Our Team

Dr. A. Paul Watkinson, Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer

Dr. A. Paul Watkinson is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He joined the faculty in 1971, became a Professor in 1979 and from 1992 to 2001 served as the Head of the Department. Prior to becoming a UBC faculty member, he spent five years performing industrial research in the pulp and paper and metallurgical process industries. Read more on full team factsheet...

Thomas Hobby, Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Hobby holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and also in Agriculture from California Polytechnic University SLO – USA. He also holds an MA Economics from the University of Victoria, Victoria BC, Canada. He is a Professional Agrologist in British Columbia.

Thomas has worked over 25 years in the forestry, agriculture and biomass energy sectors, and has more than 10 years of bioenergy commercialization and executive experience. He has worked in education, farm and forest management, commercial agricultural lending, natural resources academic research and start-ups, and has led non-profits. Since 2002, he and his family have lived in Victoria, where he has worked in academia and consulting with a focus on sustainable forest and agricultural stewardship, innovation, commercialization and development. He has been interviewed by national and provincial media on a myriad of forest industry topics including forest fuels management, non-timber resources and bioenergy.

John A. Kuehne, Chief Financial Oficer

M.Mgmt, CA, CPA (Illinois) John is an Angel Investor advising, assisting and investing in both startups and small public companies seeking game- changing opportunities. He engages with startup firms through investing, advising, and participating in management or as a Director to accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies. John is Past President and founder of SmallCap Corporate Partners Inc., a successful management consulting firm that advised micro-cap and small-cap public companies on corporate governance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and investor communications, and was Chief Financial Officer of a Canadian forest products company with annual sales of over $600 million and assets in excess of $1 billion.

Paul Torriero, Vice President, Strategic Planning & Partnerships

Paul Torriero has 20 years of experience in marketing, banking, project financing, hospitality service and tourism, and more than 10 years of experience serving as a company executive. He has also founded several private companies that provide marketing and management services. Read more on full team factsheet...

Len Bykowski, Vice President, Business Development

A proven entrepreneurial and visionary International C-Level business generalist, with a primary focus in the agriculture, forestry and bio-based renewable sectors, Len is an expert in creating business models/plans, team building, innovative strategic planning, acquisitions and integration, domestic and international sales/marketing programs and operations. He is past President and CEO of the Alberta Bioproducts Association, past President and CEO of the BC Wine Institute, and President and past President and CEO of Money's Mushrooms, a $250 million company. He has also served on numerous boards and committees in the Bioenergy sector, and within agriculture, including Mascoma and Xylitol Canada.

Dr. Yonghua Li, Senior Research Engineer

Dr. Yonghua Li is a chemical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the fields of energy technologies including gasification and the processing, production, storage, and transportation of gas. He has worked in combustion and gasification of coals, biomass and bio-oil; firing of lime kilns with unconventional biofuels, and dioxin and furan formation in combustion of salt-laden hog fuels. Read more on full team factsheet...

Mark Hammer, Vice President, Investor Relations

Mark Hammer is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of technology in sales and marketing. Over the past 20 years he and his partners have built a varied and successful real estate practice in Vancouver. Mark is an outdoor-loving environmentalist, and serves on the board of a leading private educational institution.

Phil Watkinson, Secretary

Phil Watkinson has several years of experience raising funds for a number of start‐up companies that eventually became publicly‐held. He has been a realtor for Re/Max Crest Realty since 2002, and has also secured financing for real property developments in both Canada and Costa Rica.

Mr. Watkinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from UBC and is a graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Licensing Program.

Board of Advisors

Dr. Xiaotao (Tony) Bi, P.Eng., Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Tony Bi is known internationally for his research contributions to the fields of multi-phase flow, mathematical modeling and scale-up of gas/solids reactors such as circulating bed gasifier systems. He is a member of the UBC Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group and possesses interests in wood pellet production systems and economics and green engineering. Read more on full team factsheet...

Dr. Kevin J. Smith, P.Eng., Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC

Dr. Kevin Smith has acquired an international reputation for his research in kinetics and catalysis of hydroprocessing and C1 chemistry. His recent work includes catalysis for methane homologation and oxidative coupling, and the synthesis of alcohols including ethanol from syngas mixtures. Read more on full team factsheet...

Dr. Khay Chuang (K.C.) Teo, Retired Professor of Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. K.C. Teo has expertise in the fields of fuel chemistry including biomass and advanced water treatment processes. He has established a reputation for developing systems for value-added products from lignin and wood-wastes, including slurry fuels and activated carbons. Read more on full team factsheet...

Mr. Vic Uloth, MASc, P.Eng, Independent Chemicals Professional

Vic Uloth is a Chemical Engineer with over 35 years experience in optimizing and troubleshooting pulping chemical recovery system operations. Vic has a B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and an MASc. in Pollution Control Engineering from UBC. Read more on full team factsheet...