Executive Team


Robert Niven, MSC


Chief Executive Officer & Founder


Rob WebsiteRobert is a cleantech entrepreneur inspired to find profitable and sustainable solutions for the cement and concrete sectors. He is part of the global race to develop affordable carbon-negative concrete at scale. As Founder and CEO of cleantech developer, CarbonCure Technologies, Robert has earned a reputation of uncovering innovative ways to raise profits, lower greenhouse gases and improve the material performance of concrete. His passion for developing solutions that combine sustainability and innovation has led to the development of the CarbonCure technology. He holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Victoria. In his spare time, Robert is an avid outdoors enthusiast and devotes his time to nature conservation and environmental community events. Email Robert


Kevin Cail, PEng

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin-Website2-180x300As Chief Technology Officer, Kevin makes the link between science, innovation and commercialization. Kevin is responsible for all aspects of CarbonCure’s technology development and intellectual property. He also guides the collaborative process with external researchers, industry partners, associations, and codes and standards organizations. Kevin also leads CarbonCure’s sales to ready mixed concrete producers. Kevin was formerly the Director of Sustainability and Commercial Innovation at Lafarge North America. In his previous positions he was responsible for commercial development, management and policy development of various innovation projects and product changes. Kevin has served on the board of directors for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Strategic Development Council of the American Concrete Institute working on industry issues related to sustainability. Kevin is a native of Eastern Canada and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick in Civil Engineering. Email Kevin

Sean Monkman, PhD PEng

VP Technology Development


Sean-Website-180x300Sean directs CarbonCure’s technical development and intellectual property activities. His focus is on the scientific and materials performance aspects of the company’s offerings. He has held concrete materials research positions at the University of Toronto and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. His past work, study and research positions have spanned various concrete-related topics, including the chemistry of cement hydration and cement and slag carbonation. Sean’s expertise also lies in quantifying carbon emissions associated with cement and concrete. Sean holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from McGill University, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a BSc in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Queen’s University. When not consumed by research, Sean enjoys recreational running, reading, cooking and reading cookbooks. Email Sean

Dean Forgeron, PhD PEng

VP Engineering


Dean-Website-180x300As a concrete innovator, Dean is responsible for the engineering and product development activities at CarbonCure. Along with industry partners, Dean has successfully developed and commercialized technologies for the concrete sector that have been adopted in international markets. His background includes development of concrete macro-synthetic fiber reinforcement, material characterization of fiber reinforced concrete, self consolidating and self leveling fiber reinforced concrete, and green concrete technologies. Dean completed his BEng at TUNS in Halifax before completing his PhD at Dalhousie University. Outside of work, Dean enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and motor sports. Email Dean

Paul Sandberg, PhD

VP Materials Science

paulsandberg-180x300Dr. Paul Sandberg has a background in cement chemistry and concrete durability from both industry and academia in Sweden and USA. He worked 9 years for Cementa, a cement producer in Sweden and 12 years for W.R. Grace, an admixture producer headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Paul’s research has focused on the interaction between Portland cement, SCM and admixtures, as well as on the durability of cementitious binders. Paul has 5 patents and many papers published on durability and the use of calorimetry for studying cement-SCM-admixture compatibility. Email Paul

Jennifer Wagner, MSc, MBA

VP Sustainability

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Jen-Website-180x300As Vice President of Sustainability at CarbonCure Technologies, Jennifer Wagner directs CarbonCure’s sustainability and marketing program to bring low-carbon concrete to concrete manufacturers and end users. Jennifer helps industry meet the growing demand for products made with carbon dioxide, which is expected to be worth $1 trillion by the year 2030. Jennifer is a CSA-Certified Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier, and is involved in many boards and committees including the HPDC Board of Directors, USGBC Supply Chain Optimization Working Group, Canada Green Building Council and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management. She has contributed to various standards and carbon offset protocols including the NCMA’s Product Category Rule, BC’s Greenhouse Gas Offset Protocol for Low Carbon Intensity Concrete Manufacture, and BC’s Protocol for Increasing the Blend in Cement Production. Jennifer holds a Bachelors in Science from McGill University, a Masters in Chemistry and an MBA from Dalhousie University. Email Jennifer

William C. Holden

VP of Sales

Bill holdenWilliam C. Holden is Vice President of Sales at CarbonCure Technologies. Bill possesses over thirty years of executive and general management construction materials experience in aggregates, ready mix, masonry and landscape products, and building materials. He served as the President of Block USA, one of the leading concrete masonry producers in the country, and as President of Couch USA, a major producer of ready mix, block and building materials serving the southeast U.S. Bill has been an active participant in several leading industry associations. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and Alabama Concrete Industries Association, and Chairman of the NCMA’s Long Range Planning Committee. He was also an active board member of the Florida and Mississippi Concrete Associations. Bill currently serves as a board member of The Concrete Industry Management Program. Email Bill

Christie Gamble

Director of Sales



Christie is dedicated to helping masonry and ready mixed concrete producers reduce their carbon footprint, differentiate their business, and improve their bottom line by adopting CarbonCure’s technology. Previously a member of CarbonCure’s sustainability team, Christie draws on her experience interacting with architects, engineers and specifiers to help concrete producers implement solutions for selling to the green building market. Christie is a LEED Green Associate and has delivered more than 50 AIA-approved continuing education courses across Canada and the US in the areas of LEED v4, material transparency and sustainability within the concrete industry. She has an MBA from Dalhousie University and a BA from McGill University. A true Canadian, Christie is a competitive curler, country music listener, and Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL fan. Email Christie



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