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  • Office of the President

    John Wilson, PHD

    President & CEO

    John Wilson is responsible for managing Innovate Calgary’s technology transfer and commercialization activities, and to work...

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    John Wilson, PHD
    President & CEO

    Peter Garrett

    Special Advisor to the Board

    Peter Garrett will continue to provide strategic guidance to the Innovate Calgary Board of Directors working closely with the Vice-President...

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    Peter Garrett
    Special Advisor to the Board

    Shannon Stahl, BSc

    Senior Manager, Office Operations, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

    Shannon Stahl directly supports Innovate Calgary's CEO, management team, stakeholders ...

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    Shannon Stahl, BSc
    Senior Manager, Office Operations, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

    Jessie Kubes, MBA, PhD, MSc

    Director, Medical & Life Sciences (On Maternity Leave)

    Jessie Kubes oversees the commercialization activities and industry partnerships for the University of Calgary. Expertise and background...

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    Jessie Kubes, MBA, PhD, MSc
    Director, Medical & Life Sciences (On Maternity Leave)

    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM

    Director, New Ventures

    Stace Wills is responsible for supporting the commercialization activities of University of Calgary researchers that are creating new ventures ...

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    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM
    Director, New Ventures

    Sue Delesalle, CPA, CGA

    Director, Special Projects

    Sue Delesalle is responsible for the overall management of the Life Sciences Innovation Hub's (LSIH) finances, building operations, and tenant experience...

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    Sue Delesalle, CPA, CGA
    Director, Special Projects

    Tara Barnas, BA

    Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

    Tara Barnas leads Innovate Calgary's corporate marketing and communication activities. With over 13 years of diverse experience...

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    Tara Barnas, BA
    Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

    Sherry Wei, BComm., CGA

    Associate Director, Finance

    Sherry Wei is responsible for managing the financing and accounting functions for Innovate Calgary and its company formation portfolio of...

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    Sherry Wei, BComm., CGA
    Associate Director, Finance

    Tony Wigglesworth, PhD

    Associate Director, Science & Engineering

    Tony Wigglesworth is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in material sciences, clean...

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    Tony Wigglesworth, PhD
    Associate Director, Science & Engineering

    Nima Najand, PhD

    Senior Innovation Manger, Medical & Life Sciences

    Nima Najand helps lead the team to commercialize innovations involving therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, and...

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    Nima Najand, PhD
    Senior Innovation Manger, Medical & Life Sciences
  • Finance & Administration

    Shannon Stahl, BSc

    Senior Manager, Office Operations, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

    Shannon Stahl directly supports Innovate Calgary's CEO, management team, stakeholders ...

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    Shannon Stahl, BSc
    Senior Manager, Office Operations, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

    Andrei Edwards, MBA, J.D.

    Associate Director, Corporate Counsel

    Andrei Edwards works with Innovate Calgary’s senior management and business departments on a wide range of legal, operational...

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    Andrei Edwards, MBA, J.D.
    Associate Director, Corporate Counsel

    Tara Barnas, BA

    Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

    Tara Barnas leads Innovate Calgary's corporate marketing and communication activities. With over 13 years of diverse experience...

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    Tara Barnas, BA
    Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

    Sherry Wei, BComm., CGA

    Associate Director, Finance

    Sherry Wei is responsible for managing the financing and accounting functions for Innovate Calgary and its company formation portfolio of...

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    Sherry Wei, BComm., CGA
    Associate Director, Finance

    Jenny Zhang

    Administrator, Finance

    Jenny Zhang supports the accounting functions, including accounts payable and receivable, for Innovate Calgary and its portfolio companies...

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    Jenny Zhang
    Administrator, Finance

    Venessa Manaloto

    Senior Administrator, Intellectual Property Manager

    Venessa Manaloto is responsible for providing support for Innovate Calgary’s contract and intellectual...

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    Venessa Manaloto
    Senior Administrator, Intellectual Property Manager

    Betty Eggertson, BSc

    Senior Administrator, Administrative Services and Executive Assistant

    Betty Eggertson supports the New Ventures Director overseeing the management of Innovate Calgary's...

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    Betty Eggertson, BSc
    Senior Administrator, Administrative Services and Executive Assistant

    Kelly Markevich

    Senior Administrator, IMPACT program & Life Sciences Innovation Hub

    Kelly Markevich provides senior level administrative support for the IMPACT program and the Life Sciences Innovation Hub

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    Kelly Markevich
    Senior Administrator, IMPACT program & Life Sciences Innovation Hub

    Krista Nguyen, BA

    Associate Administrator

    Krista Nguyen acts as a key support to the Office Operations in managing the day-to-day activities within the Innovate Calgary office. Krista also...

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    Krista Nguyen, BA
    Associate Administrator
  • Medical & Life Sciences

    Jessie Kubes, MBA, PhD, MSc

    Director, Medical & Life Sciences (On Maternity Leave)

    Jessie Kubes oversees the commercialization activities and industry partnerships for the University of Calgary. Expertise and background...

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    Jessie Kubes, MBA, PhD, MSc
    Director, Medical & Life Sciences (On Maternity Leave)

    Nima Najand, PhD

    Senior Innovation Manger, Medical & Life Sciences

    Nima Najand helps lead the team to commercialize innovations involving therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, and...

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    Nima Najand, PhD
    Senior Innovation Manger, Medical & Life Sciences

    Morgan Guo, PhD

    Innovation Manager, Medical & Life Sciences

    Morgan Guo works with University of Calgary researchers to manage intellectual property and commercialization of new...

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    Morgan Guo, PhD
    Innovation Manager, Medical & Life Sciences

    Erin Kulhawy, PhD

    Innovation Manager, Medical & Life Sciences

    Erin Kulhawy is responsible for managing a portfolio of life sciences technologies and discoveries at the University of...

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    Erin Kulhawy, PhD
    Innovation Manager, Medical & Life Sciences

    Lin Tang, PhD

    Innovation Manager, Medical & Life Sciences, Industry Engagement

    Lin Tang works with University of Calgary researchers and industry to develop, facilitate and manage...

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    Lin Tang, PhD
    Innovation Manager, Medical & Life Sciences, Industry Engagement
  • Science & Engineering

    Tony Wigglesworth, PhD

    Associate Director, Science & Engineering

    Tony Wigglesworth is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in material sciences, clean...

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    Tony Wigglesworth, PhD
    Associate Director, Science & Engineering

    Rishi Batra, M.Eng

    Senior Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering

    Rishi Batra is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in the fields of oil and gas...

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    Rishi Batra, M.Eng
    Senior Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering

    Puneet Mannan, MBA, P.Eng.

    Senior Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering, CFREF Commercialization Advisor

    Puneet Mannan is a member of the Energy Technology Accelerator team that manages the...

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    Puneet Mannan, MBA, P.Eng.
    Senior Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering, CFREF Commercialization Advisor

    Pej Ghanipour, B.Sc., MASc.

    Senior Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering, CFREF Commercialization Advisor

    Pej Ghanipour works with independent and University of Calgary researchers to manage...

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    Pej Ghanipour, B.Sc., MASc.
    Senior Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering, CFREF Commercialization Advisor

    Jelena Matic, BSc

    Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering, CFREF Commercialization Advisor

    Jelena is responsible for performing detailed assessments for patentability, technical...

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    Jelena Matic, BSc
    Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering, CFREF Commercialization Advisor

    Sahar Salimi, MSc, MBA

    Innovation Manager, Engineering & Physical Sciences

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    Sahar Salimi, MSc, MBA
    Innovation Manager, Engineering & Physical Sciences
  • Clinical & Social Innovation

    Jordana Armstrong, BA

    Senior Innovation Manager, Clinical & Social Innovation

    Jordana Armstrong provides strategic direction for evidence-informed solutions to pressing challenges, which aim to...

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    Jordana Armstrong, BA
    Senior Innovation Manager, Clinical & Social Innovation

    Andrea Wall, BA

    Innovation Manager, Clinical & Social Innovation

    Andrea provides strategic guidance to researchers who are developing evidence-informed approaches to social change that ...

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    Andrea Wall, BA
    Innovation Manager, Clinical & Social Innovation
  • New Ventures

    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM

    Director, New Ventures

    Stace Wills is responsible for supporting the commercialization activities of University of Calgary researchers that are creating new ventures ...

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    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM
    Director, New Ventures

    Betty Eggertson, BSc

    Senior Administrator, Administrative Services and Executive Assistant

    Betty Eggertson supports the New Ventures Director overseeing the management of Innovate Calgary's...

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    Betty Eggertson, BSc
    Senior Administrator, Administrative Services and Executive Assistant
  • Life Sciences Innovation Hub

    Sue Delesalle, CPA, CGA

    Director, Special Projects

    Sue Delesalle is responsible for the overall management of the Life Sciences Innovation Hub's (LSIH) finances, building operations, and tenant experience...

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    Sue Delesalle, CPA, CGA
    Director, Special Projects

    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM

    Director, New Ventures

    Stace Wills is responsible for supporting the commercialization activities of University of Calgary researchers that are creating new ventures ...

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    Stace Wills, BComm, CIM
    Director, New Ventures

    Nima Najand, PhD

    Senior Innovation Manger, Medical & Life Sciences

    Nima Najand helps lead the team to commercialize innovations involving therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, and...

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    Nima Najand, PhD
    Senior Innovation Manger, Medical & Life Sciences

    Jim Wilson, PhD

    Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering

    Jim Wilson is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in...

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    Jim Wilson, PhD
    Innovation Manager, Science & Engineering

    Chelsea Yu, BSc, MBA (Candidate)

    Business Analyst

    Chelsea is responsible for managing a portfolio of life science startup companies, providing market, technology and in...

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    Chelsea Yu, BSc, MBA (Candidate)
    Business Analyst

    Bradley King, B.Mgt.

    Business Analyst

    Bradley is responsible for managing a portfolio of life science startup companies, providing market, technology and in...

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    Bradley King, B.Mgt.
    Business Analyst

    Alyssa Lam, BA

    Community Engagement Specialist

    Alyssa supports the broader life sciences community through the coordination of key activities to bring together Calgary’s life...

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    Alyssa Lam, BA
    Community Engagement Specialist

    Silvana Dipalma

    Senior Administrator, Client Relationship Manager

    Silvana is responsible for the provision of client facing services at the LSI Hub. In a...

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    Silvana Dipalma
    Senior Administrator, Client Relationship Manager

    Kimberley Penney

    Coordinator, Facilities and Building Services

    As the Coordinator, Facilities & Building services for the Life Sciences Innovation Hub, Kimberley is responsible for the provision of client facing services.

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    Kimberley Penney
    Coordinator, Facilities and Building Services

    Alla Bondareva, MSc, PM

    Lab Manager, Molecular Biology

    Alla is responsible for managing the operations of the shared lab space while acting as the safety and compliance officer for ...

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    Alla Bondareva, MSc, PM
    Lab Manager, Molecular Biology

    Anthony Blythe, MSc

    Lab Manager, Engineering Workshop

    Anthony is responsible for the operation and oversight of the prototype development and testing workshop at the Life Sciences...

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    Anthony Blythe, MSc
    Lab Manager, Engineering Workshop

    Carlos Castillo, PhD

    Lab Coordinator

    Carlos will assist the Lab Manager in overseeing the operations of the shared lab space. In his role, he will support companies...

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    Carlos Castillo, PhD
    Lab Coordinator
  • IMPACT

    Derek Exner, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, FHRS

    Director, IMPACT

    As the Director of the IMPACT program, Derek oversees the development, strategic planning, and governance for this program...

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    Derek Exner, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, FHRS
    Director, IMPACT

    Karen Cowan, RN

    Venture Navigator, IMPACT

    As a Venture Navigator within the IMPACT program, Karen guides startup companies through the several processes required to start, execute, and complete a clinical trial ...

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    Karen Cowan, RN
    Venture Navigator, IMPACT

    Michelle Nelson, PhD, CAPM

    Venture Navigator, IMPACT

    As a Venture Navigator within the IMPACT program, Michelle guides startup companies through the several processes required to start, execute, and complete a clinical trial ...

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    Michelle Nelson, PhD, CAPM
    Venture Navigator, IMPACT

    Kelly Markevich

    Senior Administrator, IMPACT program & Life Sciences Innovation Hub

    Kelly Markevich provides senior level administrative support for the IMPACT program and the Life Sciences Innovation Hub

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    Kelly Markevich
    Senior Administrator, IMPACT program & Life Sciences Innovation Hub
  • Expert Advisors

    Ali Ardakani

    Founder & Managing Director, Novateur Venture Inc. Vancouver, BC

    Areas of expertise: Therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, executive leadership, corporate partnerships, regulatory, board governance.

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    Ali Ardakani
    Founder & Managing Director, Novateur Venture Inc. Vancouver, BC

    Alessandro Biglioli, MSc, PEng, MBA

    Founder and CEO, Elsius Biomedical. Calgary, Alberta

    Areas of Expertise: Startups, Strategy, Financing, Medical Devices, Business Development

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    Alessandro Biglioli, MSc, PEng, MBA
    Founder and CEO, Elsius Biomedical. Calgary, Alberta

    Andrew Murdin

    President, Murdin Biotechnology Inc. Toronto, ON

    Areas of expertise: Corporate partnering, strategic planning, therapeutics, vaccines, M&A, licensing, and R&D

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    Andrew Murdin
    President, Murdin Biotechnology Inc. Toronto, ON

    Brad Thompson

    CEO & Founder, Wyvern Pharmaceuticals and Kickshaw Ventures Ltd. Calgary, AB

    Areas of Expertise: Immunotherapy, oncology, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, corporate partnering, strategic planning, M&A, capital raising

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    Brad Thompson
    CEO & Founder, Wyvern Pharmaceuticals and Kickshaw Ventures Ltd. Calgary, AB

    Dr. David Chalack

    International Sales Manager, Alta Genetics Inc., Owner/Partner & President, Rocky Mountain Holsteins Ltd.

    Areas of Expertise: Agri-tech, Agri-food, Animal Health, Corporate Strategy, Fundraising, Business Development, Pitch Coaching, Board Governance

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    Dr. David Chalack
    International Sales Manager, Alta Genetics Inc., Owner/Partner & President, Rocky Mountain Holsteins Ltd.

    Deborah Livneh

    Entrepreneur-in-Residence, WEtech Alliance, Windsor, ON

    Areas of Expertise: Startups, Finance, Angel Investors, Med-tech, Regulatory, Board Governance

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    Deborah Livneh
    Entrepreneur-in-Residence, WEtech Alliance, Windsor, ON

    Dennis Niebergal

    Professional board director and consultant

    Areas of Expertise: Digital health, eHealth, corporate strategy, board governance, coaching, business development, capital raising

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    Dennis Niebergal
    Professional board director and consultant

    Gary Bantle

    Areas of Expertise: Corporate finance, venture capital, fundraising, board governance, corporate strategy, life sciences, AgTech

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    Gary Bantle

    Jaspreet Grewal

    Founder & CEO, Venn Consulting. Calgary, Alberta

    Areas of Expertise: Regulatory, clinical research, business development, capital referrals

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    Jaspreet Grewal
    Founder & CEO, Venn Consulting. Calgary, Alberta

    Dr. Jehangir Appoo

    Research Associate Professor, Healthcare Consulting, Angel Investor

    Areas of Expertise: Clinical & Academic Medicine, Health Care Innovation, Education, Cardiovascular Science, Surgery, Imaging, Exponential Technology in Healthcare (AI, IoT, Digital Medicine, VR/AR), Connecting spaces/people

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    Dr. Jehangir Appoo
    Research Associate Professor, Healthcare Consulting, Angel Investor

    Joe Elliot

    Principal, Biopharm Management Inc. (BMI), provider of short and long-term management services to the biopharmaceutical industry

    Areas of Expertise: Startups, Strategic, Financing, Therapeutics, Oncology, Pitch Coaching

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    Joe Elliot
    Principal, Biopharm Management Inc. (BMI), provider of short and long-term management services to the biopharmaceutical industry

    Mike Spear

    Director of Corporate Communications, Genome Alberta. Calgary, Alberta

    Areas of Expertise: Marketing, communications, public relations, branding, media relations, social media

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    Mike Spear
    Director of Corporate Communications, Genome Alberta. Calgary, Alberta

    Peter Zyla

    Founder and Chief Strategist, Ventrek

    Areas of Expertise: Corporate Strategy, Business Planning, Coaching, Mentoring, Executive Development

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    Peter Zyla
    Founder and Chief Strategist, Ventrek

    Robert Verhagen

    CEO, Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB)

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    Robert Verhagen
    CEO, Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB)

    Stephen Urquhart

    Executive in Residence, Canadian Academic Accelerators and Incubators

    Areas of Interest: Diagnostics, medical devices, not-for-profit organizations, foundations.

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    Stephen Urquhart
    Executive in Residence, Canadian Academic Accelerators and Incubators

    Yvon Bastien

    Independent Director and Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee, HLS Therapeutics Inc.

    Areas of Expertise: Pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, executive leadership, board governance.

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    Yvon Bastien
    Independent Director and Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee, HLS Therapeutics Inc.
  • GreenSTEM Fellows

    Dr. Paul Addo, PhD, Chemistry

    GreenSTEM Fellow, Co-founder, President/CEO & Director, See02 Energy

    See02 Energy aims to develop a symmetrical solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) technology...

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    Dr. Paul Addo, PhD, Chemistry
    GreenSTEM Fellow, Co-founder, President/CEO & Director, See02 Energy

    Dr. Roger Mah, PhD, Chemistry

    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, ZoraMat Solutions Inc.

    ZoraMat Solutions aims to prototype and scale Zoralite, a solid sorbent for carbon dioxide capture from large industrial emitters, natural...

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    Dr. Roger Mah, PhD, Chemistry
    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, ZoraMat Solutions Inc.

    Dr. Beatriz Molero, PhD, Chemistry

    GreenSTEM Fellow, Co-founder, CTO & Director, See02 Energy

    See02 Energy aims to develop a symmetrical solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) technology that efficiently converts carbon dioxide...

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    Dr. Beatriz Molero, PhD, Chemistry
    GreenSTEM Fellow, Co-founder, CTO & Director, See02 Energy

    Aseem Pandey, Masters, Chemical Engineering

    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, InnVTek Inc.

    InnVTek Inc. is developing a prototype technology that enables the transport of bitumen in the form of an emulsion, reducing or...

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    Aseem Pandey, Masters, Chemical Engineering
    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, InnVTek Inc.

    Shahrukh Shamim, Masters, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, Envicore Inc.

    EnviCore Inc. is developing a novel nanoparticle/biopolymer treatment for sustainable tailings treatment. The technology has applications in...

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    Shahrukh Shamim, Masters, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, Envicore Inc.

    Dr. Mina Zarabian, PhD, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, Clean Carbon Tech Inc.

    Clean Carbon Tech Inc., is an engineering company developing a technology to produce massive, pure carbon nanofibers (CNF) from...

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    Dr. Mina Zarabian, PhD, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
    GreenSTEM Fellow, Founder, Clean Carbon Tech Inc.

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