James Sbrolla, Chairman EBC
Prior to forming EBC, James was owner/operator of Optimistic Enterprises, a "boutique" management consulting firm, serving clients in the environmental and financial services sectors. Services included project management, business strategy planning and implementation, research and analysis, raising and coordinating private and public financing, public relations and media management and investor relations. Clients include public and private environmental companies, private and institutional investors, and government. A sample of projects undertaken and/or letters of reference available upon request.
From 1997 to 1999, James was a partner and Licensed Investment Advisor at Canaccord Capital Corporation - Canada's largest independent investment firm. His practice focused on companies in the environmental and land use sectors. He raised capital, evaluated investment opportunities, conducted institutional trades, managed investment portfolios. Established "Environmental Stock Watch", a column appearing in both Hazardous Materials Management and Solid Waste and Recycling magazines. Often called on by the media to comment on performance and trends in companies in the environmental sector.
From 1995 to 1997, James conducted a three-year multinational study examining and evaluating the technologies, processes and procedures employed by various governments and private companies in the area of environmental cleanup. James simultaneously carried out a profitable worldwide business development project representing various Canadian firms. He established contacts, negotiated contracts, and finalized deals. The project covered 60 countries on six continents, 20 States in the US and all 10 Provinces. James authored a series of feature articles on the project, which appeared in various industry publications.
From 1991 to 1995, James developed and implemented a business development plan for Canada's leading remediation firm. He assisted in the transition from a closely held family-run business to the pre-IPO/corporate takeover stage. James managed land redevelopment projects, worked on brownfield and other real estate transactions. He had extensive contact with industry and various levels of government. Member of the Strategic Planning Team and the Management Committee.
James is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario (BA - Administrative and Commercial Studies) and has a Graduate Accolade in Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.