revolutionary industry.

To date, our executive management team has financed and brought to market:

More than 40 projects, with over $13 billion in capital raised from more than 60 institutions. 

Our energetic team, including scientists, engineers, financial experts, and construction and operations specialists, is critical to our overall success. It supports our leadership team in all aspects of our business with its collaboration, expertise, and perspective.

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Michael Garland

Chief Executive Officer
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Mr. Garland serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Pattern Energy and Pattern Development, a position he has held since he co-founded Pattern Energy Group (Pattern) in 2009. Mr. Garland oversees all aspects of Pattern Energy and Pattern Development, but his efforts are largely focused on corporate and industry strategy, capital formation, market and project selection, corporate performance and corporate culture. He is based out of the San Francisco office.

For over 30 years, Mr. Garland’s career has focused on developing, constructing, managing, and investing in energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and around the world. He closed his first wind project financing in 1989, and has since successfully managed or oversaw the development, investment and operations of nearly 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects worldwide and nearly $50 billion of infrastructure assets.

Prior to joining Pattern, Mr. Garland was a partner at Babcock & Brown from 1986 to 2009. As leader of Babcock & Brown’s North American Infrastructure Group, he initiated and was responsible for project finance activities, energy project development and investment, and energy and infrastructure funds management for institutional investors. Previously, Mr. Garland worked for the State of California as Chief of Energy Assessments from 1975 to 1986.

Mr. Garland and his wife Gigi co-founded The Bay School, a high school in San Francisco that focuses on technology and ethics. They also support the University of California, Berkeley’s Physics Department and the University of Washington’s Medical School. Mr. Garland sits as an active Trustee of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation.






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George Hardie

VP, Business Development North America
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George is the Vice President of Business Development for North American at Pattern Development. With more than 20 years of experience in the wind industry, he has been responsible for the development or acquisition of more than a dozen projects in the United States, United Kingdom, and Central America, totaling more than 2,000 MW. At Pattern Development, he has been the lead developer or originator of many of the company’s largest projects including Hatchet Ridge and Spring Valley. He has also led the acquisition of several projects including two in Canada’s Ontario Province (Armow and K2) totaling 450 MW, as well as the 300 MW Finavera Portfolio of wind projects in British Columbia and, most recently, the acquisition of the 200 MW Logan’s Gap Project in Texas and the 150 MW Fowler Ridge IV project in Indiana.

George founded his first wind company, International Wind Companies, in 1991. He and his investors sold the company to the Zilkha family in 1998, which was subsequently renamed Zilkha Renewable Energy. George stayed on as President and CEO for almost 4 years, establishing the team that made Zilkha one of the fastest-growing renewable energy companies in the world and paving the way for Goldman Sachs to acquire the company two years later. In 2003, George left Zilkha to start a new company, G3 Energy, which was subsequently acquired by Babcock & Brown in late 2005. G3 Energy projects that were successfully financed, constructed and operated include the 38 MW Buena Vista Repowering Project in California’s Altamont Pass and the 150 MW Spring Valley in Nevada, which was awarded the 2012 Powergen Magazine US Wind Project of the Year.

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Cary Kottler

VP, North American Development, Pattern Development
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Cary Kottler serves as Vice President of North American Development for Pattern Development. In this role, Cary is responsible for development of wind and electric transmission initiatives across North America as well as the evaluation and origination of new opportunities.

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Cary served as Executive Vice President of Clean Line Energy. He held a number of roles at Clean Line across the development, commercial and legal sectors, with responsibilities encompassing project development, state and federal permitting processes, FERC matters, corporate compliance, financing arrangements, and commercial agreements.

Previously, Cary was a corporate attorney for Vinson & Elkins, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, project development and private equity investments in the energy and power sector, both domestically and internationally.

Originally from Michigan, Cary grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, which fostered his love of the outdoors in the Southwest. An avid hiker and skier, Cary now lives in Houston with his wife, Meredith, and two daughters. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rice University while captaining the rugby team, and a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law. Cary was a founding member of Empower Nepali Girls, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities to at-risk children in Nepal. He currently serves as Chair of the Transmission Committee and Co-Chair of the Electrification Task Force for the American Wind Energy Association.

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Board of Directors

 

Established innovators across the energy industry

The Board of Directors of Pattern Energy Group Inc. (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance.

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Lord John Browne

Director
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Lord Browne is chairman of L1 Energy and chairman of Huawei (UK). Prior to joining L1 Energy in March 2015, Lord Browne was a partner at Riverstone for eight years. Lord Browne spent 41 years at British Petroleum, holding various senior management positions during that time. In 1991, he joined the board of The British Petroleum Company plc and was appointed group chief executive in 1995 and remained in this position until May 2007. Lord Browne was chairman of the advisory board of Apax Partners LLC from 2006 to 2007, a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs from 1999 to 2007, a non-executive director of Intel Corporation from 1997 to 2006, a trustee of The British Museum from 1995 to 2005, a member of the supervisory board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 to 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996 to 1999.

Lord Browne was the president of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2006 to 2011 and is chairman of the trustees of the Queen Elizabeth prize for engineering. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a foreign member of the U.S. Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed a trustee of the Tate Gallery in August 2007 and chairman of the trustees in January 2009. He was the chairman of the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, which published its report in October 2010. He was appointed the UK Government’s lead non-executive board member in June 2010. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001.

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Michael Garland

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Mr. Garland serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy) and also serves as the CEO of Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development), a position he has held since 2009. Mr. Garland oversees all aspects of Pattern Energy, but his efforts are largely focused on ensuring efficient operations, raising and structuring capital, project selection, strategic planning, and corporate performance and values.

For over 30 years, Mr. Garland’s career has focused on developing, constructing, managing, and investing in energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and around the world. He closed his first wind project financing in 1989, and since then he has successfully managed the development and investment of more than 5,000 MW of wind projects worldwide.

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Mr. Garland was a partner at Babcock & Brown from 1986 to 2009, where he initiated and managed project finance activities, energy development and energy investment, and led Babcock & Brown’s North American Infrastructure Group, including managing equity investments in energy and infrastructure funds. Previously, Mr. Garland worked for the State of California as Chief of Energy Assessments from 1975 to 1986.

Mr. Garland and his wife, Gigi, co-founded The Bay School, a high school in San Francisco that focuses on technology and ethics. They also support the University of California, Berkeley’s Physics Department and the University of Washington’s Medical School. Mr. Garland sits as an active Trustee of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation.

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