TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Sprott Power Corp. (TSX:SPZ) (the "Corporation") announces that it has appointed one of its independent directors, Glen Estill, to serve as the Corporation's Lead Director during the period of transition.
To assist with the transition to internalization of the Corporation's management disclosed earlier this week, John Varghese, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the "Board"), has been asked to assist more directly in the previously announced Strategic Review process and the internalization of management transition. During this time, Mr. Estill, a current director of the Corporation, will be tasked with providing effective independent leadership of the Board of Directors. Mr. Estill will ensure that the Board's current agenda and duties will be successfully carried out on behalf of the shareholders. In addition, Mr. Estill will assist in the internalization of management transition.
"We are pleased that Mr. Estill has agreed to step into the role of Lead Director during this critical juncture in the Corporation's evolution," said Jeffrey Jenner, Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.
Mr. Estill is an experienced developer of wind construction projects, with a strong understanding of Ontario's electricity system and policy environment. He has over 25 years experience in management positions including 5 years as CFO and Vice President of a public company, EMJ Data Systems. Mr. Estill holds his Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.Mr. Jenner continues in his role as the Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer. The Board is confident in Mr. Jenner's abilities and is pleased that he is continuing as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation. Sprott Power Consulting LP ("SPCLP"), the outsourced management firm on which the Corporation has been relying for management services, asserts that the employees of SPCLP, including Mr. Jenner, who are providing services to the Corporation under the management services agreement between the Corporation and SPCLP, are subject to non-compete covenants under the terms of their employment with SPCLP. As a result, there is an issue as to whether the employees can work for the Corporation after the management services agreement is terminated or their employment is terminated by SPCLP. The Corporation questions the enforceability of these covenants. In any event, the Corporation is confident that it will be able to ensure that the services provided by SPCLP are performed after the period of transition.