Management Team

Brad Sparkes, President and CEO

Mr. Sparkes brings extensive experience developing, financing and managing power projects in North America to the BowArk team. He was instrumental in creating and implementing the structure to finance the St. Leon Wind Energy Project in St. Leon Manitoba and served as the Chief Financial Officer of AirSource Power Fund I LP. Prior to BowArk, Mr. Sparkes led Calpine Canada’s acquisition and development team which successfully built, acquired and financed over 600MW of generation in less than two years. Mr. Sparkes started his career at TransAlta Corporation’s (TA-T) and was part of their Independent Power Projects Development team.

Pat Bowes, Vice President Development

Pat Bowes joined BowArk in September 2003 as Vice President Development, and is responsible for the technical development of power projects. Most recently, Mr. Bowes was instrumental to the success of Air Source’s St. Leon Wind Energy Project, acting as the technical lead for owners and lenders due diligence, equipment supplier contracts (construction, warranty and maintenance agreements) as well as equipment selection and resource analysis. Mr. Bowes is an engineer with more than 15 years of experience. Prior to joining BowArk, he led Calpine Canada’s Technical Development Team.

Keith Knudsen, Manager Development Engineering

Keith joined the BowArk team in 2007 as the Manager Development Engineering and assists in the technical development of power projects.  Keith graduated with a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering in the summer of 2006.  He brings with him a strong background in power cycle theory and data analysis.  He has a wide range of previous work experiences including: Engineering, procurement and construction for the Oil and Gas processing industry, engineering design and fabrication for natural gas reciprocating engines, and operations planning for natural gas pipelines.

Shelley Sammartino, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Ms. Sammartino joined BowArk in 2007 as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager.  Previously, she held the position of Administrative Assistant with Grand Banks Energy Corporation a public company traded on the TSX Venture Exchange.  Ms. Sammartino has over twenty years experience in the Oil & Gas industry as an Executive Assistant and in office management.