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William Sutherland

Senior Managing Director – Project Finance
Manulife Financial

Bill Sutherland is Senior Managing Director - Project Finance and heads the Project Finance Group at Manulife Financial Corporation. He and his team at Manulife have been leading arrangers and providers of financing to the independent power sector for over 15 years. He is a seasoned corporate banker with over 32 years business development, relationship management and corporate and project finance experience. Bill started as an analyst within The Bank of Nova Scotia's International Corporate Finance Group in 1980 where he focused on project finance. He later created and led project and corporate finance teams at Chase Manhattan Bank, Mitsubishi Bank and Deutsche Bank where he specialized in financing projects and mergers and acquisitions within the mining and metals, forestry, oil & gas, pipeline and power sectors. In 1998, Bill acted as a consultant to Barrick Gold Corporation as Barrick explored the possibilities of creating a mining finance business in competition with the major commercial banks. Bill joined Clarica Life Insurance Company in 1998 where he created and headed a project finance group dedicated to financing power and infrastructure projects in Canada. Following its success in the Canadian market, the group broadened its focus and became a pioneering and leading arranger and provider of financing to the U.S. wind power industry. The team moved to Manulife in 2002 and since that time has expanded its leadership role within the Canadian independent power and U.S. renewable power markets. Bill is a Professional Engineer (AEPO) and holds a BSc. (Mechanical Engineering) and MBA from Queen's University, Kingston.

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