About Us

Founded in 2009, CE is a Canadian-based clean energy company leading the commercialization of groundbreaking technology that captures CO₂ directly from the atmosphere, and synthesizes it into clean, affordable transportation fuels. From a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C., CE has been removing CO₂ from the atmosphere since 2015 and converting it into fuels since December, 2017.

CE is privately owned and is funded by private investors, including Bill Gates and Murray Edwards, and with support from governments. 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.

Management Team

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Steve Oldham

B.Sc., Chief Executive Officer

Steve Oldham serves as Carbon Engineering’s CEO. Steve brings over 20 years of executive experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous roles in technology, robotics, and aerospace sectors. Steve served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development for MDA, a leading Canadian technology firm. At MDA, Steve held a variety of senior executive positions across Canada and the US, covering General Management, Business Development, and Strategy. He has secured financing from Government and commercial sources for a variety of complex technologies, including several large satellite programs. Mr. Oldham holds a bachelor of science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Birmingham in England.

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Susan Koch

B.A. and CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), Chief Financial Officer

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, and VP Finance and CFO at Vancouver-based Cellex Power Products. 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.

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John Bruce

B.Sc., M.Eng., Strategic Development
John brings more than 20 years experience in building, managing and investing in clean tech based ventures. John’s focus has been on product strategy and management, as VP Business Development and Product Management at Cellex Power, and more recently as an Executive in Residence at Foresight Cleantech Acceleration Centre.
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Lori Guetre

B.Eng, M.Eng, Business Development
Lori brings more than 25 years of engineering, business development, and finance experience to CE’s team, stemming from previous roles in technology and aerospace sectors. Lori most recently served on the MDA Corporate Finance and Strategy teams as Senior Director, Strategic Business Development. At MDA, Lori held a variety of senior executive positions including General Management and VP Business Development. Lori holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from RMC and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University.
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Kenton Heidel

P.Eng. B.Sc., Director of Engineering
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 and development of processes, equipment, and AIR TO FUELS™ plants.
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Geoffrey Holmes

M.Sc., Business Development
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 research and design, has been involved with several generations of prototyping and testing, and has published on air contactor design and general techno-economics of DAC and fuel synthesis. Geoff now leads CE’s Regulatory Engagement and public outreach efforts.
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Dan Kahn

P.Eng., Manager, Products
Dan Kahn is a professional engineer with over 10 years’ experience in clean technology and hydrogen infrastructure development. He previously worked for Greenlight Innovation and BQE Water, and holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia. Dan has served in a variety of capacities at CE and is now responsible for managing CE’s product strategy.
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Jenny McCahill

Ph.D., Manager, Advanced Development/PM
Jenny has 10 years’ experience in catalysis development and inorganic chemistry research, with a focus on the development of chemical processes for industrial applications. Jenny has been with CE since 2014 and currently leads the advanced development group in the optimization of current technology and investigation of next generation technologies for process integration. She also leads project management for current pilot facilities and next plant development.
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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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Jane Ritchie

M.Sc., P.Eng., IP Portfolio Manager
Jane is a professional engineer with a master’s in chemical engineering. Prior to joining CE, Jane worked in the EPC industry, gaining more than 5 years’ experience across process engineering design, upgrading, and SAGD projects, as well as production engineering and field operation. Jane started at CE as a Senior Process Engineer in 2011, and led the design, construction, and commissioning of the pilot plant pellet reactor. She also moved into the role of Manager, Intellectual Property and has been an active contributor to CE’s patents.
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Hollie Roberts

B.Ed., Manager, Human Resources / EA
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.
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Anna Stukas

P.Eng., Business Development
Anna is a professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience bridging the gap between technology and business to overcome barriers to cleantech commercialization. Anna previously worked with Angstrom Power and BIC developing hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, where her responsibilities spanned IP and licensing strategy, product safety, and international regulatory development. She currently leads CE’s partnering and customer business development efforts. Previously, Anna led a variety of CE initiatives from strategic projects to government programs.

Board of Directors

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Dan Friedmann

Board Chair

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.

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.

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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.

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James McDermott

Board Member

Mr. McDermott is Managing Director of US Renewables Group, Partner at Rusheen Capital Management, and Executive Chairman at leading waste-to-fuels firm Fulcrum Bioenergy. 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.

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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.

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