Cascadia Acquisition Corp.
- Sustainability, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Technology, Manufacturing, IoT, Decentralized Computing, Renewable Energy, Energy, Agriculture, Food, Materials, Water
Michael Butler has served as a Chairman of our Board since inception. Mr. Butler is also Chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, which he co-founded in 1999. Mr. Butler has over 35 years of investment banking and mergers and acquisitions experience. Mr. Butler manages the firm and co-leads the firm’s Robotics, Automation & Artificial Intelligence practice and co-founded the firm’s Energy and Applied Technology Practice. Prior to co-founding Cascadia Capital, he served as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers responsible for global equity sales and equity syndicate. He also served on Lehman Brothers’ Equity Commitment Committee, Equity Syndicate Committee and Private Equity Commitment Committee. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Michael was a Principal with Morgan Stanley & Company, where he was responsible for divisional global product and risk management and was a member of the division’s Operating Committee. Mr. Butler currently serves on the board of directors of Coldstream Capital Management, Inc. and D4DT Inc. Mr. Butler holds an M.B.A in International Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.
Jamie Boyd has been a director and our Chief Executive Officer since inception. Mr. Boyd also serves as a Managing Director and investment banker at Cascadia Capital since 2004, where he has advised on billions of dollars of innovative transactions. At Cascadia Capital, Mr. Boyd leads the origination and execution responsibilities for a global client base seeking M&A, capital raise and complex corporate finance advice. He founded and co-leads the firm’s Energy & Applied Technologies practice, in addition to co-founding the firm’s Robotics, Automation & Artificial Intelligence investment banking practice. Prior to joining Cascadia Capital, he was a lawyer practicing corporate securities and M&A law on the East Coast for Dechert LLP, an international specialist law firm. Before entering the legal profession, he was based in Vancouver, Canada with Colliers International, where he advised corporate and institutional clients with respect to significant commercial and residential real estate investment transactions. Mr. Boyd holds a L.L.M. from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law and a BComm from Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
Edgar Lee will serve as a director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Lee has worked as a private investor since January 2020, and previously was a senior executive and Portfolio Manager for Oaktree Capital Management from July 2007 to January 2020. Mr. Lee currently serves on the board of directors of Neo Performance Materials (TSX: NEO) and Cloud5 Communications, and previously served on the board of directors of Oaktree Strategic Income II, Sorrento Therapeutics (Nasdaq: SRNE), Nine Entertainment (ASX: NEC) and Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR). He received his B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and his MPP from Harvard University. We believe that Mr. Lee’s decades of experience investing in and advising companies in the technology, media and telecommunications industries qualify him to serve on our Board.
Scott Prince will serve as a director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Prince has been Chief Executive Officer of APS Logistics Holdco, an industrial logistics company, since February 2018; he also served as Chief Executive Officer of Takkion Holdings, a renewables logistics and services company, from January 2020 to June 2021, both of these companies are portfolio companies of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. Mr. Prince was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilot Thomas Logistics and Maxum Petroleum from October 2013 to June 2017, and Operating Partner and Lead Director of Industrial Distribution Group from 2008 until 2013. Mr. Prince has previously served on the boards of several private distribution, logistics, infrastructure, and technology companies. Mr. Prince received his B.A. in Economics and his MBA from Vanderbilt University. We believe that Mr. Prince is qualified to serve on our Board due to his decades of M&A experience as well as his advisory and operating expertise.
Arun Venkatadri will serve as a director upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Venkatadri has worked as a Senior Product Manager at Aurora since January 2021. Prior to joining Aurora, Mr. Venkatadri was a Senior Product Manager at Uber ATG/ATC from January 2018 to January 2021, and a Product Manager at Lyft from January 2016 to November 2017. Mr. Venkatadri founded Extremis Ventures in December 2020, and has been an advisor for Buf since January 2020, and advisor at Bloomfield Robotics since January 2021, and an advisor at Gridwise since February 2021. He has also served as an Executive in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science & Tepper School of Business since 2020. Mr. Venkatadri received his MSEE from Columbia University and his B.S. in engineering from SUNY Buffalo. We believe that Mr. Venkatadri’s extensive expertise in the areas of Automation, Data and Artificial Intelligence qualify him to serve on our Board.