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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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. 

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.

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. 

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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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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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.