Board & Advisors

Board of Directors


David Green, PhD, PEng

Chairman of the Board

President • Carmanah Management Corporation • British Columbia

Dave WebsiteDavid Green is the President of Carmanah Management Corp, an investment company that has holdings in a variety of technology companies in the solar and LED space. David is a professional engineer experienced in the management and operation of high-tech companies. David has founded or was a founding member of Carmanah Technologies (1998), NxtPhase Corporation (1997), Carmanah Research (1993), Seastar Chemicals (1988), SDL Optics (1986), Axys Instruments (1982), Axys Analytical (1980), and Axys Environmental (1974). He has an engineering physics degree from the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia.

Tony Van Bommel

Senior Managing Partner • Energy/Cleantech Venture Fund • Ontario

11_Tony Van Bommel_Energy CleantechTony Van Bommel is Senior Managing Partner in the Energy/Cleantech Venture Fund for BDC across Canada. He has been with BDC Venture Capital since 2001. He holds or has held numerous Board of Directors seats and currently is working with Axine, Regen, Nexterra and Vizimax, all emerging Canadian Cleantech companies. Prior to joining BDC, he spent four years at Innovacorp, an early stage knowledge-based venture fund. For 10 years prior to this, he worked as a lawyer and partner in the business law firm Little & Wright in London, Ontario. Tony has held multiple directorships in both public and private emerging growth companies across Canada and holds the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year award” for Q1 Labs in 2012. As BDC Venture Capital is the most active industrial Energy/Cleantech (ECT) investor in Canada, and has been active in the industry since 2001. BDC has invested in numerous smart grid, energy storage, green IT, building energy management, energy-efficient lighting and water treatment technologies. Some of BDC’s successful exits include Tundra, Xantrex, Satlantic, Pyrophotonics, Welaptega Marine, Ballard Power and Cellex.

Andrew Haughian

Partner • Pangaea Ventures Ltd. • Vancouver

Andrew Haughian WebsiteAndrew Haughian has over 15 years of energy and industrial experience. Andrew began his career in the upstream oil and gas industry before transitioning into engineering risk management consulting. He has a deep understanding of advanced materials commercialization and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal, Translational Materials Research. In addition to CarbonCure, Andrew serves on the board of Energy Storage Systems Inc. and Tivra Corporation. He previously served on the boards of RSI Inc. and Boulder Ionics which were sold in 2014. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. 

William C. Holden

Vice President of Sales • CarbonCure Technologies • Nova Scotia

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.

Robert Niven, MSc

Chief Executive Officer • CarbonCure Technologies • Nova Scotia

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. Robert 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





Jamie James

CEO • Greensoil Innovation Services • Ontario

Jamie James photoOver the past decade, Jamie has been an active green building expert, innovator, developer and investor.  He currently leads the GreenSoil Investments team that provides green building solutions and innovations to real estate developers and owners.  As CIO of GreenSoil’s Building Innovation Fund, he overseas the technical evaluation of investment opportunities and the development of next generation green building technologies through GreenSoil’s accelerator.

As the founder of Tower Labs (, a not-for-profit green building technology accelerator, Jamie has helped several young companies commercialize their innovations in the Toronto real estate market.  Since 2002, he has been the lead sustainability advisor to the Tridel Group of Companies (, contributing to the company’s transition as a green building leader with over 14 million square feet in LEED projects.  And for six years he was a partner with the Windmill Development Group, Canada’s greenest boutique real estate development company (

David Miller, LLB

Former Mayor • City Of Toronto • Ontario

David Miller photo croppedDavid Miller is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability, David advises companies and governments on practical measures to make this happen. As Chair of the influential C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2008 to 2010, David was instrumental in demonstrating the practical and real change cities are making as they fight climate change and create green jobs. As Mayor of Toronto from 2003 through 2010, addressing climate change was a top priority for David. Under Mayor Miller’s leadership, the City of Toronto allocated $4 Billion to climate change related projects and programs. David is a Harvard trained economist and professionally a lawyer.


Patricia Newson, CA

Former President of AltaGas Utility Group Inc • AltaGas Ltd. • Alberta

Patricia WebsitePatricia Newson is a director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Pattern Energy Inc., Wolf Midstream Inc, and QUEST Canada, and is a member of the Alberta Securities Commission’s Financial Advisory Committee. She was a director of Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) from 2012 to 2016, Brookfield Residential Properties from 2011 to 2015, Long Run Exploration from 2011 to 2015, Brookfield Asset Management from 2008 to 2010, AltaGas Utility Group from 2005 to 2009 and retired in 2011 from AltaGas Ltd. as the President of their Utility Division. She joined AltaGas in 1996 as their CFO to 2006, and was the President and CEO of the public company AltaGas Utility Group Inc. from 2005 through 2009. Patricia is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of experience in financial reporting and merger and acquisition functions with public and private equity firms.

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