ACTia's Board Members

President
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Rus is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the capital division of Rohit Group of Companies. Sourcing, securing and managing sound debt and equity investments are key areas of focus for him. Rus holds a B.Ed. Business with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and brings 29 years of management experience in different industries. Read more

Executive Director
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Jason Switzer became Executive Director of ACTia, after nearly a decade in corporate environmental management, consulting and development,  with positions including Director of Consulting for the Pembina Institute and Senior Greenhouse Gas engineer at Shell Canada Oil Sands.  ​Read More

Vice-President
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Nathan is a professional engineer with approx. 20 years building projects, technology and business development centered in the energy sector: oil sands, upstream, gas plants, pipeline and terminal facilities, refinery, environmental and tailings projects. 

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Mr. Banica is a serial entrepreneur who founded two successful technology ventures in the last 20 years. The first was an electronics engineering company which designed a number of advanced oil and gas and space satellite systems and was acquired in 1999 by Belgium based Rhea Space Systems. 

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Apoorv Sinha has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemical and Bio­molecular engineering. Apoorv resided in Kuwait for 8 years before moving to Atlanta in 2007.  Apoorv is Co­-Founder of the logistics start­up TOHL (Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics). 

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Connie is a senior executive focused on executing strategic projects including mergers and acquisitions and business development opportunities. She recently co-founded Adaptive Ventures Inc focused on assisting high growth corporates and entrepreneurs, including emerging technologies, reach their potential. Read More

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Jana Hanova has over 12 years of CleanTech, Power and Oil & Gas experience across North America and the Middle East. Prior to joining Evok Innovations (a Canadian CleanTech Fund) as a Director, Jana worked with Creative Destruction Lab - Rockies as the CleanTech and Energy Stream Venture Lead, connecting tech start-ups with Smart Money & Mentorship.

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Jeff is President of Actions Matter, an independent, social enterprise business intent on efforts that address energy innovation, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and adaption, sustainability, energy and environmental literacy and business commercialization of clean tech solutions. 

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Candice is the Executive Director – Clean Technology at Alberta Innovates. She and her team partner with industry, academia and entrepreneurs to accelerate the development, demonstration and adoption of innovative cleantech solutions that will benefit Alberta; particularly with respect to our energy transition to a low carbon emissions future.

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John Goetz is a principal at EnerNext Partners. John has extensive experience advising clients in the energy and cleantech sector. As a co-founder of EnerNext Partners, John brings his energy and cleantech experience and insights to these rapidly evolving and related areas of practice.
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A biologist by training, Michael Cohen has worked in research, education and government. As a researcher, he spent 20 years in the fields of agricultural biotechnology and pest management, holding positions at the University of Arizona, the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, and the University of Alberta. Read more

Matt oversees the Greenhouse Gas Environmental Priority Area at COSIA, leading effective collaboration efforts to advance progress on all GHG mitigation and cost reduction technologies and best practices. Working closely with senior technology leads of all COSIA members, he helps to design and deliver on a collective strategy to dramatically reduce costs and GHG emissions in the oil sands.   Read more

Rob Macintosh is President of Dejanira Enterprises and Senior Partner in Green Planet Communications - operating several active family businesses and providing environmental consulting, sustainable business development and strategic planning services to the energy sector, emerging clean tech companies, and non-profit groups. Read more

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Stuart Lomas founded his first Alberta technology company in 1983, and since has contributed to projects across Canada, the US, Europe, and the Far East. A veteran of several small Alberta startups, Stuart has also worked with global companies including General Electric and Hewlett Packard. Read more

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Simon has been working in the field of protecting the environment since 1981.  Today he is working as an environmental entrepreneur with PURE Reserve and is involved in the creation of several cleaner energy start-ups. Read More

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Zoë Kolbuc leads the partnerships and communications team at Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to promote sustainable development and support projects that develop and demonstrate new technologies to address issues related to climate change, air quality, and clean water and soil. Read more

ACTia is the only multi-stakeholder, province-wide and industry-focused group working to support Albertans developing clean technology.

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