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Peter Williams

Peter is the CEO and Managing Partner of Annapolis Capital, a Calgary based private equity firm established in 2006, managing capital in the private and public Canadian energy space. Until April of 2023, Peter was a founding board member and Chair of the Investment Committee of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (the AIOC), a crown corporation of the Alberta Government established to catalyze opportunities for Indigenous groups to become economic partners in natural resource, agriculture, forestry, and other industry projects. Peter is a founder of Lionheart Foundation (a charity) and Youth Power Hour (a major annual fundraising event), both focused on ensuring youth of all genders have access to mental health supports needed for anxiety based mental health challenges. Peter cofounded and managed, as CEO or COO, several energy companies in Western Canada including Stampeder Exploration, Passage Energy and Krang Energy. Peter has been a director of many energy companies and served a term as a governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Peter earned a B.A. (Economics) and an LL.B., both from Dalhousie University and was a partner with Bennet Jones in Calgary.

On ESG matters, Annapolis was an early adopter among Canadian energy private equity firms to establish a Responsible Investing Policy (involving its investee companies), to have its front office staff trained and certified in the area and to publish an annual ESG Report. However, the company also afforded me the significant time required to dedicate to becoming a founding board member of the AIOC and its Chair of the Investment Committee (as referred to above). Playing an early role helping to draft the AIOC investment framework and guide its first investments resulted in 4 separate business partnerships between first nations and businesses that will generate an estimated $1.2 Billion of income over the next 30 plus years, for 27 indigenous communities and their 61,000 members. Significantly the $1.2 billion will emanate from investment grade or near investment grade businesses, on commercial terms, from deals negotiated, not by government, but between first nations and private and public industry, all with negligible cost to the taxpayer. The success of this first-of-its-kind program has since been emulated, in some form, by Saskatchewan, Ontario and most recently British Columbia.

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