Brett Wilcox is a founder, CEO and lead investor in Cvictus Inc., a Canadian company that will produce single cell protein to substitute for soybean meal and fishmeal in animal feed. The company holds proprietary technology to gasify coal in situ with ultra-low CO2 emissions, use the H2 and CO to synthesize methanol, and ferment methylotrophic bacteria to produce protein. Cvictus is in the process of permitting its first plant in Alberta, Canada.
Brett also is an active investor in and on the board of directors of several metals, energy and other companies. Brett serves on the Board of Directors of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation. He previously served on the boards of Oregon Steel Mills and Columbia River Bank, and numerous private companies. Brett also owns and runs Capital Realty Corp, which develops and manages real estate and other family investments, and an early stage investment management company developing a machine learning model of flows of liquidity into and out of major asset classes.
Brett’s prior principal business was founder, owner and CEO of Golden Northwest Aluminum and its subsidiaries from 1985-2005. In 1985 Brett founded and became CEO of Northwest Aluminum Company, an 82,000 metric ton primary aluminum smelter in The Dalles, Oregon. In 1990 the company added Northwest Aluminum Specialties, a state-of-the-art billet and forging stock producer. In 1996, Brett acquired Goldendale Aluminum Company, a 168,000 metric ton primary aluminum smelter in Washington. He continues to be a minority shareholder in Golden Northwest as it liquidates assets.
From June 2005 to December 2011, Brett was CEO of Summit Power Alternative Resources, a part of the Summit Power Group. Brett managed all aspects of energy development on a variety of wind, solar, natural gas and new energy technologies including permitting, construction, commercial power sales and financing. Brett also served as a consultant to and CEO of Laurus Energy Inc., developing underground coal gasification projects in Alberta, Canada, Alaska and the western United States. He has been active in the energy and utility industry since 1978.
From 1981 to 1985 Brett was the Executive Director of Direct Service Industries, a trade association of large aluminum and other energy intensive industries. During 1978-81 Brett practiced law with Preston, Ellis and Gates in Seattle, Washington, concentrating in energy and environmental issues and as a lawyer/lobbyist on the Northwest Power Act.
Brett Wilcox graduated from Princeton University in 1975 with an A.B. degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, concentrating in economics and public finance. He received his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 1978.
Brett has been involved in numerous civic and charitable activities. He currently is on the boards of the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Brett previously served on the boards of the Oregon Business Council and Washington Roundtable, and as Vice-Chair of the Oregon Progress Board (1989-2007), Chairman of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission (1997-2003), Chair of the Oregon Trail 150 year anniversary, Board of Reed College, member of the Northwest Governors’ Comprehensive Review of the Regional Power System, and three Oregon Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panels on the Structure & Efficiency of State Government, Employee Benefits & Compensation, and Government Performance & Accountability.
Brett Wilcox has been recognized with several awards, including the Glenn Jackson Leadership Award (the highest honor for public service in Oregon), the Bonneville Power Administrator’s Award for Exceptional Public Service, Governor Kitzhaber’s Award for Statewide Economic Contribution, and Governor Goldschmidt’s first award for Contributions to the state of Oregon.
Brett’s personal activities include running, swimming, biking and writing. Brett and his wonderful wife Mary have two daughters, Molly and Natalie.