Founders and Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Richard has over 35 years of experience in the O & G sector with Owners and E & C Service companies across 3 continents. He has impacted business performance and project outcomes for Arco British Ltd, AMEC, and SNC-Lavalin.
Richard has demonstrated leadership in managing large and complex businesses and mega projects spanning all phases of project development and execution. He was the Project Director for AMEC on ExxonMobil’s multi-billion dollar Kearl Expansion Project in Alberta. From 2017 to 2019 spearheaded SNC-Lavalin’s O & G Global Project Development as SVP. After leaving SNC-Lavalin he joined Lumeri, a leadership consultancy firm with a unique approach to reliably deliver mega-project and organizational transformation. Richard has an HNC in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Project Management. He runs an Advisory firm and is involved in supporting other cleantech startups
President, Co-Founder and Director
Erin has 18 years of experience in capital markets, specializing in growth-focused public and private companies moving into senior private or public equity.
She is an expert in complex projects requiring financing solutions, including offtake and multi-lateral government banking group investment. She was recently appointed Advisor for Raiven Capital’s Silicon Valley-Canada Cross-Border Fund. She has developed key relationships with Chinese technology, manufacturing and financial groups and, from 2010 to 2015, led a multi-national and multi-disciplinary team to develop the Karakul Cobalt Mine in Altai, Russia. Active in Canadian politics since the late 1980s, Erin has managed and advised campaigns and leadership races at all levels of government. In 2011, Erin was recognized as a 40 under 40 for her accomplishments as a young CEO.
Chairman, Co-Founder and Director
Wade Larson has worked in Canada’s space (satellite) sector for 25 years, starting at the Canadian Space Agency and then at MDA.
Wade co-founded UrtheCast and served as the company’s President and COO and then its CEO. He developed its business plan as a highly-differentiated services company, with services delivered off of large capital assets with high barriers to entry. He built the team that took the company public, raised ~C$250M, acquired a subsidiary in Europe for €72M, grew to a 200+ person multi-national organization, and achieved C$50M in revenues in 2016 (named Canada’s fastest growing tech company over five years by Deloitte). He has an MA and an MBA.
Co-Founder and Chief Technical Advisor
Rashaad Sader has been leading O&G projects for over 20 years for Halliburton, Westinghouse, Bechtel, AMEC, and SNC-Lavalin in the U.S., Africa and Canada. As a Project Director, he has led the development of cogeneration power plants, desalination facilities, refineries, methanol plants, and oil sands developments through business planning, facility planning, front-end engineering and project execution. He was the architect of a design-one-build-many approach to a multi-billion-dollar oil-sands facility resulting in a 30% cost-reduction. In addition to a Masters in Robotics and Automation from the University of Calgary, Rashaad is Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence candidate with Queen’s University.
Chief Financial Officer
Sean Hodgins has extensive experience with startup financing projects including Mazza Innovation (sold to Sensient in 2018) and MetaOptima (raised over $15M in both government and angel investment). Sean is also very familiar with public company financing and RTO/IPO transactions which have included Protox Therapeutics RTO, Med Biogene RTO/CFO, Mandalay Resources acquisition of Costerfield, Uranium One acquisition of UrAsia Energy, Medicenna RTO and Solution Financial RTO/CFO.
Co-Founder and Director
Robert (Bob) Delamar is a lawyer and high technology CEO with two decades of start-up experience.
In 2014, after stints in Israel and Silicon Valley, Bob returned home to Vancouver to co-found and serve as the first CEO for Pacific Future Energy Corporation, a Near-Zero Net Carbon cleantech refinery project. In 2015, Bob and associates acquired a controlling stake in BitTorrent, Inc., based in San Francisco, where as co-CEO of the company, he led a radical overhaul of the company’s business before divesting his stake in 2016. In 2019, Bob accepted the appointment as CEO and board member at First Responder Technologies Inc., a leading public safety and security technology company.
Lisa Ranken has spent her career building and honing operations from bench to commercial scale. Her expertise and success in clean technology startups show that she is a master of solving complex business challenges. Most recently, at Mazza Innovation, she led the commercialization of a patented extraction technology through acquisition. Prior to this, she supported the successful advancement of the first-of-its-kind low carbon biofuel technology with Iogen Corp. Lisa is a P. Eng with a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Mcgill and a Master’s from UNSW in Sydney, Australia.
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
Mark Marissen served as national campaign co-chair for the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2008 national election (”the Green Shift”), and has served as a political strategist for many other campaigns at federal, provincial and local levels.
He has provided strategic advice and public-consultation services to major public entities and infrastructure projects, including the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Fraser River Port Authority, the Vancouver Airport Authority, Council of Forest Industries, BC Ferries, CIBC World Markets, the Metro Vancouver SkyTrain Extension Project, and the Richmond Airport-Vancouver Canada Line SkyTrain transit project.