Advisory Board

The core of our Advisory Board is comprised of senior executives from the energy industry and the venture services market. These executives are selected based on their ability to provide the maximum leverage for our investing activities. They are chosen for their willingness to share their personal relationships and contacts, to enhance due diligence, and to increase the profitability of the portfolio companies.  Our experience has shown us that senior executive industry advisors offer the greatest leverage for our investors.

  • Independent Board Members,

  • Sharon Allan, Advisor

    Sharon Allan became the Chief Innovation Officer at the Smart Electric Power Alliance after the merger with SGIP, where she was the CEO.   She is a business executive that has been helping participants in the Energy sector to unlock the business value of the electric grid by aligning and implementing strategy, processes and operations.  She is an executive that understands innovation and technology impacts to value streams.  Previously, Ms Allan ran her own consulting firm and prior to that she ran the Accenture NA Smart Grid Practice. Other industry roles include President of Elster Integrated Solutions, Chief Knowledge Officer of Elster Electricity, Director of Product Management ABB, and IBM Marketing Information. 

    Sharon is an honors graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.  She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two sons.

     

    Sharon Allan
  • Mike Babcock, Advisor

    Michael "Mike" Babcock, Jr. is a Canadian professional ice hockey head coach; currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Babcock was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario and grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  As of July 2015, he is the only coach to gain entry to the Triple Gold Club, guiding his Red Wings to the Stanley Cup in 2008, as well as leading Team Canada to gold at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in 2004, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He is also the only coach to win five distinct national or international titles, guiding Canada to gold at the IIHF World Junior Championships in 1997 and the University of Lethbridge to the CIS University Cup in 1994.

    No head coach has won more games than Babcock since he entered the league in 2002-03, with 484 victories entering the 2014-15 campaign. This season, he became the second-fastest coach to reach 500 wins, behind only Scotty Bowman, reaching the mark just 10 days before coaching in his 900th NHL game on December 16. In 2013-14, he surpassed Bowman (410) and Jack Adams (415) to become the winningest coach in Red Wings franchise history en route to his second career nomination for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.

    Babcock’s success in the postseason has been just as impressive, coaching (136) and winning (79) more games than any other coach over the past 13 seasons. He ranks 10th all time in playoff wins and is third among NHL head coaches for most playoff wins through 10 NHL seasons. Babcock has reached the Stanley Cup Final three times and the Western Conference Finals four times.

    The Sporting News and SportsIllustrated.com each named Babcock the NHL’s Coach of the Decade (2000-09), and in 2008, he was both a finalist for the NHL’s Jack Adams Award and the winner of the Sporting News’ 2008 NHL Coach of the Year, which was voted on by NHL head coaches. He was again a finalist for the Jack Adams in 2014, after leading an injury-ravaged Red Wings lineup to a 23rd consecutive appearance – the longest streak in professional sports.

    Mike Babcock
  • Dr. Jim de Wilde, Advisor

    Dr. de Wilde is the President of JdW Strategic Ventures. He is a career educator and venture capitalist, focused on the issues of global competitiveness and the commercialization of knowledge through activities in both the private and public sector.

    Dr. de Wilde currently serves on the Investment Committee of MSBi (Montreal) and the advisory boards of Fusion Capital and the Walsingham Fund (Toronto).  He is formerly a member of RBC Capital Markets Technology Fund Advisory Board. He was on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario School of Business (now Ivey) and the Faculty of Management at McGill University, where he is now a Dobson Fellow in the Centre for Entrepreneurship.  He has also taught venture capital strategies at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto and at the Helsinki School of Economics and has lectured at the London Business School.

    Dr. de Wilde received a PhD in Political Science from McGill with a dissertation focusing on the Canadian public policy process and competitiveness in technology sectors.

    Dr. Jim de Wilde
  • Michael Edmonds, Advisor

    Based at S&C Electric Company's headquarters Chicago, Illinois, Michael Edmonds is Chief Commercial Officer. The S&C Electric Company is a supplier to utilities and C&I, for medium & high voltage intelligent switching and protection systems. S&C operates in 5 continents via their own offices often with manufacturing co-located. The role includes traditional sales, marketing, insights, installation and support, and for S&C, this organization plays a pivotal role ensuring the organization is customer inspired.  

    This consists of all aspects of the business to solve customer problems, ranging from traditional switching and protection, grid reliability, power quality, microgrids, asset management, grid network control and the grid connectivity systems required to enable the grid. Previous roles over the last 8 years at S&C, included President USA, VP Strategic Solutions.

    Prior to joining The S&C Electric Company in 2010, his roles included VP & GM of Siemens Energy Automation and Power Technologies, Inc. (PTI). With these positions, he was responsible for the business of real-time energy management (EMS/DMS) and network planning businesses of electrical utility power grids worldwide. 

    Michael Edmonds
  • Wayne Greenberg, Advisor

    Wayne Greenberg is responsible for developing and implementing high-level strategies, making corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of the company, and acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and corporate operations. He has been on the board of E-Source since 2007.

    In the 1990s, Wayne piloted E Source to a position on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies prior to the sale of the company in 1999. Since that time, he has been CEO of several companies, all in the energy information sector. Those companies include Architectural Energy Corp., a green buildings firm (now part of Carrier Corp.); WellDog, a venture-backed data company servicing natural gas extraction; and several portfolio companies under EnerTech Capital Partners, a pioneer in energy investing.

    Wayne currently chairs a drone-enabled agricultural data start-up, Agribotix, and was the chairman of the mediation and dispute-resolution nonprofit CDR Associates. He was one of the founding board members of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and on the association’s behalf, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was the founding director of the Cleantech Fellows Institute.

    Prior to focusing on energy, Wayne served as president of Shepard’s, the legal publishing arm of McGraw-Hill, and held various senior management positions at LexisNexis, the world’s largest provider of online professional information. He has a BA in public communications from Boston University and a JD and MBA from Tulane University, where he also served as associate dean at the law school for 10 years.

    Wayne Greenberg
  • Michael Harris, Advisor

    Michael Deane Harris was born in Toronto in 1945, and was raised in Callander and North Bay, Ontario.  Prior to his election to the Ontario Legislature in 1981, Mike Harris was a schoolteacher, a School Board Trustee and Chair, and an entrepreneur in the Nipissing area. 

    On June 8, 1995 Mike Harris became the twenty-second Premier of Ontario following a landslide election victory. His plan — the Common Sense Revolution — struck a chord with people across the province who were tired of big government, wasteful spending, rising welfare rolls and rising unemployment.

    In his first term, he proved that he was not afraid to make tough choices needed to put Ontario back on track. Four years later, the voters of Ontario re-elected Mike Harris and his team — making him the first Ontario Premier in more than 30 years to form a second consecutive majority government. And Blueprint — Mike Harris’ 1999 plan to keep Ontario on the right track — ensured that Ontario continued to grow and compete in the global marketplace. 

    After leaving office in 2002, Mr. Harris formed his own consulting firm.  As President of Steane Consulting Ltd., Mr. Harris serves as an advisor to numerous Canadian companies including Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where he currently serves as Senior Business Advisor. 

    Mr. Harris is a Director on several public and private boards.  He served as Chairman of Magna International Inc. until May 2012.  His current public board directorships include Chartwell Retirement Residences (Chair of the Board of Trustees); Canaccord Financial (Chair of the Corporate Governance and Compensation Committee); Element Financial; FirstService Corporation (Member of the Executive Compensation Committee); and Route1 (Chairman of the Board).  Mr. Harris also serves on the Advisory Boards of several Private Equity Funds including EnerTech Capital and Beringer Capital.

    As well, Mr. Harris is a Director for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation and is a Senior Fellow with The Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic, social research and education organization.

    Michael Harris
  • Ed Jackson, Advisor

    Prior to retiring on December 31, 2015, Ed was Managing Director & Co-Head Investment Funds, RBC Capital Markets. Ed is a well-respected industry leader with 30 years experience providing senior coverage to key RBC clients in Investment Banking, National Accounts and Real Estate Lending. Ed has a deep understanding and extensive contacts with C-suite level professionals in the Investment Funds Industry in Canada and the USA founded on a track record of success spanning 650 public market transactions, raising over C$57 billion and US$7 billion (1998-2015).  In 2014, he led the largest closed-end fund initial public offering in Canada in a decade raising C$690 million for PIMCO Canada. 

    Ed has worked with a series of Fund relationships over the years including; Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Canada Pension Plan Board, OMERS, OPSEU, CI Funds, AGF, Mackenzie, Invesco, PIMCO, Nuveen, Legg Mason, Oppenheimer, Federated, Natixis, Aberdeen and Brookfield Investment Management.  Ed also acted as President & CEO and Trustee of Advantage Preferred Share Trust (PFR.UN) a publicly listed closed-end fund on the TSX.

    In March 2016, he became a member of the Independent Review Committee of Middlefield Group, a Canadian investment manager with approximately $4.5 billion of assets under management.

    Ed Jackson
  • Dr. Bill Madia, Advisor

    Bill is currently Chairman of the Board of Overseers and VP for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University.  Bill retired from Battelle in 2007 after a 33-year career.  His last position at Battelle was Executive Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions.  Prior to that, he was responsible for Battelle’s $4 Billion, 15,000 person Laboratory Operations business, including the management or co-management of six Department of Energy national labs: Pacific Northwest, Brookhaven, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Idaho National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.  In this role, he managed more than $900 million of energy research and development in such areas as clean coal technology, renewable energy and energy efficient technologies, next generation nuclear reactor development, and improved energy transmission. This portfolio also included major programs focused on global climate change and carbon sequestration.  Previously, Bill served as Director of the Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.  Bill also managed Battelle’s global environmental business and served as president of Battelle Technology International, a global laboratory based research business.  Throughout his career, Bill has successfully focused on commercializing a vast array of energy and power technologies.

    He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of USEC (USU: NYSE), Chair of the Technology and Competition Committee and a member of the MIT Visiting Committee for Nuclear Science and Engineering.  He previously was Chair of the R&D Advisory Board for Babcock and Wilcox Company (MDR: NYSE); a member of the Princeton University President’s Advisory Board overseeing the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; and the Michigan State University President’s Advisory Board overseeing the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

    Dr. Madia has received the Secretary of Energy's Gold Award, the Energy Department's highest honorary award; the DOE Distinguished Associate Award; he was nominated for the National Medal of Technology; and named “Laboratory Director of the Year” in 1999 by the Federal Laboratory Consortium.

    Dr. Madia received a Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

    Dr. Bill Madia
  • J. Scott Magrane, Advisor

    Mr. Magrane is a Managing Director with Coady Diemar Partners (“CDP”). Prior to founding CDP, he spent more than 26 years advising power related enterprises including utilities, independent power companies, rural electric cooperatives, governments and energy technology companies.  That time includes 15 years with Goldman Sachs & Co. where his responsibilities encompassed all manner of corporate finance and strategic advisory activities and the creation of the firm's Energy Technology effort. Scott spent 10 years with Blyth, Eastman Dillon & Co. and Paine Webber where he specialized in energy and power project finance.

    Mr. Magrane received a Bachelors from the College of Wooster and an Master's of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    J. Scott Magrane
  • David Milenthal, Advisor

    David Milenthal is the CEO of The Milenthal Group, a unique new marketing firm dedicated to helping new energy start-ups and early stage growth firms develop a mainstream marketing profile. Mr. Milenthal began his career as a Midwest public affairs consultant in the late 1970's creating ballot campaigns for candidates, business and labor concerns in 10 states. Building on that initial visibility, Mr. Milenthal converted the strategic communication experience that comes from public affairs into the building of Ohio's largest commercial advertising/PR/interactive agency, now called Engauge, which he sold to a NY consortium in 2007. For over 30 years, Mr. Milenthal served as agency of record for Ohio investor owned utility companies, working with the Ohio Electric Utility Institute, American Electric Power, First Energy and Cinergy (now a part of Duke). He became a lecturer on public policy messaging affecting the electric industry. This past year Mr. Milenthal joined with new energy and environmental groups to help promote and pass Ohio's unique new advanced energy mandate law which includes short and long term benchmarks for utility purchase of renewable energy expressly produced through Ohio-based manufacturers and generators. Mr. Milenthal's devotion to communicating transformative public policy does not stop with energy.

    In 1996, he was picked by national industry bible, Advertising Age, as one of the top ten national People to Watch for spearheading a campaign to galvanize the ad industry around reforms in advertising cigarettes to children.

    David Milenthal
  • Governor George Pataki, Advisor

    Governor George E. Pataki joined the law firm Chadbourne and Parke, LLP in 2007 as Counsel, focusing on their environmental, energy and infrastructure practice areas. The Governor also is the founder and Chairman of Pataki-Cahill Group, a consulting firm concentrating on climate change, energy and the environment.  He served three terms as the 53rd governor of New York State, from 1995 through 2006.  Widely known for his protection of over one million acres of open space, Governor Pataki balances his pro-business philosophy with award-winning, cutting-edge policies in the renewable energy and environmental fields.

    Governor Pataki is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

    Governor George Pataki
  • Gordon Pridham, Advisor

    Gordon Pridham is an experienced corporate director with more than 30 years experience working with public and private companies having demonstrated a track record of creating value for shareholders .Recent activities include merger of US Silver with RX Gold as Chairman, sale of Norock Realty to Partners REIT as Chairman of the Special Committee, and sale of Western Prospector to CNNC as Chairman of the Special Committee. He has built and run banking groups for a number of prominent firms and worked in New York, Calgary, Hong Kong and Toronto.

    Gordon is Principal of Edgewater Capital and sits on the public company boards of Newalta Corporation (Chairman Compensation), Titanium Corporation (Chairman), US Silver Corporation (Chairman) and ROXGold.

    Mr. Pridham is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Institute of Corporate Directors program. He is an active traveler and enjoys cooking, ski racing, squash and tennis.

    Gordon Pridham
  • Vicky J. Sharpe, Advisor

    Vicky is a long term champion of integrating the environment and the economy.  As the first employee and founding President and CEO of SDTC, Vicky has built an internationally renowned global cleantech fund.  She increased public funding from $100M in 2001 to over $1.4B in 2014 and mobilized private sector capital for project funding and commercialization financing of $4.3B.

    Dr Sharpe has successfully applied her 35 years of diverse experience in the energy field, her natural entrepreneurial attributes and her well rounded skill set in operations and business leadership to developing innovative sustainable development ventures across Canada's primary economic sectors. As Vice President of Ontario Hydro International Inc., she created new global revenue streams for environmental and energy utilization practices. Previously, she held management positions in marketing, business development and technology innovation.

    Vicky is helping to shape the Canadian cleantech landscape through the provision of strategic advice and leadership. She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Enterprise Corporation,  Carbon Management Canada Inc. (CMC), a national research network focused on carbon management in Canada's fossil energy sector and the Biowaste to Energy for Canada integrated initiative Corp. (BECii).  Vicky, has applied her governance skills (ICD.D) to boards on which she has served as well as many of SDTC's 260 portfolio companies.  

    Vicky continues to serve on numerous technology, industry association and government committees, in particular as an international advisor on sustainability issues.  She represented the Canadian energy sector at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Forum and has chaired both the National Advisory Board on Energy, Science and Technology, and the Board of Directors of Clean Air Canada Inc.  

    As a widely recognized expert and advocate for sustainable development and technology innovation, she has addressed both national and international audiences to promote an understanding of the culture shift in values society must make to secure a sustainable future.  Vicky drives environmentally responsible innovation that increases productivity, competitiveness and boosts Canadian exports.    

    For her work in advancing sustainability and clean capitalism, Vicky, hash tag "Innovation Booster", was recognized as one of the 2012 Clean16 and 2015 Clean16 recipients as part of Canada’s Clean50 initiative (www.clean50.com). Also, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada, The Globe Foundation's Finance Award for Sustainability and the National Energy Conservation Association’s inaugural Energy Efficiency Award for outstanding contributions to the energy industry. 

    Dr. Sharpe holds a B.Sc. Honours in Applied Biology from Bath University, UK, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Surface Chemistry, as applied to water pollution control, from Trent University, UK.   In October 2014 Vicky was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. 

    Vicky J. Sharpe
  • Rob Soni, Advisor

    Rob Soni is a long-time entrepreneur and investor in the technology space and is currently a Director at several private and public companies.   Rob was previously a General Partner at Matrix Partners.  Before joining Matrix Rob was Managing General Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners where he led the firm’s investments in Powertel (sold to Voicestream for $8.7B), Sirocco (sold to Sycamore for $2.7B), Bladelogic (NASDAQ:BLOG before being bought by BMC for ~$900M), and Broadsoft (NASDAQ:BSFT), among others.  Prior to BVP  Rob was an Associate in the Boston office of the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with industrial, technology, and health care clients.  Rob is a past member of the Executive Committee of the National Venture Capital Association, the Global Semiconductor Alliance, and several charity, educational, and foundation boards.  Over the course of his career Rob has produced aggregate transaction value of over $22B, with his most recent exit being the ~$415m purchase of Whiptail by Cisco at the end of 2013. 

    Rob is also an active private investor in over 15 private companies and advises several venture firms. Rob is an honors graduate of Harvard College and a Rotary Scholar.  Rob enjoys tennis and squash and lives in Boston with his wife and two children.

    Rob Soni
  • Etienne Veilleux, Founder, Distech Controls

    Etienne Veilleux knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur, but it was the idea of a greener, better world for future generations that inspired him to found Distech Controls, a building automation and energy management company. Founded in 1995 and based in Montreal, the company he started has grown from 2 employees to over 200, with offices in Canada, the US and Europe. Distech Controls’ products and solutions can be found all over the world, including buildings that house Sony’s North American headquarters in California and Google’s headquarters in Paris. 

    Named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2010 for his contribution to Green Technology, Veilleux is an inspired leader who is passionate about innovation, moon-shot thinking, and taking ideas to the next level through actionable strategies. He sits on the Board of Directors of QG-100, an invitation-only network of 100 world class business leaders, and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and Financial Angels. Veilleux also serves as a mentor for entrepreneurs participating in startup accelerator Founder Fuel, as well as for the smart city accelerator InnoCité MTL. Through the efforts of Veilleux and his executive team, Distech Controls’ level of excellence and environmental stewardship have been honored on various occasions, including Canada’s Best Managed Companies, PROFIT500, and Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers

    Etienne Veilleux
  • Michael Walker, Advisor

    Michael has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry working with a wide variety of publicly and privately held companies. He currently serves as Chief of Staff of the Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), which is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy as the only ISAC for the electric sector and whose mission is to reduce cyber and physical security risks to the electric industry across North America. The E-ISAC is a division of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a non-profit corporation responsible for establishing and enforcing mandatory reliability standards for the bulk power system in North America, as well as conducting bulk power system events analysis and reliability assessments, in addition to operating the E-ISAC. He previously served in a variety of senior executive positions at NERC including Senior Vice President, Chief Enterprise Risk and Strategic Development Officer, and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Walker was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at National Grid USA where he was lead in house counsel on the $2.9B Ravenswood generating station divestiture. Prior to joining National Grid, he held senior positions at KeySpan Corporation, including Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of KeySpan Corporation and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of KeySpan’s competitive energy services business segment. Prior to joining KeySpan, Michael practiced law as a partner in several law firms, with a practice focused on energy project development and services and related corporate and commercial transactions.

    Michael Walker
  • LP Investor and Strategic Partner Board Members,

  • Paul Godman, Advisor

    Paul Godman has over 20 years’ experience in corporate and venture capital finance, renewable energy, as well as leadership in corporate sustainability. Prior to joining Alberta Enterprise Corporation, Paul held roles managing EnCana’s clean energy corporate venture fund, managing Cenovus Energy’s Sustainability Team, as well as roles with TransAlta hydro operations and in environmental consulting. He has also served as the Chair of the non-profit the Alberta EcoTrust. 

    Paul holds an M.Sc. from the University of Calgary, a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, as well as various accreditations in finance and leadership.

    Paul Godman
  • Eric Legault, Advisor

    Eric is a senior investment executive with over 15 years experience in the financing, strategic planning and structuring of high technology and new media opportunities. He is Managing Partner at Teralys Capital, a technology-focused fund of funds financing private venture capital funds that invest in information technology, life sciences and cleantech companies.

    Prior to the creation of Teralys Capital, Eric was responsible for the venture capital program of the Caisse de dépôt et placements du Québec. He also occupied various positions in corporate financing and strategic planning at Ernst & Young, BHVR Communications and Modelcom Conseil.

    Eric holds a Masters in Business Administration from McGill University and a graduate degree in International Finance from Poitiers, France.

    Eric Legault
  • Patrick Ramm, Advisor

    Pat is currently Senior Director of Corporate Venturing and Bagster® Dumpster in a Bag®.  In Corporate Venturing, he leads the management of WM’s portfolio of investments, made up largely of waste conversion technology companies, as well as manages new investment activity.  For the Bagster® line of business, he leads the strategic direction, sales, international supply chain, product marketing, and customer service components of the business.  Pat has been with WM for over 16 years in various roles including Innovation, Business Optimization, Pricing, and FP&A.  Pat is a CPA, holds a BA in Accounting from the University of West Florida, and a MBA in Finance from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, LA. 

    Patrick Ramm
  • Joseph Regan, Advisor

    Joseph Regan joined the VC Cleantech team at Export Development Canada in May of 2017. Prior to joining EDC, Joseph was Managing Partner at Bioenterprise Capital, an investment firm focused on agri-based technologies and businesses that promote human health, lower global energy consumption, reduce the environmental impact of industry and lever technology to materially impact productivity.

    Joseph has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Guelph.  

    Joseph Regan
  • Scott Pinizzotto, Advisor

    Scott Pinizzotto is currently Senior Investment Director for ENGIE New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of ENGIE.  Prior to this role, he served as Senior Director of Corporate Development and Director of Product Management at Ecova, a North American energy services business unit of ENGIE. Scott has 20 years of experience defining, developing and launching new products and services in energy, sustainability and consumer products industries.  Prior to Ecova, Scott occupied various roles with Amazon.com, Indian Motorcycle and Sony Electronics in addition to founding and leading as CEO for six years his own company, Brondell.

    Scott earned his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and obtained his MBA from University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

     

    Scott Pinizzotto
  • Victor Scutaru, Advisor

    Victor is presently Director, Fund Investments for BDC Venture Capital, where he is responsible for managing BDC's portfolio of private equity funds and its investment strategy in Ontario and Western Canada. 

    Prior to his current role, Victor was with BDC's Venture Capital direct investment group for eight years, where he was involved in the financing and management of numerous technology start-up companies. Before joining BDC Venture Capital in 2002, Victor acquired 12 years of experience in the high-technology industry. He held various management and engineering positions, most notably with the Wireless Division of Nortel Networks in Toronto, with Telesystem International Wireless in Montreal, and with Centrale Recherche, Dassault Aviation and Aérospatiale in France.

    Victor holds a PhD in Molecular Physics from École Centrale Paris, France, an MSc in Lasers from University of Paris XI, France, a MSc in Nuclear Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and an MBA from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

    Victor Scutaru
  • James Thompson, Advisor

    James Thompson is the president of GF Private Equity Group, which manages private equity investments for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.  James joined GF Private Equity Group in 2005.  James has had primary responsibility for building the Tribe’s private equity fund program managing private equity fund investments, secondary transactions, and GF Private Equity Group’s direct investment program.  James represented GF Private Equity Group on the boards of directors of Impinj, Inc., Kotura, Inc., and Venda Ltd.

    Before joining GF Private Equity Group, James was a manager at Duff and Phelps.  James has an MBA from Cornell University and a CFA Charter.  James also holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

    James Thompson
  • Nils Voermann, Advisor

    Nils joined Hatch in 1989 as a Mechanical Engineer. In 2003 he was appointed to the role of Global Managing Director – Technologies, where he is responsible for the technical and commercial performance of more than 150 engineers and designers. Since 2010, he has also had executive responsibility for Hatch’s Systems and Environmental Services Groups. 

    With over 20 years of experience, Nils is a recognized expert in engineering design; leadership and management;  project management; construction supervision and commissioning and start up of metallurgical furnaces; hydrometallurgy; steel mills; electrotechnologies; non-destructive testing; and Energy Technologies.

    He is a graduate of Queen’s University where he received his Hons. B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and from INSEAD where he received his MBA. Nils has published or delivered over 20 technical papers on various aspects of metallurgical process plants and equipment, holds several patents and has received various awards including the CANMET Technology Transfer Award and the TMS Extraction and Processing Award. In 2011, he was awarded the Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence by the Professional Engineers Ontario as a recognition of his work in enhancing the safety, environmental performance and productivity of metals smelting operations.

    Nils is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). An airplane pilot in his free time, Nils enjoys sharing his passion for flying with aspiring young aviators.

    Nils Voermann
  • Battelle, Strategic Limited Partner

    Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 60 locations globally. A 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change.

    Today, Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security. We are valued for our independence and ability to innovate within virtually any business or research climate. From large government agencies and multi-national corporations to small start-ups and incubator projects, Battelle provides the resources, brainpower and flexibility to fulfill our clients’ needs.

  • Dow Chemical (Dow), Strategic Limited Partner

    With annual sales of $54 billion and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products.

  • Export Development Canada (EDC), Strategic Limited Partner

    EDC is Canada 's export credit agency, offering innovative financing, insurance and risk management solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. Every year, EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by over 6,400 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide.  Approximately 90 per cent of EDC's customers are small and medium-sized businesses. EDC is a Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada.  The corporation is financially self-sustaining and operates on commercial principles. EDC is a recognized leader in financial reporting, economic analysis and has been named one of Canada 's Top 100 Employers for seven consecutive years.

  • Hydro-Qu├ębec Research Institute, IREQ , Strategic Partner

    Hydro-Québec is the only electric utility in North America to have a research centre the size of IREQ. The company invests a yearly average of $100 million in its innovation projects. 

    The IREQ team is made up of approximately 500 people: a broad range of scientists, technicians, engineers and specialists pool their efforts and expertise to support Hydro-Québec in every facet of its operations, from electricity generation to consumption. 

  • The National Optics Institute (INO), Strategic Partner

    INO is Canada's leading developer of industrial optics and photonics solutions.  INO is home to the largest concentration of skill in the field and serves clients of all sizes from all parts of Canada and around the world. INO offers a complete range of integrated services in the fields of optics/photonics to clients of all descriptions in every field of industrial activity. It also possesses a variety of technologies and innovative processes based on a strong IP portfolio. These assets could represent unique business opportunities for companies wishing to commercialize them.

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Strategic Partner

    SMUD generates, transmits and distributes electricity to a 900-square-mile territory that includes all of Sacramento County and small portions of Placer and Yolo counties

    Serving approximately 600,000 customers and a total population of about 1.4 million people, SMUD is the sixth-largest public utility in the country. 

  • SoCalGas, Strategic Partner

    SoCalGas is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the US, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.9 million consumers through 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities. It has been delivering natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years.  The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.

    SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company.

     

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