Team and Board

Carbon Engineering (CE) is an independent Canadian company based in Squamish, B.C.

Incorporated in 2009 and privately owned, CE is funded by private investors including Bill Gates and Murray Edwards. CE grew from academic work conducted on carbon management technologies by Professor David Keith’s research groups at the University of Calgary and Carnegie Mellon University.

CE has been well supported within the clean-tech innovation system. To date, CE has led projects funded by Sustainable Development Technologies Canada (SDTC), British Columbia Innovative Clean Energy Fund (BC ICE), Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), Industrial Research Assistantship Program, and the US Department of Energy (DOE).

Intellectual property (IP) is crucial to CE’s growth strategy. All IP is owned by CE and is managed by Fish and Richardson, a leading global IP firm.

Carbon Engineering Team
Adrian Corless, M.A.Sc., Chief Executive Officer

Adrian Corless

M.A.Sc., Chief Executive Officer

Adrian has served as CEO at Carbon Engineering since 2013, where he has led the team that designed, built and tested the world’s first scalable atmospheric CO2 capture pilot plant. Adrian previously served at Plug Power as Chief Technology Officer, successfully leading its industrial fuel cell product development and commercialization efforts. Adrian also spent a year in France supporting the creation of a JV between Plug Power and Air Liquide to bring the product line to Europe. Adrian received a Master’s Degree from the University of Victoria and is a registered P.Eng in the Province of British Columbia.

Susan Koch, B.A. and C.A., CFO

Susan Koch

B.A. and C.A., CFO

Susan is a finance veteran in pre-commercial technology companies. She is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CA) of 30 years’ experience. Prior to joining Carbon Engineering she held positions of CFO at Vancouver-based General Fusion, CFO at Quebec City-based Vaperma Inc, and VP Finance and CFO at Vancouver-based Cellex Power Products, Inc. From Cellex through to General Fusion, Susan was a core team member on financings totaling $130M, raising funds from North American, European and International investors.

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David St. Angelo

Chief Technology Officer

David has a successful track record spanning 20+ years in engineering, including leadership roles in the clean tech and energy industries. He was previously Senior Vice President of Engineering and Bioprocess at Joule Unlimited, where he built the technology strategy around Joule’s algal biofuel production technology. David also served as Vice President of Engineering at Skyonic Corporation, where he led the initial conceptualization and development of patented technology for the capture and conversion of carbon into mineral products. David’s wealth of experience is now guiding CE’s technology strategies to bring direct air capture and air to fuels technologies into the marketplace.

Denis Connor, Board Member

Denis Connor

Board Member

Denis is an electrical engineer who started his career at Bell Labs and then moved on to MDA. He was President of the Science Council of BC from 1988 to 1990. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer and President of QuestAir, which merged with Xebec in early 2009. He has been a leader in numerous Canadian green-tech start-ups, including General Fusion, and advises the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on their support of renewable energy technology companies.

David Keith, Board Member, Acting Chief Scientist

David Keith

Board Member, Acting Chief Scientist

David has worked at the interface of climate science, energy technology, and public policy for 25 years. As a technology developer and innovator, he built a high accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA’s ER-2 and developed new methods for reservoir engineering to increase the safety of stored CO2. David was listed as one of TIME magazine’s Heroes of the Environment 2009. David divides his time between Calgary and Cambridge Massachusetts where he holds professorships in engineering and in public policy at Harvard University.

Michael Hutchison, Board Member

Michael Hutchison

Board Member

Michael Hutchison is a visionary, private investor and entrepreneur.  As the Principal behind Bethel Lands Corporation Ltd he seeks out sustainable projects to satisfy local community needs.

Most notable developments under the leadership of Michael include the Sea to Sky Gondola, Newport Beach Development and Quest University Canada.  During his 20 year career, Michael has served on a number of Boards including the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Squamish Sustainability Corporation, Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation and the Whistler Housing Authority.

Michael was elected to Carbon Engineering’s Board in July of 2016.

Laurie Pare, Board Member

Laurie Pare

Board Member

Laurie Pare is a chartered accountant and a former partner of Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP. He is a director of Jovian Capital Corporation and is a financial consultant for one of CE’s largest investors.

James McDermott, Board Member

James McDermott

Board Member

Mr. McDermott is a Managing Director based in Los Angeles and one of the firm’s two Managing Partners. Mr. McDermott has operational control of the firm’s day-to-day activities. Prior to forming USRG, Mr. McDermott started his career as a public power banker with First Boston’s Municipal Finance Group in New York. While at First Boston, he worked with Southern California Public Power Authority, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Washington Public Power Supply System and several other West Coast municipal utilities and investor owned utilities.

Dan Friedmann, Board Member

Dan Friedmann

Board Member

Dan Friedmann led Canadian aero-space company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates as CEO for 20 years, during which time he grew the company’s revenue 19-fold and increased market capitalization 35-fold. Dan was named Brendan Wood TopGun CEO in Canada in 2015-2016.

Jean-François Béland, B.Sc., MPA, MBA, M.Sc, Vice President Corporate Strategy

Jean-François Béland

B.Sc., MPA, MBA, M.Sc, Vice President Corporate Strategy

Jean-François has served as Vice President of Corporate Affairs at General Fusion Inc. and as Executive Vice-President of AREVA Canada, and prior to that, he worked in the Canadian public service and in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, where he served as Policy Advisor on Treasury Board and Governance issues. J-F holds several degrees, including a B.Sc., MPA, MBA, and an M.Sc. In December 2013, Jean- François was appointed Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France.

Kenton Heidel, P.Eng. B.Sc., Engineering Lead

Kenton Heidel

P.Eng. B.Sc., Engineering Lead

Kenton worked as an engineer-in-training at both oil-and-gas EPC firms and manufacturers, in both cases assisting in new product development. After graduating in 2008 from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, he was hired by David Keith to assist with the air capture project that was presented on the Discovery Channel program, Project Earth. Kenton now leads CE’s engineering efforts, overseeing design of equipment and processes, and execution of piloting and testing programs.

Geoffrey Holmes, M.Sc., Business Development Manager

Geoffrey Holmes

M.Sc., Business Development Manager

Geoff has worked on direct air capture of CO2 since 2008, both in an academic capacity and at Carbon Engineering. Geoff has led much of CE’s air contactor design work since 2010, has been involved with several generations of prototyping and testing, and has published on air contactor design and optimization in the UK Royal Society journal among others. Geoff now serves as CE’s Business Development Manager and handles the company’s PR and communications efforts.

Hollie Roberts, B.Ed., Office Manager & Finance

Hollie Roberts

B.Ed., Office Manager & Finance

Hollie has been with Carbon Engineering since its inception and has evolved her role from the day-to-day office operations to focusing on human resources, executive and team support. She is part of the small but mighty, back-office administration team who manage the health and happiness of our team.

Anna Stukas, P.Eng., Director of Government Programs

Anna Stukas

P.Eng., Director of Government Programs

Anna is responsible for leading Carbon Engineering’s government programs, and interfaces with a broad range of local, provincial, and federal agencies to secure and manage funding in support of CE’s technology development. Prior to joining CE, Anna worked with Angstrom Power, where her responsibilities included intellectual property management, technology licensing, product safety, and creation of international standards and regulations for hydrogen and fuel cells. Anna was a core member of the team that negotiated the successful acquisition of Angstrom by the BIC Group for $18.7M USD.

Doug Olmstead, P.Eng., Site Manager

Doug Olmstead

P.Eng., Site Manager

Doug is an accomplished Professional Chemical Engineer with 20 plus years of experience in the processing of industrial chemicals. He has had involvement in the management of all aspects of facility life cycle including design, construction, staffing, start-up, operation, maintenance, decommission, and final remediation. This includes 6 R&D pilot projects, 6 small scale production facilities, and 3 world class process plants.

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