Mr. Roberts is CEO of Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd., an investment banking boutique and strategic advisory firm which serves organizations in the global Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Forest Products industries.
Prior to founding Nawitka Capital Advisors in 2013, Don served as a Vice-Chair of Wholesale Banking, and Managing Director in Investment Banking with CIBC World Markets Inc. In this position he founded and led the Bank’s cross-functional Renewable Energy & Clean Technology Team. Before entering investment banking, Don was consistently ranked as one of the leading equity research analysts covering the Paper & Forest Products industry and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the best Brokerage Analysts in North America.
He is a global thought leader in both the Forest Industry and Advanced Biofuels Sector, and in 2012 was formally recognized as the individual in the Financial Services sector who contributed the most to sustainable development in Canada. Don is a long serving Adjunct Professor in U.B.C.’s Faculty of Forestry, and has been a Visiting Scholar at the China Center for Energy & Development at Peking University. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Vyterra Renewables, Don currently serves on the Board of Directors of three other organizations.
Don earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia, a Master’s degree in Forestry Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA in International Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago. He is also a certified Board Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).