Aaron Fyke

Aaron Fyke has spent over twenty years as an entrepreneur, engineer, and investor, having co-founded six companies in a number of technology areas including fuel cell, ocean power, concentrating solar, and energy storage technologies. He is currently Founder and Managing Partner of Thin Line Capital, bringing investment capital to bear on some of the biggest opportunities in energy, water and food sustainability. The 2nd wave of clean tech innovation has begun and now is the time to act.

While CEO of Edisun Heliostats (now Heliogen), he was committed to lowering the costs of solar thermal power, backed by Idealab, Bill Gates, NRG, and others. Prior to Edisun, Aaron was the Founder and CEO of Energy Cache, a low-cost grid scale energy storage technology company, serving a multi-billion dollar energy market. Aaron continued his involvement with Energy Vault, also supported by Softbank.

He headed up the development of a $10M X PRIZE in Energy, he was a Partner at Starfish Ventures, Australia’s largest venture capital firm, and has been an adjunct lecturer on entrepreneurship at USC in Los Angeles. Aaron earned his MBA and MSME as an LGO fellow at MIT, and his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, graduating at the top of his class, and has been certified as a Professional Engineer both in California and British Columbia.

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Andrew Matthews

Dynamic leader with over 14 years of management experience that spans the international marketplace, with a proven track record of building and leading companies. Occupied various corporate leadership positions in challenging environments since 2003 throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa including Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and Djibouti. He was a partner and International Operations Director of Afghanistan’s leading engineering consulting firms and was instrumental in helping its local clients win over $150M USD in engineering projects. Currently running his own business called Douglas McNeill Consulting, which focuses on providing practical, common sense business development services to early stage Canadian companies in Cleantech.

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Andry Tanusdjaja

Andry is a serial entrepreneur and an operation, strategy and finance-focused co-founder of a venture-backed startup. Andry is also an active mentor at Foresight, [email protected] as well EIR Entrepreneurship Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) in New York City. 

Andry comes with 11+ years of experience in corporate finance, team building, operations, management, fundraising as well as building strategy for small businesses to the world’s most recognized Fortune 500 brands. 

Andry is well versed in cross-functional leadership in business growth strategy, market validation, customer discovery, finance and operations metrics. 

Before starting up his company with 2 other co-founders and diving into entrepreneurship, Andry comes from the corporate world of finance formally from Teck, Shell Canada, Deloitte, and TELUS. 

Andry has the CPA, CA and CFA designation in terms of professional designation and is a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) alumni from University of British Columbia.

Andy Harris

Andy’s a seasoned business owner who allows his personal fondness for the great outdoors to influence his professional pursuits. He’s lived and worked all over the world, and has fostered a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of our shared home and all its inhabitants.

Enjoying variety, Andy has worked in sustainable development, clean technology, and renewable energy in remote communities throughout the Americas, and provided deployment leadership and commercialization services for real estate and infrastructure throughout SE Asia.

He’s also directed teams from the UK and Canada through complex international manufacturing and development projects, and led a sustainable real estate development in the Caribbean. He helped scale renewable energy and sustainability businesses within new markets, and worked to grow sustainable technology as Vice President of a venture capital firm.

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Bil Hetherington

I am passionate about the energy transition, fighting climate change and achieving the UN SDGs. I am a Global Risk Advisor for Shell International’s major projects, providing risk support and assurance, on projects across all continents, in countries such as Nigeria, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Australia, the UK, The Netherlands, Brazil, the USA and many more. I run the secretariat for Shell’s most senior reputation and policy governance committee, and I support the European Markets Policy and Advocacy team. I am a seasoned expert with 13+ years of policy, advocacy, stakeholder relations and communications experience. I am an experienced influencer, facilitating internal consensus, and liaising with senior political and department government officials, community and civil society groups, leveraging associations and multi-stakeholder groups, and building coalitions. I have worked in the electricity sector, in upstream and downstream oil and gas, and the arts and culture, and poverty reduction sectors.

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Bob Golding

Bob is a retired Industrial Technology Advisor with the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), specializing in natural resources, energy production, and competitive intelligence. In 15 years with IRAP, he provided technical and business support and advice to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to encourage them to commercialize new technologies or innovations.

Prior to joining NRC-IRAP, Bob spent 20 years working as an industrial forester with electric utilities in Alberta and Nova Scotia, and as a contractor in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Alberta and Master of Business Administration from the University of Manitoba. He currently serves as a Director on the Board of Biotalent Canada.  In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, mountain biking, and photography.

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Bruce Gilkes

Bruce Gilkes is Managing Partner of ALTS Canada Inc. where he provides technology leadership, business development expertise and simulation expertise. ALTS uses computer simulation to reduce risks to business by improving personnel performance during incidents and emergencies.

Prior to ALTS, Mr. Gilkes was the founder, President and CTO of C4i Consultants Inc., a Calgary-based software development and professional services company. Mr. Gilkes provided the leadership and direction required to grow C4i into one of Canada’s Top 40 Defence Companies in under six years and later into a multinational organization with nearly 85 personnel deployed across four continents.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Gilkes served full time and part time in the Canadian Army for 29 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. After leaving full time military service, Mr. Gilkes worked for General Dynamics Canada as a System Architect on a $2B communications project for the Canadian Army. As CTO for an Ontario airport service company, Mr. Gilkes developed a “smart airport” suite of technologies and led a development team in the design, and delivery of several systems to the US Air Force, the Canadian Air Force and several commercial airports in Canada and the USA. He is also the recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration and the NATO Special Service Medal.

Mr. Gilkes has several patents to his name and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal for “achievements that have benefited fellow Albertans, their communities and the province.

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Chris Dambrowitz

Chris leads a boutique strategic advisory & technical services firm serving industrial and  institutional clients across Western Canada, provides strategic and business-development  services for corporate and public-sector organizations, and serves as a strategic advisor to  the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering. While leading the research & innovation  portfolio at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Chris was instrumental in  developing integrated solutions and services for industry clients through applied research  facilities, advanced manufacturing labs, acceleration spaces, and corporate workforce  training services. He has led industry-focused initiatives linking the capabilities of Alberta  post-secondaries with major sectors of Western Canada’s economy, including agriculture,  energy, construction & infrastructure. Chris brings technology development experience from  the bioanalytical and biotechnology industries with MDS Sciex (Concord ON), Blue Heron  Biotechnology (Bothell WA), Visible Genetics (Toronto ON) and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd  (Chalk River ON). Chris has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of  Alberta.

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Chris Edwards

Chris, a strategic thinker by nature, is a Calgary-based entrepreneur investing  and advising in the pre-seed and seed stages of western Canadian tech  startups. Through his network and background in agriculture and energy, he  focuses mainly on technology in these areas, with an interest in AI and  machine learning applications. 

He has a diverse background, with 16 years working as an engineer in the  upstream oil and gas sector domestically in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, as well  as, internationally in France and the Netherlands where he led multi cultural, interdisciplinary teams. Project management, growth planning, and  leadership are some of his strong points with a penchant for corporate  entrepreneurship and innovative thinking. Chris has been involved in the  early-stage development of many sustainability projects geared towards responsible corporate behaviour. He is exceedingly committed to supporting the global energy transition, and  honouring the interests of all stakeholders via sustainable development  practices. 

Chris has a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta and an  executive MBA with Honours from IMD Business School in Switzerland. While  completing his MBA he also developed an interest for impact investing and  social enterprises, and hopes to expand in this area further.

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Curtis Marcotte

As well as serving on the Advisory Board of CruxOCM, a Calgary and Houston based Robotic Industrial Process Automation (RIPA) entity, Mr. Marcotte served in the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for CruxOCM, on an interim basis. Curtis holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation, and is a seasoned finance, commercial viability, and economics professional. He has worked with and for small and medium size enterprises as well as large organizations, including roles as VP, Corporate Finance, Director, Commercial Banking and Senior Advisor, Business Development. Over the last ten plus years as an industry consultant, Mr. Marcotte has served as the CFO for startup organizations and provided Corporate Development and Financial and Acquisition Advisory Services to entities in Tech, E&P, Energy Services and Midstream industries. Curtis has seen and experienced much in his more than thirty (30) years in Investment Banking, Commercial Banking and Industry roles. Mr. Marcotte served as an active member of the Zone Startups Calgary Mentorship program and as well as served on Foothills Medical Centre’s Fund Development Council, part of Calgary Health Foundation. Mr. Marcotte continues to serve as an Independent Member of the Investment Advisory Committee for Alberta’s Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.

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Dan Chapman

Dan Chapman is a Professional Engineer with +15 years of clean technology experience spanning business and project development, engineering, community and government relations, renewable generation asset operations, technology scouting, and innovation advocacy. Past employment experiences with electric utilities, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and energy storage project developers contributes to his comprehensive electric sector expertise, which serves as the foundation for his consulting endeavours at Chapman Ventures Inc.

Dan has front-line experience developing and securing funding for novel projects that both push the status quo and operate at the intersection of renewable electricity generation and energy storage. He successfully launched the solar and energy storage businesses at a large power generation firm and has provided independent strategic advice and development support on over 1 GW of energy storage projects. Dan has led the successful development of first-of-a-kind and marquee power projects in Canada, including Alberta’s first operating energy storage asset, Canada’s largest energy storage project, Alberta’s first hybrid solar plus battery play, and one of Canada’s first emission-free remote microgrid projects.

Dan is passionate about helping companies and entrepreneurs realize their competitive differentiators within the marketplace, while identifying and prioritizing prospective target markets. Becoming increasingly involved in the energy technology investment ecosystem, he hopes to help the next generation of cleantech companies achieve their goals and make an impact.

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Dave Mclaren

With 15 years of global consulting experience, Dave works with L2P clients to design and implement business transformations and key strategy initiatives. Using his experience in energy, technology, power, manufacturing, distribution and sporting goods, he helps leadership teams align on the levers that drive results. He has a keen interest in helping people develop a performance mindset and acts as a mentor at all levels of the organization.

David Hunt

David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean technology sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe, Solar & Storage Live and Fully Charged Live. He also hosts the ‘Leaders in Cleantech’ Podcast. He was also chosen as one of 25 LinkedIn Top Voices 2018, where he has over 150,000 followers.

David is a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Energy Storage News, Solar Power Portal, PV Tech, Clean Energy News and Smart Cities World. His industry insights have been quoted in UK broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Being well versed in business and economics, he has also lent his voice to the likes of BBC Radio Four and ITV’s 6 o’clock news.

A cleantech expert and industry insider, David specialises in the clean energy and eMobility sectors. His drive to accelerate these growing markets led him to set up Hyperion Executive Search Ltd, a talent acquisition company specialising in the cleantech space that incisively places talent where it’s needed. Hyperion has been helping businesses grow and succeed since 2014, with offices in Liverpool, Munich and Austin, TX. David’s headhunting team now operates across EMEA and the US. David is also Board Advisor at Nanotechnology company Nexgen Futures.

Before this, David co-founded an award-winning multi-technology renewable energy installation business, sat as a policy board member with the UK Renewable Energy Association, and was a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group).

The ‘Leaders in Cleantech’ podcast is a platform where David invites expert guests from his network to share their cleantech journeys and insights. Speaking with entrepreneurs, CEOs, thought leaders and industry insiders, David explores the challenges, opportunities, highs, and lows of business in the cleantech sector.

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Elesie Ezenwanne

Elesie is the Project Lead Well Engineer for one of Shell’s strategic greenfield  deepwater project. She joined Royal Dutch Shell in 2012 after receiving a master’s  degree in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United  Kingdom and has held various technical and business roles across Shell’s global  projects, including a role as the Technology focal point for her business unit. 

A passionate and consummate Energy Professional with extensive field-based and  design experience of which 4+ years were Cross-functional experiences in Business  Performance and Project Management; A results-oriented professional with keen  commercial focus. 

Elesie has over nine years experience of working for Shell and in this time, has built a  deep understanding of the energy industry and broad industrial outlook with the most  practical and recent business perspectives through her ongoing Executive MBA with  the Oxford Said Business School. 

Her strength comes from her ability to combine a variety of skills to achieve business  outcomes: 

  • Proficient in delivering operational excellence and managing technical and non technical risks. 
  • Developing cost-effective execution strategies and executing projects flawlessly  across diverse working environments and key global projects in multicultural  and virtual environments.  
  • Strategic partnering, relationship building and stakeholder management. Commercial negotiation of contract agreements and management of suppliers Integration of experiences from a multi-sectoral view in multi-disciplinary  teams. 

Elesie’s professional background also combines an external perspective with her active  contribution to industry conversations and advocacy as a member of the board of the  Society of Petroleum Engineers. She is keenly interested in helping shape the green  economy and the drive for cleaner energy through her varied experiences. 

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Ernest Barbaric

Ernest help innovative leaders elevate executive performance and accelerate positive change. 

Before executive coaching and strategy work, he spent 15 years working with high-level leaders to navigate strategy, innovation and digital transformation. He worked with global brands, health and tech startups, non-profits, and universities. He founded a podcast conference, designed three strategy certificate programs, and delivered a TEDx talk on digital addiction. 

Ernest’s clients included organizations like Yamaha, Shure, Parks Canada, Intact Insurance, and Brookfield. 

His projects have been featured in Forbes, USA Today, HubSpot, Smart Insights, CBC,  GlobalTV and Canadian Business. 

In the last few years, he helped senior leaders break glass ceilings and get promoted to executive positions. He helped entrepreneurs fund startups, and helped co-founders unite their distributed teams around a crystal clear 100-year vision. Hi clients are often recognized for how calm, clear, and confident they are, no matter what situation they’re facing.

George Rubin

A proven corporate team leader with the unique combination of a strong scientific background and an in-depth knowledge of financial markets and strategies. Chartered Financial Analyst and capital markets expert with 5 years of corporate finance experience with Canada’s leading independent investment firms. As a co-founder, Vice President and subsequently President of Day4 Energy Inc. was instrumental to developing strategic vision and directly responsible for execution of the corporate development plan including growing company operations from research and development start-up in 2003 with a total staff of 5 through 265 employees, annual sales of more than $165 million CDN and an annualized sales run rate of over $230 million CDN in 2010. As a CEO of Heliotrope Technologies Inc., led the transition of the company from R&D to commercialization including definition of the minimum viable product strategy, engagement of the early adopter customer group and development of product sales commitments in excess of $50 million CDN required to proceed with the manufacturing scale-up.

Currently, a CEO of Cerebral Strategy Inc., a consulting company specializing in go to market and minimum viable product strategy development for technology companies. Areas of focus include hydrogen fuel cell and battery applications in transport electrification, smart-home / smart building products including dynamic glazing, photovoltaics and BIPV as well as printed electronics and IoT.

A graduate of Moscow State University with Masters Degree in Quantum Radio Physics and a British Columbia Institute of Technology graduate with a Diploma in Financial Management and a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. A CFA charter holder and a Business in Vancouver Top 30 under 30 award recipient, played an instrumental role in the development of Day4 Energy Inc. that was recognized with the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) Emerging Company of the Year award in 2008. A finalist of the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards ceremony.

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Greg Pocherewny

Greg is an executive search and leadership consultant with more than 25 years of varied business experience. Through his long history in the search industry, as an investor and as a business owner, he has had the opportunity to advise on hundreds of mandates including growth strategies, succession planning, employee development, compensation trends and other critical leadership issues.

Greg holds a B.Comm from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary), the CSC from the Canadian Securities Institute, and has the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. As an active community builder, Greg volunteers his time with several organizations.

Hami Ben Bassat

Hamutal is a business Development expert with over 12 years experience in creating new platforms that support the organization’s global growth. Hamutal is passionate about finding the right growth vehicles and is a strong believer in multidisciplinary environments.

Over her career, she enabled growth by a multitude of vehicles and processes including investments, mergers and acquisitions, strategic cooperation agreements, devising and implementing market entry strategies, leading BI-CI teams, business model analysis, capital raising for start-up and mature companies and International public bids.

Hamutal holds an LLB and an MA in philosophy. In the 5 years, she practiced law, Hamutal lead various Public offerings (TASE, NASDAQ), closed numerous International transactions and M&A processes.

Hamutal worked with leading global water technology companies as well as startups and new ventures. Her focus is on international expansion and finding the best platform to generate growth.

With extensive experience in LATAM and Asia Hamutal offers deep knowledge of these business environments.

In her last role, Hamutal lead the Business Development activity of Essilor’s online Division, expanding its activity to LATAM and Europe through M&As and organic expansion. She currently works as a consultant for various organizations and is a mentor at the [email protected] UBC LLP program.

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Janet Annesley

Janet is president of Langanberg, an ESG and corporate affairs consulting company. A former chief of staff to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Janet has led ESG, investor relations, policy and communications on some of the most complex energy business issues in the last decade.

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Jasmine Lothian

Jasmine Lothian is a lawyer in the securities and capital markets group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in  Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, receiving the Law  Society of Saskatchewan Gold Medal for the most distinguished graduate.  

Jasmine’s practice focuses on securities and corporate law across all industries, with a focus on both  energy law and agribusiness. She serves in an advisory capacity and role for both public and private  companies in Canada and the United States, with experience in mergers and acquisitions, finance,  regulatory law and governance. In the Agribusiness sector, she advises a range of industry players, from  multinational, to small- and mid-sized companies, including: seed and chemical manufacturers, food  producers, manufacturers of farming/industrial equipment, processors of agricultural commodities, bio-fuel  producers and bio-tech. 

Jasmine currently sits on the BLG national Agribusiness steering committee and serves as a board of  director for various for-profit and not-for-profit entities in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, including the  Canadian Association of Petroleum Landman (CAPL) and Western Development Council Ltd. 

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Jeff Davis

Jeff is a high impact executive and entrepreneur with experience building a successful international consulting firm, and operating professional services and software firms.

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Jennifer Schab

PEO Canada is a Professional Employer Organization headquartered in Calgary, AB  supporting both Canadian and Global companies with integrated employee management  outsourcing solutions mitigating the employer risk by ensuring compliance within all provinces  the company has or is looking to set up operations in. PEO Canada provides an efficient and  cost-effective way for businesses to outsource services such as recruitment, payroll  administration, Human Resources, benefits and Workers Compensation Administration. We  assign a dedicated team of HR professionals who bring relevant experience and knowledge  to meet your employee management needs, and your PEO Canada Client Liaison and  Business Development Consultant provide ongoing support throughout the entire partnership  experience.  

Having a proper employee management platform in place can make a company more  attractive to investors, attract and retain top talent and reduce your administrative burden  allowing you to concentrate on the revenue generating tasks at hand. We act as an extension  of the business adapting to corporate culture and supporting the executive direction through  the entire lifecycle of our partnership. 

Our service begins with a needs assessment consultation to help identify the areas within the  organization that require additional support, followed by a strategic plan to address these  concerns and support the business’ growth for today and in the future. Our fully customized  service solution will help get the business to the next level and have the key employees do  what they were hired to do.

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer has a not-so-secret passion for all things applied science that could make a significant and positive difference to people’s lives. A true left-coaster, the themes of environment, innovation and entrepreneurship have woven their way through her entire career. Scarred by early memories of driving through Silicon Valley selling software with a Sun Microsystems monitor so large it required a dolly and convertible car to transport, she has focused the remainder of her career on hardware projects.

She has helped commercialize a wide variety of Vancouver-based technologies including a novel food dehydration system for food and pharmaceuticals (Enwave Corp), natural gas engines for buses and trucks (Westport Fuel Systems), black soldier fly larvae for animal feed and people food (Enterra Feed, Heilu), point-of-use drinking water sterilization (Acuva Tech), human-machine interaction for surgeons (NZ Tech) and pill packaging IoT (CuePath).

As a business mentor, Jennifer prefers to work with full-time founders who are dedicated, organized and coachable and whose technologies will benefit the many on the planet, not the few.

John Bruce

John has been involved in building, managing, and investing in early stage energy and technology based ventures for 20 years.

John is passionate about Products and getting them right, the first time. He believes Products that deliver superior value to customers and strong returns to investors come about through early and rigorous use-case analysis, customer value proposition evaluation, business model optimization, and unambiguous product definition. His experience includes new product development management, market analysis, business model and strategy development, and program management. He is recognized for the capacity to take initiative, think creatively, and bring strategic context to product and technology development challenges.

He has an established product management consulting practice focused on clean technologies where he has worked with clients such as Westport Innovations and Delta-q Technologies. Start-up experience includes founding an innovative Health Coaching venture. Prior to this, he was Director of Product Management and Vice President Business Development with Cellex Power Products Inc., Product Manager at Creo Products, and Investment Manager with Ventures West Management. John holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Engineering in Advanced Technology Management both from the University of British Columbia.

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Korina Kinsman

Korina believe that when HR runs well, employees and managers are able to focus on doing what they do best! She founded K2K Consulting in service of well-done HR, providing a full suite of custom HR solutions: from contract and policy development, to talent attraction and management plans; tying programs with company objectives.

Korina is currently working remotely or in person in Vancouver & Elkford, BC, and Calgary, AB. She bring over 15 years of HR experience, managing HR in small, explosive-growth and matrixed environments, predominantly high-tech, engineering, telecommunications and construction.

Len Zapalowski

Len Zapalowski has more than 30 years of senior management experience with some of Vancouver’s most successful companies, including Nexus Engineering, Creo Products, Pivotal Software, Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies and Mazza Innovation.

His broad global business experience includes executive & general management, R&D, sales, marketing, and business development in North America, Asia, and Europe. Len graduated with a BSc and MSc from Imperial College, London.

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Mark Reynolds

Mark has over 20 years in capital markets, both in equity research and investment banking, in increasingly senior positions including Managing Director and Group Head.  His primary focus was on energy, infrastructure and the energy service space at both large institutions and boutique investment banks (including AltaCorp, CIBC World Markets, GMP Capital, Haywood Securities and Paradigm Capital).  Mark was responsible for capital raising, relationship management,  business valuation, employee oversight and lead generation.  Over his finance career Mark has been directly involved in over $25 billion of capital raises.

Mark is currently focused on his role as a Principal and Co-Founder of Meta Capital Partners which is a Merchant Bank that both invests and advises the SME space, including supporting and investing in promising clean technology companies.

Mark is a CFA Charterholder since 2005.

Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction), 2000, Haskayne School of Business University of Calgary.

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Mike Walkinshaw

Mike has over 20 years of experience in energy technology and venture capital and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. Mike is currently CEO of TIMIA Capital Corp., a Vancouver based Revenue Financing platform focused on Canada’s technology community. Prior to TIMIA, Mike was a Managing Partner in energy technology venture capital firms Fronterra Ventures and Chrysalix Venture Capital. Mike has made successful investments over the past decade in many clean energy companies including Liquid Light, H2scan, FatSpaniel, and Akermin.

For over five years, Mike was with Ballard Power Systems, the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of PEM Fuel Cells. He held a number of roles within the organization and was the Manager of Product Strategy and a Product Manager for the Nexa Power Module, the world’s first commercial fuel cell module, and the precursor to many of Ballard’s current products. Prior to Ballard, he spent six years with Price Waterhouse in Vancouver, gaining his Chartered Accountant status and helping small entrepreneurial businesses grow.

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Nav Dhaliwal

Nav Dhaliwal is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group in BLG’s Calgary office. Nav’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private  equity transactions, as well as corporate governance, shareholder activism, and general  securities and corporate law compliance. 

In his mergers and acquisitions practice, Nav has extensive experience advising clients on  public and private mergers, acquisitions and reorganization transactions, including take-over  bids, amalgamations, plans of arrangement and private sales. He also advises companies in  respect of shareholder activism and corporate governance issues. 

In his corporate finance practice, Nav has experience in representing both private issuers and  publicly traded issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange  and the TSX Venture Exchange. Nav has acted for issuers, underwriters and investors in  financing transactions, including public and private offerings of debt, equity and convertible  securities and strategic investments by private equity groups. 

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Paul Teitelman

With over 15 years of experience, Paul is one of the top ranking SEO Consultants and SEO Experts on Google.ca and has been featured on major SEO and media publications including The Globe and Mail, GoDaddy, Entrepreneur and Rogers. His company specializes in offering cost-effective SEO and link building services to help clients rank at the top of Page One organically on Google.

Paul Teitelman SEO Consulting offers professional SEO services to clients in Toronto & across North America. The company was founded by Paul Teitelman in 2011 and boasts a team of 25+ full time employees, including a full in-house content team of which 3 have their Masters Degrees.

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Ravipal Bains

Ravipal (Ravi) Bains is a Senior Associate at McMillan LLP, a leading Canadian business law
firm. At McMillan, he is a leader of their ESG Initiative and advises boards and senior
executives on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and corporate strategy. He
assists clients in various industries, including cleantech, mining, and forestry. In 2019, the
M&A Advisor recognized Ravi as one of the “Emerging Leaders” (formerly, the 40 Under 40).

Active in public and civic affairs, Ravi is a member of the Board of Governors of the Business
Council of British Columbia. He is also a David Rockefeller Fellow with The Trilateral
Commission, a Carnegie New Leader with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International
Affairs, and a member of the Board of Directors of South Asian Bar Association of British
Columbia.

A frequent speaker and author on corporate governance-related issues, Ravi’s commentary
has been featured in national and international forums, including the Harvard Law School
Forum on Corporate Governance, Institute for Research on Public Policy, The Globe and
Mail, European Banking Institute, and the University of British Columbia.

Prior to joining McMillan LLP, Ravi was a legal advisor at the United Nations International
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. Born and raised on a
farm in rural Punjab, India he also clerked at the High Court of Punjab and Haryana and
worked at one of India’s premier business law firms.

Rolf Dekleer

Rolf has over 20 years of venture capital experience, currently as VP with Pender Ventures. Additionally, he has 15 years of operating experience with private and public technology companies such as Cymbolic Sciences, MacDonald Dettwiler, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Schlumberger. He has extensive experience in operations, product management and business development, including over 10 years with venture capital backed firms.

Recent board roles include Boreal Genomics, Cooledge Lighting, Copperleaf Technologies, D-Wave Systems, General Fusion, Switch Materials and the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF). He also currently serves as a lab investigator at Creative Destruction Lab (CDL-Vancouver). Rolf has an MA and an MBA from York University, and graduated from BCIT’s Electronics Engineering Program.

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Sean Puchalski

Sean has spent his entire career applying technology to environmental challenges.  He started his career as an environmental management consultant working for notable firms such as TRI – Technology Resource Inc. (acquired by Metro Testing + Engineering Ltd.) and Hemmera (acquired by Ausenco) assessing and remediating some of Canada’s worst contaminated sites. 

In 2007, following completion of an MBA, Sean pivoted into cleantech commercialization after an MBA internship at leading clean energy VC, Chrysalix sparked his interest in the Energy Transition.  Since then, Sean has helped to build two local technology success stories, 4Refuel and Corvus Energy. 

Between 2007 and 2011, Sean held key roles on the 4Refuel management team, including VP Corporate Development and President and board member of its technology subsidiary. 4Refuel (now a Finning company) was a technology-enabled, fuel as-a-service business for commercial and industrial fleets – a decade or more ahead of similar business models Booster, Fill’d, Yoshi, etc.  In 2011, Sean and other managers exited when the company was sold to private equity. 

In 2011, Sean joined Corvus Energy when the company was pre-revenue and has helped to build the business into the market leader it is today with over 50% market share and an installed base on five continents. Corvus Energy supplies large-scale, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells to the maritime industries, enabling hybrid and fully electric, zero emission ships, port equipment and offshore O&G and renewable energy installations. 

Sean has seen all phases of start-up and scale-up from pre-revenue to $0.5B in revenue and has significant international experience.  Sean volunteers as the Treasurer and steering committee member at the Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate and enjoys living in the Vancouver areas with his wife and two children.  Puchalski holds a B.Sc. (Microbiology, University of British Columbia), a B.Tech. (Environmental Engineering, BC Institute of Technology) and an MBA (Strategy & Corporate Finance, UBC/Duke University). 

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Sebastian Alamillo

Sebastian started his career by founding a science-based cleantech start-up out of the  University of Waterloo. Following the company’s exit, he turned his attention to bridging the  gap between the research/incubation stages and commercialization for deep-tech companies.  Now, as the leader of KPM-Accelerate, he works to accelerate chemical technology start-ups  by integrating technical development, at the lab and pilot scale, with business strategy and  financial modelling. His other roles as an investor, board member, and business architect  allow him to help deep-tech start-ups, at any stage, bring the most impactful solutions to  market.

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Shaun Kelly

A Senior Executive with over 25 years’ experience in leading multi-million-dollar businesses and a successful track record in achieving top quartile results. Solid background in managing across geographies including Canada, USA, Mexico, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Demonstrated career growth through positions including: Engineering, Field
Services, Customer Service, Quality Assurance, Six Sigma, Operations, Sales, and Executive Leadership.

Shaun is on a journey of Indigenous Inclusion, believing that industry can be a force for good. Shaun has had the pleasure of formulating multiple Mutual Benefit Agreements and Joint Venture Agreements with First Nations communities in Western Canada and has made a lot of friends along the way.

Shaun has spent his entire career in the Energy industry, most notable, Shaun held a variety of roles over a 24-year career at General Electric, culminating in the position of President for GE Oil & Gas Canada. After the merger of GE Oil and Gas with Baker Hughes in 2017, Shaun joined Trican to lead their Pipeline and Industrial division, and successfully sold the
division to Blackstone in 2020, where he led the acquisition and integration activities until the spring of 2021.

Shaun is an active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem that is growing in Calgary and sits on the Advisory Boards of three tech companies. Shaun is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada, and a member of the Canadian Energy Executive.

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Shiraz Ramji

Over 20 years of experience in new product development and operations in the clean technology, green energy sector. Managed new product development projects from concept to close out for companies such as Ballard Power Systems, Endurance Wind Power and Svante Inc. Led cross-functional teams to develop project charters, plans, schedules, and reports to stakeholders including senior management and customers. Also, led supplier qualification and procurement efforts for prototype parts and short production runs. Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional with Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary.

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Stephanie Gnissios

With 10 years experience in international project delivery, portfolio management, strategic  planning, and risk management, Stephanie works at the intersection of impact, strategy, and  climate. She also brings a focus of impact measurement and management, with experience  developing theories of change, impact outcome frameworks, and impact management and  measurement plans.

Her experience focuses on bridging communication and collaboration of  multi-functional teams and facilitating alignment of objectives, brought together in  action-oriented plans and strategies to achieve clear outcomes embedding climate and  sustainability as factors in strategic decision-making and risk management.

Stephanie has a  Bachelors in Applied Science (University of British Columbia) and a Master in Business  Administration (University of Oxford).

Taran Grey

A fervent advocate for tech, Taran Grey is currently the Director of Intellectual Property and Grants for several Vancouver-based technology firms. With a 100% pending application to issued patent success rate at Moj.io Inc., Bionic Power Inc., and Nextleaf Solutions Ltd., Taran’s success far surpasses the 55% average of the Fortune 500. He has obtained non-dilutive, non-repayable cash grants and subsidized labour for his firms in the seven figures. Immediately prior, he was employed by Webtech Wireless Inc. where he tripled the size of the patent and trademark portfolios and obtained copyright registration for source code in the US and Canada while reducing the aggregate total IP expenses incurred.

Prior to Webtech, he was employed by the multinational electronics corporation Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. in the Intellectual Property and Standards Division (“IP&S”) as Senior IP Paralegal. More specifically, his position was within the Creation Team attached to the Lighting Business Group. Taran acted as sole paralegal to two attorneys situated in Boston, handling all docketing and eFiling for both. In addition, the IP&S executive branch seconded Taran to manage post-merger integration issues following the $4.5 billion USD acquisitions of several lighting firms.

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Taylor Cooper

Taylor Cooper is a founding employee and principal engineer at MistyWest. He is an
engineering physicist by training with 15 years of experience in product development
ranging from instrumentation and medical diagnostics to wearables and computer
vision.

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Thiago Amaral

As an enthusiastic individual, Thaigo has a solid track record of exceeding customer expectations
and delivering on departmental objectives. He applies a consultative approach to his work while
ensuring all parties are consistently updated on progress and milestones.

He is a Sales Specialist with Siemens Canada (POC LDA) and is accountable for several primary responsibilities, including managing complex accounts and sales with multiple stakeholders, leading the mining strategic position in Canada, signing the technical risks of projects, creating and implementing a company-wide industry strategy,
improved the company’s revenues through cross-selling, developed compensation models
regarding sales personnel, and built strong relationships with target customers and OEMs.

He is actively involved in sales and operational management, strategy,
leadership, and problem solving.

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Vigen Nazarian

Vigen Nazarian is the President of NuBinary Ventures, a full-service venture and product
development company providing advisory services to early-stage startups, SMEs and
educational institutions.

A serial entrepreneur and cofounder in three companies with successful exits (1X public),
Vigen has diverse experience in technology development ventures as well as expertise and
resources that help partnering individuals and organizations to navigate risk through all
stages of growth.

In the past 20 years, Vigen has mentored over 1000 entrepreneurs. He is currently engaged
with several Canadian incubator and accelerator hubs from coast to coast. He is also a
board member on several public and private organizations such as McMaster Innovation
Park, University of Toronto ICUBE, Protagenic Therapeutics and an EIR at Ryerson
University, Innovate Calgary, City of Mississauga and a mentor at Next AI Montreal.