Carbon Engineering’s board of directors combines experience in start-ups and large-businesses, senior management, and brings together extensive expertise in energy, engineering, and environmental policy.
As of spring 2016, CE has 20 employees in engineering, physics, chemistry, business development, and finance. Our technical team has skills that encompass technology development and commercialization, engineering, fundamental chemistry, process development, industrial modeling, industrial operations, fabrication, and plant design.
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 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-basedVaperma 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 totalling $130M, raising funds from North American, European and International investors.
David Keith, Ph.D., Executive Chairman
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 Cambridge Massachusetts where he holds professorships in engineering and in public policy at Harvard and Calgary where he lives roughly one third of the time.
Jabe Blumenthal, Board Member
A Seattle native and resident, Jabe graduated from Yale in 1982 with a degree in Applied Mathematics and went to work for Microsoft, designing the first version of Excel and becoming the company’s first Program Manager. In 1994 he left Microsoft to teach mathematics and physics at his alma-mater, Lakeside High School in Seattle, where he was the Head of the Science Department until the end of the 2003 school year. Since then he has since focused on climate and energy policy advocacy work, in the Pacific Northwest and nationally, and is the board co-chair of Climate Solutions.
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.
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.
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
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.
Jenny McCahill, Ph.D., Research Scientist
Jenny received her B.Sc. in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Windsor. Jenny has 10 years of experience in catalysis and inorganic chemistry research and held a NSF fellowship for her post-doctoral work at UC, Santa Barbara.
Kevin Nold, B.A.Sc., Process Engineer (EIT)
Kevin graduated from a cooperative education program at the University of Waterloo, where he obtained a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering with an Option in Management Sciences. At CE, he performs process modeling and design for different stages of development.
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.
Jane Ritchie, P.Eng. M.Sc., Senior Process Engineer
Jane received her M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Schulich School of Engineering in Calgary, Alberta. Jane graduated with Distinction, held NSERC’s Post-Graduate Scholarship for her M.Sc. work, and has over five years of experience in the engineering, procurement, and construction field. Jane’s valuable experience in design of petroleum facilities, as well as her strong research background, help her excel as CE’s lead process development engineer.
Hollie Roberts, B.Ed., Office Manager & Finance
Hollie has worked with David Keith since 2007, as his Executive Assistant at the University of Calgary. She manages the day-to-day office operations of CE, including human resources, purchasing and accounting. Her prior experience includes program coordination and instruction in the information technology field.
Connor Clark, Engineering Intern
Connor is a fourth year student at the University of Calgary currently studying mechanical engineering. He has 8 months previous work experience in the oil and gas industry which included research on pipeline leak detection technologies. Connor will contribute to small scale air contactor design and laboratory testing along with regulatory affairs for the pilot plant over his 12 month internship with CE.
Jeff Goodwill, Engineering Intern
Jeff is a fourth year student studying electrical engineering at the University of Victoria. He has also attended Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC where he received a diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology. While working at CE Jeff will be working on the electrical distribution design of the pilot plant.