Team

Executive and Founders

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Serge Dumontier

Jocelyn Doucet holds a Chemical Engineering Degree and Ph. D. from Ecole Polytechnique (Montreal, 2004 and 2008) where he is also adjunct professor since 2011.

While completing his Ph. D., he founded Kengtek Engineering, a company specialized in process engineering with a strong emphasize on developing and executing the research and development needed to properly scale-up processes to the industrial and commercial level. This is where he developed more than 20 industrial processes and patents for worldwide clients. His entrepreneurial and engineering skills have made him grow the company every year in various sectors by partnering with larger engineering firms and research centres and by successfully solving complex problems in very innovative ways. As a result of his leadership and dedication to work, he was recognized as one of the greatest young entrepreneur in Canada as 2013 finalist of the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award. He also received the Rogers New Technology award for Pyrowave in 2013 and won the local and regional prizes for the most promising young entrepreneur in Science and Technology and Sustainable Energy.

BUSINESS STRATEGYSerge Dumontier

Ms. Garringer is a senior executive with more than 25 years experience in business development, operations, sales, administration and finance for a wide array of companies in retail, technology, manufacturing, and start-ups. Ms. Garringer is a partner with Teutxxx Proteins to develop and realise a Canola/Rapeseed Plant in Europe. Ms. Garringer was the Executive Vice President with BioExx Speciality proteins Ltd.   During her 7 years with BioExx she has lead the Research and Development team in developing a new and novel source of protein derived from Canola/Rapeseed seed. She was directly responsible of leading the re-engineering and scale-up process including the change from a solvent extraction to an aqueous process, rendering the product and process natural, solvent free and a much more sustainable overall model. She has managed the company’s IP portfolio as well as Business Development and Operations. Ms. Garringer was instrumental in the sale of the technology and IP portfolio to the current new owners, Siebte PMI, who subsequently retained her services to support the continuation and successful completion of the project.

As the President of T.W.I Associates ltd., a major distributor of additives and liquid colorant for the packaging industry, Ms. Garringer successfully negotiated a joint venture and a technology transfer agreement with ColorMatrix Corporation Inc. The joint venture started a new manufacturing plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that expanded the business into plastics colorants and additives servicing all South America. Ms. Garringer, as the Director of Commercial Finance of ColorMatrix South America, was responsible for corporate and business development, plant and project construction, negotiations, all commercial areas and oversight for finance including Brazilian and US GAAP statements.

CO-FOUNDER, ENGINEERING MANAGER Serge Dumontier

Jean-Philippe Laviolette holds a Bachelor Degree and a Master of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University (Montreal, 2003 and 2005) as well as a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (Montreal, 2010). He currently holds a researcher position in the department of Chemical Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique since 2011.

He has developed extensive management skills for state of the art R&D and engineering projects. During his Ph.D., he joined Rolls-Royce Energy (RR), a multibillion dollar business that manufactures gas turbines for electricity production and mechanical drive for the oil and gas industry. During a two year period, he developed and managed a new $500k strategy to upgrade Rolls-Royce’s ability to measure and guarantee gas turbines pollutant emissions to customers around the World. The project involved several RR divisions and it successfully changed RR technology roadmap for the next 10 years and upgraded RR tools for emissions measurement and predictions for existing and new products. In his role, managed teams of engineers and technicians as well as dealing the several RR divisions involved in his project. He also gained key insights into the management tools and strategies of large organizations. After two years at RR, he left the company since he thrived to participate in new projects that would challenge his creativity and know-how.

Board of Directors

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Serge Dumontier

Jocelyn Doucet holds a Chemical Engineering Degree and Ph. D. from Ecole Polytechnique (Montreal, 2004 and 2008) where he is also adjunct professor since 2011.

While completing his Ph. D., he founded Kengtek Engineering, a company specialized in process engineering with a strong emphasize on developing and executing the research and development needed to properly scale-up processes to the industrial and commercial level. This is where he developed more than 20 industrial processes and patents for worldwide clients. His entrepreneurial and engineering skills have made him grow the company every year in various sectors by partnering with larger engineering firms and research centres and by successfully solving complex problems in very innovative ways. As a result of his leadership and dedication to work, he was recognized as one of the greatest young entrepreneur in Canada as 2013 finalist of the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award. He also received the Rogers New Technology award for Pyrowave in 2013 and won the local and regional prizes for the most promising young entrepreneur in Science and Technology and Sustainable Energy.

BUSINESS STRATEGYSerge Dumontier

Ms. Garringer is a senior executive with more than 25 years experience in business development, operations, sales, administration and finance for a wide array of companies in retail, technology, manufacturing, and start-ups. Ms. Garringer is a partner with Teutxxx Proteins to develop and realise a Canola/Rapeseed Plant in Europe. Ms. Garringer was the Executive Vice President with BioExx Speciality proteins Ltd.   During her 7 years with BioExx she has lead the Research and Development team in developing a new and novel source of protein derived from Canola/Rapeseed seed. She was directly responsible of leading the re-engineering and scale-up process including the change from a solvent extraction to an aqueous process, rendering the product and process natural, solvent free and a much more sustainable overall model. She has managed the company’s IP portfolio as well as Business Development and Operations. Ms. Garringer was instrumental in the sale of the technology and IP portfolio to the current new owners, Siebte PMI, who subsequently retained her services to support the continuation and successful completion of the project.

As the President of T.W.I Associates ltd., a major distributor of additives and liquid colorant for the packaging industry, Ms. Garringer successfully negotiated a joint venture and a technology transfer agreement with ColorMatrix Corporation Inc. The joint venture started a new manufacturing plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that expanded the business into plastics colorants and additives servicing all South America. Ms. Garringer, as the Director of Commercial Finance of ColorMatrix South America, was responsible for corporate and business development, plant and project construction, negotiations, all commercial areas and oversight for finance including Brazilian and US GAAP statements.

DIRECTOR Greg-Stewart

Greg Stewart has deep experience in finance, CleanTech, and early stage companies.  He is President of GreenSky Capital, a Toronto-based boutique merchant bank / venture capital firm focusing on technology start-ups, and an investor in Pyrowave.  He was recently honoured as one of Canada’s Clean50 – an acknowledgment of his and GreenSky’s contribution to the environment through capitalism.

Previous to joining GreenSky, Greg has been an Equity Analyst at Neuberger Berman in New York, where he worked on one of the world’s largest and most recognized small cap value funds.  At American Strategic Insurance, Greg was instrumental in building an organization that grew from 20 to 200+ employees and won Best Workplace in the Tampa Bay, Florida area multiple times.  The company’s revenue grew from $38 million to $506 million during Greg’s tenure and, as Chief Financial Officer, he executed $168 million of transactions, including capitalizing a start-up, buying out a major owner, acquiring a competitor, and a variety of debt instruments.

Greg is also Chairman of the Board of Mirexus Biotechnologies, an advanced materials start-up based in Guelph, ON, and President of Istic, Illic Pictures, an independent film production company.  He has a BSBA degree from the University of Florida and an MBA degree from the University of Toronto (Rotman), each with Honours.

Advisory Board

CO-FOUNDER AND ADVISOR Serge Dumontier

Jamal Chaouki obtained his engineering degree from ENSIC in Nancy, France in 1980 and Ph.D. degree from Polytechnique, Montreal. He was also post-doc fellow at UBC Vancouver from 1985 to 1986.

Prof. Chaouki is full professor from 1995 at Polytechnique, Montréal. He has supervised more than 70 Ph.D. and Master Students and more than 40 post-docs. He published more than 350 reviewed articles in refereed journals and in different reviewed proceedings and more than 400 other scientific articles and edited 6 books. He has more than 15 patents on different processes. He is now editor of the « Chemical Product and Process Modeling ». He is also director of Biorefinery Center and member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has co-chaired 8 International Conferences including the 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering 2009 where he has acted as technical director. He is now supervising 34 researchers (22 Ph.Ds, 8 PDFs, 3 research associates and 1 researcher). He is a member of the Board of the Ecole Polytechnique and several companies. He is world-renowned consultant for at least 20 national and international companies. He has created 3 start-ups with his students: Formmat Tech. Inc., Shopmedia Inc. and Pyrowave Inc.

P. ENG– ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER Jean-Xavier Morin

Jean-Xavier Morin has over 35 years of experience in engineering and energy processes and spent more than 25 years at Alstom where he worked as an RD engineer on advanced cycles (supercritical cycles), material, process, flue gas treatment, CFB systems, waste to energy plants, and gas combined cycles, and advanced CO2 capture systems. He also worked in Stuttgart on the design of circulating fluidized bed boilers before being promoted Director of Technology for Boilers and Environmental Systems at Alstom Power before retiring. Since 2003, he is the chairman of the Research Funds for Coal and Steel ( RFCS ) TGC3 group monitoring clean fossil fuels projects execution.

Currently working as an independent consultant in a variety of fields ranging from biomass and wastes thermal conversion, CO2 capture by chemical looping, heavy oil and bitumen thermal conversion, biomass industrial boilers, coal fired Circulating fluid bed boilers.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER Serge Dumontier

Serge Dumontier holds a Chemical Engineering Degree from Sherbrooke University, Quebec, Canada, (December 1983).

From 1984 to 2010, he has cumulated 27 years of experience in petroleum refining with Shell, Montreal East Refinery. Since 2011, he is working with different companies as an energy and production strategy consultant.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER Gilles Bernardin

Gilles Bernardin holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from École Polytechnique Montréal (1973) and a MBA from Concordia University (1994). From 1973 to 2011, he has cumulated 35 years of experience in the cement industry with Miron Inc. and St Lawrence Cement/Holcim Canada. Since 2011, he is working on a contractual basis for Holcim Canada and other companies for energy recovery applications of different types of waste streams. His experience with Holcim Canada includes cement plant operations, the selection and characterization of wastes streams compatible with the cement process, the permitting and selection of equipment for the processing of those streams as well as the commercial development of Holcim co-processing services. His work at Holcim has led to the substitution of traditional fuels through the co-processing of different residual materials. This enables the annual replacement of approximately 50,000 tons of coal per cement plant and generates substantial savings

Since 2013, he is President of the Regroupement des Récupérateurs et des Recycleurs de Matériaux de Construction et de Démolition du Québec (3RMCDQ) and he is also a board member of the Centre de Transfer Technologique en Écologie Industrielle, which is affiliated with the Sorel-Tracy CEGEP.